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Turbo Dogs
Turbo Dogs Title Card.jpg
GenreChildren's Television Series
CGI Animation
Sports
Created byScholastic Corporation (characters)
Directed byDenny Silverthorne
StarringStacey DePass
Joris Jarsky
Dan Petronijevic
Lyon Smith
Hadley Kay
Peter Cugno
Opening theme"Let's Go, Turbo Dogs!" performed by Trust
Ending theme"Let's Go, Turbo Dogs!" (instrumental)
ComposersBrian Pickett
David Kelly
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
Country of originNew Zealand
Canada
United States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersArnie Zipursky
Trevor Yaxley
Deborah Forte
Jef Kaminsky
ProducersKristine Klohk
Rodney MacDonald
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesSmiley Guy Studios
Huhu Studios
CCI Entertainment
Scholastic Entertainment
Qubo
DistributorCanadian Brodcasting Corporation
Release
Original networkCBC Kids (Canada)
Qubo (United States)
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseOctober 4, 2008 (2008-10-04) –
May 7, 2011 (2011-05-07)
Chronology
Related showsMy Friend Rabbit
Shelldon

Turbo Dogs is an animated television comedy series based on the book by Bob Kolar. Co-produced by Canada's CCI Entertainment, New Zealand's Huhu Studios, United States's Scholastic Entertainment in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Qubo with pre-production Skyship Entertainment by Smiley Guy Studios, the series premiered in the United States on Qubo on October 4, 2008 and ended on May 7, 2011.

Premise

Canine friends Dash, Mags, Strut, Stinkbert, Clutch, and GT learn lessons in friendship, fair play, and teamwork as they pull together to protect their reputations as the fastest dogs in Racerville in the animated series adapted from Bob Kolar's book Racer Dogs.

Characters

The characters of Turbo Dogs (From left to right): Strut, Mags, Dash, Clutch, Stinkbert, and GT.
The characters of Turbo Dogs (From left to right): Strut, Mags, Dash, Clutch, Stinkbert, and GT.

Reception

Turbo Dogs has won the 2009 US iParenting Media Award for Best Product in the television category.[citation needed]

The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, says this about Turbo Dogs:

"This new cartoon takes the creativity ingenuity of the movie CARS and uses dogs instead. For many kids, the combination couldn't be better. Turbo Dogs is a glossy, computer animated toon based on the book Racer Dogs, by Bob Kolar. The series is full of verve, humor and parent-friendly messages about helping your friends and being a good sport. Turbo Dogs ends with its fourth season sometime in 2014."

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

"Bottom Line: Going to the dogs is a good thing in this charming new animated series. The best thing about Turbo Dogs is its flawless animation, and the dogs all are charming in a loopy kind of way. It's all stuff kids will love, and the education they might get - how to behave in the world and find what's important - is an extra added canine attraction."

Episodes

No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"Lucky Charm"
"Speak Up"
October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)101

"Lucky Charm": GT believes that a statue he inherited from his grandfather is a lucky charm, and loses his confidence when the trinket is stolen by Strut and Stinkbert.

"Speak Up": Dash, who is terrified of public speaking, is chosen to call the play-by-play for an upcoming race.
2"Stink Positive"
"Mixed Message"
October 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)102

"Stink Positive": Stinkbert ruins a surprise party when his pungent odor makes his friends exit prematurely, but after he tries to keep clean for their sakes, his friends notice that he isn’t exactly happy with it.

"Mixed Message": Strut moves in with Dash after destroying his own house. Unfortunately for Dash, this makes him run late for picking up a replacement helmet.
3"Strut's Trick"
"A Star Turn"
October 17, 2008 (2008-10-17)103

"Strut's Trick":When the Turbo Dogs do what they can to help Strut recuperate from a broken foot, he milks the situation for all it is worth.

"A Star Turn": Clutch has a great day at the track, drawing admiration from all sides.
4"The Cook-Off"
"Strut Delivers"
October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)104

"The Cook-Off":The Turbo Dogs are enthusiastic when Cam announces a cooking competition. Stinkbert, however, is finding trouble making a dish that others will eat.

"Strut Delivers": The Turbo Dogs all pitch in to plan a party for the unveiling of a statue of Racerville's founder, but a procrastinating Strut threatens to derail plans.
5"Crotchet Surprise"
"Star Attraction"
October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31)105

"Crotchet Surprise":Dash is off to visit his Auntie Ratchet in the countryside, and discovers she is much more fun than anticipated.

"Star Attraction": Everyone in Racerville is excited when movie star Rock Rally comes to town. Dash, however, discovers a secret of his.
6"Marshall Dash"
"Dogs in a Fog"
December 5, 2008 (2008-12-05)106

"Marshall Dash":Dash wins the title of marshal at the race track, but starts to implement rules at the clubhouse that begin to repel his friends.

"Dogs in a Fog": Fog envelops the Cross Country Rally, while Officer Gruffer tries to deal with his own laugh.
7"Five Minutes Flat"
"Wrenchini's Wrench"
December 12, 2008 (2008-12-12)107

"Five Minutes Flat": Strut gets a job at the Dog Gone Pizzeria to prove that five is no better than a Turbo Dog.

"Wrenchini's Wrench": GT learns how hurtful and unfair it is to accuse people wrongly when he blames others for stealing a wrench.
8"Relay Racers"
"Bowled Over"
December 19, 2008 (2008-12-19)108

"Relay Racers": The Turbo Dogs are paired up for the big relay, but when Mags tries to make Stinkbert race like her, she realizes that she forgot the main basics on teamwork.

"Bowled Over": GT discovers that he has a passion and talent for bowling, but as he hounds Mags into joining a bowling team, he learns that it is best not to make someone do more than what they wanted.
9"Race for Treasure"
"Everyone's a Winner"
December 26, 2008 (2008-12-26)109

"Race for Treasure":Stinkbert finds one-half of a map. GT finds the other half. The race is on to be the first to find the treasure.

"Everyone's a Winner": Stinkbert is discouraged after a few near-wins, and decides to quit racing. As the others notice, however, he has yet to fully expunge the racer life from his heart.
10"What a Lulu!"
"Can't Do It All"
March 6, 2009 (2009-03-06)110

"What a Lulu!":Dash learns that he must take responsibility – for his promises and his friendships.

"Can't Do It All": When Mags gets overwhelmed while planning a party, she realizes that she DOES need help and all the Turbo Dogs pitch in.
11"Pinata Party"
"What a Card"
March 14, 2009 (2009-03-14)111

"Pinata Party": Mags throws a party at the clubhouse and gets a specially-made pinata, which Strut fills with water balloons when he feels like he wasn’t invited.

"What a Card": Strut and Dash race for Stinkbert's rare and collectible racing card, and Strut employs several cheats to try and win.

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