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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

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Category: Edition 2016

Top Cat is back to charm his way into your hearts! Ever wonder how this scheming feline got his start? Well Top Cat Begins reveals the origins of everything you know and love about this classic comedy hero. From the discovery of his trademark hat, to his first run-in with Officer Dibble, to the gathering of his loyal gang, this rip-roaring comedy answers it all! And what use, and what fun, would his wacky band of misfits be if they couldn’t help get him in and out of trouble? Like Top Cat’s “smartest idea”; relieving Mr. Big, the city’s most dangerous kingpin of crime, of his precious diamonds. What follows is an adventure so crazy that it has to be seen to be believed!

Original Title El Inicio de la Pandilla
Italian Title Top Cat e i gatti combinaguai
Category Out of competition
Section Elements +3
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 89'
Production Year 2015
Nationality Mexico
Directed by Andrés Couturier
Screenplay James Kreig, Doug Langdale
Editor Patrick Danse
Animation Samuel Arturo Rico
Music Leonicio Lara
Art Director Rafael González Trujano
Italian Voices Maurizio Merluzzo (Top Cat)
Davide Garbolino (Benny)
Luca Bottale (Police Officer Dibble)
Ruggero Andreozzi (Choo Choo)
Matthew Piazzi (Matthew)
Roberto Accornero (Brain)
Bruno Governale (Spook)
Produced by Fernando de Fuentes S., José C. García de Letona, Jorge Ramírez-Suárez

AC-01Andrés Couturier
Andrés Couturier studied Graphic Design and Communication and later on Illustration. He also studied Drama and stage arts at the National University of Mexico and at the same time began working as an aide for small animation studios, mainly for commercials. In 2001 he began working as a web animator and developed a couple of independent shorts. When Anima Estudios appeared, he was given the opportunity of co-directing the first full length animated feature by the studio, Wizards and Giants. This was also the first animated feature made in Mexico after 28 years. Still at Anima Estudios, he worked as an animator for the studio’s second featureImaginum and later directed the film Agent Macaw. In 2010 he also directed Kung-Fu Magoo, starring the iconic character Mr. Magoo. He also contributed as creative consultant in TOP CAT THE MOVIE. Throughout 2011, he was animation director for the film El Santos VS La Tetona Mendoza and supervising director for the TV series TEENAGE FAIRY TALES DROP OUTS, a series inspired on Wizards and Giants. TOP CAT BEGINS is his most recent work.

Anima Estudios
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world sales
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution

italian distribution
festival contact
M2 Pictures
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