Bad Cat (Turkish: Kötü Kedi Şerafettin) is a 2016 Turkish adult animated action comedy film directed by Mehmet Kurtuluş[2] and Ayşe Ünal.[3] The film is based on the comic strip Kötu Kedi Şerafettin by Bülent Üstün.[4] This is an independent movie and this work was self-funded, with some of the budget raised through product placements.[5] It was featured and became the first animated Turkish film and the first comic's adaptation from Turkey to be shown at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2016.[6] After the film's television premiere took place on 1 July 2017 in Turkey, the Radio and Television Supreme Council was fined the Kanal D television channel for airing this adult animation, which has a cat character who is a smoker and an alcoholic.[7]

Bad Cat
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Kötü Kedi Şerafettin
Directed byMehmet Kurtuluş
Ayşe Ünal
Produced byMehmet Kurtuluş
Vehbi Berksoy
Written byLevent Kazak
Bülent Üstün
Based onKötü Kedi Şerafettin
by Bülent Üstün
StarringUğur Yücel
Demet Evgar
Okan Yalabık
Güven Kıraç
Gökçe Özyol
Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan
Yekta Kopan
Ayşen Gruda
Cezmi Baskın
Ozan Kurtuluş
Turgut Doğru
Music byOğuz Kaplangı
Tuluğ Tırpan
Serkan Çeliköz
CinematographyBarış Ulus
Edited byAylin Zoi Tinel
Çiğdem Yersel
Anima İstanbul
Kare Kare Film Yapim
Distributed byUnited International Pictures (Turkey)
Odin's Eye Entertainment (International)
Release date
  • February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05) (Turkey)
Running time
82 min.

A game based on the film, titled The Bad Cat, was released on mobile devices shortly after the film's release.


Shero, a crass and short-tempered cat owned by a man named Tank, has sent his associates, Rifki the seagull and Riza the rat, to obtain liquor for a barbecue that night. Another cat, Black, informs Shero of an attractive Siamese cat named Princess in a nearby apartment. When her cartoonist owner leaves for work, Shero and Black sneak into the apartment to seduce Princess, but she accidentally kills herself in a panic. The cartoonist returns home to find Princess dead and furiously attacks Shero and Black. Black is killed, and Shero engages the cartoonist in a fight that results in the cartoonist's death when they both tumble out the window. On his way back home, Shero meets a young cat named Taco, who claims to be Shero's illegitimate son. Shero rejects Taco and goes to steal some fish from Hazel, Tank's landlady. Hazel retaliates by threatening Tank with eviction unless he can cover months of unpaid rent by the next day. An angered Tank ejects Shero from his home and blocks every potential entrance. While smoking and sulking, Shero witnesses a beautiful Angora cat named Misscat being harassed by a pair of dogs and rescues her by beating her assailants. Shero attempts to seduce Misscat but is turned down and told to meet her again on the same rooftop that night. Meanwhile, the brainless cadaver of the cartoonist is revived by an ambulance defibrillator. The cartoonist hijacks the ambulance and begins a vengeful search for Shero.

As Shero obtains a bouquet for Misscat, the cartoonist finds the two dogs and forces them to lead him to Shero; Taco, who was rummaging for food, witnesses this transaction and follows them. Shero and Misscat rendezvous and prepare to make love when they are captured and tied up by the dogs and the cartoonist. Before the cartoonist can electrocute Shero, Taco appears and frees Shero, who fights the cartoonist and throws him off the building and into a dumpster, along with the dogs. Taco is once again brushed off by Shero, and he reveals that his mother, a past mate of Shero's named Mimosa, is dead. Shero and Taco bond after a brief exchange of fists and Taco helps Shero attempt to obtain liquor from the local grocer. However, the cartoonist, having hijacked a passing garbage truck, absconds with Taco during the mission, forcing Shero into a chase. Shero rescues Taco as the garbage truck plunges into the sea, and Shero once more kills the cartoonist in an underwater fight. As Shero and Taco make their return home, Hazel chases off Misscat and installs barbed wire to further prevent Shero's entry. The cartoonist's body is lifted out of the sea by a rescue team, and he is once again revived when his body comes into contact with power wires.

After Rifki and Riza's latest attempt to retrieve liquor ends in failure, Riza proposes to Shero that they can all get what they want by robbing a bank. The cartoonist is apprehended by the police, but he hijacks the police car when the bank's robbery is reported. As Shero and the group make their getaway, Taco takes a bullet for Shero from the cartoonist. Shero, believing Taco to be dead, discards the stolen money into a crowd of people in his grief, and he leaves with Taco's body in the confusion. Tank comes across Shero and Taco and takes them back home in the absence of available veterinarians. Tank and Shero successfully treat Taco's bullet wound and revive him, and Rifki and Riza return with a single pack of money from the robbery, which is used to clear all of Shero and Tank's debts. The last of the money is used to hold Shero's barbecue. The celebration is cut short by the arrival of the cartoonist, who has taken Misscat hostage. Shero and Tank engage in one last fight against the cartoonist and finally destroy him in a gas explosion. Shero and Misscat watch the fireworks and confess their love for each other. They then have sex, and end up bouncing across the world as the credits roll.


English Dubbed VersionEdit

Development and releaseEdit

Bad Cat was an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name by Bülent Üstün. It was produced by Anima Istanbul. The film's producers were Mehmet Kurtuluş and Vehbi Berksoy. Australia-based Odin's Eye Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to this film at Cannes 2015.[3] The film was attended work-in-progress session during Annecy 2015.[9] The film went on general release across Turkey on February 5, 2016. The film was included New Turkish Cinema sections of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival. In June, it will participate in Annecy 2016 in the category "Feature Films out of competition".[6]

The film was released in cinemas on February 5, 2016 in Turkey with the original Turkish dubbing,[10] February 2, 2017 in Panama with Panamanian Spanish dubbing,[11] July 11, 2018 in Argentina with Spanish dubbing,[12] August 9, 2018 in the Middle East with English dubbing,[13] October 18, 2018 in Portugal with Portuguese dubbing,[14] February 12, 2021 in India with English dubbing. [15] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 6, 2017 in Benelux with French dubbing.[16] The film was dubbed in Polish in 2017 and screened on Cinemax Polska on August 25, 2017.[17] In 2017, film was dubbed in Persian in Iran for Video on Demand.[18] The film was dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese in 2019 and screened on Telecine on January 10, 2020.[19]

Award and nominationsEdit

Year Festival Category Result
2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival Work in Progress[20] Nominated
2016 Istanbul Film Festival[21] Best Debut Film Award Nominated
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival[22] Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver Nominated
Fantasia Film Festival Best Animated Film Award Nominated
Absurde Séance Nantes International Film Festival Best Feature Film Nominated
Prix Couillu Won[23]
Sitges Film Festival Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
Cinanima International Animated Film Festival Best Feature Film Nominated
2017 Tokyo Anime Award Best Feature Film Nominated
SIYAD - Turkish Film Critics Association Awards[24] Best Fantastic Film Won
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival[25] Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver Nominated
Nashville Film Festival Best Animated Feature Film Nominated


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