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-->''Kumbaya!''

'''''Eek! The Cat''''' is a American/Canadian animated series, created by Savage Steve Holland and Bill Kopp, that ran from September 12, 1992, to August 8, 1997. It was retitled ''Eek! Stravaganza'' in 1994.

The series mainly revolves around an [[ThePollyanna optimistic]] purple housecat named Eek, whose motto is "it never hurts to help". This generally turns out to be untrue, as this attitude generally gets him into trouble, from which much of the humor of the show is derived. Other characters include Eek's human family, with whom he cannot communicate via spoken language; Sharky the Sharkdog, who is mainly irritated by Eek's oblivious enthusiasm for everything and chases him at the drop of a hat; and Eek's girlfriend, Annabelle.

The show later added two different segments: ''The Terrible Thunderlizards'', which focused on a trio of dinosaurs trying to destroy a pair of oblivious cavemen, Bill and Scooter, while also fighting an evil tribe of skeletal dinosaurs called the Thugasaurs, and ''Klutter'', which was about a bunch of neighborhood kids and their living pile of clutter and clothing (''Klutter'' was produced by Creator/FilmRoman, with some of the creative team from ''Series/TheCritic'' behind it (including David Silverman as the boy's dad); as opposed to ''Eek!'' and ''Thunderlizards'', which were produced by Creator/{{Nelvana}}).

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!! This series contains examples of:

* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Eek has purple fur, his girlfriend Annabelle has pink fur, and Sharky is gray.
* AmazonianBeauty: Platinum
* AmusingInjuries
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: One of the very last episodes focused entirely on Sharky. Eek had almost no speaking parts.
* AnalogyBackfire: Eek tries to cheer some people up by saying they're like a nearby campfire, but the campfire is going out.
* AngryGuardDog: Sharky the sharkdog, Eek's nemesis. It's a literal shark/dog hybrid.
* AnimatedActors: In one episode, Eek discovers his girlfriend is voiced by a burly, overweight tattooed man, and himself by a little old lady.
* ArtEvolution: By the final season, humans were drawn much more realistically (the exceptions being the human characters who were introduced in the earlier seasons and retained their more-cartoony design).
* AttentionWhore: Annabelle had moments of this. Especially in "[=HawaiiEek=] 5-0".
* Music/TheBeatles: Eek, with a small squid on his head, boards a train and enters a berth where the Beatles see him.
-->'''John:''' Who's that?
-->'''Paul:''' Oh, that's me grandfather.
-->'''George:''' That's not yer grandfather. It's a cat with a squid on 'is 'ead!
* BigBeautifulWoman: Eek sees Annabelle as this the few times he actually notices her size (the rest of the time, he's genuinely confused when people tell him she's fat).
* BigEater: The reason for Annabelle's weight isn't exactly kept secret, though it doesn't come up more than once an episode, on average.
* BilingualBonus: If the French tape she's listening to in episode 103 is anything to go by - the mom's language lesson tapes have her supposedly learning nonsensical expressions in a given language that have no relation to the even more nonsensical English translation the tape provides for what she just mispronounced (e.g. French - "Much my hat" - English - "the rats have eaten the car")
* BlackBeadEyes: Some human characters, especially JB.
* ButtMonkey: Eek himself.
** Sharky in the later episodes
** And Bill in the TTL segments.
* CaptainErsatz: The [[CareBears Squishy Bears]].
* TheCassandra: Piggy the Penguin. Given how he's based off the ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' character of the same name, it's definitely appropriate.
* CastAsAMask: [[spoiler:Zoltar (Brad Garret)]] in two different episodes. The first time, ''Eek Vs. The Flying Saucers'', his disguised voice was provided by Jaid Barrymore ([[Creator/DrewBarrymore Drew's Mom]]). The second time, ''Eekscalibur'', his disguised voice was provided by Cam Clarke.
* CatchPhrase: "It never hurts to help!" and "Kumbaya!"
** Also, "Oh gosh, it hurts!!" and "Get 'em off! GET 'EM OFF!!"
** "...Holly, Acorn, Steven Jr, Gunther, and my wife Suuuuusan."
** From Bill of the "Thunderlizards": "When will the hurting stop..?"
** "THUNDERLIZARDS RULE!!"
** "Why is it always me?! Why is it always me?!"
* CatsAreMean: If this site had such a thing as a ''Most Triumphant Aversion'', Eek would be it for this trope. He is extremely kind to everyone, even those who are actively trying to mangle him.
* CatsHaveNineLives: In at least one episode Eek is shown to have a tally card for his nine lives.
* CharacterDevelopment: Sharky. In Season 1, he's your standard mean dog. Starting in Season 2, the writers slowly give him more depth until he becomes one of the most sympathetic and interesting characters in the series. He keeps his mean-streak, but he eventually gets to the point where he pretty much won't show it unless provoked.
* ChickMagnet:
** For some reason, Eek constantly has a plethora of gorgeous babes making it known that they want him. Eek however always makes sure to tell them that he already has a girlfriend, which is sweet in his devotion but disturbing for the girls who can't believe he'd prefer someone like Annabelle over them. One tries to kill her, since [[IfICantHaveYou if she can't have Eek,]] no one will.
** Pierre seems more popular with the little girls than the other Squishy Bears, maybe because EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Annabelle doesn't take kindly to other girls trying to steal her boyfriend.
* TheComicallySerious: Bill the Caveman in the ''Terrible Thunderlizards'' shorts.
* CowardlyLion: Eek. This trope must be the reason for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin his name]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: Sasha from season one. In her first scene, she proudly proclaims that she has a heart of ice and proceeds to pop some poor kid's balloon. When she meets Eek, his kidness (and [[InterspeciesRomance apparent sex appeal]]) manage to melt that so-called icy heart.
* DemBones: The Thugasaurs.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Most of the time, Eek is the only one who finds Annabelle attractive, but other times the world treats her as if she's a radiant beauty.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Fido in ''Eek Goes To The Hotspot''
* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet / ElvisLives: One episode involving alien abduction featured a brief shot of Elvis amongst the specimens. Another one speculates that he had a shrink-ray-related accident some years ago.
** The latter involving him having EasyAmnesia, regaining his memory and ''then'' getting abducted by aliens.
** Also, a slightly more subtle gag from the HalloweenEpisode, when Eek befriends a group of ghosts. At the end when the ghosts are leaving to return to the spirit world, Eek bids them goodbye and asks, "Say 'Hi' to Elvis for me." Cue all of the ghosts muttering in confusion as none of them have ever met or heard of Elvis.
* EnemyMine: Occasionally Eek and Sharky have worked together for one reason or another.
** One episode of the Thunderlizards revealed why they were in jail before being tapped as expendable agents to wipe out humanity: during a mission, they were stranded in hostile terrain and ended up working with a Thugasaur to survive and escape. Though they succeeded, General Galapagos spotted them with the Thugasaur and had them arrested, falsely accused of treason, and thrown into prison until the series proper began.
* EpunymousTitle
** IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the episode titles are parodies of famous movie titles with the Eek's name somehow worked into them.
*** Oddly, the episode titles sometimes have NOTHING to do with the episode itself. Despite being named after ''Mystic Pizza'', ''[=MystEek=] Pizza'' has nothing in common with the movie.
* ExposedAnimalBellybutton
* {{Expy}}: Eek looks ridiculously similar to {{Garfield}}, as some would say. The main difference between him and the pasta-loving cat is Eek is far kinder and more idealistic.
** Given that the three Terrible Thunder Lizards are already [[Series/TheATeam a group of falsly accused special forces]], it's not hard to guess who Creator/MrT Rex is supposed to be, even before he starts dropping the word 'Fool' twice per sentence.
* FatCat / FatIdiot: Eek.
** Annabelle.
* FollowTheLeader: To GarfieldAndFriends, [[TropesAreNotBad which it was pretty good at following]].
* FreudianExcuse: Sharky attempts one in "Shark Doggy Dog."
* FurryConfusion: Eek is a pet cat, and lives with a human family. Anabelle however has her own house ''and'' her own pet dog.
* FurryEarDissonance: Eek has ears that are shaped like golf clubs.
* GagSeries
* TheGhost: Annabelle's owner is only heard in her debut episode after she's unloaded from her cat carrier saying "Welcome to your new home, Annabelle". The owner afterwards is rarely, if ever mentioned, leaving some to believe that she's an intelligent animal that owns her own home. At the very least, a later episode confirms that ''she'' is Sharky's actual owner, so it's very possible that she was retconned into one.
* {{Golem}}: Klutter, a living pile of clothes and mess that featured in it's own segment during the last season of the show.
* {{Gonk}}: Eek's human family, as well as some other humans.
* GrandFinale: The Island of Dr. Meow. Has almost every regular character in it. Eek is implied to have married Annabelle and [[spoiler:become President (Annabelle is the First Lady)]]. Subverted due to 1. the episode being about Sharky, not Eek (who barely appears in it at all), and 2. It not being the actual final episode. Seriously though, this would have been the logical place to end it.
** An earlier episode from the same season, "[=MystEEK=] Pizza", had a good number of appearances by the various [[MauveShirt mauve shirts]] of the series (including Elvis) and was sort of a final curtain call for them.
* GrumpyBear: Pierre of the Squishy Bearz.
* HartmanHips: Andrea Heap from ''Klutter''.
* HiddenDepths: Sharky after the writers moved him beyond just being the mean dog.
* HotScientist: During a SciFi parody, Elmo must choose between the plan of an Einstein-looking super-genius, or the plan of the [[FanService Bambi twins]], who had gotten a B+ in physics.
* HotLibrarian: From ''Klutter'': Andrea Heap, hot library ''employee''. (Plus, voiced by Kathy Ireland.)
* ImAHumanitarian: [[FurryConfusion Technical example]]: Annabelle is made the queen of some bizarre-looking savages on an island out in the middle of nowhere. Problem was that, "In order for the queen to become a goddess, she must be cooked and then eaten by the king."
** "I like girls."
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Alice from "Fatal Eektraction."
* InstrumentalThemeTune: ''Eek! The Cat'' (the only word in the tune is "Eek!"), as well as ''Klutter''.
* InterspeciesRomance: Besides the number of human and extraterrestrial women (plus one giant female insect) who have thrown themselves at Eek, Sharky is implied to have a crush on Annabelle in one episode. Plus, there's Sharky's long-standing crush on the human woman, Platinum, from his favorite show, ''Patriotic Warriors''.
* InventionalWisdom: Why in the nine hells would a rocket built to go to Jupiter have a switch that allows one to set the course for either Jupiter or the Sun?
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sharky really isn't such a bad guy...
* KillerRabbit: Eek's family finds a cute little bunny on their doorstep and adopt it. Little do they know that it plans to murder them all once Eek's out of the way...
* LargeHam:
** Annabelle. Whenever she is extremely happy, she cries out "Let heaven and nature sing!"
** [=JB=], Bill, and any other character voiced by CharlieAdler.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Eek, Annabelle, and Sharky each have one, and each leitmotif was given variations based on whatever genre a particular episode was spoofing.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Parodied with Elmo's little brother Timmy.
* LogoJoke: In "The Great Eekscape", {{Nelvana}}'s polar bear logo makes a cameo on the prison's wall.
* LovableCoward: Eek.
* LukeNounverber: Leek Bottomsitter.
* {{Meganekko}}: Andrea Heap from the ''Klutter'' shorts.
* MindScrew: The ending of "Fatal Eektraction."
* MoralityPet: Annabelle is this to Sharky.
* TheMovingExperience: In the pilot, Eek finds out, to his dismay, that his new girlfriend is moving again. After being sad for a short time, he turns the letter over to read "P.S. I'm moving across the street."
* MusicalEpisode: "Quadrapedia"
* MsFanservice: Various attractive girls have popped up throughout the series.
* NervousWreck: Eek and Mittens.
* NiceGuy: Eek.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: ''[[OncePerEpisode Constantly]].''
** Don't you mean "[[RunningGag Consistently]] and [[ButtMonkey repeatedly!]]"?
* NoIndoorVoice: [=JB=].
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: In a "Thunderlizards" segment, the titular dinosaurs grudgingly remembered this rule when an obnoxious parody/cameo of Mr. T got dragged away by a carnivorous plant. Then one said, "But we don't have to hurry," and they smiled and moseyed.
** Subverted in an episode where Eek, Anabel and two ape astronauts escape from aliens and land safely on Earth. Eek's the only one that got stuck on the moon, hoping someone will come for him, saying "People won't leave me all alone in the cold darkness of space. Would they?".
* OddNameOut: Hey kids! Get ready for those swell Squishy Bearz: Puffy, Cozy, Wuz Wuz, and...''Pierre''!
* OncePerEpisode: 1) Eek will proclaim that it never hurts to help. 2) [[AmusingInjuries It will then hurt. A lot.]]
* OnlySaneMan:
** Sharky, for the most part.
** Pierre is this in the ShowWithinAShow, ''The Squishy Bears Rainbow of Enchantment Fun Minute''.
* PapaWolf: Sharky is normally an AngryGuardDog in general, but he gets REALLY mad if Annabelle is threatened.
* PaperThinDisguise: In one episode, celebrities the Squishy Bearz are framed for robbery by rats wearing these.
* ParentalBonus: Frequent:
** The parody of ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** One episode had Eek walking along singing the Music/TalkingHeads' "Life During Wartime".
** Another was an abridged parody of ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** Another was a parody of ''Film/CapeFear''.
** ''Film/TheGraduate'', ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', and ''Film/PulpFiction'' each got a parody episode, too.
** "Way to go, Sharky! You've brightened up the dull city of Mctropolis [[AtomicHate with the light of a thousand suns]]!""
** Eek's namecheck of the Barbi Twins in his speech to Zoltar (see Shout-Out).
** One episode had Eek underwater, where he befriended a squid who sounded like Rain Man ("Yeah. Home good. Definitely yeah.").
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Eek really, ''really, '''really''''' loves planet Earth in general.
* PhraseCatcher: Every time Eek shows someone a picture of Annabelle.
-->'''A person''': She's really... fat.
-->'''Eek''': [''genuinely puzzled''] Really?
** Piggy the penguin is also this. "Shut up, Piggy!"
* ThePollyanna: Eek himself, despite his perpetual ButtMonkey status.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Subverted to a degree, both the Thunderlizards and Klutter did get to be their own shows briefly before being reincorporated into Eek!Stravangaza (and for a few episodes at the end of the fourth season, replaced Eek! entirely in the show)
* PrisonEpisode: "The Great Eekscape".
* ReroutedFromHeaven: An episode has Eek dying and winding up in the CelestialBureaucracy. This shouldn't have happened in the first place, because Eek hadn't used up all nine of his lives yet. Then, a damned soul asks Eek to hold his rap sheet while he "goes to the bathroom", so Eek winds up getting sent to Hell in his place. However, Eek is so optimistic that the torments of Hell don't affect him at all, and he succeeds at all the Sisyphean tasks the Devil sets for him.
* RuleOfThree: In "Eek vs. the Flying Saucers":
--> '''Mother''': (to whining child) Stop it, stop it, STOP IT!
* RunningGag:
-->'''Random character''': Your girlfriend's... fat.
-->'''Eek''': ''(looks at her photo, confused)'' Really?
** Eek will always accidentally destroy Sharky's doghouse.
* ShoutOut / LongList: Eek usually receives a character's compliment and then talks by mentioning random names and titles non-stop, i.e. in the episode "Eek vs. the Flying Saucers", when he meets Zoltar at the alien starship, looking pretty sad:
-->'''Eek:''' Why Zoltar, why would you want to destroy such a great planet as Earth? A planet full of wonderful things. I mean we've got rivers and fields and children and Creator/DrSeuss and Creator/WoodyAllen and [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]] and Monet, the {{Muppets}}, Stevie Ray Vaughn, [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], LouisArmstrong, the Barbi Twins and...
** In an episode of "The Thunderlizards", an astronaut from the present crash landed, thinking he's on an alien planet. Then he believes he's in the FarFuture when he saw the [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes ruined Statue of Liberty]] with Eek's head.
** "[[Film/ForrestGump Run, forest! Run!]]" (To a literal forest of trees.)
** And one to ''Film/TheGodfather'' of all things in the episode "Halloweek" when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Eek accidentally causes a trick-or-treater wearing a horse's head to crash into a mobster's bed]].
* SimpletonVoice: Wuz Wuz.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Elmo the elk.
* SouthernBelle: Annabelle. She even gets a GorgeousPeriodDress at the end of her debut episode.
* SphereEyes
* SpoiledBrat: Wendy Elizabeth and JB.
* TakeThat: Took a few jabs at Rush Limbaugh over the years, but, with one exception in the final season, not over his politics.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Happens every time Eek gets an AmusingInjury.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Piggy the Penguin and his nameless companion.
* TimeForPlanB: Four criminals stole a statue while [[PaperThinDisguise disguised as the Squish Bearz]] but had no plan for what to do after that. Since they had no Plan B and couldn't come up with any, they decided to do Plan A backwards: take the statue back with the ''statue'' being disguised.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Eek and Annabelle.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Despite all the crap he deals with, Eek usually ends up somewhat happy.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Piggy to the other penguins.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: In an episode where he dies and goes to hell (don't worry, he gets better), Eek is just too damn cheery for eternal torment to phaze him.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The giants slugs apparently like to have Bill in their mouths. At one point, there's even a class of this.
* TradingBarsForStripes: The Thunderlizards.
* TwoShorts: Starting with the second season. The first season is only done with half-hour episodes.
* TheUnintelligible: Sharky, as he only "talks" using dog noises. Sometimes, his "dialogue" is translated into English subtitles, [[PlayedForLaughs just for humorous purposes.]]
* VacationEpisode: One "Thunderlizards" segment was about Bill and Scooter actually inventing the concept of a vacation.
* VerbalTic: Scooter says "okay" A LOT.
** Same with Eek and "gee".
-->'''Eek:''' Gee, I sure say "gee" a lot.
** Mittens always says "man".
* VillainSong
** WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "The Whining Pirates of Tortuga", about a younger Eek's life with pirates.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Eek is really afraid of bugs.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Elmo.
* WidgetSeries
* WildTake
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Ryan Heap.

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-->''EEK!''

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