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Counterfeit Cat
Science fiction
Created byAndrew Lavery[1]
Based onCharacters
by Andrew Lavery
Developed byAardman Animations
Cristina Fiumara
Ben Marsaud
Directed byBen Marsaud
Voices of
ComposersBedtracks Inc.
Alex Greggs[2]
Drew Snyder
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes52[3] (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Miles Bullough
  • Jesse Cleverly
  • Andrea Gorfolova
  • Frank Saperstein
ProducerSarah Mattingly
EditorsNikk Fielden
Dan Williamson
Running time12–19 minutes
Production companiesWildseed Kids
Tricon Kids & Family
Atomic Cartoons
Aardman Animations[4]
Original network
Original release12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) –
22 January 2017 (2017-01-22)

Counterfeit Cat is an animated television series developed by Aardman Animations, Cristina Fiumara, and Ben Marsaud. The series is produced by Wildseed Kids, Tricon Kids & Family, and Aardman Animations, in association with Teletoon, with the participation of Disney XD, and with animation provided by Atomic Cartoons. The series first aired on Disney XD in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2016.[5] In Canada, it premiered on November 1, 2016.[6] A total of 52 episodes were produced.[7]


The series revolves around the adventures of Max (Marc Wootton), a lazy yellow housecat, and Gark (Alex Kelly) a blue alien who disguised himself as a purple-knitted cat. Gark crashed his spaceship on Earth, landing in the laundry room of Betty (Kayvan Novak), a klutzy yet kind old woman who is Max's owner. Gark believes that Max is a tiger, the bravest species on Earth, despite Max's cowardice. The two often find themselves in surreal and dangerous situations due to Gark's unstable, bizarre powers, which Max often uses to his own advantage without thinking of the consequences.


Main article: List of Counterfeit Cat episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Series52May 12, 2016 (2016-05-12) (UK)
November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01) (CAN)
January 22, 2017 (2017-01-22) (UK)
February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09) (CAN)
Shorts11May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) (UK)
November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30) (CAN)
March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22) (FRA)






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On December 3, 2010, Aardman Animations originally started the development for the show for Disney. The series is Aardman's first series to use traditional animation. The development was in co-production with Wildseed Studios to complete the development for the project together while Atomic Cartoons was hired to serve animation production and Tricon Films & Television committed to distribute the series until Sonar Entertainment had taken over its distribution.

The designs for the show were provided by Antoine Birot and Raphael Chabassol based on original designs by Nick Edwards. The series is directed by Ben Marsaud and produced by Sarah Mattingley. The first season consisted of 52 episodes at ten minutes each and coincided with 11 two-minute shorts.[9]

Ben Marsaud (who is the director of the series) was a former storyboard artist of seasons 1–3 and 6 of The Amazing World of Gumball and is the current director of Netflix's original animated sitcom, F is for Family. Miles Bullough (who is the executive producer of the series) is also an executive producer on the animated shows, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, Chop Socky Chooks and the Wallace & Gromit short film, A Matter of Loaf and Death for Aardman.


The animation services for the series is handled by Atomic Cartoons. The animation company also been known for Atomic Betty, Captain Flamingo and as well currently as the sixth and seventh seasons of Max & Ruby and Angry Birds Toons. The animation is made on Adobe Animate.


In the United Kingdom, the series debuted on Disney XD on May 12, 2016.[5] It later aired on Pop, debuting on October 1, 2018.[citation needed] In Canada, it premiered on Teletoon on November 1, 2016.[6] In the United States, the first episode aired on Disney XD as a sneak preview on May 31, 2016,[10] before officially premiering on June 20, 2016.[11]

In Latin America, it began airing on Disney Channel and Disney XD on June 10, 2017.[citation needed] In Germany, it began airing on Disney XD on October 17, 2016.[citation needed]

As of May 2017, Sonar Entertainment has acquired the global rights to distribute the series, replacing its former owner, Tricon Films & Television.[citation needed]



List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Royal Television Society Best Animated Programme or Series Counterfeit Cat Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards Animation Ben Marsaud, Sarah Mattingley Nominated
British Writers Guild Awards Best Children's Episode Room of Panic by Tim Bain Won


  1. ^ Atomic Cartoons Counterfeit Cat - Atomic Cartoons
  2. ^ Bedtracks Bedtracks Music and SFX to be Heard in Disney XD's New Animated Series
  3. ^ "Wildseed, Tricon to Co-Produced 'Counterfeit Cat'". 29 April 2015.
  4. ^ Bleeding Cool Aardman And Disney Teaming Up For Counterfeit Cat
  5. ^ a b Wildseed Studios Counterfeit Cat Launching on Disney XD Archived 2016-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "TV Listings Grid, TV Guide and TV Schedule, Where to Watch TV Shows – Screener".
  7. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 77. ISBN 9781476672939.
  8. ^ "Characters - Counterfeit Cat". Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  9. ^ Wildseed Studios Counterfeit Cat Archived 2016-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Twitter Twitter post regarding preview airdate
  11. ^ Animation World Network 'Counterfeit Cat' Bounds into the U.S. on Disney XD