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JetCat
JetCat logo.jpg
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 is a traditional animation segment created by Canadian cartoonist Jay Stephens (of later Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays fame) seen on the Nickelodeon animated anthology series KaBlam!.

Melanie Ilk, an 8-year-old, and her JetCat alter ego first appeared in the weekly comic strip "Oddville!" in 1994 and then resurfaced as the star of the 1997 Dark Horse Comics mini-series "The Land Of Nod," which was later collected as the multiple Eisner Award-nominated The Land Of Nod Rockabye Book. Oddville was subsequently picked up for development as animation where PorchLight Entertainment managed to sell the show as a series of four cartoon short films for KaBlam!. Two aired during Season 3 – Sacred Identity and Project: Evil (in the episodes "More Happiness than Allowed By Law!" and "Holdeth The Pickle, Holdeth The Lettuce," respectively), while the last two aired during Season 4 – Lunchtime (in "Timeless!") and I Was a Grade School Weremoth (in "The KaBlair! Witch Project").

Following KaBlam!, in 2001 JetCat starred in a new comic book miniseries for Oni Press titled 'Jetcat Clubhouse,' and 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 2003-2007. This was later collected into the complete 'Welcome to... Oddville!' published by Adhouse Books.

Differences between the comic and the animated series

  • In the comics, Melanie Ilk was an elementary school girl who goes by the human identity of Melanie McCay. In the series, Melanie McCay is her real birth name and she did 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 Johnson is nice and is friends with Melanie, but only threatened to tell her identity in the first episode.
  • Avery Ilk is Melanie's half-brother who later becomes JetCrud. This happens in the comics, but the only villains that appeared in the series are Bella Kiss, Moby Dock and Vicky Von Verman.
  • References of Melanie joining a superhero team did not exist in the series.

Trivia

  • Sacred Identity was originally going to introduce The Two-Fists Five – JetCat's superhero team – but they were cut at last minute of production, despite having the final recording tracks.
  • The music was composed by Pat Irwin, a member of The B-52s from 1989 to 2008 and who worked on scores for cartoons such as Rocko's Modern Life and Pepper Ann.
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