Famous Friday: Samurai Pizza Cats

by Paws on Your Heart on November 13, 2015

The Samurai Pizza Cats are the stars of one of the most popular anime television shows of the 1990s. The cats work in a pizza parlour by day, and are crime fighters by night in the town of Little Tokyo. So what’s so awesome about the Samurai Pizza Cats?

This program came to the United States in 1991 when Saban bought the rights to the Japanese television show Kyattou Ninden Teyandee. Although the cartoon was supposed to be a simple American translation of the Japanese version, either poor translation or a lack of the transcripts led the American show’s writers to start from scratch. This meant that the writers, specifically a man named Andy Thomas, had to rewrite, heavily edit, and dub the original cartoon, which worked in the company’s advantage as Samurai Pizza Cats now has a cult following of fans, and it is widely viewed as one of the best dubbed animated television programs… ever.

The basic plot of the show revolves around 3 cyborg cat samurais: their white armoured leader Speedy Ceviche, a blue armoured wannabe ladies’ cat named Guido Anchovy, and a pink armoured independent female cat named Polly Esther. These cats own and work in a pizza parlour in Little Tokyo (a mechanical city that is populated by cybernetic anthropomorphic animals), but when duty calls, these cats become crime fighting superheroes who defend the city against villains – specifically a super-villain fox named The Big Cheese. See the catchy intro to the cartoon HERE.

Thanks to the interesting setting and plot, and the comedic aspects of the show, Samurai Pizza Cats became very popular in the United States. This led to the production of merchandise such as action figures, model kits, toys, playsets, and video games. Even today, over 20 years after the release of the cartoon, there is a still a huge following of fans for Samurai Pizza Cats.

Do you love the Samurai Pizza Cats? Do you have another favourite famous feline that you’d like to see featured in one of our Famous Friday posts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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