Each story featured a dream sequence in which Waldo would imagine himself to be a famous hero, such as Catzan (Tarzan), Catman and Sparrow (Batman and Robin), The Lone Kitty (The Lone Ranger), Robin Cat (Robin Hood) and Cat Trek (Star Trek). This kind of spoof was deemed acceptable as long as an entire series is not built solely on the same concept. However, the James Thurber estate instituted legal proceedings against Filmation for infringing on the copyrights of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). As a result, when the series was rerun as part of "The Groovie Goolies and Friends", the title was changed to "The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty" and each show's wraparound segments in which a live action cat would start to dream were removed. See more »
Someone wrote about this show: "I thought my sister and I were the only ones watching it". Well, that applies to me too. Waldo Kitty is a distant childhood memory, so far removed I wondered for years if I dreamed it... and then, I looked it up on IMDb and couldn't help smiling. There it was: the song, the cat, the "Cat Enterprise" I remembered so well and felt so excited about ("Oh boy, a episode of Waldo Kitty in SPACE !").
Funny, as I watched the opening it all seemed so familiar, so immediate, so obvious. I had forgotten that there was a real live action cat, for instance, but of course there was... Why else would my sister and I love this show so much if it hadn't been for a real cat? (We had a cat back then, which probably explains a lot....)
Anyway, 7 out of 10 for sheer nostalgic fun.
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