Top Cat Begins

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Top Cat Begins
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"Hey! Hey, Mr. Big! F--- you!"
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Andrés Couturier
Written By: Jim Krieg
Doug Langdale
Jorge Ramírez-Suárez
Starring: Raúl Anaya
Mauricio Pérez
Jesús Guzmán
Gerardo Alonso
Mario Filio
Octavio Rojas
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: October 30, 2015 (Mexico)
May 27, 2016 (United Kingdom)
July 20, 2018 (United States)
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: India
United States
Language: English
Budget: $8 million
Box Office: MX$54.1 million
(US$4.6 million)
Prequel: Top Cat: The Movie (release date)
Sequel: Top Cat: The Movie (chronologically)

Top Cat Begins (also known in Spanish as Don Gato: El Inicio de la Pandilla, translated to Top Cat: The Start of the Gang) is an Indian-Mexican computer-animated comedy film, produced by Ánima Estudios and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in Mexico. Based on the animated television series, Top Cat, made by Hanna-Barbera, this film is a prequel to both the series and the movie, taking place before Top Cat met his gang.

The film premiered in Mexican theaters on October 30, 2015. The film was later released in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2016, distributed by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution and Warner Bros. UK. The film has received generally negative reviews, with critics criticizing the cheap animation and writing, and was a box office bomb, grossing $4.6 million on an $8 million budget.


The film is a backstory about "Top Cat" and his friends.

Why It Shouldn't Begin

  1. Cheap-looking animation, but simply better than the first one.
  2. Like Top Cat: The Movie, it also shows how low the movie's budget is.
  3. A disappointing plot that tries to shoehorn in the origins like Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
  4. Sexual innuendos that are inappropriate for kids, like a cat watching a woman-cat getting undressed.
  5. Horrible writing.
  6. Cheap humor, which relies on mean-spiritedness and toilet humor.
  7. The scene when Benny poops in his diaper while acting like a baby is obnoxious and dumb.
  8. References some R-rated movies like Reservoir Dogs.
  9. Weak voice acting.
    • Like its predecessor, Top Cat: The Movie, most of the actors do not attempt to sound like the characters in the original Top Cat cartoon. In particular, Brain has a much deeper voice.
    • Bad Dog sounds like he has a sore throat.
  10. Top Cat saying "F--- you!" to Mr. Big was censored very poorly.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The background music is decent.
  2. Similar to Top Cat: The Movie, the show these movies are based upon - Top Cat - is good, and it is only these two movies that are terrible.
  3. The ending song "Best Day of My Life" is also good.
  4. The art style and character designs are passable, despite the poor quality of animation.
    • Speaking of the character designs, they are actually faithful to the show it is based upon.
  5. The gangs are handier on the scams, which are more creative and have an interesting twist.



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