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Reg Whiteman - the life and soul behind children's favourite Fat Cat for several decades - died in Perth on Thursday July 28, 2011, aged 82. He had been in poor health for some time.
Early in his career Reg was a dancer and inaugural member of the WA Ballet Company, along with Kevan Johnston. Then he was the stage manager at His Majesty's Theatre and took pride in dressing many of stars, such as Rudolf Nureyev and Barry Humphries, who was performing as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.
Reg performed on the TVW Channel 7 opening night variety show called Spotlight on Friday October 16th, 1959, as part of the dancing team called Guy and Dolls. This act consisted of Dorothy and Bert Shaw and Judy Schonell with Reg Whiteman. Reg was also part of a Spanish theme dance group on the opening night of ABW Channel 2 on Saturday 7th May, 1960.
When Seven brought Humphrey B. Bear to Perth, it was Reg who animated him for a series of local children's shows presented by Carolyn Noble.
When Seven became involved in Disney on Parade and a number of other large scale arena and tent productions, it was Reg who stepped into the breach to animate a variety of popular Disney characters.
Percy Penguin was the popular TVW children's mascot during the last of the black and white TV era. It was then decided to introduce a new character full of colour and Fat Cat came into being. Though management and production staff came up with the notion, it was Judith Byrne who came up with the concept of what Fat Cat would look like. Judith is the wife of former TVW sales manager and managing director Greg Byrne.
In our accompanying video, Sandy Baker describes the events which led up to the launch of Fat Cat on Perth TV screens.
At his audition for the role, Reg explained that when he put on the suit, he was unable to see. He wished to show them his best dance moves, but they had positioned him in a studio set full of obstacles, a fence, posts, etc. He said that in the process, he collided with everything, tripping and falling over, which everyone seemed to find most amusing, so he got the job.
Keith Geary spent many years as a producer and presenter of children's TV programs at Seven. Keith explained to Pam Casellas that Reg was very dedicated to his job. He elaborates on this subject in the video, saying that Reg did not shy away from a challenge, whether it be skiing, hot-air ballooning or paragliding in the Fat Cat costume.
Parents relied on Fat Cat to get their children to bed when he wished them goodnight at 7.30pm on Seven.
i was fussing my fat cat google and she moved over when i touched her feet then she fell off my sisters bed she then jumped straight back up on the bed lol :)
Itâs simple, Chad has a fat cat! His name is Maximus and weighs 18 pounds. And he really does have a long tooth that hangs out of his mouth (look at the logo a little closer!) Maximus (typically called Fatty) does not hang out at the shop; he prefers his cool and fluffy cat bed at home in front of the window.The captivating fat cat in this silly cumulative tale from a British team will eat anything. He gleefully consumes a rat, duck, dog, lady and even a bee whose sting causes him to "Hic!" and burp them all up again. The cat's pink-cheeked, innocent face and the animals' "quack quack quacking" and "squeak, squeak, squeaking" inside the cat's growing tummy obliterate any fears youngest readers might have about the gobbling menace. No sharp-toothed villain, the cat is a plump charmer who has obviously not heard of the nation's obesity crisis. Thomson's (The Squeaky, Creaky Bed ) repetitive tag line ("But was that cat fat enough? No, he was not! ") encourages reader participation while cleverly obscuring the speaker's point of view. As in the familiar verse about the old lady who swallowed a fly ("I don't know why..."), there's no reason given for the cat's behavior, and his comeuppance when the bee stings him is both short-lived and comic. The fat cat's unrepentant nature is underscored on the last page as he eyes a succulent mouse, a hint that the story may begin again. Busby's (Rosie's Zoo ) droll watercolor cartoons make use of quirky shapes and perspectives. Her cat is not simply fat but gargantuan, towering over dog and doghouse, its pink stomach so capacious that its inhabitants are shown lolling within. Sheer enjoyable nonsense. Ages 2-6. (Nov.) I was brought to the shelter all alone seeral months ago as a tiny kitten. The Fat Cat people saw my picture and came and took me home. I cried on the drive home, and cried when they settled me into my little cat bed. I missed my real mom, and didn't know where I was. But the real reason I cried was because I was hungry -- real hungry. The Fat Cat people quickly realized the problem and fed me and fed me and settled me into my bed and cage, so that I'd feel safe. And now I cry just a little -- when I need a cuddle.Overnight guests rest on comfy cots at night. We provide super soft shearling or you are welcome to bring your own bedding. Our guests dine on high quality chicken and rice kibble, or we are happy to serve any meal you provide. Please note there are no charges for “extras”. We don’t feel that exercise, attention, medicines, or the goodwill of a treat should be an extra charge. Healthy Hounds & Fat Cats also performs a late evening potty break and wellness check for all or our valued canine guests.