Frisky Dingo

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Frisky Dingo
Frisky dingo logo.png
title screen
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.

The Xtacles[edit]

The Xtacles
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Title card
Format Animated series
Created by Matt Thompson
Starring Marshall Bell
Rachael Harris
Michael Ian Black
Christian Danley
Stuart Culpepper
Mr. Ford
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original airing November 9, 2008
Chronology
Preceded by Frisky Dingo
External links
Website

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.

In early 2009, Adult Swim declined to fund the production of any episodes beyond the first two. Around the same time, 70/30 Productions closed.[7]

Plot[edit]

As a spin-off from Frisky Dingo, The Xtacles takes place in the same fictional world, with the primary setting being the Xtacles' flying aircraft carrier, the Xcalibur. The Xtacles are the private army of Iron Man-esque superhero Awesome-X (Xander Crews), who like their leader are outfitted with flight-capable, self-contained powered armor and an arsenal of high-tech weaponry. Xander Crews leaves the Earth aboard the spaceship of Killface's alien race at the end of Frisky Dingo, and since then the Xtacles have been simply milling about aimlessly, because Awesome-X's last orders were to wait for new orders. However, about a year after Awesome-X leaves for space, the Xtacles finally activate the Xcalibur's on-board AI, A.L.E.X., who informs them that a clause in their contract directly states that if Awesome X dies, is lost in space, or has sex to death while in space, all of their previous orders are cancelled.

Now led by their highest-ranking member, Jack Taggart, the Xtacles once again become a freelance private army of crimefighters. President Stan, unable to locate any other heroes for various reasons, is forced to depend on the Xtacles to solve crimes. However, the Xtacles prove to be catastrophically incompetent, making their attempts to complete the missions they are given humorously destructive and ultimately futile.

Characters[edit]

  • Jack Taggart (Marshall Bell) - the leader of the Xtacles. Though Taggart presents himself as a stern and by-the-book commander, he is just as incompetent as his subordinates. He has a habit of jumping to conclusions on any given case, such as assuming that Yeti terrorists are responsible for the destruction of the Rocky Mountains (which he in fact had destroyed with the Xcalibur). His right eye is stark white and has a scar running over it, including a bald spot on his eyebrow, while the left is blue.
  • A.L.E.X (Rachael Harris) - the holographic avatar for the Xcalibur's computer. She is the only competent person aboard the Xcalibur, despite not being a person. She serves as the voice of reason to the Xtacles' trigger-happy attitude, but they usually don't pay attention to her. She takes her job quite seriously, and insists that she doesn't need to look attractive to do her work; the Xtacles disagree.
  • Chase Fontaine (Michael Ian Black) - one of the recurring Xtacles who doesn't normally wear his helmet. He is attracted to A.L.E.X., and seems to be oblivious to the fact that she can't have sex with him since she's a hologram.
  • Joseph Bigsby (Matthew Stanton) - a younger and more naive Xtacle who is usually seen manning the bridge.
  • President Stan (Stuart Culpepper) - the president of the United States. His man-eating clones serve as his press secretaries. Stan makes little effort to hide the fact that he abuses his power, such as building giant statues of himself. He is reluctantly forced to rely on the Xtacles for help, as all the other heroes are either retired or unreachable.
  • Mr. Ford (Mr. Ford) - a man whose house was destroyed by the Xtacles. He now lives rent-free in the Xcalibur's reactor room.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
Title Original air date Production
code
1 "Operation: Mountain Punch" November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09) 101
Taggart refuses to do anything in the absence of orders from Awesome X, which includes changing course to avoid crashing into the Rocky Mountains, resulting in the Xcalibur smashing through the peaks. The Xtacles decide to drink on the deck while A.L.E.X. convinces Taggart to change course. The Xtacles' destructive inaction does not go unnoticed, and President Stan has no choice but to call on the Xtacles themselves to figure out who's destroying the Rocky Mountains. Taggart blames Yeti terrorists, then proceeds to kill one of his crew-members who happens to look like a yeti at the time, and then considers his job done.
2 "Operation: Murderous Conclusions" November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09) 102
President Stan's new statue is anally violated, so Stan calls upon the Xtacles to solve the mystery. When it is determined that a gorilla must have done it, Taggart blames a criminal named Rape Ape, who he just made up. No file exists for the made-up criminal, so the Xtacles move to the next item, Rapier Ape, a retired ape fencer whom they assume to have taken raping to a new level. A massacre at the restaurant where Rapier Ape is employed ensues and Rapier Ape is brutally beaten for his "crime," while the actual Rape Ape proceeds to rape Stan's new statue.

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. 
  7. ^ Frisky Dingo Central - Some unfortunate news, January 9, 2009

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