Note: Not to be confused with the 1942 Tom and Jerry short of the same name.
Fraidy Cat is an American animated series that was released from September 6, 1975 until January 3, 1976. It originally appeared as one of those segments from a short-lived Filmation's series named "Uncle Croc's Block".
The show stars Fraidy "Nine" Cat (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer), an unlucky and miserable cat who, like all cats, has nine lives, but has used up eight of them and is on his ninth and last life, where he wants to make it last the longest. Every time Fraidy tries to say any single-digit number (from one to eight), or any word or any part of a word that rhymes with or sounds the same as the number's name in any language, a ghost from one of his former lives will appear and mistakenly tend to make things even worse for Fraidy Cat.
- This show is overall mean-spirited to the main protagonist as it has a lot of cruel moments such as:
- When Fraidy Cat says a single-digit number from 1 to 8, then something bad will happen to him.
- There is also Fraidy's ninth life (which is a cloud shaped like a number 9) that tries to kill Fraidy every time he says the number 9.
- Even Fraidy's former lives want him dead for no reason at all.
- The animation is also cheap, lazy, stiff, and limited, considering that the fact that it was made by Filmation.
- Also, there is a pink cat character that never changed a single pose.
- There also that part where Fraidy Cat's model has been shrunk after he tried to fight another cat, which makes no sense at all.
- The annoying laugh track is also used here just like in most American animated cartoons from the 1970s, which makes the show more irritating to watch.
- Fraidy's nine lives are unlikeable characters for obvious reasons, with his ninth life being the most unlikable character.
- The show is also short-lived and obscure, due to the fact only had 18 6-minute-long episodes and lasted for less than four months. The reason for this is that Uncle Croc's Block was cancelled in 1976, with Fraidy Cat being one of the show's three cartoon segments.
- Fraidy Cat's previous lives/ancestors look nothing like him, which can create some confusion to viewers.
- Another example of a show having a good premise ruined by its poor execution.
- It had an interesting concept at least for its time to begin with. Plus, it was one of the few Filmation shows to be original and not taken or adapted from another franchise.
- Fraidy Cat himself is a likable and decent character.
- There are some good moments in the series.
- Passable voice acting.
- Decent theme song.
- It has since gained a cult following in later years, which is interesting considering how short-lived and obscure the series was.
Fraidy Cat has a 6.2/10 rating on IMDb.