2 Stupid Dogs
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|2 Stupid Dogs|
|Created by||Donovan Cook|
|Directed by||Donovan Cook|
|Voices of||Mark Schiff|
|Theme music composer||Chris Desmond|
|Opening theme||"2 Stupid Dogs Title Theme" by Chris Desmond|
|Ending theme||"2 Stupid Dogs Ending Theme" by Chris Desmond|
|Composer(s)||Chris Desmond (episodes 1-4)|
Vaughn Johnson (episodes 5-26)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (whole)|
39 (segments) (list of episodes)
|Executive producer(s)||Buzz Potamkin|
|Producer(s)||Donovan Cook (season 1, supervising producer, season 2) |
Larry Huber (seasons 1-2)
|Running time||22 minutes|
(11 minutes per segment)
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Cartoons|
|Original release||September 5, 1993 –|
May 15, 1995
2 Stupid Dogs is an American animated television series, created and designed by Donovan Cook and produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, that originally ran from September 5, 1993, to May 15, 1995, on TBS (as a part of their Sunday Morning In Front Of The TV block) and in syndication. The main segments of the show featured two unnamed dogs, called "The Big Dog" and "The Little Dog" in the credits. They were voiced by Brad Garrett and Mark Schiff.
A backup segment, Super Secret Secret Squirrel (a remake of Secret Squirrel), was shown in between the main 2 Stupid Dogs cartoons in the first season's episodes, similar to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1960s.
The show is about two unnamed dogs—neither of whom, as the title explains, are very intelligent—and their everyday misadventures. The animation style is unusual for the time: a very flat and simplistic style similar to the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1950s and 1960s, but with early 1990s humor and sensibility. Big Dog tends to talk much less than Little Dog. When Big Dog talks, he usually talks about food.
2 Stupid Dogs was the beginning of the successful revival of Hanna-Barbera's fortunes, since the studio had not launched a bona fide hit since The Smurfs a decade earlier. Turner Entertainment installed MTV and Nickelodeon branding veteran Fred Seibert as the head of production. Seibert's plan to reinvent the studio was to put his faith in the talent community; this was a first for television animation and for Hanna-Barbera in particular. His first pitch and first series put into production was 2 Stupid Dogs in 1992, created and designed by recent California Institute of the Arts graduate Donovan Cook. Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi was credited for adding "tidbits of poor taste" to the three "Little Red Riding Hood" episodes, and a few other Spümcø artists also contributed to selected episodes during the course of the show.
Cook had graduated from CalArts and conceived the show's premise after seeing two stray dogs roaming around his apartment complex. He and the rest of his cartoonist friends later developed the idea and pitched it to different studios. Hanna-Barbera later took a look at it and they bought it. Seibert ordered Cook to revive a classic from the H-B archives to go with the main show, he chose Secret Squirrel because it was one of his favorites and he enjoyed watching that series during the 1970s when he was a kid. Several artists and directors from the show became the first creators in Seibert's What a Cartoon! program, the 48 short original character cartoons, made expressly for the Cartoon Network, and designed to find the talent and hits of the new generations. Larry Huber, who later served as executive producer on the What a Cartoon! program, teamed first with Seibert as producer on the 2 Stupid Dogs series and directed the middle cartoon, Super Secret Secret Squirrel.
2 Stupid Dogs eventually helped launch the careers of creators Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, Butch Hartman, David Feiss, Seth MacFarlane, Miles Thompson, Paul Rudish, Rob Renzetti, Zac Moncrief, Andrew Stanton and Conrad Vernon. The voice cast used a combination of novices, professionals, comedians, and children. When Cook was developing the show, he saw one of comedian Mark Schiff's stand-up routines on TV and called him in to audition as the voice of Little Dog. Hollywood, one of the central characters of the show, was based on a neighbor Donovan had when he was shooting a short film at a beach house in San Diego. Kenny's voice was when they had a casting call of child actors to audition in the HB studio and after final drawbacks and feedbacks, Jarrett Lennon was chosen to voice him.
The voice actors for Animaniacs (Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille) were already involved in the cartoon; coincidentally, that show aired a couple of days later than 2 Stupid Dogs in September 1993. Harnell was a main cast member of the series while Rob and Tress only did guest and side roles from time to time. Turner and Hanna-Barbera made the decision to discontinue Secret Squirrel during the show's second season because many viewers became confused by the show's unusual style of sandwiching a Secret Squirrel cartoon between two 2 Stupid Dogs cartoons, erroneously thinking that the show had ended. The series was cancelled after the second season due to declining viewership. Most of the crew departed during the second season, and began their own projects at Cartoon Network Studios such as The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory.
- The Little Dog (voiced by Mark Schiff), a small tawny-colored dachshund, is much more energetic and hyperactive than the Big Dog. The Little Dog is completely scared by cats, and when a cat (the very same cat) appears, it is the Big Dog who scares the cat away.
- The Big Dog (voiced by Brad Garrett) is a large grey Old English Sheepdog with a purple nose. He is much stronger and significantly more stoic and reserved than the Little Dog, and speaks much less - on occasion he has also been shown to be surprisingly smarter than Little Dog. In one episode, an acquaintance refers to him as Jonathan.
- The Cat is a small innocent cat which the Little Dog is terrified of, despite its being harmless. The Big Dog's bark causes the Cat to freeze in terror; however, the Cat is not afraid of the Big Dog unless he barks.
- Hollywood (voiced by Brian Cummings) is a large man (who is both arrogant and loud) and likes to point out others' mistakes. He has a completely different job in each appearance, including teacher, farmer, casino manager, Noah and pet shop owner. When pointing out others' mistakes he will first say, "Well now, isn't that cute..." and then yells out, "...BUT IT'S WRONG!!!", usually accompanied by a blaring foghorn.
- Kenny Fowler (voiced by Jarrett Lennon) is a small skinny kid with nerdy glasses, who is often pushed around by Buzz and often asks the dogs for help. He often falls down on the floor.
- Buzz (voiced by Whit Hertford) is a school bully who picks on Kenny and says "What a Fowler!" whenever Kenny falls to the floor.
- Cubby (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is a fat, spotty man with big glasses, blonde hair and blue lips. In the episodes that he appears in, he assumes the role of a different job, like Mr. Hollywood.
- Buffy Ziegenhagen (voiced by Tawni Tamietti) is a girl in Kenny's class that he has a crush on and who has a secret crush on him.
- Red (voiced by Candi Milo) is a small, meek little girl that the dogs often encounter. When she speaks, she shouts one word (sometimes two) in the sentence very loudly compared to the quiet tone of voice she usually has.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13 (26 segments)||September 5, 1993||November 28, 1993|
|2||13||September 5, 1994||February 13, 1995|
- Mark Schiff - The Little Dog
- Brad Garrett - The Big Dog, Singing Popcorn Bag
- Brian Cummings - Hollywood
- Jess Harnell - Secret Squirrel, Scirocco Mole
- Jim Cummings - Morocco Mole, Electric City, Goldflipper
- Tony Jay - The Chief, Thug
- Charlie Adler - Greg the Gingerbread Man
- Yoshio Be - One-Ton
- Jeff Bennett - Hot Rodney, Big Bad Wolf
- Carol Channing - Witch
- June Foray - Grandma
- John Garry - Voodoo Goat
- Whitby Hertford - Buzz
- Casey Kasem - Bill Baker (in "Let's Make a Right Price")
- Jean Kasem - Female Contestant (in "Let's Make a Right Price")
- Jarrett Lennon - Kenny
- Tress MacNeille - Drive-in lady, Singing Drink Cup
- Rose Marie - Kenny's teacher, Mrs. Crabface
- Roddy McDowall - Chameleon
- Scott Menville - Craig
- Don Messick - Corpal (in "Cartoon Canines")
- Candi Milo - Red, Mama Bear, Girl Scout
- Gary Owens - "Let's Make a Right Price" announcer, Principal Schneider
- Michael Pataki - Drill Sergeant
- Rob Paulsen - Cubby, Singing Hot Dog, Mr. Brady, Beatrice, youngest Brady son, Snooper and Blabber
- Kimmy Robertson - Agent Penny
- Roger Rose - Platypus, Quark
- Kath Soucie - Martha, youngest Brady daughter
- Ben Stiller - Salesman (in "A Quarter")
- Tawni Tamietti - Buffy Ziegenhagen
- B.J. Ward - Mrs. Brady, middle Brady daughter, Queen Bea
- Derek Webster - Dr. O
- Stu Rosen - Voice Director; Super Secret Secret Squirrel
- Jill Ziegenhagen - Talent Coordinator
- Kris Zimmerman - Casting Director
The show's animation was outsourced to six animation studios: Carbunkle Cartoons in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Fil-Cartoons (subsidiary of Hanna-Barbera) in Manila, Philippines, Mr. Big Cartoons in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Rough Draft Studios in Seoul, South Korea, Wang Film Productions in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai Morning Sun Animation in Shanghai, China.
On August 14, 2018, the Warner Archive Collection released the first season of the series as 2 Stupid Dogs/Secret Squirrel Show Volume One on DVD.
Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman of Animation World Magazine described 2 Stupid Dogs as one of two "clones" of The Ren & Stimpy Show, the other one being The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show. The series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award (but lost to Rugrats).
- Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 667. ISBN 978-1538103739.
- Strike, Joe (July 15, 2003). "The Fred Seibert Interview — Part 1". Animation World Magazine. Animation World Network. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
- "Cartoons Aren't Real! Ren and Stimpy In Review Archived 2001-12-27 at the Wayback Machine," Animation World Magazine
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