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Billy the Cat
Genre
  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
Directed by
  • Les Orton
  • Jean-François Laguionie
  • Jean Pierre Jacquet
Voices of
Opening theme "Billy the Cat", performed by John Mitchell and Tanya Hancheroff
Ending theme "Billy the Cat" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)
  • Tom Keenlyside
  • John Mitchell
  • David Iris
Country of origin
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Pierre Levie
  • Hervé Bédard
  • Steve Walsh
  • Patrick Moine
  • Dale A. Andrews
Producer(s)
  • Robin Lyons
  • Patrick Moine
  • Sophie Levie
  • Hervé Bédard
Running time ~25 minutes
Production company(s)
  • EVA Entertainment
  • WIC Entertainment
Release
Original release 1996 (1996) – 2001 (2001)

Billy the Cat is an animated series based on the comic strip of the same name, created by cartoonists Stéphane Colman and Stephen Desberg. It was aired from 1996 to 2001 for two seasons, followed by two films. The TV series was produced by EVA Entertainment with the companies Les Films du Triangle, Dupuis, NOA Network of Animation, and Sofidoc S.A.

Plot

A boy named Billy is transformed into a cat due to an angry magician who decides to teach the boy a lesson after seeing him bullying a cat. In order to keep his family from worrying, the magician also uses his magic to make his cat, Dandelion, assume Billy's own form and live with his family. No matter how much he begged during the series, Billy was never turned back into the boy he used to be.

Characters

  • Billy Colas (voiced by Jesse Moss in season 1, and by Brian Drummond in season 2) − A young rogue turned into a cat by a magician.
  • Mr. Hubert (voiced by Michael Donovan, who also voice directs for the show) − A white cat with a bowtie and Billy's guardian who teaches Billy how to survive on the streets. He lives in a Cadillac car in a junk yard and speaks with a British accent.
  • Queenie (voiced by Kelly Sheridan) − A female cat who befriends and helps Billy, and is often hinted to be attracted to him.
  • Jumbo (voiced by Ian James Corlett who also writes for the show) − A pigeon who thinks and speaks like an airplane pilot.
  • Sanctifur (voiced by Robert O. Smith) − A fierce dark gray cat with a scar on his face. He is one of both Billy, Queenie and Mr. Hubert's worst enemies.
  • Moonie (voiced by Terry Klassen who also writes and voice directs for the show) − A Wire Fox Terrier and the leader of the villainous group called the Dead End Dogs, who enjoys bullying cats. He is also another one of both Billy, Queenie and Mr. Hubert's worst enemy.
  • Ali Kazam The Magician (also voiced by Michael Donovan) − The man responsible for turning Billy into a cat after he saw the troublesome kid bullying a cat. After teaching Billy a lesson, he decided to turn his cat Dandelion into human Billy himself.
  • Nick (voiced by Lee Tockar in season 1, and by Bill Switzer in season 2) − One of Billy's former human friends, who doesn't like cats.
  • Billy's Mother (voiced by Kathleen Barr) − Billy's worried mother who is allergic to cats.

Episodes

Season 1

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date
1 1 "Billy Becomes a Cat" Barry Whittaker and Judy Valyi  ()
After pestering a cat, a magician turns Billy into a kitten.
2 2 "The Cat That Couldn't Miaow" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
As Billy tries to win the admiration of Blackie and the strays, the theft of a golden cat statue is about to take place...
3 3 "Microchips with Everything" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
Two evil men try to capture Billy after he accidentally swallowed a microchip needed to build an earthquake machine.
4 4 "Pigeon Pie" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
A restaurant is open, which not only threatens Grossmeyer's restaurant, but also the pigeons in town, including Jumbo!
5 5 "Sewer Cats" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
After Billy saves three kittens from drowning, he bonds with an alligator from his past.
6 6 "The Rescue" Barry Whittaker and Judy Valyi  ()
Billy, Queenie, and a few other cats are catnapped by two crooks who intend to sell them as rare-breed cats.
7 7 "The Big Meow" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
8 8 "The Jolly Mouser" John Gatehouse  ()
9 9 "Hubert and the Siamese Siren" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
Mr. Hubert falls for a gorgeous female Siamese cat, but has a secret...
10 10 "A Star Is Born" Stan Hey  ()
A cat food Company uses Mr. Hubert as a mascot.
11 11 "A Clockwork Bone" Doug Molitor  ()
12 12 "Catz’n the Hood" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
13 13 "Cat Burglar" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
14 14 "Cool Cat" S.M. Molitor  ()
Billy tries to teach Mr. Hubert that the snow can be fun, while avoiding the Dead End Dogs.
15 15 "One of Our Tail Is Missing" Michael Benyaer  ()
Billy and Mr. Hubert help Manx get a tail, by using a worm as a substitute.
16 16 "Romeo & Juliet" Malcolm McGookin  ()
17 17 "Wok on the Wild Side" Jono Howard  ()
18 18 "The Great Purple Nothing" Jono Howard  ()
19 19 "Born to Be a Wildcat" Lee Tockar  ()
20 20 "Monkey Business" Dennis O'Flaherty  ()
21 21 "Snowbound" John Gatehouse  ()
22 22 "Gutbucket" Stan Hey  ()
23 23 "The Pigeon That Fell on the Earth" Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen  ()
After Jumbo's wing is injured, a kind man tends to him, but Sanctifur intends on ending the pigeon's life by eating him.
24 24 "Curse of Catopatra" Michael Benyaer  ()
An Egyptian cat plots revenge against Mr. Hubert whose ancestor locked her in a pyramid.
25 25 "I’m Not an Animal" Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen  ()
26 26 "Billy’s Last Chance" Barry Whittaker and Judy Valyi  ()
Billy encounters the Magician, who turned him into a cat, but has to come to the aid of a girl who was accidentally turned into a rabbit by the magician.

Season 2

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date
27 1 "Fish Food" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
28 2 "Brotherly Love" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
29 3 "The Kitten That Roared" Robin Lyons and Andrew Offiler  ()
30 4 "Robodog" Fabrice Ziolkowski and Luli Barzman  ()
31 5 "Home Sweet Haunted Home" Terry Klassen  ()
32 6 "Airborne Hijinks" Judy Valyi and Barry Whittaker  ()
33 7 "A Cat Named Rex" Fabrice Ziolkowski and Luli Barzman  ()
34 8 "For Art’s Sake" Peter Hynes  ()
35 9 "Lights, Camera, Action" Jono Howard  ()
36 10 "Derby Billy" Jono Howard  ()
37 11 "King of the Rats" Terry Klassen  ()
38 12 "The Show Must Go On" Peter Hynes  ()
39 13 "Tuneless" Michael Benyaer  ()
40 14 "Queenie’s New Bow" Judy Valyi  ()
41 15 "Double Billy" Norman Hudis  ()
42 16 "Happy Starday!" Keith Brumpton  ()
43 17 "Running Wild" Fabrice Ziolkowski  ()
44 18 "Eau de Junkyard" Catherine Girczyc  ()
45 19 "Paws, Jaws and Claws" Keith Brumpton  ()
46 20 "From Whom the Bell Tolls" Peter Hynes  ()
47 21 "Jumbo Flyer" Barry Whittaker  ()
48 22 "Pride and Prejudice" Stephen Desberg  ()
49 23 "The Amulet of Cerberus" TBA  ()
50 24 "The Trouble with Bob" Jill Brett  ()
51 25 "The Invasion of the Cat Nappers" Fabrice Ziolkowski  ()
52 26 "Speak No Evil" Fabrice Ziolkowski  ()

TV movies

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"One of the Guys" Les Orton Jono Howard, Terry Klassen, Robin Lyons, Malcolm McGookin, Andrew Offiler, Judy Valyi, and Barry Whittaker 1998 (1998)
Regales the chronicles of Billy trying to fit in with Blackie's gang.
"Cats Can Talk" Jean Pierre Jacquet Fabrice Ziolkowski, Luli Barzman, and Stephen Desberg 2001 (2001)
Regales the adventures of Billy about to be involved in a plot set by an evil woman.
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