After months of extensive research and intense deliberation, the votes are finally in. Here is the list of the Top 10 Cartoon Dogs of All Time, approved by Cesar Millan himself! And don’t worry about bringing a poop scooper…the artists just erase it anyway.
No, not you! I’m talking about the mutt from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. It’s the classic story of rich girl meets poor boy, rich girl gets muzzled and battles singing siamese cats, then has a litter of poor boy’s puppies. Who hasn’t heard that one before? Extra points to Walt for incorporating the word “tramp” into a children’s movie.
Although relatively new to the cartoon canine family, Brian (Family Guy) makes the list because, well…dogs who drink martinis and drive hybrids are funny. Brian’s ability to keep the Griffin family united and his role as Peter’s best friend reminds us of our real-life canine companions…except that ours don’t periodically break out into song.
Hands down the best laugh of any cartoon dog, Mutley sounded like your grandma’s bingo pal who has emphysema every time he chuckled. Acting as Dick Dastardly’s sidekick in Hanna Barbera’s Wacky Races, Mutley was responsible for laying down tacs and switching road signs in an attempt to sabotage the other racers. Man, some dogs have no manners!
You don’t remember the lovable dog of the future from The Jetsons !? Ruh-roh! Don Messick was the voice behind all of those R’s (“Rats rall right Reorge!”), as well as providing the gift of gab to Mutley and Scooby-Doo. If there’s one thing we learned from Astro, it’s that you should always watch for cats when walking your dog on an automatic dogwalker. Bonus points for anyone who knows Astros’ real name.
First appearing as “Dippy Dawg” in the 1930′s, Goofy is one of the old dogs on the block. Piggybacking off the success of his friend, Mickey Mouse, Goofy starred in two full-length films and his own TV series. Sadly, Goofy’s acting career has been on the decline as is evident by his cameos in The Lion King 1 1/2 and How To Hook Up Your Home Theater.
The caped crime fighter enjoyed nearly 10 years on NBC and CBS. The Shoeshine Boy turned superhero was probably best known for always speaking in rhyme (“There’s no need to fear, UnderDog is here!“). Unfortunately, UnderDog’s drug problem was also well-known. An “UnderDog Super Energy Vitamin Pill” that gives him special powers? Yeah right.
Another product of Mickey’s fame, Pluto enjoyed independent success starring in Disney shorts in the 1940′s and 50′s. Still, he has never been able to fully escape the role of being “Mickey’s Dog”. Pluto was recently featured in the tabloids for his riff with Disney co-star Goofy. Said Pluto, “He’s (Goofy) not a real dog! I mean, come on…he wears white gloves!”
The star of countless children’s books, Clifford the Big Red Dog has been an enduring icon in the cartoon dog world since the early 1960′s. Born the runt of the litter, Clifford eventually grew to be over 25 feet tall! As a little-known side note, the children’s game “Red Rover” was originally called “Red Clifford”, but was renamed when four children were tragically crushed by Clifford when he was asked to be sent over.
Arguably the most famous Beagle of all time, Snoopy is one of the most recognized cartoon dogs in the world. Snoopy’s fame has allowed him to travel the world, appearing at various Peanuts conventions and other speaking engagements. Snoopy is also an accomplished pilot, and is the official mascot of aerospace safety (seriously!).
Here he his. The Top Dog. Scooby-Doo began his ghost-hunting career in the late 1960′s, and has been a television star ever since. His knack for finding food (even while being chased by blood-thirsty zombies) and his speech impediment have endeared him to fans for years. Scooby’s popularity has boomed with several direct-to-video features, TV specials, and even video games. Scooby’s fame recently took a hit, however, when he turned away several autograph-seeking children at a local Olive Garden, saying “I would be enjoying my lunch if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” .
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