The Original Crabby Tabby is Back! King of the ?80s nostalgia explosion, Heathcliff and his pals The Catillac Cats are back, ruling the neighborhood with an iron paw and a sense of adventure. Voiced by the legendary Mel B... more »lanc, Heathcliff And The Catillac Cats is just as you remember: fun, feisty and full of laughs and entertainment for the whole family! Heathcliff And The Catillac Cats 4-disc set will feature the first 24 complete episodes, sure to please fans as this is the first time Heathcliff (featuring the Catillac Cats segments) will appear as it aired originally on TV. SPECIAL FEATURES: Interview with Heathcliff cartoonist Peter Gallagher Heathcliff Through The Years Click-Thru Gallery Original Promos PROGRAM LISTING: Disc 1 1. The Great Pussini / Kitty Kat Kennels 2. Chauncey's Great Escape / Carnival Capers 3. Mad Dog Catcher / Circus Beserkus 4. Rebel Without A Claws / The Farming Life Ain't For Me 5. Heathcliff's Middle Name / Wishful Thinking 6. King Of The Beasts / Cat Can Do Disc 2 7. Smoke Gets In My Eyes / Much Ado About Bedding 8. City Slicker Cat / House Of The Future 9. Spike's Cousin / For The Birds 10. Heathcliff's Pet / Swamp Fever 11. Teed Off / Monstro vs. The Wolf Hound 12. Say Cheese / Cat's Angels Disc 3 13. Meow Meow Island / Iron Cats 14. Family Tree / Who's Got The Chocolate? 15. Be Prepared / Cruisin' For A Bruisin' 16. Heathcliff Gets Canned / Whackoed Out 17. Brain Sprain / Cat Balloon 18. May The Best Cat Win / Comedy Cats Disc 4 19. Revenge Of The Kitty / Jungle Vacation 20. Hospital Heathcliff / Hector's Takeover 21. Going Shopping / Cat In The Fat 22. Wild Cat Heathcliff / Kitten Around 23. Cat Burglar Heathcliff / Lucky's Unlucky Day 24. The Blizzard Bandit / Harem Cat« less
The competition never stops when you have these DVDS
Robin Orlowski | United States | 07/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My younger brother and I watched this cartoon growing up in the 1980s. Because it wasn't a superblockbuster (GI JOE..etc) I am glad that it is being released on DVD.
Even though we never figured out why Iggy Nutmeg (the young boy in the "Heathcliff" segments) always was dressed up while Jennifer went casual and Grandma and Grandpa also looked (for their generation) informal, the series was great. Heathcliff was a cat who lived with the Nutmegs and, although generally well behaved, and wanting to impress his girlfriend Sonia (also a cat) got into trouble around the neighborhood.
He obviously wasn't content with being just a housecat because Heathclif was always cooking up some kind of 'get-rich-quick' scheme, but the family always forgave him and loved him exactly for who he was.
I loved the car which the Cadilac Cats had, it litterally changed into anything. Sure they lived in a junkyard and knew how to fend for themselves if need be, but the Cadilac Cats weren't hooligans. They were usually well-mannered cats and their leader Rif-Raf, honestly wanted nothing more than to be with his beloved Cleo, who worked at a music store. Plus (again to the perspective of a little kid) their makeshift house from an old airplane looked really cool.
I hope that whoever took the initiative to bring the series to DVD also included the theme song. Many years later, the lyrics and beat are still memorable."
A Great Reissue thats done right!
N. W. Hartung | Seattle | 10/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally a good eighties reissue!! This set actually is everything from the original episodes! From the theme song to the right back to the episode clips everything is here just like it was back in '84/'85 minus the commercials ;) Seems most cartoons from the eighties that have recently come out on dvd are missing key parts such as proper opening closing credits voice changes and other bad annoying things. But, fear not this set is exactly is how they were shown back then! This is one of the few cartoons that wasn't out every Saturday (then in the late eighties everyday in the afternoon) that wasn't messed up because there was no toys to dictate how the show should be made vs action toy cartoons (i.e. thundercats is a good example of that.) One can enjoy watching this in nostalgia of your childhood while enjoying it with your children now! Kid's of today and yesterday will find Heathcliff and the Riff Raff Gangs escapades quite enjoyable and funny! Oh yeah they even include the pet tips on this which is cool too! "
Cartoons you don't find anymore
Kristin Thomas | 01/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i loved heathcliff growing up. the show always made me laugh.it is a shame that the cartoons of today are nothing like what i watched growing up.Heathcliff is a cat that thinks he owns the street where he lives with family. Heathcliff gets into all kind of trouble. the second half of the show is with the catillac cats who live at the dump on heathcilffs street. the gang is run by Riff Raff who has the hots for Cloe who lives in a music shop with a dog named Butch. Between heathcliff and riff raff you never no what is going to happen."
Quality Issues On An Otherwise Great Cartoon
Michelle Ilisa | 07/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was so excited to find out HeathCliff and the Catillac Cats, one of my favorite cartoons from the 1980's was released on dvd. After viewing some of the episodes I found that they were still as entertaining as I remembered them. Now for the problems, the picture quality could be much better. The picture has these little flicks of black and white lines in them that come and go very rapidly.(I can't think of any other way to describe them).Also, some episodes from the first disk have a wavy like appearence in the backround on the left hand side in a few scenes. I know these issues are not due to a defective copy as several people I know have copies that due the same thing. If you are willing to overlook these small problems and you love Heathcliff then I would recommened buying this DVD set."
A fun romp with a cartoon from my childhood
Dark Helmet | Seattle, WA | 02/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The cartoon: This is the first season from the syndicated cartoon that ran from around 1985 to 1988, and then was picked up by Nickelodeon (where I remember watching it as a kid). It was produced by DiC, and the animation was farmed to famous anime company Tokyo Movie Shinsha. While it's not movie quality, the animation is definitely several cuts above the quality level of TV cartoons on average. Heathcliff is voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc, and there are several other familiar animation voices in the cast. I personally have fond memories of watching this cartoon as a kid, but overall I think it's held up well.
The DVD: This is a four disc set made by Shout Factory with 24 episodes total. The full episodes are there, with the intro, commercial bumpers, one Heathcliff and one Catillac Cats segment per episode, the obligatory 80s morality segment at the end where Heathcliff gives a blurb about caring for your pets, then the closing. The episodes are arranged in chronological order by the date they aired. The pilot is on here too, though for some reason it was #18 in rotation. There are extras on discs 1-3, the first one being the most interesting by far. It's an interview with the current Heathcliff cartoonist. Heathcliff's creator George Gately retired in 1999 and passed away two years later, leaving his nephew Peter Gallagher to continue the comic. Peter discusses the history of the comic and gives a short tutorial on how to draw Heathcliff. On disc #2, there is a strip gallery with one comic from each year up until 2005. Disk #3 has the last segment, the promo clips that were used to sell the show to independant stations. IMHO this is the worst out of all the extras, since it just has clips from cartoons that are already on the discs, sans voices.
My only beef with this DVD is the extras, in that there's not much on the show other than the clips of cartoons you'll watch on the discs, and absolutely nothing on the Catillac Cats. While Mel Blanc and Stan Jones have passed away, there are people who worked on the show still working in the animation business. Hopefully there will be more on the show itself if they release future seasons. I also noticed a short hitch in the sound, but it was during one of the commercial bumpers so you don't really miss anything. My gripes basically boil down to nitpicks, and I recommend it, especially if you watched it as a kid.