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Kid Vs Kat

Kid vs. Kat a Canadian animated television series developed and produced at Studio B Productions.[1] The show created by Rob Boutilier. It's about a boy named Coop who battles with his little sister's (Millie) cat named Kat. The series premiered in Canada on YTV on October 25, 2008 and in the United States on Disney XD on February 21, 2009. The series ended on June 4, 2011. It ran for a total of two seasons and 52 episodes.

Premise Edit

When Coop Burtonburger's spoiled younger sister Millie brings home a mysterious stray cat, Coop's idyllic life is turned upside down. Coop soon discovers that Kat is more than just a scrawny, purple, hairless pet; he is also a smart, conniving, alien mastermind with a fanatical hate for Coop himself. Kat instantly declares war on Coop. The two battle constantly as Coop tries to stop Kat and tell the world about his sinister plans, only to find Kat destroying the evidence, and putting the blame on Coop every time.

Episodes Edit

Voice charactersEdit

Kat and coop

Kid vs. Kat

Voice Actors: Characters Voiced:
Erin Matthews Coop Burtonburger
Kathleen Barr Kat / Millie Burtonburger
Trevor Devall Burt Burtonburger
Cathy Weseluck Dennis Chan
Vincent Tong Henry Chan
Linda Sorenson Old Lady Munson
Tabitha St. Germain Phoebe
Sean Marquette Lorne
Brian Drummond Harley
Chiara Zanni Fiona Munson

Production Edit

Creation Edit

When the series was announced on February 17, 2007, Coop originally had a light blue and a purple T-shirt, Coop's little sister, Millie was originally had light blue glasses, a purple bow tie on her dark blue hair, and a brown skirt. She 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.

Working title Edit

This show was originally named Look What My Sister Dragged In. Rob Boutilier created it as a new Warner Bros-y show about an evil hairless cat. In the final stage of production, the title was changed to Kid vs Kat.

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Production companies Edit

The first season of Kid vs. Kat was produced by Studio B Productions, YTV, and Jetix. Disney XD later produced season two.

Main staff Edit

Producers Edit

  • Blair Peters (executive producer)
  • Jamie Turner (producer, season 1)
  • Chantal Hennesey (producer, Season 2)

Directors Edit

  • Rob Boutilier
  • Josh Mepham
  • Greg Sullivan

Writers Edit

  • Rob Boutilier
  • Michael Lahay
  • Pat Pakula
  • Robert Pincombe
  • Simon Racioppa
  • Louise Moon
  • Shelley Hoffmann
  • Richard Elliot
  • Vito Viscomi
  • Karen J. Lloyd
  • Kervin Faria
  • Josh Mepham

Animators Edit

  • Josh Mepham
  • Greg Sullivan
  • Joshua Pong
  • Thom MacKenna
  • Kevin Long
  • Caroline Alarie
  • Denny Lu
  • Kat Stenson

Voices Edit

  • Erin Mathews
  • Kathleen Barr
  • Trevor Devall
  • Cathy Weseluck
  • Chiara Zanni
  • Brian Drummond
  • Vincent Tong
  • Terry Klassen

Music department Edit

  • Hal Beckett (composer)
  • Vince Renaud (orchestrator)
  • Film editors
  • Bryan Atkinson
  • Todd Araki
  • Jason Frederickson
  • Mark Kuehnel.

CancellationEdit

On June 4, 2011, YTV and Disney XD announced the cancellation of the series.

Kid vs. Kat creator Rob Boutilier wrote a message on Facebook on August 19, 2011 announcing that there wouldn't be a third season and that he didn't have rights to make further episodes.

Hey there,

Thank you for your kind words. I didn't realize until recently that some fans were waiting for some kind of announcement regarding season three. As I've said before, I don't believe there will be one.


There seems to be a misconception that I'm somehow involved in the decision about a third season - I have absolutely nothing to do with it. It's up to YTV and Disney XD if there will be any further episodes, and at this moment there doesn't seem to be much interest in continuing the series.


That would mean "Kat Went Back" is the series finale, and I'm OK with that. In fact, we were kind of prepared for it. But I realize that some fans weren't happy with some choices we made in the finale, so I thought I'd offer my thoughts on that:


First, let me explain that we knew before we started writing season two that we'd end it on Kat's planet. We planned the season so it would build to that big moment, writing episodes throughout the season that dealt with an escalating full-on invasion. The problem for me was that this was also changing the series in a way I wasn't always comfortable with.


It may be a surprise to some fans, but the stories directly involving Kat's planet are not my favorites. I prefer what I call the "selfish Kat / selfish Coop" stories - basically where Kat / Coop wants something stupid that directly conflicts with everybody else. A good example of this is "Bringin' The Heat": Kat is simply cold, so he goes to extreme lengths to warm up by magnifying the sun's rays. This affects Coop not only because it's uncomfortably hot, but because he doesn't want to share his dad's childhood trauma of seeing OLM in a bikini. The story is silly, hilarious, and there's only the slimmest connection to a larger Kat Invasion story. Another good example is "Never Cry Sheep", where Coop's prized knitted scarf from Fiona is endangered by Kat's sudden addiction to playing with wool. We took full advantage of Kat being an alien in that episode, but it had nothing to do with a larger full scale invasion.


By the time we made it back from Kat's planet, Millie, Lorne and Harley joined Coop, Dennis and Fiona in knowing that Kat is an alien agent scouting earth for an impending invasion. If the series were to continue from that point, I was concerned that it would be harder and harder to tell the kind of simple stories that I liked so much. Stories where it's mostly just Coop and Kat bashing each other around while everyone else wonders why they dislike each other so much. Stories that wouldn't involve a larger team of kids tracking Kat's activities.


I was also concerned that it would be hard to go back and watch the first season episodes if we left the characters in such a different state - that those episodes would feel stale in comparison. That's why we ultimately decided to have Kat wipe everyone's memories, and bring things back full circle.. (A memory wipe is admittedly not the most original plot device, but since Kat has done such things before, it seemed acceptable.) I felt comfortable that we could continue into a possible third season without changing the series drastically, and if not, I felt that we were ending with the characters exactly where they should be.


The big question I keep hearing is "but,… why Fiona?!" Well, here's another surprise: I'm not the biggest fan of Fiona. (I think Phoebe is a much funnier, much more interesting character) I liked what Fiona added to the show and to Coop's character, but I didn't think it would be a bad thing to make Coop work a little harder for her attention if the series were to continue. And as I explained to one fan: just because Fiona doesn't remember Kat is an alien, it doesn't mean she suddenly dislikes Coop!


That's all for now. My thanks to everyone who supported Kid vs Kat. We are nominated for three Gemini Awards this month (Best Animated Series, Best Direction in an Animated Series and Best Musical Score in an Animated Series), so keep your fingers crossed! And everybody is invited to follow me on Twitter: https//twitter.com/#!/RobBoots I'll try to answer all questions in 140 characters or less.


-Rob Boutilier. The Big Message, August 19, 2011

The series has since ended with the episode "The Kat Went Back (Parts 1 & 2)".

Reception Edit

The series received mostly mixed feedback from audiences. It currently holds a 7.2 at TV.com.[2]

Awards and nominations Edit

2009

Kid vs. Kat won an award for "Best Program or Series" in 2009, and was nominated for the other three awards.

Association Award Category Notes Result
Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Won[3]
Leo Awards Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Stall That Jazz, The Kitty Vanishes". Nominated
Leo Awards Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Stall That Jazz, The Kitty Vanishes". Nominated
Leo Awards Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Planter's Warp, Outer Space Case". Nominated
2010

Kid vs. Kat won an award for "Best Program or Series" in 2010, and was nominated for the other three awards.

Association Award Category Notes Result
Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Won[4]
Leo Awards Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Menace The Dennis, Kat To The Future". Nominated
Leo Awards Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Flea Brains, Nuff Said ". Nominated
Leo Awards Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "9 to 5 to Oblivion, The Bottyguard". Nominated
2011

Kid vs. Kat won an award for "Best Program or Series" in 2011, and was nominated for the other three awards.

Association Award Category Notes Result
Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Won[5]
Leo Awards Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Keep On Rockin', Mind Games Nominated
Leo Awards Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Strange Kat On A Train, Amazing Feet Of Strength ". Nominated
Leo Awards Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series For episodes "Good Luck Harm, The Incredible Shrinking Coop". Nominated


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