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Set in the Alleys of New York, "Top Cat" tells the story of a gang of low-life cats with their charismatic Leader, Top Cat. With ability and mischief, Top Cat will always try to get rich gambling, to eat for free, or to play jokes on someone, but he is always being watched by Officer Dibble, who is very strict and fierce with them, but in fact is a friend to all of them.Written by
Due to the success of the show and the nostalgia for the characters in other countries, there's a recent movie made in Mexico trying to recover the essence of the original show. See more »
In the opening title song "Top Cat" (seen in every episode) the waiter should be shown in front of the lunch box on the table. His torso is behind the box until Top Cat jumps up and runs for the taxi. At that point the waiter "pops" fully in front of the lunch box. This was related by Arnold Stang on the DVD commentary and he was very annoyed (even years later!) that the studio would let such an error occur every week. See more »
[admiring a contemporary painting]
This man has artistic temperament, like Van Gogh. You know, the painter who cut off his ear and sent it to his girlfriend.
Oh, yeah, to ask her why he hadn't heard from her.
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The closing credits feature Top Cat returning to his alley and going to bed. The series title also appears on a billboard above the alley. See more »
In Mexico's Spanish dubbed version the name of characters was changed to:
Don Gato (Top Cat)
Benito B. Bodoque y B. (Benny the Ball)
Demóstenes (The Brain)
Agente Carlitos Matute (Officer Dibble)
Also the voice of Benito B. Bodoque y B. sound like a child and every cat had an accent in voice of some different Mexican regions.
This is a jewel of a show: fun, clean, sometimes even very clever. Why was this show so short running? Maybe it was ahead of its time. As not as cynic as more recent cats (like Garfield), Top Cat has its dose of pinching quotes and memorable, clever one-liners, as the 'hobo-like' background puts the acid dose to the series. The show is maybe naive for the 90's and beyond, but in the innocence of the early 60's it had punch and spice, maybe 20 years before its time.
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