Rude Dog

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Rude Dog
First appearance 1986
Created by Brad McMahon
Voiced by Rob Paulsen
Information
Species Dog
Occupation Mechanic
Nationality American

Rude Dog (Rude Dog and the Dweebs) is a fictional white cartoon dog originally created by artist Brad McMahon while under contract to Sun Sportswear in the 1980s as part of a line of surfing- and skateboarding-related clothing. As of August 30th, 2015 Rude Dog was once again trademarked, this time in the name of original series/character creator Brad McMahon.[1] A new line of products is speculated to be launched in February 2017. McMahon also created Rude Dog's gang of canine misfits known as "The Dweebs" as well as Seymour, Rude Dog's nemesis.[2]

Sun Sportswear projects[edit]

The character was a stylized version of a Bull Terrier, and the name "Rude" had the dual purpose of glorifying uncalled-for deportment and referring to the Rude boy subculture of Ska that was popular at the time. The majority of the clothing used angular artwork and neon colors, in keeping with the fashion trend shared by Quiksilver, Vision Street Wear, PCH, and many others.

Rude Dog and the Dweebs[edit]

Rude Dog and the Dweebs
Written by Kayte Kuch
Hank Saroyan
Sheryl Scarborough
Voices of Rob Paulsen
Dave Coulier
Peter Cullen
Jim Cummings
Ellen Gerstell
Hank Saroyan
Mendi Segal
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Hank Saroyan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 26[3]
Production
Executive producer(s) Margaret Loesch
Joe Taritero
Producer(s) Hank Saroyan
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Marvel Productions
Just for Kids
Sun
Distributor BVS Entertainment
(Disney–ABC Domestic Television)[4]
Release
Original network CBS (USA)
CBBC, TCC and Nickelodeon (UK)
Original release September 16, 1989

To further market the character, Sun also developed a Saturday morning cartoon entitled Rude Dog and the Dweebs. Rude Dog and the Dweebs was as colorful as the clothing it advertised. The punkish pooch himself drives a 1959 pink Cadillac across a backdrop of Beverly Hills imagined in hues of pastel and neon The show aired in the U.S. as part of the Marvel Action Universe.

Rude Dog (voiced by Rob Paulsen in a Brooklyn accent) runs an auto shop, where he is assisted by the Dweebs, a motley mix of mutt minions. The team includes the stuttering Dachshund Caboose (voiced by Frank Welker), the uptight Bulldog Winston (voiced by Peter Cullen in an English accent), Reginald AKA Reggie the Smooth Fox Terrier (voiced by Mendi Segal impersonating Jack Nicholson), Barney the Great Dane (voiced by Dave Coulier in a Southern accent), Ditzy Kibble the Chinese Crested mix (voiced by Ellen Gerstell), Satch the Beagle (voiced by Jim Cummings impersonating Ed Wynn), and a friendly Chihuahua named Tweek (voiced by Hank Saroyan). Rude Dog has a girlfriend named Gloria (voiced by Ellen Gerstell).

Their feline foe is the vicious Seymour (also voiced by Frank Welker), and joining him in the chase is the ubiquitous dog catcher Herman (also voiced by Peter Cullen) and his dimwitted rottweiler assistant Rot (also voiced by Frank Welker). Each week, Rude Dog and company balance their auto shop duties with attempts to elude the persistent Seymour, Herman, and Rot.

The show debuted on CBS in 1989 and ran for one season. It also spawned home entertainment releases by Celebrity Home Entertainment through their Just for Kids Home Video label.

Marvel Action Universe (animated) Similar By: Winx Club Planeteers in January 22, 1989 until December 25, 1991 on CBS.

In 2014, listing it among twelve 1980s cartoons that did not deserve remembrance, io9 characterized the series as "an animated atrocity", noting that the series appeared to glorify the "rudeness" that was the main character's defining characteristic.[5]

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