SWAT Kats: The Movie

SWAT Kats: The Movie was supposed to be a stop-motion animation short by Ted Phillips, involving characters from the animated series SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron. Multiple attempts were made, but the film was never completed.

The first attempt was originally recorded on VHS-C format media in 1996, but was not edited or released to the public until August 8, 2009.


T-Bone and Razor use a zip-line to reach a castle where Dr. Viper is constructing a weapon of mass destruction.


An avid fan of the animated series, Ted Phillips received T-Bone, Razor, and Dr. Viper SWAT Kats action figures for Christmas 1995. He engineered paper Turbokat airplanes, other vehicles, and several skyscrapers to use in a stop-motion short.

When shooting the first stunt using the zip-line, a horrific accident caused Razor to fall and destroyed the zip-line. John Phillips continued to record improvisational footage of a toddler Clare Phillips terrorizing the action figures.

Ted Phillips tried to film SWAT Kats: The Movie again in November 2000, but technical problems with the camera rendered the audio unusable. Ted Phillips recorded over this second attempt with All Cat later that month.

Cultural References

  • SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron was an animated series that debuted on Cartoon Network from 1993 to 1995.[1]
  • The theme song is the same as that of the 1940s animated series Superman.


  1. ^Tremblay, Christian. SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993). Hanna-Barbera Productions. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126173/.

This page has been seen 5,243 times.

    • Created by on



CES Staff
I think this cut of the film is a metaphor for life. Sometimes you try to do something and you just die prematurely, making it pointless that you even tried at all because now it's over.

Recent updates