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JetCat
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Segments: 4
Date Ran: 1998-2000
First KaBlam! Appearance: More Happiness than Allowed By Law!
Last KaBlam! Appearance: The KaBlair! Witch Project
Created By: Jay Stephens
Produced By: PorchLight Entertainment


JetCat (stylized as Jetcat) is a traditional animation segment produced by PorchLight Entertainment, seen on the Nickelodeon animated sketch comedy series KaBlam!.

A girl named Melanie McKay has an identity as the superhero Jetcat, where she "flies like a jet and fights like a cat."

Overview

Created by Canadian cartoonist Jay Stephens, the character Jetcat's origins trace back to 1994, first appearing in the weekly comic strip Oddville!. Then, she resurfaced as the star of the 1997 Dark Horse Comics miniseries The Land of Nod, which was later collected as The Land of Nod Rockabye Book, earning multiple Eisner Award nominations. It was around this time that Stephens met Fred Schaefer of PorchLight Entertainment, and they pitched four animated short films that ended up on Nickelodeon's KaBlam!. In 1999, one of the installments, "Sacred Identity," was nominated for the Annie Award of Best Production Design in an Animated Television Production.

A new comic book miniseries for Oni Press, Jetcat Clubhouse, was published from 2001 to 2002. The character then returned to her original town of Oddville in the weekly comic strip series Welcome to... Oddville! which ran in Brand New Planet, a youth magazine affiliated with newspaper Toronto Star, from 2003 to 2005. This was later collected into Welcome to... Oddville! by Adhouse Books.

Jetcat & Friends, combining all of Jetcat's past comic book adventures, is now available for purchase from Black Eye Books.

Episodes

Episode number Episode name Episode summary Original airing date and KaBlam! episode
1 Sacred Identity Tod finds out that Melanie's secret identity is Jetcat and threatens to squeal, unless she does everything he says.

Production note: This was originally supposed to feature Jetcat's superhero team, The Two Fists Five, but they were cut at the last minute for time constraints, despite having the final vocal tracks.

September 4, 1998 (More Happiness than Allowed By Law!)
2 PROJECT: EVIL Melanie refuses to reveal her Jetcat secrets for Tod's oral report, so he instead meets with Bela Kiss and decides to write on the supervillain. However, Bela Kiss demands that Tod tell him about Jetcat, which he had advertised in order to be contacted. October 9, 1998 (Holdeth The Pickle, Holdeth The Lettuce)
3 Lunchtime Jetcat tries to stop a whale/human hybrid scientist, named Moby Doc, from swiping all the water in Oddville during her lunch break, while Tod is protecting Melanie's mother's homemade chocolate chip cookies from any trouble. December 31, 1999 (Timeless!)
4 I Was a Grade School Weremoth Jetcat pursues Vicki von Vermin, an unspecified insect-like pest with an Eastern European accent, after she turns Tod into a weremoth. May 6, 2000 (The KaBlair! Witch Project)

Differences between the comic and the animated series

  • In the comics, Melanie Ilk (after her mother remarries) is an elementary school girl who goes by the human identity of Melanie McKay. In the series, Melanie McKay is her real birth name and she does not hide her identity.
  • In the comics, Tod Johnson was a mean child who threatened to tell Jetcat's identity unless she does what he wants. In the series, Tod is nice and is best friends with Melanie, but only threatens to tell her identity in the first episode.
  • Avery Ilk is Melanie's half-brother who later becomes Jetcrud, but this only happens in the comics.
  • References of Melanie joining The Two Fists Five superhero team did not exist in the series.

Trivia

  • The music was composed by Pat Irwin, a member of American new wave band The B-52s from 1989 to 2008. He also worked on the scores for Rocko's Modern Life and Pepper Ann.
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