A crack team of five specialists use daring to battle crime in this "Mission: Impossible" takeoff using animated animals.

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 Putty Puss 13 episodes, 1972
 The Chief 13 episodes, 1972
Joan Gerber ...
Stu Gilliam ...
 Ding Dog 13 episodes, 1972
 Mussel Mutt 13 episodes, 1972
Don Messick


The Houndcats were five crack agents--leader Stutz, strongman Muscle Mutt, master of disguise Puddy Puss, electronics whiz Rhubarb and daredevil Dingdong--who received instructions of their latest mission via exploding tape-recordings and used their specialties to foil evil. If this sounds a bit like "Mission: Impossible", it's no coincidence. Sparkplug was the name of their car which took them to their assignments. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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"Mission: Impossible" meets "The Bearcats" meets "The Wild, Wild West". With funny animals.
22 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was *really* into "The Houndcats" as a kid, and I'm not (too) embarrassed to admit I liked it today. While the show is indeed a combination of "Mission: Impossible" and the quickly canceled "Bearcats", I think another major influence was "The Wild, Wild West", only without the fights and the scantily clad women. At least there were plenty of power-hungry villains, though. (Remember, not only was "The Houndcats" a kids' show, but it was produced at a time when concern about violence on children's television was at its peak. That's probably one reason why the "Mission: Impossible" formula appealed to the producers: the Houndcats always tricked their opponents into defeat instead of beating them up.) Also, I'd like to correct a common error about "The Houndcats"' voice cast. Daws Butler did *not* play Stutz; that was Michael Bell. Butler played Rhubarb in a few episodes (presumably when Arte Johnson was unavailable; remember "Laugh-In" was still in production) and also played two of the villains, Grogan and Dr. Strangeless.

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