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|Created by||Brad McMahon|
|Voiced by||Rob Paulsen|
Rude Dog 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.
Sun Sportswear Projects
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
|Rude Dog and the Dweebs|
|Written by||Kayte Kuch
|Voices of||Rob Paulsen
|Theme music composer||Hank Saroyan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Margaret Loesch
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Marvel Productions
Just for Kids
|Original network||CBS (USA)
CBBC, TCC and Nickelodeon (UK)
|Original release||16 September 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.
Rude Dog (voiced by Rob Paulsen in a Brooklyn accent) runs an auto shop, where he is assisted by the Dweebs, a motley group 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.
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.
- Bricken, Rob (11 November 2014). "12 Cartoons From The 1980s No One Will Ever Have Nostalgia For". io9. Retrieved 12 November 2014.