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Billy the Cat is a French/Belgian animated series based on the comic strip of the same name, created by cartoonists Stéphane Colman and Stephen Desberg. It was aired from 1996 to 2001 for two seasons, plus also two TV movies (respectively dated 1998 and 2001).
Animated at La Fabrique, Siriol Productions and Cologne Cartoon (the latter only the Season 1), the series was produced by EVA Entertainment with the companies: Les Films du Triangle, Dupuis, NOA Network of Animation, and Sofidoc S.A.; all in association with the channels ZDF and France 3.

Billy the Cat
Genre Adventure
Fantasy
Directed by
Voices of
Opening theme "Billy the Cat", performed by John Mitchell and Tanya Hancheroff
Ending theme "Billy the Cat" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)
Country of origin France
Belgium
Original language(s) English
French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Pierre Levie
  • Hervé Bédard
  • Steve Walsh
  • Patrick Moine
  • Dale A. Andrews
Producer(s)
  • Robin Lyons (Season 1)
  • Patrick Moine (Season 2)
  • Sophie Levie (Season 2)
  • Hervé Bédard (Season 2)
Running time 25 minutes approx.
Production company(s)
Release
Original release 1996 – 2001

Contents

ProductionEdit

The cartoon takes a different approach to the scenario: Here, Billy's transformation to a cat is caused by an angry magician who decides to teach the boy a lesson after seeing Billy bullying a cat. In order to keep his family from worrying, the magician also uses his magic to make his cat, Dandelion, assume Billy's own form and live with his family.

The cartoon takes on a much lighter tone than the comic, largely thanks to the differing set-up, and is also much more episodic. When the series ends, Billy remains a cat and shows little to no interest to becoming human again, although this is not said explicitly by any character.

List of charactersEdit

  • Billy (voiced by Jesse Moss, and later by Brian Drummond) − A young rogue turned into a cat by a magician.
  • Mr. Hubert (voiced by Michael Donovan who also voice directs for the show) − A white cat with a bowtie and Billy's guardian who teaches Billy how to survive on the streets. He lives in a Cadillac car in a junk yard and speaks with a British accent.
  • Queenie (voiced by Kelly Sheridan) − A female cat.
  • Jumbo (voiced by Ian James Corlett who also writes for the show) − A pigeon who thinks and speaks like an airplane pilot.
  • Sanctifur (voiced by Robert O. Smith) − A fierce dark gray cat with a scar on his face. He is one of both Billy, Queenie and Mr. Hubert's worst enemy.
  • Moonie (voiced by Terry Klassen who also writes and voice directs for the show) − He is the leader of the villainous group called the Dead End Dogs, who enjoys bullying cats. He is also another one of both Billy, Queenie and Mr. Hubert's worst enemy.
  • The Magician (also voiced by Michael Donovan) − The man responsible for turning Billy into a cat after he saw the troublesome kid bullying a cat. After teaching Billy a lesson, he decided to turn his cat Dandelion into human Billy himself.
  • Nick (voiced by Lee Tockar who also writes for the show, and later by Bill Switzer) − One of Billy's former human friends, who doesn't like cats.
  • Billy's Mother (voiced by Kathleen Barr) − Billy's worried mother who is allergic to cats.

Voice castEdit

Additional voicesEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Plot Written by Original air date
1 1 "Billy Becomes a Cat" Barry Whittaker and Judy Valyi  ()
2 2 "The Cat That Couldn't Miaow" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
3 3 "Microchips with Everything" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
4 4 "Pigeon Pie" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
5 5 "Sewer Cats" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
6 6 "The Rescue" Barry Whittaker and Judy Valyi  ()
7 7 "The Big Meow" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
8 8 "The Jolly Mouser" John Gatehouse  ()
9 9 "Hubert and the Siamese Siren" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
10 10 "A Star Is Born" Stan Hey  ()
11 11 "A Clockwork Bone" Doug Molitor  ()
12 12 "Catz’n the Hood" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
13 13 "Cat Burglar" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
14 14 "Cool Cat" S.M. Molitor  ()
15 15 "One of Our Tail Is Missing" Michael Benyaer  ()
16 16 "Romeo & Juliet" Malcolm McGookin  ()
17 17 "Wok on the Wild Side" Jono Howard  ()
18 18 "The Great Purple Nothing" Jono Howard  ()
19 19 "Born to Be a Wildcat" Lee Tockar  ()
20 20 "Monkey Business" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
21 21 "Snowbound" John Gatehouse  ()
22 22 "Gutbucket" Stan Hey  ()
23 23 "The Pigeon That Fell on the Earth" Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen  ()
24 24 "Curse of Catopatra" Michael Benyaer  ()
25 25 "I’m Not an Animal" Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen  ()
26 26 "Billy’s Last Chance" Barry Whittaker and Judy Valyi  ()

Season 2Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date
27 1 "Fish Food" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
28 2 "Brotherly Love" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
29 3 "The Kitten That Roared" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
30 4 "Robodog" Fabrice Ziolkowski and Luli Barzman  ()
31 6 "Home Sweet Haunted Home" Terry Klassen  ()
32 7 "Airborne Hijinks" Judy Valyi and Barry Whittaker  ()
33 8 "A Cat Named Rex" Fabrice Ziolkowski and Luli Barzman  ()
34 8 "For Art’s Sake" Smelly Joe  ()
35 9 "Lights, Camera, Action" Jono Howard  ()
36 10 "Derby Billy" Jono Howard  ()
35 11 "King of the Rats" Terry Klassen  ()
38 12 "The Show Must Go On" Peter Hynes  ()
39 13 "Tuneless" Michael Benyaer  ()
40 14 "Queenie’s New Bow" Judy Valyi  ()
41 15 "Double Billy" Norman Hudis  ()
42 16 "Happy Starday!" Keith Brumpton  ()
43 17 "Running Wild" Fabrice Ziolkowski  ()
44 18 "Eau de Junkyard" Catherine Girczyc  ()
45 19 "Paws, Jaws and Claws" Keith Brumpton  ()
46 20 "From Whom the Bell Tolls" Peter Hynes  ()
47 21 "Jumbo Flyer" Barry Whittaker  ()
48 22 "Pride and Prejudice" Stephen Desberg  ()
49 23 "The Amulet of Cerberus" TBA  ()
50 24 "The Trouble with Bob" Jill Brett  ()
51 25 "The Invasion of the Cat Nappers" Fabrice Ziolkowski  ()
52 26 "Speak No Evil" Fabrice Ziolkowski  ()

TV moviesEdit

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"One of the Guys" Les Orton Jono Howard, Terry Klassen, Robin Lyons, Malcolm McGookin, Andrew Offiler, Judy Valyi, and Barry Whittaker 1998 (1998)
Regales the chronicles of Billy trying to fit in with Blackie's gang. The Special is composed of "Romeo and Juliet", "Sewer Cats", and "The Great Purple Nothing"
"Cats Can Talk" Jean Pierre Jacquet Fabrice Ziolkowski, Luli Barzman, and Stephen Desberg 2001 (2001)
Regales the adventures of Billy about to be involved in a plot set by an evil woman. the special is composed of "Pride and Prejudice", "A Cat named Rex", and "Speak no Evil".

International broadcastsEdit

External linksEdit