|Created by||Joe Ruby & Ken Spears|
|Voices of||Michael Bell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
David H. DePatie
|Running time||22 minutes (per episode)|
|Production company(s)||DePatie-Freleng Enterprises|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 9 – December 2, 1972|
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The Houndcats is an American Saturday morning cartoon series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. The series was broadcast by NBC from September 9 to December 2, 1972, with reruns continuing until September 1, 1973. Thirteen episodes were produced.
Loosely based on the CBS adventure series Mission: Impossible and the short-lived 1971 series Bearcats!, it was headed by a combined team of (three) dogs and (two) cats, hence the name, as they go on spy missions in 1914 America.
Each episode begins with the Houndcats receiving their orders from their unseen "Chief", whose message is played on an old-fashioned gramophone, player-piano or other device, parodying the tape recorder scene at the start of most episodes of Mission: Impossible. However, the words "this message will self-destruct in five seconds", always takes the Houndcats by surprise, causing them to run away from the explosion.
- The "Houndcats" were led by cool and confident cat Stutz.
- Ding Dog was Stutz' right-hand man. He wore a blue Civil War uniform. He was known for bad timing and bad judgment. He is a Briard.
- Muscle Mutt was the muscle - large, bulky and ever-hungry, his eyes were almost always hidden under his hat. He is an Old English Sheepdog.
- Putty Puss was a tiny cat and a disguise expert.
- Rhubarb was a dog and a scientist. He wore a long coat and a large sombrero usually revealing only his nose. His coat was full of gadgets.
- Michael Bell - Stutz, the Raven
- Joe Besser - Putty Puss
- Daws Butler - Rhubarb (three episodes), Dr. Strangeless, Grogan
- Stu Gilliam - Ding Dog
- Arte Johnson - Rhubarb, Captain Blight
- Aldo Ray - Muscle Mutt
- Joan Gerber - Madame X
- Bob Holt -
- John Stephenson - Doctor Doll
- The Houndcats (1972–1973)
- The Houndcats and The Barkleys (1972–1973)
On October 20, 2015, Film Chest Media Group released The Barkleys and The Houndcats - 2 DVD Classic Animation Set on DVD in Region 1. This collection features all 13 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.
Some episodes of the show were previously released onto videocassette in the 1980s by now-defunct Trans World Entertainment.
The series resurfaced in 2016, airing Saturday mornings on the Retro TV network.
(The Houndcats is presumably in the public domain because production company DePatie-Freleng Enterprises folded into Marvel Productions in 1981 and the Marvel empire was purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 2009. Most likely, Marvel failed to renew the copyrights on The Houndcats when they expired in 2000 and Disney - very likely unaware that this show was now a part of their vast library - failed to take any further action to renew the copyrights.)
- Created for Television by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
- In Association with Ken Spears, Joe Ruby
- Writers: Woody Kling, Tom Dagenais, Don Christensen
- Animation Director: Bob McKimson
- Storyboard Directors: Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Leonardi, Cullen Houghtaling, Paul Sommer
- Layout Supervisor and Design: Robert Taylor
- Layouts: Martin Strudler, Marty Murphy, Bob Givens, Tony Rivera, Peter Alvarado
- Animation: Don Williams, Manny Gould, Ken Muse, Norm McCabe, Bob Richardson, Warren Batchelder, John Gibbs, Jim Davis, Bob Matz, Bob Bransford, Reuben Timmins, Bob Bemiller
- Background Supervised by Richard H. Thomas, Mary O'Loughlin
- Film Editing Supervised by Lee Gunther
- Film Editors: Joe Siracusa, Roger Donley, Allan R. Potter, Rick Steward
- Voice Talents of Michael Bell, Joe Besser, Daws Butler, Stu Gilliam, Arte Johnson, Aldo Ray and Joan Gerber, Bob Holt, John Stephenson
- Title Designs by Arthur Leonardi
- Music by Doug Goodwin
- Music Score Conducted by Eric Rogers
- Music Recording Engineer: Eric A. Tomlinson
- Executive in Charge of Production: Stan Paperny
- Production Supervisor: Harry Love
- Camera: Ray Lee, Larry Hogan, John Burton, Jr.
- Production Mixer: Steve Orr
- Sound by Producer's Sound Service, Inc.
- THIS PICTURE MADE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF IATSE-IA AFFILIATED WITH A.F.L.-C.I.O.
- COPYRIGHT © MCMLXXII DePATIE-FRELENG ENTERPRISES, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
- Associate Producers: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears
- Produced by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
- DFE FILMS
- A DePATIE-FRELENG PRODUCTION
- A VIACOM PRESENTATION
In other languages
- Arabic: فرقة المطاردة
- Basque: Ehizakatuak
- Italian: Gli investigatti, La valle dei gatti
- Japanese: それゆけ珍探偵ハウンドキャッツ
- Korean: 골목대장 똘이
- Polish: Gończe koty
- Portuguese: Missão Quase Impossível
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- 2-DVD Set with DePatie-Freleng's 'The Barkleys' and 'The Houndcats' Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
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