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44 Cats
44 Cats title.png
Created by Iginio Straffi
Voices of
  • Francesco Falco
  • Michela Alborghetti
  • Francesco Prando
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 37
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Rainbow S.p.A.
Antoniano
Rai Ragazzi
Distributor Rainbow S.p.A. (ViacomCBS)
Release
Original network Rai YoYo
Nick Jr. Italy
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11) – present

44 Cats (Italian: 44 Gatti) is an Italian animated children's television series created by Iginio Straffi. Co-produced with Antoniano di Bologna in collaboration with Rai Ragazzi, the series is produced and distributed by the Rainbow studio (co-owned by ViacomCBS). Viacom's Nickelodeon channels broadcast 44 Cats worldwide, while RAI's YoYo network airs the series in Italy. The series follows the adventures of four kittens who make up a musical group called the Buffycats. The series premiered on Rai YoYo in Italy on December 11, 2018.

The series was inspired by a song from the 1968 Zecchino d'Oro competition called "Quarantaquattro gatti".

The series was renewed for a second season, which began airing in Italy in March 2020. It is expected to air internationally later in the year.

Characters

Cats

  • Lampo (voiced by Federico Campiola in Italian and Sarah Natochenny in English, singing by Elisabeth Tsong) is the lead singer and guitarist of the Buffycats. He is a tabby cat with a blue lightning bolt symbol over his right eye. Lampo's whiskers act like a compass, guiding him to where he needs to go.
  • Milady (voiced by in Italian and Suzy Myers in English, singing by Natalie Rarick) is the Buffycats' bassist. Her fur turns pink whenever someone tells a lie.
  • Pilou (voiced by in Italian and Simona Berman in English, singing by Piccola Coro) is the Buffycats' drummer. She uses her enchanting wide eyes to distract the show's villains.
  • Meatball (voiced by Francesco Falco in Italian and Erica Schroeder in English, singing by Samuel Vincent) is the Buffycats' keyboard player. He has a big appetite and can sense danger.
  • Boss (voiced by Henry F. Benjamin in English) is Winston's pet cat. The only animal that Winston likes, Boss is a bullying tomcat who is always trying to trick the Buffycats, but they always outsmart him.
  • Blister and Scab (both voiced by Marc Thompson in English) are 2 cats closely linked to Boss. Blister is the tall white and blue thin cat, while Scab is the small grey fat cat.
  • The Boom-Boom Steppers
    • Fancy Dancey (voiced by Marc Thompson in English) is the leader of the Boom-Boom Steppers. He has grey fur and wears a hat that looks like a Mexican hat.
    • Lola (voiced by in Italian and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld in English) is the second Boom-Boom Stepper. She is a white cat with a princess outfit. Towards the end of season 1, She becomes a mother in "Pilou the Kitten Sitter".
    • Hope (voiced by in Italian and Haven Paschall in English) is Lola's daughter. Her first word was "Pilou" because she was the one who "cat-sitted" her before she brought her back to her mom.
    • Jumpy (voiced by Lisa Ortiz in English) is the third Boom-Boom Stepper.
  • Cosmo (voiced by Eddy Lee) is an astronaut cat who is a good friend of the Buffycats and sometimes goes along with them on their adventures.
  • Gas (voiced by Billy Bob Thompson) is a stinky cat with droopy whiskers. He is mostly stinky because of an event that happened during his kittenhood and is useful when villains come in to play.
  • Snobine (voiced by in Italian and Haven Paschall in English) is a sophisticated cat who is Gas's love interest and is the only cat who doesn't mind his stench.
  • Gaby (voiced by Lisa Ortiz) is a reporter cat who used to spread false rumors, but now only reports negatively on villains. She sometimes works as an announcer.
  • Igor (voiced by in Italian and Sarah Natochenny in English) is a strong Birman cat that can lift others with just one arm.
  • Neko (voiced by Alyson Leigh Rosenfield in English) is a cat with a bell collar who usually has good luck and likes collecting four-leaf clovers.
  • Fleur (voiced by Alyson Leigh Rosenfield in English) is a yellow cat who is obsessed with flowers.
  • Cato (voiced by Marc Thompson in English) is a black cat who is a master of a cat version of Kung fu called "cat fu”.
  • Wrench (voiced by Wayne Grayson in English) is a brown cat who works as a mechanic. He has a Canadian accent in the English dub.
  • Edison (voiced by Marc Thompson in English) is an inventor cat who has a backpack with wings that can help him soar through the air.
  • Piperita (voiced by Erica Schroeder in English) is a chef cat that looks like an ocelot who runs a restaurant.
  • Astricat (voiced by Lisa Ortiz) is a pink alien cat who sleeps upside down and lives on Planet Meow.
  • Cats in Black (voiced by Mike Pollock, Maxwell Rockatansky and HD Quinn in English) are a group of secret agent cats who help space cats like Astricat in the sky and were inspired by Men in Black.
  • LaPalette (voiced by in Italian and HD Quinn in English) is a French cat with an eye for art.
  • Quatermain (voiced by Marc Thompson in English) is an adventurer cat who searches for ancient treasures.
  • Tutankatmon (voiced by Maxwell Rockatansky in English) is an ancient cat who is surprisingly still alive despite the fact that his owner is dead, and has a golden scratching post.
  • The Pinky Paws are a Group of Musical Cats who all have pink fur and when they like something, they call it “furtastic”.
    • Cherry (voiced by Haven Paschall in English) is the lead singer of the trio and wears Magenta.
    • Lolly (voiced by Cait Powers-Page in English) is the second Pinky Paw who wears purple.
    • Betty (voiced by Lauren Delgenio in English) is the third Pinky Paw who wears mint green.
  • Milky and Choc (both voiced by Wayne Grayson) are two circus cats who are twin brothers.
  • Snoogie AKA Masked Cat (voiced by Marc Thompson) is a superhero cat who can fly using his tail.
  • Olympio (voiced by Billy Bob Thompson) is a teal cat who plays basketball and has never dropped the ball in his whole life.
  • Cop (voiced by Mike Pollock in English) is a police officer cat.
  • Amborgio (voiced by in Italian and HD Quinn in English) is a fashionable Siamese cat.
  • Cream (voiced by in Italian and Dan Edwards in English) is a cat who makes tasty ice cream.
  • Archibald (voiced by in Italian and Abe Goldfarb in English) is Lampo’s prim and proper uncle, but despite being proper, he’s not afraid to rock out with his nephew.
  • Corney (voiced by Henry F. Benjamin in English) is a farmer cat who lives at his country farm.
  • Baby Pie (voiced by Sarah Natochenny in English) is a baby kitten who constantly causes trouble only because he just either wants to play or eat.
  • Dr. Fisby (voiced by Henry F. Benjamin in English) is a doctor cat who looks after sick cats and makes them feel better.
  • Jungle (voiced by HD Quinn in English) is a wildcat who lives in a botanical garden with his parrot friend Tata. He loves bananas and can only communicate by growling due to the fact that he isn’t intelligent enough to talk because he never lived near or with humans and instead, in the wild.
  • Glitter (voiced by Marc Thompson in English) is a blue cat dressed as Santa Claus.

Humans

  • Granny Pina (voiced by Michela Alborghetti in Italian and Marca Leigh in English) is the owner of an old house where the Buffycats live. She cooks the pasta that gives the Buffycats their special powers.
  • Winston (voiced by Francesco Prando in Italian and Scottie Ray in English) is Granny Pina's wealthy neighbor who is Boss's owner. He lives in a luxurious villa and despises both the Buffycats and their unsightly house, which he is constantly trying to have torn down, never with any success since the Buffycats always thwart his schemes.
  • Brutus (voiced by Wayne Grayson in English) is a Catcatcher.
  • Chef Alfredo (voiced by Marc Thompson in English) is an Italian chef who is Piperita's owner.
  • Abdul (voiced by in Italian and Mike Pollock in English) is an Indian man who is Kataly's owner.
  • Risotta is Granny Pina's granddaughter, who appears in Season 2. She understands the language of Cats and helps the Buffycats.

Other Animals

  • Bucky (voiced by Brittany Pressley) and Zoe (voiced by Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld) are two puppies who first appeared in "A Puppy to Save". Their mom, Sandy (voiced by Lisa Ortiz in English) would usually appear alongside them, but in one episode, she makes the Buffycats pupsit them.
  • Terry (voiced by in Italian and Henry F. Benjamin in English) is a pug who wears a green collar who likes cats, especially Pilou, so much that he wants to be one himself.
  • Ginny (voiced by Carrie Savage; Lisa Ortiz in "Lampo at the Buffolympics") is a sunflower loving cream colored guinea pig wearing a sunflower tutu/hat who performs a dance called "The Sunflower Dance".
  • Kataly (voiced by in Italian and Henry F. Benjamin in English) is a camel who lets cats ride on his humps.
  • Tata (voiced by Lisa Flanagan in English) is a red and purple parrot who is Jungle's best friend who lives with him in the botanical garden and is the only one who understands him.
  • Bongo (voiced by HD Quinn in English) is a white orangutan who can do the tango. He has stage fright, but feels better if someone else does the tango with him on stage.

Episodes

No. Title Italian air date U.S. air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Buffycats on a Mission" December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11) 25 May 2019 101A 0.68

The Buffycats set out to retrieve the deed to their house when Boss steals it for Winston.

Song: "44 Cats," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
2 "A Puppy to Save" December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11) 25 May 2019 101B 0.43
The sleep-deprived Buffycats help a lost puppy find his way home after he gets harassed by Boss and his gang.
3 "The Astronaut Cat"
"Cat Traps"
December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11) 10 June 2019 102 0.60

"The Astronaut Cat": Cosmo dreams of becoming the first astro-cat in history, and for his birthday, the Buffycats decide to make his dream come true.

"Cat Traps": Winston's garden is full of cat traps.

Song: "The Noodles of Granny Pina," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
4 "Gaby, The Reporter Cat"
"Gas, The Stinky Cat"
TBA 11 June 2019 103 0.61

"Gaby, The Reporter Cat": When snoopy Gaby is caught by Brutus the cat catcher, the Buffycats run to help.

"Gas, The Stinky Cat": Every cat escapes when Gas is around because he's the smelliest cat.

Song: "The Stinky Cat," performed by Elisabeth Tsong, Natalie Rarick, Piccola Coro, and Samuel Vincent
5 "Granny Pina's Secret Recipe"
"Neko, The Lucky Cat"
TBA 12 June 2019 104 0.63

"Granny Pina's Secret Recipe": Lampo wants to prepare Granny's noodles to give a boost of energy to his friends, but the recipe slips out of his paws and flies away in the wind.

"Neko, The Lucky Cat": Once the luckiest cat in town, Neko loses his luck.
6 "A Dog as a Friend"
"Lampo and the Crazy Race"
TBA 13 June 2019 105 0.67

"A Dog as a Friend": Terry, the neighbor's dog, loves cats and wants to be one, so the Buffycats teach him how.

Song: "Puppy Kitten," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Natalie Rarick

"Lampo and the Crazy Race": Lampo wants to join the motorbike race, so mechanic cat Wrench builds him a bike.
7 "Cat Fever" TBA 17 June 2019 106A 0.63
Lampo is terrified of Fisby, the doctor cat, but must recover if he doesn't want stinky Gas to sing with the Buffycats.
8 "The Dance Contest" TBA 18 June 2019 106B 0.63

Ginny dreams of winning a famous dance competition, but lacks self-confidence.

Song: "The Sunflower Dance," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
9 "Milady and the Cat-Fu Master" TBA 19 June 2019 107A 0.60
Milady takes clumsy Meatball to Cato, who can teach him Cat-fu and prevent him from being the perfect target for Blister and Scab.
10 "Milky & Chock's Circus" TBA 20 June 2019 107B 0.66
The Buffycats are charmed by a clown cat's skills.
11 "Dogsitter Mission" TBA 21 June 2019 108A 0.71

The Buffycats offer to help take care of puppies Zoe and Bucky for a day and try and teach the pair to get along.

Song: "Naughty Pesky Rascal Mood," performed by Brittney Pressly
12 "Underwater Mission"
"Piperita, The Chef Cat"
TBA 29 June 2019 109 0.52

"Underwater Mission": When the Buffycats forget Granny's birthday, they look for a gift for her under the sea.

"Piperita, The Chef Cat": Piperita dreams of becoming a master chef, but her recipes are not very successful.

Song: "A Tasty Paella," performed by Elisabeth Tsong
13 "Snobine, The Snobbish Cat"
"Four Cats and a Camel"
TBA 6 July 2019 110 0.47

"Snobine, The Snobbish Cat": Gas gets a crush on the new kitten, Snobine, but he doesn't know how to win her heart.

"Four Cats and a Camel": Winston is determined to keep Kataly, a fast baby camel, but the Buffycats don't like the idea.

Song: "Kataly the Camel," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
14 "Detective Pilou"
"A Game for the Buffycats"
TBA 13 July 2019 111 0.51

"Detective Pilou": Pilou enjoys playing detective and is thrilled when Fleur asks the Buffycats to help find her missing flower.

"A Game for the Buffycats": The Buffycats plan a treasure hunt to have fun.
15 "The Superhero Cat"
"Lampo at the Buffolympics"
TBA 20 July 2019 112 0.37

"The Superhero Cat": The Buffycats must become heroes when their favorite superhero becomes trapped.

Song: "The Secret of The Masked Cat," performed by Elisabeth Tsong

"Lampo at the Buffolympics": Lampo is determined to win the Buffolympics.
16 "Ambrogio, the Stylist Cat"
"A New Friend for Pilou"
TBA 3 August 2019 113 0.45

"Ambrogio, the Stylist Cat": Everyone is thrilled because Ambrogio, the stylist cat, comes to town, but as he arrives, he immediately acts shy and surly; the truth is, he totally lost his inspiration.

"A New Friend for Pilou": Since the other Buffycats are all busy, Pilou is looking for someone else to play with.

Song: "The Brat Cat," performed by Piccola Coro
17 "Cats in Black"
"The Art of LaPalette"
TBA 17 August 2019 114 0.38

"Cats in Black": The Buffycats play space battles when an alien cat's spaceship lands in Granny's garden.

"The Art of LaPalette": Boss and the Buffycats challenge each other to win Monsieur LaPalette's art contest.
18 "The Flying Cat"
"Tutankatmon's Treasure"
TBA 26 August 2019 116 0.41

"The Flying Cat": Meatball helps Edison with his flying invention.

"Tutankatmon's Treasure": The Buffycats assist Quatermain in searching for the treasure of Tutankatmon.

Song: "Tutankatmon," performed by Natalie Rarick
19 "The Great Robin Rescue"
"May the Best Cat Win"
TBA 27 August 2019 117 0.46

"The Great Robin Rescue": Robin panics when she discovers her egg is missing.

"May the Best Cat Win": Meatball and Pilou hold the ultimate competition for rivals Lampo and Milady.
20 "Jungle Cats"
"Police Cat in Action"
TBA 28 August 2019 118 0.56

"Jungle Cats": The Buffycats visit a botanical garden and see a wild feline living there.

Song: "A Song for Jungle," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Samuel Vincent

"Police Cat in Action": The Buffycats meet Police Cat named Cop, who assist in finding a gold statue stolen from LaPalette’s gallery.
21 "Sir Archibald, Gentlecat"
"Pilou and the Scooter Chase"
TBA 29 August 2019 119 0.41

"Sir Archibald, Gentlecat": Archibald, Lampo's uncle, comes to visit and decides to spend the day teaching Lampo good manners.

"Pilou and the Scooter Chase": The Buffycats surprise Pilou with a scooter for her birthday, but the cat catchers trap her furry fellows.

Song: "Scooter so Meow-Wow!," performed by Elisabeth Tsong, Natalie Rarick, and Samuel Vincent
22 "The Tailoff Games"
"Pilou-saurus Rex"
TBA 30 August 2019 120 0.39

"The Tailoff Games": When Boss, Blister and Scab play pranks on the Buffycats, Lampo decides to challenge them to a Tailoff match to solve the situation.

"Pilou-saurus Rex": The Buffycats find a toy dinosaur in the garden.

Song: "My Plasticy Dinosaur," performed by Piccola Coro and Kid Chorus
23 "Meatball's Secret Move" TBA 15 September 2019 108B 0.40
Granny Pina loses her precious lucky locket near the river and the Buffycats rush there to find it.
24 "Meatball's Lucky Day" TBA 22 September 2019 122A 0.32
Learning that it is his lucky day, Meatball challenges the lucky cat Neko to a game of chance.
25 "All Meow for Ice Cream" TBA 29 September 2019 122B 0.29

The ice cream maker cat's machine doesn't work on a hot day.

Song: "A World Made of Ice Cream," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
26 "Campfire Cat Tails" TBA 6 October 2019 123A 0.32
27 "Pinky Paws Rock!" TBA 13 October 2019 123B 0.39
28 "Scaredy Cats" TBA 20 October 2019 115A 0.33
29 "Attic Mission" TBA 27 October 2019 115B 0.31
30 "Meatball the Sleepwalker" TBA 3 November 2019 124A 0.55
31 "Bongo on Stage" TBA 17 November 2019 124B 0.37
32 "Farmer Cats for a Day" TBA 24 November 2019 125A 0.35
33 "Santa's Little Helper" TBA 1 December 2019 121B 0.36
34 "The Rolling Pin Quest" TBA 8 December 2019 125B 0.36
35 "Recycling Romp" TBA 15 December 2019 121A 0.35
36 "Pilou the Kitten Sitter" TBA 22 December 2019 126A 0.35
37 "44 Cats - The Musical" TBA 29 December 2019 126B 0.33

Broadcast

In September 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on Rai YoYo in Italy on November 12, 2018. The Rai YoYo debut set a ratings record for the channel, exceeding 520,000 viewers with a 2.7% share. In May 2018, it was announced that the show would air on Nickelodeon's various international channels in countries outside of Italy. In the United States, the series previewed on Nickelodeon on May 25, 2019, followed by the official premiere on June 10. The May 25 preview of the show was the highest-rated children's premiere of the day. The first season was added to Netflix on May 1, 2020.

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