A LITTLE goes a very long way. Only 30 episodes of the cult Hanna-Barbera animated series Top Cat were made in the early 1960s, but the colourful cartoon caper about a felonious feline and his moggy mates has enjoyed re-runs in the UK ever since.
But fans should avoid Top Cat: The Movie, a risible Spanish-language animated feature, which has been dubbed into English.
Alberto Mar’s film couldn’t be more lifeless or soulless, pitting the most cunning cat in New York against a scheming mayor who plans to hold the city hostage with his army of robotic police officers.
The characters remain largely faithful to the Hanna-Barbera designs but vocal performances are weak.
It certainly doesn’t help that Top Cat, two of his feline disciples and the film’s ineffectual villain are all voiced by Jason Harris, who struggles to differentiate between the characters in dialogue-heavy interludes.
Top Cat and his buddies Benny, Choo Choo, Fancy Fancy, Spook and Brain enjoy the run of Manhattan’s alleys, despite the best efforts of Officer Dibble to thwart them.
Their latest ruse involves getting close to the visiting Maharaja of Pikachu, who is well known for giving away rubies as tips.
Their antics are quickly curtailed by the new chief of police, who installs CCTV cameras on every corner and mans the streets with automaton cops.
“What more does an alley cat need than good food and good friends?” chirps TC.
A good script and good direction might be an idea.