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Stunt Dawgs
Genre Action
Comedy
Directed by John Grusd
Michael Maliani
Blair Peters
Voices of Harvey Atkin
Barbara Budd
Neil Crone
Greg Morton
Ron Rubin
John Stocker
Greg Swanson
Lenore Zann
Composer(s) Eric Allaman
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeff Franklin
Steve Waterman
Producer(s) Kevin O'Donnell
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Animation City
Franklin/Waterman Productions
Rainforest Entertainment
Distributor Claster Television
Release
Original network Syndication
Original release September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28) – June 28, 1993 (1993-06-28)

Stunt Dawgs is a 1992–1993 animated comedic adventure series about a team of stunt performers and their bulldog named Human who also solve crimes and battle villains. The villains are invariably the Stunt Scabs, a gang of stunt performers under the employment of a crazed Hollywood director. Based on the 1978 film Hooper, the series was produced by Franklin/Waterman Productions and Rainforest Entertainment and co-created by Jeff Franklin, best known for co-producing Full House.

A short-lived comic adaptation from Harvey Comics was written by Michael Gallagher and drawn by Nelson Dewey, who worked from scripts and model sheets from the series.

Characters

Stunt Dawgs

The Stunt Dawgs are the titular protagonists of the show. They are a gang of crime-fighting stunt performers.

  • Needham - The leader of the Stunt Dawgs, and the main character and level-headed hero of the series, with an exaggeratedly large chest and chin. He speaks with a Texan accent and has his own theme, which is played in the end credits in some episodes and heard in an instrumental form throughout the series. Needham's main battle cry is "T.T.K.B.", which means "Time To Kick Butt." Another of his battle cries is "I loooove being a Stunt Dawg," which he uses when he's enjoying himself, either doing a stunt or foiling one of Fungus's plans. He drives a six-wheeled monster truck whose name is Oscar (as seen on the tailgate). It has the ability to get through traffic jams by rising high and thinning its tires, and can also fly long distances by rising on its chassis and firing rocket engines from the back, as seen in the episode "Calling Dr. Fungus." Needham was named after former stuntman/director Hal Needham (who also directed Hooper). In the comic, he is sometimes depicted with black hair and a yellow sleeveless shirt instead of brown hair and a white T-shirt with red trim.
  • Splat - The rich, laid-back financier of the Stunt Dawgs who speaks with a posh accent, denoting his cultured upbringing from a wealthy family. His parents disapprove of his choice of profession. He pilots a military-style helicopter.
  • Sizzle - The only female member of the Stunt Dawgs, with fiery red hair and a temper to match. She wears purple spandex and speaks with a Southern accent very similar to Rogue of the X-Men (who was also voiced by Lenore Zann in the animated series). She occasionally flirts with Needham and is revealed to have some sort of history with Fungus's brother. She drives a racecar-like pink car with giant rear tires and carries a pocket-sized flamethrower.
  • Skidd - An "almost crazy" motorcycle driver who is often found pondering near-nonsensical themes. He is known for his terrible breath and loud burps. His vehicle is a yellow motorcycle. In the comic, he is sometimes depicted with black hair and a red jacket instead of red hair and a black jacket, and a more suave appearance overall.
  • Crash - A bald African-American stunt driver who (as his name suggests) is known for getting into accidents. He is also often found running away from Velda, who has a crush on him. His vehicle is a red and white rocket car with giant rear tires like Sizzle's.
  • Human - The Stunt Dawgs' rather intelligent bulldog. His vehicle is a rocket-powered skateboard that appears occasionally on the show; whenever he launches from The Wreck (the Stunt Dawgs' hideout), he lands dazed in a dumpster.

Stunt Scabs

The Stunt Scabs are the antagonists of the show. They are a gang of stunt performers whose goal is the destruction of the Stunt Dawgs.

  • Richard P. Fungus - The boss of the Stunt Scabs, and the show's primary villain. An egomaniacal director who is obsessed with pursuing money, fame, and the destruction of the Stunt Dawgs. His battle cry is "Lights, Camera, Mayhem!!!" He is also known for exclaiming, "I despise him!" He hates nothing more in all the world than to be called "Dick." He wears a toupée and is revealed in the episode "Viva Lost Wages" to have a charismatic but insane brother, who is imprisoned in an asylum and looks to escape so he can commit fratricide. Fungus was originally to have been named "Peter Bogus," allegedly a parody of director Peter Bogdanovich. He also appears at the end of most shows in the Franklin/Waterman Entertainment logo.
  • Airball (sometimes Hairball) - Fungus's short-statured second-in-command who imitates Napoleon Bonaparte, frequently calling Fungus "Mon capitan." Fungus usually takes out his frustration on him when things go wrong. His vehicle is a light blue airplane with an open canopy. In the comic, Fungus introduces him as "a skydiver who's had a few rough landings."
  • Badyear - A large, brawny construction worker with a rattlesnake for a belt. He appears to have a lead foot (literally, a right foot made of lead), but it is shown to be a boot that covers a normal-looking right foot in "Badyear's Billions." He is frugal to the point of being cheap, always trying to extort money from others and cadge rewards for even the most minor services. His vehicle is a blue purple-tired monster truck, which sports a cannon and a movable, jaw-like front bumper as well.
  • Half-a-Mind - Barely a human being and apparently a cyborg of some kind (with a wheel for a leg), Half-a-Mind is prone to falling apart after getting hit. He has the lowest intelligence in the group. He is briefly infused with intelligence in one episode, calling himself "Mind-and-a-Half," taking over the Stunt Scabs and electing Whiz Vid - who upgraded Half-a-Mind's body with high intellect and new cybernetic bodyparts - his second-in-command and personal assistant. His vehicle is a light green motorized tricycle.
  • Lucky - A bushy-browed guy who is only slightly more intelligent than Half-a-Mind and suffers from luck of the worst kind. He always looks at his fortunes optimistically with his catchphrase "Could've been worse," although they often get worse immediately after he says it. Ironically (or maybe not), Friday the 13th is his luckiest day. His vehicle is the Scorpion, a light green motorcycle with a scorpion motif. In the comic, he is sometimes seen wearing glasses.
  • Whiz Vid (sometimes Whiz Kid) - A psychotic young genius whose inventions constantly backfire or do the exact opposite of what they should, often leading him to yell "Glitch!" His catchphrase is an odd laugh that sounds like "Whoo-hoy!" His vehicle is the Crash & Burn, a red and yellow mobile artillery with six wheels. In the comic, he is sometimes seen wearing a red and white exosuit.

Other characters

  • Slyme - The sleazy lawyer of the Stunt Scabs, who is as greedy as Fungus and uses many legal malapropisms. He travels around in a large purple limousine. In the comic, he states that his last name is "Whiplash" and he works for the law firm of Dewey, Cheatam and Howe, and constantly secretes green slime.
  • Bambi, Bumbi, Bombi - The three identical bimbo girlfriends of Fungus.
  • Nina Newscaster - A news reporter who is often present for the feuds of the Stunt Dawgs and the Stunt Scabs.
  • Velda - A woman who has a crush on Crash (bordering on an insanely jealous obsession). She was left at the altar by Crash, although, according to him, it was just part of a stunt and not a real marriage.

Cast

  • Neil Crone as Whiz Vid and Needham
  • Harvey Atkin as Badyear and Half-a-Mind
  • Ron Rubin as Slyme and Airball
  • Barbara Budd as Nina Newscaster
  • Greg Morton as Crash, Velda and Splat
  • John Stocker as Richard P. Fungus
  • Greg Swanson as Skidd and Lucky
  • Lenore Zann as Sizzle and Bambi

Episodes

# Title Summary Original airdate
1 Scenes of the Crime Richard P. Fungus forms the Stunt Scabs for lights, camera, and mayhem, and we are introduced to the Stunt Dawgs, who foil Fungus' first crime spree. September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28)
2 Jailhouse Dawgs The Scabs break Fungus out of jail so they can get back at the Stunt Dawgs. October 5, 1992 (1992-10-05)
3 Calling Dr. Fungus Fungus's latest scheme leads the Dawgs to a hospital where he poses as a doctor, writing up phony insurance claims by causing car accidents. October 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)
4 The Big Payoff TBA October 19, 1992 (1992-10-19)
5 The Incredible, Inedible Eggmen While the Dawgs are dressed like egg-men and performing for the crowd at the Comic Book Show, Fungus and the Scabs steal the very expensive first edition Egg-Men comic book and try to sell it to more than one buyer. October 26, 1992 (1992-10-26)
6 Morning in Halvakia Fungus is directing a movie in the Popular Republic of Halvakia until its Premier suffers a nearly fatal accident. Now he wants the Dawgs to take over the production of the movie and be punished for him. November 2, 1992 (1992-11-02)
7 Endangering Species A growth formula made by Whiz Vid leads to an eagle growing. November 9, 1992 (1992-11-09)
8 The House That Dreck Built Fungus's deceased grandfather, Dreck von Fungusheim, was the best horror movie director of all time. Fungus now wants to finish his last film, a cursed movie said to be responsible for the deaths of all who saw it, including Dreck himself. But he loses control of the movie when the spirits of Dreck and his original stuntmen rise from the grave. November 16, 1992 (1992-11-16)
9 Rich Dawg, Poor Dawg Trying to break the unity among the Dawgs, Fungus hires his lawyer, Slyme, to create a will turning Splat's money into Skidd's and keeping Skidd from giving it back without destroying the Stunt Dawgs. November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23)
10 Crash's Burden TBA November 30, 1992 (1992-11-30)
11 Freedom of Screech While trying to perform another stunt, the Dawgs cause an accident which gains the attention of the media, causing an interviewed woman to say that censors should ban all action movies. This inspires Fungus to create his own group of censors - the "STOP IT" - to ban all action movies except his. December 7, 1992 (1992-12-07)
12 Caribee Calamity TBA December 14, 1992 (1992-12-14)
13 Go West, Young Dawgs TBA December 21, 1992 (1992-12-21)
14 For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls TBA December 28, 1992 (1992-12-28)
15 Casting Call TBA January 4, 1993 (1993-01-04)
16 The Word According to Fungus Fungus founds a religious congregation to make people give him many cash donations. Will the Dawgs stop him before Splat's parents give away all their money? January 11, 1993 (1993-01-11)
17 Dream on Fungus Thanks to Slyme, Fungus finds a legal way to become the boss of the Stunt Dawgs and force them to work on his movies. To get rid of him, they trick Fungus into believing he's dead and going to hell unless he gives away his rights over them. January 18, 1993 (1993-01-18)
18 Badyear's Billions Badyear is revealed to be the disinherited nephew of a billionaire, prompting Fungus to try to re-approach the billionaire for money, only to learn that Splat is trying to convince Badyear's uncle to leave his money to charity. January 25, 1993 (1993-01-25)
19 Paris When It Sizzles Fungus is trying to using Whiz Vid's latest invention to print the face of one of his girlfriends in the Mona Lisa. The results of the Dawgs vs. Scabs battle at the Louvre increase Airball's height, and he takes Sizzle and the Mona Lisa for a date. February 1, 1993 (1993-02-01)
20 Night of the Scabs TBA February 8, 1993 (1993-02-08)
21 Bad Day at Badwater TBA February 15, 1993 (1993-02-15)
22 Chunky Needham To take over the Dawgs' job in a movie about the desert, the Scabs trick Needham into believing he's gaining weight. February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)
23 Nuclear Nap The Scabs get a bomb to put Needham to sleep. March 1, 1993 (1993-03-01)
24 Stunt Dawgs to the Rescue TBA March 8, 1993 (1993-03-08)
25 Deja Coup TBA March 15, 1993 (1993-03-15)
26 Star Dawgs The Stunt Scabs hijack a satellite so it will play only what Fungus tells it to. The Stunt Dawgs spring into action to get Fungus's show canceled. March 22, 1993 (1993-03-22)
27 Stunt Puppies TBA March 29, 1993 (1993-03-29)
28 Cannon Blam Run The Stunt Dawgs and the Stunt Scabs compete in a race for money, which the Dawgs intend to give to charity. April 5, 1993 (1993-04-05)
29 Freeze Dried Dawgs TBA April 12, 1993 (1993-04-12)
30 Neehigh Needham TBA April 19, 1993 (1993-04-19)
31 Human Catastrophe Splat's dog Human is unruly, so Splat decides to send him to obedience school. April 26, 1993 (1993-04-26)
32 Stunt Girls The Dawgs and the Scabs disguise themselves as groups of stunt girls for two different reasons: the Dawgs need the job and the Scabs are searching for the treasure of a deceased actress. May 3, 1993 (1993-05-03)
33 Fungustein With pieces of clothing from the Dawgs, Whiz Vid creates a stunt robot named Scabulator, who steals the Dawgs' job. But when Fungus fires them, considering them useless, the other Scabs join the Dawgs to destroy Scabulator so they all may get their jobs back. May 10, 1993 (1993-05-10)
34 Half-a-Mind over Matter When he becomes smarter than Whiz Vid, Half-a-Mind develops a psychotic side, causing the other Scabs and the Dawgs to team up in order to return him back to normal. May 17, 1993 (1993-05-17)
35 Dawgin' It TBA May 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)
36 Stop That Darn Noise Whiz Vid develops a sonic cannon that Fungus uses to take over the Dawgs' base of operations. May 31, 1993 (1993-05-31)
37 The Treasure of Crash's Madre Crash's mother is out of town and leaves the Dawgs in charge of keeping her treasured recipe safe, but the Scabs steal it. Will the Dawgs need Velda's help? June 7, 1993 (1993-06-07)
38 Dawg Paddle An explorer finds herself in "slowsand", and the Dawgs and the Scabs are in a race to rescue her for money. The Dawgs need the money so that they can stay together, and Fungus intends not to let them have it. June 14, 1993 (1993-06-14)
39 Viva Lost Wages Fungus leaves Hollywood and buys a casino in Las Vegas, causing Sizzle to visit his twin brother R. Peter Fungus at the sanatorium to have an idea of what can be expected from that. Sizzle accidentally leaves her flamethrower, which helps him to escape and go to Las Vegas after Fungus. June 21, 1993 (1993-06-21)
40 Lucky's 13th Lucky, the usually unlucky member of the Stunt Scabs, turns out to be extremely lucky on Friday the 13th, and Fungus wants to take advantage of this to steal gold from Fort Knox. June 28, 1993 (1993-06-28)
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