“Top Cat/Don Gato” teaser “Top Cat/Don Gato” teaser
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“Top Cat/Don Gato” teaser

As previously reported on Cartoon Brew, coming this fall to cinemas in Mexico: Don Gato (aka Hanna-Barbera’s “Top Cat” or “Boss Cat”), a hand drawn feature in 3D. I wasn’t going to post this teaser as there isn’t much animation in it – but what’s there looks intriguing. And I had so many friends sending me links to it, I figure we gotta give our readers a chance to weigh in:

(Thanks to Chris Sobieniak, and many others)

  • El Wapo

    I love it already! It makes me hate American films. I can’t wait to see more (Take notes Dreamworks, Sony,& Disney)

  • joe c

    Considering that this itty bitty clip beats everything else done with Top Cat in the half-century following his original run … I’d say thumbs up.

  • Nik

    Looks intriguing! I like the stylization of the background art. I had forgotten how much I liked seeing this scene in the old Top Cat cartoons when I was a kid.

    Will Wacky Races or Quick Draw McGraw be next to get animated features in Mexico?

    • tonma

      Good Lord let there be a Quick Draw revival (good)some day……

  • It’s hard to give an opinion about 40 seconds of animation. I really like the stylized fence in the back and the lighting but the 2D/3D mash-up sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Maybe Top Cat is to Mexico as Jerry Lewis is to France.

    • Nik

      Or Tex Avery MGM cartoons are to France. I was always amazed at how much fantastic Tex Avery merchandise came out of France.

      • Funkybat

        That must be where they got the Tex Avery wolf lamp and other items that Jim Carrey had in his apartment in ‘The Mask.” I have never seen any “Red Hot Riding Hood” merchandise for sale in the U.S., and Tex and his characters seem to be revered mainly amongst other animators and film geeks stateside.

      • rnigma

        Wasn’t that horrible “Wacky World of Tex Avery” show produced in France?

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It was.

  • TempleDog

    Weigh in on what, the arm? It’s not the right color.

  • 2D in 3D, huh? That’s a twist I rarely see. I’m actually glad that it’s traditionally animated and not CGI’d like Yogi was. Any idea when it comes out in the U.S. if at all?

    • Funkybat

      If it is released here at all, it would be straight to DVD. In all liklihood, the mouths were animated to fit Spanish dialogue, and I somehow suspect they won’t go to the trouble to re-animate mouth movements on 2D characters for English. I’ll take it even with dubbing, even with the 3D BGs, it looks more interesting than half the animation I see in theaters these days.

      • elgringo

        i work on that, the mouths was in english.

  • Pete

    Ah, 1961. When film was in black & white… wait, what?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I like how they make it seem like in 50 years, nothing has changed in TC’s alley!

  • I was JUST wondering about this project while watching a Top cat episode yesterday! Love the concept of the teaser and the look of the environment, Hope that the 2D and 3D are integrated well. cant quite tell from this.

    Cant wait to see more!

  • The backgrounds look great.

  • Joseph Fobbs

    I’d like to see if they could top the original theme song. To me, that made the whole show.

  • kotakito

    but that is not the good one, it’s this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgfyEXu2ae0

    • tonma

      Yes that’s another version, the animation is the same but I has different approach, take a look.

    • mirales!

      DUUUDE is that the WTC Ground Zero in the second 17?

      men that is inapropiate!

      • Funkybat

        Heh…I was about to comment on the Ground Zero shot, too. It didn’t feel gross or gratuitous to me, just kind of odd. At this point it just looks like any old construction site, but I’m sure the people that assembled the trailer knew just what it was. For Americans at least, it does kind of take you out of the moment the trailer is trying to build to.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I hate to say this, since I am not from the area, but I didn’t find it offending at all to see that.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Also I suppose it’s hard not to hide it either (let alone find any pre-2001 footage to use either).

      • Cris

        It didn’t even crossed my mind ’till i read the comment, is ground zero the only construction zone in NY? is this gonna be like the Memin Pinguin stamps controversy that only americans see? come on!

  • Mapache

    Yes. We mexicans love top cat. Is hard to explain but it became part of our culture somehow. There was a huge poll and it tuned out top cat is our most beloved cartoon. Wierd hu?

    I really really hope they don’t screw it with this. Because we have expectations. You know?

    • J.M. Urbina

      I am Colombian and I approve this message.

      I think it was mainly due to the amazing dubbing done in 1960’s MEXICO. Being fluent in both English and Spanish You can watch the episodes in The original Language (English) and they’re actually kind of boring.

    • Yeah! Part of it’s charm is the fantastic dubbing made by very talented voice actors. The original mexican dubbing of The Three Caballeros, The Aristocats and the Jungle Book are also a great example.

  • That poor tumbleweed, rolling for 30 years…

  • Rooniman

    Somehow I’m not liking the 2D characters over 3D backgrounds. Makes it look kind of cheap, but other than that, it looks interesting.

  • Maybe it is too early to get optimistic, but at least does not look at all as Yogi Bear recent feature.

  • 2011 Adult

    Know what it reminds me of? Those old TV bumps Cartoon Network used to animate and air, when they aired the Hanna-Barbera shorts!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Oh yeah, like this one I bet!

      • Funkybat

        I wonder if Genndy worked on that bumper? I had forgotten all about those “modernized” versions of the original H-B characters they used to have on CN (when it was actually “Cartoon” Network.)

  • Isn’t this being part produced in Ireland? Might have shifted overseas… I did a test for this a while back, it was fun! Looks like crazy hard work though (making the 2D thing pull off in 3D)

  • Keegan

    Nice stylized background, much better than the realistic shit we’ve been seeing recently.

    • Funkybat

      If you’re gonna put 2D hand-drawn characters into a 3D CGI environment, the very least one can do is stylize the background to attempt to match the style of the cartoon characters.

      I still find 2D-in-3D jarring, but this one seems to have had some care put into it, so I’m not too disappointed.

  • Top Cat’s personality is a little bit like Joe Carioca’s.

    I want to see this!

  • By the way, Top Cat’s voice in Brazil was made by a very famous actor called Lima Duarte. It would be fun if he return for the movie:


    • tonma

      that would be great! here in Mexico we lost our original and sublime top cat voice many many years ago…

  • Shadowcat016

    Since the mexican dub voice of Benny and Choo-Choo will be reprising his role in this movie. Will it mean if Warner Bros. would dub this movie into english,would they would bring the surviving voice actors back to reprise their roles?

  • Dave

    So, do close amigos get to call him “DG?”

    • tonma

      as always, provided…

  • Zip

    would be great if it could be in theaters in USA!! :D

  • uncle wayne

    Ditto Mr. Fobbs. And what background music, too. Every once and a week i “have Lunch” with them….(it’s on Boomerang around Lunch Time!) Great lunch companions!!

    P.S.: Jerry….wasn’t there a great buy once-upon-a-year for T.C. scores!?? Pleez refresh me!

  • Top Cat/Don Gato was aired in public TV for years in Mexico. There’s at least one generation of kids who are huge fans of these stories, the Spanish dubbing of the original version was excellent too.

    The studio in charge of this work is Anima, based in Mexico City.

  • tonma
    • Chris Sobieniak

      I’m salivating!

    • Rey

      Judging by those stills, now I don’t like it. They could have done better.

    • I’m sold. This looks like fun.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I’ll say they got what made these characters work and stuck with it despite the looser quality of those designs.

    • Emm

      I’d like to see it! I hope there will be an English-dubbed version. It looks pretty faithful to the old Top Cat cartoons (and you certainly can’t do worse than the new Yogi Bear movie).

    • Jory

      Oh my god, yuck.

    • Trike

      Out of all 8 of those pics, #4 in the first set seems to have a gangster right out of the Wacky Races “Anthill Mob” :)

  • Toonio

    And the so feared reverse immigration begins!

  • Greg Chenoweth

    It’s interesting that the sign in Hoagie’s Alley is in English. I am very interested.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It was brought up by someone who worked on the film that they did animate it purposely in English so I’m sure a version of the film in English is either in the can or being produced and shelved for later use (if or when WB thinks about it up here).

  • The Black Hat Club

    I see the Maharajah of Pookajee makes an appearance. It must be the most anthologized episode of the series. I have 4 copies of it. 2 on VHS, & 2 on DVD.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Over at YouTube the clip is for “Don Gato Y Su Padilla,” or “Top Cat and His Gang.” Which reminds me of the fact that when Top Cat first came out in 1961, it took the West Side Story gang concept and scrubbed it clean down to the marrow.

  • The Black Hat Club

    I see The Maharajah of Pookajee makes an apperance in the new film. That episode must be the most anthologized of the original series. I’ve four copies myself, two on VHS, and two on DVD.

  • Vzk

    Wonder if it’ll top the Sgt. Bilko movie.


    Well… alright you guys… settle down, settle down! Wheres the tip top top cat? It needs more character identification baby. Where’s The indisputable leader of the gang?
    But from what I can tell boys…Splended…splendid splendid! I mean after all, he’s a chief, he’s a king, But above everything, He’s the most tip top,
    Top Cat. Oooh my aching back!

  • Graham

    This trailer reminds me Cartoon Network’s 2004 bumpers.

    I approve.

  • Wow, according to that timeline, TV cartoons were made in black and white all the way up until the mid-90s. I never knew!

  • I surprised that Top Cat film is made in Mexico (i am latin american) because in Latinamerica have few or nothing of animated films, and I wait that the film will be done.

  • Elisa

    Hi, a mexican here :) I’m an animation student here in México, I’ve been searching job opportunities here ( and there’s few, it’s hard…) any who, while i’m looking for job, I found this growing up studio “Anima estudios”, and… I’m a little bit worried about what’s going to be Top Cat movie… I mean, i’m proud of them because they are trying to make animation an Industry in the Country… Why i’m worried? Well… Let me show you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ttrvXZ_3Gk, yeah this sneak peek looks amazing but then… I just… I’m… I don’t know… I want to believe I want to believe!

    pd: I never liked “el chavo del 8” so maybe that turns me into a “hater”? Idk… perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…

    • Zaki

      And Anima has the only latin american animated show that has reached 100 episodes and is sold to ALL latin america (Brazil included) and Spain, and of course if you show an earlier episode, can see the difference with a recent one of the last season http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVfHDO8JdcM You can be a hater, but can’t deny that Anima revived the animation genre in Mexico with “Magos y Gigantes” when nobody gave a cent for it during 30 years.

      • Elisa

        You sir/lady me are almost absolutely right.

        I figured out and yeah, my problem is, that is “el chavo del 8” and I never liked it. And if it were another characters and script i think the animation wouldn’t bother me.

        I know “Magos y gigantes” kind of opened again the doors for animation industry in México. And there’s a lot of small studios growing up right know. I’m really thankful with them. And o my gods, i can start a big “Animation History in México” discussion; but that’s not the point of this thread. So all i’m going to do is cheer up for my fellow animators and hope when every one see this movie loves it!

  • Mister Twister




    Show us some actual footage!

  • Mac

    This looks good. My granddaughter was given the Yogi Bear DVD for Easter by the other Granparent family.Ugh!I showed her a melamine plate of the 1960s H-B characters(probably a Kellogg’s premium)with Huck,Yogi,Yacky Doodleand others(no Boo-Boo). She only knew Yogi,’cause of the video. She’s smarter than me,as I wouldn’t been able to guess the bear based on the DVD.This TC thing however,draws me in. The stills change Dibble a bit like John Schuck(not a bad thing,really) and the little human looks typical H-B,five o’clock shadow and all(looks a bit “shady”,wonder if he’s a bad guy?).The queen is straight out of “Cats Can’t Dance”,not a minus,either.Just make it available in the US on 2-D,please.

  • Gabo

    Hey guys here is the official trailer released by Warner Bros Mexico of the movie, hope you like it.


  • Trike

    There will be an English version. Actor Jason Harris is directing the looping and playing TC. He tweets about it here: http://twitter.com/#!/jasonharris

    And it looks like MAYBE these clips are from the movie: