T.U.F.F. Puppy
TUFF Puppy Logo.png
Created byButch Hartman
Voices of
Theme music composer
ComposerGuy Moon
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60 (115 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerButch Hartman
Producers
  • Deirdre Brenner
  • Dave Thomas (S1-2)
  • Ray DeLaurentis (S2-3)
  • Randy Saba (S2-3)
Running time11 minutes (regular)
23 minutes (specials)
Production companies
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC (2010)
HDTV 1080i (2011–15)
Audio formatDolby Surround (2010)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (2011–15)
Original releaseOctober 2, 2010 (2010-10-02) –
April 4, 2015 (2015-04-04)

T.U.F.F. Puppy is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It premiered on October 2, 2010, on Nickelodeon along with Planet Sheen, which premiered a half hour earlier. T.U.F.F. Puppy is Hartman's third animated series for Nickelodeon, after The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom. The series was cancelled after three seasons and aired its final episode on April 4, 2015.[1]

The first two seasons consist of 26 episodes each, the third season consisted of eight episodes, for a total of 60 episodes.

Plot

The show's character is a white dog named Dudley Puppy, who works as a spy for an organization called T.U.F.F. (short for Turbo Undercover Fighting Force).[2] His partner is a cat named Kitty Katswell.[3] Other helpers are The Chief and Keswick. The series takes place in the fictional city of Petropolis (distinct from the Brazilian city of Petrópolis, which is named after Pedro II of Brazil), which is populated by anthropomorphic animals. As a member of T.U.F.F., Dudley Puppy helps Kitty Katswell protect Petropolis from various villains like Verminious Snaptrap and his crime organization D.O.O.M., The Chameleon, and Bird Brain.

Episodes

Main article: List of T.U.F.F. Puppy episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
126[4]October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02)May 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)Nickelodeon
2269May 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)August 9, 2013 (2013-08-09)
17October 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)May 17, 2014 (2014-05-17)Nicktoons
38July 26, 2014 (2014-07-26)April 4, 2015 (2015-04-04)[5]

Characters

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Main

T.U.F.F.

The Turbo Undercover Fighting Force (T.U.F.F.) is an organization that protects Petropolis from crime.

Also in T.U.F.F. are various personnel that appear as background characters whether as agents, office workers, and/or scientists. Some of the minor members of T.U.F.F. that have been identified or mentioned include:

Main villains

Snaptrap's Henchmen or D.O.O.M.
Bird Brain's Henchmen

Recurring and one-off characters

Other villains

Citizens of Petropolis

Production

Butch Hartman said that he created the central character and wanted to make a crime-fighting show based on him. Because his previous animated series Danny Phantom already involved superheroes, Hartman decided that he would focus on making Dudley a secret agent. He pitched the series to Cartoon Network as "Get Smart with a dog."[6]

Eric Bauza, (who voices Foop in The Fairly OddParents and Leather Teddy in T.U.F.F. Puppy), was originally chosen to be the voice of Dudley Puppy, but the creators didn't feel that he was right for the character and Jerry Trainor was chosen instead.[6]

The original title of the show was Stud Puppy.[7]

Home media

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T.U.F.F. Puppy home video releases
Season Episodes Years active Release dates
 United States
1 26 2010–12 iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3: April 5, 2011
Episodes: "Purr-fect Partners" / "Doom-mates"
SpongeBob SquarePants: Heroes of Bikini Bottom: June 14, 2011
Episodes: "Mall Rat" / "Operation: Happy Birthday"
SpongeBob SquarePants: Frozen Face-Off: January 10, 2012
Episodes: "Snappy Campers" / "Lucky Duck"
It's a Nicktoons Christmas!: October 30, 2012
Episodes: "A Doomed Christmas"
Note: This disc was exclusively included with copies of the It's a SpongeBob Christmas! DVD sold at Target.
The Complete First Season: June 23, 2014[8]
Episodes: Entire season included
2 26 2012–14 January 8, 2015[9]

Note: The episode "A Doomed Christmas" along with Christmas episodes of The Fairly OddParents and Fanboy & Chum Chum were supposed to be on the It's a SpongeBob Christmas! DVD, but they were dropped from the actual release.[10] However, the Target exclusive of It's A SpongeBob Christmas! included the Christmas episodes of those shows on a bonus disc. It's currently unknown if Nickelodeon will ever announce a Season 3 DVD release.

Reception

Critical

Following the show's premiere, the series received mixed reviews.[citation needed]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series 2 out of 5 stars; criticizing the “iffy messages” the show sends to kids and the frequent use of name calling, but adding, “Kitty's attractive appearance and overly emotional response to Dudley's successes are memorable.”[11]

Ratings

The series premiere of T.U.F.F. Puppy drew 3.6 million viewers.[12]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2011 38th Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production Fred Gonzales Won [13]
Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in a Television Production Ernie Gilbert Won
Gordon Hammond Nominated
38th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Kaz Aizawa Won [14]
2012 39th Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in a Television Production Gordon Hammond and Mike Dougherty Nominated [15]
Outstanding Achievement in Directing in a Television Production Ken Bruce Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in a Television Production Dave Thomas and Fred Gonzales Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Writing in a Television Production Ray DeLaurentis, William Schifrin, and Kevin Sullivan for episode "Thunder Dog" Nominated
39th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Ernie Gilbert Won [16]
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Guy Moon Nominated
2013 40th Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Gordon Hammond for episode "Dudley Do-Wrong" Nominated [17]
Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Guy Moon for episode "Mission: Really Big Mission" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Jeff Bennett as "Keswick" for episode "Pup Daddy" Nominated
40th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Jerry Trainor as "Dudley Puppy" Nominated [18]

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 663–664. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ "iCarly's Jerry Trainor Stars in Nicktoons T.U.F.F. Puppy 2010". Animation World Network. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  3. ^ Reiter, Amy (16 September 2010). "Fall TV preview: Kid-oriented shows There are many new children's series to choose from on Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS and Cartoon Network". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  4. ^ "T.U.F.F. Puppy: Season 1: Jerry Trainor, Grey DeLisle, Daran Norris, Michelle Bryan, Ken Bruce, Butch Hartman, Ray De Laurentis, William Schifrin, Kevin Sullivan: Movies & TV". Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "T.U.F.F. Puppy Schedule – TV Listings". LocateTV.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Butch Hartman". Toon Zone. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  7. ^ @realhartman (4 November 2017). "The original title of TUFF PUPPY was..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "T.U.F.F. Puppy: The Complete First Season". Amazon.
  9. ^ "T.U.F.F. Puppy: The Complete Second Season". Amazon.
  10. ^ Lambert, David (August 6, 2012). "SpongeBob SquarePants - 'It's a SpongeBob Christmas! this Fall, on DVD...AND on Blu-ray Disc!!". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  11. ^ Ashby, Emily (2 October 2010). "T.U.F.F. Puppy review". Common Sense Media.
  12. ^ Gervais, Lisa (October 21, 2010). ""Fairly Odd Parents" creator comes home for Macomb Community College speaker series". Macomb Daily. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  13. ^ "38th Annual Annie Awards Legacy Past Nominees & Winners". annieawards.org. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES THE 38TH ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS, WAYNE BRADY TO HOST THE LIVE TELECAST". Emmy Online. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  15. ^ "39th Annual Annie Awards Legacy Past Nominees & Winners". annieawards.org. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES THE 39TH ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS". Emmy Online. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  17. ^ "40th Annual Annie Awards Legacy Past Nominees & Winners". annieawards.org. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  18. ^ "40TH ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY® AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Emmy Online. Retrieved October 18, 2020.