'Top Cat' theatrical feature coming August 2
Was Hanna-Barbera’s Top Cat ever one of your favorite TV cartoons? It wasn’t one of mine, even in its original broadcast fifty-plus years ago – and there wasn’t much competition at the time.
Yet I am looking on this new theatrical feature more favorably. Thank Roscoe it hasn’t been given the CGI makeover that Yogi Bear got! Or Rocky & Bullwinkle, or the live-action makeover of George of the Jungle or Dudley Do-Right. (Can you imagine a live-action Top Cat played by Brendan Fraser?)
No, the theatrical Top Cat has all the charm of the TV animation of 1961-62. And you know what? After all of the CGI razzle-dazzle of Escape from Planet Earth, The Croods, Epic, Monsters University, and Despicable Me 2 this year so far, not to mention the coming Turbo, Planes, The Smurfs 2, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds, and Frozen – Top Cat looks pleasantly quaint. Those windmill running legs – that hokey voice acting – it’s nostalgia; ya know what I mean?
Whatever. Jerry Beck, on his Animation Scoop website, says that this 2011 Argentinian animated feature is being dubbed into English now for an August 2 release in theatres and home media.