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2 Stupid Dogs is an American animated television series created by Donovan Cook and produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Turner Program Services that originally ran from September 11, 1993 to January 21, 1995 on TBS Superstation.

The main segments of the show featured two dogs, "Big Dog" and "Little Dog." The big dog was voiced by Brad Garrett, and the little dog was voiced by Mark Schiff. A backup segment, a remake of Hanna-Barbera's Secret Squirrel (entitled Super Secret Secret Squirrel), was shown in between the main "2 Stupid Dogs" cartoons in many of the 13 episodes, similarly to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1960s, but in 1994 it was changed to the 1960s Secret Squirrel segment, also in between the later "2 Stupid Dogs" cartoons. This show also aired on Cartoon Network from 1994 to 2003 and Boomerang from 2005 until 2007. On , Boomerang began re-airing the show on a daily basis until .

Plot

2 Stupid Dogs is about a big dog and a little dog, who aren't very bright as the titles explains, and their everyday misadventures, with an animation style unusual for the time: a very flat, simplistic style similar to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1950s and 1960s, but with early 1990s humor and sensibility. In addition, the Big dog talks much less than the Little Dog does and most of the time, the Little 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.

Production

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. The Turner Entertainment president installed MTV and Nickelodeon branding veteran Fred Seibert as the head of production. 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, by recent California Institute of the Artsmarker (CalArts) graduate Donovan Cook. Ren and Stimpy 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 theatrical length, 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 and Star Wars: Clone Wars), Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), Miles Thompson, Paul Rudish, and Zac Moncrief.

Also, 2 Stupid Dogs had very brief sexual innuendos, as did other cartoons at the time such as Rocko's Modern Life.

Characters

The title characters were never named. They were referred to as simply "The Big Dog" and "The Little Dog" in the end credits (although one skit had the Big Dog named Jonathan).

  • Big Dog - He is a large grey Old English Sheepdog (in an episode where they were in a farm, he was even able to herd sheep). He is much stronger than the Little Dog. The Big Dog is generally too lazy to bother with anything, and most of the time seemed more aloof and unconcerned about his surroundings than actually stupid. In some episodes, he surprisingly revealed deep philosophical intelligence. A running gag about the Big Dog is he would spit out a whole cob of corn he ate.
  • Little Dog - He is a small orange Dachshund. Little Dog is much more energetic and hyperactive than Big Dog. Little Dog is completely scared by cats, and when a cat appeared (maybe got ailurophobia), it was Big Dog that had to scare the cat away. He does know a little about history (such as when in an Abraham Lincoln parody, when the Lincoln actor dies from a sword strike, the little dog remarks "I thought Lincoln was shot"). He often refers to things he doesn't like as "caca!"
  • Kenny Fouler - A small skinny kid with nerdy glasses, who is often pushed around by other kids, and often asks the dogs for help, in a certain episode where he tries to talk to Buffy and gets nervous. He has a bully who often taunts him by saying "What a Fouler!"
  • Hollywood - A large man who likes to point out others' mistakes, always in the same unnecessary fashion; he will begin by saying, in an admiring tone "Well isn't that cute?" and then shout at the top of his lungs "But it's wrong!" - always accompanied by the background sound of a striking foghorn. Whenever the dogs bump into Mr. H he has a completely new appearance and on one occasion is a woman. He has also had many occupations such as a teacher, farmer, Noah, casino manager and pet shop owner. In "Pie in the sky" he assumes multiple shop owners of a retail store.
  • Cubby - A fat spotty teenager with big glasses, blonde hair and blue lips. In the episodes he appears in he assumes the role of a different job, like Mr. Hollywood, such as in the episode "Far-Out Friday" he is a clerk at the supermarket. In the episode "At The Drive Through" he is the attendant at the snack bar. He has a squeaky voice and often lets off gas when excited i.e. "Post Office". He helps the stupid dogs with questions and problems they have which mainly involves food.
  • Buffy - A girl that Kenny has a crush on, who is in his class.
  • Red - A parody of Little Red Riding Hood, she's a small, meek little girl that the Dogs often encounter. When she speaks, she shouts one word in the sentence very loudly compared to the quiet tone of voice she usually has.


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Reception

Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman of Animation World Magazine described 2 Stupid Dogs as one of two "clones" of The Ren and Stimpy Show.

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