2 Stupid Dogs is an American animated television series, created and designed by Donovan Cook and produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, that 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 (which included national broadcasts on Fox's Saturday Morning Fox Kids block. The main segments of the show featured two unnamed dogs, called "The Big Dog" and "The Little Dog" in the credits. They were voiced by Brad Garrett and Mark Schiff. A backup segment, Super Secret Secret Squirrel (a remake of Secret Squirrel) was shown in between the main 2 Stupid Dogs cartoons in many of the episodes, similar to early Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1960s.
The show is about two unnamed dogs —neither of whom, as the title explains, 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. Big Dog tends to talk much less than Little Dog. When Big Dog talks, he usually talks about food.
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 a decade earlier. Turner Entertainment 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; this was a first for television animation and for Hanna-Barbera in particular. His first pitch and first series put into production was 2 Stupid Dogs in 1992, created and designed by recent California Institute of the Arts graduate Donovan Cook. Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi was credited for 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.
Cook had graduated from CalArts and conceived the show's premise after seeing two stray dogs roaming around his apartment complex. He and the rest of his cartoonist friends later developed the idea and pitched it to different studios. Hanna-Barbera later took a look at it and they bought it. Seibert ordered Cook to revive a classic from the H-B archives to go with the main show, he chose Secret Squirrel because it was one of his favorites and he enjoyed watching that series during the 1970s when he was a kid. Several artists and directors from the show became the first creators in Seibert's What a Cartoon! program, the 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, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is a Beast), 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, Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) & Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party and Shrek). The voice cast used a combination of novices, professionals, comedians, and children. When Cook was developing the show, he saw one of comedian Mark Schiff's stand-up routines on TV and called him in to audition as the voice of Little Dog. Hollywood, one of the central characters of the show, was based on a neighbor Donovan had when he was shooting a short film at a beach house in San Diego. Kenny's voice was when they had a casting call of child actors to audition in the HB studio and after final drawbacks and feedbacks, Jarrett Lennon was chosen to voice him.
The voice actors for Animaniacs (Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille) were already involved in the cartoon; coincidentally, that show aired a couple of days later than 2 Stupid Dogs in September 1993. Harnell was a main cast member of the series while Rob and Tress only did guest and side roles from time to time. Turner and Hanna-Barbera made the decision to discontinue Secret Squirrel during the show's second season because many viewers became confused by the show's unusual style of sandwiching a Secret Squirrel cartoon between two 2 Stupid Dogs cartoons, erroneously thinking that the show had ended. The series was cancelled after the second season due to declining viewership. Most of the crew departed during the second season, and began their own projects at Cartoon Network Studios such as The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory.
Warner Archive Collection released the first season of 2 Stupid Dogs and its Super Secret Secret Squirrel segment on DVD on August 14, 2018.
- 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 by cats, and when a cat (the very same cat) 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 then Little Dog. In one episode, an acquaintance refers to him as Jonathan.
- 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, "Aww, isn't that cute?" and then yells out, "BUT IT'S WRONG!!!" accompanied by the sound of a 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 Scott Menville) 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.
- Main article: List of 2 Stupid Dogs episodes
This is a list of episodes for the show 2 Stupid Dogs. 2 Stupid Dogs was produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Turner Program Services and was aired from September 5, 1993 to February 13, 1995, totaling 26 episodes. As of the late 90s, the episode "At the Drive-In" was removed from Television Broadcasting due to the episode's brief sexual innuendo.
|№||2 Stupid Dogs||Super Secret Secret Squirrel||2 Stupid Dogs||Airdate|
|1||"Door Jam"||"Goldflipper"||"Where's the Bone"||1993·Sept·05 The Big Dog's (Brad Garret) can ends up in the market, so both dogs have to use shoes to get in; Morocco Mole (Jim Cummings) loses his special golden tooth and they have to go to Goldflipper's (Jim Cummings) volcano; The Little Dog (Mark Schiff) can't find his bone, so he travels all around the world to find it even though,it's on his head.|
|2||"Cornflakes"||"Greg"||"Home Is Where Your Head Is"||1993·Sept·12 The dogs end up on Hollywood's (Brian Cummings) farm, but they want Cornflakes; Greg (Charlie Adler), the evil gingerbread man steals all the candy from Granny Franny's (Kath Soucie) shoppe; The Big Dog's head gets stuck in a wooden fence leaving The Little Dog lonesome.|
|3||"Vegas Buffet"||"Quark"||"Love in the Park"||1993·Sept·19 The dogs want to go to The Cheap Economy Style One Pound Hot Dog Buffet but they forced into a casino; A sub particle Quark (Roger Rose) flies into Secret Squirrel's (Jess Harnell) ear; The Little Dog falls in love with a mechanical poodle.|
|4||"Show and Tell"||"Queen Bea"||"At the Drive-In"||1993·Sept·26 Kenny Fowler (Jarret Lennon) brings the dogs into school; Queen Bea's (B.J. Ward) bandits try to rob the honey bank; The dogs go to a drive in and meet Cubby (Rob Paulsen).|
|5||"Space Dogs"||"Hot Rodney"||"Pie in the Sky"||1993·Oct·03 The dogs end up on a NASA space craft and the Little Dog wants some ice cream, but the Big Dog won't stop pushing buttons; Secret Squirrel has to race a brady Rooster named Hot Rodney (Jeff Bennett); The dogs end up in a convenient store, but they want pie.|
|6||"A Quarter"||"Egg"||"Red"||1993·Oct·10 The dogs need a Quarter to activate a payphone; Morocco Mole has to hold an ancient egg,which is a snake named Aspimportant (Jim Cummings) for 3 seconds; The first time the dogs meet Red (Candi Milo), the dogs want cheesecake and end up on the three bears house.|
|7||"Substitute Teacher"||"Chameleon"||"Seeing Eye Dogs"||1993·Oct·17 Hollywood is Kenny's substitute teacher; A Chameleon (Roddy McDowall) steals some paintings; The dogs are Hollywood's seeing eye dogs.|
|8||"Spooks-A-Poppin"||"Agent Penny"||"Sheep Dogs"||1993·Oct·24 The dogs go to a pet cemetery; Agent Penny (Kimmy Robertson) replaces Secret Squirrel; The dogs are sheep dogs herding sheep at Hollywood's farm.|
|9||"Trash Day"||"Scirocco Mole"||"Hollywood's Ark"||1993·Oct·31 The dogs fight over a toilet seat; At a game show, Secret tells Morocco about how they first met and became buddies, along with Morocco's evil twin brother Scirocco Mole (Jess Harnell); Hollywood pretends to be Noah and takes all the animals onto his ark, along with the dogs.|
|10||"Family Values"||"Platypus"||"Red Strikes Back"||1993·Nov·07 The dogs join a family which is slightly similar to The Brady Kids; Secret, Morocco and The Chief (Tony Jay) undercover a mixing up and de-scrambling mission to stop an evil, but nerdy Platypus (Roger Rose);The second time the dogs meet Red, they end up at the wicked witch's (Carol Channing) candy house.|
|11||"Stunt Dogs"||"Doctor O"||"Return of Red"||1993·Nov·14 The dogs star in Hollywood's version of The Jungle King;Secret and Morocco have to stop an evil Opossumnamed Doctor O (unknown); The 3rd and final time the dogs meet Red, the dogs want meat buy product and save Granny (June Foray) from the Big Bad Wolf (Jeff Bennett).|
|12||"Far out Friday"||"One Ton"||"Let's Make A Right Price."||1993·Nov·21 Somehow,the dogs switch bodies making the Little Dog lazy, and the Big Dog playful; One Ton (unknown) wrecks havoc; The Dogs go to a game show and meet Bill Baker (Casey Kasem), but the Little Dog wants the doggie treats.|
|13||"Cat!"||"Voodoo Goat"||"Love Doctors"||1993·Nov·28 The Little Dog wants the Big Dog to wake up and scare the cat;Voodoo Goat (John Garry) makes a voodoo doll to stop Secret Squirrel; Kenny finally gets Buffy (Tawni Tametti) to talk to him.|
Only one new "2 Stupid Dogs" segment per each episode; the other two segments are reruns from season 1.
|№||2 Stupid Dogs||Airdate|
|1||"Jerk"||1994·Sept·05 While shouting out "Jerk!",the Little Dog's jerk eco makes the 2 wander all around the Grand Canyon.|
|2||"Las Pelotas"||1994·Sept·12 The dogs go to a tennis court and mess it up.|
|3||"Post Office"||1994·Sept·19 At a local post office, the dogs over go an evil post lady.|
|4||"Day Dream"||1994·Oct·24 The dogs don't now how they woke up, so they retell their dream.|
|5||"Love"||1994·Oct·31 The Big Dog falls in love with a Hamster.|
|6||"Inside Out"||1994·Nov·07 The dogs go inside a closed museum.|
|7||"Spit Soup"||1994·Nov·14 The dogs want to fill an empty, large soup bowl.|
|8||"Fun!'"||1994·Nov·21 A Hot Dog circus opens tomorrow, so the dogs spend time having fun.|
|9||"The Rise and Fall of the Big Dog"||1994·Dec·5 People at the White House mistaken the Big Dog as the president. Meanwhile, the Little Dog confuses the president for the Big Dog and thinks he lost his memory.|
|10||"Cookies, Ookies, Blookies"||1994·Dec·19 The dogs want cookies from a Girl Scouts member, but have no idea how to get to them.|
|11||"Cartoon Canines"||1995·May·1 The dogs go to cartoon military camp and are renamed Hammy & Loafy! Note:The dogs are also dressed up as The Little Mermaid, Beany and Cecil, aliens, ameboes, and Ren and Stimpy.|
|12||"Bathroom Humor"||1995·May·8 The Big Dog has to go to the bathroom so badly, that The Little Dog brings him in a house.|
|13||"Hobo Hounds"||1995·May·15 The dogs star in a Silent Cartoon in which they have to save a lady from a Train.|
- 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
- Tony Jay - The Chief, Thug
- Charlie Adler - Greg the Gingerbread Man
- Yoshio Be - One-Ton
- Jeff Bennett - Hot Rodney, Big Bad Wolf
- Carol Channing - Witch
- June Foray - Grandma
- Casey Kasem - Bill Baker
- John Garry - Voodoo Goat
- Jarrett Lennon - Kenny
- Tress MacNeille - Kenny's teacher, Drive-in lady, Singing Drink Cup
- Roddy McDowall - Chameleon
- Scott Menville - Craig, Buzz
- Candi Milo - Red, Mama Bear, Girl Scout
- Gary Owens - "Let's Make a Right Price" announcer, Principal Schneider
- Rob Paulsen - Cubby, Singing Hot Dog, Mr. Brady, Beatrice, youngest Brady son, Snooper and Blabber
- Kimmy Robertson - Agent Penny
- Roger Rose - Platypus, Quark
- Kath Soucie - Martha, youngest Brady daughter
- Tawni Tamietti - Buffy Ziegenhagen
- B.J. Ward - Mrs. Brady, middle Brady daughter, Queen Bea
- Michael Pataki - Drill Sergeant
On August 14, 2018 The Warner Archive Collection released the 2 Stupid Dogs/Super Secret Secret Squirrel: Volume One on DVD.
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 generally well received criticallyTemplate:Citation needed and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award (but lost to Rugrats).
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