Web Animation: Simon's Cat
is an animated cartoon series by the English animator, Simon Tofield. Each episode revolves around the adventures of the eponymous house cat, who uses increasingly heavy-handed tactics to get its owner's attention. The series is hand drawn and then animated in Adobe Flash. There are also four published books and a series of Daily Mirror strips
featuring the titular cat in comic form, as well as two apps.
Cat owners will attest to many of the behaviours seen.
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Simon's Cat contains examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Zig Zag: The cat is rather more human-acting when his owner isn't around.
- Aside Glance: Episodes tend to end on these.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The cat has a pretty short attention span, unless food is involved.
- Seen in "Screen Grab", in the beginning. The cat gets annoyed at being woken up by the kitten playing with a feather, and bops him on the head, only to start playing with the feather himself a second later. You can almost hear the dialogue: *bop* "Stop interrupting my na — ooh, a feather!"
- Attention Whore: While it's usually with the prospect of food in mind, the cat will go to any lengths to be the object of its owner's attention, and will dispose of any opposition (eg. the TV, the computer).
- Author Avatar: The owner.
- Batter Up: How the cat eventually wakes up his owner in "Cat Man Do".
- Butt Monkey / The Chew Toy: The owner just can't catch a break with the cat around.
- Catch Phrase: More like a Catch Action — the cat points to his open mouth and meows, a gesture that usually means "Feed me!"
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted. He can be mischievous, but rarely is he ever intentionally malevolent.
- Most of the time, the cat just wants attention and/or food. It's just that, well, see Insane Cat Logic below for details.
- Christmas Episode: "Santa Claws", "Fowl Play", "Christmas Presence", "Catnip"
- Companion Cube: The lawn gnome.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Of the most adorable kind.
- Continuity Nod: One of the increasingly bizarre array of objects pulled from under the fridge in "Hidden Treasure" is the baseball bat from "Cat Man Do". The cat even pauses to examine it before throwing it aside.
- The squeaky bird toy first seen in "Santa Claws" turns up in a couple later shorts.
- Cute Kitten: The eponymous cat. Also the kitten introduced in "Double Trouble" and the female cat seen in the Valentine's Day episodes.
- Dogs Are Dumb
- Even Cats Have Standards: The cat is visibly horrified when the hedgehog begins trying to eat one of the snails racing in "Ready, Steady, Slow!" Even going so far as to cover the eyes of the lawn gnome.
- And then again when the female cat eats a butterfly in "Butterflies".
- Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Seen in "Hot Water".
- Halloween Episode: "Scary Legs", "Scaredy Cat"
- Heavy Sleeper: The owner.
- High On Catnip: "Catnip"
- I Meant to Do That: It's a cat, duhhh.
- Impact Silhouette: Seen in "Snow Business". Justified in that it was soft snow he landed in.
- Insane Cat Logic: Most of the cat's actions boil down to "Getting my owner's attention = Food!". More specifically "Hit with bat = Food!", "Unplug computer = Food!", "Turn off TV = Food!". To the cat, any action he performs will end up providing him food.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Introduced in the "Beyond the Fence" advert.
- I Surrender, Suckers: The kitten does this in "Double Trouble". After plopping into the "surrender" position (lying flat on his back) in response to the cat hissing at him, the kitten waits until the cat closes his eyes and gloats over his victory, then deftly throws a pillow at him, nearly knocking him off the couch.
- It's All About Me: It's a pet, so it's granted it can't really act considerate, but the cat endlessly and sometimes rather elaborately pesters its owner to dote over him, and now.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The cat. He is quite mischievous most of the time, but he has his moments where he's affectionate.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He'd have to be, to tolerate the cat's shenanigans with such patience.
- Look Behind You:
- The cat uses this to get away from a chatty hedgehog in "Cat Chat".
- And again to distract a bird during a snowball fight in "Snow Business".
- Made of Plasticine: Some things in the house break more easily than one would expect. Most prominently seen in the "Santa Claws" episode, where the cat strips all the branches off a Christmas tree.
- Mirror Scare: In "Mirror Mirror", when the kitten appears at the very end.
- Pun-Based Title: Most of the episodes have one.
- Real Life Writes the Plot:
- How "Cat Man Do" came to be, according to creator Simon Tofield:
- A lot of the cat's antics are based on the antics of Simon's own cats. The new kitten added to the cast also happens to be based on his newest kitten.
- Rearrange the Song: Done for each episode as a kind of Couch Gag.
- Rummage Fail: When the cat is trying to retrieve the ball from under the fridge in "Hidden Treasure".
- Shown Their Work: Simon has obviously watched his cats carefully to get every motion of the animated furballs very realistic.
- Shout-Out: In "Screen Grab", the voiceover for the nature documentaries is a Shout-Out to David Attenborough, and the commentator for the motor racing is a Shout-Out to Murray Walker, the famous voice of Formula One.
- Silence Is Golden: It's a cat, so it's not going to talk. Any speech from Simon is minimal and usually grunts or sighs, but occasionally he'll utter a word or two. In "Window Pains", he actually utters a full sentence: "What're ya doin'?"
- Sphere Eyes
- Spiders Are Scary: The owner freaks out over one in "Scary Legs".
- Stock Scream: A Wilhelm Scream turns up in "Scaredy Cat".
- Tongue on the Flagpole: The cat briefly gets his tongue stuck trying to get to a fish in a frozen pond in "Icecapade".
- Valentine's Day Episodes: "Smitten", "Butterflies"