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|Created by||Andy Roper|
|Developed by||Anglia Television|
|Written by||Roger Stennett|
Peter Richard Reeves
|Directed by||Ben Turner|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Brian Cosgrove|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Production company(s)||Cosgrove Hall Films|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||7 September 1995 –|
18 December 1996
Fantomcat is a British animated series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. It was first broadcast in 1995, and was animated by Alfonso Productions, a Spanish animation studio also responsible for animating Count Duckula, Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime and Avenger Penguins, Milimetros, another Spanish animation studio, and in-house by Cosgrove Hall themselves. It aired largely on Children's ITV. The series also had a run on Pop from 2003 to 2005. It was the first Cosgrove Hall cartoon to be animated with a process called Animo, wherein the animation drawings were scanned and then digitally coloured on computers. The first series was produced and directed by Ben Turner, while the second one was produced and directed by its creator, Andy Roper.
The main character of Fantomcat was influenced heavily by Zorro, Errol Flynn and Fantômas, and the series itself was influenced by Batman: The Animated Series and the time-lost approach of both Adam Adamant Lives! and Gargoyles.
Fantomcat centres on the character Phillipe L'Entrique Elan de Chanel, Count Givenchy and Duke of Fantom, a.k.a. Fantomcat, a masked swashbuckling hero who thrived on the stormy evening of 31 December 1699 in mortal combat with his nemesis Baron von Skelter, a sword-wielding caped Skeletoid alchemist. But Von Skelter was not alone in Castle Fantom, as he had brought with him two of his henchmen. During the battle, Phillipe was treacherously cast into a painting within the halls of his home, Castle Fantom, by Von Skelter's henchmen with the Crystal of Malevolence, a stone so powerful that it can change worlds. As his clock struck midnight, he became trapped in the painting for three centuries while Von Skelter stole his Ring of the Fantoms and his sword, Touché.
As time passed, the area around Castle Fantom became a bustling metropolis called Metrocity, a city submerged in crime rings led by the fiendish arachnid Marmagora. Eventually, at midnight on 31 December 1999, Fantomcat is freed from the painting by the members of the Wildcat Detective Agency when they take a wrong turning into the castle while chasing two explosive-wielding reptiles.
On 1 January 2000, Fantomcat joins the Wildcat Detective Agency in their battle against Marmagora and her henchmen, who have used another Crystal of Malevolence to summon Baron von Skelter into the modern day and join her as her partner in a new world order. Fantomcat and the Wildcat Detective Agency defeat Von Skelter and Marmagora's henchmen, and blow up Baron Von Skelter with the two Crystals of Malevolence. Although the Baron has been defeated, Marmagora is still hanging around, and the battle will continue another day.
- Phillipe L'Entrique Elan de Chanel, Count Givenchy and Duke of Fantom (voiced by Robert Powell) - The main protagonist of the series. A masked, swashbuckling, polite and fearless hero who joins the Wildcat Detective Agency after his release and is nicknamed Fantomcat. Fantomcat is naturally completely oblivious to the modern world and its various new technologies, which can hinder him and the detective team if not careful. Fantomcat has a sword called Touché which can respond to his beck and call, has been with him all his nine lives, and was made from the same metal that his great grandfather's sword was made from. He can also turn invisible with the help of his Ring of the Fantoms, a ring a thousand years old whose powers have helped Fantomcat's family oppose evil down the ages. With this ring, he can act like a "Phantom" when needed. In-between adventures, he teaches MacDuff how to be a swordsman.
- Sir Randolph L'Entrique Elan de Chanel (voiced by Robert Powell) - Fantomcat's father, who is now deceased. He often appears in the form of a ghost whenever Fantomcat has lost a battle or lost one of his nine lives.
- Great Grandfather L'Entrique Elan de Chanel (voiced by Robert Powell) - Fantomcat's great grandfather, who was killed by Nemesis during their first and final encounter. Like Fantomcat's father, he appeared to Fantomcat in the form of a ghost.
- Tabitha "Tabs" Wildcat (voiced by Lorelei King) - A stern female detective and leader of the Wildcat Detective Agency, who has a crush on Fantomcat. Her younger sister is Ginger Wildcat, the head of the New York Police Department who also has a crush on Fantomcat. She is known as Penelope "Penny" Wildcat in some foreign dubs.
- MacDuff the Mouse (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - A timid member of the Detective Team, who hates holes. His real name is Claude, though as it embarrasses him, he prefers to be called MacDuff. He is also a swordsman-in-training.
- Bunty the Mouse (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - MacDuff's older brother, who is an inept inventor. He has a habit of calling MacDuff by his real name, which irritates him.
- Leandra Bagshot (voiced by Lorelei King) - MacDuff's girlfriend, who is unaware of his life as a detective thwarting Marmagora.
- Lindbergh the Pigeon (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - A member of the Detective Team who talks in garbled, blubbering language, hates heights and therefore will not fly.
- Police Chief Axel Schmiere (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - The chief of the Metrocity Police Department, who enjoys eating hamburgers and is scared of Fantomcat.
- Hiram "Big" Bucks (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - Metrocity's biggest billionaire, who owns every industrial business in the city.
- The Mayor (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - The mayor of Metrocity, who is rather geeky and cowardly, and often works alongside Hiram "Big" Bucks.
- Rash Blackhead (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - A reporter for Metrocity News Flash who is a big fan of Fantomcat and the Wildcat Detective Agency.
- Marmagora (voiced by Lorelei King) - The primary antagonist of the series. A hideous giant widow spider intent on dominating Metrocity and leader of the evil forces below the city. She has a pet carnivorous plant called Gloria, who takes three weeks to digest her food, and she often feeds her henchman Vile the Bluebottle to her whenever he messes up.
- Vile the Bluebottle (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - A fly. Marmagora's right-hand man, who does not help her much but only follows her instructions and agrees with everything she says - however, he sometimes has feelings against Marmagora. He normally wields a gun or a sword, and like all flies, can fly.
- Vinnie the Vole (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - One of Marmagora's henchmen, who is always ready to help. Unlike Vile, Vinnie is actually quite smart, but he always gets shunned by Vile.
- Vomit the Fly (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) - Vile's cousin. He is also Marmagora's "spy in the sky fly", and is a lot smaller than Vile.
- The Crab Twins (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert and Rob Rackstraw) - Two of Marmagora's second division boys, called Jack and Arthur. They normally wield crowbars and baseball bats, and often target rich people. They are also very good swimmers.
- Baron Hugo von Skelter (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - A sword-wielding caped Skeletoid alchemist who imprisoned Fantomcat for 300 years and was summoned to the present day by Marmagora to finish his heinous conquest. He was formerly a bison scientist, but after experimenting alchemy on himself, he became a Skeletoid set upon the path of evil. He was thought dead after being defeated by Fantomcat in the first episode, but he survived and is now waiting for his revenge on him.
- The Monitor (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - An intergalactic space villain who talks like Shere Khan and destroys planets with a giant laser on his asteroid spaceship. He was thought dead after being sucked out into space in his first appearance, but he survived as he can breathe in space and is now waiting for his revenge on Fantomcat.
- Lurk (voided by Jimmy Hibbert) - One of the Monitor's henchmen, who is a Cockney lizard. He's not much help,
- Nemesis (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - A demon warrior created by a powerful sorcerer in order to wipe out Fantomcat's great grandfather and ravage the land. He was defeated, but at the cost of Fantomcat's great grandfather's life. He is again summoned by Marmagora in the form of a Sodium-filled giant robot, and is again defeated with a water cannon. He is fought by MacDuff when Fantomcat ends up in a radiation accident, and once again by MacDuff when Blaine Bunion accidentally summons him. He can be summoned with the incantation "Galiostro acapelto maponos asmodeos azazel!"
|Episode No.||Title||Villains||Director||Writer||Air Date|
|1||"The Hero Returns"||Marmagora and Baron von Skelter||Ben Turner||Keith Smith||7 September 1995|
|While chasing two explosive-wielding reptiles, the Wildcat Detective Agency is launched into Castle Fantom where Tabs accidentally frees Fantomcat from a portrait. He briefs them of his imprisonment and joins the team in their pursuit for Marmagora, who has summoned Baron von Skelter to join her. Fantomcat strikes him down once and for all...or does he?|
|2||"The Preying Mantis"||Marmagora, The Crab Twins and The Monk||Ben Turner||Keith Smith||14 September 1995|
|Marmagora has recruited The Monk to deal with Fantomcat. Meanwhile the Wildcat Detective Agency thwart a raid on a rich French fox by the Crab Twins. The next day, Monk kidnaps Tabs to lure Fantomcat to a trap at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Metro Park, but with the aid of his Ring of the Fantoms, Fantomcat defeats The Monk.|
|3||"The Swords of the Scorpion"||Marmagora and Scorpio||Ben Turner||Rob Rackstraw and Stefan Redfern||21 September 1995|
|A warrior called Scorpio thwarts Metrocity's crimes. This is just to make Fantomcat look like a fool, give up swordplay and take up knitting, but the Wildcat Detective Agency catch wind of Marmagora's plot to raid the Metrocity Gold Reserve, so Fantomcat emerges from his defeat to beat Scorpio and prevent an atomic explosion that will cause a total eclipse of Metrocity.|
|4||"The Aeroship"||Marmagora||Ben Turner||Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding||28 September 1995|
|Marmagora hijacks Hiram "Big" Bucks' Aeroship, the Big One, to use as the perfect getaway vehicle for raids on the Metrocity Central Bank. The Wildcat Detective Agency board the Aeroship and in an ensuing fight, Vile causes the Aeroship to self-destruct, but the Wildcat Detective Agency are able to thwart Marmagora's heist.|
|5||"The Asteroid Adventure"||The Monitor||Ben Turner||Peter Richard Reeves||5 October 1995|
|Tabs is abducted by the Monitor, and is taken to his asteroid base in outer space. His interest is for Fantomcat to find a crystal shard by following cryptic clues. After finding it at the Metrocity Museum, Fantomcat infiltrates the asteroid base, disrupts Monitor's plan and rescues Tabs.|
|6||"The Mind Leech"||Marmagora||Ben Turner||Jimmy Hibbert||12 October 1995|
|Professor Oliphant from the Institute of Advanced Particle Analysis gets taken by Marmagora's giant beetles to reveal his secrets of transporting living matter with a mechanical mind leech. Fantomcat follows Tabs and Lindbergh's trail, but while attempting to cross a rocky bridge, he ends up plummeting down the cavern below it and is almost killed. After a revival by the spirit of his father, he rescues his friends and the Professor from their captors.|
|7||"Lady Gobbling’s Gems"||Marmagora and Hedouni the Hypnotist||Ben Turner||Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding||26 October 1995|
At Lady Gobbling's castle ball, Hedouini the Hypnotist and Vinnie the Vole put the party guests in a trance to steal their jewellery for Marmagora. Fantomcat gets caught by them, but he escapes, counters Marmagora and retrieves the stolen jewellery.|
NOTE: Lindbergh is absent in this episode.
|8||"Great Balls of Fire"||Marmagora and The Mina Tiger||Ben Turner||Roger Stennett||2 November 1995|
|Comet Caractacus flies over the Earth, and deep beneath Castle Fantom arises the Mina Tiger, which confronts Fantomcat and tries to kill him in a battle. Fantomcat manages to get the Mina Tiger destroyed by a bolt of lightning.|
|9||"The Chameleons of Death"||Marmagora and The Chameleon Brothers||Ben Turner||Rob Rackstraw and Stefan Redfern||9 November 1995|
|Marmagora steals a Dark Particle from the Institute of Advanced Particle Analysis, because she needs it to power her new Spectro-Vac. It blows up because of Vile fitting the wrong fuse. Marmagora sends the Chameleon Bros. to steal Fantomcat's ring, costing the life of one of them. The Detective Team track Marmagora's goons, prevent the Spectro-Vac from its test phase and Fantomcat finishes off the other Chameleon.|
|10||"The Crystal of Nemesis"||Marmagora and Nemesis||Ben Turner||Jimmy Hibbert||16 November 1995|
|Marmagora steals the ancient Crystal of Nemesis from the Metrocity Museum, which may spell Fantomcat's end at the hand of the demon warrior Nemesis in the form of a Sodium-filled giant robot. The Wildcat Detective Agency help Fantomcat to destroy Nemesis once and for all with a water cannon.|
|11||"The Eye of Harakti"||Marmagora, The Crab Twins and Rahr||Ben Turner||Peter Richard Reeves||23 November 1995|
|At the Blue Sphinx Club, Marmagora calls upon the services of Rahr, an evil Egyptian with a stone sphere called "The Eye of Harakti", which can destroy anything at midnight. With it, Marmagora tries to destroy a truck belonging to Hiram "Big" Bucks and carrying a supply of gold bars.|
|12||"Where the Heart Is"||Marmagora and Baron von Skelter||Ben Turner||Keith Smith||30 November 1995|
|While on a skiing holiday, Fantomcat starts feeling homesick and wants to return to his own time. However, Baron von Skelter, disguised as a Yeti, is hiding on the ski slopes wanting revenge on both Fantomcat and Marmagora. After defeating Baron von Skelter again, Fantomcat decides that his true home is with his friends in the 21st century.|
|13||"The Web of Doom"||Marmagora||Ben Turner||Roger Stennett||7 December 1995|
|Marmagora is at large once again, covering the city with a giant web. Fantomcat and MacDuff have to navigate their way across the city to shut down the machine generating it, whilst fighting Marmagora's spiderbots which are robbing the city of its money at the same time, but have they been lured into a trap?|
|Episode No.||Title||Villains||Director||Writer||Air Date|
|1||"Once Upon a Time Machine"||Duke Brumlock||Andy Roper||Roger Stennett||25 September 1996|
|Fantomcat and MacDuff have an accident with the PAWS Virtual Reality Programme at the Metrocity Science Museum. They must complete a quest, replaying an event from Jungfrau Night 1666 in order to get home. But first, Fantomcat needs to think back 334 years and remember what he did.|
|2||"The Manhattan Incident"||Dr. Butyrik||Andy Roper||Roger Stennett||2 October 1996|
Ginger, the chief of the New York Police Department (and Tabs' sister), enlists Tabs' help in catching Dr. Butyrik, a scientist with a literal Jekyll and Hyde complex attempting to destroy Manhattan with a Protogen 6 powered rocket bomb.|
NOTE: Lindbergh is absent in this episode.
|3||"Cinema Purradiso"||Marmagora and Don Ratso||Andy Roper||Lorelei King||9 October 1996|
|Don Ratso and his gang of rats try and bribe Signor Moustriani, the owner of the Cinema Purradiso, into selling the cinema to them, as there's a nice supply of oil right underneath the cinema. Fantomcat battles them and has them arrested.|
|4||"MacFlash! Warrior of the Skies"||Marmagora||Andy Roper||Jimmy Hibbert||16 October 1996|
|Tired of being called 'little one' and being talked down to, MacDuff runs away from the Wildcat Detective Agency, starting up his own detective service called the MacDuff Detective Agency. But with no calls coming in, he has his brother Bunty build him an indestructible bionic suit of armour with a nuclear powered thruster pack, and as a result, he begins performing good deeds as MacFlash, the Warrior of the Skies. Meanwhile, Marmagora is planning to unleash her army of neutroneum powered spider tanks on Metrocity, so she plans to brainwash MacFlash to make him her slave, not realising that he is MacDuff.|
|5||"Tomb of the Fantoms"||Salamander and Nemesis||Andy Roper||Jimmy Hibbert||23 October 1996|
|While pursuing the criminal Salamander, Fantomcat suffers a radiation accident and believes that he is dying, and the others help him back to Castle Fantom, where he is confronted by the ghosts of his generations of dead relatives who judge upon whether he deserves to live or not. After being told how he defeated the Nemesis robot, his relatives decide that he is, and that in order to live again he must win a battle against Nemesis. Fantomcat calls upon MacDuff, who will fight Nemesis for him.|
|6||"Revenge of the Monitor"||The Monitor||Andy Roper||Peter Richard Reeves||30 October 1996|
|Fantomcat and his friends visit the Stella View Hotel, a hotel in space, but they discover that the Monitor and his henchman Lurk are back, having escaped death and found Fantomcat's current location. This time, they plan to destroy the Earth with a giant laser unless Fantomcat surrenders to them. Fortunately, Fantomcat has a plan involving giant mirrors and a moonbase.|
|7||"The Treasure of the Belerophon"||Marmagora and The Crab Twins||Andy Roper||Stefan Redfern||6 November 1996|
|The team are taken for a trip in a submarine called the Leviathan by Hiram "Big" Bucks, who is looking for a hidden million-dollar treasure in the SS Belerophone, a cruise ship that now lies in an underwater volcano. However, Vile and the Crab Twins hijack the sub, planning to steal the treasure for Marmagora.|
|8||"The Lonely Hearts Club"||Baron von Skelter||Andy Roper||Jimmy Hibbert||13 November 1996|
|MacDuff starts going out with Leandra Bagshot, a female Scouse mouse who responded to his Lonely Hearts ad in the Metro News. Meanwhile, Tabs gets a call from a Mr. Fabio Valente, to locate a missing painting. Lured to Valente's mansion with him, it turns out to be a trap by Baron von Skelter to kidnap her and imprison her in a painting. Fantomcat hears about this, and comes to her rescue - but has he been lured into a trap as well?|
|9||"The Mirror Monster"||Marmagora, Deadeye and The Mirror Monster||Andy Roper||Roger Stennett||20 November 1996|
|Marmagora creates the Mirror Monster, a tiny grey blob which can morph into any living being it chooses. The monster morphs into Fantomcat, confusing the team. The monster plans to gain their trust in order to kill the real Fantomcat and afterwards, the team. And to make matters worse, Marmagora also has a killer robot named Deadeye at the ready.|
|10||"MacDuff, Private Eye"||The Spectre, Blaine Bunion and Nemesis||Andy Roper||Jimmy Hibbert||27 November 1996|
|After an ordeal with a villain known as The Spectre, the actress Martika Mazurka calls on the Wildcat Detective Agency to spy on her manager. She suspects that her manager, Blaine Bunion, stole her necklace that contains an amulet, which supposedly gives magical powers to its owner. However, none of the Detective Team are willing to take up the case, except for MacDuff, who sees this as an opportunity to become the greatest detective in Metrocity. But when Mazurka's manager tests the amulet by citing the incantation to summon Nemesis, it's now down to MacDuff to save Metrocity from certain destruction.|
|11||"The Curse of Evillia"||Marmagora and Evillia Spiritus||Andy Roper||Stefan Redfern||4 December 1996|
|Marmagora has hired the evil witch Evillia Spiritus, who plans to eradicate any trace of the family Fantom from the face of the Earth. After Fantomcat is informed about this by the ghost of his father, it's now up to him and the Wildcat Detective Agency to find Evillia's lair up on the moors, and put a stop to her fiendish plot - all the while avoiding the various tricks and traps Evillia has set for them.|
|12||"The Incredible Shrinking Fantomcat"||Castle Fantom Spiders||Andy Roper||Peter Richard Reeves||11 December 1996|
|MacDuff is once again angry about his height after winning the Small is Beautiful Award, so he contacts his brother Bunty. He begs him to construct a machine that makes him taller. After initial hesitation, Bunty fulfills his brother's wish. At the demonstration, the new machine does not work as expected, and shrinks MacDuff, Fantomcat and Tabs. The three of them must now try to get Bunty's attention and return them to normal size - that is, if they can survive the castle's cellar...|
|13||"One Good Deed"||The Minotaur||Andy Roper||Roger Stennett||18 December 1996|
|The Metrocity Council want to demolish Castle Fantom and build a rubbish dump and burger bar there. Apparently, Fantomcat's family stopped paying taxes for three hundred years, so now the city is the owner of the castle. Fantomcat defends his possessions, and remembers that he has a deed which allows him ownership of the castle. But the deed has been lost, and if it's not found within 11 hours, the castle will be razed to the ground.|
DVD and VHS releases
On 13 January 2003 in the United Kingdom, Cinema Club and Granada Media released 2 DVDs and videos of Fantomcat, one with Episodes 1 and 2, and one with Episodes 3 and 4.
Previously, in 1996, Telstar Home Entertainment released 3 videos as part of their Star Kids range.
|VHS video title||Year of release||Episodes|
|Fantomcat: Volume 1 (TVE 3006)||13 September 1996||The Hero Returns, The Preying Mantis|
|Fantomcat: Volume 2 (TVE 3008)||15 November 1996||The Swords of the Scorpion, The Aeroship|
|Fantomcat: Volume 3 (TVE 3010)||21 May 1997||The Asteroid Adventure, The Mind Leech, Lady Gobbling's Gems|
So far, the rest of the first series and second series have not been officially released in the United Kingdom, but bootleg copies of the first and second series exist, and can be requested from ITV Viewer Requests.
In Serbia, Beokolp released 2 DVDs of Fantomcat, one with Episodes 14, 15, 16 and 10, and one with Episodes 5, 6, 7 and 22.
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Serbia
- Republic of Cyprus
- The Emirates
- South Africa
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