Yes, Top Cat Cartoons Ever Made is a pun. This post is going to be all about Top Cat not the top cartoons. I know it’s not funny, but I’ll really have to review the best animated series featuring feline characters in the future. There are so many of them. In any case, let’s look at one of the best cartoon series ever made, Top Cat.
Top Cat is an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon. The animated television series ran on ABC from 1961 to 1962 for a run of 30 episodes. The central character, Top Cat, is the leader of a gang of Manhattan alley cats: Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Benny the Ball, The Brain, and Choo Choo. Most episodes revolved around Chales “Charlie” Dibble’s attempts to evict T.C. and friends from their home, an alley. As in real life, police men do not appreciate cats who attempt to earn money through illegal scams. The Top Cat cartoon is one of the first animated series to be played on prime time television and currently can be seen on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang channel.
My favorite episode has got to be All That Jazz. T.C. has competition. Jazz, the new cat in town takes over the pool hall, steals T.C.’s girlfriend, sways the gang with bongo lessons, and even cleans up the alley by being a good cat. T.C. tries to trick Jazz in leaving using various tricks. It begins when T.C. pretends to leave time for greener pastures in the hopes of getting Jazz to follow him. Both end up realizing, the whole affair is a gag. When both Jazz and T.C. are offered a part in a Hollywood film, the rivals naturally assume that it is another trick. The offer turns out to be legit, and another cat, Benny the Ball, is cast in the starring role in “The Thing From the Alley.” He leaves for Hollywood in a limo, accompanied by T.C. and the gang in the guise of Benny’s manager, valet, vocal coach, tailor and chauffeur.
The Top Cat cartoon movie is also really good. It’s another average day in Hoagie’s Alley which, for the purposes of this story, has apparently been relocated closer to Beverly Hills. This fact is explained by the movie’s title Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats. The DVD movie was released in October 2011 as part of the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection. The movie itself came out in 1987 and was followed by a video game in 1991.
Top Cat Theme Song Lyrics
The indisputable leader of the gang.
He’s the boss, he’s a pip, he’s the championship.
He’s the most tip top,
Yes he’s a chief, he’s a king,
But above everything,
He’s the most tip top,
Practice singing along with this ukulele Top Cat theme song cover
Watch Top Cat Cartoon Episodes
If you don’t want to watch horrible quality videos on youtube. Top Cat – The Complete Series is available on DVD. What I love about this collection are the comments provided by animation historians Jerry Beck, Earl Kress, Mark Evanier. They provide interesting anecdotes about the creation of the series and the animation industry in the 60s. There is also a 17-minute look back at the making of the show, hosted by Leo de Lyon, the voice behind Brain. In case you didn’t know, Brain was a villain in the show. This flash back is titled Back to Hoagy’s Alley and features vintage clips of none other than William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. There is also a fun interview featurette, Cool Cats in Interview Alley, where animation historian Earl Kress talks with voice actors Arnold Stang, Leo de Lyon, and Marvin Kaplan. Show writer Barry Blitzer is also interviewed. The Top Cat Collection is also full of original character sketches and finished cells to peruse, and there’s a storyboard-to-episode feature as well. The DVD is really cool. There are even the vintage Kellogg’s Corn Flakes commercials that featured T.C. and others pitching the Big K’s crunchy breakfast staple.