Monday, March 24, 2014

Saturday Morning's (Not Yet) Forgotten Heroes: T.U.F.F. Puppy (2010)

T.U.F.F. Puppy was the latest, and likely last, creation for Nickelodeon from animator Butch Hartman. I say "likely the last" because Hartman is finding out that Nick is showing his current series 0 respect.

When Puppy launched in 2010, it was meant to be a funny animal, modern day version of Get Smart, except that Dudley, the Puppy in the title (Jerry Trainor, iCarly) is even dumber than Maxwell Smart and Inspector Gadget combined! Good thing Kitty Catswell (Grey DeLisle) is along to keep Dudley in line.

I lost track of the series a while back, and found out through research that Kitty has softened her feelings for Dudley in later stories. Not to the point of falling in love, but more like a brother-sister kind of thing. Too bad Nick has given up on the show.

Here's the open:

From what I saw, this had promise and potential, but Nick wasted it. Stupidity has ruled their programming for too long.

Rating for the series: B.


magicdog said...

I preferred Hartman's earlier works - "Fairly Odd Parents" (the early seasons up to Abra Catastrophe) and Danny Phantom (which was also royally screwed by Nick during its run).

Hartman and others have no choice but to suck up the bad behavior they get from the corporate suits - they want to keep working after all.

hobbyfan said...

Nick's programmers are no different than the idiots at Cartoon Network. Not sure if there were toys tied into TUFF Puppy, but if there weren't any, well.......!

Mr. Sig said...

I wouldn't call T.U.F.F. Puppy Butch Hartman's last. He's recently gotten a tenth season of FOP out of the way and he's still with Nickelodeon making episodes of his fourth show, Bunsen is a Beast, which I think you've yet to check out.

hobbyfan said...

Sig: You're right about the fact I haven't yet seen Bunsen is a Beast. We'll get to that in due course.