Parents' Guide to

Top Cat: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classic cartoon's update isn't funny; edgier than original.

Movie PG 2013 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Cat's Life in NY

Fun interpretation of life in the big city for children, in the perspective of a tom cat.
age 8+

Mostly slapstick comedy which pre-teens might like

There were many laugh out loud moments, mainly around slapstick humour. But my 8 yr old and I felt it should be PG not U rated due to some of the content and mob type characters. At one point Top Cat yells at the”bad guy” and the word “CENSORED” is plastered over his mouth - so we had to explain what that meant. It was totally unnecessary. One character switches bottles and Top Cat deliberately pours hot chilli sauce into another’s eyes ... this led to a nuclear bomb type explosion (which happened other times too). Top Cat was shot at inside a box which was littered with bullet holes. Just too much unnecessary violence, poor messages around money and glorifying criminality and not enough positive messages other than friendship.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

There's really nothing compelling about this movie, and, if anything, Top Cat's obsession with Trixie is borderline creepy and completely unfunny. Even as a show, Top Cat was only on the air for one season, or 30 episodes; it's unclear why anyone felt the need to revive the old cartoon as a film except that younger audiences may have seen the series re-aired on Boomerang. Most kids won't get the cats-versus-cops plot, and they won't have the background knowledge to understand or care about most of the characters. Fans of the show should stick to the reruns and skip this underwhelming movie.

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