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The Houndcats
Created by Joe Ruby & Ken Spears
Voices of Michael Bell
Joe Besser
Daws Butler
Stu Gilliam
Arte Johnson
Aldo Ray
Joan Gerber
Bob Holt
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Friz Freleng
David H. DePatie
Running time 22 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 9 (1972-09-09) – December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

The Houndcats is an American Saturday morning cartoon series produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises. The series was broadcast by NBC from September 9 to December 2, 1972, with reruns continuing until September 1, 1973. Thirteen episodes were produced.


Loosely based on the CBS adventure series Mission: Impossible and the short-lived 1971 series Bearcats!, it was headed by a combined team of (three) dogs and (two) cats, hence the name, as they go on spy missions in 1914 America.

Each episode begins with the Houndcats receiving their orders from their unseen "Chief", whose message is played on an old-fashioned gramophone, player-piano or other device, parodying the tape recorder scene at the start of most episodes of Mission: Impossible. However, the words "this message will self-destruct in five seconds", always takes the Houndcats by surprise, causing them to run away from the explosion.


  • The "Houndcats" were led by cool and confident cat Stutz.
  • Ding Dog was Stutz' right-hand man. He wore a blue Civil War uniform. He was known for bad timing and bad judgment. He is a Briard.
  • Muscle Mutt was the muscle – large, bulky and ever-hungry, his eyes were almost always hidden under his hat. He is an Old English Sheepdog.
  • Putty Puss was a tiny cat and a disguise expert.
  • Rhubarb was a dog and a scientist. He wore a long coat and a large sombrero usually revealing only his nose. His coat was full of gadgets.

Episode list

Title Original air date
1 "The Misbehavin' Raven Mission" September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)
2 "The Double Dealing Diamond Mission" September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)
3 "The Great Gold Train Mission" September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)
4 "The Over the Waves Mission" September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)
5 "There's No Biz Like Snow Biz Mission" October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)
6 "The Strangeless Than Fiction Mission" October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)
7 "The Ruckus on the Rails Mission" October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)
8 "The Who's Who That's Who Mission" October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)
9 "The Perilous, Possibly, Pilfered Plans Mission" November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)
10 "The French Collection Mission" November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)
11 "The Outta Sight Blight Mission" November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)
12 "Is There a Doctor in the Greenhouse Mission" November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)
13 "The Call Me Madame X Mission" December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)


  • Michael Bell - Stutz, the Raven
  • Joe Besser - Putty Puss
  • Daws Butler - Rhubarb (three episodes), Dr. Strangeless, Grogan
  • Stu Gilliam - Ding Dog
  • Arte Johnson - Rhubarb, Captain Blight
  • Aldo Ray - Muscle Mutt
  • Joan Gerber - Madame X
  • Bob Holt -
  • John Stephenson - Doctor Doll


  • The Houndcats (1972–1973)
  • The Houndcats and The Barkleys (1972–1973)


On October 20, 2015, Film Chest Media Group released The Barkleys and The Houndcats - 2 DVD Classic Animation Set on DVD in Region 1. This collection features all 13 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.

The show was previously syndicated by Viacom International, which is now CBS Television Distribution.


  • Created for Television by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
  • In Association with Ken Spears, Joe Ruby
  • Writers: Woody Kling, Tom Dagenais, Don Christensen
  • Animation Director: Bob McKimson
  • Storyboard Directors: Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Leonardi, Cullen Houghtaling, Paul Sommer
  • Layout Supervisor and Design: Robert Taylor
  • Layouts: Martin Strudler, Marty Murphy, Bob Givens, Tony Rivera, Peter Alvarado
  • Animation: Don Williams, Manny Gould, Ken Muse, Norm McCabe, Bob Richardson, Warren Batchelder, John Gibbs, Jim Davis, Bob Matz, Bob Bransford, Reuben Timmins, Bob Bemiller
  • Background Supervised by Richard H. Thomas, Mary O'Loughlin
  • Film Editing Supervised by Lee Gunther
  • Film Editors: Joe Siracusa, Roger Donley, Allan R. Potter, Rick Steward
  • Voice Talents of Michael Bell, Joe Besser, Daws Butler, Stu Gilliam, Arte Johnson, Aldo Ray and Joan Gerber, Bob Holt, John Stephenson
  • Title Designs by Arthur Leonardi
  • Music by Doug Goodwin
  • Music Score Conducted by Eric Rogers
  • Music Recording Engineer: Eric A. Tomlinson
  • Executive in Charge of Production: Stan Paperny
  • Production Supervisor: Harry Love
  • Camera: Ray Lee, Larry Hogan, John Burton, Jr.
  • Production Mixer: Steve Orr
  • Sound by Producer's Sound Service, Inc.
  • Associate Producers: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears
  • Produced by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng

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