Kitty litter

Top Cat Begins was not only lame-ass, it was also pretty sexist. 

***

Top Cat Begins
Cert: G

TOP CAT BEGINS has every right to revive the old-school mullarkey of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon but attention should have been paid to updating the social mores of the early 1960s for today’s audience. Look closely and you spot something amiss with this 2016 reboot; every female character is either pushing a pram or fluttering her eyelids suggestively in a tight dress.

This was the norm 50 years ago (how often did Tom try to nab Jerry with a bawdy clockwork girl mouse?) but we’ve moved on. Younger viewers – and Mexican company Anima Estudios’ crude, clunky CG animation suggests a particularly young target audience – may not notice but parents should be rightfully irked.

Otherwise, there’s nothing offensive nor remarkable about this sub-par but occasionally chucklesome outing that seeks to tell the origins of the Bilko-like moggie with moxie. We see him hook up with nice-but-dim sidekick Benny in New York and embark on a good-natured spree of scams. Pilfering diamonds from a crime boss is, alas, a caper too far and lands TC in hot water.

2/5

First published in the Sunday Independent

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Hilary A White

Dublin-based arts journalist and reviewer, specialising in film, books, music and human-interest stories. Sunday Independent / Irish Independent / State.ie / RTE Radio 1 / Today FM

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