SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
|SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron|
Season 1's on-screen title card.
|Created by:||Christian Tremblay|
|Original release:||September 11, 1993—December 24, 1994|
|Run time:||22 minutes|
|Executive producer(s):||Buzz Potamkin|
|Music composed by:||Matt Muhoberac|
Kris Zimmerman (voices)
|Second title card|
Season 2's on-screen title card.
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron is an American animated action/sci-fi/supernatural TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera for TBS' Saturday morning block. It ran from 1993 to 1994, airing 25 episodes that spanned two seasons, followed by one clip-show special.
In a world populated by anthropomorphic cats, T-Bone and Razor, two disgraced ex-Enforcers, have turned to vigilantism in order to continue to safeguard Megakat City from criminals, sorcerers, mutants, and robots.
The entire series has been released on DVD.
It was canceled due to merchandise coming out late and TBS conforming to Ted Turner's wishes in not having violence on his network. Three episodes were in production at the time of the series cancelation. One of them, "Succubus!" was recycled by writer Glenn Leopold for The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest episode "Eclipse" and the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.
Since 2015, the Tremblay Bros., the creators who managed to retain the rights to the property, have been using Kickstarter to crowdfund a potential revival under the working title of SWAT-Kats Revolution. Even though all their goals have been reached, they have faced difficulties in securing an investor and a place to air, having been passed over by Warner Bros., Hulu, Netflix, and not finding Amazon to be suitable. They also had to wait for time to pass after the 2019 film Cats became a major box office disaster causing Hollywood not to see SWAT Kats any differently.
On January 20, 2021, the Tremblay Bros. announced on Kickstarter that they had secured an official backer in Indian studio, Toonz Media Group, and on February 1, Kidscreen said that they had gone into preproduction. An official press release was given the next day.
|"The SWAT Kats: A Special Report"||January 6, 1995|
- Charlie Adler as T-Bone
- Barry Gordon as Razor
- Tress MacNeille as Callie Briggs
- Gary Owens as Commander Ulysses Feral
- Jim Cummings as Mayor Manx
- Tremblay Bros. Studios (January 20, 2021). "Update No. 45". Kickstarter. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
- Foster, Elizabeth (February 1, 2021). "SWAT-KATS Get Back In Action With Toonz". Kidscreen. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
- Sarto, Debbie Diamond "Cult Classic ‘Swat-Kats’ Returns". (February 2, 2021). Animation News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2021.