Deputy Dawg
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Deputy Dawg
Created byLarz Bourne
StarringDayton Allen
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes104
Production
Executive producerBill Weiss
Running time4–6 minutes
Production companyTerrytoons
DistributorCBS Films
CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJanuary 1, 1960 (January 1, 1960) –
December 31, 1964 (December 31, 1964)

Deputy Dawg is a Terrytoons cartoon character, featured on the animated television series of the same name that aired from 1960 to 1964.[1]

Background

The character of Deputy Dawg originated in 1959 as part of a projected series entitled Possible Possum, intended as a component of the Captain Kangaroo Show. Larz Bourne came up with the series concept and drew the first storyboards. Midway through production, the project was overhauled as a standalone series; Deputy Dawg became the star, and "Possible" was rechristened Muskie Muskrat, to avoid comparisons with Walt Kelly's comic strip character Pogo Possum.[2] A later, less Kelly-inspired Terrytoons character would eventually take the Possible Possum name.

The Deputy Dawg Show first ran weekly from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1964. Each episode has a Deputy Dawg cartoon, followed by Sidney the Elephant. The British television debut came on BBC Television on August 31, 1963.[3]

The cartoons are between four and six minutes long, and were packaged three at a time and shown as a half-hour program. The show was produced by CBS and was the professional animation debut of Ralph Bakshi (as animator) of adult animation fame. There were also six additional titles that were released theatrically and were not part of the original TV package.

The cartoons originally featured Deputy Dawg, an anthropomorphic dog, as a deputy sheriff in Florida, though as the episodes progressed, the location changed to Mississippi, and later to Tennessee. The other main characters are the "varmints" Muskie Muskrat, Ty Coon, Vincent van Gopher, and Pig Newton, as well as Dawg's boss the Sheriff and his wife Mrs. Deputy.[4] A wilder addition to the cast was the "space varmint" Astronut, a mischievous alien visitor who was later given his own spin-off show.

Deputy Dawg was voiced by Dayton Allen, a prolific voice actor who voiced many Terrytoons characters in television and theatrical shorts in the 1950s and 1960s.[5]

Much of the comedy in the cartoons is sight gag/action-based, with additional humor provided by comical dialects and stereotypical southern characteristics. Many storylines involve Deputy Dawg battling with peculiar locals and trying to please the Sheriff, as well as protecting his produce from Muskie and Vince.[6] However, most of Muskie's and Vince's crimes are not taken very seriously, enabling Deputy Dawg to pal around with them when they are not causing trouble. The trio often engage in their favorite pastime, fishing for catfish.

Musical direction was by Terrytoons standby Philip A. Scheib (April 14, 1894–April 1969), who at the time had recently worked on the Oscar-nominated Terrytoons shorts Sidney's Family Tree (1958) and The Juggler of Our Lady (1958). The Deputy Dawg musical accompaniment often features a distinctive bass harmonica.[7]

Deputy Dawg later appeared in episodes of the 1987 series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.

Deputy Dawg also appeared in the 1999 pilot Curbside.[8]

Home video

Children's Video issued "Terrytoons Good Guys" compilation VHS tapes in 1985 which included one Deputy Dawg cartoon per tape.

Video Treasures issued five "Deputy Dawg" VHS tapes in 1989. The tape catalogue numbers are listed below for the titles released.

Episode guide

Season 1 (1960)

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VHS Tape Number
1 1 The Yoke's On You Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1960 657
2 2 Space Varmint Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1960 659
3 3 Shotgun Shambles Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1960 660
4 4 Seize You Later, Alligator Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1960 663
5 5 Li'l Whooper Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1960 666
6 6 Welcome, Mischa Mouse Martin Taras Larz Bourne 1960 672 TT 2606
7 7 Cotton-Pickin' Picnic Connie Rasinski Eli Bauer 1960 673 TT 2606
8 8 Henhouse Hassle Mannie Davis Larz Bourne 1960 674 TT 2606
9 9 Law and Disorder Dave Tendlar Bob Kuwahara 1960 675 TT 2606
10 10 Rabid Rebel Mannie Davis Larz Bourne 1960 676 TT 2606
11 11 Friend Fox Dave Tendlar Eli Bauer 1960 677 TT 2603
12 12 Deputy Dawg's Nephew Mannie Davis Bob Kuwahara 1960 683 TT 2606
13 13 Dog-Gone Catfish Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1960 684 TT 2603
14 14 National Spoof Day Mannie Davis Eli Bauer 1960 685 TT 2607
15 15 Aig Plant Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1960 691 TT 2607
16 16 Creek Mud Monster Connie Rasinski Eli Bauer 1960 693 TT 2607
17 17 Duped Deputy Mannie Davis Al Bertino & Dick Kinney 1960 694 TT 2607
18 18 Home Cookin' Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1960 695 TT 2607
19 19 Penguin Panic Mannie Davis Bob Kuwahara 1960 697 TT 2603
20 20 People's Choice Connie Rasinski Al Bertino & Dick Kinney 1960 698 TT 2603
21 21 Kin Folk Dave Tendlar Al Bertino & Dick Kinney 1960 700 TT 2603
22 22 Lynx, th' Jinx Mannie Davis Larz Bourne 1960 701 TT 2607
23 23 The Bird Burglar Dave Tendlar Kin Platt 1960 703 TT 2603
24 24 Watermelon Watcher Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1960 704 n/a
25 25 Dragon, My Foot Mannie Davis Eli Bauer 1960 705 n/a
26 26 Star for a Day Connie Rasinski Al Bertino & Dick Kinney 1960 706 n/a

Season 2 (1961–1962)

No.

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Title Directed by Story by Date Prod.

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VHS Tape Number
27 1 Th' Two Inch Inchworm Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1961 731
28 2 Nobody's Ghost Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1961 732
29 3 Honey Tree Art Bartsch Larz Bourne 1961 733
30 4 Where There's Smoke Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1961 734
31 5 Oil Tycoons Tom Golden Larz Bourne 1961 735
32 6 Rebel Trouble Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1961 736
33 7 Big Chief No Treaty Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1961 737
34 8 Beaver Battle Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1961 738
35 9 Ship Aha Ha Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1961 739
36 10 The Fragrant Vagrant Tom Golden Larz Bourne 1961 740 TT 2604
37 11 Noise Annoys Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1961 741
38 12 Tennessee Walkin' Horse Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1961 742
39 13 Peanut Pilferer Bill Tytla Larz Bourne 1961 743
40 14 Mr. Moose Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1961 744
41 15 National Lazy Day Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1961 745
42 16 Little Red Fool House Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1962 746
43 17 Astronut Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1962 747
44 18 Echo Park Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1962 748
45 19 Physical Fatness Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne 1962 749 TT 2604
46 20 Corn Cribber Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1962 750
47 21 Herman the Hermit Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1962 751
48 22 Heat Wave Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1962 752
49 23 Long Island Duckling Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne 1962 753
50 24 Tents Moments Bill Tytla Larz Bourne 1962 754
51 25 Dangnabit, Rabbit Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1962 755
52 26 Tourist Tirade Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne 1962 756

Season 3 (1963-1964)

No.

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Title Directed by Story by Animator Date Prod.

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VHS Tape Number
53 1 Orbit a Little Bit Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 768
54 2 Dry Spell Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar 1963 769
55 3 Terrific Traffic Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 772
56 4 Safe an' Insane 4th Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1963 773
57 5 Lowman Lawman Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1963 775
58 6 Open Wide Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar 1963 786
59 7 The Catfish Poachin' Pelican Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1963 787
60 8 The Milkweed from Space Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar 1963 788
61 9 Bad Luck Day Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 789
62 10 Royal Southern Dismounted Police Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 790
63 11 Stuck Duck Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1963 792
64 12 Go-Go Gorilla Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar 1963 793 TT 2604
65 13 Grandpa Law Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1963 794
66 14 The Champion Whopper Teller Art Bartsch Larz Bourne Art Bartsch 1963 795
67 15 Daddy Frog Legs Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 796
68 16 Science Friction Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1963 797
69 17 On the Lam with the Ham Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne Connie Rasinski 1963 798 TT 2604
70 18 Just Ghost T' Show You Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar 1963 799
71 19 Mama Magnolia's Pecan Pies Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1963 800 TT 2604
72 20 Lawman to the Rescue Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 801
73 21 Peach Pluckin' Kangaroo Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1963 802
74 22 The Neverglades Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1963 803
75 23 Feud for Thought Bob Kuwahara Kin Platt Mannie Davis 1964 804
76 24 The Poster Caper Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1964 805
77 25 Diamonds in the Rough Ralph Bakshi Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1964 806
78 26 Double Barreled Boom-Boom Art Bartsch Larz Bourne Art Davis 1964 807
79 27 Spare That Tree Cosmo Anzilotti Kin Platt Cosmo Anzilotti 1964 808
80 28 The Pig Rustler Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Bard Wiggenhorn 1964 809
81 29 Chicken Bull Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Bard Wiggenhorn 1964 810
82 30 Hex Marks the Spot Bob Kuwahara Kin Platt Cosmo Anzilotti 1964 811
83 31 Something to Crow About Cosmo Anzilotti Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1964 812
84 32 Catfish Crisis Art Bartsch Larz Bourne Alan Zaslove 1964 813
85 33 Show Biz Whiz Ralph Bakshi Jack Mercer Ralph Bakshi 1964 814
86 34 Save Ol' Piney Ralph Bakshi Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1964 815
87 35 Pinch Hittin' for a Pigeon Art Bartsch Larz Bourne Alan Zaslove 1964 816 TT 2604
88 36 Mountain Melvin Meets Hairy Harry Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1964 817
89 37 Protestin' Pilot Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Bard Wiggenhorn 1964 818
90 38 Mule-itary Maneuvers Art Bartsch Jack Mercer John Gentilella 1964 819
91 39 Millionaire Deputy Connie Rasinski Kin Platt Connie Rasinski 1964 820
92 40 All Tuckered Out Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1964 821
93 41 Th' Hungry Astronut Dave Tendlar Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar 1964 822
94 42 Museum of th' South Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Bard Wiggenhorn 1964 823
95 43 Scare Cure Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1964 824
96 44 The Great Grain Robbery Connie Rasinski Larz Bourne Connie Rasinski 1964 825
97 45 Corn Pone Limited Art Bartsch Larz Bourne John Gentilella 1964 826
98 46 Space Invitation Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1964 827
99 47 You're Fired and I'm Tired Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1964 828
100 48 The Pink Flamingo Art Bartsch Larz Bourne Mannie Davis 1964 829
101 49 Imperfect Crime Art Bartsch Bernie Kahn John Gentilella 1964 830
102 50 Obnoxious Obie Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Ralph Bakshi 1964 831
103 51 Elusive Louie Bob Kuwahara Larz Bourne Cosmo Anzilotti 1964 832
104 52 The Governor's Guide Art Bartsch Larz Bourne John Gentilella 1964 833

Credits

See also

References

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