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CatFox
Format

480i (4:3 SDTV) (2004-2008)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2009-2011)

No. of episodes

66

Network

Fox

Creator(s)

Peter Hannan
Greg Daniels

Starring

Jim Cummings
Billy West
Carlos Alazraqui
Tom Kenny
Maria Bamford
Nika Futterman

First aired

April 10, 2004

Last aired

June 18, 2011

"CatFox" is an American adult animated television sitcom created by Peter Hannan and Greg Daniels for Fox. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers, with one half being a cat and the other a fox. Fox produced the series from Burbank, California. The series aired on Fox from October 9, 2004 to June 18, 2011 for four seasons and 66 episodes. The series was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Deedle-Dee Productions and Peter Hannan Productions and has been released on DVD.

Premise

The series revolves around Cat and Fox a conjoined twin hybrid of a cat and a fox who share the same body with no tail or hind legs and although they are best friends and brothers, they have very different personalities similar to Ren & Stimpy.  Cat is very cultured while Fox is very fun-loving and enjoys chasing garbage trucks, chasing cars, and exploring many things in which Cat does not want to take part. Fox enjoys eating at fast food restaurants (such as Taco Depot), whereas Cat does not. The series takes place in Nearburg, a town dominated by anthropomorphic animals and the occasional humanoid.

Characters

  • Cat (voiced by Jim Cummings), the smarter and more cunning of the two, is a cat. He often devises plans to trick Fox into getting what he wants, such as making Fox smarter in an attempt to have more in common with him, or having him win a fox sledding contest by training him in a very hard and militaristic manner, and usually, as a result of his greediness and selfishness, these schemes all blow up in his face. With his brains and constant ridiculing from the rest of the characters, he is the more defensive and short tempered of the two. He and Fox are sometimes seen fighting with each other or bickering (as shown in the episodes "Teeth for Two" and "CatFox Candy"), and Fox even tried to eat him once in the episode "Meat Fox's Friends". Despite his quirks and spats with Fox, he loves his brother with his whole heart. He cares so deeply that he ends up helping Fox in the end once his guilty conscience gets to him. Cat has a "crush" on Shriek. In one episode, Cat admits his love for Shriek and kisses her after Shriek kisses Fox and tells him she loves him (only to wind up getting pounded by the aggressive poodle). Cat desires fame and fortune and tends to go to excessive lengths in order to gain them. He is intelligent and enjoys reading, gardening, and listening to classical music. He is somewhat uptight and believes strongly in being polite and neat. He is a stickler for cleanliness and, like most cats, is afraid of water. Despite his sophisticated personality, Cat also has a dark side. Whenever he snaps, he becomes a ruthless, psychopathic maniac of whom even the Greasers are scared, once they see what he is capable of doing (especially his stress-induced, superhuman strength, evident in one episode when he destroyed the Greasers' monster truck with a single punch).
  • Fox (voiced by Billy West) is the more happy-go-lucky and more naive of the two. He is also the source of clumsiness. As his name suggests, he is a fox. He is extremely ambitious when Cat or any other character convinces him to take on a task, diving right into it with full force and energy. Fox is the typical loyal fox and is easily convinced. He is quite gullible and will believe everything he is told. His attention span is very short and he is easily distracted by balls, garbage trucks, bones, food, and his overactive imagination. Because of his more simple nature, Fox usually is the one who gets the pair into trouble. Not paying attention to Cat's warnings, his actions almost always end up with some severe consequences. Despite this, in many of the episodes, it is shown that Fox is usually the one that is more popular and athletic of the two, such as the episode when CatFox both went back to school to complete Cat's last day of High School. Like Cat, Fox adores his brother and looks up to him no matter how many times Cat steers him into danger. He is often distracted with chasing shadows and chasing after tennis balls, and loves eating garbage. Much to the neat-freakish Cat's dismay, Fox leaves a mess everywhere he goes.

Recurring characters

  • Winslow T. Oddfellow (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) is a tailless blue mouse that lives in CatFox house in the hole in the wall, and the main antagonist of the series, next to The Greasers and Rancid Rabbit. Winslow speaks with a typical Brooklyn accent. Winslow is always full of wisecracks about anything and everything. He is very sneaky and underhanded with CatFox, especially with Cat. Winslow and Cat do not get along very well at all, because he is always getting Cat in trouble. However, it was eventually revealed that Winslow may be afraid of Cat, because Cat tried to eat him once. Fox, however, does not mind Winslow and is friendly with him. Deep down, he has a very big heart and loves Fox and at some point acts as CatFox's conscience and guidance for living in society, but acts out against them. His catchphrase is "What are you? Nuts?".
  • The Greaser Dogs are a street of three tough dogs named Cliff, Shriek and Lube. They serve as the secondary antagonists of the series, next to Rancid Rabbit. They act no differently from school playground bullies, picking on anyone either weaker or different from them, but usually by "pounding" them. They pick on CatFox (mostly Cat) because of their freakish nature. Fox sometimes gets along with them because he is also a canine. They initiated him into the gang after he had proven his worth. The Greaser Dogs also have a fear of ticks, which renders them helpless in almost any situation. The name Greasers is a reference to the greaser subculture.
    • Clifford Maurice "Cliff" Feltbottom (voiced by Tom Kenny): The leader of the Greasers. Cliff is short for Clifford and his middle name is Maurice. He wears a black jacket with a picture of a dead cat on the back of it. He is very short-tempered and speaks similarly to Winslow with a Brooklyn accent only not as high. He got a taste of his own medicine when Eddie was accidentally glued to his jacket, which turned them into "Squirrel Fox". Once this happened, Shriek and Lube kicked him out of the Greasers because now he was a "two-headed freak." Cliff learned the pain of being an outcast and what CatFox go through. However, once he was free of Eddie, he returned to his old bullying ways and rejoined the Greasers. In the episode "Beware of Cliff", when he is trapped under a massive weight for several days, he made a solemn vow never to bully anyone (especially CatFox, despite Cat's suspicions) again should he escape this fate, though it did not last very long because he got trapped again under a falling tree and later wanted to pound them again. Later episodes reveal softer sides of Cliff, such as his love for ballet and cashmere. Two episodes says that he was not an only child; the proof is a niece and a nephew. Despite being the leader of the Greasers, he got banned from the group once and he got pounded by Shriek and Lube for attacking them in one episode (he was protecting CatFox from them because of a vow to never bully them again).
    • Shriek DuBois (voiced by Maria Bamford): The only girl in the Greasers and possibly the smartest of the group. She is a tiny yellow poodle, with a squeaky voice with a slight raspy quality to it. Shriek has blonde, poofy hair and wears a green shirt with the letter "S" on it. Though she is as tough and loyal as the other two, she harbors a secret crush on Fox, though he is unaware of this. Shriek will not hit Fox, but will only hit Cat. In the episode "Rich Shriek, Poor Shriek" it is revealed that she came from a rich family, but she really hated the posh life, and so she left home and became a Greaser. Also, in the episode "Back to School" Shriek is shown to have a niece named Squeak, who closely resembles her.
    • Ignatius "Lube" Catfield-McDog (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui): A hound, he is the slowest and sweetest one of the group. He will forget what he has been saying and slur his speech. He is the most loyal of the three Greasers. Despite his dimwitted nature, Lube is musically talented and is fluent in Spanish. In one episode, he rolls up his right trouser and takes off a wooden leg. He also works part-time as a mechanic. His parents, a cat mother and a dog father, appeared in the series finale and they said that Lube got separated from them a long time ago. Also in the series finale, Lube is shown to have had a sister, who tries to marry Cat. In another episode, his real name is revealed to be Ignatius, which Cliff makes fun of relentlessly.
    • Rancid Rabbit (voiced by Billy West) is the stereotypical authority figure and one of the series' third antagonist. He had his job titles like police officer, life guard, prison guard, firefighter, boss of various businesses, principal, president, mayor, Egyptian pharaoh, doctor, TV host, contest judge, store and Taco Depot manager, etc. In one episode, he appears as a principal at a school and, at the end, as a police officer. When Cat asks him about this, he never receives an answer. Rancid hates CatFox and will go out of his way to punish them or force them to work for him, abusing his power to the fullest degree. Rancid takes advantage of CatFox as much as he can by deceiving them into buying his products or pushing them to do his bidding in a job. He does whatever it takes to take their money or benefit himself in any way. Rancid owns a mall called the Mall of Malls, and has a selfish and spoiled niece named Rancine. Rancid also has a Russian-accented female cousin named Rotten, who lives in Farburg.
  • Eddie the Squirrel (voiced by Dwight Schultz) is a Greaser wannabe with little red pieces of paper taped to the side of his head to look like red sideburns in hopes to be more like Cliff. He is always bruised up from getting punched, and from being used as a birdie in badminton, or a football. He wants to be an official Greaser very badly, but sadly lacks their number one requirement: being a dog.
  • Randolph Grant (voiced by Billy West) is a trendy, suave cat who has an accent like Cary Grant. He will try anything once, as long as it's terribly exciting and attention-getting. Randolph appears to be like a celebrity in his lifestyle. In "All About Cat," Randolph was hosting the musical awards banquet. In "The Lady is a Shriek" Randolph is the proud owner of "Randolph's Charm School and House of Beauty", to help turn girls into beautiful women with poise and etiquette. Randolph is essentially a trend-setting, rich and famous cat. His catchphrase is "And I love it!"
  • Tallulah Headbank (voiced by Maria Bamford) is an actress on whom Cat has an enormous crush. CatFox first met Tallulah during the musical "Abe Lincoln Superstar". Since then, she has become a major celebrity and good friend of Randolph's. Tallulah is forever searching for her soul mate, who would be "as loyal as a fox and as clever as a cat, who will take [her] in his arms." Her name is an obvious parody of Tallulah Bankhead.
  • Mean Bob (voiced by Tom Kenny), a fictional super-hero, is Fox's hero. Fox is an expert on Mean Bob, having watched his movies, played his video games and with his toys
  • Lola Caricola (voiced by Nika Futterman) is a female Mexican Yellow-Bellied Whip-poor-will introduced in the third season. She is a zoologist, and CatFox's next-door neighbor. She gained a love of zoology while wrangling bulls on her family's ranch. Her catchphrase is "Unbelievable!"
  • The Ingrid Twins (voiced by Laraine Newman) are two female Swedish twin cat sisters whom Cat has a crush on. The light blue twin wears her hair in pigtails and wears a red leotard, while the Gray twin wears her hair in a short bob and wears a blue leotard. In "Armed and Dangerous" one of the twins was Cat's pen pal. Cat tries to impress the twins so that they can go on a date with him, but they seem more interested in Fox. They also have an interest in dating TV stars and movie stars.
  • Mervis Pantry (a pig) and Dunglap (a weasel) (voiced by John Kassir) are CatFox's male best friends and are often used as background characters. They are rarely seen apart, and have been shown with various jobs, such as working at Taco Depot, the Kavity Krunch cereal factory, and Mervis even had a temporary run as a mailman trying to deliver CatFox's mail. Dunglap appears to be the luckier of the two due to his fortunes, like getting a promotion at a job, in contrast to Mervis's misfortunes, such as getting into an accident because of the Greasers. A running gag throughout the series is that Mervis and Dunglap can sometimes be seen fighting. They both have nerdy personalities and often feel uncomfortable and nervous around the "cooler" characters, especially the Greasers.
  • Mr. Cornelius Sunshine (voiced by Billy West) is a green-skinned, shirtless humanoid creature with a thin, once-coiled tail and no apparent emotions, who has a monotone voice and demeanor very similar to the actor Ben Stein. His name is ironically the very opposite of his personality, and he often nods off and falls asleep in the middle of doing things, such as performing a (very unengaging) magic act. His sardonic and pessimistic personality may be Fox's fault, since Sunshine experiences stress of being hunted as a dustman by Fox since his early years in the job. Very little is known about him and the ambiguity of his species is touched upon in "CatFox Catcher" when Rancid Rabbit starts arresting everyone for not having licenses: Fox does not have a fox license, Lola does not have a bird license, and so on; but when Rancid captures Sunshine, he says, "You're under arrest for not having a...not having a...not having a license!" Thus it is apparent that not even the characters in the series know what he is. Mr. Sunshine's first name is Cornelius. He was originally envisioned as a squirrel during the early planning stages.

Episodes

Main article: List of CatFox episodes

Merchandise

Videotapes and DVDs

Two VHS tapes were released for the series in 2005. Together Forever contains the episodes "Fox Gone", "Flea or Die", "Diamond Fever", "CatFox's End" and "Work Force" with a bonus short "Cat-Diggety Fox" and CatFox vs. The Greasers contains the episodes "Siege on Fort CatFox", "Squirrel Fox", "Full Moon Fever", "Shriek Loves Fox" and "All You Need is Lube". The complete series is available for download in the iTunes StoreFox Network contracted Amazon.com's CreateSpace service arm to produce DVD sets of CatFox and other Fox shows exclusively for sale on Amazon. The DVDs were "manufactured-on-demand" DVD-Rs to match orders. The series is also available for download on Amazon's InstantVideo service.

The CreateSpace releases are no longer available with the announcement of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releasing traditional retail DVD sets of the series.

  • Season 1 (October 24, 2016)
  • Season 2 (December 10, 2016)
  • Season 3 (December 10, 2016)

Video games

Broadcast

The series originally aired on Fox in the US from 2004–2011. It was subsequently aired on Adult Swim (2008–17).  In the UK and Ireland, the series was originally broadcast on FX (FX289) (2004–2011), Channel 4 (2004-09), T4 (Saturdays only) (2004-09) and E4 (2004-2009) until Channel 4 Television Corporation lost the show's rights to British Sky Broadcasting's Sky1 (2009-2017), Sky2 (2009-2017), Pick (Sky3) (2009-present), British Broadcasting Corporation's BBC One (2009-2012), BBC Two (2009-2015) and BBC Three (2009-2015). The series was broadcast in Canada on Global Television Network (2008–2014) and on City TV (2014–present). In Australia and New Zealand, the series aired on Network Ten (2004–2008) and on Eleven (2008-2014).

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