Cat City (Macskafogó) is a 1986 Hungarian animated film created at Pannonia Film Studio about mice being oppressed by cats.The movie opens with a Star Wars-syle 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...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.In 2007, the film was followed by Macskafogó 2: A Sátán macskája, a sequel that focuses on a mouse journalist, Stanley, who finds a tribe of untamed cats in the jungles of "Pafrika". The cats summon a demon cat, Moloch, to take the world back from the mice.
The Amazon: The jungle where Lazy Dick's plane crashes. It must be Planet X's equivalent of Central America, as implied by the Mayincatec pyramids and the bats being Mexicanbandits.
Animals Not to Scale: There is no established hight scale between the characters except a vague mouse<rat<cat one. Best seen in the case of the rats who can look barely bigger than a mouse in one scene and almost as tall as the cats in the other. See Your Size May Vary for more detail.
Bad Boss: Teufel to Safranek and Gatto to Teufel. Implied that Gatto tolerates failure even worse than Teufel, when Safranek immediately accepts Teufel's punishment instead of risking Gatto hearing about it.
Bilingual Bonus: Lots of it. Teufel's name is a classic example: it means "Devil" in German, but sounds like "tejfel", which means "sour cream" in Hungarian. For further examples see Hurricane of Puns below.
Body Horror: Though there's no blood or visible damage, it's still rather disturbing to see Grabowski with a lock through his lips during the climax at the party.
Butt Monkey: Teufel regularly vents his anger on poor Safranek.
Card-Carrying Villain: The rats. They have an entire music video to promote themselves as gangsters. Which might be the invoking of this trope as they try to get work with it. Later they also mention that their choices are this or jumping around in a ballet making them pretty much Punch Clock Villains. (For those curious Balettpatkány - Ballet Rat is slang for novice ballet dancer. Also their life choices being arts or crime pretty much underlines that they meant to be Romanistereotypes albeit one not well known in the west.)
The only character who subverts this trope is Cathy, the daughter of Safranek.
Cat Stereotype: Mr. Gatto, the high-class mafia boss, is a fat white Persian. Teufel, the dark grey cat, certainly means bad luck. Safranek, the ginger cat is the most humble and the least mean of the main cat characters.
The Cavalry: The attack of Lazy Dick and the bat bandits on Mr. Gatto's party.
Chekhov's Skill: Lazy Dick's musical skills, which earn him the friendship of the bats, and ultimately help to defeat the cats. Also, Grabowski's Photographic Memory becomes useful once the cats destroy the blueprint for the Cat Catcher.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Teufel immediately saw through the flaws of the experiments Safranek presented to him, as well as the mice's plan to help Grabowski get the plans into safety, and intercepted him on his way.
Expy/No Celebrities Were Harmed: Might be unintentional, but Lazy Dick looks suspiciously similar to Lajos Galambos, a famous Hungarian trumpet musician, including that Dick's favourite music instrument is a trumpet.
Faux Affably Evil: Teufel, who acts cordially towards Safranek... when he's not torturing him for his mistakes. He even acts like he doesn't know what caused his injuries, and pretends to feel sorry for him.
Femme Fatale: Pissy/Candy's specialty according to the music video. We don't see much of this, but she is effective enough in being a criminal that we're inclined to believe her.
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 Police chief, Bob Poljakow promises that he would recruit again Grabowski and "bring back Cincinnatus from the yoke" — a 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 a coward. Also, there existed a mafia clan named Gatti in New York.
The daughter of Safranek, the lame assistant of Mr. Teufel is called CAThy.
Mr. Teufel's name. Teufel means devil in German, but it's also pronounced very similarly to "tejfel" (sour cream), which cats like a lot.
The name of Maxipotzac, the obese chief of the Mexican bats, is of course a play on "maxipocak", or "maxi-belly".
Master of Disguise: Billy boasts about being one in the music video. In practice... not likely.
Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: The reason why the rats can't operate their Cool Car properly is because it comes with a Door Stopper manual and helpline like this. Its quirks range from the annoying like addressing any person as "My Lady" to giving advice like "Press the red button and rest in peace". Turns out Grabowski hacked the system and trolled them from the beginning.
Thirty Seconds Over Pokyo: Portrayed as a hi-tech metropolis, home of the professor designing a Humongous Mecha, an attractive female assistant in kimono, and a cat trying to catch Grabowski with karate moves using chopsticks.
Too Dumb to Live: Billy. When the car gets stuck in a pit, Buddy asks the computer what to do:
Computer: In this situation, push the red button and rest in peace.
Billy:(pushing the button) For what? (car explodes)
What Happened To The Cat?: The lady cat singing at the party is bitten by one of the bats and apparently passes out from blood loss. She isn't seen in the finale, leaving one to wonder if she died or not.
You Have Failed Me: Subverted with Teufel and Safranek. Mr. Gatto, however, has the mounted heads of Teufel's predecessors on his wall.
Your Size May Vary: The size difference between cats and mice varies. Most jarringly, Grabowski fits comfortably into a bottle that one of the rats drank empty in one scene, and later stands face to face with him, coming up to the rat's shoulder.
The sequel provides examples of:
Animals Not to Scale: Torzonborz is a badger about the same size as a mouse. Justified since she's a mouse in disguise.
Also the film begins with Stanley, a mouse, cutting his way trough the jungle, and accidentally chopping off the tail of a leopard and a python that are in scale with him as if he was a human. Then he runs into the cats, are as big compared to him as real life cats compared to real life mice - which means they're gigantic compared to the leopard. Made even weirder, when the cats leave the jungle and enter the savannah, they're immediately attacked by a rhino, and later by an elephant herd, that are in scale to them, as if the cats were humans.
Applied Phlebotinum: The cats are forced to wear ribbons, which are oppressing their violent nature.
The battle scene between the rebelling cats and the mice is a lot more violent than the first movies'sbattle, including a scene, when a cat is shown to be preparing to eat a mouse child alive.
Fix Fic: One of the reasons people dislike the movie because it fixed what wasn't broken (the fate of the cats) according to most. Also it ends with a signing of a peace treaty between cats and mice which for people remembering the first movie's opening text meant: Here We Go Again... with all the problems this implies.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Nothing too raunchy, mostly just quick, juvenile gags, like the gay soldier saying goodbye to his male partner, or the random nude mouse girl that someone throws into the air.
Summon Bigger Cat: Mioka after learning that the mice had defeated the cats, summons Moloch who is a black cat ten times taller than normal cats, with red eyes, who can regenerate his body, and shoots laser beams from his finger tips.
Time Skip: The second movie takes place 20 years after the first one. Almost all characters are redesigned to look older.