Pound Puppies was a toy line sold by Tonka in the 1980s. It later inspired an animated TV special, an animated TV series, and a feature film. Shipments of the toys over five years generated sales of $300 million in 35 countries.
The puppies had a variety of plush stuffed dog dolls with floppy ears and droopy eyes. They came in a variety of colors, some with spots. Each one came in a carrying case with an adoption certificate. Smaller versions were also created (approximately 5 inches (13 cm) long), and a line of cats called Pound Pur-r-ries was also released. Each authentic puppy had a heart-shaped emblem near its tail that sported a "PP" logo with either a dog (Puppies) or cat (Purries) peeking around it. In 1987, Hardee's restaurants also offered a series of Pound Puppies with their Children's Meals. Also, Pound Puppies continued to be popular in the early 1990s.
Cooler (Beagle/Bloodhound mix) – Cooler is the leader of the Pound Puppies. As his name would imply, Cooler has an outgoing and mellow personality and always keeps his head up even in the most daring situations. He also has a witty and sharp sense of humor compared to the other characters in the series, which is also backed up by his goofy Eddie Murphy-styled laugh. His battle cry is "Pound Puppies, let's start pounding!" In the season 2 episode Cooler, Come Back, Cooler was finally caught by Katrina Stoneheart. However, he escaped from Katrina's clutches in an unknown part of the United States and was taken to a dog pound with No-Name, a dog who refuses to be adopted. After saving every dog from the red leash, Cooler was about to be done for. Fortunately, No-Name (Now King) and his new master, Carolyn, saved him and Cooler is reunited with Holly and the Pound Puppies. Cooler and Holly have a special bond since the season 1 episode How to Found a Pound, when he helped Holly save the pound for the first time from Katrina Stoneheart. In Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, he wore a white leather jacket (He had a blue leather jacket in the TV Series) and his personality was a little more serious than in the TV series. In the TV special, he had a crush on Violet Vanderfeller and had a record of 762 escapes (Which Cooler refers as "A nasty habit I'm trying to quit"). Voiced by Dan Gilvezan in both the TV series and the TV special. In Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, Cooler was voiced by Brennan Howard and his singing voice was provided by Ashley Hall.
Nose Marie (Boxer/Bloodhound mix) – Nose Marie is the oldest female of the team. In the first series, she is flirtatious, has good etiquette, is a bit boastful at times, and is shown to have romantic interests in Cooler. In the second series however, she is kind, mature, and has a motherly role over the younger Pound Puppies. When running scared, she often screams out "Eek! Eek! Eek I say! Eek!". In the season 2 episode Nose Marie Day, the other Pound Puppies decided to dedicate a holiday in her honor. However, Nose Marie felt like the "relaxing is becoming downright exhausting." When Nose Marie felt like she isn't wanted anymore, she runs away and was about to leave with Lisa, a little girl whose family is moving away. Just then, the Pound Puppies stopped Nose Marie because they want her to know that she is important to them and they wouldn't be the same without her. In the TV special, Nose Marie was referred as "The Nose" and has a record of 15 escapes. In Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, she wore a pink dress and is somewhat like Cooler's girlfriend (As she was in Season 1 of the TV series). It is also revealed in the movie and in the TV special that she can track a scent with her nose (According to Nose Marie, her nose knows best.) Voiced by Ruth Buzzi in the TV series and in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. Nose Marie was originally voiced by Joanne Worley with a Brooklyn accent in the TV Special.
Howler (Pug/Jack Russell terrier mix) – Howler is the inventor of the Pound Puppies squad. He's often inventing creations to solve the teams' problems. His trademark red derby comes with a mechanical hand that is usually for helping him invent or reading a book when he has his hands full. As his name implies, he often howls after the end of his sentences or at the end of an episode. In season 1, Howler often stutters in his sentences, which is backed up by his howling. In season 2, Howler is generally not the spotlight puppy and has appeared in less episodes than he did in Season 1. In the season 1 episode In Pups We Trust, Howler was accused of stealing the Pound Puppies beloved items. He ran away from Holly's Puppy Pound and befriended a homless dog named Spudge. While looking for food, they were about to be kidnapped by Captain Slaughter. Fortunately, Howler's friends were able to save him and Spudge. Afterwards, Howler was happy to be back with his friends. In Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, Howler wore a green derby (red in the TV Series), a red shirt with short sleeves (yellow in the TV series), and had brown curly hair (yellow in the TV series) and is not the bravest puppy of the group. Voiced by Robert Morse. He was originally voiced by Frank Welker in the Pound Puppies TV special and only howls. In Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, Howler was voiced by Hal Rayle and his howling vocal effects were provided by Frank Welker.
Bright Eyes (Yellow Labrador Retriever) – Bright Eyes is the youngest female of the team, her namesake based on her bright blue eyes back in Season 1 and in the TV special. She is sweet, passionate, and extremely energetic. A hobby of hers is cheerleading, which is seen as one of her roles in the show. At times, she may come across as rather naive and ditzy, but is always aware of what's going on in a situation. In Season 2, Bright Eyes is younger than she was in season 1. In the season 1 episode Bright Eyes, Come Home, Bright Eyes wanted to be adopted. After an incident during the episode, Bright Eyes decides to stay with the Pound Puppies. Her dream of being adopted was never mentioned for the remainder of the series. In Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, she wore a green shirt (blue in season 2, originally green in season 1), a yellow skirt (blue in the TV series), and has white fur (Yellow in the TV series). Voiced by Nancy Cartwright impersonating Mae Questel in the TV series and in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. Bright Eyes was originally voiced by Adrienne Alexander in the Pound Puppies TV Special.
Whopper (Golden retriever) – Whopper is the youngest of the Pound Puppies. He is often fantasizing and imagining nearly impossible situations, and telling little white lies. He wears a diaper even though he is officially a "kid". Whopper also has a brother-sister relationship with Bright Eyes, as they often share opinions, come to agreements, and experience things together. He also dresses up in many different outfits as alter-egos during a heroic or otherwise serious situation, which is used for comic-relief. His most notable outfit and alter-ego is Wonder Whopper, in which Whopper wears a red cape and a blue bodysuit inspired by the comic book superhero Superman. In the season 2 episode The Wonderful World of Whopper, he even helped a puppy named Beezer snap out of her boredom with the power of his imagination. In the present day storyline of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, he is an adult and shares the Bone of Scone story when he was a kid to his niece and nephew. Also, Whopper no longer wore a diaper and instead wears a blue shirt, blue pants, a blue cap, and is somewhat older than he was in the TV Series. Voiced by B.J. Ward in both the TV series and Pound Puppies and The Legend of Big Paw.
Beamer (Scottish terrier/German shepherd mix) – Beamer is a happy go lucky puppy and behaves in a cheerful gentleman-like manner. Beamer likes to eat scones, crumpets, cookies and sandwiches. He is able to talk in other languages and accents besides his decidedly Scottish accent, for example French, Spanish, Welsh etc. His catchphrases are "Good tidings" and "Sometimes I did things that I'm not supposed to do, but I learn from them" and "It's awesome!" He will also say "Wow, that's really out of character" whenever he sees one of his friends behaving in a strange way and "Sweet Henrietta!". Beamer can also be fussy, clean and will not tolerate anything dirty. Sometimes, he has terrible classes. He is also part Bull terrier. Beamer appeared in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. He is voiced by Greg Berg.
Barkerville (English Bulldog) – Barkerville or "Barky" by his friends is an upper-class snob like dog. Sometimes, he can be stubborn, smug and naughty, but is a kind dog at heart. He also acts like a gentleman toward women, especially Violet. Barkerville appeared in the Pound Puppies TV special. Barkerville made a brief cameo appearance with Violet and Scrounger in Wagga Wagga at the beginning of Cooler's flashback. He is voiced by Alan Oppenheimer in the TV special and by Robert Morse in Wagga Wagga.
Reflex (Schnoodle) – Reflex is a lovesick dog. His tactic is kissing all of his friends, which was followed by his catchphrase "I love you!" every time he hears a bell ring. His tactic can be also used whenever needed, but most of the time, instead of doing it for mischief he uses this tactic to make his friends happy whenever they feel sad. His tactic was also used to turn the other Pound Puppies back to normal when they were brainwashed by Marvin McNasty's Mean Machine. He is also a mix of a purebred Bernese Mountain dog. Reflex appeared in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. He is voiced by Hal Rayle.
Violet Vanderfeller (Greyhound/Shar Pei Mix) – A dog from a rich family who was kidnapped by Flack and Tubbs as a ransom. However, Violet was able to escape from her kidnappers and landed in the City Pound. She has a crush on Cooler. At the end of the Pound Puppies TV special, she was happily reunited with her owners. Up until the end of the TV special, Cooler referred Violet as "Sam". Along with Barkerville and Scrounger, Violet made a brief cameo appearance in the Season 1episode Wagga Wagga at the beginning of Cooler's flashback. Her hobby is relaxing when she takes a bath. She also has a hobby of teaching younger puppies about manners. Voiced by Gail Matthius.
Louie (Cane Corso/Chinook Mix) – A dog who served food to Violet and Cooler. Louie is an excellent cook. He speaks with a French accent. According to Cooler, Louie is not a good joke teller. He has an assistant who plays a violin. Louie appeared in the Pound Puppies TV special. Voiced by Don Messick.
Scrounger (Beagle/Shar Pei Mix) – In the Pound Puppies TV Special, he was a member of the Pound Puppies with yellow fur and loves garbage. He had a record of 29 escapes. His habit is finding junk, trinkets, or useless knicknacks. In the Season 1 episode Wagga Wagga, he makes a brief cameo appearance with Violet and Barkerville in the beginning of Cooler's flashback. Scrounger's guest starring role was in Garbage Night: The Musical. This time, Scrounger's fur is gray and his eating habits gave him frequent stomach aches. Despite his refusal of eating healthy foods earlier, the Pound Puppies were able to show him the truth behind eating junk food and Scrounger no longer eats garbage. He was later adopted by Melissa. He was voiced by Ron Palillo in the TV special and Gregg Berger in the TV series.
Uncle J.R. – Whopper's uncle, who was seen once in the episode Whopper Cries Uncle. Whopper and the Pound Puppies once tried to trick him into thinking Whopper was rich to impress him, but in the end, it turned out J.R. wasn't rich either. He later got adopted by a Texas family. Even though he may look and sound like a cow dog, he is actually from Milwaukee. Uncle J.R. is afraid of cats. Voiced by John Stephenson.
Biff Barker (Basset Hound) – Whopper's hero. He works in a TV show that is about ghost-catching. In real life, however, he is a coward. Biff was able to conquer his fear to save the Pound Puppies from being turned into fur coats. He appeared in Ghost Hounders. Voiced by Chuck McCann.
Zazu, the Fairy Dogmother – A scatterbrained fairy dog who appeared in The Fairy Dogmother. Every time she tries to grant a wish to help the Pound Puppies, her wishes backfire. However, Zazu was able to master her magic and helped the Pound Puppies and Holly at the Prom. She made a brief return in Happy Howlidays. Zazu was voiced by Joan Gardner.
Teensy – A tiny puppy whom Nose Marie rescued from Catgut. He appeared in Little Big Dog. He was voiced by Lorenzo Music.
Toots – A girl dog who conned Bright Eyes into stealing weinies and squeaky toys for her gang. She the leader of a tough dog gang called the Crushers. She has long, brown hair with a pink flower and wears a green jacket. When Bright Eyes was being chased by Katrina, Toots and her gang came to the rescue, along with the Pound Puppies. At the end, she was adopted by Mrs. Vanderspiff and went straight. She appeared in The Bright Eyes Mob. She was voiced by Dana Hill.
Sparky (Golden Retriever) – A puppy who is more like a fire dog than a retriever, much to Whopper's chagrin. He was then adopted by the Fire Department after saving Whopper and Holly from a fire. He appeared in Where's the Fire?. Voiced by Gabriel Damon.
Lucy (Samoyed) – A pregnant dog. Her life partner is Rusty, a father-to-be. While pregnant, she had a terrible craving for a dog food and ice cream sundae (with chocolate syrup, Limburger cheese, ketchup, gumdrops, etc.) According to Nose Marie and Holly, she was starving. At the end of Where Puppies Come From, she gave birth to three puppies, Candy, Mandy, and Andy. She, Rusty and their three children were later adopted in Pups on the Loose. Voiced by Patricia Parris.
Rusty (Plott Hound) – A father-to-be whose life partner is Lucy. At one point, Rusty was very nervous about having puppies. At the end of Where Puppies Come From, Lucy gave birth to Mandy, Candy, and Any. Along with Lucy, he and their children were later adopted in Pups on the Loose. Voiced by Phil Proctor.
Candy, Mandy, and Andy (Samoyed/Plott Hound mix) – Puppy triplets who constantly bicker over everything (Who wanted to use green paint, who wanted to use flour, who wanted to lick the spoon, and which owner should they live with). However, their bickering got the better of them after they were nearly captured by Katrina and broke puppy power. When they heard that they have to be with an individual owner, they promised to work together and never argue ever again. They were born by Lucy and Rusty in Where Puppies Come From and adopted with their parents in Pups on the Loose. They are voiced by Russi Taylor, Thy Lee, and Benji Gregory respectively.
No-Name (Later named King) – A dog who was stubborn and wouldn't want to be adopted. After seeing Cooler's unselfish deeds (telling kids to adopt dogs in Cage 1 and saving No-Name from getting stuck), No-Name became a good guy and was able to save Cooler from a terrible fate. He was then adopted by a girl named Carolyn and was named King. King appeared in the final episode Cooler, Come Back. King was voiced by Rob Paulsen (Though his name was uncredited at the end credits).
Princefeld – One of Toots' partners in crime. He wears a red Gatsby cap with a yellow patch, a pair of sunglasses, and a green jacket. Along with Toots, he and his comrades were adopted by Mrs. Vanderspiff and went straight. He appeared in The Bright Eyes Mob. He was voiced by Jim Cummings.
Shauna – A pregnant shar-pei who appeared in Snowbound Pound. She was separated from her owners, the Simons, during a severe snowstorm. Fortunately, the Pound Puppies and Holly rescued her. Later, with the help of Dr. Weston, Holly, and the Pound Puppies, Shauna gave birth to nine puppies and was reunited with her owners. Voiced by Linda Gary.
Penelope – Cooler's former girlfriend. Penelope was separated from Cooler during the Wagga-Wagga incident. She now has a husband named Danny and children. While Penelope and her family went on a rescue mission, Danny and the children were captured by Captain Slaughter. With the help of the Pound Puppies, she rescued Danny and her children and were adopted at the end of Wagga Wagga. Voiced by Linda Gary.
Pupnick (Shiba) – A dog from Mongrowlia, a fictional country similar to Russia. He has a love interest for Bright Eyes during his time with Cooler and the gang while being pursued by Clawfinger's henchmen. The reason why Pupnick was pursued is because he wears a collar that contains a brain crystal. He helped the Pound Puppies save Bright Eyes and defeat Clawfinger in Secret Agent Pup. He is later adopted. Voiced by Pat Fraley.
Casey – A puppy who was separated from his master, Jonathon, during their camping trip. With help from the Pound Puppies, he was able to reunite with Jonathon and his family. He appeared in Casey, Come Home. Voiced by Danny Cooksey.
Beezer – A puppy who, at the beginning of The Wonderful World of Whopper, was "so bored I could scream" and she did. However, Whopper was able to get Beezer out of boredom and Beezer used her imagination to have fun. She was later adopted and with her owner, Davie, they had a wonderful imagination via The Wizard of Oz. Voiced by Allyce Beasley.
Itchy and Snichey (Doberman Pinchers) – Nabbit's two guard dogs who appeared in the Pound Puppies TV special. Like Nabbit, they also have fleas. Note that Itchy has red eyes and Snichey has yellow eyes. They are voiced by Don Messick and Frank Welker respectively.
Big Paw (Newfoundland/Pug, Old English Sheepdog mix) – A giant dog who is the Guardian of the Bone of Scone. Big Paw was a friendly dog who was alone and had no friends. When the Pound Puppies told him that he is not really ugly, Big Paw became a good friend and an ally. At the end of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, he was adopted by the museum in order to keep the Bone of Scone from falling into the wrong hands. Big Paw was voiced by Tony Longo while his growling vocal effects were provided by Frank Welker and his singing voice was provided by Mark Vieha.
Collette (Saint-Usuge Spaniel) – A young mother of puppies. She and Whopper were kidnapped by Bones and Lumpy and were turned into guard dogs by Marvin McNasty's Mean Machine. Toward the end of the movie, Collette returned to normal after one of her puppies said "I love you" to her. She appeared in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. Voiced by Cathy Cavadini.
Florence (Golden Retriever) – A nurse dog who announces the birth of Collette's young puppies. She also attends to the birth of Collette's children. Her name is a play of Florence Nightingale, who was a well-known English nurse. Florence appeared in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. Voiced by Susan Silo.
Schap (Saint Bernard) – A dog who served as a hospital helper to the Pound Puppies when Cheep-Cheep, a bird rescued by Bright Eyes, got injured. He was later adopted at the end of The Bird Dog. Vocal effects provided by Frank Welker.
Fred (Shar Pei) – A young puppy who got loose and was chased by Katrina. Fortunately, Fred was rescued by Nose Marie. He was adopted by a girl named Lisa. He appeared in Nose Marie Day. Voiced by Phillip Glasser.
Thunderhawk (Siberian Husky) – A puppy who prefers the cold better than the heat. He participated in the Dog Sled Race at Alaska. When the Pound Puppies were in danger, he gave up the race in order to save them. Though he lost the race, Nahook, his owner, still adopts him because of his bravery. Thunderhawk appears in Snow Puppies. Voiced by Vaughn Tyree Jelks.
Spats (Miniature Australian Shepherd) – A girl dog whom Cooler and King met at the dog pound. When she was in cage one, Cooler was able to save Spats by telling a young boy to adopt her. She is last seen with her new owner in Cooler, Come Back. Voiced by Ami Foster.
Canine Cafe Trio – They were the owners of the self-proclaimed "Canine Cafe", where stray dogs eat nothing but junk food. A male French poodle was the waiter while his two assistants were a female Nova-Scotia Duck-Trolling Retriever with a pink bow and a female Chihuahua/Terrier mix dog with a green bow. Like Scrounger, they used to eat junk food all the time. At the end of Garbage Night: The Musical, they learned their lesson and are now living with their owners at the Haven House Children's House. The poodle waiter was voiced by Rene Auberjonois and his two assistants were voiced by Thy Lee and Janice Tori.
Toby – A puppy who was adopted by Henry in Good Night, Sweet Pups.
Bessie – A girl puppy who was about to be adopted by Shannon when Katrina stopped her and her parents from adopting Bessie. Cooler and Nose Marie were able to deliver Bessie to Shannon at her house. Bessie appears in King Whopper. Voiced by Thy Lee.
Shaky (Chihuahua) – A puppy who was abandoned by its previous owners and was traumatized. When Shaky was afraid of humans, Cooler tells his story of how the pound came to be and how met Millicent and Holly. Shaky, convinced by Cooler's story, no longer fears humans. He appears in How to Found a Pound. Voiced by Frank Welker.
Buster – A puppy who often turns into a tornado and breaks everything. In reality, he had no loving family to teach him manners. When the Belleveshires' library was wrecked by Catgut, the Pound Puppies thought Buster did it. After the Pound Puppies and Holly were kicked out of the Beleveshires' mansion, Nose Marie blamed Buster, even though Buster wasn't the one who wrecked the library. While the other Pound Puppies and Holly foiled Katrina's plan to close down the pound, Nose Marie apologized to Buster and Buster forgave her. Buster is later adopted by the Belveshires after making Hubert, the Belveshires' only son, happy. He appears in From Wags to Riches. Voiced by Ronnie Schell.
The Three Wise Guys: Byron, Fleeco, and Wolfie – A trio of canine comedians who were looking for the Star Puppy in The Star Pup. Byron P. Fleabottom is a small Aidi and his partners are Fleeco, a tall, lanky Beagle-Harrier, and Wolfie, a round Bearded Collie who only honks his nose and has a crush on Bright Eyes. The Three Wise Guys are a play on the Marx Brothers(With Byron inspired by Groucho Marx, Wolfie inspired by Harpo Marx, and Fleeco inspired by Chico Marx.) and their theme song were played to the tune of Three Blind Mice(Inspired by The Three Stooges). Fleeco, Wolfie, and Byron are voiced by Pat Fraley, Frank Welker, and Roger Rose respectively.
Arf – A puppy who usually "arfs" in between his sentences in The Rescue Pups. Arf was heartbroken when Jody's mother refuses to let Jody adopted him. When Jody was in trouble, Arf and the Pound Puppies, along with the Fire Department and the Police Department, rescued Jody. In the end, Jody's mother changes her mind and Arf was adopted. Voiced by Kath Soucie.
Tiny – A little puppy who has a limp in Happy Howlidays. He was chased out of an alley by two alley dogs who hated stray dogs. Tiny was rescued by the Pound Puppies. Later, the Pound Puppies taught the alley dogs that friendship should be important. Heartbroken, the alley dogs apologized to Tiny and wished him Merry Christmas. Tiny, The Pound Puppies, and the Two Alley Dogs howled to the tune of God rest you merry, gentlemen when Holly's Puppy Pound was closed. When the pound was reopened, Tiny was adopted by a boy named Charlie. The fate of his former bullies was unknown. Tiny was inspired by Tiny Tim, a character from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol who also was crippled. He is voiced by Danny Cooksey and the two alley dogs were voiced by Frank Welker and Brian Cummings.
Buddy – A puppy who has an "imaginary friend" named Bob. To the Pound Puppies, Buddy made up Bob whenever he causes trouble. However, it turns out that Bob was actually an invisible Brontosaurus thanks to puppy power. Buddy was later adopted by Colin, whose imaginary friend was Bob's cousin, Sam. Buddy was voiced by Nancy Cartwright and Bob the Brontosaurus was voiced by Frank Welker.
Yapper – Biff Barker's agent. He usually accompanies Biff Barker and is concerned for Biff's safety. When he and Biff Barker found out that the Terrible Terrier is not real and learned about Katrina's plan, they rescued the Pound Puppies from being turned into furcoats. He appeared in Ghost Hounders. Voiced by Pat Fraley.
Pal – A young puppy in Tail of the Pup whose tail is unable to wag. Although the Pound Puppies tried everything to cheer up Pal, they decided to let puppy power show him who's going to adopt him, a boy named Greg. When he heard that Greg's friend recently moved away, Pal decides to cheer him up and his tail finally wags. He is now adopted by Greg. Voiced by Brice Beckham.
Bowser – A puppy who was kidnapped by Captain Slaughter in The Captain and the Cats the night before he was about to be adopted. He was later rescued by the Pound Puppies. Voiced by Casey Ellison. Not to be confused with Bowser, the main villain from the Super Mario video games.
Danny – Penelope's husband. He and Penelope were married and have three children. In an attempt to rescue the captured citizens of Wagga Wagga, Danny and his children were captured by Captain Slaughter. With the help of the Pound Puppies, Danny and the children were rescued and reunited with Penelope. They are last seen with their new owners. Danny appeared in Wagga Wagga. Voiced by Frank Welker.
Clawfinger (Bulldog) – A criminal mastermind who wanted to kidnap Pupnik and other dogs to hypotize them under his control with a brain crystal encased in Pupnik's collar. He owned the Casino Evil. His two henchmen kidnapped Bright Eyes and held her hostage. When the other Pound Puppies and Pupnick reached his hideout at Mount Muttmore, Clawfinger was about to use his machine to brainwash all the dogs in the world when Cooler, faking his hypnotized state, destroyed the machine and trapped Clawfinger and his men. He resembled and behaved like Al Capone. Clawfinger is the only dog to be a villain. Appeared in Secret Agent Pup. Voiced by Roger Rose. His sidekicks were voiced by Roger Rose and Frank Welker.
Blue – A puppy whom Jerry adopted. When the Pound Puppies heard that Jerry ran away from home, Blue decided to go along with their plan in reverse psychology(often winking at the Pound Puppies that their plan is a success when Jerry's not looking). At the end of Kid in the Doghouse, Jerry was reunited with his parents and Blue finally has a home. Voiced by Nancy Linari.
Sir Digalot – Cooler's ancestor in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. He was King Arthur's pet dog. While Arthur pulled Excalibur from the Stone, Digalot pulled the Bone from the Stone, enabling the ability of humans to communicate with animals with Puppy Power. Voiced by Brennan Howard.
Sherlock Bones (Bloodhound) – An oddball detective hired by the Pound Puppies and Holly to search for the Pound Pupppies' stolen items in In Pups We Trust. When he found the belongings in Howler's doghouse, he and the other Pound Puppies thought he was a thief. However, it was actually a family of racoons of stole the items, meaning that Howler is not a crook. He is later adopted by the building inspector after the inspector gave an award for Holly's clean pound. Voiced by Pat Fraley.
Spudge – A homeless dog whom Howler befriended in In Pups We Trust. While looking for food, he and Howler encountered the villainous Captain Slaughter. Fortunately, Spudge and Howler were rescued by the Pound Puppies. Voiced by Brian Cummings.
The Crushers – A group of tough dogs who Bright Eyes met in The Bright Eyes Mob. The group consists of Toots (the leader), Princefeld, a muscle-bound dog wearing a biker helmet and a white T-shirt with a picture of his mother on it, a short dog who wears a derby and a red t-shirt, and another small dog who wears a purple jacket. They tricked Bright Eyes into stealing Mr. Bruno's weinies and some squeaky toys. However, they gave up their life of crime when they were adopted by Mrs. Vanderspiff. The muscle-bound dog was voiced by Brian Cummings (uncredited).
Arnold and Archie – Twin puppies who Violet and the others met in the Pound Puppies Coloring Book exclusive story "A Haunted House Adventure". Their mother has been missing for 2 days and the twins got lost while in the Haunted House. After being rescued by the Pound Puppies, Arnold and Archie were reunited with their mother at the pound, who explains that she got stuck in a drainpipe and was rescued by Nabbit.
Muffy – A girl dog whom Howler bid goodbye before she was adopted in The Captains and the Cats. Muffy usually ends her sentences with "Really, I am." She is inspired by Katharine Hepburn. Voiced by Ruth Buzzi.
Scratchy (Welsh Terrier) – A puppy whom Nose Marie asked Jerry to give a flea bath in Kid in the Doghouse. After spreading the fleas to everyone except Jerry, Scratchy and the others took flea baths. Later on, Jerry learned that he should be responsible for doing chores and helped the Pound Puppies and Holly clean up the Pound Puppy HQ and give Scratchy a bath. Scratchy is later adopted.
Burlap – A puppy who was put in Cage 1 in Cooler, Come Back. He was then rescued by Terry, a boy whom Cooler told to adopt instead. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright.
Holly – A kind girl with the gift of Puppy power. She owned the puppy pound in season 1. She often helps Cooler and the gang foil Katrina. Katrina, whom Holly addresses to her as "Auntie Katrina", uses her as a slave for housework (in some ways similar to Cinderella). Like the Pound Puppies, Holly also knows when her evil guardian goes too far. In "Fairy Dogmother" she has a crush on Mervin. In season 2, her hair style and clothes changed, and was a relatively minor character. It is unknown whether or not Holly's parents are alive. Their absence in the show is the likely reason why she is in Katrina's custody. Voiced by Ami Foster.
Millicent Trueblood – Katrina's wealthy and kind great-aunt and the founder of the Puppy Pound. According to Cooler, Millicent was 101 when she died from an incurable sickness (which meant that she was born in 1885). She appeared in the second episode of the first season via flashback when Cooler told a pup about the Puppy Pound's foundation. Because she came from a very small family, Katrina was her only next of kin. Katrina believed she would inherit all her possessions (the Puppy Pound included) since her great-aunt had left no known will. However, after appearing to Cooler in a dream shortly after her death, Holly and the dogs find Millicent's will, where she leaves her home to Katrina and the Puppy Pound to Holly. Millicent Trueblood is never mentioned in any other episode of the whole series. Voiced by June Lockhart.
Katrina Stoneheart – An evil woman who got most of Millicent Trueblood's fortune and the main villainess of the TV Series. It is obvious that she was based on Cruella de Vil. She often makes Holly work for her and do the chores she and Brattina should have done. She displays an immeasurable distaste for the Pound Puppies, and all things cute in general. Her main goal in Season 1 was to shut down the puppy pound (Ironically in Season 2, for some unknown reason, she owns a puppy pound of her own). In season 2, her main goal shifted to capturing Cooler and the Pound Puppies and locking them up or even killing them. Also in season two, her catchphrase is "Mutts Drive Me Nuts!" In Season 1, Katrina was shown to be clever, manipulative and sneaky, but in Season 2, she seemed to be far less competent. In Good Night, Sweet Pups, she is allergic to penguins. Voiced by Pat Carroll.
Brattina – Katrina's equally evil daughter. She often gloats with Catgut when they're winning, but is equally quick to whine and cry when they ultimately lose. Her catchphrase is eww Icky-Poo puppies! Like Katrina, she hates dogs. When Katrina yells at her for one reason or another, she often replies with something like "Scream in my ears, why don'tcha!" She also constantly refers to Katrina as "Mommy Dearest". She also has a crush on Mervin, but then she fell in love with Captain Slaughter. In Happy Howlidays, what Brattina wanted for Christmas is a Suzy-Spitup doll. She desired for the same toy in Kid in the Doghouse. The whereabouts of Brattina's father are unknown. In season 2, she started wearing a jacket. Brattina is inspired by Anastasia and Drizella, Cinderella's evil stepsisters in Disney's Cinderella. Voiced by Adrienne Alexander.
Captain Slaughter – A sea captain that Katrina often hired to get rid of the Pound Puppies. He has a claw-like metallic right hand and his face was never shown. Slaughter was assumed to have lost his original hand years ago to a train accident while he was chasing Cooler. Slaughter has harbored an intense hatred for Cooler ever since. He is the direct descendant of Slaughtar, a cruel chieftain who led a tribe of barbarians to chase puppies away. He appeared in four Season 1 episodes: In Pups We Trust, Wagga Wagga, the Star Pup, and The Captain and the Cats. He disappeared in Season 2. Voiced by Peter Cullen in a deeper voice.
Mervin – A young blonde boy who Holly and Brattina have a crush on. He tried to ask Holly out to a school dance, but he was to afraid to ask, which leads him to go with Brattina instead. He fell in love with Brattina after Zazu's spell went wrong. The spell was later broken and he dances with Holly. He appeared in Fairy Dogmother. Voiced by Danny Cooksey.
Carolyn – A blond girl who met Cooler and No-name(King) at the dog pound. She later adopted No-Name and named him King after Cooler was saved from the red leash. Carolyn appeared in Cooler Come Home. Voiced by Lauren Taylor.
Jonathon – A boy whose dog, Casey, got lost after he and his family were on a camping trip. He is later reunited with Casey. He appeared in Casey, Come Home. He was voiced by Joshua Horowitz and his parents were voiced by Lise Hilboldt and Michael Lembeck.
Mayor Fist – A mayor who was the judge at the Annual Pet Talent Show. He appeared in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes. His original appearance was in The Pound Puppies TV special. Note in the special, he has a son named Arnold Fist. Voiced by Sorrell Booke in the TV special and by Mel Blanc impersonating the Looney Tunes character, Yosemite Sam, in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes.
Mr. Nabbit – A dog catcher. He appeared in Snowbound Pound trying to repair the furnace but his attempts keep failing. In the TV special, he had a much larger role as a dog catcher who also behaves like a dog(having fleas and all). Note also in the TV special, he has two doberman pinchers named Itchy and Snitchy. His full name is Dabney Nabbit. Voiced by Henry Gibson in the TV special and by Frank Welker in the episode Snowbound Pound.
Tammy and Jeff – Two teenagers who run the adoption bazaar in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, replacing Holly's role as owner of the Puppy Pound in Season 1. It is unclear whether Tammy and Jeff are siblings or girlfriend and boyfriend respectively. They are voiced by Janice Kawaye and Joey Dedio respectively.
Marvin McNasty – The main villain of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. He is the descendant of Sir McNasty, an evil knight who tried to take over Arthur's kingdom, but was foiled when Arthur pulled Excalibur from the Stone. Marvin has two stupid henchmen named Lumpy and Bones, who usually goof up McNasty's schemes. Marvin is allergic to cats. He stole half of the bone of scone and invented the Mean Machine to turn puppies into vicious guard dogs. Ironically, at the end of the movie, after the bone of scone was back together, he and his henchmen were reformed by his own machine and helps Tammy and Jeff at the adoption bazaar. Marvin and Sir McNasty were voiced by George Rose, while Lumpy and Bones were voiced by Wayne Scherzer and Frank Welker respectively.
Arthur – A boy who became king after pulling Excaliber out of the stone, foiling Sir McNasty's schemes. Arthur has a dog named Digalot, who was Cooler's ancestor. He appeared in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw and was voiced by James Swodec.
Flack and Tubbs – Two dognappers who were wanted in seven states for grand theft dognapping. They dognapped Violet as a ransom to the Vanderfellers. Thankfully, Violet was able to escape from them. Flack is a long-nosed skinny man with a goatee while Tubbs is a large fat man whose stupidity goofs up their plot to kidnap Violet. They are last seen arrested by the police at the end of the Pound Puppies TV special. They are voiced by Charlie Adler and Avery Schreiber respectively.
Bigelow – A 15-year experienced pound supervisor in the Pound Puppies TV Special. He was appointed to be a garbage man by Mayor Fist because the Mayor's son, Arnold, was tired of garbage. After an incident, Mayor Fist fired Bigelow. At the end of the TV Special, he was mistaken for capturing Flack and Tubbs and got his original job back at the pound supervisor. His pet cat, Catgut, would later appear in the TV series as Katrina Stoneheart's pet. Voiced by Jonathan Winters.
Arnold Fist – Snobby and haughty son of the Mayor who once worked as a garbageman. He was next in becoming pound supervisor after Bigelow got fired. Later, his dream was dashed to bits when Bigalow was hired once again after Flack and Tubbs were arrested. Arnold appeared in the Pound Puppies TV special. Voiced by Ed Begley, Jr..
Mother Superior – A kind-hearted nun who runs the St. Francis Children's Home. Two of the children who lived at the orhpanage are a brown haired boy named Petey and a blond girl named Becky. Petey and Becky later adopted puppies. Mother Superior appeared in the Pound Puppies TV Special. She was voiced by June Foray.
Dr. Weston – A brown-haired veterinarian of the City Pound who was referred in the Pound Puppies TV Special's title sequence as "The Doc". Secretly, she is a good friend of the Pound Puppies. In one case, she helped Cooler escape solitary confinement when Cooler played his sick act and Dr. Weston diagnosed his case as "Cathasiga Nula Maniana", fooling Bigalow and Nabbit. After Nabbit and Bigalow left, Dr. Weston awarded Cooler with a cheese-flavored dog bone. An Asian-American Dr. Weston appeared in the season 1 episode Snowbound Pound. She was later remade as an African American veterinarian named Dr. Simon, who only appeared in the Season 2 episodes Whopper gets the Point and Bright Lights, Bright Eyes. Voiced by Victoria Carroll in the TV special, Haunani Minn in Snowbound Pound, and by Bever-Leigh Banfield in Whopper Gets the Point and Bright Lights, Bright Eyes.
Sam Quintin – A jewelry thief hired by Katrina in her plot to close Holly's puppy pound. He fooled Holly and the Pound Puppies into thinking that he was a movie director and tricked Bright eyes into stealing the jewels. He is also known as "Quick Fingers" Quintin. After Holly and the Pound Puppies learned about Sam's true intentions, he was arrested by the police. He appeared in Bright Eyes, Come Home. Voiced by Barry Dennen.
Melissa – A blonde-haired girl who lived at the Haven House Children's Home. She wished for a puppy of her own. At the end of Garbage Night: The Musical, She adopted Scrounger. Voiced by Russi Taylor.
Shannon – A curly-haired girl who wanted to adopt Bessie. However, Katrina stopped her and her parents before they decided to adopt Bessie by telling them that the dogs aren't for sale. At the end of King Whopper, Cooler and Nose Marie delivered Bessie to Shannon. Shannon was voiced by Kathleen Helppie-Shipley and her parents were voiced by Lauri Fraser and Frank Welker.
Jerry – A blond haired boy who appeared in Kid in a Doghouse. His hobbies are reading comic books and skateboarding. When he requested to the Pound Puppies that he should be "adopted" with his new dog Blue, the Pound Puppies find it unorthodox, but agreed anyway. When they learned that Jerry was too lazy to do chores and he ran away from home, the Pound Puppies used reverse psychology in order to get Jerry to do chores. Afterwards, Jerry promised to do his chores (including taking care of Blue) and was reunited with his parents. Jerry was voiced by Edan Gross, his mother was voiced by Leslie Speights, and his father was voiced by Frank Welker.
Lisa – An African American girl whose family is moving to another town. When Nose Marie ran away from the Pound, Lisa adopted her. Then, just before the plane took off, the Pound Puppies stopped Nose Marie and told her that they need her very much. Lisa instead adopted Freddie and moved away. Lisa appeared in Nose Marie Day. Voiced by Deonca Brown.
Chief Williams – An African-American police chief who was referred in the Pound Puppies title sequence as "the Chief". He has a wife and a bispectacled daughter named Sarah, who loves puppies. At first, Chief Williams didn't want Sarah to have a puppy because he thinks they eat too much. However, when a life-time supply of dog food is shipped along with a puppy delivered to Sarah, Chief Williams changed his mind. Chief Williams often wondered about Mayor Fist's strange behavior when he was called in the middle of the night about a high-speed chase involving Bigelow. He is last seen arresting Flack and Tubbs for grand theft dog-napping in seven states at the end of the Pound Puppies TV apecial. His full name is Kelly Williams. He appears again in Happy Howlidays. Chief Williams was voiced by Garrett Morris and his pet dog, a German shepered, was voiced by Frank Welker.
Dr. Black – Katrina's doctor who sends her on a vacation after she had a meltdown caused by the puppies. He appeared in Secret Agent Pup. Voiced by Arthur Burghardt.
Slaughtar – An evil caveman who rules a tribe of barbarians aiming to get rid of puppies, who once ruled the Earth. He is Captain Slaughter's ancestor. The members of his villainous tribe included the ancestors of Katrina Stoneheart, Brattina, and Catgut. He appeared in The Star Pup and was voiced by Peter Cullen.
Greg – A short, brown-haired boy who was depressed because his friend moved away. He adopted Pal so he won't be lonely anymore. He appeared in Tail of the Pup. Voiced by Katie Leigh.
Edgar and Chauncey – Two police officers who chased Katrina's car. At the end of The Rescue Pups, thinking that the driver was Katrina Stoneheart, they were last seen giving Katrina speeding tickets. They are voiced by Sorrell Booke (uncredited) and Ernie Hudson respectively.
Jody – A blond haired girl whose mother refuses to let her adopt Arf in The Rescue Pups. Jody's mother disapproves the adoption because having a puppy would be too much noise. So, Jody ran away. However, on her way to the Puppy Pound, Jody fell into a hole and called for help. Thanks to the Pound Puppies, Arf, The Fire Department, and the Police Department, Jody was rescue and her mother finally agrees to let Jody adopt Arf, but only if she doesn't run away again. Jody is voiced by Kristina Chan and her mother is voiced by Susan Rhee.
Charlie – A young, red-haired boy who adopted Tiny in Happy Howlidays. Despite the fact that Tiny had a limp, Charlie still loved him anyway. He was voiced by Patric Zimmerman and his mother was voiced by Ruth Buzzi.
The Belveshires – A wealthy family who appeared in From Wags to Riches. According to Katrina, the Belveshires are the third richest couple in the country. Lord Belveshire usually speaks gibberish, so his wife, Lady Belveshire, is like his interpreter, translating what her husband is trying to say. They have a bispectacled son named Hubert, who usually reads his book. They invited Holly and the Pound Puppies(along with Buster) to their house so they could help them keep the pound open. When the library was destroyed by Catgut and his friends, they accused the Pound Puppies of wrecking it. Later, they found out that it was Catgut and his friends who did it(caught on camera) and told Katrina that her plans of making a condominium on top of Holly's property has been denied. Hubert later adopted Buster. Lord Belveshire was voiced by Clive Revill, while Lady Belveshire was voiced by Marilyn Lightstone, and their son, Hubert, was voiced by Chad Allen.
Santa Claus – He appeared in Whopper's imagination trying to find the Pound Puppies in Happy Howlidays. Whopper feared that if Santa misses Holly's Puppy Pound, he'll give all his presents to Brattina instead. Voiced by Clive Revill.
Mr. Hubert – A mailman who delivers Holly's overdue bill to Katrina in Happy Howlidays. Voiced by Ronnie Schell.
The Simons – A family whose dog, Shauna, was missing during a severe snowstorm in Snowbound Pound. In a TV interview following Shauna's disappearance, they made a plea to the viewers that if Shauna is found, the Simons will reward the good samaritan $5,000. Later, they were reunited with Shauna and her nine children after the storm ended and rewarded Holly and the Pound Puppies $5,000. Note that they are not related with Dr. Simon from Season 2. Mr. and Mrs. Simon are voiced by Steve Bulen and B.J. Ward respectively.
The Vanderfellers – A wealthy family from Hamstead whose dog, Violet, was dognapped by Flack and Tubbs as a ransom. Later in the movie, just as Violet was about to be reunited with her owners, Flack and Tubbs try to kidnap her again. This time, however, the Pound Puppies and Bigelow stopped the dognappers and saved Violet. Mr. Phil Vandefeller and Mrs. Gloria Vanderfeller have a son and a daughter named Nathan, a brown-haired boy with a green tie and his little sister, Chelsea, a blond, curly-haired girl with a pink bow. Nathan and Chelsea's names were never mentioned in the TV special. They appeared in the TV special. Nathan and Chelsea are voiced by Patric Zimmerman(Uncredited) and Laura Duff respectively.
Nahook – A young eskimo boy who adopted Thunderhawk to enter the sled-race. He was jealous of his rival, Oran, who constantly makes fun of Nahook. However in the end, Nahook and Oran both lost the race to Laura Swanson. Oran and Nahook make up and Nahook still loved Thunderhawk because they know that being friends is more important than winning. He appeared in Snow Puppies. Voiced by Brian Mitchell.
Oran – Another eskimo boy who was Nahook's rival. He usually taunts Nahook, knowing that he would win the sled race. In the end, both Oran and Nahook lost the race to Laura Swanson and make up. He appeared in Snow Puppies. Voiced by David Mendenhall.
Davie – A blond-haired boy who was bored after the playground closed. Beezer met him and persuade to use his imagination, therefore, he won't be bored anymore. Afterwards, Davie adopted Beezer. He appeared in The Wonderful World of Whopper. Voiced by Justin Gocke.
Mrs. Vanderspiff – A wealthy socialite who attended Katrina Stoneheart's party in The Bright eyes Mob to see how capable Katrina is with dogs. Just when she was about to give Katrina $1 Million, Mrs. Vanderspiff learned that Katrina is a fraud. Mrs. Vanderspiff instead adopted Toots and her gang. Voiced by Kath Soucie.
Mrs. Gungenfeller – A famous socialite who was tricked by Katrina to be a judge for the Annual Pet Talent Show. She has a pet Pekingese of her own. She appeared in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes.
Mr. Bruno – The owner of Bruno's Meat Market whose weinies were stolen by Bright Eyes in The Bright Eyes Mob. In a TV interview, he incorrectly describes Bright Eyes as a "vicious criminal-type canine". Voiced by Brian Cummings(uncredited).
Matthew – A red-haired boy with freckles who has a pet mouse named Blabber. He taught Blabber how to play horns to the tune of "Three Blind Mice". They participated at the Annual Pet Talent Show in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes.
Pierre – A general store manager who sold Katrina Stoneheart traps to capture the Pound Puppies in Snow Puppies. Pierre even sold a snowmobile to Katrina. Voiced by Rene Auberjonois.
Laura Swanson – An eskimo girl who won the sled race with her dog in Snow Puppies.
Terry – A brown-haired boy who came to the dog pound Cooler was staying in Cooler, Come Back. He was unsure on which dog he should adopt until Cooler told him to adopt Burlap. Terry then adopted Burlap, saving him from the red leash. Voiced by Phillip Glasser.
Catgut (Siamese) – Katrina Stonehart's evil cat who constantly tries to cause trouble for the Pound Puppies. Catgut was originally Bigalow's pet cat in the Pound Puppies TV Special. In From Wags to Riches, he has a gang who helps him wreck the Belleveshire's library. Catgut is inspired by Lucifer, Madame Tremaine's evil pet cat from Disney's Cinderella. Vocal effects provided by Frank Welker in the TV series and in the TV Special.
Tuffy (Turkish Angora) – A cat who was mistaken for a dog when he was very dirty. Before he was clean, he was mistaken for a dog by Whopper and became friends with him. However, after he was clean, Whopper was no longer his friend. After Tuffy saved Whopper and Bright Eyes from Catgut, Tuffy and Whopper were once again friends. He was the first cat to be adopted from the puppy pound. Note that he hates taking baths. He appeared in Tuffy Gets Fluffy. Voiced by Frank Welker.
Charlamange (Colorpoint Shorthair) – Hairball's girlfriend. She and Hairball are also known as a two cat group called Pound Purries. Charlamange is sometimes tomboyish. She appeared in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. Voiced by Cathy Cavadini.
Mouseketeers – A trio of cats whom the Pound Puppies met in The Captain and the Cats. The reason why they want Captain Slaughter to catch them is because they suspect he kidnapped their mentor, Dumas (voiced by Clive Revill). However, it appears that Dumas has been in hiding all along. They helped the Pound Puppies rescue Whopper and the other pets afterwards. Mouseketeer #1 has grey fur and wears a blue hat (voiced by Pat Fraley). Mouseketeer #2 has yellow fur and resembles Oliver Hardy (voiced by Frank Welker). Mouseketeer #3 is a girl cat with orange fur and wears a green bonnet (voiced by Adrienne Alexander). Their unusual battle cry is "All for One! One for All! And a partridge in a pear tree!" This trio of cats is a play on The Three Musketeers and Dumas is the play of Alexander Dumas, the author. Not to be confused with the term Mouseketeer from The Mickey Mouse Club.
Alley Cats – A duo of cats who tried to beat up Bright Eyes, but were stopped by Cooler in Bright Eyes, Come Home. Voiced by Frank Welker.
Silver Paw – A leader of the wolves who, hence his namesake, has a front silver-like paw. Silver Paw and his tribe helped the Pound Puppies crossed Danger Mountain to help Casey find his owners. Cooler saved him just before Danger Mountain collapse and Silver Paw, in return, kept Katrina busy. He appeared in Casey, Come Home. Voiced by Erv Immeman.
Shadow Monster – A shadowy creature who is actually Whopper's fear of the dark in Whopper's nightmares in Good Night, Sweet Pups. Voiced by Charlie Adler(uncredited).
Cheep Cheep – A baby bird who was injured after an attempt to fly. He was rescued from Catgut by Bright Eyes and was able to recover at the Pound Puppies HQ. However, Cheep Cheep began behaving like a dog. He was later reunited with his parents after he was able to fly. He appeared in The Bird Dog and was voiced by Frank Welker.
Cooler Wolf – Cooler's ancestor in Casey, Come Home. Voiced by Dan Gilvezan.
Red Alert Pup – A talking alarm system at the Pound Puppy HQ who usually reports emergencies and news in Season 2 of the TV Series. His favorite story is Peter Pup. Voiced by Don Messick(uncredited).
Robotic Rover – A battery-operated robotic dog built by Katrina Stoneheart in The Bright Eyes Mob. He was invented by Katrina to fool Mrs. Vanderspiff into thinking that Katrina loves dogs. However, one of his parts was taken by Howler and caused Robotic Rover to endlessly kiss Katrina. The Pound Puppies were able to stop Robotic Rover by bumping into Brattina, causing her to drop the remote control in the punch bowl. This puts a stop to Katrina's chance of getting $1 Million from Mrs. Vanderspiff. Vocal effects provided by Frank Welker.
Squiggly – A young caterpillar whom Whopper made friends with in Dog and Caterpillar. When Squiggly saved Whopper from Catgut, Whopper and Squiggly are good friends. Later, Squiggly turned into a butterfly and said goodbye to Whopper. Voiced by Frank Welker.
Rocky – The head of a family of racoons who stole the Pound Puppies' items in In Pups We Trust. The reason why they stole the items is because stealing is part of their natural lives and they couldn't help it. Later, Rocky and his family, to make it up with the Pound Puppies, help Holly and the others rebuild the pound when it was wrecked by Catgut. Voiced by Steve Bulen.
Blabber – A mouse who participated at the Annual Pet Talent Show in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes. His owner is Matthew. While playing his horns to the tune of "Three Blind Mice", he was distracted by Brattina wearing a cheese costume. Just as he was about to be eaten by Catgut, Cooler and Nose Marie came to the rescue by wearing a tuna can costume and trapping Catgut in a trash can. Thus, Blabber was able to finish his act. Vocal effects provided by Frank Welker.
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A TV special based on the toyline was released in October 1985 by Hanna-Barbera. It ran in syndication, paired with Star Fairies. In the special, a female dog named Violet Vanderfeller is dognapped and ends up at the city pound. The pound puppies attempt to and end up succeeding in reuniting Violet with her family. The special was released in 1986 on VHS by Family Home Entertainment and is also available on DVD. The DVD comes with certain Pound Puppies toys.
1986 TV series
After the TV special became successful, Hanna-Barbera gained the rights to create an animated TV series. The series was broadcast on ABC from September 1986 to February 1989. While the series was loosely based on the special, it made no mention of the character Violet. When it was renewed for a second season, there were major style differences and the series was retitled All New Pound Puppies.
2010 TV series
Another television series, this time produced for Hasbro Studios, was premiered on The Hub (now Hub Network; partly owned by Hasbro since its launch) on 10 October 2010, the channel's launch date. The characters are based on the current version of the Puppies which Hasbro released in the summer of 2012. In addition, there was an online website where one could download a Pound Puppies adoption certificate. On 9 July 2012, Pound Puppies was one of four original animated series from The Hub to win the CINE Golden Eagle Award for its high quality production and storytelling. In August 2012, the season one episode "I Never Barked for My Father" was awarded the Humanitas Prize for excellence in writing for children's television animation.
In 1988, TriStar Pictures released a Pound Puppies movie titled Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. It was produced by Atlantic Releasing, Carolco, Family Home Entertainment and Kushner-Locke with The Maltese Companies.
Critical and box office reception
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The film was panned by critics, and poorly received at the box office. Shoddy animation, character inconsistencies, and a color palette that differed from the show's were among the chief complaints. The movie was also not part of the show's continuity.
Fans were also confused by the apparent romantic pairing of Nose Marie and Cooler, which contradicted events that had taken place in the first season of the series. In addition, the movie is set in the 1950s with the story being narrated by Whopper, who in the present day is now an older dog who tells the story to his nephew and niece.
On the other hand, the new characters that were introduced in the movie were Beamer, Reflex, Marvin McNasty (replacing Katrina Stoneheart's role as villain), Lumpy, Bones, Jeff, Tammy, The Pound Purries(Hairball and Charlamange), Collette, and Big Paw. Also, Holly, Katrina and Brattina, along with Catgut, do not appear at all in the movie.
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