Eek! The Cat
Title card for Eek! Stravaganza
Also known as
  • Eek! and the Terrible Thunderlizards
  • Eek! Stravaganza
Genre
Created by
Written by
Voices of
Narrated byBill Kopp
Gary Owens
Theme music composer
ComposerNathan Wang
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes75 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerSavage Steve Holland
Producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time24 mins.
Production companies
Original release
Network
ReleaseSeptember 12, 1992 (1992-09-12) – August 1, 1997 (1997-08-01)

Eek! The Cat (retitled Eek! and the Terrible Thunderlizards and eventually Eek! Stravaganza) is an animated series,[1] created by Savage Steve Holland and Bill Kopp,[2] produced by Fox Kids and Savage Studios with animation by Nelvana. Broadcast from 1992 to 1997 on Fox's former Saturday Morning children's block Fox Kids, it aired in Canada on YTV from 1992 to 1998.[3]

Ownership of the series passed to Disney in 2001 when Disney acquired Fox Kids Worldwide.[4][5][6]

Premise

Eek! the Cat revolves around the misadventures of a jolly purple cat named Eek, who lives in the fictitious city of McTropolis. His motto is "it never hurts to help", an attitude that generally gets him into trouble, from which much of the physical and visual humor of the show is derived. Initially, most of the humor centered around Eek's various injuries during his attempts to help or save another character; over the course of the series, a far wider variety of humor is utilized and Eek generally has the capacity to unintentionally deal as much, if not more pain to other characters (mainly Sharky the Sharkdog) as he undergoes himself.

Other characters include: Eek's human family, with whom he is unable to communicate via spoken language; Sharky the Sharkdog, who despises Eek, something the cat is most of the time oblivious to; and Eek's girlfriend, Annabelle, who he sees as beautiful despite other characters commenting on her weight.[7]

The show featured a guitar riff intro, slapstick humor, and pop culture references. Shows vary from standard cartoon fare to film spoofs (such as Apocalypse Now and A Clockwork Orange). During the second season, a special musical episode titled "Quadrapedia" aired; the first Christmas episode was written almost entirely in rhyme. The show featured many cameos by celebrities,[8] some of whom came back for several episodes.

Characters

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Main characters

Eek! is normally very optimistic.

Supporting characters

Villains

Other segments

The Terrible Thunderlizards

Main article: The Terrible Thunderlizards

The Terrible Thunderlizards segment was introduced in the middle of the second season of Eek! The Cat. Like Eek!, this segment was also created by Holland and Kopp.[8][10] It ran from November 20, 1993, to July 28, 1997. The show was originally intended to be a spin-off from Eek! The Cat,[10] but it aired as a weekly segment on Eek! Stravaganza.

Like Eek!, the segment was produced by Fox and Savage Studios with animation by Nelvana. The segment chronicled the misadventures of a trio of dinosaur mercenaries named Doc Tari (voiced by Savage Steve Holland), Bo Diddly Squat (voiced by Jason Priestley in 1994–1996, Corey Feldman in 1996–1997), and Day Z. Cutter (voiced by Bill Kopp) who were released from incarceration by General Galapagos (voiced by Kurtwood Smith) and charged with the task of eliminating two primitive human beings Bill and Scooter (voiced by Charlie Adler and Curtis Armstrong). Despite their superior size and firepower and the obliviousness of their targets, the mercenaries always fail with comedic results. When they are not after the humans, the Thunderlizards must protect Jurassic City from the Thuggosaurs led by Thuggo (voiced by Brad Garrett).[11]

Klutter!

Main article: Klutter!

The Klutter! segment came in the fourth season of Eek! Stravaganza in 1995.[8] It followed Ryan and Wade Heap (voiced by Cam Clarke and Savage Steve Holland) and their pet Klutter (vocal effects provided by Kirk Thatcher), who they created from a static reaction to pile of junk that their mother Andrea (voiced by Kathy Ireland) wanted them to pick up because the constant allergies of their father John (voiced by David Silverman) made it impossible for them to have a real dog. There are other characters in the show, like Sandee Heap (voiced by Sandy Fox), who was lonely at first, before Klutter came into their lives. They went on mysteries, a la Scooby-Doo, to save animals and solve crimes.

Klutter! ended in February 1996 with 8 segments. Unlike Eek! and Thunderlizards, the segment was created by David Silverman and Holland along with being animated by Film Roman.

Episodes

Main article: List of Eek! The Cat episodes

Production

The original idea for the show came from Savage Steve Holland's experience as a cat owner. One of his cats was named Eek.[12][13] In an early design, Eek was colored pink instead of purple. The series was originally titled The Six and a Half Lives of Eek the Cat. Originally, Jon Lovitz, Gene Wilder and Steve Martin were considered for the voice of Eek, but Bill Kopp decided to voice the character himself, using a voice he and his siblings gave to one of their cats.

The show premiered on the now-defunct Fox Kids block in 1992 as Eek! The Cat. Thirteen 20 minute episodes were produced for its first season. A recurring character named Mr. Iwanter was a caricature of then-Fox Kids executive Sid Iwanter.[14]

For the second season in 1993, the show's format was retooled (except for "It's A Very Merry Eek's Mas", which originally aired as a prime-time special). In each episode were two nine-minute segments. One was Eek! the Cat. The other was The Terrible Thunderlizards. The Thunderlizards segments were intended to air at the start of the season, but it began two months later because of production delays.[10] When they started airing, the series title was changed to Eek! And The Terrible Thunderlizards. Also, the creators originally intended to include two one-minute segments. The first would feature the Squishy Bearz, and the second one were to feature other characters from Eek!, but because the show turned out to be too long, the one-minute segments were scrapped. In January 1994, Fox aired four Thunderlizards segments as two Thunderlizards specials.

During the season, Kopp left the show (though he still did the voice of Eek and others) for his own show, The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show for Disney,[8] which would later own Eek! as well.

For the third season in 1994, the name was changed once again to Eek! Stravaganza, keeping the same format that was used in the second season.

In the fall of 1995, another segment called Klutter was added, rotating with the Thunderlizards. This segment lasted a year. Kato Kaelin was originally scheduled to be a guest voice in an episode,[15] but Fox network refused.[16]

Fox canceled Eek! Stravaganza in November 1996, though they eventually aired the final episodes in the summer of 1997.

Most episodes of Eek! Stravaganza were then re-run from August 1998 to April 1999 on Freeform, back when it was called Fox Family.

For years, all that was available commercially was a single VHS tape with the episodes "Catsanova" and "HawaiiEek 5–0" on it. It was released in 1995.[17][18] In July 2001, Eek! and other properties of Saban Entertainment were sold to The Walt Disney Company.[19] As of 2017, no word from Disney has been spoken about releasing the series to DVD in North America.[20] Twelve DVD volumes have been released by Jetix in the Czech Republic under the title "Kocour Raplík",[21] another Jetix DVD for Russian markets under the title "Кот Ик",[22] and four Hungarian Jetix DVDs under the title "Nyekk a Macska".

Several episodes of the series used to be available to watch on the ABC Family website and was also seen on the Jetix and Jetix Play channels in some parts of Europe.

Cast

Guest stars

The following are listed under this billing in the credits:

Video game

An Eek! The Cat video game was released for the Super NES in 1994.[23] Time Extension listed Eek! The Cat as one of the worst SNES games.[24]

References

  1. ^ Solomon, Charles (September 19, 1992). "TV REVIEWS: Cartoons Seek a Gleeful Insanity in New Season". Los Angeles Times. USA. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  2. ^ Cannon, Bob (October 2, 1992). "TV Review Eek! The Cat (1992)". Entertainment Weekly issue #138. USA. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 177–179. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ "U.S. Copyright Public Records System".
  5. ^ "Disney+ and Missing Saban Entertainment & Fox Kids-Jetix Worldwide Library - StreamClues". 14 September 2022. Archived from the original on 26 December 2022. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Liste - BVS Entertainment | Séries".
  7. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 300–303. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  8. ^ a b c d Reboy, Judith (Summer 1996). "Eekstravaganza Update". Animato! Magazine #35. p. 13. Archived from the original on June 29, 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ Learn to Speak Spangalese
  10. ^ a b c Reboy, Joseph A. (Fall–Winter 1993). "What Happened to The Terrible Thunderlizards?". Animato! Magazine #27. p. 25. Archived from the original on June 29, 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ "The Terrible Thunderlizards". TV Acres. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  12. ^ Stulce, Corey (March 26, 1998). "13 Inane Questions with Savage Steve Holland". USA: siue.edu. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  13. ^ Thomas, Jake (March 21, 2007). "NET presents… 19 questions with - I Shot It .NET". ishotit.net. Archived from the original on 2010-12-13. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  14. ^ Totally Kids Magazine #20. Autumn 1995. p. 32. Animated as "Mr. Old Man Iwanter" in Eek! The Cat
  15. ^ A.J. Benza; Michael Lewittes (March 26, 1995). "KATO ON KIDDY SHOW? CAT'S GOT HIS TONGUE". New York Daily News. Retrieved 1 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Cuprisin, Tim (March 31, 1995). "KATO KUDOS TO FOX". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  17. ^ Eek! The Cat at AllMovie
  18. ^ Eek! the Cat: Eekstravaganza: Catsanova & Hawaii-Eek 5-0 at Amazon.com
  19. ^ Saban (July 23, 2001). "News Corp. and Haim Saban Reach Agreement to Sell Fox Family Worldwide to Disney for $5.3 Billion". Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2011. As part of the transaction, Disney will acquire the Fox Family Channel, a fully distributed cable channel reaching 81 million U.S. homes; Saban Entertainment Inc., a production, distribution and merchandising company with one of the world's largest libraries of children's programs at over 6,500 half hours
  20. ^ Matheson, Whitney (April 15, 2011). "The Candy Mailbag: Answering your Q's!". USA Today. USA. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  21. ^ Kocour Raplík DVD's
  22. ^ Кот Ик (сериал 1992 – 1997)
  23. ^ "ProReview: Eek! The Cat". GamePro. No. 61. IDG. August 1994. p. 60.
  24. ^ McFerran, Damien (November 17, 2022). "The Worst SNES Games Of All Time". Time Extension. Hookshot Media. Retrieved August 19, 2023.