Top Cat The Movie – definitely not the leader of the pack

Today I wasted ninety whole minutes of my life. Ninety minutes that I will never, ever be able to get back.

Today Belle and I went to watch Top Cat The Movie.

Now I didn’t have high expectations – I’m used to watching crappy kids’ films and I’d seen the trailer, so I knew it wasn’t going to be exactly high brow:

The trailer however did not do justice to the full Top Cat horror that awaited us.

I’m not a big fan of 3D films at the best of times, mainly because I have to wear the 3D glasses over the top of my ordinary glasses, and I look kind of stupid, but also I just don’t see the point with something like Top Cat. There was nothing in the film that benefited from 3D, it just feels like jumping on the 3D bandwagon.

Even a bandwagon can be bearable though, so long as you spend more than about 49p on the 3D effects. I suspect that this was roughly the budget for Top Cat.

The 3D was such poor quality that often there were just random objects in 3D, standing out as though in mid-air – a bowl of snacks on a side table for instance, where the bowl appeared to hover about a metre away from the table top for no reason. At other times, the cats and the background couldn’t decide which was meant to be at the front, and it all became rather confusing.

It was a little bit like watching a 3D film but without the glasses on – nothing looked quite right.

And the plot?


I can’t say it exactly gripped me. In fact I tried my best to think of anything at all I could do to not have to watch Top Cat and the gang’s crazy antics. I gave myself a hand massage – that passed a nice few minutes. Then I was stuck. If we’d not been in a corner I might have slipped out to the ‘toilet’ and just hung about in the lobby for ten minutes. That would have been infinitely preferable.

I really can’t say anymore. I just want to put the whole thing behind me and move on.



  1. 26 May, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    Oh dear, I don’t want to say it but I could have told you so. We went to see the muppets a little while ago at the cinema and the whole time I had to fight the urge to leave, it was so so awful. Kids films can be good though, I watched Gnomeo and Juliet today it was “deep”. And great songs.

    • 31 May, 2012 / 7:16 pm

      You’re absolutely right, there are some great kids films – Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2 are both awesome – but then you get some that just make you want to poke your own eyes out just to make it go away.

  2. 26 May, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    we got invited to this but the PR failed to mention that the venue had been changed last minute….but now I’m glad we never wasted anymore time watching it!

    • 31 May, 2012 / 7:17 pm

      We turned up and the cinema weren’t expecting us, and had no idea what I was talking about. Fortunately (for Belle at least) they let us in anyway.

  3. 27 May, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    Oh dear ! Don’t be sad, be awesome.

    • 31 May, 2012 / 7:17 pm

      Hahaha! I AM awesome. All of the time. :-D

  4. 28 May, 2012 / 8:41 am

    I’m so glad it was useless. I thought as much when I saw the trailer! Why does everyone have to jump on the lets revive old tv programmes into films bandwagon. Muppets was great but that’s it!


    • 31 May, 2012 / 7:18 pm

      So true, but it just ends up spoiling it doesn’t it? Can’t we just enjoy our fond memories without old TV shows being milked for all they’re worth?

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