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Top Cat - The Complete Series (2004)

Arnold Stang , Maurice Gosfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield, John Stephenson, Leo Delyon
  • Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZMHW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Top Cat - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 30 episodes, 3 with commentary by series veterans and historians
  • Two documentaries on the series
  • Storyboard comparison
  • Singalong
  • Art gallery
  • Vintage commericals

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

In the tradition of great screen conmen--one of the few with a visible tail--"Top Cat" holds a top spot in the hearts of cartoon fans. The smooth-talking New York City cat, known as T.C. to his kitty cohorts Benny the Ball, Choo-Choo, Spook, The Brain and Fancy-Fancy, is always on the make toward a big score or swindle. And the bothersome--and ever-exasperated--Officer Dibble is relentlessly on his case (although always a step behind)--throughout 30 fast, funny episodes. This deluxe 4-disc set offers terrifically top Bonus Extras as befits, so the swinging theme song immortalizes, "the chief, he's the king, but above everything: he's the most tiptop Top Cat!"

Product Description

Voices of Arnold Stang, Leo de Lyon. The extra cool, smart-talking, New York city cat known as T.C. does his thing in a big way in every one of the 30 episodes in this golden collection on 4 DVDs. Animated. 1960/color/9 hrs., 7 min/NR/fullscreen.

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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! Maybe the BEST of HB December 12, 2004
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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.
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137 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those wondering... the spanish dub is the original! December 13, 2004
Format:DVD
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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP CAT? YOU BET! July 18, 2006
Format:DVD
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Close Friend, I Get to Call Him T.C. March 8, 2005
Format:DVD
With the exception of The Honeymooners, this is probably the best comedy that was only on for one season. Top Cat is consistently funnier than The Jetsons and even, dare I say it, The Flintstones. The cityscape of Top Cat is brilliantly done. Strong storylines provide a good foundation for Hanna-Barbara's tribute to "You'll Never Get Rich" (aka Sgt. Bilko). The rich color of the animation was not to be experienced in 1962 as ABC broadcast the show in black and white. Few of us had color TV back then anyway. Top Cat became a Saturday afternoon staple, so more of a newer generation were able to enjoy the show in color.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Cat Rules
These are great! Took me right back to my childhood days. Makes you realize how lucky it was to grow up in then. Life was a lot simpler back then. Read more
Published 11 days ago by yukon ho
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive your childhood
Saturday morning cartoons, what else can I say??
Published 14 days ago by L. Gaggini
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the show as a kid and even more as an adult!
Published 21 days ago by Michael Malik
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition. We are enjoying these cartoons immensely
In brand new, excellent condition. We are enjoying these cartoons immensely!!
Published 1 month ago by Judie Agee
5.0 out of 5 stars Top cat is Bitchin'
Love that I can get the whole series . one of my top 5 favorite cartoons! Love the works of Hanna-Barbera
Published 1 month ago by Selena Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems as expected
Published 1 month ago by debi stultz
5.0 out of 5 stars TOPCAT~!!!!
TOPCAT~! THE UNDERSPUTERALL LEADER OFTHE GANG!!! He's the one, he's the King, he's CHAMPIOSHIP, he's the most HIP HOP~ TOPCAT~!!!
Published 2 months ago by Christopher R. Filkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cartoon, wonderful memories
One of the top 5 cartoons for me as a child, loved it then love it now....great humor, vibrant colors to the film...one to be cherished as we lost Hanna Barbera a few years back
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars ". . . He's the boss, he's the pip, he's the championship . . ."
I can actually remember seeing this in first run back in our cozy East New York apartment, so I'm prejudiced. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Konrei
5.0 out of 5 stars Top cat DVD
This is a great compilation of all the top cat cartoons we remember from our childhood. All the discs play perfectly.
Published 3 months ago by T. Nadeau
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