Each story featured a dream sequence in which Waldo would imagine himself to be a famous hero, such as Catzan (Tarzan), Catman and Sparrow (Batman and Robin), The Lone Kitty (The Lone Ranger), Robin Cat (Robin Hood) and Cat Trek (Star Trek). This kind of spoof was deemed acceptable as long as an entire series is not built solely on the same concept. However, the James Thurber estate instituted legal proceedings against Filmation for infringing on the copyrights of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). As a result, when the series was rerun as part of "The Groovie Goolies and Friends", the title was changed to "The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty" and each show's wraparound segments in which a live action cat would start to dream were removed. See more »
As a cat lover, I remember Secret LIves of Waldo Kitty vividly.
As others have noted, the show began with Waldo as a real life cat, his feline girlfriend and the bulldog who terrorized them both. Voices were provided over the real animal trio.
When Waldo pondered how he would escape from this latest dilemma, he would daydream himself into anthropomorphic cartoon form.
The set-ups were five very familiar scenes; Tarzan (Catzan), Batman (Catman), Lone Ranger (Lone Kitty), Robin Hood (Robin Cat) and the STar Trek Enterprise Captain.
In each scenario, the bulldog would now have the same three henchmen over and over; three dogs, one tall, one short and I guess the last one was average, don't recall.
In the Catman adventures, the real life cat at the beginning would be joined by a real life bird, attempting to aid friend Waldo in escaping from the bulldog.
When they went cartoon, the bird of course became Sparrow, the equivalent of Batman's Robin.
Lone Kitty was without a doubt the most interesting, as in real life, Waldo the cat would have a sidekick in the form of a real rabbit. IN the cartoon version, the rabbit of course became Tonto (Can't recall the character's name).
Of the five adventures, four would become real cartoons from the same company that made Waldo Kitty.
Star Trek, with the original cast doing the cartoon voices, came out about four years earlier.
Tarzan, Lone Ranger (voiced by William Conrad of Cannon fame) and Batman (voiced by much of the 1960s TV show, including Adam West and Burt Ward) would all come about over the course of time from this animation studio.
On Waldo Kitty, as on all these other cartoon shows, the adventures played out much the same over and over.
In Waldo Kitty, the bulldog villain was always snarling laughing, kidnapping the female, only to be thwarted by the Waldo character. It never strayed from this plot. Over and over again in each adventure.
Plotwise, I recall two moments.
In Robin Cat, the hero was in disguise at the archer show to rescue Maid Marian and he motioned for her to remain quiet to his secret, so he puts his finger to his mouth and goes 'shhhhh'.
"Why do you put your fingers to your lips, sir?" She matter-of-factedly asked, perplexing him.
In Catzan, the cat would be leaving and would utter 'keep noses clean'. I guess because at nine-years-of-age, I had never heard that phrase before and so I had no idea what he meant. It was an odd phrase to even put in a children's cartoon. I have never forgotten that bit, especially from what was supposed to be a jungle-raised character.
Undeniably the saving grace was the theme. Sung by Howard Morris, showing the most majestic cat from the show walking toward the camera on a treebranch, it then gave way to some gravelly voice singing "He's Waldo Kitty" and showed the cartoon figures of Waldo.
I had never heard of Walter Mitty, so I never knew what this show was based upon. Perhaps that was for the better. I did like this show and would like to see it again.
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