Saturday, July 16, 2011

2 Stupid Dogs Returns 2 the CN

2 Stupid Dogs is one of those shows that you remember when you see it, or when you hear it from another room, but if it isn't immediate in front of you, it becomes a mute blur of unshaded color in the memory of your childhood babysat-by-the-television days.

With designs this creative, I can't imagine how I could have forgotten!
Of course, even when you remember exactly what characters we're talking about, you can't really remember much about the show. You remember something along the lines of "the little yapper with the high pitched voice accompanied by his dimwitted sidekick with no eyes." Well, that's a pretty good summary if you intend on describing a show that wanted to be Ren and Stimpy, and you could make a convincing argument that that's what this show is, but it really doesn't do a whole lot of justice.

2 Stupid Dogs follows the old format of multiple short cartoons in a half-hour period, in this case three shorts. The shorts are rather quiet and calm, and far more about observing everything going on around the dogs than directly to them, and it's probably this aspect that makes them so hard to remember for children who actually grew up watching them. And to be fair, while the shorts are chuckle worthy, there really isn't a whole lot of reason to bother remembering them. Unless you're a toonophile.

Between the two dogs shorts is a short centered around Secret Squirrel, a character who original appeared alongside Atom Ant in the 1960's. The segment is called Super Secret Secret Squirrel and features the crime fighter facing off against some new enemies, always with the assistance of his pal Morocco Mole. These cartoons have the same personality as the rest of 2 Stupid Dogs, and even seem to satirize the era from which they originated.

Ultimately, while the reemergence of the program won't make any waves with audiences, I'm glad to see that it hasn't been lost to the lands of obscure cartoons.

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