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Top Cat

Top Cat

Released 1 June 2012
Director Alberto Mar

Jason Harris, Bob Kaliban, Ben Diskin, Melissa Disney, Chris Edgerly, Bill Lobely, Matthew Piazzi, Fred Tatasciore
Writer(s) Tim McKeon, Kevin Seccia

Fernando de Fuentes, Jose C. Garcia de Letona

Mexico, Argentina, United Kingdom
Running Time 90 minutes
Genre Animation, action, comedy, family
Rating G


I like animations just as much as the next guy. Saturday and Sunday mornings, like any Irish boy or girl, consisted of arising at the crack of dawn to the cartoon classics of the 1980s and ‘90s. But there was always a standard – and a pretty high one at that. Even when you are a kid you want to be treated with a certain degree of respect. It's not a case of just throwing together a mix of silly voices, poor drawings amid a ludicrously comical caper. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the writers of Top Cat decided to do, and it was just comically bad.

Based on the old cartoon of the same name from the early 1960s, Top Cat, or TC, is the king of the alley cats in New York City. Together with his gang of misfits, they are the Robin Hood of their time – stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, or, as the case may be, themselves. However, the introduction of the corrupt Strickland as the new Chief of Police puts their shenanigans to bed while endangering the way of life amongst the cats' humble abode. Who can save the day, I wonder?

This movie is nothing short of annoying from start to finish. For whatever reason, the voice-overs are that extra bit more squeaky, drawn-out and annoying than they have to be which takes about half of the show to get over. It's all quite familiar, so I feel I've seen the original cartoon. Yet, the fact that it clearly didn't resonate well with me could be a clue as to why this outing didn't fare any better.

The story is fine but hardly original – why this is in the cinema is anyone's guess. This is as straight to DVD as they come! Top Cat is harmless stuff and it will surely be entertaining enough for some. An insult to children? That would be a bit harsh, but it's a whisker away from being so.

- David Caulfield