Western Animation: Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats
(fan art of) The main cast. Heathcliff's the cat with the big shiny nose.
Heathcliff is a streetwise orange house cat with thin black stripes. The Catillac Cats are a gang of alley cats run by Riff Raff. Together, they prowl the streets of Westfinster and get in trouble. (Though other than in the closing credits, Heathcliff and Riff Raff never actually met...)This was a syndicated cartoon series of The Eighties based on the Heathcliff comic strip. It ran in a two shorts format. Hilarity Ensues in every short.The show is actually called simply Heathcliff. The expanded title is used probably to distinguish it from the previous (and lesser known) Ruby-Spears version from 1980. Additionally, "The Catillac Cats" (an original DIC Entertainment creation) are officially known as "Cats & Co." (They're referred to as such in the closing credits).
Adaptation Dye-Job: Iggy, Heathcliff's young human owner, was significantly redesigned from his appearances in the comic strip and the 80s Saturday Morning cartoon; the most noticeable change was from curly blond hair under a hat, to straight brown hair.
Adaptation Expansion: Quite a lot more characters were added in comparison to the strip's small cast.
All Just a Dream: The endings of "Monstro vs. the Wolf Hound" and "Prehysteric Riff Raff".
Animesque: The show was mostly animated in Japan (the first season primarily by TMS Entertainment), so that's a given. The second season seemed even more animesque than the first. And this was before anime was even a blip on U.S's radar.
Most of the cats and dogs shown in the series were at this level.
Most of the plots with heavy human involvement were used in Heathcliff's side of the series, often through the device of Iggy and the Nutmegs, his owners.
Clingy Jealous Cat: Heathcliff, Sonja, Riff Raff and Cleo all had a tendency to get horribly jealous whenever their significant other showed interest in someone else. One of the fastest ways to earn Heathcliff's ire was to flirt with Sonja, and she in turn was never pleased if Heathy even alluded to another female feline.
Cool Car/Transforming Vehicle: The Catillacs are named after their main ride, a red and white Cadillac convertible that can somehow transform into several other vehicles, like a boat or a RV camper.
Divide and Conquer: "Divide and Clobber" sees Leroy turning the cats against each other during one of his not so harmless moments. (Ted Ziegler played Leroy and Mungo, so guess which one of the cats he mimicked first...?)
Dogs Are Dumb: Leroy, the watchdog who guarded the junkyard where the Catillac Cats lived, was hopelessly outmatched when he tried to stand in the gang's way.
Bush, the sheepdog who guarded the music store where Cleo lived, Butt Monkey to Riff Raff.
Also, several episodes feature the Catillacs defeating one-shot canine opponents.
Spike however, is the most notable, having the honor of being Heathcliff's main victim.
Enemy Mine: Sometimes Leroy helped the Catillac Cats defeat that episode's rivals. Particularly in the episodes involving sports.
Heathcliff once teamed up with a pet bird of a mansion to stop a pair of burglars, after the fat dog whom the bird supported fell down a flight of stairs. A similar truce happened after Heathcliff joined up with a parrot in a supermarket when he outsmarted the security.
The Eighties: Cleo's legwarmers are a betrayal of the time period in which this show was made.
The Chick: Cleo (though she used to be part of the gang, and even came up with the name, before becoming a household pet)
Furry Confusion: Just in case the issue wasn't confused enough by some animals being the same height as the humans and all the non-anthro cats, dogs and other animals running around, a Flashback in "Debutante Ball" shows Cleo and her friend Muffy as non-anthro kittens... with Cleo still sporting a full head of blonde hair.
Frequently showed up in the Pet Care tips. Well-intentioned or not, there's something rather disturbing about Heathcliff cheerily explaining how to care for a pregnant cat...
Wordsworth spends the entirety of "Debutante Ball" "exhausted from listening to rock-n-roll nonstop for a week straight".
The premise of "Kitten Around": Riff Raff convinces Cleo to "go steady" in a scene that plays out like a marriage proposal (lacking only a ring); he then immediately starts seeing new girl Roxy behind her back. Not to mention how he says going steady would mean less time spent chasing her for "inte...lligent conversation"
Humanoid Female Animal: Interestingly, while Cleo was a straight example of this, most of the other cats and dogs were at the exact same level. Aside from Riff Raff, all of the shorter cats who were treated more like cats were found in Heathcliff's cartoon — including his girlfriend, Sonja.
Roxy from "Kitten Around" is another straight example.
I Want My Jetpack: Played with in the episode "House of the Future", an unofficial remake of a MGM short. When are we going to get an animatronic kitchen where a meal is automatically prepared for us with just pressing a button?
Radish Cure: A second season episode series involved a (court-ordered) attempt to get Heathcliff to stop stealing fish from the fish store using this method (otherwise, he would have to go to jail). It ends up working too well...
Grandpa Nutmeg: Heathcliff not only doesn't want to eat fish, he can't even stand to hear the word fish.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In the episode "Terrible Tammy'", it is an Invoked Trope: Tammy, a female cat who's trying to bully Heathcliff and take over his territory, uses a conniving ploy on him so he couldn't hit Tammy because his honor would be tarnished. He does not want to fight her, but he doesn't back down from Tammy, either. His girlfriend, Sonja, however, doesn't have any qualms about giving Tammy a full-scale ass-kicking, the kind that Heathcliff would usually dish out upon Spike the bulldog!