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|Genre||Comedy, satire, slapstick|
|Created by||Doug TenNapel|
|Voices of||Wayne Knight
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Nickelodeon Animation Studios|
|Original release||July 9, 2005– February 10, 2007|
Catscratch is an American animated television series created by Doug TenNapel (also known for creating Earthworm Jim). It was aired on both Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on July 9, 2005. It was also shown on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland in 2006. It is a lighthearted adaptation of TenNapel's graphic novel, Gear, which is also the name of the cats' monster truck. The series features music composed by longtime TenNapel collaborator, Terry Scott Taylor. Catscratch's first DVD appearance was on Nick Picks Vol. 3, which came out February 7, 2006 (though the DVD contained only "Bringin' Down the Mouse").
The series revolves around a trio of anthropomorphic feline brothers, including the snobbish and self-centered Mr. Blik, the eccentric and lovable Waffle, and Gordon Quid, who possesses stereotypical Scottish mannerisms and recounts apparently fictional experiences back in Scotland. After their wealthy owner Edna Cramdilly died, she left her riches to them, along with a menacing, oversized monster truck named Gear and a dignified butler named Hovis, and the program commonly chronicles their wealthy lifestyles and unusual, sometimes paranormal, experiences. Other characters include the sweet, innocent little neighboring girl Kimberly, with whom Gordon is infatuated, and the cats' competitive rivals the Chumpy Chump Brothers, among others.
- Mr. Blik (voiced by Wayne Knight)
- Mr. Blik is the self-appointed leader of the group who's loud, bossy and brash. It is told that a black cat means bad luck, and this is true for Mr. Blik (because he is a black cat), who gets himself into major trouble and is prone to near-death injuries. Mr. Blik has yellow eyes and is proud of his newly inherited riches and spends his money on anything and everything that spells respect and power. Mr. Blik always insults his two brothers. Mr. Blik's catch phrases are, "Yeah!" and "Suckers!" He is the oldest of the three.
- Waffle (voiced by Kevin McDonald)
- Waffle is an extremely enthusiastic, goofy and funny cat. He can speak Newtuguese (a language supposedly spoken by newts) as if he were a newt himself. Waffle is a free spirit who is overly optimistic. His catch phrases are "Spleee!" or "Yahoo!" when he's happy and gets super-excited about all things silly. Waffle has been wowed by revolving doors, fingers, bubble wrap and newts. He also wishes roller coasters were public transportation, would eat donuts straight from "donut trees", loves zero gravity basketball and smelling the pictures of flowers on shirts. Waffle also likes doing flatulent sounds with his underarms. He is a gray Tortie with long, dog-like ears and a long tail with dark periwinkle stripes like his right ear. He is the tallest and the youngest of the three.
- Gordon Quid (voiced by Rob Paulsen)
- Gordon is a brave member of the Highland Quid clan and acts like he's from Scotland despite the fact that he is not. However, he speaks with a thick stereotypical Scottish accent. He is full of heart, has a soft spot for "Human" Kimberly and loves to sing, which quite regularly irritates his older brother, Mr. Blik. He is also an excellent cook, usually cooking Scottish recipes, which a lot of people don't find edible. He has an orange patch on his right eye. The episode "Lovesick" shows he is allergic to both broccoli and chocolate, which cause disastrous effects upon contact. At first, the reaction seems to consist of typical allergic symptoms, such as sneezing, but eventually, all of the lights appear to go out and he turns into a Mr. Hyde-like monster, similar to a cat-like monster they were watching in a movie. Somewhat fortunately (particularly for Mr. Blik and Waffle), no future episode involves or mentions Gordon and his allergies. In some episodes, Gordon is shown with green-colored eyes, but in others he has blue. Judging from his short tail, he is a Manx. Gordon also has a mission set before him: to get Mr. Blik to do the right thing. Gordon's catch phrases are, "In the name of the Highland Quid Clan", "Feel my sting.", "Great gopher", "Cheer", and sometimes "Pop a Wheelie!". He is the shortest of the three, younger than Mr. Blik and older than Waffle.
- Hovis (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) Hovis is Mrs. Cramdilly's butler and has stayed on to look after the cats and collect his measly paychecks (which Mr. Blik signs). He's not exactly thrilled about his new situation, but he hails from a long line of butlers who have served in the house and he honestly believes he has nowhere else to go. Therefore, Hovis puts up with the fact that the former pets have become his masters. Blik barks out orders constantly, Gordon treats him as an equal and Waffle hasn't quite figured out that he's not a pet anymore (he still asks Hovis to be let out and scratched behind his ears). His birthday is April 14, 1982, as seen in "Love Jackal." (Hovis' voice sounds similar to that of Shackelford, the butler to the Sherman family on The Critic, which LaMarche also portrayed.)
- Kimberly (voiced by Liliana Mumy): Kimberly is a 9-year-old girl with a lot of heart, a gap in her teeth, and an obsession with unicorns. She is one of the few human friends the cats have. She doesn't think they are greedy, and just accepts her feline neighbors for who they are and sees the good in their fur-covered hearts. She is also completely unaware of that Gordon has a giant crush on her. She has three human friends called Kaitlin, Kaitlyn and Charlotte.
- Randell is a recurring bear that usually plays an antagonist to the cats.
Australia and New Zealand
- Nickelodeon (2006–12)
- Nickelodeon (2006–10)
Confirmed by an e-mail from Doug TenNapel, there were a few 2-page Catscratch comics in the works for Nick Magazine. The first one came out in the December / January 2005 issue. The second one came out in the March 2006 issue. The third and last one was in the February 2007 issue.
Catscratch went into production in early 2005. Production continued on Catscratch until the final episode, "Spindango Fundulation/Duck and Cover" aired in early 2007.
Awards and nominations
|2006||Annie Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production Luther McLaurin
Casting Society of America
|2006||Nominated Artios Best Animated Voice-Over Television Casting Sarah Noonan Meredith Layne
Motion Picture Sound Editors
|2006||Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animated||Nominated|
|2008||Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - SFX, Foley, Dialogue, ADR & Music||Nominated|
There are 3 Catscratch episodes on DVD:
- "Bringin' Down the Mouse" on Nick Picks Vol. 3
- "Love Cats" on Nick Picks Vol. 5″