Dogs In American Animation

Dogs In American Animation

One of​ the​ most beloved subjects for the​ creation of​ cartoon characters in​ America is​ the​ dog. Countless dogs have graced movie and television screens as​ animated characters – too many to​ cover in​ one short article in​ fact. There must be something special about the​ comical nature of​ canines that makes them such ready targets to​ become humorous cartoon characters,​ but there have been plenty to​ choose from.

In the​ 1970’s the​ creative team of​ William Hanna and Joseph Barbera had their heyday on​ television. They practically owned Saturday mornings when nearly every cartoon show seemed to​ be an​ HB production. the​ team and their company created over a​ thousand animated characters over the​ years and a​ number of​ their most memorable ones are dogs.


Scooby-Doo,​ where are you!? Anyone who was a​ growing and television watching child in​ the​ seventies remembers the​ lovable Great Dane with the​ bottomless stomach and nerves of​ aluminum. as​ part of​ the​ team of​ teenagers that trekked the​ country in​ their psychedelic van “The Mystery Machine,​” Scooby and his pal Shaggy got more mileage out of​ one plotline than any cartoon characters in​ history. Scooby-Doo has aired on​ television in​ one form or​ another for over thirty years and,​ with the​ success of​ two recent live-action motion pictures based on​ the​ series,​ shows no sign of​ stopping anytime soon. We’d have gotten away with it​ if​ it​ weren’t for those meddling kids and their dog…

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy

This was a​ pair made for cartoons if​ there ever was one. Augie and his dad were two bachelors traveling around and getting into adventures and misadventures with humorous results. Augie was clearly the​ brains of​ the​ operation,​ but he was never going to​ reveal that to​ his Jimmy Durante inspired “dear old dad.” We never did find out what happened to​ Doggie Mommy…

Hong Kong Phooey

Only Hanna Barbera Studious could have thought to​ take the​ 1970’s fads of​ “blacksploitation” and Kung Fu movies and make it​ into a​ kids cartoon show. They pulled it​ off,​ though,​ with this “number one super guy” that was voiced by the​ late,​ great Scatman Crothers. By day he’s a​ mild mannered janitor working at​ the​ police station,​ but whenever there’s trouble he jumps into the​ filing cabinet,​ dons a​ mask and a​ gi,​ and emerges as… a​ dog in​ a​ gi that knows kung fu. Good times all around.


Appearing as​ the​ sidekick of​ the​ eternally villainous Dick Dastardly,​ Muttley the​ dog never said a​ word,​ but his wheezy snicker rings in​ the​ memory of​ anyone who ever saw an​ episode of​ the​ Wacky Races,​ the​ Perils of​ Penelope Pitstop,​ or​ Stop That Pigeon.

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