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Ahhhh… one of the best intros written.  I know you’ve heard me say it before but they just knew how to write jingles and intros back when I was a kid.  Top Cat not only had the fantastic jingle but it was a cartoon of substance.  I guess I related to TC (as close friends get to call him) because of his want to live a higher life than he did.

Growing up in a large family with very little disposable income, made me long for what I thought were the good things in life, so I understood why he rode on the fenders of limos and made it look like he was sitting at the best restaurants in town.  I didn’t realise it at the time, but looking back now, I can see that I completely “got” him.  He was always ready for when the big break happened to him as he had heaps of practise at being wealthy. I loved his attitude.

His friends, Benny the Ball, Choo Choo, Brain, Fancy Fancy and Spook did all the work and TC took all the credit.  His get rich schemes always resulted in havoc for everyone, especially Officer Dibble.  Officer Dibble used to roam Hoagy’s Alley checking out what the gang were up to but he was always tricked by TC and the gang.  He was a want to be performer so they played to his vanity by praising him constantly when they wanted to avoid something.

It was the perfect cartoon.  So many of the popular TV shows have been built around the same premise, a group of friends and their antics.  Noone was particularly mean or nasty and their hijinx were always light hearted.  Whilst TC was definitely a rogue who seemed like he’d sell his grandmother to get rich, he actually had a kind heart and always looked after the best interest of his gang.

How I miss cartoons like this.  Yes, he’s the chief, he’s the king, but above everything, he’s the most tip top.. Top Cat..

Top Cat & the gang