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Cattanooga Cats - Sleep Tonight01:45

Cattanooga Cats - Sleep Tonight

Cattanooga Cats - "Incompatible"01:45

Cattanooga Cats - "Incompatible"

Cattanooga Cats - "Hoot Hoot Owl"01:46

Cattanooga Cats - "Hoot Hoot Owl"

Cattanooga Cats - "Pretty As A Picture"01:44

Cattanooga Cats - "Pretty As A Picture"

Cattanooga Cats - "Go"01:46

Cattanooga Cats - "Go"

Cattanooga Cats - "How Did I Ever Get So Lucky?"01:46

Cattanooga Cats - "How Did I Ever Get So Lucky?"

Cattanooga Cats--Wait A Minute for Country01:59

Cattanooga Cats--Wait A Minute for Country

Cattanooga Cats - "Give Your Love To Me"01:47

Cattanooga Cats - "Give Your Love To Me"

Catanooga Cats - Birthday Suit01:45

Catanooga Cats - Birthday Suit

Cattanooga Cats - "I Never Knew"01:43

Cattanooga Cats - "I Never Knew"

Motormouse & Autocat- "Lights! Action! Catastrophe!" episode06:29

Motormouse & Autocat- "Lights! Action! Catastrophe!" episode

Motormouse & Autocat- "Fueling Around" episode06:27

Motormouse & Autocat- "Fueling Around" episode

Cattanooga Cats is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for ABC. It aired from September 6, 1969 until September 4, 1971.

Segments

The show was a package program in the vein of the Hanna-Barbera/NBC show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, except that it contained no live-action segments. During the 1969–1970 season, Cattanooga Cats ran one hour and contained four segments. During the 1970–1971 season, when it aired on Sunday mornings, the segments It's the Wolf! and Motormouse and Autocat were spun off into its own half-hour show; Around the World in 79 Days remained a part of Cattanoga Cats, which was reduced to a half-hour. Motormouse and Autocat ran concurrently with Cattanooga Cats until both met their demise at the end of the 1970–1971 season.

Cattanooga Cats

Cattcats

Cattanooga Cats

Cattanooga Cats depicted the adventures of a fictitious rock band, similar to the Archies and the Banana Splits, populated by anthropomorphic hillbilly cats:

A fifth member, a mouse keyboardist named "Cheesie", was storyboarded but cut out of the series. Travelling around the country in a converted bus known as The Gashopper, they were perennially chased by a female cat groupie named Jessie the "Autograph Hound" (also voiced by Julie Bennett); as well, Kitty Jo owned a big blue dog named "Teeny Tim" (appearing only in the videos and "bumpers"). The singing vocals for the Cattanooga Cats were performed by Michael Lloyd and Peggy Clinger. An album collection of the songs was released to coincide with the series.

The Cats also appeared in various "bumpers" between the other cartoons, but were best remembered for their animated musical segments. These cartoons showed a strong psychedelic and op-art influence, and the Cattanooga Cats remain a cult favorite to this day.

("Cattanooga" is a play on Chattanooga, TN.)

Related article: Cattanooga Cats song lyrics

Episodes

Only nine cartoon story segments featuring the characters were produced:

  1. Witch Wacky
  2. Geroni-hoho
  3. The Big Boo-Boo
  4. Wee Greenie Goofie
  5. Mummy's Day
  6. Zoo's Who
  7. Autograph Hounded
  8. Caribbean Kook
  9. Ghosting a Go-Go

Starting with the tenth broadcast, a second music video and additional gag shorts were added in lieu of a more conventional episode for the remainder of the series.

Catchphrases

  • "Wavy chitlin' gravy!"--Scoots

Around the World in 79 Days

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Around the World in 79 Days

Loosely based upon the novel Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, this was an adventure segment involving balloonist "Phinny Fogg" (conceived as the son of the main character Phileas Fogg in the novel and voiced by Bruce Watson) and reporter teenagers Jenny (voiced by Janet Waldo) and Happy (voiced by Don Messick), who set out on a globetrotting adventure to sail around the world in 79 days and beat the original record set by Phinny's father by one day. The trio are in competition for both the record and a US$1,000,000 prize against the sinister Crumden (voiced by Daws Butler), who supposedly was the butler of the original Phineas, aided by Phineas' chauffeur, the idiotic Bumbler (voiced by Allan Melvin), and Crumden's pet monkey, Smirky (voiced by Don Messick). Unlike the other segments, Around the World in 79 Days was a serial with a continuing story; however, as with many shows made during this period, it has no specific ending.

Episodes

  1. The Race Is On
  2. Swiss Mis-Adventure
  3. Arabian Daze
  4. Madrid or Busted
  5. Mr. Bom Bom
  6. India or Bust
  7. Snow Slappy
  8. Finney Finney Fun Fun
  9. The Argentiny Meany
  10. The Tree Man
  11. Saucy Aussie
  12. Crumden's Last Stand
  13. Egyptian Jinx
  14. Border Disorder
  15. Troubles in Dutch
  16. The Fiji Weegees
  17. Hawaiian Hangup

It's the Wolf!

Itsthewolf

It's the Wolf! followed the comic exploits of a wolf named Mildew (voiced by an uncredited yet easily recognizable Paul Lynde), who aspires to catch and eat a sure-footed little lamb named Lambsy (voiced by Daws Butler), but is always thwarted in this plan by the dog Bristle Hound (voiced by Allan Melvin). Bristle would apprehend Mildew (usually after hearing Lambsy's cries of, "It's the wool-uff!"), pound him, and toss him sailing into the air, with Mildew screaming a phrase such as "Spoil Sport!" as he flies into the horizon and lands with a thud.

Showing modest responsibility, Lambsy, for his part, never fails to recognize Mildew.

Episodes

  1. High Hopes
  2. When My Sheep Comes In
  3. A Sheep in the Deep
  4. Lambsy Divey in Winter Blunder Land
  5. Merry Go Round Up
  6. Super Scientific Sheep Sitting Service
  7. Any Sport in a Storm
  8. Magic Wanderer
  9. Runaway Home
  10. Smart Dummy
  11. Channel Chasers
  12. Mask Me No Questions
  13. Freeway Frenzy
  14. Slumber Jacks
  15. Pow Wow Wolf
  16. Ghost of a Chance
  17. Lambscout Cookout or Mildew
  18. Wolf in a Sheeps Clothing
  19. To Beach His Own
  20. Sheep Scene Stealer
  21. How to Cook a Lamb
  22. Train Tripped


Motormouse and Autocat

Mm autocat

Essentially a motor-racing version of Tom and Jerry, this segment involved the antics of a race car-driving cat and a motorcycle-driving mouse. Much of the segment's appeal lay in the bizarre cars that Autocat (voiced by Marty Ingels) devised in his attempts to catch Motormouse (voiced by Dick Curtis), and in the pleasing and unusual character voices and dialect. For example, Motormouse would often over-enunciate words, saying things like "Chi-co-ry", and greeting Autocat with a friendly "Hey there, Au-to-cat!" Motormouse resembled Pixie and Dixie in character design.

Episodes

  1. Wheelin' and Dealin'
  2. Party Crasher
  3. Water Sports
  4. What's the Motor with You?
  5. Mini Messenger
  6. Wild Wheelin' Wheels
  7. Soggy To Me
  8. Crash Course
  9. Fueling Around
  10. Buzzin' Cousin
  11. Snow-Go
  12. Hard Days Day
  13. Tally Ha Ha
  14. Hocus Focus
  15. Kitty Kitty Bang Bang
  16. King Size Kaddy
  17. Catch as Cat Can
  18. Catnapping Mouse
  19. Paint That Ain't
  20. I've Been Framed
  21. Match Making Mouse
  22. Electronic Brainstorm
  23. Brute Farce
  24. Bouncing Buddies
  25. Ramblin Wreck from Texas
  26. Two Car Mirage
  27. Alacazap'
  28. Geni and the Meany
  29. Choo Choo Cheetah
  30. The Fastest Mouse in the West
  31. Cat Skill School
  32. The Cool Cat Contest
  33. Lights! Action! Catastrophe!
  34. Follow That Cat


Cattanooga Cats in other languages

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Turma da Gatolândia
  • Italian: I gatti di Cattanooga
  • Spanish: Los Gatedráticos del Ritmo

Epilogue

Hanna-Barbera had high hopes for Cattanooga Cats to be a hit program, like The Banana Splits, but the show failed to attract a large audience (and ratings) during its original run. Mildew Wolf, the most popular character on the program, resurfaced in his own right six years after the cancellation of Cattanooga Cats as co-host, with Snagglepuss, on Laff-a-Lympics, this time voiced by John Stephenson.

Lambsy appeared in his own right in Yogi's Ark Lark.

Reruns of Cattanooga Cats were not seen until the program began airing as part of the Sunday-morning Boomerang programming block on the Cartoon Network, which later became a spin-off network of its own. For several months the UK Boomerang channel ran the musical interludes from the show, all of which ran to exactly 1 minute 45 seconds, as short (and unidentified) fillers before closing down at midnight. When the channel expanded to 24 hours, these interludes were dropped. The complete show has not been seen in the United Kingdom in recent years.

Several of the musical segments, and all but two Cattanooga Cats episodes proper, can be seen on YouTube.

The album's fate

As the original Cattanooga Cats album was copyrighted under the pre-1975 Copyright Act, the original copyright thereof by Modern Records was allowed to lapse in 1997 without any forethought on the part of the Mike Curb organisation, as owned Modern Records, to renew the copyrights thereof, although Hanna-Barbera retained copyright to the show's name, characters and related aspects.

Revival of interest in the show and its songs, thanks to Boomerang, led some fans to exploit the ensuing copyright vacuum to release pirate MP3 recordings of tracks from the original vinyl album online, and at least one online music seller to offer a pirate CD of the album, not to mention MP3 downloads of the album and tracks therefrom (howbeit recorded off the vinyl album) starting in the mid-2000's. Nonetheless, the Mike Curb estate (Curb died in the summer of 2014) still has the master tapes to the Cattanooga Cats album, and remains reluctant to digitally remaster same for possible CD or MP3 release, or sell the rights thereof to Warner Bros. Music in behalf of Hanna-Barbera.

Trivia about songs on the Cattanooga Cats album

  • "Cold Wisconsin Night (Sittin' by the Fireside)" [singular] was actually a retitled cover of "Cold Wisconsin Nights" [plural], recorded in 1968 by The American Revolution. Two other songs, "I Wish I Was a Fire" and "My Girlfriend is a Witch," were originally recorded by October Country, also in 1968.
  • "My Birthday Suit" was originally composed for the 1968 independent soft-porn comedy Jenny: Wife/Child (a/k/a Albert Peckingpaw's Revenge); Lydia Marcelle sang the original version. (The term itself is a colloquialism for nudity going back to the mid-18th century.)
  • The melody of "The Day That Love Won't Go Away" is based on the traditional Irish ballad, "The King of the Fairies."
  • "Sing A Song of Sixpence" and "Johnny Johnny Jump Up" are based on two traditional children's songs.

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