Catscratch
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GenreComedy
Created byDoug TenNapel
Inspired byGear (Image Comics) by Doug TenNapel
Directed byMichael Girard
Voices ofRob Paulsen
Kevin McDonald
Wayne Knight
Maurice LaMarche
Liliana Mumy
John DiMaggio
Theme music composerTerry Scott Taylor
ComposerTerry Scott Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producersDoug TenNapel
Peter Hastings (co-executive producer)
ProducersMonique Beatty (line)
Michael Girard (supervising)
AnimatorRough Draft Animation
Running time23 minutes
Production companyNickelodeon Animation Studio
DistributorMTV Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09) –
February 10, 2007 (2007-02-10)

Catscratch is an American animated television series created by Doug TenNapel (also known for creating the Earthworm Jim series). It aired on Nickelodeon from July 9, 2005, to February 10, 2007.[1] It was a loose adaptation of TenNapel's comic book series, Gear, which in the series is also the name of the cats' monster truck. The series features music composed by longtime TenNapel collaborator, Terry Scott Taylor.

Description

The series revolves around a trio of anthropomorphic feline brothers. 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. The program commonly chronicles their wealthy lifestyles and action-packed, sometimes paranormal experiences. Other characters include the sweet young neighbor girl, Kimberly, with whom Gordon is obsessed, and the cats' competitive rivals the Chumpy Chump Brothers.

Characters

Main

Supporting

Production

Catscratch went into production in early 2005. The series aired on Nickelodeon and premiered in the United States on July 9, 2005. The final episode entitled "Spindango Fundulation/Duck and Cover" aired on February 10, 2007, ending the series.

Episodes

No.TitleWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date
1a"To the Moon"Peter HastingsLuther McLaurinJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)[2]
Mr. Blik tries to win a barbecue contest by flying to the moon to hunt for moon rocks after Gordon tells him a story about Duke Eark Splee.
1b"Bringin' Down the Mouse"Peter HastingsLuther McLaurin and Guy VasilovichJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)
Mr. Blik won't let Waffle join him and Gordon on the Mouse Hunters' Ball because he never caught a mouse. Meanwhile, an evil blue mouse named Squeakus tricks Waffle by thinking that his brothers are actually mice.
2a"Unicorn Club"Peter HastingsJohn Nevarez and Andy SchuhlerJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)
Gordon lies to Human Kimberly that he possesses a unicorn, which is actually his brothers in a suit, and they try to keep Kimberly from discovering the truth.
2b"Go Gomez! Go!"Peter HastingsLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)
The cats and the Chumpy Chump Brothers engage in a car race and bet the deeds to their respective homes. The problem is Waffle is the only one who's tall enough to drive.
3a"Lovesick"Peter Hastings
Story by: Josh Hamilton and Peter Hastings
Michael Girard, Lane Lueras and Luther McLaurinJuly 15, 2005 (2005-07-15)
Gordon has an allergic reaction, to a piece of broccoli that Human Kimberly gives him. Mr. Blik and Waffle recognize him as a monster.
3b"King of All Root Beer"Peter HastingsLane Lueras, Michael Girard and Doug TenNapelJuly 15, 2005 (2005-07-15)
Mr. Blik cheats to become the king of root beer, during a game show, making Waffle angry.
4a"Tale of the Tail"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Tom OwensJuly 22, 2005 (2005-07-22)
Gordon Quid must defeat the kraken in order to wish for a long normal tail.
4b"Mr. Pickles"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinJuly 22, 2005 (2005-07-22)
After being dumped in Gordon's pickle juice, Mr. Blik turns green and no one listens to him anymore. When he subsequently leaves and becomes a hobo, his brothers realize they need him.
5a"Off the Leash"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras, Luther McLaurin, and Tom OwensJuly 29, 2005 (2005-07-29)
Waffle is given a personality test by Gordon that indicates that Waffle might actually be a dog. But when his attempts to embrace his dog personality, he runs away from home of this. He becomes friends with the dog Barkmeat, but they get caught by a dogcatcher.
5b"Slumber Party"Doug TenNapelLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinJuly 29, 2005 (2005-07-29)
Human Kimberly buys all of the root beer in the store for a girls-only sleepover party. However, the cats have a plan to get root beer for themselves at any cost. The result is by disguising themselves as girls in order to attend the party.
6a"The Ghost of Cramdilly"Peter HastingsLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinSeptember 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)
When Hovis becomes fed up with the cats' treatment of him, he disguises as Mrs. Cramdilly's ghost and says that the fortune will be given to Hovis, and the cats will be the servants. Before long, the cats try to defeat the "ghost" so that they can defend their fortune.
6b"A Line in the Litterbox"Mitch WatsonSean Charmatz and Luther McLaurinSeptember 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)
The cats divide the house in three parts. They later engage in a war using various items from their "kingdoms".
7a"Love Cats"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinSeptember 30, 2005 (2005-09-30)
Mr. Blik falls in love with Kimberly when she insults him. He and Gordon fight for the love of Kimberly then. When Mr. Blik gets hurt, Gordon thinks Kimberly has chosen Blik, and subsequently becomes depressed and wants to escape to the stars.
7b"Zombie Party a Go-Go!"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinSeptember 30, 2005 (2005-09-30)
When zombies arise from the graveyard thanks to a "dip" that Waffle made, Mr. Blik mistakes the undead for a group of fancy people he invited for dinner.
8a"Gordon's Lucky Claw"Mitch WatsonGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannOctober 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
Gordon gets a lucky claw when he says that he's going on a trip to China. When determined to win the trip to China, Mr. Blik steals it. After having a fight with Waffle, Mr. Blik flushes the claw away when he says that the claw does not work for anyone. Then, however, bad luck happens to them.
8b"Big-Eyed Bunny"Mitch WatsonMichael Girard and Octavio RodriguezOctober 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
When Kimberly gets a new friend, Gordon becomes jealous and Mr. Blik accidentally torments Kimberly's pet rabbit, or at least thinks that he does.
9a"Requiem for a Cat"Scott KreamerGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannOctober 28, 2005 (2005-10-28)
The fact that nobody likes Mr. Blik comes to light when his health test at the vet indicates he only has 24 hours left. He promptly tries to make amends, but his efforts only lead Gordon and Waffle to believe he's trying to murder them.
9b"Scaredy Cat"Ken Segall
Story by: Mitch Watson
Lane Lueras and Luther McLaurinOctober 28, 2005 (2005-10-28)
Gordon refuses to celebrate Halloween, claiming it turns everything "evil". His paranoia comes to life when a pair of aliens mistake the cats' redecorated house for a mothership.
10a"Hi Ho Kraken"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinFebruary 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)
The cats and the Kraken head to the Kraken Planet to regain Kraken's honor at any cost.
10b"King of Clubs"Peter HastingsHeiko Drengenberg and Tron MaiFebruary 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)
Mr. Blik tries to join a high society club but is dismayed when Gordon and Waffle are accepted instead.
11a"Livesavers"Scott KreamerGarrett Ho, Michael Mullen, and Jim SchumannFebruary 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
During a Polynesian vacation, Mr. Blik saves Gordon's life. As a result, Gordon is obligated to serve him, which gets on Blik’s nerves very quickly.
11b"Mecha-Kitties"Peter Begler, Pennel Bird, and Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinFebruary 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
While Hovis is away, Mr. Blik, Waffle, and Gordon make robots of themselves to do all the chores he usually does, but things go very wrong.
12a"My Bodyguards"Ving PingerlyWayne Carlisi, Sean Charmatz, Luther McLaurin, and Michael MullenMarch 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)
In order to not get into a fight with a vicious alley cat, Mr. Blik gets the Chumpy Chumps' help. However, things do not end up as desired.
12b"Charge!"John McCannGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannMarch 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)
When sliding down from the slide, Mr. Blik becomes charged with static electricity, though he doesn't know that the static electricity attracts to anything metal and so he gets stuck to it.
13a"A Wooly Adventure"Mitch WatsonLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinMarch 24, 2006 (2006-03-24)
After a heatwave, an iceberg thaws, and a wooly mammoth springs forth and starts hanging out with Mr. Blik, thinking that he is actually his father.
13b"EVIL!"Scott KreamerGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannMarch 24, 2006 (2006-03-24)
Waffle becomes convinced that he's actually an evil genius and makes plans, to take over the world.
14a"Clan Destiny"Peter HastingsMichael Mullen and John NevarezApril 7, 2006 (2006-04-07)
Mr. Blik and Waffle are dragged to Scotland in Gear by Gordon Quid to prove that he is from The Highland Quid Clan. However, they find no evidence that he was once one of them, so Gordon is left in sadness. However, Waffle and Mr. Blik learn a Banshee haunts the Highland Quid Clan. Unless Gordon can somehow get rid of the Banshee, this might be the end for him, the cats, and the Highland Quid Clan.
14b"Mall Adjusted"Thomas KrajewskiGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannApril 7, 2006 (2006-04-07)
Waffle bankrupts the cats, after purchasing his favorite new toy, which is all of the bubble wrap in the world. The cats are kicked out of the mansion while Hovis and the newts are repossessed. With no money, the cats are forced to endure degradation in its worst of forms, which is working at the mall. To make things even worse, every time they go to work at many of the stores in the mall, they always get fired. When they finally find another job that involves making their own root beer, the brothers take their energy into making this. A string of gigs leads to a series of destruction, chaos, and, of course, firings. The cats may have no skills, but maybe it's time for them to learn the true meaning of a hard day's work in order to get out of debt.
15a"Two of A Kind"Scott KreamerLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinMay 5, 2006 (2006-05-05)
As their families prepare for battle, Waffle befriends the Chumpy Chump brother known as Lunk. The two have a blast together, but when their kin find out, Waffle and Lunk's friendship is banned. The two buddies decide they must run away, but when a disaster strikes their beloved brothers, these two like-minded pals must attempt to set things right.
15b"Core-uption"Jeff LewisGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannMay 5, 2006 (2006-05-05)
Kimberly's teacher fails her on her project, which is a model of the earth's core, made of glitter, cotton candy, rainbows, and other feminine stuff. Seeing Kimberly saddened, Gordon travels to the center of the earth, and tosses her project into the core, which causes the earth to transform. Clouds turn into cotton candy, unicorns roam freely, and it rains in glitter, among other unusual changes. It may seem like Kimberly's dream has come true, but as the cats soon learn, too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing.
16a"Katilda"Mitch WatsonHeiko Drengenberg and Tron MaiJune 2, 2006 (2006-06-02)
Katilda (voiced by Hynden Walch) is the new cat in the series, and Blik finds her fascinating, although he doesn't want to admit it. With her charismatic leadership skills, Katilda soon has the cats following her into the woods to fight a terrifying monster. However, when it appears that Katilda's imagination may be a bit too active, it probably won't be easy for any of the cats to fight by her side.
16b"The Secret Door"Scott KreamerKurt Anderson, Sean Charmatz, and Michael MullenJune 2, 2006 (2006-06-02)
Blik and Gordon don't know why Waffle keeps disappearing, until they find out that Waffle has discovered a secret world hidden inside the mansion, and in this world, he has become the king. Unfortunately, Waffle finds out that being king has its price when the Dragon Rider forces Waffle into battle. Now, it's King Waffle's duty to defeat this evil menace and save his subjects. Near the end, however, they find out that the Dragon Rider is really Hovis.
17a"Major Pepperidge"Mitch WatsonGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannSeptember 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
While preparing for his own "Blik Parade", Blik suddenly grows a second head, and unlike Blik himself, the new head is much nicer. Blik loathes him, but everyone else loves the new head and his sage advice. If Blik doesn't want to be upstaged at his parade, he should to rid himself of the pest known as Major Pepperidge growing out of his neck.
17b"Magic Staff"Mitch WatsonHeiko Drengenberg and Tron MaiSeptember 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
After finding a staff that transforms the bearer into a hulking superhero, the cats get selfish. They each want the powers of a hero, even if they don't want to act like one. Later, when the guardian of the staff shows up to reclaim it, the cats must battle him to prove their worth, but they eventually realize that they may not deserve such power.
18a"Free Hovis"Reid HarrisonHeiko Drengenberg and Tron MaiSeptember 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)
Through Waffle's own ignorance, Hovis is accidentally transformed into a giant, talking fish and washed out to sea. Soon enough, a traveling aquarium captures the poor butler and puts him on display. Blik, Waffle, and Gordon must track down the fishy side show and free their flippered butler.
18b"Three Against Nature"Thomas KrajewskiLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinSeptember 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)
Getting lost in the woods, an argument sends the cats down three different paths without one another. Luckily for Waffle, he becomes part of a fun hillbilly family. However, when they capture Blik and plan to cook him for dinner, the cats will have to put their differences aside and work together to escape.
19a"Blikmail"Nicole DubucGarrett Ho and Jim SchumannOctober 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)

After Blik is blackmailed by Katilda, who threatens to tell Gordon and Waffle about his doll, he tries to get it back.

His brothers think it's actually a Scottish mind-controlling figure.
19b"Love Jackal"Scott KreamerLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinOctober 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)
The cats have forgotten about Hovis' birthday again, but they find out he was part of a band called Love Jackal. Soon, Hovis regroups the band together and he decides that he does not need the cats any longer.
20a"Spindango Fundulation"Scott KreamerSean Charmatz, Heiko Drengenberg, and Luther McLaurinFebruary 10, 2007 (2007-02-10)
When Mr. Blik beats the nearly-impossible videogame Spindango Fundulation, the cats are transported to an alien planet, where Mr. Blik must fight off evil invaders just like he did in the game. The only problem is that the conniving feline rigged the game so he would win of this. Even though the stakes are high, Mr. Blik is determined to stop the aliens.
20b"Duck and Cover"Nicole DubucLane Lueras and Luther McLaurinFebruary 10, 2007 (2007-02-10)
Gordon is afraid of a duck that he insists is evil, so Mr. Blik and Waffle set up a wrestling match to help him conquer his fear.

Home media

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DVD name Release date Ep# Title
Nick Picks Vol. 3 February 7, 2006 1x01b Bringin' Down the Mouse
Nickelodeon: Nicktopia Vol. 4 October 3, 2006
Nick Picks Vol. 5 March 13, 2007 1x07a Love Cats
Nickelodeon: Nicktopia Vol. 5 April 17, 2007 1x05b Slumber Party
Nickelodeon: Nicktopia Vol. 6 July 1, 2008 1x17b Magic Staff
Nickelodeon: Nicktopia: Halloween September 23, 2008 1x9b Scaredy Cat

Reception

Critical

Sarah Wenk of Common Sense Media gave the series 3 out of 5 stars; saying that, “Catscratch is a generic cartoon show that involves oddly drawn characters who don't really look like anything, very loud voices, very bright colors, and many instances of people and creatures and things being bashed, broken, and bonked. The show is a by-the-book program, but that doesn't mean it's not sometimes funny or even touching. Many kids will get a kick out of it, although you may not be as tolerant. There's nothing terribly wrong with it, but nothing terribly right, either.”[3]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2006 33rd Annie Awards Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production Luther Mclaurin for Catscratch Nominated [4]
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated "Love Cats/Zombie Party A Go-Go" Nominated [5]
2008 Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated "Spindango Fundulation/Duck and Cover" Nominated [6]

Comics

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Confirmed by an e-mail from Doug TenNapel, there were a few 2-page Catscratch comics in the works for Nickelodeon 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.

See also

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 117. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ "Catscratch – Episode Guide". TV.com. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Wenk, Sarah (July 9, 2005). "Catscratch review". Common Sense Media.
  4. ^ "33rd Annie Awards". annieawards.org. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "2006 Golden Reel Awards: Television". Motion Picture Sound Editors. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "2008 Golden Reel Awards: Television". Motion Picture Sound Editors. Retrieved October 19, 2020.