The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show facts for kids
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|Created by||Bill Kopp|
|Written by||Bill Kopp|
|Directed by||Jeff DeGrandis|
|Narrated by||Jim Cummings (Pith Possum and Tex Tinstar segments)|
|Theme music composer||John Jorgenson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13 (39 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23 minutes (6 minutes per segment)|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television Animation|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||January 2– March 27, 1995|
The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show is a half-hour American animated comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and aired in 1995 as a spin-off of the show Marsupilami. The show represents Disney's attempt to do a more "edgy" cartoon in the vein of Nickelodeon's Nicktoons shows such as The Ren & Stimpy Show and Rocko's Modern Life.
Unlike other Disney Afternoon cartoons, Shnookums & Meat only aired once a week, usually Mondays. Only thirteen episodes were produced.
This animated series actually follows three segment series.
Shnookums & Meat
This segment involves a cat named Shnookums (voiced by Jason Marsden) and a dog named Meat (voiced by Frank Welker) who do not get along very well. Their owners are unseen stock characters only viewed from the neck down and named (appropriately enough) Husband & Wife (voiced by Steve Mackall and Tress MacNeille). Husband is always referring to their home as their "domicile" before the two leave their pets in charge while they are away.
Pith Possum: Super Dynamic Possum of Tomorrow
A spoof of the Batman comics, with the superhero Pith Possum (voiced by Jeff Bennett) and his sidekick Obediah the Wonder Raccoon (voiced by Patric Zimmerman) fighting crime in Possum City when called by the gorilla Commissioner Stress (voiced by Brad Garrett) and the monkey Lieutenant Tension (voiced by Jess Harnell). Pith Possum's true identity is lowly tabloid copyboy Peter Possum. Pith Possum fights various enemies with his recurring one being a mad lumberjack named Dr. Paul Bunion (voiced by Jim Cummings). Pith Possum (even when in his true identity) also has developed a crush on a female human reporter named Doris Deer (voiced by April Winchell) who mostly loves Pith Possum more than his true identity. It was stated in the first episode that Pith Possum was an ordinary lab opossum until he gained ultra opossum-like abilities upon an experiment gone wrong. The titles of the episodes are completely unrelated to their contents but rather (usually) over the top titles always using the word 'dark' or 'darkness' and often with the words 'black' and 'night' (e.g., The Phantom Mask of the Dark Black Darkness of Black, Return of the Night of Blacker Darkness, Return of the Dark Mask of Phantom Blackness, etc.). Jim Cummings provided the narration in most episodes.
Tex Tinstar: The Best in the West
A parody of Wild West serials involving the cowboy Tex Tinstar (voiced by Jeff Bennett), his horse Here Boy, and Tex's friends Smelly Deputy Chafe (voiced by Charlie Adler), Percy Lacedaisy (voiced by Corey Burton), and Floyd the Insane Rattlesnake (voiced by Jess Harnell) who always get into trouble when pursuing a group of outlaws called the Wrong Riders consisting of Wrongo (voiced by Brad Garrett), Ian (voiced by Corey Burton in a homage to Paul Frees' character Inspector Fenwick from Dudley Do-Right), and Clem. The end of each episode ends in a cliffhanger for next week (not unlike the Wild West serials or "Rocky and Bullwinkle"). Jim Cummings narrated each installment in a Western accent.
|#||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|1||"Weight For Me / The Phantom Mask of the Dark Black Darkness of Black / A Fistful of Foodstamps"||January 2, 1995||SM-1|
Weight For Me: When Shnookums and Meat gain 400 lbs, their owners expect them to lose weight. So Shnookums and Meat work to lose the weight before their owners return.
PP — The Phantom Mask of the Dark Black Darkness of Black: A rabbit claiming to be the Easter Bunny has been released from the Asylum. As part of his crime wave, he creates a potion to make him large.TT — A Fistful of Foodstamps: After Wrongo escapes from prison, he reunites with the Wrong Riders in order to rob Bonehead and take revenge on Tex Tinstar.
|2||"Ow, Hey! / Darkness on the Edge of Black / For a Few Foodstamps More"||January 9, 1995||SM-2|
Ow, Hey!: One day, Shnookums and Meat play a small baseball game in their backyard. But, Meat keeps getting hit by the ball until it knocks him out.
PP — Darkness on the Edge of Black: Dr. Paul Bunion creates a group of wooden robots in order to pull off a large string of robberies.TT — For a Few Foostamps More: Tex and Chafe are fired for failing to stop the Wrong Riders. Meanwhile, the Wrong Riders capture Percy Lacedaisy.
|3||"Bugging Out! / Night of Darkness / The Good, the Bad, and the Wiggly"||January 16, 1995||SM-3|
Bugging Out!: Shnookums and Meat concoct a new potion to get rid of their fleas. But, the potion causes the fleas to enlarge and take over the house with Shnookums and Meat as their servants.
PP — Night of Darkness: A criminal in a bug costume is stealing baby supplies.TT — The Good, the Bad, and the Wiggly: With Percy Lacedaisy as their captive, the Wrong Riders work to pry the combination of the safe from him. Meanwhile, Tex and Chafe catch up too late to save Percy.
|4||"Poodle Panic / The Darkness, It is Dark / Low Pants Drifter"||January 23, 1995||SM-4|
Poodle Panic: Shnookums and Meat's poodle cousin, Toulouse, comes to visit. Unfortunately, he gets on their nerves.
PP — The Darkness, It is Dark: Dr. Paul Bunion kidnaps Obediah. With Obediah captured, Pith Possum can't operate anything around Possum Place which enables Dr. Paul Bunion to begin his next plot.TT — Low Pants Drifter: Tex, Chafe, and Percy struggle to keep themselves from falling off a cliff into the forest fire below with the help of Floyd the Insane Rattlesnake.
|5||"Cabin Fever / Return of the Night of Blacker Darkness / Stale Rider"||January 30, 1995||SM-5|
Cabin Fever: One day, Shnookums and Meat get trapped in their house during an earthquake. They eat rotten cocktail weenies to survive, until they start hallucinating that a gang of living food is chasing them.
PP — Return of the Night of Blacker Darkness: Ralph Bear and Al Dog pose as Pith Possum and Obediah where they go on a crime spree to frame them. Pith Possum and Obediah must capture the imposters even when Doris Deer is captured.TT — Stale Rider: Still wanting to break into the stolen safe, Wrongo enlists a diminutive safecracker named Krusty Rustknuckle.
|6||"Pain in the Brain / Haunt of the Night in Blacker Darkness / Loathsome Dove"||February 6, 1995||SM-6|
Pain in the Brain: Shnookums and Meat lose their brains when a piano falls on their heads, which leads to the two friends trying to clean their brains.
PP — Haunt of the Night in Blacker Darkness: Peter Possum finally scores a date with Doris Deer. This keeps getting ruined with Peter has to become Pith Possum to stop various criminal activities in Possum City.TT — Loathsome Dove: Tex, Chafe, Percy, and Floyd reach the Dead Duck Saloon to confront the Wrong Riders who are working to reattach Krusty's head to his body.
|7||"Step-Ladder to Heaven / Bride of Darkness / The Magnificent Eleven"||February 13, 1995||SM-7|
PP — Bride of Darkness: Displeased that all of Possum City hates bugs, Shirley Pimple enlarges her termites in a plot to destroy all of Possum City.TT — The Magnificent Eleven: During the fight at the Dead Duck Saloon, Tex follows Wrongo deep in the waters of a bathtub where Wrongo manages to tie Tex to a shipwreck with sharks nearby.
|8||"Kung-Fu Kitty / Son of the Cursed Black of Darkness / Saddlesores, Sagebrush and Seaweed"||February 20, 1995||SM-8|
Kung-Fu Kitty: Shnookums is alarmed when his owners buy a dog named Meat. But he learns kung-fu to defend himself.
PP — Son of the Cursed Black of Darkness: Super Water Buffalo organizes his own crimes to stop in order to outdo Pith Possum. As each one is stopped, this leads Pith Possum and Obediah to find another line of work.TT — Saddlesores, Sagebrush and Seaweed: After escaping from the sharks, Tex meets up with Chafe, Percy, and Floyd where they and the Wrong Riders have found that Krusty has made off with the safe. To make matters worse, Krusty escaped on Here Boy.
|9||"I.Q. You, Too / The Light of Darkness / Slap-Happy Trails"||February 27, 1995||SM-9|
I.Q. You, Too: Shnookums and Meat use brain-enhancing devices to come up with evermore violent pranks to commit against each other.
PP — The Light of Darkness: Pith Possum and Obediah go to a superhero convention in Possum City where they are not taken lightly by the attending superheroes. Pith has the opportunity to turn this around when Dr. Paul Bunion attacks each of the superheroes.TT — Slap-Happy Trails: Both Tex's group and the Wrong Riders continue their pursuit of Krusty as they each set up camp in the desert at night.
|10||"Something's Fishy / Return of the Dark Mask of Phantom Blackness / My Spine Hurts"||March 6, 1995||SM-10|
Something's Fishy: The pet fish learns how to make itself evolve, and turns into a giant monster that terrorizes Shnookums and Meat.
PP — Return of the Dark Mask of Phantom Blackness: Dr. Paul Bunion enlarges a lizard to gigantic size so that he can have it uproot the trees in Possum City.TT — My Spine Hurts: After Krusty meets his doom at the hands of the Polite Coyotes, Tex and Chafe recover Here Boy and continue their pursuit of the Wrong Riders.
|11||"Night of the Living Shnookums / Dark of the Darker Darkness / The Vinyl Frontier"||March 13, 1995||SM-11|
Night of the Living Shnookums: On a stormy night, Meat thinks he has killed Shnookums. But it is not the last he has seen of Shnookums.
PP — Dark of the Darker Darkness: Pith Possum gets his by Cranium Crasher Mariachi Cannon and starts acting like different people. Obediah must work to get Pith Possum back to normal when Supper Squirrel raids every food business in Possum City.TT — The Vinyl Frontier: Tex's group catches up to the Wrong Riders. Meanwhile, a fragment of a doomed planet heads toward Earth.
|12||"Jingle Bells, Something Smells / Dark Quest for Darkness / Hey, Careful, That's My Cerebellum"||March 20, 1995||SM-12|
Jingle Bells, Something Smells: Meat's smelly sock fells Santa, and now he and Shnookums must drive the sleigh in his place.
PP — Dark Quest for Darkness: Pearl arrives in Possum City to visit her grandson. She starts to defeat some criminals while bringing hardship to Pith Possum and Obediah.TT — Hey, Careful, That's My Cerebellum: Tex is able to save Chafe, Floyd, and the Wrong Riders from being hurled into the Sun. Afterwards, the Wrong Riders get the drop on them and leave them to be dinner for the Polite Coyotes.
|13||"What a Turkey! / Light, or Dark Meat? / There Are Spiders All Over Me!"||March 27, 1995||SM-13|
What a Turkey!: Shnookums works to cut up Mr. Gobble for Thanksgiving dinner, but Meat is determined to save his new friend.
PP — Light, or Dark Meat?: Pith Possum and Obediah take a vacation on a cruise ship called the S.S. Gasbubble. They are unaware that the captain is actually a disguised Dr. Paul Bunion.TT — There Are Spiders All Over Me!: Percy, re-entering Earth's atmosphere following the planet fragment hitting Earth, inadvertently saves Tex, Chafe, and Floyd from the Polite Coyotes. This enables Tex's group to have a final showdown with the Wrong Riders.
- Charlie Adler - Chafe, Pearl (in "Dark Quest for Darkness")
- Jeff Bennett - Pith Possum/Peter Possum, Tex Tinstar
- Corey Burton - Ian, Percy Lacedaisy, Krusty Rustknuckle, Ultra Guy Man Dude (in "The Light of Darkness")
- Jim Cummings - Narrator, Dr. Paul Bunion, Mr. Kane, Ralph Bear (in "Return of the Night of Blacker Darkness"), Supper Squirrel (in "Dark of the Darker Darkness"), Caped Cod (in "The Light of Darkness")
- Brad Garrett - Commissioner Stress, Wrongo, Super Water Buffalo (in "Son of the Cursed Black of Darkness"), Shirley Pimple (in "Bride of Darkness")
- Jess Harnell - Lieutenant Tension, Floyd the Insane Rattlesnake, Polite Coyotes, Easter Bunny Imposter (in "Phantom Mask of the Dark Black Darkness of Black"), Al Dog (in "Return of the Night of Blacker Darkness"), Spidey (in "Bride of Darkness"), Power Weasel (in "The Light of Darkness"), Bat Guy (in "The Light of Darkness")
- Bill Kopp - Polite Coyote
- Steve Mackall - Husband
- Tress MacNeille - Wife
- Jason Marsden - Shnookums
- Frank Welker - Meat
- April Winchell - Doris Deer, Registration Lady (in "The Light of Darkness"), Wowee Woman (in "The Light of Darkness")
- Patric Zimmerman - Obediah the Wonder Raccoon
Shnookums and Meat was created and written by Bill Kopp, who also created Toonsylvania and Mad Jack the Pirate. The show was directed by Jeff DeGrandis. Kopp was the voice of Eek! The Cat and Yuckie Duck from The What-A-Cartoon! Show on Cartoon Network.
Disney previously reached out to Carbunkle Cartoons (one of the animation studios that worked on The Ren & Stimpy Show) to work on the show's animation; the latter declined due to there being less payment than in Ren & Stimpy.
Segments on "Marsupilami"
Shnookums and Meat originated as a segment on Disney's 1993 series Marsupilami. Five episodes were shown on that series, and were later run again as part of the actual Shnookums and Meat series in 1995. These episodes were:
- "Kung-Fu Kitty"
- "I.Q. You, Too"
- "Night of the Living Shnookums"
- "Something's Fishy"
- "Jingle Bells, Something Smells"
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