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Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats is a 1988 animated made-for-television film produced by Hanna-Barbera for syndication as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series. The plot is essentially an extended remake of the original show's episodes, "The Missing Heir" and "The Golden Fleecing".

Plot Edit

The movie opens on what appears to be another average day in Hoagie's Alley (which, for the purposes of this story, has apparently been relocated closer to Beverly Hills) for Top Cat and his gang, who are today posing as Boy Scouts, out doing good deeds in the hopes of getting rewards. During the course of this, Benny the Ball saves the life of a bag lady. Unbeknownst to Benny, it is revealed afterwards that she is actually a rich woman named Gertrude Vandergelt, who plans to leave her fortune to her missing niece, Amy. Meanwhile, Officer Dibble arrives to put an end to T.C.'s shenanigans after an unsuccessful attempt by Brain to wash his police car's windshield. Just when Dibble is about to arrest the gang, though, he gets a call saying that his application for retirement has been approved, so he can now retire from the police force, and thus he drops the charges against T.C. and the gang.

A few days later at a gypsy store, Benny receives fake news from Mrs. Vandergelt, disguised herself as Sid Buckman, that she has died and put his name in her will. Upon hearing of this, T.C. and the rest of the gang accompany Benny to the Vandergelt mansion, where Dibble is now working as a security guard. At the mansion, they meet the conniving butler Snerdly, and his Muttley-esque wolfhound Rasputin. Gertrude Vandergelt reads the will, which states that Benny inherits her fortune (seeing how the true heir to the fortune, Amy, is nowhere to be found), provided that nothing bad happens to him within the next two days. This upsets Snerdly, for he had hoped to obtain the fortune himself, so he and Rasputin plot to do away with Benny. T.C. and the gang move into the Vandergelt mansion with Benny.

After several failed attempts at murdering Benny, Snerdly realizes that to get to Benny, he'll have to get rid of the protective T.C. To do this, Snerdly calls up a femme fatale cat named Kitty Glitter, telling her that he has fixed her up a date with a handsome rich cat, as he describes T.C. Kitty is eager to have a rich cat for a husband (to the point that she puts on a wedding dress for the date), but this plan is foiled when she mistakes Brain for T.C. It's only when Snerdly calls her again, demanding to know where she is, that she realizes she's made a mistake.

That night, Snerdly throws a costume party, making Benny wear a bulldog mask and then calling up the local dogcatcher and his pet doberman Dobey to say that there's a mutt roaming around the Vandergelt estate. Sure enough, the dogcatcher arrives and captures Benny. It doesn't take long for T.C. and the rest of the gang to realize that Benny is missing, so they go looking for him. Thanks to a tip-off from Dibble, T.C. finds out that Benny has been taken to the pound, so they take the limousine there and break Benny out. Just as they escape, though, the dogcatcher takes off after them in hot pursuit.

As it turns out, the missing Amy (whose character is a parody of Little Orphan Annie) has been working at a car wash as part of Snerdly's evil plot. While on the run from the dogcatcher, T.C. and the gang turn up in the car wash and recognize Amy from a portrait hanging in the mansion, so they decide to bring her back to the mansion so that the inheritance can be rightfully given to her. They arrive too late, as it is now midnight and Snerdly has just inherited the Vandergelt fortune, but Gertrude Vandergelt then reveals herself from his disguise of Sid Buckman, which means that she, in fact, faked her death as part of a scheme to unmask Snerdly's crookedness. In their attempt to escape, Snerdly (who attempts to disguise himself using the aforementioned bulldog mask) and Rasputin are caught by the dogcatcher.

In the end, T.C. and the gang return to their old lifestyle in Hoagie's Alley, and Dibble rejoins the police force. Kitty Glitter reappears, still wanting to be wed to the rich cat she believes T.C. to be, but she dumps him when Brain lets it slip that they're broke. Afterwards, Amy pays a visit to have a picnic with T.C.'s gang and Dibble.

Cast Edit

  • Leo De Lyon as Brain and Spook
  • Marvin Kaplan as Choo-Choo
  • Avery Schreiber as Benny the Ball
  • Arnold Stang as Top Cat
  • John Stephenson as Fancy-FancyOfficer Charlie Dibble and Waiter
  • Richard Erdman as Sid Buckman and Car Wash Manager
  • Teresa Ganzel as Kitty Glitter
  • Linda Gary as Gertrude Vandergelt
  • Kenneth Mars as Dogcatcher and Film director
  • Lilly Moon as Amy Vandergelt
  • Rob Paulsen as James the Chauffeur, Lester Pester and Tour Bus Driver
  • Henry Polic II as Snerdly
  • Frank Welker as Dobey and Rasputin


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Franchise: TV Series | Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats | Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration | Wake, Rattle, and Roll | The Movie | Top Cat Begins

Main characters

Top Cat | Benny the Ball | Choo-Choo | Brain | Fancy-Fancy | Spook | Officer Charlie Dibble

Minor characters

Griswald | Lazlo-Lazlo | The Maharajah | Police Chief Eugene Prowler | Mrs. Ball | A.T. Jazz

Beverly Hills Cats characters

Kitty Glitter | Amy Vandergelt | Snerdly | Rasputin

Movie characters

Trixie | Lou Strickland | Big Gus | Dog Gang

Begins characters

Mr. Big | Granny Dibble | Benny's Mom | Bad Dog | Pantera | Rata | Furletta Duchat

Locations

Hoagy's Alley | The Police Station | Dibble's Apartment | The Sherry Plaza Hotel | Carnergie Hall | Pool Hall | Catwallader's Mansion | New York Hospital | American Museum of Natural History | Central Park Zoo | Cape Canaveral | Mindy's Department Store | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Top Cat

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Television series (1950s)

The Ruff and Reddy Show | The Huckleberry Hound Show (Yogi Bear / Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks / Hokey Wolf) | The Quick Draw McGraw Show (Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy / Snooper and Blabber)

Television series (1960s)

The Flintstones | The Yogi Bear Show (Snagglepuss / Yakky Doodle) | Top Cat | The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series (Wally Gator / Touché Turtle and Dum Dum / Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har) | The Jetsons | The Magilla Gorilla Show (Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse / Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long) | Jonny Quest | The Peter Potamus Show (Breezly and Sneezly / Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey) | The Atom Ant Show (Precious Pupp / The Hillbilly Bears / Secret Squirrel / Squiddly Diddly / Winsome Witch) | Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt | Laurel and Hardy | Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles | Space Ghost and Dino Boy (Space Ghost (TV series) / Dino Boy in the Lost Valley) | The Space Kidettes | The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show | Birdman and the Galaxy Trio | The Herculoids | Shazzan | Fantastic Four | Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor | Samson & Goliath | The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (The Banana Splits / Arabian Knights / The Three Musketeers / Micro Ventures / Danger Island) | The Adventures of Gulliver | The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Wacky Races | The Perils of Penelope Pitstop | Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines | Cattanooga Cats | Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Television series (1970s)

Harlem Globetrotters | Josie and the Pussycats | Where's Huddles? | The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show | Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! | The Funky Phantom | The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan | Wait Till Your Father Gets Home | The Flintstone Comedy Hour | The Roman Holidays | Sealab 2020 | The New Scooby-Doo Movies | Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space | Speed Buggy | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids | Yogi's Gang | Super Friends | Goober and the Ghost Chasers | Inch High, Private Eye | Jeannie | The Addams Family (1973) | Hong Kong Phooey | Devlin | Partridge Family 2200 A.D. | These Are the Days | Valley of the Dinosaurs | Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch | Korg: 70,000 B.C. | The New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape/Mumbly Show (The Tom and Jerry Show (1975) / The Great Grape Ape Show / The Mumbly Cartoon Show) | The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (The Scooby-Doo Show / Dynomutt, Dog Wonder) | Clue Club | Jabberjaw | Fred Flintstone and Friends (The Flintstone Comedy Hour / Goober and the Ghost Chasers / Jeannie / Partridge Family 2200 A.D. / The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show / Yogi's Gang) | Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (The Scooby-Doo Show / Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! / Laff-A-Lympics / Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels / The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt) | CB Bears (Posse Impossible / Blast-Off Buzzard / Undercover Elephant / Shake, Rattle, and Roll / Heyy, It's the King!) | The Skatebirds (Clue Club / The Robonic Stooges / Wonder Wheels / Mystery Island) | The All-New Super Friends Hour (The Wonder Twins) | The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour | The All New Popeye Hour (Dinky Dog) | Yogi's Space Race (Galaxy Goof-Ups) | Buford and the Galloping Ghost (The Buford Files / The Galloping Ghost) | Challenge of the Super Friends | Godzilla (Jana of the Jungle) | Fred and Barney Meet The Thing and the Shmoo (The New Fred and Barney Show / The Thing / The New Shmoo) | Casper and the Angels | The Super Globetrotters | Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo | The World's Greatest Super Friends | Amigo and Friends

Television series (1980s)

The B.B. Beegle Show | Super Friends | Drak Pack | The Flintstone Comedy Show | The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang | The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show (Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo / Richie Rich) | Laverne & Shirley in the Army | Space Stars (Teen Force / Astro and the Space Mutts / Space Ghost / The Herculoids) | The Kwicky Koala Show (The Bungle Brothers / Crazy Claws / Dirty Dawg) | Trollkins | The Smurfs (Johan and Peewit) | The Flintstone Funnies (The Flintstone Family Adventures / Bedrock Cops / Pebbles, Dino and Bamm-Bamm / Captain Caveman / Dino and Cavemouse / The Frankenstones) | The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show (The Little Rascals / Richie Rich / Pac-Man) | Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour | The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour (Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo / Scrappy and Yabba-Doo / The Puppy's Further Adventures) | Jokebook | Shirt Tales | The Gary Coleman Show | The Dukes | The Monchhichis/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show (Monchhichis / The Little Rascals / Richie Rich) | The Pac-Man/Rubik, the Amazing Cube Hour (Rubik, the Amazing Cube / Pac-Man) | The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries) | The Biskitts | Lucky Luke | Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince | Going Bananas | Snorks | Challenge of the GoBots | Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show | Paw Paws | Yogi's Treasure Hunt | Galtar and the Golden Lance | The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians | The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo | The New Adventures of Jonny Quest | Pound Puppies | The Flintstone Kids (Captain Caveman and Son) | Foofur | Wildfire | Sky Commanders | Popeye and Son | A Pup Named Scooby-Doo | The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley | The New Yogi Bear Show | Fantastic Max | The Further Adventures of SuperTed | Paddington Bear

Television series (1990s)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures | The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda | Tom & Jerry Kids (Droopy and Dripple / Spike and Tyke) | Wake, Rattle, and Roll | Gravedale High | Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone | The Pirates of Dark Water | Yo Yogi! | Young Robin Hood | Fish Police | Capitol Critters | The Addams Family | Droopy, Master Detective | The New Adventures of Captain Planet | SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron | 2 Stupid Dogs (Super Secret Secret Squirrel | Space Ghost Coast to Coast | Dumb and Dumber | What a Cartoon! | Cave Kids | The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest | Dexter's Laboratory | Johnny Bravo | Cow and Chicken / I Am Weasel | The Powerpuff Girls

Original independent pilots

Kenny and the Chimp | King Crab: Space Crustacean | The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Meet the Reaper | Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? | Foe Paws | Uncle Gus: For the Love of Monkeys | Thrillseeker

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Yogi's Ark Lark | Oliver and the Artful Dodger | The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik | The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park

ABC Afterschool Specials

Last of the Curlews | The Runaways | Cyrano | Great Comedy Concert

The Flintstone Primetime Specials

The Flintstones' New Neighbors | The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling | The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma | The Flintstones: Jogging Fever

Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10

Yogi's Great Escape | The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones | Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers | Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose | Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats | Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School | Rockin' with Judy Jetson | The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound | Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears | Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf

Other animated specials and telefilms

Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? | The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't | A Christmas Story | The Count of Monte Cristo | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | The Last of the Mohicans | Davy Crockett on the Mississippi | Energy: A National Issue | Five Weeks in a Balloon | Yabba Dabba Doo! The Happy World of Hanna-Barbera | A Flintstone Christmas | Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue | The Flintstones: Little Big League | Black Beauty | The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II | Gulliver's Travels | Casper's Halloween Special | The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone | Scooby Goes Hollywood | Casper's First Christmas | Yogi's First Christmas | The Harlem Globetrotters Meet Snow White | Here Comes The Smurfs | The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera Arena Show | The Smurfs' Springtime Special | The Smurfs' Christmas Special | Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper | My Smurfy Valentine | The Secret World of Og | The Smurfs' Halloween | Smurfily Ever After | The Smurfic Games | Pound Puppies | Star Fairies | The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration | Smurfquest | Rock Odyssey | Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Tis The Season to Be Smurfy | Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special | Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration | Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best | The Yum Yums: The Day Things Went Sour | The Flintstones: A Page Right Out of History | The Last Halloween | Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream | I Yabba-Dabba Do! | Jonny's Golden Quest | The Halloween Tree | The Town Santa Forgot | Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby | A Flintstone Family Christmas | Yogi the Easter Bear | Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights | A Flintstones Christmas Carol | SWAT Kats: A Special Report | Daisy-Head Mayzie | Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects | Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip | The Flintstones: On the Rocks

Live-action TV movies and specials

Jack and the Beanstalk | Hardcase | Shootout in a One-Dog Town | The Gathering | The Beasts Are on the Streets | Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park | Legends of the Superheroes | Belle Starr | Deadline

The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible and Timeless Tales from Hallmark

The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (The Creation / Noah's Ark / Joseph and His Brothers / Moses / Joshua and the Battle of Jericho / Samson and Delilah / David and Goliath / Jonah / Daniel and the Lions' Den / Queen Esther / The Nativity / The Miracles of Jesus / The Easter Story) | Timeless Tales from Hallmark

Theatrical shorts series

Loopy De Loop

Theatrical films based on cartoons

Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! | The Man Called Flintstone | Jetsons: The Movie | Tom and Jerry: The Movie (former) | The Flintstones | The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas | Josie and the Pussycats | Scooby-Doo | The Powerpuff Girls Movie | Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed | Yogi Bear | Top Cat: The Movie | Top Cat Begins | S.C.O.O.B.

Direct-to-video films based on cartoons

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island | Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost | Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders | Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase | Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire | Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico | Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster | Aloha, Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? | Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! | Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King | Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword | Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo | Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare | Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur | Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire | Big Top Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon | Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map | Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright | Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery | Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy | Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness | The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! | Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest | Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery | Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood | Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon | Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown | The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!

Cinematic Universe

S.C.O.O.B. | TBA | Untitled film

Other works

The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera

Warner Bros. Animation television series based on cartoons

What's New, Scooby-Doo? | Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! | Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated | Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

See also

Ruby-Spears

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