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Deputy Dawg
Created by Terrytoons
Starring Dayton Allen
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 34
Production
Running time 4–6 minutes
Production company(s) Terrytoons
Distributor CBS Films
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Release
Original network Syndication
Original release September 8, 1962 (1962-09-08) – May 25, 1963 (1963-05-25)

Deputy Dawg is a Terrytoons cartoon character, featured on the animated television series of the same name that aired from 1960 to 1963.

Background

The Deputy Dawg Show first ran weekly from September 8, 1962 to May 25, 1963 (with a brief hiatus in December 1962). Each episode has a Deputy Dawg cartoon, followed by Dingbat, and then Silly Sidney. The British television debut came on BBC Television on August 31, 1963.

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 inbetweener) of adult animation fame. There were also six additional titles that were released theatrically, for show in cinemas, and which were not part of the original TV package.

Deputy Dawg (an anthropomorphic dog) is a deputy sheriff in Florida. As the episodes progressed, the location changed to Mississippi, and later to Tennessee. The other main characters are the "varmints" Muskie Muskrat, Moley Mole, Possible 'Possum, Ty Coon, Vincent van Gopher, Pig Newton, and Dawg's boss the Sheriff, as well as Mrs. Deputy. A late addition to the cast was "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.

Much of the comedy is sight gag/action based with some focused around comical accents and stereotypical southern characteristics. Many of the storylines involve Deputy Dawg protecting his produce from Muskie and Vince, battling with some of the peculiar locals and trying to please the Sheriff. However, most of the crimes committed by Muskie and Vince weren't treated seriously, and Deputy Dawg was on friendly terms with them most of the time (except when he had to perform his duties as a lawman and keep them from causing trouble). Deputy Dawg would pal around with Muskie and Vince just as often as he would lock them up in the jailhouse, and the trio would often engage in their favorite pastime, fishin' for catfish. The central location for many of the yarns is the jailhouse.

Musical direction is by Philip A. Scheib (April 14, 1894 – April 1969), who also worked on Sidney's Family Tree (1958) and The Juggler of Our Lady (1958). The musical accompaniment often features a distinctive bass harmonica.

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

Deputy Dawg also appeared in the 1999 pilot Curbside.

Many of the cartoons were issued on compilation VHS tapes in the 1980s. DVDs containing the episodes are also available online.

TV episodes

# Title Original air date
1 "The Space Varmint / The Yoke's On You" September 8, 1962 (1962-09-08)
When an alien starts stealing Chicken eggs from the hen house, Muskie gets the blame/Muskie tries every trick in the book to raid the hen house.
2 "Li'l Whooper / Seize You Later, Alligator / Welcome Mischa Mouse" September 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)
3 "Cotton Pickin' Picnic / Henhouse Hassle / Law and Disorder" September 22, 1962 (1962-09-22)
4 "Deputy Dawg's Nephew / Friend Fox / Rabid Rebel" September 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)
5 "Aig Plant / Dog-Gone Catfish / National Spoof Day" October 6, 1962 (1962-10-06)
DD is the prime target for the boys' practical jokes.
6 "Kin Folk / Penguin Panic / People's Choice" October 13, 1962 (1962-10-13)
Deputy Dawg is up for re-election.
7 "Lynx, the Jinx / The Bird Burglar / Watermelon Watcher" October 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)
The boys' fish is snatched by a hungry eagle. Deputy Dawg has the job of catching the predator.
8 "Dragon My Foot / Star for a Day / The Two Inch Inchworm" October 27, 1962 (1962-10-27)
9 "Honey Tree" November 3, 1962 (1962-11-03)
DD runs out of honey and visits his own private honey tree, only to find a bear has got there first.
10 "Oil Tycoons" November 10, 1962 (1962-11-10)
11 "Beaver Battle / Ship Aha Ha / The Fragrant Vagrant" November 17, 1962 (1962-11-17)
12 "Noise Annoys / Peanut Pilferer / Tennessee Walkin' Horse" November 24, 1962 (1962-11-24)
13 "Little Red Fool House / Mr. Moose / National Lazy Day" December 1, 1962 (1962-12-01)
Little Red Fool House: DD has to get Muskie and Vince to go to school but they would rather go fishing.
Mr. Moose:
National Lazy Day: It's the annual contest to see who is the laziest and big money for the winner – except that Deputy Dawg always wins. Can the boys triumph this year?
14 "Echo Park / Physical Fatness" January 5, 1963 (1963-01-05)
Echo Park: To drum up more tourist trade the Sheriff uses DD as an 'echo'
Physical Fatness: The Deputy needs to lose a lot of weight and goes on a fitness programme.
National Lazy Day:
15 "Corn Cribber / Heat Wave / Herman the Hermit" January 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)
Corn Cribber:
Heat Wave: It's extremely hot and Muskie and Vince are desperate to get to the Sheriff's ice plant.
Herman the Hermit
16 "Dagnabit, Rabbit / Long Island Duckling / Tents Moments" January 19, 1963 (1963-01-19)
17 "Dry Spell / Orbit a Little Bit / Tourist Tirade" January 26, 1963 (1963-01-26)
The top of Outlook Mountain is big tourist potential...but guess who has to build the chairlift!
18 "Low Man Lawman / Safe and Insane 4th / Terrific Traffic" February 2, 1963 (1963-02-02)
19 "Open Wide / The Catfish Poachin' Pelican / The Milkweed from Space" February 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)
20 "Bad Luck Day / Royal Southern Dismounted Police / Stuck Duck" February 16, 1963 (1963-02-16)
21 "Champion Whopper Teller / Go Go Gor-rilla / Grandpa Law" February 23, 1963 (1963-02-23)
22 "Daddy Frog Legs / On the Lam with Ham / Science Friction" March 2, 1963 (1963-03-02)
23 "Just Ghost to Show You / Lawman to the Rescue / Mama Magnolia's Pecan Pies" March 9, 1963 (1963-03-09)
24 "Feud for Thought / Peach Plunkin' Kangaroo / The Never Glades" March 16, 1963 (1963-03-16)
25 "Diamonds in the Rough / Double Barreled Boom Boom / The Poster Caper" March 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)
DD on a wanted poster? Just another of the boys' pranks...
26 "Chicken Bull / Spare That Tree / The Pig Rustler" March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)
27 "Catfish Crisis / Hex Marks the Spot / Something to Crow About" April 6, 1963 (1963-04-06)
28 "Show Biz Whiz / Pitch Hittin' for a Pigeon / Save Ol' Piney" April 13, 1963 (1963-04-13)
29 "Mountain Melvin Meets Hairy Harry / Mule-Itary Maneuvers / Protestin' Pilot" April 20, 1963 (1963-04-20)
30 "All Tuckered Out / Millionaire Deputy / The Hungry Astronut" April 27, 1963 (1963-04-27)
31 "Museum of the South / Scare Cure / The Great Train Robbery" May 4, 1963 (1963-05-04)
32 "Corn Pone Limited / Space Invitation / You're Fired and I'm Fired" May 11, 1963 (1963-05-11)
33 "Imperfect Crime / Obnoxious Obie / The Pink Flamingo" May 18, 1963 (1963-05-18)
34 "Elusive Louie / The Governor's Guide / Home Cookin'" May 25, 1963 (1963-05-25)

Two extra titles also exist: 'Duped Deputy' and 'Creek Mud Monster'.

Note: these are also six shorts which received theatrical releases in 1962–63:

  • Where There's Smoke
  • Nobody's Ghoul
  • Rebel Trouble
  • Big Chief No Treaty
  • Astronut
  • Shotgun Shambles

Credits

  • Direction: Art Bartsch, Bob Kuwahara, Connie Rasinski, Dave Tendlar, Mannie Davis
  • Story Supervisor: Tom Morrison
  • Stories: Larz Bourne, Eli Bauer, Bob Kuwahara, Al Bertino, Dick Kinney
  • Animation: Cosmo Anzilotti, Ralph Bakshi, Doug Crane, Mannie Davis, Eddie Donnelly, Dick Hall, John Gentilella, Larry Silverman
  • Design and Layout Supervisor: Art Bartsch
  • Design and Layout: Martin Strudler, John Zago
  • Backgrounds: Bill Focht, Bill Hilliker
  • Music: Phil Scheib
  • Voices: Dayton Allen
  • Photography: George Davis, Ted Moskowitz, Joseph Rasinski
  • Editing: George McAvoy, Jack MacConnell
  • Production Manager: Frank Schudde
  • Executive Producer: Bill Weiss
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