CatDog
CatDog.jpeg
Created byPeter Hannan
Creative directorRobert Porter
Voices of
Theme music composerPeter Hannan
Opening theme"CatDog Theme Song"
Ending theme"CatDog Ending Theme Song"
ComposerDenis M. Hannigan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes68 (134 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerPeter Hannan
Producers
  • Mario Piluso (supervising)
  • Ken Kessel (supervising)
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
DistributorMTV Networks
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseApril 4, 1998 (1998-04-04) –
June 15, 2005 (2005-06-15)

CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon.[1] The series follows the life of yellow conjoined brothers of different species, with one half of the resultant animal being a cat and the other a dog. Nickelodeon produced the series from Burbank, California.[2] The first episode aired on April 4, 1998, following the 1998 Kids' Choice Awards, before the show officially premiered in October of that year. Similarly, the Season 2 episode "Fetch" was shown in theaters in 1998 before airing on television.[3]

The series ended on June 15, 2005 after a total of four seasons and 68 episodes over 7 years. It was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Peter Hannan Productions, and was released on DVD in Region 1 by Shout! Factory.

Two animation studios, Saerom Animation and Rough Draft Studios through Rough Draft Korea, worked on the animation for the show.

Premise

The series revolves around Cat and Dog, a conjoined flexible twin of a cat and a dog, who share the same body with no tail or hind legs. Although they are best friends and brothers, they have very different personalities, similar to "The Odd Couple" and the original Looney Tunes shorts, mixed with elements of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and fellow Nicktoon Ren and Stimpy.[4] Cat is very cultured, while Dog is very fun-loving. Dog enjoys chasing garbage trucks, cars, and exploring – many things that Cat does not want to be involved with. Dog enjoys eating at fast-food restaurants (such as Taco Depot), whereas Cat does not. The series takes place in Nearburg, a town dominated by anthropomorphic animals and the occasional humanoid.

Episodes

Main article: List of CatDog episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04)October 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)
220February 15, 1999 (1999-02-15)March 16, 2000 (2000-03-16)
320October 9, 1999 (1999-10-09)May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
48November 25, 2001 (2001-11-25)June 15, 2005 (2005-06-15)

Characters

This section may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia's inclusion policy. (May 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Main

Dog (left) and Cat (right)
Dog (left) and Cat (right)

Recurring

Production

The series, created by Peter Hannan, was developed as the next Nicktoons production and produced from Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California. Hannan served as executive producer. This was part of Nickelodeon's $350 million investment in original animation over the next five years after the series' inception.[2]

Albie Hecht, Nickelodeon's senior vice president of worldwide productions, said that the creators planned for the series to "really play off of kids' sympathies" by portraying the characters as experiencing "the worst of both worlds".[2] Hannan said CatDog was inspired by watching neighborhood cats and dogs occasionally fight each other, and thought that it would be great to make conjoined twins Cat and Dog to see how both of the animals would fare against other things.[2] The idea of them being conjoined twins came from Hannan watching several news stories on TV about conjoined twins living a normal life conjoined together.[2] Both aspects he claimed, initially developed the idea of CatDog.[2]

The title characters were originally envisioned as a two-headed superhero called "CatDog Man".

Release

Broadcast

The series originally aired on Nickelodeon in the US from 1998 to 2001. It was subsequently aired on Nicktoons (2002–2011) and NickSplat (2013-2018) and streams on Paramount+ (2020-present). In the UK and Ireland, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon (1998–2005), Channel 4 (1999-2007) and Nicktoons (2002–13). In Canada, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon (2009–2019) and on YTV (1998–2006). In Australia and New Zealand, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon (1998–2015). In Japan, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon (1999–2009) and on TV Asahi (1999–2006). In Middle East, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon (2010–2011) and on MBC 3 (2014–2015) and on Spacetoon English (2005–2011). In March 2021, the series was added along with other various Nicktoons and Nickelodeon shows onto Paramount+.

Home media and digital download releases

Two VHS tapes of the series were released by Paramount Home Video on March 30, 1999. Together Forever contains the episodes "Dog Gone", "Flea or Die", "Diamond Fever", "CatDog's End" and "Work Force" with a bonus short "Cat-Diggety Dog" and CatDog vs. The Greasers contains the episodes "Siege on Fort CatDog", "Squirrel Dog", "Full Moon Fever", "Shriek Loves Dog" and "All You Need is Lube".

VHS releases
Name No. of
episodes
Release date Episodes include
Together Forever 6 March 30, 1999 1x01a Dog Gone
1x02a Flea or Die
1x05a Diamond Fever
1x12a CatDog's End
1x04b Work Force
2x04c Cat-Diggety Dog
CatDog vs. The Greasers 5 1x12b Siege on Fort CatDog
1x09a Squirrel Dog
1x11a Full Moon Fever
1x04a Shriek Loves Dog
1x03b All You Need is Lube

In 2010, Nickelodeon contracted Amazon.com's CreateSpace service arm to produce DVD sets of CatDog and other Nickelodeon shows exclusively for sale on Amazon. The DVDs were "manufactured-on-demand" DVD-Rs to match orders. The series is also available for download on Amazon's InstantVideo service.

CreateSpace Releases Release Date Discs Episodes
Season 1 April 7, 2010 4 20
Season 2, Volume 1 December 1, 2010 3 17
Season 2, Volume 2 December 1, 2010 4 17
Season 3 December 1, 2010 3 13


Region 1
DVD title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes
Volume 1: Season 1, Part 1 1 10 October 18, 2011 1 ("Dog Gone" / "Fan Mail" / "All You Can't Eat") – 6 ("Party Animal" / "Mush, Dog, Mush!"), 8 ("Pumped" / "Dummy Dummy"), 9 ("Squirrel Dog" / "Brother's Day"), 11 ("Full Moon Fever" / "War of the CatDog") and 14 ("Nightmare" / "CatDogPig")
Volume 2: Season 1, Part 2 March 27, 2012 7 ("Armed and Dangerous" / "Fistful of Mail!"), 10 ("Escape From the Deep End" / "The Collector"), 12 ("CatDog's End" / "Siege on Fort CatDog"), 13 ("Safety Dog" / "Dog Come Home!"), 15 ("New Neighbors" / "Dead Weight") – 20 ("All About Cat" / "Trespassing")
Volume 3: Season 2, Part 1 2 June 5, 2012[5] 21 ("Send in the CatDog" / "Fishing for Trouble" / "Fetch") – 30 ("Climb Every CatDog" / "Canine Mutiny")
Volume 4: Season 2, Part 2 September 25, 2012[6] 31 ("It's a Wonderful Half Life" / "Shepherd Dog") – 40 ("Cliff's Little Secret" / "Freak Show")
Volume 5: The Complete Third Season 3 20 March 12, 2013[7] 41 ("Sumo Enchanted Evening" / "Hotel CatDog") – 60 ("New Cat in Town" / "CatDog's Booty")
Volume 6: The Complete Final Season 4 8 August 20, 2013[8] 61–63 ("CatDog and the Great Parent Mystery") – 68 (Vexed of Kin / Meat Dog's Friends)
The Complete Series 1-4 68 December 9, 2014[9] 1 ("Dog Gone" / "Fan Mail" / "All You Can't Eat") – 68 (Vexed of Kin / Meat Dog's Friends)

♦ – Shout! Factory select title sold exclusively through Shout's online store.

The complete series is also available for download in the iTunes Store, and streaming on Paramount+

Reception

Critical

The series was reviewed by Common Sense Media with a score 2/5 stars, advised for children 7 and up.[10]

Awards and nominations

In 1998, the series was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production, for "Dog Gone". The recipients would have been Derek Drymon, Robert Porter and Peter Hannan.[11]

At the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards, the show was nominated for Favorite Cartoon. However, it lost to Rugrats. It did so again in the 2000 Kids' Choice Awards.

Video games

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 116–117. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Nick leashes 'CatDog' to 40 episodes". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. August 13, 1997. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "CatDog" Send in the CatDog/Fishing for Trouble/Fetch (TV Episode 1999) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-09-03
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 191. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  5. ^ "CatDog: Season Two, Part One", Amazon, ASIN B007GMKX6G
  6. ^ Lambert, David (June 8, 2011). "CatDog - 'Season 2, Part 2' DVDs are Scheduled for Wide Release". TVShowsOnDVD. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "CatDog DVD news: Announcement for CatDog - Season 3". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "CatDog DVD news: Announcement for CatDog - The Final Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "CatDog DVD news: Announcement for CatDog - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014.
  10. ^ Wenk, Sarah (July 12, 2006). "CatDog". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  11. ^ "Legacy: 26th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1998)". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  12. ^ "Hasbro Interactive and Nickelodeon Forge 3 Year Software Partnership". Business Wire. May 13, 1999. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2021 – via The Free Dictionary.