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Top Cat - The Complete Series
Top Cat - The Complete Series
Actors: Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield, Leo DeLyon, Allen Jenkins, Marvin Kaplan
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Animation
NR     2004     13hr 0min

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Actors: Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield, Leo DeLyon, Allen Jenkins, Marvin Kaplan
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Animation
Sub-Genres: Classics, Classic TV, Animation
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Animated,Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/07/2004
Original Release Date: 09/27/1961
Theatrical Release Date: 09/27/1961
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 13hr 0min
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Reviewed on 10/25/2023...
Think Flintstones and add cats.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

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For those wondering... the spanish dub is the original!
Roberto Leibman | Sacramento, CA | 12/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"During the 70's and 80's Mexican television (Televisa) was too cheap to buy any new programs, so they kept on showing the same shows OVER and OVER, Pink Panther, the first Spiderman series, Here Comes the Grump, Señorita cometa and others became cult classics to my generation. Among these shows stands out Top Cat (Don Gato), particularly because of the genius of the dubbing artists who gave regional Mexican accents to the different cats, and would often insert off-color humor into the show (some of which only now, upon seeing these again) I'm finally getting. I was a bit worried when I bought the set because I didn't know if the spanish dub was included and original, but I was not dissapointed.
Now, if I can only get a DVD of Señorita Cometa or Here Comes the Grump I'll be really happy reliving my childhood."
J. T. Holtz | Maine, United States | 12/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not taking anything away from "The Flintstones" or "The Jetsons" or any of the other great Hanna Barbera cartoons, but "Top Cat" may just be the funniest, hippest, smartest show HB ever put out. From the writing, the backgrounds, setting the show in a real (as opposed to fictional) city--New York--and Gershwin-esq music ques, every episode of "Top Cat" is quality comedy from the first frame to the last. I absolutely loved this show as a kid, and now that I'm an adult I can watch it with a new appreciation for the talent that went into making it.

Seven characters voiced by six great actors (The wonderful Leo de Lyon pulled double duty as the voice of both Brain and Spook), each with a distinct and endearing personality. Arnold Stang is brilliantly cast as Top Cat, bringing a sensitivity and vulnerability to the role of this "hukster." Maurice Gosfield is hilarious as the delightful Benny the Ball, as is Marvin Kapland as Choo-Choo. And Allen Jenkins is perfect as officer Dribble, er, I mean Dibble. Really, the only character who doesn't do much for me is Fancy-Fancy, but the episodes tend to leave him and Spook (whom I do like) a bit more in the background than the other characters.

Combine great characters with great actors and great writing and you get some great comedy. In the first episode, "Hawaii Here We Come," the opening shot of little Benny hula dancing and singing "Aloha Hoyiiiiie!" is just one of the funniest things I've ever seen. And in that same episode they seem to take a swipe at Disney with a line about Davy Crockett and "that song," which Dibble tries to remember but comes up with "Daaaavy Crockett, with the googlie eyes . . . no, that's not it."

This is most definitely a show for all ages. Kids will like the funny cats, and adults will appreciate the more subtle aspects of the humor. On that basis alone I'd recommend this DVD, but wait! There's more!

This DVD package has some great extras. The documentary Back to Hoagy's Alley, hosted by Leo de Lyon (Spook and Brain) is very nice, and I really love the interview with Mr. T.C. himself, Arnold Stang. I have watched one of the commentaries so far, and that's very good as well, and I look forward to watching the other two. Video quality is excellent and holds up even on my 42" plasma. My only complaint (just a nit-pick, really) is that disc 4 is two sided so you have to flip it over. Couldn't they have made it single sided, dual-layered instead? Oh, well, not really important.

In short, if you are a fan of TV animation from the 50s and 60s then you must get this set. It's a shame that T.C. only got 30 episodes (though they were shown for years on Sat. mornings). This show should have gone on much longer. But maybe with this DVD release T.C. will get some new fans and the show will get the broad recognition it deserves.

(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cartoon was a highly entertaining one both for kids and adults. I remember watching some of its many re-runs after school and enjoying the sharp wit and great voice work.
I have since found out it was heavily based on the Sgt. Bilko series with a schemer and his cronies striving to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
The extras are good considering many of the people who worked on the show are dead. It was good to see and hear some of the voice actors.
The Hanna Barbera animation is admittedly greatly inferior to classic golden age movie animation (Warner, MGM, Disney etc..) because of the restrictions of the tv medium but the shows as a whole still stand up well today as pieces of family entertainment without an ounce of mawkishness. The animation is superior however to plenty that is issued these days.
The cartoons are presented in impeccably clear copies and it's great to watch them without the ads I was subjected to all those years ago.
A recommendable set which has got me interested in some of the other HB releases (Magilla? Jetsons? Huckleberry?).
Congratulations to Warners for their thorough work in releasing these and the Looney Tunes Golden Collections in a quality condition as befits these entertaining works of popular culture."