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Kid vs. Kat
Genre Comedy
Format Flash Animation
Created by Craig McCracken
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

Tom Ruegger

Rob Renzetti

Starring Nika Futterman

Billy West

Grey DeLisle

Tom Kane

Pamela S. Adlon

Country of origin USA
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive
producer(s)
Stephen Hillenburg

Christopher Tyng

Producer(s) Mike Moon
Production
company(s)
Frederator Studios

Cartoon Network Studios

Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network (USA)

YTV (Canada)

First shown in USA United States
Original airing March 7, 2008 (2008-03-07) – present


Kid vs. Kat is a American animated television series developed and produced at Frederator Studios and Rough Draft Studios.[1] The show is created and co-directed by Craig McCracken who created The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. The feature revolves around a 10-year-old boy's constant battle with his sister's Sphinx cat which, in reality, is a cybernetic alien. The series is distributed by Frederator Studios. The show premiered on Cartoon Network in United States on March 7, 2008 and aired on YTV in the Canada on February 13, 2009.'

[edit] EpisodesEdit

When ten-year old Coop Burtonburger’s spoiled little sister Millie brings home a mysterious stray cat, his idyllic life is turned upside down. Coop soon discovers Mr. Kat is more than just a scrawny, purple, hairless pet; he is also a super-smart, conniving mastermind with a fanatical hate for Coop himself. Kat instantly declares war on Coop--to the death; the two fight constantly as Coop tries to stop the Kat and tell the world about his possible plans, only to find Kat destroying the evidence and putting the blame on him (Coop) every time.

Main charactersEdit

Cooper "Coop" BurtonburgerEdit

A motherless 10-year-old boy who thinks Kat is evil since they first met. He tries to stay out of trouble, but is often humiliated and injured when trying to prove Kat's true identity. He gets the blame for everything Kat ruins in the house. Coop sometimes thinks Mr. Kat's plan is to take over the world, but Mr. Kat's plans are to collect Fishy frisky bits and return home to his home planet in outer space. Coop may have misunderstood Mr. Kat most of the time. He always jumps to conclusions without knowing all the facts, due to the fact that he never takes chances and never bothers talking to Kat about the situation instead of fighting him. The irony about Coop is that he always comes up with plans to get rid of Kat, which only cause Kat to stay. Coop's father, Mr. Burtonburger, thinks that Coop is insane for thinking that Kat is an evil alien. Only Dennis, Coop's best friend, believes him. The Burtonburgers' neighbor, Old Lady Munson, hates Coop, but favors Millie. Coop has brown hair and blue eyes. Nobody knows what happened to Coop and Millie's mom who could either be deceased or divorced. In episode "Somthing about Fiona" Coop developes a crush on Old Lady Munson's niese named Fiona. Voiced by Nika Futterman

"Kat" or "Mr. Kat"Edit

A Space Alien that looks like a Sphinx cat. He's adopted by Millie as a stray cat. Blaming Coop for his being stranded on Earth, Kat has made himself Coop's sworn enemy, though at times he and Coop get along; in fact whenever trouble threatens both of them they work together, as revealed in "Just Me and Glue." Kat repeatedly tries to get home, only to be foiled by Coop. In "Nip/Duck" he turns out to be part cyborg. It is very, very clear that Kat loves Millie in the episode "Pet Peeved," as he constantly calls for Millie's attention at the start of the episode, then runs away because Millie had found a new playmate. In the episode "One Big, Happy Family," when Millie falls for a trap Mr. Kat had planted for Coop, Mr. Kat tries to save her. In "The Kitty Vanishes," it is revealed that he has a girlfriend who looks similar to him, but with smaller and more feminine eyes. In "UF Float," inside his luggage, Mr. Kat has a picture of Millie. Kat's main goal is often presented as simply trying to get home, although in one episode, "Fat Kat," it is revealed that he was sent to Earth to gather "Fishy Frisky Bits," a type of cat food, and transport the substance back to his home world, the planet Catnip, where the promised title of hero would be waiting for him. It is also revealed that he has been doing a poor job of it so far. Another episode, a Christmas special, reveals how much he misses the family he left behind on his home planet. In the episode "Tickled pink" it is revealed that Kat has a weak spot that makes him forget about his mission.

Mildred "Millie" BurtonburgerEdit

Coop's younger sister; a spoiled and bratty girl and the "owner" of Kat, for whom she loves very deeply. Mr. Burtonburger, her father, always does whatever Millie says, mainly because she throws extreme tantrums when she fails to get her way. Because she can easily manipulate people into giving her what she wants, her talent earns her the neighborhood nickname "The Master Manipulator." Like several characters, she blames Coop for everything that happens. Millie has long, dark blue hair tied up in a ponytail with a magenta-colored bow, freckles and buck teeth, and wears red-framed eye-glasses. She is a "Greeny Girl;" the Greeny Girls are a parody of the Girl Scouts. In the episode "Pet Peeved," Millie meets a girl who is exactly the same as her, only she looks a little different. Millie's hair goes down to her feet. Voiced by Grey DeLisle.

DennisEdit

Coop's Asian American best friend and the only person that believes Coop. He helps Coop whenever he tries to stop Kat by contacting each other on Walkie-Talkies. Their birthdays are only one day apart and they always wish for the same presents. Dennis has black hair and black eyes but unlike his father, he does not have an Asian accent. Voiced by Pamela S. Adlon.

Burt BurtonburgerEdit

[1] The single father of Coop and Millie Burtonburger, who is constantly stressed out due to Coop's "misbehaving." He owns the House of Swap. Burt has brown hair and wears black-framed eye-glasses. He sometimes makes unpleasant-tasting vegetarian smoothies which no one can stand to drink. He seems to be strongly in favor of doing things yourself and living in harmony with nature, in contrast with Henry, who is very technology-savvy and uses gadgets whenever he can. Burt seems to hate that Coop is pulling his leg too much with jokes and gags. Nobody knows what happened to Burt's wife, the Burtonburger children's mother, who could have either divorced him or died. Voiced by Tom Kane

Old Lady MunsonEdit

A nosy old woman who is the next-door neighbor of the Burtonburgers, and Captain Blasteroide's aunt. She is grumpy, mean, and very selfish to all the children and adults, though she favors Millie over Coop and Mr. Burtonburger. When someone (Kat very often) causes trouble for her and Coop ends up with the blame, she yells, "BURTONBURGER!" She is often seen carrying a blue umbrella with her, for no reason that the stories make apparent. She also owns a small dog named 'Growler', of whom she dresses in a fleece. She has a niece named Fiona. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.

PhoebeEdit

A girl who has a crush on Coop and constantly annoys him. Phoebe clearly despises Millie, partially because Millie "owns" Kat and Phoebe owns Honeyfluff, a white-haired, obese cat with a pink bow on the end of her tail who is shown, in one of the short episodes, to have an attraction to Kat. She has brown eyes, russet brown hair and light brown skin. Voiced by Tara Strong.

HenryEdit

Dennis' Asian American father. They have the same head shape, but Henry is almost bald. He and Burt see everything as a competition. Henry uses devices all the time. Voiced by Jeff Bennett.

[edit] HistoryEdit

[edit] CreationEdit

As Lauren Faust said, "I storyboarded on this show for Studio B Productions from December 2006 till June 2007 completing five 11-minute episodes."[2] As the storyboard artist, "you work and slave on a show that you probably won’t see on TV for about a year."[3]When the series was announced on February 19, 2007, Coop's little sister, Millie, originally had light blue glasses, a purple bow tie on her dark blue hair, and a brown skirt[4]. Her final design was later changed to a blue skirt, red glasses, and a pink bow tie on her hair. Also, Coop's dad, Burt, was originally created with gray glasses. In the final design, they were changed to black.

[edit] DebutEdit

Kid vs. Kat first aired on Cartoon Network on March 7, 2008 and currently airs on Fridays at 9pm in USA. In Canada, the series premiered on YTV on February 13, 2009 on Saturday at 8:30am as part of YTV's Crunch block.

[edit] ProductionEdit

[edit] Production companiesEdit

The Kid vs. Kat production companies are Frederator Studios & Cartoon Network Studios.

[edit] European broadcastingEdit

Marc Buhaj, the Senior Vice President of Jetix Europe, said of the program: "We are excited to be part of the Kid Vs. Kat adventure with the Studio B team. The series has those quality cartoon elements found in the classics - great music and score, neat characters and crisp slapstick timing. Our main duo of Coop and Kat are set to establish one of the great ongoing cartoon rivalries. One unlucky kid with one freaky, ferocious feline creates absolute mayhem that Jetix kids across Europe will love. I have a feeling that Coop is the one who is going to need a full nine lives just to survive!"[5]

[edit] Working titleEdit

This show was originally named Look What My Sister Dragged In.[6]

[edit] ReceptionEdit

The series currently holds a 7.2 at TV.com.[7]

[edit] Awards & nominationsEdit

Kid vs. Kat so far has five awards for the Leo Awards. It is unknown if it will have any award(s) in 2010.

Year Association Award Category Notes Result
2009 Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Won

[8]

2009 Leo Awards Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Stall That Jazz, The Kitty Vanishes". Nominated
2009 Leo Awards Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Stall That Jazz, The Kitty Vanishes". Nominated
2009 Leo Awards Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Planter's Warp, Outer Space Case". Nominated

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