Top Cat - The Complete Series
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Strutting his stuff as the most charming, conniving con cat to ever rule the alleys of New York City, Top Cat plots one screwball strategy after another in his constant quest to turn a fast buck. Always just one leap ahead of Officer Dibble, this furry tornado of comic action is abetted by his fellow alley cats, who can never resist partaking in Top Cat's next humorous hustle. It's good that a cat has nine lives, because with Top Cat's talent for trouble, he needs every one!]]>
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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.Read more ›
Now, if I can only get a DVD of Señorita Cometa or Here Comes the Grump I'll be really happy reliving my childhood.
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.
The strength of Top Cat lies in its characters. Arnold Stang, actually playing against type, provides T.C. with an indomitable spirit. Maurice Gosfield IS Benny the Ball and Marvin Kaplan turns Choo Choo into Chooch. Veteran actor Allen Jenkins as Officer Dibble is about as prototype as it gets.
Every episode is a lot of fun, but I particularly loved the extras. You'll enjoy the enthusiastic recollections of the aptly named Leo DeLyon (voice of The Brain and Spook) who makes it very clear how much he loved this gig. You'll almost feel like you can picture what the set was like with this great cast of voice actors. The process of doing the show in many ways seemed to resemble a live radio play from an earlier era.
Thank you, Warner Home Video, for bringing back this joyful show and treating it and us with "dig-na-T".
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I enjoyed these cartoons and now my kids get to - much more decent than a lot of the kids programming today.Published 7 months ago by Ranger Creek
Delivered without an issue and allows me to rewatch my favorite Hanna Barbara cartoon any time I want.Published 9 months ago by pyrokitsune777
The Best!!!! Everybody young and old should have this classic!!!five stars!!!!Published 10 months ago by Greek
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