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The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty (latter The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty) is a 13 episode animated series produced by Filmation in the year 1975. Each episode opens with a live action segment typically showing the cats Waldo and Felicia being bullied by the bulldog Tyrone and Waldo drifting into a day dream about being a superhero or otherwise coming to the rescue of others. The series began airing on the 6th of September in 1975 and ended it's run on the 29th of December that same year.

Episodes[]

  1. Catman
  2. Catzan of the Apes
  3. The Lone Kitty
  4. Robin Cat
  5. Cat Trek
  6. Cat Man Meets the Poochiquin
  7. Catzan or Not Catzan
  8. The Lone Kitty Rides Again
  9. Sheriff of Sherwood
  10. Cat Man Meets the Puzzler
  11. Dr. Livingstone, I presume?
  12. Ping or Pongo?
  13. Chaw the Bullet

Production[]

Lorna Smith, who was in charge of the layout of a number of Filmation productions, was the first to suggest the idea of a Filmation animated series led by cat characters. Though she didn't receive credit for the show untill after making a big fuss about the lack of credit. The show was originally proposed as a sixteen episode series but NBC only 'green lit' 13 of those proposed. The shows inspiration was James Thurber's The Secret Lives of Walter Mitty; a short story published in the year 1939. The main character's name was made into Waldo Kitty to avoid issue with this but Helen Thurber, James Thurber's wife, filed a lawsuit against Filmation on the basis that they debased and distorted her husband's story. Due to this lawsuit the name of the series was altered to The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty. However the difficulty the show faced continued as the live action segments proved troublesome as the bull dog wasn't very disciplined around the cats. NBC declined to give the series a second season and instead opted to have it as a rerun with it's own time slot. By the end of production the producer came to refer to the whole endeavor of making the show "a mistake on many levels."

Reception[]

While only having a limited broadcast the show got a positive mention in the book Saturday Morning Fever: Growing Up with Cartoon Culture where in the authors; Timothy Burke and Kevin Burke referred to it as 'a special treat' and surmised that Wishbone (a live action series that aired from 1995 to 97) carried the same premise but with a dog rather then a cat as the protagonist. They complemented the choice of Waldo as the main character stating; "no more perfect a character for kids to empathize with than a shy dreamer who lives out a thousand adventures in his or her head."

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