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 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 Thunder Lizards", 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 neighbourhood kids and their living pile of clutter and clothing.
Analogy Backfire: Eek tries to cheer some people up by saying they're like a nearby campfire, but the campfire is going out.
Angry Guard Dog: Sharky the sharkdog, Eek's nemesis. It's a literal shark/dog hybrid.
Animated Actors: In one episode, Eek discovers his girlfriend is voiced by a burly, overweight tattooed man, and himself by a little old lady.
Art Evolution: 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).
Attention Whore: Annabelle had moments of this. Especially in "HawaiiEek 5-0".
The Beatles: 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!
Big Beautiful Woman: 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).
Big Eater: The reason for Annabelle's weight isn't exactly kept secret, though it doesn't come up more than once an episode, on average.
Bilingual Bonus: 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")
Cast as a Mask: Zoltar (Brad Garret) in two different episodes. The first time, Eek Vs. The Flying Saucers, his disguised voice was provided by Jaid Barrymore (Drew's Mom). The second time, Eekscalibur, his disguised voice was provided by Cam Clarke.
Character Development: 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.
Sharky again. In Season 1, he was a much less anthropomorphic character than he later becomes, acting as a typical and vicious guard dog whose mean-streak was typically territorial. Then later episodes beginning with Season 2, he is mildly more anthropomorphic and a much more sensible character, even so much as occasionally mild-mannered. He also becomes somewhat of a Butt Monkey often falling victim to the zaniest of the other characters, namely Eek. Sharky's feud with Eek has gone from the typical territorial issues of an attack dog in Season 1, to the subsequent Seasons where the feud is usually out of annoyance and Sharky's anger is usually justified.
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.
In one episode, Eek takes the audience backstage and reveals that he and Annabelle are both voiced by people of the opposite gender to their character.
In another episode, Valley of the Dogs, Sharky has an internal monologue (done in song) that makes no effort to hide that a woman is providing the voice.
Defrosting Ice Queen: 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 apparent sex appeal) manage to melt that so-called icy heart.
Elvis Has Left the Planet / Elvis Lives: 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 later involving him having Easy Amnesia, regaining his memory and then getting abducted by aliens.
Also, a slightly more subtle gag from the Halloween Episode, 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.
Enemy Mine: Occasionally Eek and Sharky have worked together for one reason or another.
One episode of the Thunder Lizards 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.
The Ghost: 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 one segment.
Gonk: Eek's human family, as well as some other humans.
Grand Finale: The Island of Dr. Meow. Has almost every regular character in it. Eek is implied to have married Annabelle and 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 appearcnes by the various mauve shirts of the series (including Elvis) and was sort of a final curtain call for them.
Hidden Depths: Sharky after the writers moved him beyond just being the mean dog
Hot Scientist: During a Sci-Fi parody, Elmo must choose between the plan of an Einstein-looking super-genius, or the plan of the Bambi twins, who had gotten a B+ in physics.
Hot Librarian: Andrea Heap, hot library employee. (Plus, voiced by Kathy Ireland.)
I'm a Humanitarian: Technical example: Annabell 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."
Interspecies Romance: 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.
Inventional Wisdom: 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?
The Moving Experience: 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."
No One Gets Left Behind: In a "Thunder Lizards" 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?".
Odd Name Out: Hey kids! Get ready for those swell Squishy Bearz: Puffy, Cozy, Wuz Wuz, and...Pierre!
Poorly Disguised Pilot: 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)
Rerouted From Heaven: An episode has Eek dying and winding up in the Celestial Bureaucracy. 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.
Eek will always accidentally destroy Sharky's doghouse.
Shout-Out / Long List: 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:
In an episode of "The Thunder Lizards", an astronaut from the present crash landed, thinking he's on an alien planet. Then he believes he's in the Far Future when he saw the ruined Statue of Liberty with Eek's head.
Time for Plan B: Four criminals stole a statue while 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.