Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron

(ended 1994)


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Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron
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Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron was a short-lived cartoon show produced by Hanna-Barbera that first aired in September 1993. It revolved around the feline characters of Megakat City, and its two main characters were Jake Clawson and Chance Furlong, two pilots who were thrown out of the enforcers due to a mishap and forced to work as junkyard auto mechanics to repay the damages they caused. They decided they had to do more to make amends, and therefore, Jake Clawson designed the Turbokat and became the vigilantes known was the SWAT Kats. Jake, a.k.a Razor, was the weapons system officer and Chance, a.k.a T-bone, was the pilot. Together they protected Megakat City from many foes, such as Dark Kat, Dr. Viper, The Pastmaster, Mac and Molly, a.k.a. The Metallikats, and Hard Drive.
Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

voice of Mayor Manx / Enforcer Sergeant

Gary Owens

Gary Owens

voice of Commander Ulysses Feral

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

voice of Callie Briggs

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

voice of T-Bone (Chance Furlong) / Murray / Zed / Additional Voices

Candi Milo

Candi Milo

voice of Ann Gora

Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon

voice of Razor (Jake Clawson)

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  • Canceled too soon

    This was truly among the best shows of the 90s. It was dark, yet humorous, the characters were awesome (except Commander Feral) and even the villains were enjoyable. I enjoyed all the major villains of the show and enjoyed Callie Briggs always in need of rescue and I am a major Razor/Callie shipper. You're probably wondering why my rating is 9 out of 10 then? The answer is because this show was canceled way too soon. In fact several episodes went unaired and we'll never get too see them. There was never even an official explanation to the show's sudden cancelation, though I heard Ted turner canceled it for being too violent and wanted to focus on Captain Planet.moreless
  • It`s one of those shows that got cancelled too soon

    I really liked this show a lot. It`s one of my favorite shows from the 1990`s and I really liked almost every episode. The show really seemed to try a new aproach at the super hero genera and it is one of those original well written shows. I found it very disapointing that they cut the show too soon when it was just starting to build. Some people critisized the show for being too violent but if you want really inappropriate violence, watch a show on Adult Swim. The show really deserved a longer run and an official finale.moreless
  • Come back Swat Kats!!!!!!!!

    The Best cartoon...
  • SWAT KATS..Radical Squadron..Lets ROCK!!

    in a world of cats The Swat Kat's are a team of ex police officers that fight crime with snazzy gadgets and a super sonic hyper jet. It's a pretty fantastic show in style, writing and ambition. Great characters, awesome personalities and even better villains. It's sad that a show like this was so short lived when others horrible shows were allowed to live on for years.
  • Flying High

    This is another one of my relics from my childhood, that I find like a well preserved aircraft is ageless and still has the power to make itself fly; think of this show as "Batman" mixed in with "Top Gun".

    The plot was a typical comic book like plot but it was more in it's execution that mattered. The animation style I feel is great, I really like how they created the city making it dark giving it almost a noir like feeling. But most of all created kinda of a alternate world that does feel belevable. I even like how the cats are animated, most notably the female cats that actually look the most human and strangely attractive whether that's a good thing or bad I don't know (though I don't feel guilty). Best of all the action/flight sequences are just great, they are well chorigraphed and cordinated you really have the sense of flight. I even love the fact that the S.W.A.T. Kats invent their own weapons, they use different kinds of missles and bullets, I won't tell you what they are since seeing them used is one of the best things about the show, but I will say that their great because their non cleche/generic weapons each weapon is always a different supprise and puts the S.W.A.T. Kats a step ahead of the game much as "Batman" or "James Bond's" gadgets do. The music is awdsome it has one of the most memorable animated show theme songs I've heard.

    The characters are good, T-Bone was always my favorate, he is sort of the most physical, he is a hot shot pilot, rebelious, arrogant, aggresive, a bit short tempered though always fun. Razor is the one with the brains he's uncanily similar to Peter Parker/Spiderman, just like that character he's inventive he's practically the one that made the weapons, he's got fast agility and can climb/stick to walls, and also for some reason has magnitism to the ladies many toward the character Callie.

    Supporting characters are unfortunately few mainly because I didn't find many strong ones let alone memorable which is the minor weakness of the show for me, though two for me stood out. Felina, I know a lot of fan had a crush on Callie but to me it was always this character because she was just a strong female charcter let alone a fem fatale. She's agressive, rebelious so she's not afraid to disobey orders or do things her way, feisty, has a dry sense of wit, has a lot of guts she's not afraid of facing danger, and last she hot (what is T-Bone's problem hit on her damn it) she has the hairstyle like Rogue from "X-Men" though only disapointment never knew what she looked like without the paramilitary uniform; okay I might be getting into weard territory moving on.

    Callie is okay, a lot of fans like the charcter so do I but she's just not an absolute favorate of mine. I find her charcter mildly developed rather two dimentional, she just doesn't have a real role/function in the show, she just seems to serve a a mere device to supply the S.W.A.T. Kats and us with information and serve as a damsel in distress nothing wrong with that but it feels a bit pointless since theres no chemestry between Razor and her going on.

    There are good villians, their typical comic book like villians. Though my favorate is always Dark Kat he's sort of a "Dr. Strange" like supervillian since he uses black magic to try and take over the city and thourt the S.W.A.T. Kats, he also has a pritty creepy voice to boot. I just think that's cool it's technology against magic.

    Storylines are good and some are supprising well writen and aren't afraid to be dark, serious or become emotional like one of my favorate episode was when T-Bone is thinking of quiting his role because he accidently caused a fatal injury of an innocent bystander. It really reminds us that this show isn't screwing around it's playing for keeps.

    The only bad thing about the show is no supprise, it's life span was cut too soon for no good reason. Which was too bad because I really saw this show going even further, may'be make things more dark and serious, or even develop the characters more. But the other bad thing it's not out on DVD yet, please get it out right now, I've been waiting a long time make my wait pay off.

    Well all the same S.W.A.T. Kats flys high.moreless
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