1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Meek Waldo Kitty (voiced by Howard Morris) found himself intimidated by Tyrone the bullying bulldog (Allen Melvin), and perplexed by his girlfriend Felicia (Jane Webb), a female tabby.
All were shown in live-action shots of cats and dogs at the start of the show, going into animation to display the fantasy daydreams Waldo had of controlling the other animals in various superhero incarnations, all parodies of human ones, such as Catzan (Tarzan), Catman and Sparrow (Batman and Robin) and The Lone Kitty (The Lone Ranger).
The show’s biggest fantasy was that NBC ran the Filmation series for a year and thought it could outrate Bugs Bunny on CBS.
The overt inspiration for this series was the saga of Walter Mitty, a meek comic character created by author James Thurber whose alter egos in daydreams did what Mitty wished he could do in real life.
On 30 December 1975, Samuel Goldwyn Productions and Thurber’s widow Helen W Thurber filed a $500,000 copyright infringement suit against the cartoon, charging it with “debasing, distorting and diluting the quality and reputation of the story by James Thurber,” as well as the character and film adaptation of the story by the Goldwyn company.
It is unknown whether the suit was settled before the cartoon went off the air, but the property continued in syndication as part of Groovie Goolies and Friends under the title The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty.
Cat Man | Catzan of the Apes | The Lone Kitty | Robin Cat | Cat Trek | Cat Man Meets the Poochquin | Catzan or Not Catzan | The Lone Kitty Rides Again | Sheriff of Sherwood | Cat Man Meets the Puzzler | Dr Livingstone, I Presume? | Ping or Pongo | Chaw the Bullet