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Famous Cats: Pink Panther, Top Cat, Cheshire Cat,
Catwoman, Morris

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther of the title is a diamond supposedly flawed in a
way that forms the image of pink panther. The diamond was stolen
in the first film. The diamond is never subsequently referred to, but the
name stuck because of the distinctive animated character of a pink
panther seen in the opening credits of the first film.

The Pink Panther animated shorts were directed by Friz Freleng.
Originally they were created for the opening of the Blake Edwards
series of films, but they were soon spun off in their own series,
sometimes with the animated version of Clouseau as foil.

The cartoon series was initially produced for theatrical release, and
the 1964 animated short film The Pink Phink won the Academy Award
for Animated Short Film. The series eventually moved to television,
with a Saturday morning cartoon series called "The Think Pink Panther Show"
producing a number of additional Pink Panther cartoons. It also added
episodes starring other characters including The Ant and the Aardvark
and Mr. Jaws and Catfish.

In the early series of Pink Panther cartoons, the Panther was
largely silent, speaking only once. In a later series of cartoons
the Panther starred with his sons Pinky, Panky, and Punky. A
third series of cartoons had the Pink Panther speaking with the
voice of Matt Frewer.

Officer Dibble, Choo Choo, Benny, T.C., Spook,
Fancy Fancy, The Brain

Top Cat

Top Cat (also known for a while as Boss Cat in the United
Kingdom) was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon which premiered in 1961 and
ran for 30 episodes.

Top Cat lives in a Manhattan garbage can on Mad Avenue near the 13th
precinct police station. Top Cat cleverly devised get-rich schemes while
keeping a look out for the local copper, Officer Dibble. The Top Cat
character was inspired by the Sgt. Bilko character from the military
comedy You'll Never Get Rich.

A frequent plotline revolved around the local patrolman, Officer
Dibble, and his ineffective attempts to evict the gang.

Theme Song From Top Cat

Top Cat
The most effectual
Top Cat
[Who's or Whose] intellectual

Close friends get to
Call him TC
Providing it's
With dignity

Top Cat
The indisputable
Leader of the gang

He's the boss, he's a VIP
He's a championship
He's the most tip top
Top Cat

Yes, he's the chief, he's the king
But above everything
He's the most tip top
Top Cat

The Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat is a fictional cat appearing in Lewis Carroll's
Alice in Wonderland. It appears and disappears at will, engaging
Alice in amusing but sometimes vexing conversation.

At one point, the cat disappeared gradually, until nothing was
left but its grin, prompting Alice to remark that she had often
seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat.

"Please, would you tell me," said Alice, a little timidly, ...
"why your cat grins like that?"
"It's a Cheshire cat," said the Duchess, "and that's why."

It is said that Carroll found inspiration for the Cheshire Cat in
a carving in a church in the village of Croft in the unitary
authority of Warrington in the north west of England, where his
father had been rector. The cat is named after Caroll's home
county, Cheshire.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says grinning like a
Cheshire cat is "an old simile, popularized by Lewis Carrol".
Brewer adds, "The phrase has never been satisfactorily accounted
for, but it has been said that cheese was formerly sold in
Cheshire moulded like a cat that looked as though it was grinning."



Catwoman is not really a cat, but who knows.....

Selina Kyle (played by the simply delicious, Michelle Pfieffer, is
a woman resurrected by cats after being killed by her boss, Max Shreck.
The end of the movie suggests that Catwoman is still alive......but
who knows.....

Catwoman - has appeared in the comics, the campy 60's TV show,
and in the 1992 Tim Burton film 'Batman Returns' as well as the
animated TV series.

Tom and Jerry

Thomas Cat
Tom - The feline half of the popular cat and mouse team Tom &
Jerry created for M-G-M by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera that
debuted in the animated cartoon Puss Gets The Boot (1939). During
his Keystone Cop like chases of Jerry the mouse, & Tom routinely
got chopped, sliced, diced (run over by lawnmowers or blown up) but
still he kept on going.

In 1965, new cartoon adventures were created by Chuck Jones for
The Tom and Jerry Show.

Tom is a fiendish opportunist, always anxious to ingratiate himself
with the powers that be, wether housekeeper, dog, or even, on occasion,
mouse. All ways things of his stomach.

Tom was originally called "Jasper" in the Puss Gets Boots movie.


Morris The Cat

There have been three different cats who have played the famed
"Morris the Cat." The first Morris was adopted from a shelter in
1968. In 1969 he landed the role of Morris the Cat in the famous
9 Lives Cat Food commercials...and was an overnight success! The
first Morris died in 1978 and was subsequently replaced by two
more cats who played "Morris." All three of the "Morris the
Cat" cats were rescued from shelters.

Morris the cat has been the mascot of Heinz`s 9Lives pet food since
1968. He is credited with "writing" three books on cat care,

Morris ran in  the 1988 and 1992 presidential elections on the
Finicky Party platform, campaigning for cats everywhere to enjoy a
standard of nutrition by eating 9Lives, of course.

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