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Cat City
Directed by Béla Ternovszky
Produced by Kunz Román
Written by József Nepp
Starring László Sinkó
Miklós Benedek
Péter Haumann
Music by Tamás Deák
Jimmy Giuffre
Cinematography Mária Neményi
Csaba Nagy
György Varga
Editing by Magda Hap
Release date(s) 1986
Running time 92 minutes
Language Hungarian

Cat City (original title: Macskafogó) is a Hungarian feature-length animated cult film released in 1986, directed by Béla Ternovszky and written by József Nepp. The original title means "Cat-catcher", and the title Cat City was used in the United States distribution. The original Hungarian version contains a number of puns which can be hardly rendered in any other edition.

(The title itself is a good example. In English the man made tool for catching a mouse is a "mouse trap" which is "egérfogó" in Hungarian. But if you translate the Hungarian phrase word by word you get "mouse catcher". Simply because the tool does nothing but catches the mouse so what it is? It is a "mouse catcher". So this is the point where you can see that production's title wants to tell you something about the film by using "cat trap" (or catcher) and not the commonly used "mouse trap" (or catcher)). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... James Peter Giuffre (born in Dallas, Texas, 1921) is an American jazz saxophone and clarinet player. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The plot

The movie opens with a Star Wars style text scroll, which tells the main situation: In year 80 AM Anno Mickey Mouse, the mice of Planet X are threatened by humiliation and total apocalypse. The well-organized, fully equipped gangs of evil cats are aiming to wipe out the mouse civilization totally, not caring for the old conventions between mice and cats. But in the last moment, when the mouse leaders are beginning to consider leaving the planet, a new hope rises... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ...

The film is a parody of several famous feature films, mainly the James Bond series. The main plot is about a special spy who is sent to the city of "Pokyo" to get the secret plan of a machine which could save the mouse civilization. Of course, the cats don't want this to happen, and send some rat gangsters to stop him, who don't always prove as efficient as their presentation showed. Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Street preacher in Covent Garden using a presentation style Presentation is the process of presenting the content of a topic to an audience. ...

Ranks at IMDb votes

  • Among IMDb's Top 50 Animation movies by average vote ([1]), this movie was ranked the 2nd in May, 2005, preceding such films as Shrek (1 and 2), Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast, and others.
  • Among Most popular Canadian titles by average vote ([2]), it was also ranked 2nd.
  • Among Top Rated "Animation" Titles ([3]) it was placed 2nd again.
  • Among Top Rated "1980s" Titles ([4]), this film was ranked 6th.

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Puns in the Hungarian version

  • The one-eyed boss cat is named "Mr. Teufel", which is "Mr Devil" in German, but Teufel sounds like tejfel in Hungarian, which is one of the favorite titbits of cats, sour cream.
  • The secret password for the mice's council is "Egy aprócska kalapocska, benne csacska macska mocska" [say: edy op-roch-ko kolo-poch-ko, beh-neh choch-ko mach-ko moch-ko] (meaning "A tiny little hat with a silly cat's dirt in it").
  • The original title "Macskafogó", although literally it means "Cat catcher", comes from the word "Egérfogó" meaning "Mouse trap", changing the word "egér"(mouse) into "macska"(Cat).
  • The Professor promises that he would recruit again Grabowski and "bring back Cincinnatus from the yoke" -- an historic reference to Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, this patriotic elderly Roman patrician who left his plow in the field to come to Rome's rescue in its moment of need around 458 BC. However, "cin" or "cin-cin" is the equivalent of "squeaking" in Hungarian...
  • The boss of the cats (the fat white one) is called Giovanni Gatto. Gatto is an Italian word, it means cat in English(and macska in Hungarian). Also, Giovanni is the Italian equivalent of the Hungarian first name János(John in English)-and if a Hungarian says "macskajancsi"(Johnny Cat in English), it means jerk, lame, loser or coward person.
  • The main character's(Grabowsky's) sexy Japanese female helper is called Che-no-san, which sounds like the Hungarian word csinosan - it means "prettily".

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Cat City 2 is currently in the making at the Saint animation studio in Budapest, Hungary. The working title is "Cat of Satan", which should mean "The Tabby of the Baskervilles" if translated into English with its context. The project is led by the original Nepp and Ternovszky duo, who managed the first movie. Cat City 2 is aimed for Hungarian domestic movie release in late 2007, but foreign release may be restricted to DVD due to lack of distribution partners. This article is about the term working title. ... The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, originally serialised in the Strand Magazine in 1901 and 1902, which is set largely on Dartmoor 1889. ...

The movie is done on a limited budget of 3 million USD, characters are drawn and animated by hand, but objects and backgrounds will be derived from 3D hard models and computer simulation. The visual world of the movie is said to be influenced by the first Matrix trilogy movie and Sin City, but softened for younger audience. The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The Matrix series spans major motion pictures, Japanese-style animation, and video games in an attempt to tell a story thats part science fiction, part modern myth, with elements of cyberpunk, computer science, philosophy of mind, Hinduism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism, classical mythology, and other influences. ... Cover of Sin City shows Marv walking through the rain. ...

The story of CC2 centers around an investigative journalist named Stanley Mouse, who wants to find out about the legend of an ancient "cat tribe" lost in Africa. He finds them and much more, once again threatening the continued existence of mouse civilization. Special Agent Grabowsky will act to save the day, however. The events are supposed to take place at least 10, possibly 20 years after the first episode, as one of the already leaked cells shows the titular Cat-Catcher mecha rusting away in a shelter. Investigative journalism is a branch of journalism that usually concentrates on a very specific topic, and typically requires a lot of work to yield results. ... For the fictional robot, see Mecha. ...

Index.hu, a major Hungarian web portal has published an interview with the creators (in Hungarian language) and provided some photos. Index. ...

See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ... Vuk (1981) is one of the most well-known Hungarian animated films, based on the novel Vuk by István Fekete. ...

External links

  • IMDb entry
  • A fan page with summary and pictures
  • Film shots: 1, 2, 3
  • Article about the sequel (English)

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