Brekclub85-Glad to be here Patricia, I've been looking forward to this for a while.
Patricia- Catscratch is the story about three cats named Gordon, Waffle, and Mr. Blik who inherit a mansion and a huge fortune after their owner passed away. Unlike The Aristocats where they just sit around luxuriously and live off their wealth with listening to classic music or art, they drink root beer, go through wacky adventures, and cause huge amounts of mayhem. Mr. Blik is the leader of the group being cocky with his intelligence, Gordon is a sweet Scottish cat who is very simplistic, and Waffle is the goofy, dumb cat. Together, they do what they please with whatever the situation calls for.
Brekclub85-Admitteddly, the show had not a really original premise, but as I've established, I'm a cat person, so I can appreciate any show where the cats are the good guys. Sure, Blik could be somewhat a jerk sometimes, but I found him enjoyable to watch.
Patricia- Catscratch was based on TenNapel's graphic novel called Gear. The story is about 4 cats named Gordon, Waffle, Mr. Black, and Simon (named after TenNapel's actual cats) that are called to
Brekclub85-Nope, I didn't even realize there was a book until several years later.
Patricia- However, with the exception of 3 of the 4 cats, almost nothing from Gear made it into Catscratch. It was mostly played for laughs. While most TV shows, cartoons, and movies adapted loosely based on books or graphic novels are considered terrible, Catscratch had its own unique charm. The humor stuck very close to TenNapel's style of random and over-the-top humor consisting of our main characters. The only humans in the show are the cats' butler Hovis and the little girl Kimberly. Hovis is the stern, yet miserable butler who hates the fact that cats are his masters now, yet since his family members were butlers, he doesn't know how to do anything else. Kimberly is a sweet little girl who loves the cats as her friends. Gordon has a huge crush on her and calls her "Human" Kimberly.
Brekclub85-It was definitely a weird dynamic, for sure.
Patricia- Like most Nicktoons, Catscratch were two 11 minute episodes that were standalone that anyone can pick up and see. Episodes involving Gordon defeating a Kraken to get a normal long tail, the cats disgusing as girls to sneak in Kimberly's slumber party to drink root beer, inviting zombies over for a fancy dinner party, or getting lost in the woods and Waffle being adopted by a Hillbilly family. One of the great things about was that you never know what the plot would be about. It kept things fresh and funny while still keeping focus on what the show is trying to do. This is what The Brothers Flub should have done.
Brekclub85-That was definitely one of the biggest strengths of the show. The absurdity they were willing to go to kept the episodes from being predictable. I'm all for
Patricia- Unfortunately, Catscratch is one of the shortest lived Nicktoons with it only lasting 20 episodes and ending its run on February 10, 2007. In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated
Brekclub85-Same here, I'd argue the show was ahead of its time, and it deserved better.
Patricia- That ends our review of Catscratch. Thank you so much for joining me in this review, David.
Brekclub85-Glad to be here, Patricia.
That's all for now. Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon. Thanks for reading.
-Patricia and David
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