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Top Cat The Movie | Hanna Barbera Cartoons



Maybe just for the old cartoon fans of a certain age ;) Or even the old farts like me lapping up this stuff along with early Warner Brothers stuff. If you've got the Hanna Barbera Box Set or Loony Tunes, you'll understand. Top Cat The Movie's in Cinemas next month, for anyone who's interested or might remember the Hanna Barbera cartoons like The Flintstones, Wacky Races .

Manhattan Alley Cats Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Benny the Ball, The Brain, and Choo Choo living in Hoagie's Alley with their leader Top Cat/Boss Cat "loosely based on Phil Silvers" shows, are back . Private Doberman on The Phil Silvers Show, also provided the voice for Benny the Ball in Top Cat. First seen in thirty cartoon episodes early in the 1960's, in the US and later on UK networks, the series was on Boomerang, a while back.

Amazon has the original series at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001675TRA/?tag=armrumser-21

New film out June 2012 TOP CAT THE MOVIE in 3D - IN UK CINEMAS FRIDAY 1ST JUNE 2012

Old Top Cat cartoon TC - S1E23 - Dibble's Brithday 2-2 - YouTube

Tame, dated and relatively unknown these days but worth a look and good for a chuckle. Even if only for your ankle-biters.



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I was a TC fan back in the day. Is that why this fills me with dread? Some things should be left original and not played around with. I bet it will be very, very PC as well.


TC The Movie has been reviewed and from what I can find, the characters are set in modern Manhattan times, modern settings and backgrounds. Some reviews say the voices are close enough and to be fair it's good to see TC back, if only for the characters and memories. Doing TC today is probably a big Ask anyway, and modern kids might not get the original humour, Phil Silvers stylee, or the values of the original 1960's times. It might work as a franchise, brand and icon thing.

CineVue | Award-winning UK film blog for movie news and reviews says "For older audiences perhaps looking for a pleasant stroll down memory lane, Top Cat: The Movie offers a few deft touches of nostalgia (like retaining the film's memorable and catchy theme tune)". That's the nice review.

Reviews are at Digital Spy and Totalfilm.com


Some of the shit kids watch on TV today, eh? They've no idea what quality entertainment is. Joe 90...Captain Scarlet...Deputy Dawg...Crackerjack...Runaround...
Some of the shit kids watch on TV today, eh? They've no idea what quality entertainment is. Joe 90...Captain Scarlet...Deputy Dawg...Crackerjack...Runaround...
When my daughter was 4-5 years old my Mum sent a DVD box set of the 'Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Bagpuss' down for her birthday.
She loved being tied to her chair and forced to watch as I yelled at her "Why aren't you laughing it's funny FFS!" :wink:


This stuff's gold for historians looking for an excuse to play with films and bang on about handmade toys ;) And the UK had a wealth of stop frame studios churning out kids' television. One of the best was Cosgrove Hall Films which produced the legendary Wind in the Willows series reckoned to contain some of the finest attention to details and animation ever seen, and Danger Mouse.

Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog etc: Oliver Postgate's "Small Films" stop frame animation company with Peter Firmin. In reality the shed behind Postgate's house. Joan Firmin knitted the Clangers from pink wool.

There's crates of this stuff on Amazon. Most of the handmade puppets were destroyed (and Trumpton's puppets I believe) but Bagpuss and Emily are supposed to be living in retirement in a Museum somewhere in Canterbury.

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