Top Cat (TV series)
- This article is about the TV series. For the main title character, see Top Cat (character). For other uses, see Top Cat.
On-screen title card.
|Created by:||William Hanna|
|Original release:||September 27, 1961—April 18, 1962|
Leo De Lyon
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
Top Cat is an American animated television sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC. It ran from 1961 to 1962, airing 30 episodes. It was a prime-time animated series geared towards adults, although its accessibility for the whole family allowed it to be aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays.
While the series proved to be a ratings failure, it found better success in Saturday morning television, and all or some of the characters appeared in crossover productions of H-B, such as Yogi's Ark Lark and Yogi's Treasure Hunt. They also starred in their own 1988 TV movie, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats.
Top Cat also proved to be a big hit in Mexico, and two official theatrical films were animated in the country, later translated and dubbed into the English-language films Top Cat: The Movie and Top Cat Begins.
In 2021, Top Cat, Benny the Ball, Choo Choo, Brain, Spook and Fancy Fancy have also made several guest appearances in the HBO Max web TV series, Jellystone!, this series not only presents new personalities for each of the gang, but Choo Choo, Brain and Spook (named Spooky) are also girls for this series.
The entire series has been released on DVD.
In the 1990s, Turner Entertainment commissioned a 20-part talk show hosted by Top Cat in the form of interstitials for Cartoon Network's international market. Top Cat's first two guests were David Hasselhoff and Carl Lewis. Sadly, all 20 seem to have not survived for the internet to watch.
In the 2000s, Top Cat and his gang had a guest appearance in the Adult Swim spoof, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and there was also a failed attempt by Warner Bros. Animation to do a new Top Cat TV series. The main characters looked the same except for wardrobe changes, except for Officer Dibble who was given a radically new design, and there was also a new girl in Top Cat's gang called Roxy.
The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin.
- Arnold Stang as Top Cat
- Maurice Gosfield as Benny the Ball
- Allen Jenkins as Officer Dibble
- Marvin Kaplan as Choo Choo
- Leo De Lyon as Brain and Spook
- John Stephenson as Fancy Fancy