2 Stupid Dogs

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2 Stupid Dogs
2 Stupid Dogs (title card).jpg
GenreComedy
Created byDonovan Cook
Developed byHanna-Barbera
Turner Program Services
Directed byDonovan Cook
Voices ofMark Schiff
Brad Garrett
Brian Cummings
Jess Harnell
Jim Cummings
Tony Jay
Theme music composerChris Desmond and Tom Seufert
Opening theme"2 Stupid Dogs Title Theme" by Chris Desmond and Tom Seufert
Ending theme"2 Stupid Dogs Ending Theme" by Chris Desmond and Tom Seufert
Composer(s)Vaughn Johnson and Guy Moon
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (whole)
39 (segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Buzz Potamkin
Producer(s)Donovan Cook
Larry Huber
Running time22 minutes
(7 minutes per segment)
Broadcast
Original channelTBS
Syndication
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 5, 1993 (1993-09-05) – May 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)
 
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2 Stupid Dogs
2 Stupid Dogs (title card).jpg
GenreComedy
Created byDonovan Cook
Developed byHanna-Barbera
Turner Program Services
Directed byDonovan Cook
Voices ofMark Schiff
Brad Garrett
Brian Cummings
Jess Harnell
Jim Cummings
Tony Jay
Theme music composerChris Desmond and Tom Seufert
Opening theme"2 Stupid Dogs Title Theme" by Chris Desmond and Tom Seufert
Ending theme"2 Stupid Dogs Ending Theme" by Chris Desmond and Tom Seufert
Composer(s)Vaughn Johnson and Guy Moon
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (whole)
39 (segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Buzz Potamkin
Producer(s)Donovan Cook
Larry Huber
Running time22 minutes
(7 minutes per segment)
Broadcast
Original channelTBS
Syndication
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 5, 1993 (1993-09-05) – May 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)

2 Stupid Dogs is an American animated television series, created and designed by Donovan Cook and produced by Hanna-Barbera and Turner Program Services, that originally ran from September 5, 1993, to May 15, 1995, on Syndication and TBS. The main segments of the show featured two dogs, called "The Big Dog" and "The Little Dog" in the credits. The Big Dog was voiced by Brad Garrett and the Little Dog was voiced by Mark Schiff. Reruns are played on Cartoon Network and later its classic animation network Boomerang in 2005 through 2006, and returned on June 1, 2009 (though only showing it every summer), and also returned on July 5, 2011, to Cartoon Network for the first time in ten years, but it left on September 23, 2011, and it was removed from the lineup for a replacement for Courage the Cowardly Dog on September 26, 2011.

A backup segment, a remake of Hanna-Barbera's Secret Squirrel, titled Super Secret Secret Squirrel, was shown in between the main 2 Stupid Dogs cartoons in many of the 13 episodes, similar to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1960s.

Plot[edit]

2 Stupid Dogs is about a big dog and a little dog, neither of whom, as the title explains, is very intelligent, and their everyday misadventures. The animation style is unusual for the time: a very flat, simplistic style similar to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the '50s and '60s, but with early '90s humor and sensibility. In addition, the Big Dog talks much less than the Little Dog does and most of the time, the Big Dog talks about food. It also did not have a series structure, similar to many humorous cartoons and sitcoms. The show did not follow a continuous storyline — what happens in one episode has little to no effect on another. 2 Stupid Dogs contained very brief sexual innuendos, as did other such cartoons of the time such as Rocko's Modern Life.

Production[edit]

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 in 1981 and The Snorks in 1984. The Turner Entertainment president installed MTV and Nickelodeon branding veteran Fred Seibert as the head of production.[1] Seibert's plan to reinvent the studio was to put his faith in the talent community, a first for television animation, and Hanna-Barbera in particular. His first pitch and first series put into production in 1992 was 2 Stupid Dogs, created and designed by recent California Institute of the Arts graduate Donovan Cook. Ren & Stimpy's creator, John Kricfalusi, was credited to 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.

Several artists and directors from the show became the first creators in Seibert's What a Cartoon! program; 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 (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Sym-Bionic Titan), Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Wander Over Yonder), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy) Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show) Miles Thompson, Paul Rudish, Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot), and Zac Moncrief.

Characters[edit]

Reception[edit]

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. [2] The show was generally well received critically[citation needed] and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award (but lost to Rugrats).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Cartoons Aren't Real! Ren and Stimpy In Review," Animation World Magazine

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