ABC Weekend Specials: Season 4, Episode 1

Scruffy (4 Oct. 1980)

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Episode cast overview:
Scruffy (voice)
Tibbles (voice)
Butch (voice)
Duchess (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Michael Rye ...
Alan Dinehart ...
Ceasar / Ken (voice)
Linda Gary ...
Walker Edmiston ...
Alice (voice)


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Well Done Animated Dog Story
2 April 2004 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

This movie was originally shown as a three part mini-series as an "ABC Weekend Special" in 1980 and was replayed several times following. If you love dog stories or films about canine situations, you will no doubt enjoy this animated feature. While "Scruffy" was created for Saturday morning TV, it plays very well as a feature length film. The story is centered around a Springer Spaniel puppy, who after being orphaned struggles to survive as a stray in a large city. Along the way she encounters various humans both good and bad, challenging situations, and befriends a tough but lovable male Pit Bull Terrier who serves as a friend and protector. The film sends a strong message concerning the hardships endured by stray dogs, and while "Scruffy" is kid friendly, the producers did not sugar-coat the fact that unwanted or discarded canines are destroyed if they do not find a home. In the end the viewer is left feeling happy about the story's outcome, but at the same time reminded that the unwanted pet population is a problem that will not go away anytime soon and that it is up to the human population of the world to be responsible for a solution. All in all a nice story that will please any fan of dog related movies or admirers of classic Saturday Morning animation.

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