Full Name Rita
Segment Rita and Runt
First Episode Nighty-Night Toon/When Rita Met Runt
Voice Actor Bernadette Peters
Frank Welker (vocal effects)
Catchphrases "...go fig'"
Rita is a feisty, independent, and lovely gray and white cat who is often seen singing. She accompanies her best friend, Runt on their adventures to find a home together. She is first seen in Episode 7: "Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt" after her owner sends her to the pound for being "too independent."


Rita is a tough, independent, funny, aloof, intelligent, and sarcastic cat. However, this is a front masking a soft side of her that really longs for affection. This side of her is shown in numerous episodes, such as "Smitten With Kittens". She is often frustrated by Runt's dimwittedness, at first treating him with disdain and stating that once they found a home, she would leave and he was on his own, but gradually warms up to him throughout the episodes, even giving him a kiss on the head in one episode, and displaying relief in seeing him when she is captured by a chef. Her affection for Runt extends to when she is taken by a girl onto a train to live in a beautiful home, she jumps off when Runt is attacked by another dog before he can get onto the train, and she beats the stuffing out of the other dog, going on to tell Runt she has grown fond of him and she will never go anywhere without him, that they would find a home together  or not find one at all. 

Her voice was provided by actress and singer, Bernadette Peters.

Rita kitten


Bernadette Peters's credit appears at the bottom of the cast list when she appears, written: "And Bernadette Peters as Rita"


Ep:7 "Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt"
Ep:11 "No Pain, No Painting / Les Miseranimals"
Ep:17 "Roll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the Fiddle"
Ep:25 "Hercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Ep:29 "Draculee, Draculaa / Phranken-Runt"
Ep:31 "O Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert"
Ep:35 "Very Special Opening / In the Garden of Mindy / Pinky and the Cat / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / Baghdad Cafe"
Ep:39 "Smitten With Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White Gloves"
Ep:43 "Of Nice and Men / What a Dump / Survey Ladies"
Ep:44 "Useless Facts / The Senses / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten"
Ep:48 "Mobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / Icebreakers"
Ep:57 "Of Course, You Know This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's Gizmo"
Ep:62 "Scare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBeth"


  • "Humans ain't what they seem to be, they don't mean that much to me."
-Humans Ain't What They Seem To Be; Episode 7: "Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt"
  • (Runt asks what Rita is 'in for') "Same as always, being too hip for the room."
-Episode 7: "Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt"
  • "Humans, go fig'."
-Episode 7: "Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt"


Rita's Songs

In nearly every episode she appeared in Rita has sung.

  • When Rita met Runt: Humans Ain't What They Seem to Be
  • Les Miseranimals: Flat in Gay Paree (parody of Castle on a Cloud), Rita and Runt (parody of Red and Black), That Hole is Much Too Small (parody of A Little Fall of Rain), At the End of the Road (parody of At the End of the Day)
  • The Cat and the Fiddle: A Place Called Home, A Place Called Home (Reprise)
  • Home on De-Nile: All Wrapped Up in Love
  • Phranken-Runt: Let's Try For Two, You Gotta Use Your Brain, Let's Try For Three
  • Puttin' on the Blitz: We'll Be Together, Reconciled,We'll Always Be Together
  • Pinky and the Cat: None
  • Smitten With Kittens: I'm Nobody's Mama
  • Of Nice and Men: Monterey, Stereotypical View
  • Kiki's Kitten: Miao
  • Icebreakers: Florida, Cats Always Get the Short End of the Stick, I'll Go It Alone
  • Up a Tree: Corn, Dizzy, Is This My Destiny?
  • Witch One: There's Nothing Quite Like a Cat, Still There's Me and You

In Wakko's Wish, Rita sung in Never Give Up Hope, Train Bringing Wakko, So Much For Wakko's Ha'penny, The Wishing Star (The Wish Belongs To Me), and If I Could Have My Wish