2 Stupid Dogs (1993–1995)

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2 Stupid Dogs (TV Series 1993–1995)

"Two Stupid Dogs" follows the lives of two dogs: the overly excited Little Dog (the dachshund) and easy-paced Big Dog (the sheepdog). These crazy canines don't know how to fit in the world, and they definitely don't have any know-how. They often find themselves in commonplace situations (going to the drive-in, walking through the mall, working on the farm), some not so common situations (stuck on a space shuttle, a contestant on a game show, getting mistaken for the prime minister) and even in some familiar situations (little red riding hood, Noah's ark, and Hanzel and Gretel). But no matter the situation, their stupidity usually leads them to calamitous results.
USA
IMDb   7.2 /10
TheMovieDb    6.4 /10
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FilmAffinity   5.6 /10
Creators
Creator Donovan Cook
Creator Mark Saraceni
Information
Release Date1993-09-05
Runtime22min
GenreAnimation, Comedy, Family
Content RatingTV-Y (TV-Y)
Awards3 nominations.
CompanyTBS Superstation, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Turner Broadcasting System (TBS)
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Big Dog / ... 25 episodes, 1993-1995
Little Dog 25 episodes, 1993-1995
Secret Squirrel / ... 13 episodes, 1993
Morocco Mole / ... 13 episodes, 1993
Chief / ... 13 episodes, 1993

2 Stupid Dogs

2 Stupid Dogs is an American animated television series created and designed by Donovan Cook and produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. It originally ran from September 5, 1993, to May 15, 1995, on TBS as a part of their Sunday Morning in Front of the TV block and in syndication. The show's main segments feature two unnamed dogs, called "The Big Dog" and "The Little Dog" in the credits (voiced by Brad Garrett and Mark Schiff, respectively).

The show has been described as "Hanna-Barbera's answer to Ren and Stimpy", a hit show that premiered two years earlier in 1991 on Nickelodeon. Like Ren and Stimpy, the Dogs characters are not very bright, the show is scored with jazz music, and the comedy style leans on gross-out body-secretion humor. Asked about the comparison, Hanna-Barbera CEO Fred Seibert was unconcerned, saying that it was "like Pearl Jam worrying about being compared to Nirvana."

A backup segment, Super Secret Secret Squirrel (a remake of Secret Squirrel), is shown in between the main 2 Stupid Dogs cartoons in the first season's episodes, similar to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1960s.


Plot

The show is about two unnamed dogs—neither of whom, as the title states, are very intelligent—and their everyday misadventures. The animation style is unusual for the time: a very flat and simplistic style similar to the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1950s and 1960s, but with early 1990s humor and sensibility. The Big Dog tends to talk much less than the Little Dog. When the Big Dog talks, he usually talks about food.


Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 5, 1993November 28, 1993
213September 5, 1994February 13, 1995

Characters

  • The Little Dog (voiced by Mark Schiff), a small, tawny-colored Dachshund, is much more energetic and hyperactive than the Big Dog. The Little Dog is completely scared of cats, and when a cat (the very same cat every time) appears, it is the Big Dog who scares the cat away.
  • The Big Dog (voiced by Brad Garrett) is a large grey Old English Sheepdog with a purple nose. He is much stronger and significantly more stoic and reserved than the Little Dog, and speaks much less - on occasion he has also been shown to be surprisingly smarter than Little Dog.
  • The Cat is a small innocent cat which the Little Dog is terrified of, despite its being harmless. The Big Dog's bark causes the Cat to freeze in terror; however, the Cat is not afraid of the Big Dog unless he barks.
  • Mr. Hollywood (voiced by Brian Cummings) is a large man (who is both arrogant and loud) and likes to point out others' mistakes. He has a completely different job in each appearance, including teacher, farmer, casino manager, Noah and pet shop owner. When pointing out others' mistakes he will first say, "Well now, isn't that cute..." and then yell out, "...BUT IT'S WRONG!!!", usually accompanied by a blaring foghorn.
  • Kenny Fowler (voiced by Jarrett Lennon) is a small skinny kid with nerdy glasses, who is often pushed around by Buzz and often asks the dogs for help. He often falls down on the floor.
  • Buzz (voiced by Whit Hertford) is a school bully who picks on Kenny and says "What a Fowler!" whenever Kenny falls to the floor.
  • Cubby (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is a fat, spotty man with big glasses, blonde hair and blue lips. In the episodes that he appears in, he assumes the role of a different job, like Mr. Hollywood.
  • Buffy Ziegenhagen (voiced by Tawni Tamietti) is a girl in Kenny's class that he has a crush on and who has a secret crush on him.
  • Red (voiced by Candi Milo) is a small, meek little girl that the dogs often encounter. When she speaks, she shouts one word (sometimes two) in the sentence very loudly compared to the quiet tone of voice she usually has.

Voice cast

  • Mark Schiff - The Little Dog
  • Brad Garrett - The Big Dog, Singing Popcorn Bag
  • Brian Cummings - Hollywood
  • Jess Harnell - Secret Squirrel, Scirocco Mole
  • Jim Cummings - Morocco Mole, Electric City, Goldflipper, Poppy Farmer
  • Tony Jay - The Chief, Thug, Foreign Ambassador Fido
  • Charlie Adler - Greg the Gingerbread Man
  • Yoshio Be - One-Ton
  • Jeff Bennett - Hot Rodney, The Big Bad Wolf
  • Carol Channing - Witch
  • June Foray - Grandma
  • John Garry - Voodoo Goat
  • Whitby Hertford - Buzz
  • Casey Kasem - Bill Baker (in "Let's Make a Right Price")
  • Jean Kasem - Female Contestant (in "Let's Make a Right Price")
  • Jarrett Lennon - Kenny
  • Tress MacNeille - Drive-In Lady, Singing Drink Cup
  • Rose Marie - Kenny's Teacher, Mrs. Crabface
  • Roddy McDowall - Chameleon
  • Scott Menville - Craig
  • Don Messick - Corpal (in "Cartoon Canines")
  • Candi Milo - Red, Mama Bear, Girl Scout
  • Gary Owens - "Let's Make a Right Price" Announcer, Principal Schneider, Dentist (in “Spit Soup”)
  • Michael Pataki - Drill Sergeant
  • Rob Paulsen - Cubby, Singing Hot Dog, Mr. Brady, Beatrice, Youngest Brady Son, Snooper and Blabber, Newscaster
  • Kimmy Robertson - Agent Penny
  • Roger Rose - Platypus, Quark
  • Kath Soucie - Martha, Youngest Brady Daughter
  • Ben Stiller - Salesman (in "A Quarter")
  • Tawni Tamietti - Buffy Ziegenhagen
  • B.J. Ward - Mrs. Brady, Middle Brady Daughter, Queen Bea
  • Derek Webster - Dr. O
  • Frank Welker - Bill Clinton

Additional voices played by: Greg Burson, Donna Cherry, Paul Eiding, Bernard Erhard, John Frost, Mark Hamill, Haven Hartman, Pat Lentz, Pat Musick, Stu Rosen, Neil Ross, Susan Silo


Crew

  • Stu Rosen - Voice Director; Super Secret Secret Squirrel
  • Jill Ziegenhagen - Talent Coordinator
  • Kris Zimmerman - Casting Director
  • Pierre DeCelles, Scott Mantaz - Animation Directors: Shanghai Morning Sun Animation Co., Ltd. (uncredited)
  • Horseman Cao, Huang Xingfang - Animation Directors: Shanghai Morning Sun Animation Co., Ltd. (uncredited)

Home media

On August 14, 2018, the Warner Archive Collection released the first season of the series as 2 Stupid Dogs/Secret Squirrel Show Volume One on DVD.


Reception

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. The series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award but lost to Rugrats.