Heathcliff (1984 TV series)


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Also known as 'Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats
Heathcliff Cats & Co (UK)
Genre Comedy
Created by George Gately (Heathcliff)
Jean Chalopin, Bruno Bianchi (The Catillac Cats)
Developed by Jean Chalopin
Alan Swayze
Chuck Lorre
Directed by Bruno Bianchi
Michael Maliani
Voices of Mel Blanc
Donna Christie
Peter Cullen (Season 1)
Stanley Jones
Jeannie Elias
Danny Wells
Composer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Country of origin France
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 86
Executive producer(s) Jean Chalopin
Andy Heyward
Tetsuo Katayama (season 1)
Producer(s) Jean Chalopin
Denys Heroux (season 1)
Lori Crawford (season 1)
Andy Heyward (season 2)
Tetsuo Katayama (season 2)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
LBS Communications, Inc.
McNaught Syndication Co.
ICC TV Productions (season 1)
FR3 (season 1)
Chris-Craft Television (season 2)
United Entertainment Group (season 2)
Distributor DHX Media (current)
Original network first-run syndication
Audio format Mono (Season 1)
Stereo (Season 2)
Original release September 5, 1984 – 1988
Related shows Heathcliff (1980)

Heathcliff (aka Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats) is a French-American animated television series that debuted on September 5, 1984.[1] It was the second series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by DIC Entertainment. It ran in syndication until 1988 with a total of 86 episodes. The first show based on the comic strip was Heathcliff and Dingbat, which debuted in 1980. The Catillacs Cats characters were created by Jean Chalopin and Bruno Bianchi. Mel Blanc provided the voice of Heathcliff. Animation was outsourced to many Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean studios including TMS, Studio Korumi, Wang Film, Cucoo's Nest, Mushi, Araki, and others for the first season before DIC utilized their own, private Japanese studio to avoid paying other companies. TMS produced much higher quality episodes as opposed to the 2nd season's, which were more Anime like.


The first season ran for 65 episodes while the second season ran for 21. Each episode included an additional segment featuring The Catillac Cats. While the series was on the air, the movie Heathcliff: The Movie, was released which was a compilation of segments.[2]


The Catillac Cats (Cats & Co.)

Main article: The Catillac Cats

A gang of cats that played alongside Heathcliff. When Riff-Raff is not around, the Catillac Cats are sometimes helping Heathcliff in some adventures or sometimes tease him. They drive a very cool Cadillac which could transform into an RV and a boat. They live in a junkyard.


Episode list

Season 1

  1. The Great Pussini / Kitty Kat Kennels
  2. Chauncey's Great Escape / Carnival Capers
  3. Mad Dog Catcher / Circus Beserkus
  4. Rebel Without a Claws / The Farming Life Ain't For Me
  5. Heathcliff's Middle Name / Wishful Thinking
  6. King of the Beasts / Cat Can Do
  7. Smoke Gets in my Eyes / Much Ado about Bedding
  8. City Slicker Cat / House of the Future
  9. Spike's Cousin / For the Birds
  10. Heathcliff's Pet / Swamp Fever
  11. Teed Off / Monstro vs. the Wolf Hound
  12. Say Cheese / Cat's Angels
  13. Meow Meow Island / Iron Cats
  14. Family Tree / Who's Got the Chocolate?
  15. Be Prepared / Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
  16. Heathcliff Gets Canned / Whackoed Out
  17. Brain Sprain / Cat Balloon
  18. May the Best Cat Win (possibly the pilot episode)/ Comedy Cats
  19. Revenge of the Kitty / Jungle Vacation
  20. Hospital Heathcliff / Hector's Takeover
  21. Going Shopping / Cat in the Fat
  22. Wild Cat Heathcliff / Kitten Around
  23. Cat Burglar Heathcliff / Lucky's Unlucky Day
  24. The Blizzard Bandit / Harem Cat
  25. Kitten Smitten / Young Cat with a Horn
  26. The Gang's All Here / The Meowsic Goes Round & Round
  27. Snow Job / Condo Fever
  28. Heathcliff Pumps Iron / Mungo's Dilemma
  29. Heathcliff's Double / Big Foot
  30. Terrible Tammy / The Games of Love
  31. Big Top Bungling / Space Cats
  32. Lard Times / The Merry Pranksters
  33. Spike's Slave / Scaredy Cats
  34. Gopher Broke / A Camping We Will Go
  35. Where There's an Ill, There's a Way / Yes Sewer That's my Baby
  36. Soap Box Derby / A Better Mousetrap
  37. Bamboo Island / Superhero Mungo
  38. Butter Up! / Mungo Gets No Respect
  39. Sonja's Nephew / Dr. Mousetus
  40. Cat Food for Thought / Going South
  41. Phantom of the Garbage / Junkyard Flood
  42. Trombone Terror / The Other Woman
  43. Pop on Parole / The Babysitters
  44. The Siamese Twins / The Mungo Mash
  45. Copa-ca-Heathcliff / Leroy's in Love
  46. Used Pets / Search for a Star
  47. An Officer and an Alley-Cat / Hector Spector
  48. Service with a Smile / Junk Food
  49. Boom Boom Pussini / Beach Blanket Mungo
  50. Sealand Mania / Riff Raff the Gourmet
  51. The Super M.A.C. Menace / Journey to the Center of the Earth
  52. Heathcliff Reforms / Prehysteric Riff Raff
  53. A Piece of the Rock / Divide and Clobber
  54. Flying High / Debutante Ball
  55. Heathcliff's Surprise / The Big Break In
  56. The Catfather / The Big Swipe
  57. Tally-Ho Heathcliff / Cleo Moves In
  58. Granpda vs. Grandpa / The Big Game Hunter
  59. The Great Tuna Caper / Peco's Treasure
  60. The Baby Buggy Bad Guys / Riff Raff's Mom
  61. Momma's Back in Town / Trash Dance
  62. Claws / Hector the Detector
  63. Raiders of the Lost Cat / Mungo Lays an Egg
  64. The Home Wrecker / In Search of Catlantis
  65. Star or Tomeow-meow / Soccer Anyone?

The DVD lists episode, May the Best Cat Win as first, and titles the episode Pilot.

Season 2

  1. The Whitecliffs of Dover / Life Saver
  2. Nightmare in Beverly Hills / The Cat in the Iron Mask
  3. The Shrink / Brushing Up
  4. Dr. Heathcliff and Mr. Spike / Time Warped
  5. Spike's New Home / Mungo's Big Romance
  6. The Cat and the Pauper / Mungo of the Jungle
  7. In the Beginning / Catlympic Cats
  8. Rear Cat Window / Cat Days, Ninja Nights
  9. Something Fishy / Christmas Memories
  10. Heathcliff's Mom / Hockey Pucks
  11. Cat Day Afternoon / Hector Protector
  12. Feline Good / Off-Road Racer
  13. Spike's Coach / The Trojan Catillac
  14. Heathcliff Gets Framed / Repo Cat
  15. Missing in Action / Bag Cat Sings the Blues
  16. It's a Terrible Life / Leroy Gets Canned
  17. Hair of the Cat / Tenting Tonight
  18. The Fortune Teller / Cottontails, Chickens, & Colored Eggs
  19. Break an Egg / A Letter to Granny
  20. The New York City Sewer System / High Goon
  21. North Pole Cat / He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Theme song

The theme was recorded by Noam Kaniel and written by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban.


Heathcliff: The Movie was released to theaters on January 17, 1986, and subsequently on VHS in 1988 by Paramount Video. It includes seven segments from the original show:

Broadcast history

In the United States, the series was aired in national first-run syndication from September 5, 1984 until 1988, and reruns of the series were then aired on Nickelodeon from 1988 until 1993. It was rerun on Family Channel from 1993-1998 and Fox Family Channel from 1998 until 1999. From September 27, 2010 until September 23, 2011, reruns of the series were aired in the United States on the This Is for Kids block on This TV.[1][3] In the U.K. the series aired on CBBC during the late 1980s and early 1990s, then it was repeated on Channel 4 until 1996, then in the early 2000s it was aired on Toon Disney U.K. in 2000 also in 2000 the TV Show was aired in Syndication in North American Local Channels, and was usually billed under the title Heathcliff Cats & Co.[4] The series also aired in Japan.

As per an interview with Donna Christie (voice actor for Iggy Nutmeg and Cleo), the series did not continue because of Mel Blanc's failing health.[5]

DVD releases

On February 24, 2004, UAV Entertainment released two best-of collections with each set featuring nine select episodes from the series.

On May 25, 2004, Sterling Entertainment released Heathclif: The Movie on DVD. However this release is now out of print.

In the UK, there have been several volumes of Heathcliff released on DVD by Maximum Entertainment. These DVD's are now out of print.

On September 20, 2005, Shout! Factory and Sony BMG Music Entertainment released Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats in a 4-disc boxset featuring the first 24 episodes of the series. This release has been discontinued and is now out of print as Shout! Factory has lost the rights to the series.[6]

Since 2007, NCircle Entertainment has released seven Heathcliff DVDs.[7]

On February 21, 2012, Mill Creek Entertainment released Heathcliff- Season One, Volume 1 on DVD. This 3-disc set features the first 32 episodes from the Season 1.[8] They also released a 10 episode best-of collection on that same day. Heathcliff- Season 1, Volume 2 was released on October 1, 2013, which contains the remaining 33 episodes from Season 1.[9] As of 2015, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print.

On August 2, 2016, Mill Creek released Heathcliff- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[10] The 9-disc set contains all 86 episodes of the series, including the final 21 episodes which were previously unreleased.

The episode "Going Shopping / Cat in the Fat" was included as a bonus in the DVD release of the first half of the Beverly Hills Teens series.[11]

In France, two more 4-disc sets were released under the French title of the series, Les Entrechats.

DVD Name Ep # Release date
Heathcliff / Super Mario Bros. 2 2004
Heathcliff: Fish Tales 9 February 24, 2004
Heathcliff: Terror of the Neighborhood 10 February 24, 2004
Heathcliff: The Movie 1 May 25, 2004
Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats 24 September 20, 2005
Heathcliff - Season One, Volume One 32 February 21, 2012
Heathcliff - Season One, Volume Two 33 October 1, 2013
Heathcliff - The Complete Series 86 August 2, 2016


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