Top Cat: Complete Series

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Overview

The most urban and urbane of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's prime-time network cartoon shows, Top Cat ran for one season in 1961-1962 but has since enjoyed four decades of reruns on various network and cable outlets; back around 1990 or so, the Cartoon Network even had a contest that allowed viewers to get their own cats onto the show (winning felines were "morphed" into scenes with the cartoon cats of the series). The series has shown up on a four-platter, five-sided DVD set from Warner Home Video and is ...
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Overview

The most urban and urbane of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's prime-time network cartoon shows, Top Cat ran for one season in 1961-1962 but has since enjoyed four decades of reruns on various network and cable outlets; back around 1990 or so, the Cartoon Network even had a contest that allowed viewers to get their own cats onto the show (winning felines were "morphed" into scenes with the cartoon cats of the series). The series has shown up on a four-platter, five-sided DVD set from Warner Home Video and is loaded with special features. Even more than The Flintstones, Top Cat had a special appeal to adults and an even more direct appeal to viewers from New York City or the surrounding area, or who had some theatrical background; its inspiration derived in part from the show Top Banana and the series Sgt. Bilko, both starring Phil Silvers (Arnold Stang's voicing of Top Cat is a near-mimick of Silvers). Viewed today, the animated series is even cleverer with a few twists on common vernacular and popular culture that were pretty daring for television in the early '60s. It also looks great, due in large part to the producers' over-compensation for the limitations of broadcast television in the early '60s -- the color scheme, as is pointed out in one of the three-episode-long commentary tracks, was designed for maximum impact on black-and-white screens and looks like thick pastels; and the thick lines were intended to show up well on the low-resolution broadcasts of the period. It all makes serious impact today, viewed in full-screen (1.33:1) digital video, and the audio is a match, crisp and bright, including Hoyt Curtin's very Gershwin-like music. The 30 episodes are shown intact, and one of them -- "The Missing Heir" -- is presented twice, once "straight" and once in tandem with the storyboard drafts for the originally conceived show (tentatively called "J.B. and Company"), to compare concept and realization. There's also a gallery of original artwork from the series and ephemera such as original Kelloggs commercials from the show with the series' characters, end credits with the sponsor plug, and a Karaoke-style sing-along presentation of the theme song; but far and away the best of the bonus features are the commentary tracks and the on-camera interviews with the voice artists who worked on the show -- the latter includes Marvin Kaplan, Arnold Stang, and Leo De Lyon along with one of the writers. Seated on a set made up like the alleyway where much of the cartoon show took place, they all show genuine affection for the series and their work on it, even four decades later, and reveal some fascinating details about how those sessions ran (they were apparently like a party most of the time and as much fun as work). Each platter and side opens in a straightforward manner to the Warner corporate logo and a menu with a second layer for bonus features where available. Each episode gets a single chapter, and there is a "play all" function as well as show-by-show access. There are also optional French and Spanish subtitles available.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary on three key episodes by series veterans and animation historians ; Two top documentaries: Back to Hoagy's Alley: The Making of Top Cat covers the series history and cool cats in interview Alley profiles the memorable voice cast; Storyboard showcase comparison on The Missing Heir; Top Cat Sing-along; Top Cat Collection of art, stills, sketches, and backgrounds; Vintage commercials
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • UPC: 014764236223
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Digi-Pak / Subtitled / Mixed Media Set / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 13:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,616

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Top Cat: Disc 1
1. Hawaii - Here We Come [25:34]
2. The Maharajah of Pookajee [25:35]
3. All That Jazz [25:35]
4. The $1,000,000 Derby [25:36]
5. The Violin Player [25:31]
6. The Missing Heir [25:38]
Side #2 -- Top Cat: Disc 2
1. Top Cat Falls in Love [25:38]
2. A Visit From Mother [25:33]
3. Naked Town [25:34]
4. Sergeant Top Cat [25:31]
5. Choo-Choo's Romance [25:33]
6. The Unscratchables [25:38]
Side #3 -- Top Cat: Disc 3
1. Rafeefleas [25:38]
2. The Tycoon [25:34]
3. The Long Hot Winter [25:35]
4. The Case of the Absent Anteater [25:36]
5. T.C. Minds the Baby [25:39]
6. Farewell, Mr. Dibble [25:33]
Side #4 -- Top Cat: Disc 4 - Side A
1. The Grand Tour [25:35]
2. The Golden Fleecing [25:36]
3. Space Monkey [25:34]
4. The Late T.C. [25:33]
5. Dibble's Birthday [25:37]
6. Choo-Choo Goes Ga-Ga [25:37]
Side #5 -- Top Cat: Disc 5 - Side B
1. King for the Day [25:35]
2. The Con Men [25:38]
3. Dibble Breaks the Record [25:37]
4. Dibble Sings Again [25:39]
5. Griswold [25:38]
6. Dibble's Double [25:33]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Top Cat: Disc 1
   Play All
   Episodes
      End Credits
   Special Features
      Hawaii - Here We Come Commentary By Animation Historian Jerry Beck, Writer/Animation Historians Earl Kress and Mark Evanier, And the Voice of "Spook" and "The Brain" Leo De Lyon
      The Missing Heir Storyboard Showcase
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- Top Cat: Disc 2
   Play All
   Episodes
      End Credits
   Special Features
      A Visit From Mother - Commentary By Animation Historian Jerry Beck, Writer/Animation Historians Earl Kress and Mark Evanier, and The Voice of "Spook" and "The Brain" Leo De Lyon
      Back to Hoagy's Alley: The Making of "Top Cat"
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #3 -- Top Cat: Disc 3
   Play All
   Episodes
      End Credits
   Special Features
      Cool Cats in Interview Alley
         Play All
         Top Cat
         Cool Cats
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #4 -- Top Cat: Disc 4 - Side A
   Play All
   Episodes
      End Credits
   Special Features
      The Late T.C. - Commentary By Animation Historian Jerry Beck, Writer/Animation Historians Earl Kress and Mark Evanier, and the Voice of "Spook" and "The Brain" Leo De Lyon
      Top Cat - Sing-Along
      Top Cat Collection
      Top Cat Kellogg's Commericals
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #5 -- Top Cat: Disc 5 - Side B
   Play All
   Episodes
      End Credits
   Special Features
      Trailers
         The Flintstones Season 2
         Wacky Races: The Complete Series
         Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection
         Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 2
         Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. 2
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    top cat tops

    gave this to someone who requested it and they just love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    TOP CAT IS THE MOST!

    The 1960's saw an incredible release of cartoons by Hanna-Barbera. These wonderful cartoons are classics today and Top Cat rates near the top of the list along with the Flintstones and the Jetsons. It probably did not gain as much fame because it was only produced for 1 season. Top Cat would appeal to older folks for its wit and the incredible voices of the "gang" of cats including: Top Cat("TC"), Benny the Ball, Brain, Choo Choo,
    Fancy-Fancy, and Spook. Based loosely on characters from the The Phil Silvers Show, Top Cat's gang of New York City alley cats are always up to some hi jinx and getting Officer Dibble in trouble. Youngsters should enjoy the colorful characters and the great graphics of the cartoon. Top Cat is a favorite of mine and I highly recommend it for some light-hearted, old-fashioned fun!

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