Top Cat: The Movie [Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D + DVD]
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Benny the Ball, Fancy Fancy, Choo Choo, Spook and Brains, and the indisputable leader of the gang TC, are back at war with the long arm of the law when the menacing Police Chief Strickland moves to town, ousting the bumbling Officer Dibble. Determined to put a stop to the feline antics in Hoagy s Alley with the help of a bullying robot police force, the tech-savvy Strickland threatens to be the most dastardly enemy the gang has ever faced. With their wise-guy lifestyle hanging in the balance, TC and friends are forced to cash in on another of their nine lives to curtail Strickland s reign of terror and claw their way back to the top! Joining old favouritesTC, his tip-top gang and Officer Dibble,TOP CAT: THE MOVIE sees the welcome return of a host of lovable characters fromthe original Hanna-Barbera cartoon, includingthe fiery-tempered Griswald the Dog and the esteemed Maharaja of Pookajee.
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In fact it's a pretty decent, if flawed, attempt to take the essence of the Hanna Barbera series and bring it up to date. Not everything works but overall it does manage to capture some of the best elements of the original show. One key area where it does succeed in, for example is with Top Cat himself, which was always going to be vital for the film to work at all. Jason Harris does a pretty decent job in conjuring up both the voice and wise guy persona of the original TC, and the same can be said for the updating of his sidekicks Choo Choo and the unforgettable Benny. To those who have slated the new voices in this film, I'd suggest you check out the original series and you'll find they're a lot closer than you think.
What lets the film down though is the animation, which seems to have fallen between two stools - you can clearly see the filmmakers have tried hard to stay faithful to the two dimensional look of the original series but this approach just ends up jarring with the more modern CGI effects that are thrown in (the opening helicopter sequence demonstrates this clearly for example).
There are some nice touches elsewhere though, such as the return of TC's old canine adversary from the TV series Griswald and the presence of a suitably slimy (and loathsome) villain in Strickland.
It's also worth mentioning that my 7 old son loved the movie when he saw it in the cinema and has since become a big fan of the original TV series - always a sign that a big screen update must have done something right.
It is even more brave when you consider that fifty years had passed since the TV series. Fifty years to get a movie version is a long time. So when you consider the time length and the end results I think they did well with this movie.
If you up date the movie to account for the fifty years difference then you will be criticised for changing too much. If you copy the series too much then it will get criticised for being too predictable.
I think they got the balance just about right, There are hints of today and yet it still looks a bit like the 1960s.
So the good points are that they resisted using too much modern animation. The film used the same sort of animation in appearance to the original TV show and that means the movie had familiarity and looks like it belongs to the original franchise. The plot is typical of an episode of the TV series and so yes it is predictable but at the same time it feels like it is a genuine episode. In fact much of the plot has been borrowed from the TV series.
The plot does suffer from being over long, which it would do if you turn something that was always under half an hour into movie length but it is to be expected.
Some of the voices are different, but very close to the original and on the whole they do a good job considering the fifty year gap between the TV series and the this movie.
The whole film is good fun just like the series was and that is what you would expect anyway.
Is this the best movie ever? No. Is it the best that they could have done with a movie version of Top Cat? No I think they could have done better.Read more ›
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My kids will pretty much watch anything and even they thought this was awful. The story is dull, it's not in the slightest bit funny and was a complete waste of time.Published 1 month ago by G. Rees
This was one of the cartoons I watched as a kid so when I saw this dvd I bought it so my grandson and I could watch together but it was rubbishPublished 1 month ago by L. Mone