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Genre Comedy
Based on Beethoven, by Edmond Dantès and Amy Holden Jones
Voices of
Theme music composer Christopher Neal Nelson
Keith Baxter
Opening theme "Beethoven", performed by Geno Henderson
  • William Anderson
  • Michael Tavera
  • Christopher Neal Nelson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Paul Germain
Roy Smith
Production company(s) Northern Lights Entertainment
Universal Cartoon Studios
Distributor MCA TV
Original network CBS
Audio format CBS Stereosound
Original release September 10 – December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

Beethoven is a 1994 American Saturday morning cartoon television series loosely based on the 1992 motion picture of the same name. The series was produced by Northern Lights Entertainment and Universal Cartoon Studios, and aired for one season on CBS, with 13 episodes with two 10 minute segments produced. Dean Jones, who played Dr. Varnick in the movie, voiced the role of George Newton; Nicholle Tom, who played teenage daughter Ryce in the movie and Beethoven's 2nd, was the only cast member from the films to reprise her role in the series.


The Newton family love Beethoven, their St. Bernard dog. But the father, George, has his moments with Beethoven, who gets in different mishaps time after time. When not with the Newton family, Beethoven spends time with three other dogs, Sparky (the stray from the first film), Ginger, and Caesar.

Unlike the movie, Beethoven has a speaking voice, at least among the other animals. The same plot was used in another animated series Free Willy, where the main character also could talk.

Voice cast

Additional voices


  • Paul Germain - Producer, Story Editor and Voice Director


No. Title Written by Original air date
1 "Good Old George/The Pound" Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
2 "Dog Dreams/The Good, the Bad, and the Poodle" Joe Ansolabehere September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
3 "The Experiment/The Incredibly Pointless Journey" Jonathan Greenberg September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
4 "The Guard Dog/Mr. Huggs' Wild Ride" Buddy Chuck October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
5 "Cat Fight/The Kindergarten Caper" Jonathan Greenberg October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
6 "The Gopher Who Would Be King/Pet Psychiatrist" Jim Bernstein and Michael Shipley October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
7 "Cyrano de Beethoven/The Mailman Cometh" Paul Germain October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
8 "A Cat Named Rover/The Dog Must Diet" Buddy Chuck October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
9 "Car Trouble/The Mighty Cone-Dog" Buddy Chuck November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
10 "Puppy Time/The Morning Paper" Jonathan Greenberg and Joe Ansolabehere November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
11 "The Big One/Fleas!" Joe Ansolabehere November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
12 "Scent of a Mutt/Down on the Farm" Jonathan Greenberg November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
13 "Trash Island/Long Weekend" Christian Fletcher December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
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