The Jellicle Ball

Over the past eight years I have seen the musical "Cats" 14 times, thanks to the ushering program at the Fox Theater.  Being a cartoonist, I did some storyboards and created character designs for many of the major Cats.

To see the designs, click on the character's name.  Links to the corresponding poems are to the right. Clicking on the "Cats' Eyes" buttons will reveal images of the characters as they appeared in the stage show.

Character designs based on "Cats":

Character: Based on:
Jennyanydots The Old Gumbie Cat
Bustopher Jones Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer   Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
Old Deuteronomy Old Deuteronomy
Skimbleshanks Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
Macavity Macavity: The Mystery Cat
Mr. Mistoffelees Mr. Mistoffelees
Grizabella Grizabella, the Glamour Cat
Grizabella (Younger) Memory

I have been hearing about a project to animate "Cats" for the past several years.  First I heard that Nelvana was going to do it as a TV series; then I heard that Dreamworks had the rights to make a movie.  The latest that I have heard was that the project had been shelved.  I don't know if it will ever actually be done.  If it is, any resemblance between the final character designs and mine will be purely coincidental, as my drawings were done in 1989 and 1990.

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