Pound Puppies (1986 TV series)

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Pound Puppies
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The 1988 Pound Puppies relaunch series card on Cartoon Network.
Also known as All New Pound Puppies
Genre Animation
Comedy
Adventure
Written by Tom Ruegger
Earl Kress
Directed by Don Lusk
Voices of Adrienne Alexander
Ruth Buzzi
Pat Carroll
Nancy Cartwright
Peter Cullen
Ami Foster
Dan Gilvezan
Robert Morse
B.J. Ward
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Opening theme "We're Pound Puppies"
Ending theme "We're Pound Puppies" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Taiwan (overseas animation)
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Kay Wright
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Tonka
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Hasbro
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) – December 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
Chronology
Preceded by Pound Puppies (TV special)

Pound Puppies is an animated series made by Hanna-Barbera, loosely based on the television special. The show was broadcast on ABC between September 1986 and December 1987. In this series, no mention is made of Violet's whereabouts. The show found itself under a lot of competition from competitors such as Fluppy Dogs (from Disney), which was also adapted into a TV special, but was not made into a regular series.[1][2] This is the first cartoon series adaptation of Pound Puppies, the second being the 2010 series.

Season 1[edit]

The first season introduced Cooler, Nose Marie, Bright Eyes, and Howler, who return from the special, along with Whopper, a new character who is known for telling tall tales. Whopper is usually seen with Bright Eyes, and the two of them share a brother/sister relationship. The show also debuted the evil Katrina Stonehart with her equally evil daughter Brattina, Catgut the cat, and Holly, a friend of the Pound Puppies who originally ran the Puppy Pound. Other characters included the horrific Captain Slaughter, who only appeared in four episodes in season one, and who was responsible for the destruction of the puppies' hometown of Wagga-Wagga. Katrina and Brattina were constantly planning to tear down the pound where the animals lived while organizing themselves to be adopted out to loving families.

Five characters from the special who either guest starred and made cameo appearances in the season one episodes were Nabbit, Dr. Weston, Violet, Barkerville, and Scrounger. Nabbit guest starred in Snowbound Pound trying to repair the furnace while an Asian-American version of Dr. Weston also appeared in the same episode. Scrounger, Barkerville, and Violet made a brief cameo appearance in Wagga Wagga in the beginning of Cooler's flashback. At the end of each episode, the Pound Puppies Pet Care Corner takes place where it teaches kids how to take care of their pets by finding solutions to otherwise unsuitable situations.

Holly is a ward of Katrina Stonehart, after the possible death of her parents. But like the puppies' former protector Millicent Trueblood, she possesses the gift of 'puppy power' enabling her to talk to Cooler and the gang. In the original draft for the first season, Holly and Brattina were going to be sisters. In the final draft, Brattina was made into Katrina’s daughter. The writers thought making them mother and daughter would give a reason why they’re both evil. Since this was a last minute change, there was no time to redesign Brattina to make her look like Katrina. This explains why Brattina bears no physical resemblance with Katrina.

Episode titles for Season 1 (1986)[edit]

Episode Title Original airdate Production number
1 "Bright Eyes, Come Home" September 13, 1986 333-221[3]
After Bright Eyes was unable to be adopted at Adoption Day, a mysterious man by the name of Sam Quintin arrives at Holly's puppy pound and views her as a star. but unknown to the Gang, Quentin is a Con Artist!
2 "How to Found a Pound" September 20, 1986 333-223
The Pound Puppies tell their story of how Holly became the owner of a puppy pound and how they came face-to-face with the villainous Katrina Stoneheart for the very first time.
3 "From Wags to Riches" September 27, 1986 333-234
The Pound Puppies and Holly meet Buster, a puppy who is "a walking natural disaster". They are later invited to the Bellveshires' mansion in hopes of saving the pound from Katrina Stoneheart's latest dastardly plot.
4 "Snowbound Pound" October 4, 1986 333-235
The Pound Puppies rescue a pregnant dog from a severe snowstorm. However, when the power gets knocked out, it's up to Cooler, Howler, and Whopper to find a nearby veterinarian while the girls tend to the soon-to-be mother.
5 "The Fairy Dogmother" October 11, 1986 333-237
After wishing upon a star, The Pound Puppies meet an oddball fairy dog mother named Zazu, in hopes of helping Holly win the heart of a young boy named Mervin.
6 "Whopper Cries Uncle" October 18, 1986 333-236
When Whopper's uncle JR comes for a visit, the Pound Puppies and Holly, Desperate to get Money to acquire Dog Food, disguise themselves as a wealthy family in order to impress him. However, Uncle JR has a secret of his own.
7 "In Pups We Trust" October 25, 1986 333-238
Accusations fly when the Pound Puppies' beloved items were stolen. Although none of the pups knew who the real culprit is, the Pound Puppies still grew suspicious of each other.
8 "The Captain and the Cats" November 1, 1986 333-240
While in pursuit of rescuing Whopper from the evil Captain Slaughter, the Pound Puppies and Holly meet a trio of strange cats who wanted Captain Slaughter to capture them. But why?
9 "Secret Agent Pup" November 8, 1986 333-239
After Bright Eyes is kidnapped by Clawfinger's two foreign spies, the other Pound Puppies, along with Pupnick, a friendly puppy from Mongrelia, go on an adventure to save Bright Eyes, James Bond style.
10 "Wagga Wagga" November 15, 1986 333-241
Cooler meets his long-lost girlfriend, Penelope, but is still angry whenever her name is mentioned. It all had something to do with Captain Slaughter and the once-existed town of Wagga Wagga.
11 "The Star Pup" November 22, 1986 333-242
Three Marx Brothers-esque dogs come to the pound and find the Star Pup, a special puppy with a heart-shaped marking. When it seems to be revealed as Nose Marie, she has to go and help other puppies. Meanwhile, Captain Slaughter looks for the Star Pup.
12 "Happy Howlidays" November 29, 1986 333-243
Holly and the puppies lose the pound after Katrina hid overdue bills. With no home for the puppies, it’s up to the help of Zazu to make Katrina reconsider re-opening the pound.
13 "Ghost Hounders" December 6, 1986 333-244
When the Terrible Terrier haunts Holly's Puppy Pound, the Pound Puppies turn to Biff Barker, a famous dog actor from a well-known TV series, "Ghost Hounders", for help.

Season 2[edit]

The series later underwent a significant overhaul for the program's second season, where it was retitled All New Pound Puppies.[4] Several of the characters were given very different backgrounds, appearances and personality traits. For example, Bright Eyes was significantly younger and had updated clothing. Nose Marie had changed as well. She dropped her strapless purple dress and flirtatious manner with Cooler in favor of a 1950s sitcom style mom dress with apron, becoming a surrogate mother to Whopper, Bright Eyes and the rest of the puppies.

However, Nose Marie did retain the roots of her southern belle style and her manners. Howler's personality didn't change, but he became more AWOL in this season. Cooler, Whopper, Katrina, Brattina (who started wearing a jacket) and Catgut remained the same. Holly grew longer hair and wore sneakers and jeans (wore shorts in season one). Also, Captain Slaughter no longer appeared in the series. He was killed off because the writers were unable to think of ideas for him and Peter Cullen was also unavailable to record the voice. It is possible that the driver of the Dog Snatcher van may have been driven by an unseen Captain Slaughter. The Pound Puppies Pet Care Corner that would appear at the end of the show was also removed from the series. Most significant of all however, was that the Puppy Pound was now owned by Katrina Stoneheart who treats the Puppy Pound like (and has the appearance of) a prison, and now seeks to lock up Cooler and the gang forever.

No explanation is given as to how Katrina ended up taking over the Puppy Pound from Holly or why she doesn't shut it down like she intended to do in the first season. In fact, neither Katrina's intentions of shutting down the Puppy Pound or Holly's previous ownership of it are ever mentioned in the second season. This is because the two seasons do not have the same continuity and therefore are two completely different shows. Two characters from the special who guest starred in the season two episodes were Mayor Fist (voiced by Sorrell Booke) and Scrounger (originally voiced by Ron Palillo). Mayor Fist guest starred in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes as one of the judges of the Annual Pet Talent Show. Mayor Fist only said one line "My fellow Americans.." before he was interrupted by Dr. Simon.

Dr. Weston, the veterinarian was renamed Dr. Simon and appears in Whopper Gets the Point and Bright Lights, Bright Eyes. Scrounger (voiced by Gregg Berger) made a larger appearance in Garbage Night: the Musical than he did in Wagga Wagga, an episode from season one. Only this time, Scrounger's fur was gray instead of orange (yellow in the special).

Episode titles for Season 2 (1987)[edit]

Episode Title Original airdate Production number
14 "Whopper Gets the Point / The Bird Dog" September 26, 1987 334-221[5]
Whopper learns that not all shots are painful. Later, Bright Eyes saves an injured baby bird from Catgut.
15 "Tail of the Pup/King Whopper" October 3, 1987 334-223
The Pound Puppies meet a puppy whose tail can't wag. Later, Whopper becomes in charge while Cooler and Nose Marie are gone.
16 "Tuffy Gets Fluffy/Casey, Come Home" October 10, 1987 334-234
The Pound Puppies are in for a surprise after a dirty dog becomes clean. Later, they embark on a dangerous adventure to return a lost puppy to his owners.
17 "Where Do Puppies Come From?/Pups on the Loose" October 17, 1987 334-235
The Pound Puppies meet Parents-to-Be Lucy and Rusty, so, Whopper and Bright Eyes want to know where Puppies come from. / The Pound Puppies try to figure out a way to stop the pups' fighting.
18 "The Invisible Friend/Kid in the Doghouse" October 24, 1987 334-237
Which is more trouble for the Pound Puppies: a puppy with an imaginary friend or a lazy kid staying with them at the Pound Puppy headquarters? Only the Pound Puppies and Holly will find out.
19 "Little Big Dog/The Bright Eyes Mob" October 31, 1987 334-236
Nose Marie rescues a Small-as-a-Mouse puppy from Catgut and has grown attached to him, and Yes. He becomes a Giant. Later, Bright Eyes meets a group of tough dogs and does their dirty work, making the public mistake her as a wanted criminal.
20 "Good Night, Sweet Pups/The Rescue Pups" November 7, 1987 334-238
Whopper must conquer his fear of the dark after numerous nightmares. Later, a girl runs away from home after mom refuses to let her adopt a puppy.
Absent: Holly
21 "Nose Marie Day/Snow Puppies" November 14, 1987 334-240
The Pound Puppies invent a holiday dedicated to Nose Marie. Later, they journey to the arctic and a high-speed chase through the snow ensues thanks to Katrina Stoneheart.
22 "Where's the Fire?/The Wonderful World of Whopper" November 21, 1987 334-239
The Pound Puppies meets Sparky, a retriever who wants to be a fire-dog, but Whopper tries to change Sparky's Personality. Later, Whopper helps a puppy snap out of her persistent boredom.
23 "Bright Lights, Bright Eyes/Dog and Caterpillar" November 28, 1987 334-241
The Pound Puppies enters Bright Eyes at a Pet Talent Show. Meanwhile, Whopper befriends a young caterpillar.
24 "Garbage Night: The Musical" December 5, 1987 334-242
In the only musical episode ever produced, The Pound Puppies must reform a group of dogs who eat nothing but junk-food every day.
25 "Peter Pup" December 12, 1987 334-243
After Whopper and Bright Eyes accidentally break a TV, Holly reads them a story about a puppy who lies, (Whopper) an evil queen, (Katrina) a magical land, and Peter Pup (Cooler) himself, in which the pups participate in an adventure of their own.
26 "Cooler, Come Back" December 19, 1987 334-244
The series concludes as Cooler is kidnapped by Katrina, taken to a dog pound somewhere in the USA, and meets a stubborn dog who refuses to be adopted while his friends try desperately to find him.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Abc's Pound Puppies Offers Entertaining, Nonviolent Fun". The Rock Hill Herald. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  3. ^ "WebVoyage Titles". Cocatalog.loc.gov. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  5. ^ "WebVoyage Titles". Cocatalog.loc.gov. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 

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