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Henry's Cat
Genre Family, Animation
Created by Stan Hayward
Written by Kevin Baldwin
Bob Godfrey
Stan Hayward
Mike Knowles
Directed by Bob Godfrey
Narrated by Bob Godfrey
Theme music composer Jonathan Hodge
Country of origin Template:Flagicon United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 51
Production
Producer(s) Bob Godfrey
Running time 5 minutes
Production company(s) Bob Godfrey Films Ltd.
Release
Original network BBC
Original release 1983 – 1993

Henry's Cat is an animated children's television programme, written by Stan Hayward and produced by Bob Godfrey, who was also the producer of Roobarb, a similar cartoon series from the 1970s. The show starred a laid-back, ponderous yellow cat, known only as Henry's Cat, and his many friends and enemies.

Henry's Cat was first screened in 1983 and five series were made in total; the series has enjoyed repeated showings since. It developed a cult following and is still very popular along with shows such as Bod, Button Moon, Pigeon Street, The Flumps and Mr Benn.

Characters

Henry's Cat and his friends

  • Henry's Cat - laid-back, a daydreamer.
  • Chris Rabbit - Henry's Cat's best friend, an ever-enthusiastic, highly energetic blue rabbit.
  • Mosey Mouse - the opposite of Chris Rabbit, Mosey is dour and realistic.
  • Douglas Dog, Sammy Snail, Pansy Pig, Denise Duck, Ted Tortoise, Philippe Frog - miscellaneous friends of Henry's Cat. They all mean well, but often overestimate their own abilities in various ways.

His enemies

  • Farmer Giles - a (human) farmer with a Westcountry accent, frequently inconvenienced by Henry's Cat's adventures.
  • Constable Bulldog - a very stern policeman (or policedog) who takes a very dim view of the gang's well-meaning escapades.
  • Rum Baa Baa - a criminal mastermind, and the most evil sheep in the whole world.

Henry

Henry himself never appeared on screen; the name was an allusion to an earlier one-off Hayward/Godfrey collaboration, Henry 9 To 5 about a bowler-hatted commuter who escaped his boring everyday life by indulging in daydreams, mostly of a sexual nature. Henry's Cat shared the earlier character's tendency toward wild flights of fancy and laid-back approach to life. The name "Henry's Cat" was mostly an in-joke for those few people who remembered the earlier cartoon and did not mean that Henry's Cat had a "master", unseen or otherwise.

Episode list

Series 1

Each episode in this series is 5 minutes long.

# Title Summary
1 "The Hobby" Henry's Cat is inspired to find a hobby of his own and watches his friends doing theirs.
2 "The Race" Henry's Cat holds a race with all his friends racing with their own talents.
3 "The Circus" Henry's Cat sees a circus and sees this as an exciting opportunity.
4 "The Competition" Henry's Cat, Chris Rabbit and Mosey Mouse dress up as a one-man band for a competition.
5 "The Moon Trip" Henry's Cat and Chris Rabbit go in a balloon for a journey to the moon.
6 "The Hypnotist" Henry's Cat is inspired by the TV to try out hynotism to help his friends, but soon decides to undo his hynosis.
7 "The Holiday" Henry's Cat goes on holiday on a sailing boat at sea.
8 "The Treasure" Henry's Cat and Chris Rabbit try to find treasure with a dividing stick.
9 "The Ill Wind" A sick Henry's Cat imagines himself dying and going to the afterlife.
10 "The Diet" Henry's Cat takes the advice of a weighing machine to cut down on overeating and take exercise.
11 "The Fortune Teller" Henry's Cat goes to a fortuneteller at a funfair with his future near at hand.
12 "The Explorer" Henry's Cat goes exploring to find the West Pole.
13 "The Whale" Henry's Cat goes fishing for a whale to get something new to eat.
14 "The Invention" Henry's Cat is inspired to invent a machine and ends inventing something for Captain McGregor.
15 "The Dream" Henry's Cat falls asleep after eating a lot, dreaming about vivid things.
16 "The Robbery" Henry's Cat becomes detective, but runs into Mosey Mouse's uncle.
17 "The Christmas Dinner" Henry's Cat helps Chris Rabbit prepare a Christmas Dinner but get themselves stuck.
18 "The Film" Henry's Cat gets an old film cine camera to make a film starring his friends.
19 "The Disco Dance" Henry's Cat takes his friends to a disco dance competition. When theat doesn't work out, they join a carnival.
20 "The Artist" Henry's Cat tries to learn about art and how artists see things differently.

Series 2

Each episode in this series is 5 minutes long.

# Title Summary
1 "The Magic Tummy Button" Henry's Cat and his friends search a museum for the lost temple of Aki-Kun-Bubu to find the magic tummy button.
2 "The Secret Weapon" Henry's Cat dreams about himself and Chris Rabbit as scientists defending the earth from little blue men.
3 "The New Year's Resolution" Henry's Cat is prompted to take exercise for New Year with a backwards running race with his friends.
4 "The Good News Day" On a day when nothing happens, Henry dreams he is a heroic captain of a world cruising plane.
5 "The Catseye Kid" Henry's Cat imagines himself as the cowboy Catseye who is out to stop the cattle rancher, Bandit Baa Baa.
6 "The Hot Day" On a hot day, Henry's Cat unknowingly gets himself joining the Foreign Legion in the hot desert.
7 "The Merry Men and Women" Henry's Cat dresses as Robin Hood and recruits his friend as his Merry Men and Women.
8 "The Actor" Henry's Cat decides to become a famous actor and does in the Theatre by accident.
9 "The Weatherman" Henry's Cat becomes weathermen to report good weather forecasts.
10 "The Invitation" Henry's Cat is invited to dinner party with Lady Snotgrove, but he feels unprepared without proper table manners.
11 "The Ventriloquist" Henry's Cat enters a contest as a ventriloquist with Chris Rabbit as his dummy, but it all goes wrong.
12 "The Clever Trick" Henry's Cat learns a trick to bend objects, which eventually makes him famous around the world.
13 "The Hero" Henry's Cat imagines his Great Uncle Felix's adventure as an ace fighter pilot against Baron Von Baa Baa.
14 "Caveman Cat" Henry's Cat daydreams about being a cave cat with his inventing neighbour Chris Rabbit.
15 "The Abominable Snowman" Henry's Cat and Chris Rabbit go an expedition which winds them up in trouble.

Series 3

Each episode in this series is 15 minutes long.

# Title Summary
1 "The Treasure Hunt"
2 "The Day of Terrible Jokes" Henry's Cat fascinated by Medieval Knights dreams that he is bold knight winning a jousting tournament against Sir Loin of Lamb. After that he is sent to capture a three-headed dragon.
3 "The Case of the Pilfered Pearls"
4 "The Lost World" Henry's Cat fascinated by a TV program called Tarzan dreams that he himself is a jungle man with the huge responsibility to take care of the Lost World. The next day Henry's Cat has to stop Rum Baa Baa from capturing the dinosaurs.
5 "The Computer" Henry's Cat goes to a computer exhibition. There he rents a small computer robot he calls Puter. Trying to buy Puter is hard and keep his house orderly is difficult for Henry's Cat.
6 "The Correspondence Course"

Series 4

Each episode in this series is 15 minutes long.

# Title Summary
1 "Out for the Count" Henry's Cat and Chris Rabbit are in a blowing gum match, but get lost and enter the creepy castle of Count Rum Baa Baa. Together they thwart his experiments/
2 "The Birthday Caper"
3 "The Funny Feeling"
4 "Once Upon a Time"
5 "The Jingle" Henry's Cat and Chris Rabbit go to a Cyril Chipper to help in his advertising campaign becoming successful. Each new campaign they take up become more successful than the first.
6 "The Great Adventure"

Series 5

Each episode in this series is 13 minutes long.

# Title Summary
1 "The Mystery of the Missing Santa" Henry's Cat and Chris Rabbit as detectives goes on a caper to find the a kidnapped Santa. They both break in the chateau, rescue Santa and get Count Baa Baa arrested.
2 "When Time Went Wrong" After attempting to fix his cuckoo clock, Henry's Cat along with Chris Rabbit travel in time to the Prehistoric Times. As they try to go back to the Present, they travel from one Epoch into another.
3 "The New President"
4 "Valentine's Day"

Trivia

Template:Trivia

  • The companies that released the videos were Castle Vision, Playbox Video, Screen Legends and Pickwick Video. Family Home Entertainment also had a USA release in 1987.
  • Bob Godfrey Films' closing logo of this series was Henry's Cat meowing, in a direct parody of the MGM logo.
  • In the United States, episodes from the first two series (i.e., the 5-minute cartoons) were sometimes shown on PBS right after Zoobilee Zoo, to round out the half-hour time slot. Also, an hour-long compilation (with the narration redubbed by Dom DeLuise) aired on HBO in 1986. In the early 1990s, the 15-minute episodes were aired on Showtime.

Credits

Series 1

  • Created by: Stan Hayward
  • Script: Stan Hayward
  • Animation: Bob Godfrey, Paul Stone, Kevin Baldwin
  • Music & Sound: Peter Shade
  • Narrated by: Bob Godfrey
  • Camera & Editing: Derek Phillips
  • Production: Mike Hayes
  • Produced & Directed by: Bob Godfrey

Series 2

  • Created by: Stan Hayward
  • Script: Stan Hayward
  • Animation: Kevin Baldwin, Bob Godfrey, Malcolm Hartley, Drew Mandigo, Paul Stone
  • Music: John Hyde / de Wolfe Ltd.
  • Dubbing: John Wood Studios
  • Editing: Sean Lenihan
  • Camera: Derek Phillips
  • Production: Mike Hayes
  • Produced, Directed and Narrated by: Bob Godfrey

Series 3

  • Created by: Stan Hayward
  • Script: Stan Hayward
  • Animation: Kevin Baldwin, Bob Godfrey, Malcolm Hartley, Mark Oz, Paul Rosevear
  • Music: John Hyde / de Wolfe Ltd
  • Trace & Paint: Tancy Baran, Beryl Godfrey, Louise Unwin
  • Camera: Derek Phillips
  • Editing: John Daniels
  • Production: Mike Hayes
  • Produced, Directed and Narrated by: Bob Godfrey

Series 4

  • Created by: Stan Hayward
  • Script: Stan Hayward
  • Animation: Kevin Baldwin, Bob Godfrey, Neil Salmon
  • Music: Jonathan Hodge
  • Trace and Paint: Beryl Godfrey, Louise Unwin
  • Camera: Julian Holdaway, Heather Reader
  • Editing: Picture Head
  • Production: Mike Hayes
  • Narrated, Directed and Produced by: Bob Godfrey

Series 5

  • Created by: Stan Hayward
  • Script: Stan Hayward, Mike Knowles, Kevin Baldwin, Bob Godfrey
  • Storyboard, Layouts, Animation: Kevin Baldwin
  • Additional Animation: Jeff Goldner, Neil Salmon, Bob Godfrey, Jody Gannon
  • Trace and Paint: Denise Hambry, Lisa Smith, Jazvinda Phull, Beryl Godfrey, Ricky Arnold
  • Music: Rowland Lee
  • Title Music: Jonathan P. Hodge
  • Camera: Jeremy Moorshead
  • Backgrounds: Bob Godfrey
  • Editing: Picturehead
  • Production: Mike Hayes
  • Narrated, Produced and Directed by: Bob Godfrey

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