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"Let's live in friendship, kids."

Leopold the Cat (Russian: Кот Леопольд, Kot Leopold) is a Soviet/Russian animation series about the pacifistic, and intelligent cat, Leopold.

Leopold always wears a bow tie even when swimming. He is always confronted by two mischievous mice, Grey and White (Mitya and Motya). It was filmed by T/O Ekran in 1975 - 1987 and its runtime is 87 min (10 episodes). As of 1987, there were 11 episodes in total. Eventually, in 1995, most of the episodes were released on VHS.

Fondly remembered by everyone for the Leopold's Catchphrase which would definitely show up in the end of every episode, as well as somewhere in the middle of these.

A revival series was commissioned in 2015.



  • Actual Pacifist: In the third episode. You can prank Leopold all you want, the most he'll do is turn the prank around back on you, with brilliantly hilarious results.
  • All There in the Manual: Grey and White's names were mentioned only in scripts and merchandise rather than the cartoons themselves.
  • Amusing Injuries: Averted for the most part, but played straight during the sillier parts of an episode when Toon Physics take over.
  • Animation Bump: The first two episodes used the cut out format with a drastically different design style, and may come off as downright creepy. The following cartoons were hand drawn with much more cuddly Golden Age style designs and usually got slightly more fluid with each one.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Downplayed case. There are occasions Leopold will fight back, but he rarely takes it a very violent extreme.
    • Played straight in the first two episodes, where he pulls far less punches. In the first he uses invisibility to torment the mice, while in the second, due to the influence of miracle tablets, he undergoes a Jekyll and Hyde transformation and beats the mice senseless for their earlier abuse.
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  • Cats Are Mean: Gloriously inverted starting with the third episode. Leopold positively gives Danny a run for his money.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In the original cut-out shorts, Leopold was far more of a Karmic Trickster, unafraid to use violence on the mice when they got too mean spirited. The earlier hand drawn shorts maintained a more harmless sense of mischief from Leopold and added his Defeat Equals Friendship approach, though shortly in his incredibly passive and oblivious personality took on.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: At the end of each short, the exasperated mice admit defeat and apologise to Leopold, leading to his Catchphrase. Most evident in the last episode, where they actually join in on it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: May be the case with the first two episodes (which were animated in cut-out format instead of hand drawn), as it looks depressing from what evidence can be gleamed from Youtube today. Just LOOK at poor Leopold!
  • Easily Forgiven: As his catchphrase at the end of each cartoon epitomises, Leopold never shows hard feelings towards any of the chaos the two mice try to cause for him.
  • The Everyman: Leopold. There's rarely much significant about him aside from how alarmingly nice he is.
  • The Fool: Most of the time, Leopold wins obliviously, sabotaging the mice's pranks by mistake or failing to notice them backfire from bad luck or incompetence on their part.
  • The Voiceless: Averted in the earlier episodes. In later ones, dialogue is very minimal, limited majorly to the catchphrase, whispering between the mice and conversation from random characters appearing at the time.


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