Top Cat: The Movie

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Top Cat: The Movie

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 Top Cat’s 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 entrepreneur’s plan to turn New York into a futuristic dictatorship by replacing police officers – including TC’s old 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 woefully ineffectual. An air of boredom permeated the screening I attended and laughs were universally non-existent.

By: Derek Adams


Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday June 1 2012
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alberto Mar

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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This was a great Top Cat movie ‘most effectual’! Go see it. It was made in Mexico, nothing wrong there. The voices were the as good as in the original, I could not detect dubbing. It was fun with an up-to-date story involving ‘big brother’ and the Mayor of New York. There were some very funny moments where the characters showed they were up with modern technology. There were great philosophical jokes and laughs were heard from Adults and Kids. Tip top.


Avoid at all cost. Went with boys 5 and 7 without knowing anything about it, just an afternoon at the flicks, unprepared. Admittedly kids did crack one or two laughs so they get engaged into it but it will cost £3 at your supermarket in 2 months when I blew £15 to get in. Not worth the difference

long cat

Dire - Absolute rubbish sad remake of one of my all time classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. This is so scary in parts that kids in the theatre hid their faces or cried leading to six families walking out. The story is wafer thin and the overdub voices are but a facsimile of the originals plus the sets look amateur. No-one even laughed at the mis-fed jokes and overall it left me with a bitter memory of ninety wasted minutes. Worst part of it was updating it to 21st Century NYC.


Can you hear a whirring sound? It is William Hanna and Joseph Barbara spinning in their graves. Hanna Barbara won seven, yes really seven, Oscars for Tom & Jerry cartoons. They also brought us the Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, Wacky Races and Hong Kong Phoey as well as Top Cat and they do this to one of their great cartoons. A total travesty!