Top Cat: The Movie


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Kids will laugh at anything, right? Not this tawdry remake of Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon series about a streetwise tom and his posse of alley cats. The original ran for 30 episodes in the early ’60s and was never that funny, but fans loved its jazzy theme tune and Sergeant Bilko-esque swagger enough to give it cult status.

Unfortunately, this feline frenzy – a Mexican production, dubbed into English – is a miserable indulgence. The wafer-thin plot revolves around an plan to turn New York into a futuristic dictatorship by replacing police officers – including TC’s nemesis Officer Dibble – with robots.

To be fair, the filmmakers at least had the foresight to keep the original theme tune intact, and the traditional animation techniques do add authenticity, even if the 3D effect gives the characters a cardboard cut-out appearance. A pity, then, that the key elements – storyline, dialogue, comedy value – are so ineffectual. An air of boredom permeated the screening we attended, and laughs were universally non-existent.

By Derek Adams
Time Out Doha,

Top Cat

  • Duration: 90
  • Released: Thu, 28 Feb
  • Classification: G
  • Language: English,Spanish
  • Director: Alberto Mar
  • Stars: Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly, Bill Lobley, Melissa Disney, Brian Scott McFadden, Fred Tatasciore, Sondra James, Danny Mastrogiorgio

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