Heathcliff (1984 TV series)
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|Also known as||Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats
Heathcliff Cats & Co (UK)
Cats & Company - Starring: The Catillac Cats
Cats & Co
|Created by||George Gately (Heathcliff)
Jean Chalopin, Bruno Bianchi (The Catillac Cats)
|Developed by||Jean Chalopin
|Directed by||Bruno Bianchi
|Voices of||Mel Blanc
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||86|
|Executive producer(s)||Jean Chalopin
Tetsuo Katayama (season 1)
Denys Heroux (season 1)
Lori Crawford (season 1)
Andy Heyward (season 2)
Tetsuo Katayama (season 2)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DIC Entertainment
LBS Communications, Inc.
McNaught Syndication Co.
ICC TV Productions (season 1)
FR3 (season 1)
Chris-Craft Television (season 2)
United Entertainment Group (season 2)
|Distributor||DHX Media (current)|
|Original channel||first-run syndication|
|Original run||September 5, 1984 – 1986 and 1988|
|Related shows||Heathcliff (1980)|
Heathcliff is an animated television series that debuted on September 5, 1984. It was the second series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by DIC Entertainment. It ran in syndication until 1988 with a total of 86 episodes. The first show based on the comic strip was Heathcliff and Dingbat, which debuted in 1980 and was produced by Ruby-Spears. Mel Blanc provided the voice of Heathcliff in both series.
The first season ran for 65 episodes and the second season for 21 more. Each episode included a backup segment featuring The Catillac Cats, which is why this show is sometimes referred to as Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats (the second segment is referred to in the closing credits as "Cats & Co".). While the series was on the air, a movie, aptly titled Heathcliff: The Movie, was released which was a compilation of segments from this show.
- Heathcliff: Title character, he is an orange street smart cat, who spends most of his time trying to turn a dustbin over onto people's heads. Heathcliff is a real street cat who loves to fight anyone but will not fight girls, He will also lie, cheat and steal to get himself some food, but beneath it all, he's a good guy. Heathcliff is voiced by Mel Blanc.
- Sonja: Heathcliff's love, a fluffy white Persian cat, who wears a pink collar. Heathcliff is always trying to win Sonja over, although generally she is not usually too impressed with Heathcliff's antics as she is a far classier type of cat. Sonja would often date other male cats that Heathcliff would have to fight, but always ends hanging out and reconciling with him. Sonja is voiced by Marilyn Lightstone.
- Knuckles: Dressed in a pink hat and a red-and-black striped shirt, Knuckles and his henchman are not really Heathcliff's enemies—more like a group of cats that he constantly annoyed and/or bullied. More often than not they were after him, because he had tried to trick them in some way. Knuckles is voiced by Derek McGrath.
- Spike: Probably the closest thing to a nemesis that Heathcliff has, Spike, a bulldog, is nowhere near as clever as Heathcliff—all brawn and no brains. But despite being strong, he fears Heathcliff and was never able to overcome Heathcliff's trickery. Spike is owned by a neighborhood bully called Muggsy. Heathcliff is quite able to handle both of them when necessary. Spike is voiced by Derek McGrath.
- Iggy Nutmeg: Heathcliff's owner who lived with his grandparents. Iggy sometimes takes Heathcliff to strange places and new locations for adventures. Iggy is voiced by Donna Christie.
- Marcy: A small girl who lived in the same neighborhood as Iggy's family. Marcy always saw the best in Heathcliff and thought he was a little angel. She also loves to have Heathcliff ride in her baby doll carriage, which for the most part Heathcliff is more than happy to oblige. Marcy is voiced by Jeannie Elias.
- Pop: Heathcliff's father, he is an orange cat, who is normally in and out of prison, as evident on the episode Pop On Parole. Pop is voiced by Peter Cullen.
- Grandpa Nutmeg: Iggy's grandpa. Grandpa often shows dislike to Heathcliff, but Iggy and Grandma usually come to Heathcliff's defense
- Grandma Nutmeg: Grandma cooks a lot and Heathcliff steals her food. Grandma, like Iggy and Marcy, think Heathcliff is an angel.
- Ricky Peppercorn: Loud mouthed restauranteur who occasionally tries to bargain with Heathcliff. Constantly washing, and breaking dishes.
The Catillac Cats (Cats & Co.)
A gang of cats that played alongside Heathcliff. When Riff-Raff is not around, the Catillac Cats are sometimes helping Heathcliff in some adventures or sometimes tease him. They drive a very cool Cadillac which could transform into an RV and a boat. They live in a junkyard.
- Riff-Raff: The boss, lived in a trashed airplane on top of a junk-pile while using a trapdoor for an exit. He is a small orange cat with a large white cap. Riff-Raff is voiced by Stanley Jones.
- Hector: Second-in-command, sometimes wanted to be leader. Insecure. No background on His origin. His colors are brown, beige, and dark brown. Hector wears a headband, beige jumpsuit, and a neck-tie. He mainly drove the convertible Cadillac. Sometimes Wordsworth would drive. Hector is voiced by Danny Mann.
- Wordsworth: is a white cat on roller-skates, speaks in rhyme and always wears a yellow Walkman. Wordsworth is voiced by Stanley Jones.
- Mungo: Big, clumsy and not the sharpest tool in the box. He is a large cat with unique purple/blue/grey fur that wears a red sweater and a matching red beanie. The name was used to show similarity between him and the character with a similar name from Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. Mungo is voiced by Ted Zeigler.
- Cleo: Riff-Raff's love interest, most episodes focused around Riff-Raff trying to woo her. She lives in a musical instrument shop with Bush. She had a 1980s-hairstyle and leg warmers. Cleo is voiced by Donna Christie.
- Leroy: Guard dog who lives in the junkyard with the Catillac Cats. Leroy is voiced by Ted Zeigler
- Bush: A loyal sheepdog who lived with Cleo in the music shop. Unfortunately due to his bushy hair-do, most of the time when Riff-Raff would break in to take Cleo out, Bush would end up running into various musical instruments trying to stop him. Bush is voiced by Danny Wells.
- Linda Quipps: Sassy feline cat who plays by her own rules, and isn't afraid to criticize those she thinks are beneath her.
- The Great Pussini / Kitty Kat Kennels
- Chauncey's Great Escape / Carnival Capers
- Mad Dog Catcher / Circus Beserkus
- Rebel Without a Claws / The Farming Life Ain't For Me
- Heathcliff's Middle Name / Wishful Thinking
- King of the Beasts / Cat Can Do
- Smoke Gets in my Eyes / Much Ado about Bedding
- City Slicker Cat / House of the Future
- Spike's Cousin / For the Birds
- Heathcliff's Pet / Swamp Fever
- Teed Off / Monstro vs. the Wolfhound
- Say Cheese / Cat's Angels
- Meow Meow Island / Iron Cats
- Family Tree / Who's Got the Chocolate?
- Be Prepared / Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
- Heathcliff Gets Canned / Whackoed Out
- Brain Sprain / Cat Balloon
- May the Best Cat Win / Comedy Cats
- Revenge of the Kitty / Jungle Vacation
- Hospital Heathcliff / Hector's Takeover
- Going Shopping / Cat in the Fat
- Wild Cat Heathcliff / Kitten Around
- Cat Burglar Heathcliff / Lucky's Unlucky Day
- The Blizzard Bandit / Harem Cat
- Kitten Smitten / Young Cat with a Horn
- The Gang's All Here / The Meowsic Goes Round & Round
- Snow Job / Condo Fever
- Heathcliff Pumps Iron / Mungo's Dilemma
- Heathcliff's Double / Big Foot
- Terrible Tammy / The Games of Love
- Big Top Bungling / Space Cats
- Lard Times / The Merry Pranksters
- Spike's Slave / Scaredy Cats
- Gopher Broke / A Camping We Will Go
- Where There's an Ill, There's a Way / Yes Sewer That's my Baby
- Soap Box Derby / A Better Mousetrap
- Bamboo Island / Superhero Mungo
- Butter Up! / Mungo Gets No Respect
- Sonya's Nephew / Dr. Mousetus
- Cat Food for Thought / Going South
- Phantom of the Garbage / Junkyard Flood
- Trombone Terror / The Other Woman
- Pop on Parole / The Babysitters
- The Siamese Twins / The Mungo Mash
- Copa-ca-Heathcliff / Leroy's in Love
- Used Pets / Search for a Star
- An Officer and an Alley-Cat / Hector Spector
- Service with a Smile / Junk Food
- Boom Boom Pussini / Beach Blanket Mungo
- Sealand Mania / Riff Raff the Gourmet
- The Super M.A.C. Menace / Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Heathcliff Reforms / Prehysteric Riff Raff
- A Piece of the Rock / Divide and Clobber
- Flying High / Debutante Ball
- Heathcliff's Surprise / The Big Break In
- The Catfather / The Big Swipe
- Tally-Ho Heathcliff / Cleo Moves In
- Granpda vs. Grandpa / The Big Game Hunter
- The Great Tuna Caper / Peco's Treasure
- The Baby Buggy Bad Guys / Riff Raff's Mom
- Momma's Back in Town / Trash Dance
- Claws / Hector the Detector
- Raiders of the Lost Cat / Mungo Lays an Egg
- The Home Wrecker / In Search of Catlantis
- Star or Tomeow-meow / Soccer Anyone?
The DVD lists episode, May the Best Cat Win as first, and titles the episode Pilot.
- The Whitecliff of Dover / Life Saver
- Nightmare in Beverly Hills / The Iron Mask Cat
- The Shrink / Brushing Up
- Dr. Heathcliff and Mr. Spike / Time Warped
- Spike's New Home / Mungo's Big Romance
- The Cat and the Pauper / Mungo of the Jungle
- In the Beginning / Catlympic Cats
- Rear Cat Window / Cat Days, Ninja Nights
- Something Fishy / Christmas Memories
- Heathcliff's Mom / Hockey Pucks
- Cat Day Afternoon / Hector the Protector
- Feline Good / Off-Road Racer
- Spike's Coach / The Trojan Catillac
- Heathcliff Gets Framed / Repo Cat
- Missing in Action / Bag Cat Sings the Blues
- It's a Terrible Life / Leroy Gets Canned
- Hair of the Cat / Tenting Tonight
- The Fortune Teller / Cottentails, Chickens, and Colored Eggs
- Break an Egg / A Letter to Granny
- The New York City Sewer System / High Goon
- North Pole Cat / He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
The theme was recorded by Noam Kaniel and written by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban.
Heathcliff: The Movie was released to theaters on January 17, 1986, and subsequently on VHS in 1988 by Paramount Video. It includes seven segments from the original show:
- Cat Food for Thought
- Heathcliff's Double
- The Siamese Twins
- An Officer and an Alley Cat
- The Catfather
- Boom Boom Pussini
- Pop on Parole
In the United States, the series was aired in national first-run syndication from September 5, 1984 until 1988, and reruns of the series were then aired on Nickelodeon from 1988 until 1993. It was rerun on Family Channel from 1993-1998 and Fox Family Channel from 1998-1999. From September 27, 2010 until September 23, 2011, rerun of the series were aired in the United States on the This Is for Kids block on This TV. It is also airing on Boomerang every morning at 8:00am in place of Wacky Races. In the U.K. the series aired on CBBC during the late 1980s and early 1990s, It was repeated on Channel 4 until 1996, then in the early 2000s it was aired on Toon Disney U.K. in 2000, and was usually billed under the title Heathcliff Cats & Co. The series was also aired in Japan.
On February 24, 2004, UAV Entertainment released two best-of collections with each set featuring nine select episodes from the series.
On May 25, 2004, Sterling Entertainment released Heathclif: The Movie on DVD. However this release is now out of print.
In the UK, there have been several volumes of Heathcliff released on DVD by Maximum Entertainment. These DVD's are now out of print.
On September 20, 2005, Shout! Factory and Sony BMG Music Entertainment released Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats in a 4-disc boxset featuring the first 24 episodes of the series. This release has been discontinued and is now out of print as Shout! Factory has lost the rights to the series.
On February 21, 2012, Mill Creek Entertainment released Heathcliff- Season One, Volume 1 on DVD. This 3-disc set features the first 32 episodes from the Season 1. They also released a 10 episode best-of collection on that same day. Heathcliff- Season 1, Volume 2 was released on October 1, 2013, which contains the remaining 33 episodes from Season 1.
In France, two more 4-disc sets were released under the French title of the series, Les Entrechats.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release date|
|Heathcliff / Super Mario Bros.||2||2004|
|Heathcliff: Fish Tales||9||February 24, 2004|
|Heathcliff: King of Beasts||10||February 24, 2004|
|Heathcliff: The Movie||1||May 25, 2004|
|Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats||24||September 20, 2005|
|Heathcliff - Season One, Volume One||32||February 21, 2012|
|Heathcliff - Season One, Volume Two||33||October 1, 2013|
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