From left to right: Gordon, Mr. Blik, and Waffle riding in a car-turned-spaceship to get some moon rocks for a barbecue pit. And it just gets stranger from there.
Old Mrs. Cramdilly had three cats, all from the same mother, whom she loved very much. So, when she died, she gave them her house, her fortune, and her butler, Hovis. Now, they spend their days hanging out in their awesome house, drinking root beer, and facing off against anything from the vastness of space to a zombie horde to those jerks next door.Yeah, we know, it's that kind of show.It's a loose lighthearted adaption of one of Doug TenNapel's earlier works, a comic named Gear. Catscratch was a Nicktoon made in 2005. Although the show had its decent ratings, it only lasted for a season, but that season was stretched out over two years. It then got a short run on Nicktoons Network before being cancelled again. Since then, it's lain forgotten among the other castaway shows of Nickelodeon.The three cats are best described as thus:
Mr. Blik: The de facto leader. Greedy, self-serving, and envious. Basically, a Small Name, Big Ego in cat form.
Gordon Quid: An inexplicably Scottish cat, who has a huge crush on Human Kimberly, the girl next door with a unicorn obsession.
Waffle: A goofy cat who's fascinated by everything. And we mean everything. Though his favorite things would be the word Splee and his pet newts, lead by Gomez.
This series has examples of
Actor Allusion: The episode "Off The Leash" has Barkmeat the dog pronounce grimly to Waffle, "This struggle is not over. It shall continue until only one of us remains." Barkmeat is voiced by Clancy Brown.
All-Loving Hero: Waffle. A giant cat-hating dog? Waffle makes friends with it.
Always Someone Better: Blik is often upstaged by Sixth Ranger Katilda, who moves into the neighborhood later in the show. She's as good a leader as him, slightly more conniving, and has a much better (and saner) attitude toward things in general.
Brick Joke: A particularly well done example. In the pilot, Gordon tries to convince Blik to not enter a barbecue contest by telling him an old Scottish tale that involves the Duke Irk Splee trading his heart to a seal woman for moon rocks to make perfect barbecue ribs (and it gets even sillier). Waffle's interpretation of the Aesop is to never trust a seal woman. in the 14th episode, Gordon turns the attacking Banshee to stone using a falsetto voice (look, just roll with it), and the Banshee statue cracks open to reveal ...a seal woman.
Broke Episode: Waffle once spent the entire fortune on valuable vases so he could play with the bubble wrap. This forces the cats to go work in the mall. Luckily, they return the vases with the receipts at the end of the episode.
Brown Note: Gordon's 'Song of the Sea'. It's not too damaging to living matter, but it cracks walls, breaks glass bottles, turns banshees to stone, and rips beards off.
Cloudcuckooland: There's a secret door in the mansion that houses an impossible world. Naturally, Waffle's the king of this land.
Cloudcuckoolander: Waffle. He'd eat donuts right off of donut trees and likes smelling flowers painted on shirts.
Coincidental Accidental Disguise: Gordon has a violent allergic reaction to broccoli (that doesn't actually debilitate him in any way), which coincidentally makes him look exactly like the monster from a movie his brothers were watching. Later, Gordon has a different reaction to chocolate, which makes him looks like another monster from a comic book his brothers were reading.
Comic Trio: Mr. Blik is the schemer, Waffle is stupid, Gordon is powerless
Composite Character: The Catscratch version of Gordon could arguably be called this for The Gear version (personality and coloring) and Simon (physique and eating habits).
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When Waffle has to drive Gear in a race against the Chumpy Chump Boys due to height regulations, he's at first completely useless. Then, his pet newt Gomez ends up on the Chumpy Chumps car. He then becomes a ridiculously good Drives Like Crazy driver, who can even steer with his tail.
Deus ex Machina: Double subverted in the pilot. By an absurd series of events, Blik ends up at the barbecue with a plate of nicely baked ribs in time for them to be judged. But, they were cooked in rocket flames so they taste like rocket fuel. But, Blik still 'won' the Worst Baked Ribs ribbon, so it all ends happily
Keep Circulating the Tapes: The entire series is available online, even if it does take some digging to find them. Constant attempts have been made by various people to get the series on YouTube, but the episodes are always removed within days, if not hours. Only two episodes have ever even gotten an official home release, and that was on compilation DVDs; a third was planned, but the DVD series was canceled before that could happen. In short, good luck ever actually watching this show.
Killer Rabbit: The last episode had a duck that Gordon feared from his childhood. The other two ignore his fears until it's proven that the duck is actually a competent fighter.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Gear. Considering the first episode had it converted into a spaceship in less than an hour, you learn to expect this. Driving through the Atlantic Ocean, giant drill, whatever is needed, Gear had it.
Nice Hat: The important hat from the first episode.
Nintendo Hard: Apparently, Spindango Fundulation is this. Justified, as it's really a test made by an alien race to see who would be mighty enough to defeat the other evil alien race.
Not so Above It All: Hovis normally acts reasonable and Genre Savvy enough, but he tends to make snarky comments whenever he finds a way to throw jabs at Mr. Blik, such as joining the fun of calling him "Mr. Pickles" when his fur turned green.
Paper-Thin Disguise: The cats once tried to sneak into Kimberly's sleepover to get some root beer (they ran out). The disguises consisted of wigs and dresses. This would actually be half-plausible if they weren't cats.
Power Incontinence: Blik temporarily gets magnetic powers from static buildup in his fur. As the episode progresses, it slowly grows more powerful and more uncontrollable, to the point that it was dragging large freight ships towards Blik.
Screwed by the Network: If you look at the episode premieres, you'll notice that there are long breaks in the premieres after the 9th, 16th and 19th episodes. That's right, there was a 4-month break before the last episode premiered. Also, after going off-air on Nickelodeon for a few months, it was moved to premium channel Nicktoons Network - but they somehow only managed to air 17 out of 20 episodes in a 13 month period before replacing it with El Tigre for some arcane reason. It probably would have been 16 if not for the fact that the second-to-last episode was aired way earlier in the order for a Music Week the channel was doing.
Selective Magnetism: Averted big time. When Blik accidentally gets uncontrollable, increasingly stronger magnetic powers, everything starts flying at him, up to giant freight ships.
Well, technically it's played straight. At that level of magnetism, he would have probably been pulling iron from the ground beneath him.
Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe example. Due to Gordon stuffing a cutesy diorama in the Earth's core (again, just roll with it), the entire earth becomes this, with Gordon becoming Godchu without the lightning, Blik becoming a doll, and Waffle becoming a flower. Then, the cuteness collapses on itself and things start turning south...
Team Chef: Gordon, and a very good one as long as his food's not too...Scottish.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In the original comic, Mr. Blik (then Mr. Black) was - at the absolute worst - somewhat impatient and sarcastic. The show turned him into a selfish, hot-headed jerk.
Trademark Favorite Food: Well, favorite drink. The cats like root beer enough to (1) have an entire vault dedicated to the drink and (2) disguise themselves as girls and sneak into a child's sleepover to get it.
Vetinari Job Security: When Blik temporarily moves out to live with hobos, Waffle and Gordon enjoy time without Blik bossing them around. But, then they realize that Blik, being the bossy de facto leader, was the only one who knew how to do important things like use the remote or use the telephone.