Top Cat

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The big-screen adaptation of the old cartoon sees Top Cat and friends trying to defend their alley against the efforts of a new police chief.


It's something of a novelty to see an aged cartoon turned into
a movie that’s traditionally animated, as opposed to updated to a sarcastic wad of CG alongside some live-action jobbing actor taking the cheque. But Top Cat is so lazily conceived, it makes you long for Garfield.

The animation is ‘Saturday morning’ quality, which is forgivable. A script that takes about 20 minutes’ worth of story and stretches it to 90 is not, not least when it’s such a creaking plot (a bad man comes to town to curb Top Cat’s schemes) and the gags are all caked in dust. And there’s no attempt to include any humour that will play to original fans. This Top Cat belongs in the trash.

If you're feeling nostalgic, dig out some copies of the original cartoon instead.