Frisky Dingo

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Frisky Dingo
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Also known as Whiskey Tango
Whiskey Tango Six
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Adam Reed
Matt Thompson
Written by Adam Reed
Matt Thompson
Directed by Adam Reed
Matt Thompson
Voices of
Composer(s) Casey Willis
Killer Mike
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Keith Crofford
Michael Lazzo
Adam Reed
Matt Thompson
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) 70/30 Productions
Williams Street
Distributor Adult Swim
Cartoon Network
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV
Original run October 16, 2006 (2006-10-16) – March 23, 2008 (2008-03-23)
Chronology
Followed by The Xtacles
Related shows Sealab 2021
Archer
External links
Website

Frisky Dingo is an American animated cartoon series created by Adam Reed and Matt Thompson for Adult Swim. The series revolved around the conflict between a supervillain named Killface and a superhero named Awesome X, alias billionaire Xander Crews, and much of the show's humor focuses on parodying superhero and action movie clichés. It debuted on October 16, 2006 and ended its first season on January 22, 2007; the second season premiered on August 26, 2007 and ended on March 23, 2008. A third season was in development, but in the absence of a renewal contract from Adult Swim, pre-production ceased. The production company itself, 70/30 Productions, subsequently went out of business in January 2009.

A spin-off show, The Xtacles, premiered on November 9, 2008, but only two episodes were aired prior to the production company's closure.

Origins[edit]

Frisky Dingo was created by 70/30 Productions, the same group of animators who worked on Sealab 2021. The show's name during development was Whiskey Tango. Because there was already a band using the name, it was changed to Whiskey Tango Six. This name was determined not to be sufficiently distinct to avoid infringement suits, so the creators jokingly said they would call the show Frisky Dingo, and the name remained. In episode 113, Killface can be seen entering "Frisky Dingo" into the Annihilatrix launch terminal; this is mentioned in episode 210, where the character Sinn/Hooper remarks that "Frisky Dingo" is the launch code for the Annihilatrix.

According to an article in Atlanta Magazine, Whiskey Tango Six was going to be the name of the six-member superhero group on which the show focused, headed by husband and wife Jack and Grace Taggart.[1] The team flew around in a spaceship called the Glennis. Killface was going to be the main villain, but not a major character.[1] During revisions of the show's scripts, Killface became the focus of the show. It is not known when Whiskey Tango Six was replaced with Xander Crews/Awesome X and the Xtacles.

Characters[edit]

The two main characters of the show are Killface, who is a naked, bone-white, red-eyed, earless, talon-toed, spur-heeled, 7-foot-tall (2.1 m) hairless, muscular humanoid supervillain focused on destroying Earth with his invention, the Annihilatrix;[2] and billionaire tycoon Xander Crews, who fights crime under the superhero alias Awesome X.[3] Both Killface and Xander are voiced by co-creator Adam Reed. The two have an ever-shifting relationship, changing from enemies to unwilling allies on many occasions.

Other major characters include Killface's son Simon – voiced by Christian Danley – an overweight, blond-haired, pale-skinned, sexually confused, teenage Hannah Montana fan who wears sweater vests and exhibits adolescent rebellion by muttering and breaking cereal bowls;[4] Reporter Grace Ryan, former girlfriend of Xander Crews turned into Antagone, a toxic, radioactive-ant-powered villainess; Sinn – voiced by Kelly Jenrette – later known as Hooper, originally Killface's sidekick and later his enemy;[5] and the Xtacles, Awesome X's team of easily distracted and remarkably inept rocket-booted troops.[6]

Setting[edit]

Frisky Dingo takes place primarily in and around a large city simply called "Town" or "the Town". Its actual name never being mentioned becomes a running joke throughout the series. Despite its lack of a specific name, maps of "Town" are featured throughout the series which closely resemble interstate roadmaps of the city of Atlanta, Georgia where 70/30 Studios, producers of Frisky Dingo, were based. Additional evidence for "Town" being Atlanta is the presence of buildings suspiciously resembling the Cotton Mill Lofts (a location that at one time housed production operations for 70/30) burning in the second episode, "Meet Awesome-X". Also, in the episode where Killface is pandering to the African American church congregation he is wearing what looks like Michael Vick's Atlanta Falcons football jersey.

Episodes[edit]

The first season of Frisky Dingo follows the adversarial relationship between the villainous Killface, who aspires to strike fear into humankind before he drives the Earth into the Sun with his Annihilatrix, and Awesome X, the secret superhero identity of multi-billionaire Xander Crews who dreads retiring after having defeated the last known supervillain. The season ends with the activation of the Annihilatrix by Simon, Killface's son.

At the beginning of the second season, Killface is taking credit for "curing" global warming due to the Annihilatrix having moved the Earth a total of three feet further from the sun before it malfunctioned, and has decided to run for President of the United States. Xander Crews follows suit, re-forming his company and launching his own Presidential campaign.

Home releases[edit]

Title Release date No. of
episodes
Additional information
Season One March 25, 2008 13 Comes with a replica of Killface's 'Welcome to you're "doom!"' postcard.
Season Two January 6, 2009 12 Features a brand new short made to tie in with the spin-off series The Xtacles (as a result, the DVD box says 13 episodes). Also comes with a Frisky Dingo sticker.

Failed spin off[edit]

Main article: The Xtacles

The Xtacles is a spin-off from Frisky Dingo in which the Xtacles, Xander Crews' private army, take a lead role. The series revolves around the Xtacles' lack of direction following the abduction of their leader by aliens at the end of Frisky Dingo. They take on random missions from President Stan, who returns from the previous series. The series premiered its only two episodes on November 9, 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heckert, Justin (2006). The Making of Frisky Dingo. Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  2. ^ Hagan, Merrill; Macke, Liz (2008-05-28). "Frisky Dingo - Killface". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  3. ^ Hagan, Merrill; Eason, Jonas (2008-05-29). "Frisky Dingo - Awesome X". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ Hagan, Merrill (2008-05-13). "Frisky Dingo - Simon". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. ^ Hagan, Merrill (2008-05-13). "Frisky Dingo - Sinn". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  6. ^ Hagan, Merrill; Eason, Jonas (2008-05-13). "Frisky Dingo - Xtacles". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 

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