Top Cat Begins (also known in Spanish as Don Gato: El Inicio de la Pandilla, literally Top Cat: The Start of the Gang) is an Mexican-Indian [1] computer-animated comedy film, produced by Anima Estudios and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in Mexico.[2] Based on the animated television series, Top Cat, created by Hanna-Barbera, this film is a prequel to both the series and the movie, taking place before Top Cat met his gang.[3]


The film will be an origin story, explaining how Top Cat met Benny and how he created his gang. Top Cat has arrived to charm his way into your hearts! Ever wonder how this scheming feline got his start? Well “Top Cat Begins” reveals the origins of everything you know and love about this classic comedy hero. From the discovery of his trademark hat, to his first run-in with Officer Dibble, to the gathering of his loyal gang, this rip-roaring comedy answers it all! And what use, and what fun, would his wacky band of misfits be if they couldn’t help get him in and out of trouble? Like Top Cat’s “smartest idea”; relieving Mr. Big, the city’s most dangerous kingpin of crime, of his precious diamonds. What follows is an adventure so crazy that it has to be seen to be believed![2]


Main characters

Supporting characters




Variety reported that the film's producer, José C. García de Letona, is working on a sequel.[4] He said that the sequel will be "slightly more edgy and contemporary".[5] Fernando De Fuentes, chairman of Anima Estudios, also explained that film is "the most ambitious project in our studio’s history."[2]


Unlike the previous film, which was animated in 2D Adobe flash, the film is animated entirely in computer-generated imagery, according to producer Jose Garcia de Letona.[2] Animation production is being handled by Discreet Arts Productions in India.[1]


The film's screenplay is written by James Krieg,[1] known for writing the Scooby-Doo! television shows, Doug Langdale,[1] and Jorge Ramírez-Suárez.[1]


The voice cast is currently unknown, however, the casting will be "exhaustive", since the death of Jorge Arvizu (the Spanish-language voice of Choo-Choo and Benny).[6] For the English version, Jason Harris Katz, the voice of Top Cat and other characters from the first film, has announced via his Twitter that he will reprise his role as the same character.[7] Also returning is Actor/Comedian Bill Lobley in the role of Officer Dibble.


The film's Mexican release trailer premiered on 1 July 2015.[8][9] The film was released in Mexico on October 30, 2015.





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  9. WB Pictures Mexico on Twitter: "¿Estás listo para descubrir #ElInicioDeLaPandilla? ¡Prepárate! ¡Mañana llega el primer trailer de #DonGatoLaPelícula!"