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Cattanooga Cats was Hanna-Barbera's attempt to duplicate the success it enjoyed with The Banana Splits. Running in 1969/70 on ABC, this hourlong series had no live-action segments.

The headliners were an all-feline rock band, consisting of Country, a guitarist; Scoots, a bassist, and Groove, a drummer. Their female companion, Kitty Jo, looked like a feline version of Daphne Blakenote ; she also sang on a few of their songs. They had a few cartoon segments, but most of their appearances were in music videos, à la The Archie Show.

Other segments were:

A season later, The Cattanooga Cats was reduced to a half-hour airing on Sunday mornings, retaining Around the World in 79 Days as a feature. Motormouse & Autocat was split off into a separate show airing on Saturdays, taking It's the Wolf! with it.



  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Mildew Wolf and Bristle Hound were essentially a Hanna-Barbera take on Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Bristle's frequent reaction to Mildew's disguises.
  • Art Shift: The video (so to speak) for the Cats' song "Hoot Hoot Owl" uses cut-out animation— apparently the only time anyone at H-B ever tried this.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Kitty Jo's dog, Teeny Tim.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Groove, Country and Scoots, respectively.
  • Breakout Character: Mildew Wolf from It's the Wolf. He is the most popular character of the series. He spun off into a package series with Motormouse and Autocat when the show was cancelled. He was also a cohost with Snagglepuss in Laff-A-Lympics.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: In 79 Days the heroes have to break Fogg's record without using modern transportation, since after all they could have it wrapped up inside of two weeks if he could just hop a plane. Instead he has to do it in the original Fogg's hot air balloon.
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  • Catch Phrase: Motormouse has three—"Boy, howdy!", "Chickaree!" and "That's plum dumb!" Lambsy has IT'S THE WOL-UF! IT'S THE WOL-UF! That's who it is...the wol-uf!"
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: The Cats' Loony Fan, appropriately named Chessie.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: The Cattanooga Cats appeared in three issues of Gold Key Comics' Hanna-Barbera Fun-In anthology series (issues 2, 3 and 4). Motormouse and Autocat appeared in issues 5, 7 and 9, and It's the Wolf! appeared in issues 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. Around the World in 79 Days did not appear at all in the comics.
  • Cut Short: In 17 installments, Around the World in 79 Days never did conclude the round-the-world race between Phineas Fogg and Crumden.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop
  • Fake Band: The same in-studio performers who did the Cats' musical numbers would do the songs during the chase scenes in the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
  • Friendly Enemy/Nice Mice: After Autocat clocks out (after an unsuccessful shift of mouse-chasing), Motormouse will occasionally give him a lift home.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Country, Kitty Jo and Chessie.
  • Funny Animals
  • Furry Confusion: Kitty Jo, an anthropomorphic cat, owns a pet dog.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of the music videos was for a song titled "Birthday Suit"note . Moreover, the first part of the video featured Country and Kitty Jo as Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal kittens, driving the point home. (She soon "grows up" into her fully-dressed self, though)
    "How do you like me in my birthday suit?/Am I cute in my birthday suit?/How do you like me in my birthday suit/I'm just crazy 'bout the birthday suit"
    • Moreover, the song wasn't written for the show, but for the 1968 softcore porn comedy Jennie: Wife/Child, where it plays over a scene of the title character skinny dipping. The lyrics are completely unchanged for the Cats version. The radar was completely broken when that slipped through.
  • Groupie Brigade: Chessie the Autograph Hound was this to the Cats.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Chessie, the Autograph Hound (so named because she always has a wide Cheshire Cat grin).
  • Monowheel Mayhem: Autocat chases Motormouse with a giant spiked tire in "Wild Wheelin' Wheels". It goes as badly as expected when Motormouse leads Autocat aboard a freighter.
  • Parental Bonus: An uncredited Paul Lynde was the voice of Mildew Wolf, and Marty Ingels, already well known for his role on I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, was the voice of Autocat.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Autocat, although he's not really a villain. His job at the garage is to get rid of Motormouse.
  • Punny Name: Lambsy's full name (revealed in at least one episode) is "Lambsy Divy", a reference to the 1940s novelty song "Mairzy Doats".note 
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Groove; also Lambsy when he (sarcastically) asks who the "stranger of the week" could be.
  • Robot Me: Mildew Wolf builds a robot version of himself in "Smart Dummy."
  • Running Gag: Includes both individual segments (Scoots' magic crayon, Teeny Tim's new trick, Scoots Clunk, etc.), and regularly occurring parts of other segments (e.g., Mildew Wolf's Paper Thin Disguises).
  • Verbal Backspace: Bumbler's attempts to address Crumden by a chummy diminutive usually end up sounding like insults — e.g. Crum, Crummy, Crummer — which he hastily corrects.


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