Fantomcat

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Fantomcat
Fantomcat
DVD cover
Developed by Anglia Television
Written by Roger Stennett
Jimmy Hibbert
Keith Smith
Maggie Fox
Sue Ryding
Maggie Smith
Stefan Redfern
Rob Rackstraw
Lorelei King
Directed by Ben Turner
Andy Roper
Starring Robert Powell
Lorelei King
Rob Rackstraw
Jimmy Hibbert
Composer(s) Phil Bush
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run September 7, 1995 – December 18, 1996

Fantomcat is an animated series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. It was first broadcast in 1995 and was animated after Avenger Penguins in 1994 by Alfonso Productions, a Spanish animation studio. It aired largely on Children's ITV. The series also had a brief run on Pop and on Network Ten in Australia. It was produced and directed by Ben Turner.

Fantomcat centres on the character Phillipe Lentheric Guerlain de Givenchy, the Duke of Fantom, a masked swashbuckling hero who thrived in 1699, in mortal combat with his nemesis Baron Von Skeltar (a sword-wielding caped Skeletoid alchemist). De Fantom was treacherously cast into a painting within the halls of his house, Castle De Fantom, and became trapped for centuries. As time passed, the area around Castle De Fantom became a bustling metropolis called Metro City, a city submerged in crime rings led by the fiendish arachnid Marmagora.

Influences[edit]

Fantomcat was influenced heavily by Zorro, Errol Flynn, and the time-lost approach of Adam Adamant Lives.

Characters[edit]

  • Duke of Fantom (voiced by Robert Powell) - A masked swashbuckling hero who joins the Detective Team after his release and is nicknamed Fantomcat. Fantomcat is naturally completely oblivious to the modern world and its various new technologies, which can hinder him and the detective team if not careful. Fantomcat has a sword called "Touché" which can respond to his beck and call, he can also turn invisible, hence his namesake to act like a "Phantom" when needed.
  • Tabitha "Tabs" Wildcat (voiced by Lorelei King) - A stern female detective and leader of the Detective Team. She is known as Penelope Wildcat in some dubs.
  • MacDuff the Mouse (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - The timid companion of the Detective Team, who hates holes.
  • Lindbergh the Pigeon (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - The garbled blubblering companion of the Detective Team, who hates heights and therefore will not fly.
  • Marmagora (voiced by Lorelei King) - A hideous giant widow spider intent on dominating Metro City and leader of the evil forces below the city. She has a pet Carnivorous Plant called Gloria.
  • Vile the Bluebottle (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - A fly. Marmagora's right-hand man, who does not help her much but only follows her instructions and agrees with everything she says.
  • Baron Von Skeltar (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - A sword-wielding caped Skeletoid alchemist who imprisoned the Duke of Fantom for 300 years and was summoned to the present day by Marmagora to finish his heinous conquest.
  • Vinnie the Vole (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - One of Marmagora's henchemen, who is always ready to help. Unlike Vile, Vinnie is actually quite smart.
  • Monitor (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - an intergalactic space villain who talks like Shere Khan.
  • Scorpio

Episode list[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "The Hero Returns" 7/9/1995
The Detective Team is launched into the Castle Fantom where Fantomcat emerges, briefs them of his imprisonment and joins the team in their pursuit for Marmagora who has summoned Baron Von Skeltar, but the Detective Team strike him down. This episode was written by Cliff Ruby, Elena Lesser and Jimmy Hibbert, storyboarded by Keith Scoble and directed by Ben Turner.
2 "The Preying Mantis" 14/9/1995
Marmagora has recruited the Monk Mantis to deal with Fantomcat. Meanwhile the Detective Team thwart a raid by the Crab Twins. Monk kidnaps Tabs to lure Fantomcat to a trap, but with the aid of his ring, Fantomcat defeats Monk. This episode was written by Keith Smith and directed by Ben Turner. It was also storyboarded by Keith Scoble.
3 "The Swords of the Scorpion" 21/9/1995
A warrior called Scorio thwarts Metro City's crimes. This is just to get Fantomcat blacked out, but the Detective Team catch wind of Marmagora's plot. Fantomcat emerges from his defeat to beat Scorpio and prevent an atomic explosion. This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert and directed by Ben Turner.
4 "The Aeroship" 28/9/1995
Marmagora hijacks Mr. Bucks' Aeroship, the perfect getaway vehicle for raids. The Detective Team board the Aeroship and in an ensuing fight, cause the Aeroship to self-destruct, but are able to thwart Marmagora's heist. This episode was written by Sue Ryding and Maggie Fox, storyboarded by Richardo Manchucha, Eduardo Valero and Francisco Alainmos and directed by Ben Turner.
5 "Asteroid Adventure" 5/10/1995
Tabs is abducted by the Monitor to his asteroid base. His interest is for Fantomcat to find a crystal shard by following cryptic clues. After finding it, Fantomcat infiltrates the asteroid base, disrupts Monitor's plan and rescues Tabs. This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert and directed by Ben Turner.
6 "The Mind Leech" 12/10/1995
Professor Oliphant gets taken by Vile's beetles to reveal his secrets with a mind leech. Fantomcat follows Tabs and Lindbergh's trail and after a brief revival by the spirit of his father he rescues his friends and the professor from their captors. This episode was written by Lorelei King and directed by Ben Turner.
7 "Lady Gobling’s Gems" 26/10/1995
At Mrs. Gobling's castle ball, Hypnotist Heudini puts the party guests in a trance to steal their jewellery. Fantomcat gets caught by Marmagora, but he escapes, counters her goons and retrieves the stolen jewellery. This episode was written by Sue Ryding and Maggie Fox, storyboarded by Keith Scoble and directed by Ben Turner.
8 "Great Balls of Fire" 2/11/1995
Deep beneath Castle Fantom arises the Mina Tiger, which confronts Fantomcat and tries to kill him in a losing battle. Fantomcat manages to get the Mina Tiger destroyed by a bolt of lightning. This episode was written by Roger Stennett, storyboarded by Dagda Studios S.A. and Neil Graham and directed by Ben Turner.
9 "The Chameleons of Death" 9/11/1995
Marmagora sends the Chameleon Bros. to steal Fantomcat's ring, costing the life of one of them. The Detective Team track Marmagora's goons, prevent the Spectral-Vac from its test phase and Fantomcat finishes off the other Chameleon. This episode was written by Stefen Redfern and Rob Rackstraw, storyboarded by John Martin and directed by Ben Turner.
10 "The Crystal of Nemesis" 16/11/1995
Marmagora steals a power crystal, which may spell Fantomcat's end to come by the hand of the demon warrior Nemesis in the form of Sodium-filled giant robot. The Detective Team help Fantomcat to destroy Nemesis once and for all. This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert, storyboarded by Dagda Studios S.A. and directed by Ben Turner.
11 "The Eye of Harakti" 23/11/1995
With the help of Egyptian Rah and his crystal ball "The Eye of Harakti", Marmagora tries to cause a powercut that will enable her access to the city bank. This episode was written by Peter Richard Reeves, storyboarded by Dagda Studios S.A. and John Doyle and directed by Ben Turner.
12 "Where the Heart Is" 30/11/1995
Fantomcat is feeling homesick and wants to return to his own time. However, Baron Von Skeltar is hiding on the ski slopes wanting revenge on both Fantomcat and Marmagora. This episode was written by Keith Smith, storyboarded by John Martin and directed by Ben Turner.
13 "The Web of Doom" 7/12/1995
Marmagora is at large once again, covering the city with a giant web. Tabs and Lindbergh have to navigate their way across the city to shut down the machine generating it, whilst Fantomcat and MacDuff are equally occupied fighting Marmagora's spiderbots. This episode was storyboarded by Wayne Thomas and Andy Janes, written by Roger Stennett and directed by Ben Turner.

Series 2[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "Once Upon a Time Machine" 25/9/1996
Fantomcat and MacDuff have an accident with a time machine. They must complete a 'quest', replaying an event in Fantomcat's life in order to get home. This episode was written by Roger Stennett and directed by Andy Roper. It was also storyboarded by Keith Scoble.
2 "The Manhattan Incident" 2/10/1996
Ginger, a cop at the Metro City police department (and Tabs' sister), enlists Tabs' help in catching a scientist with a literal Jekyll and Hyde complex. (One scene shockingly shadows a real-life tragic event a few years later.) This episode was written by Roger Stennett, storyboarded by Keith Scoble and directed by Andy Roper.
3 "Cinema Purradiso" 9/10/1996
A gang of rats led by Don Ratso is out to conquer the Metro City Cinema, but Fantomcat nabs them and has them arrested. This episode was written by Lorelei King and directed by Andy Roper. It was also storyboarded by Carlos Valera and Kepa De Orbe.
4 "Warrior of the Skies" 16/10/1996
Tired of being called 'little one' and being talked down to, MacDuff has his brother Bunty build him a supersuit and as a result, begins performing good deeds. Marmagora plans to brainwash MacFlash to make him her slave, not realising that he is MacDuff. This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert and directed by Andy Roper.
5 "Tomb of the Fantoms" 23/10/1996
FC dies but is brought back to life by his dead ancestors. He also chooses MacDuff as a challenger against a monster. This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert and directed by Andy Roper.
6 "Revenge of the Monitor" 30/10/1996
Fantomcat and his friends visit a space hotel. Monitor and his henchman Lurk are back, this time planning to destroy Earth with a laser unless Fantomcat surrenders to them. This episode was written by Peter Reeves, storyboarded by Fatcity Films and directed by Andy Roper.
7 "The Treasure of the Belerophon" 6/11/1996
The team are taken for a trip in a submarine called the Belerophon by a Mr Bucks, who is looking for a hidden treasure in an underwater volcano. However, Vile and the Lobster Brothers hijack the sub, planning to steal the treasure for Marmagora. This episode was written by Stefan Redfern, storyboarded by Keith Scoble and directed by Andy Roper.
8 "The Lonely Hearts Club" 13/11/1996
MacDuff goes on a date with a girl who responded to his Lonely Hearts ad. Meanwhile, Tabs gets a call from a gentleman to locate a missing painting. Lured to a mansion on her own, it turns out to be a trap by Marmagora to kidnap her as bait for Fantomcat. This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert, storyboarded by Fatcity Films and directed by Andy Roper.
9 "The Mirror Monster" 20/11/1996
Marmagora has a new weapon, which can morph into any living being it chooses. The monster morphs into Fantomcat, confusing the team. The monster plans to gain their trust in order to kill the real Fantomcat and afterwards, the team. This episode was written by Roger Stennett and directed by Andy Roper.
10 "MacDuff Private Eye" 27/11/1996
This episode was written by Jimmy Hibbert and directed by Andy Roper.
11 "The Curse of Evillia" 4/12/1996
This episode was written by Stefan Redfern and directed by Andy Roper.
12 "The Incredible Shrinking Fantomcat" 11/12/1996
This episode was written by Peter Reeves and directed by Andy Roper. It was also storyboarded by Carlos Valera and Kepa De Orbe.
13 "One Good Deed" 18/12/1996
This episode was written by Roger Stennett and directed by Andy Roper. It was also storyboarded by Carlos Valera and Kepa De Orbe.

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