Fraidy Cat (TV series)

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Fraidy Cat is a 1975 comical children's cartoon show that originally appeared as a segment on Filmation's short-lived ABC series Uncle Croc's Block.

Plot[edit]

It stars Fraidy Cat (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer), an unlucky and miserable cat who like all cats has nine lives, but has used up eight of them and is on his ninth and last life where he wants to make it last. The main joke of the series is that as if Fraidy's life wasn't miserable enough, every time Fraidy inadvertently or accidentally says any single-digit number (from one to nine) or any word that sounds like the number, a ghost from one of his former lives will appear and tend to make things even worse for the hopeless cat.

The ghosts are:

  1. Elefunt - A prehistoric Saber-Toothed Tiger with a caveman motif. He owns a huge pet Apatosaurus named "Ant".
  2. Kitty Wizard (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A befuddled magician whose wand was often on the wrong setting.
  3. Captain Kitt (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A Pirate who is the self-proclaimed "buccaneer's buccaneer".
  4. Sir Walter Cat (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A foppish Elizabethan nobleman who is also an expert swordsman.
  5. Billy the Kit (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A western cowboy. He is a small guy with big ("Yee-haw!") voice.
  6. Jasper Catdaver (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - An undertaker who actually prefers to expedite Fraidy's passing to "The Other Side" though not out of spite.
  7. Captain Eddie Cattenbakker (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A pilot who is a very erratic flier.
  8. Hep Cat - A zoot-suited, jive-talking street cat.
  9. Cloud Nine - As saying a number from one to eight gets Fraidy a ghost, as if to fill the void towards his last life, saying "nine" calls forth an ominous, malevolent storm cloud (shaped like the number nine) which immediately gives chase after Fraidy, attempting to blast him with bolts of lightning until Fraidy manages to either outrun the cloud or its (supposedly) limited time it can stay expires.

Each short begins with all eight ghosts appearing around Fraidy who talks about his life: "Every kitty has nine lives. But eight of mine went fast. Now there's only one life left, and I want to make it last!" The nine cloud appears and he starts running. Then Cloud Nine morphs into the yellow-lined cat's name which its letters said it at the end of the intro.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "The Not So Nice Mice" 1975 September 06
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2 "Cupid The Cat" 1975 September 13
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3 "Over The Wall Having A Ball" 1975 September 20
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4 "Feline Fortune" 1975 September 27
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5 "Puss N Boots" 1975 October 04
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6 "A Scardey Fraidy" 1975 October 11
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7 "Meaner Than A Junkyard Cat" 1975 October 18
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8 "Love Is A Many Feathered Thing" 1975 October 25
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9 "It's A Dog's Life" 1975 November 01
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10 "Choo-Choo Fraidy" 1975 November 8
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11 "Magic Numbers" 1975 November 15
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12 "A Small Star Is Born" 1975 November 22
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13 "Fraidy Gone Fishing" 1975 November 29
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14 "Fraidy Come Home" 1975 December 6
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15 "Double Trouble" 1975 December 13
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16 "Unlucky Fraidy" 1975 December 20
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17 "This Cat for Hire" 1975 December 27
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18 "Culture Schlock" 1976 January 3
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Production[edit]

One of the few original series (outside of an adaptation) to be produced by Filmation; Fraidy was later syndicated as part of the Groovie Goolies and Friends series.

DVD release[edit]

A DVD has been planned by BCI as part of a double bill with Waldo Kitty; however, chances of its release is unknown, as the company has since ceased operations. Some Fraidy Cat episodes were released by BCI on a compilation DVD called Frightfully Funny: Volume Two, which also included episodes of Groovie Goolies and Filmation's Ghostbusters.

In 2008, some episodes were released as part of Mill Creek Entertainment's compilation, 200 Classic Cartoons: Collector's Edition and on their Giant 600 Cartoon Collection compilation. The episodes A Small Star Is Born, Fraidy Gone Fishing, Fraidy Come Home, Double Trouble, Unlucky Fraidy and Culture Schlock are missing. Some of the titles on this DVD are Cupid the Cat, Feline Fortune,Love is a Many Feathered Thing, Meaner than a Junkyard Cat, The Not-So-Nice Mice and Over the Wall Having a Ball.

On October 11, 2011, Allegro/Pop Flix released some the episodes on the compilation 100 Family Cartoons volume 3. The episodes A Small Star Is Born, Fraidy Gone Fishing, Fraidy Come Home, Double Trouble, Unlucky Fraidy and Culture Schlock are missing. Some of the episodes on this DVD are Meaner Than A Junkyard Cat, Cupid the Cat, Over the Wall Having a Ball, Feline Fortune, The Not So Nice Mice, Love Is A many Feathered Thing and Lollipop Burglar.

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