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The show stars the titular catdog, a curious creature which is a cat and a dog joined at their behind (a concept that is mind-boggling but not that creative in my opinion), because of what he is, catdog is usually confronted with many issues such as both brothers trying to get along and overcome their clashing personalities, facing discrimination, dealing with apathetic people and achieving mundane tasks, which could make for a great show if the writers could hand out messages in new and clever ways, but instead this shows focus on wacky slapstick that sometimes gets repeated so much that it stops being funny, and when the morals are handed (which is done by the last minute of the episode) they feel forced. There are a few episodes that are diamonds in the raw, like dog gone, but most of the series could be considered something to watch when well, there's nothing else to watch. Like I stated before, it's not Nick's worst cartoon, far from that, some of the jokes are funny (though I didn't laugh out loud during most of them either) the character design is okay, and the animation is okay, the voice acting makes the viewing experience better (specially Jim Cummings as Cat) but very few things in this show are something to write home about.
If you like slapstick, I would recommend Rocko's Modern Life over this, if you like a dark and adult-like humor Ren and Stimpy and Invader ZIM are way more creative, if you want to watch a cartoon that are about the morals Hey Arnold! or Doug make a better job by far. Another show in the same vein as Catdog is the Regular Show, which has better written characters, plot and is more amusing. I say you could skip this unless you're heavily interested in Nickelodeons animation history or want to feel nostalgic if you grew in the 90s.
So,there were other stuff on the show that made it so awesome-the hidden humor,all the details and the jokes.It was a nicktoon that was meant to show love. But the whole bathroom thing-too bad everybody was caring only about that.What was the big deal how do they go?
But still,it was a show that was worth to be watched and it was very enjoyable.I love it.If I was a cartoon critic,I would give it 4,8 from 5 stars total.It had some tiny issues,but it was still a great show,which I loved since I was little girl ^_^.
The animation is quite unique, and I liked this unique style. True it is not the best looking of the Nick shows, but the animated style is colourful at least. The music is also pretty good, outstanding no, good yes. The characters are funny and engaging, especially Lube, who is moronic yet likable, and the voice acting as far as I am concerned is superb.
Overall, this show for me was actually pretty decent. 7/10 Bethany Cox
The opening song is another thing i remember real well from this show. It used to air on nick and nicktoons when there would be an intermission in between shows and it would air like a music video. It was a very cool theme song. One of the reasons why this show was one of the last great Nicktoons was mainly the fact how dog would drag cat to do something he wouldn't want to do and the one time cat made dog do something he didn't want to do he almost got them killed. Also they where brothers but yet they had completely different personalities.Like dog wanting to do all the dangerous and dirty stuff while cat wanted to be all sophisticated.
Anyways this is one of the last good nicktoons it ran from 1998-2004. It ended over a month after 2 classic nicktoons had ended. The Rugrats and Hey Arnold 2 of my favorite Nicktoons as a kid. This show has yet to be seen a DVD release but is supposed already released on iTunes like Ahh Real Monsters. I have to check out my info on that one. Anyways a lot of good cartoons like this have been faded out from Nick TV now and it is kind of sad all because of shows like sponge bob that all suck now.
But the problem is that it's mostly the Americans who hated Catdog and claim that it was the reason Nickelodeon was doomed,which is actually far from the truth.Catdog was a very creative,original and humorous type of animated show in good ways.It wasn't dark or gross,but it was decent and watchable.The characters like Cat and Dog had interesting and hilarious adventures(Dog was my most favourite character and still is),but there were times when the other characters in the cartoon were plain annoying sometimes,like the Greasers and the Lola bird,but that doesn't mean that I hated the show,there was just too much of them in some episodes. I mean,what the bloody hell has America come to?First they bashed Catdog,and then they protested Borat.Come on,Borat was a smart comedy,and as a matter of fact,the actor,Sascha Baron Cohen is a Jew himself,so really just chill out,Borat's not real,just like Catdog.
But I do understand how bad Nickelodeon has gotten ever since Rugrats came along,and then new shows started airing and then I had to rely on reruns of Catdog and Rocko's Modern Life(also a brilliant cartoon I use to watch)and tape them as possible before they're off the air.
It's a pity Catdog is not being produced anymore,since it was always a marvellous show(to me).
Never, I mean NEVER, Thought that a show this disgustingly horrible could even possibly exist. Back when NicktoonsNetwork began advertising for it's new set of shows, it wasn't Yakkity Yak that caught my eye, it was CatDog. I had high expectations for this show, despite the fact that it was thrown completely out of the blue at us, with no explanation or description of the core plot line. I eagerly awaited for it to preimere, and then, finally the morning came. Man was I let down.
It was so downright terrible that it was actually PAINFUL for me to watch the first 15 minutes of it! But trying to hold fast to my policy of watching at least one whole episode of a show before judging it, I sat still for the daunting task of sitting through 30 minutes of this garbage.
Why is it so bad? Let's start with the characters. For a moment, lets completely ignore the fact that both Nicktoons Network and the show itself refused to explain what exactly was supposed to be going on with this show. The story was filled with one cliché after another. You have the two friends, the Brawny and brave, the brainy and cowardly. Absolutely nothing new here. And the characters had no depth, and no personalities, outside what I just mentioned before. Throw in a cute little animal that follows them everywhere, and, ta-da, your unoriginality soup is finished.
The story, which, when read about actually sounds semi-interesting but as stated is a pain to watch, fails in every aspect and is only pushed down lower by the poor writing for each individual episode. The jokes failed to even get me to grant a small smile. Corniness and clichés abounded.
The only redeeming quality I can find in this show is that the animation style is nice to look at; there's not much more going for this show other than that. I suggest you avoid "CatDog" at all costs.
I admit, I used to be among the many who hated "CatDog." I, too, thought it was disgusting, and only for the reason that the main characters are a pair of conjoined twins-- a cat on one end, a dog on the other. "Eww!" I said. "How do they go to the bathroom?!" It seemed pointless and stupid.
But then, thanks to my little sisters, I started watching the cartoon on a semi-regular basis. My interest in it grew. I saw little jokes and details you had to watch closely for. I developed a taste for the absurd drawing style. I began to get a feel for the sense of humor "CatDog" had, and I liked it: it was very different than what I was used to, even more subtle at times, but nonetheless just as wacky as most other funny cartoons. I developed a sort of sympathy for Cat and Dog-- two people forced to live with each other, putting up with each other's antics, and being scapegoated, bullied, and taken advantage of on a constant basis... just because they happened to be born differently. It's a situation they can't help. Cat and Dog themselves represent two different views on such a situation: Cat is dissatisfied and tries to change things for the two of them, but Dog is happy with things just the way they are. When Cat's plans backfire, Dog is there to support him. When Dog's optimism runs out, Cat's leadership helps them back on their feet. It's a symbiotic relationship in the figurative and literal sense. No matter how strange it looks at first glance, Cat and Dog cannot be without each other.
For kids watching this show, "CatDog" is a good tool for teaching them what it's like for people who are different in any way. It also teaches kids who are slightly different themselves how to make the best of their lives. Cat and Dog live their lives just like everyone else and try to stay happy, even if no one respects them. The show teaches that, in the end, self-respect and support from your friends and loved ones are all that you need to live a happy life, no matter how different you are.
"CatDog" is not meant to be a gross-out show. Yes, there are some gross jokes, but they are minimal. The focus is mostly on Cat and Dog's lives and the problems they face, whether with each other or with other people. If a gross joke happens to fit the situation, the writers will slip one in when it's funny. Admittedly, "CatDog" is not a laugh-a-minute show, but do all cartoons have to be like that? There's no unwritten law about what makes a cartoon funny. How about a cartoon that makes you think about the jokes, and the situations? Now there's an idea, huh? And really, who cares how they go to the bathroom! It's a cartoon, for crying out loud. Asking how CatDog goes to the bathroom is like asking how Strong Bad (from HomestarRunner.com) types e-mails with boxing gloves on. WHO CARES? It's a cartoon. Why should we worry about that? I hold this show very near and dear to my heart not only because I find it so different and original, but also because it's so under-appreciated and spit upon. How very ironic that a show, whose premise is about a pair of characters who are hated because they're different, is hated because the show itself is different. Give "CatDog" a chance like I did, and let it grow on you. You won't regret it.
Generally speaking, CatDog involves a cat and dog attached to each other. They encounter funny moments and stupid adventures. CatDog wasn't strong on humor, but it was good on voice acting, and the character presentation.
This was a very good show, in my opinion. I consider it a nice follow up the Nick classic, Rocko's Modern Life. Many people don't think so, but I believe it sort of does.
Not to mention, the music in the show is pretty good.
Bottom Line: I can understand why Nick put such a crappy Lowest Common Denominator Show on its Channel, but what i can't understand is how people (Which includes several IMDb users, much to my chagrin) can enjoy this show.
Rating: -100/10. Thankfully, Catdog's Been Cancelled, But the Episodes should be destroyed so no one can find out of the crap pile that is Crapdog.
Just the thought of people actually enjoying this show confuses me to the point where I can no longer distinguish reality from a terrible nightmare. And the sad part is that this show lasted longer than most of the better shows. They even made an hour long movie about it.
Maybe I'm alone on this, but I think Nickelodeon should have left the idea of "CatDog" in the studios, rather than actually broadcasting it to the homes of children. I am, however, greatly satisfied that they canceled it. Now if they can only stop showing re-runs, we'd be set.
Two brothers one an uptight, neat and tidy smart feline, the other a carefree, dirty, ditsy canine, share the same body. It's a shame this cartoon is so under-rated. CatDog are 2 very inspiring characters showing us all that if you work hard and don't give up you can live a healthy happy life no matter what weaknesses you have and how different you might be to others around you. It's heartfelt showing of unconditional love is amazing. CatDog proves that no matter how day vs night personalities can be, that with understanding, friendship and love, 2 loved ones can get along and work together. This cartoon gives a very emotional look, at what characters can go through with a one of a kind feature. Since CatDog are the stars, viewers feel empathy towards these brothers when other characters pick on them. It's like Charlie Brown. I highly recommend this cartoon for anyone that loves social satire, and very creative story telling. The detail to this cartoon is incredible and can be enjoyed by all ages!
The music and animation certainly aren't the best out there. The humor is gross-out fairly often, and while I usually like gross-out humor (eg. "Zim" and "Rocko's Modern Life"), the jokes here are tiresome. Mild intelligence occurs every now and then (the reference to "Patton", the Speakeasy episode, etc.), but these attempts to play up to adults are lame. The show works best as a diversion for kids.
Perhaps the biggest attraction is the voice cast. The superb voice cast includes Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Billy West, Carlos Alazquerie, and John Kassir. They make the show somewhat watchable, if only for the star power.
Bottom line: CatDog's a decent show, but it's hardly great. However, when compared to such other shows like "The Fairly Oddparents", post-Dill "Rugrats", "Chalk Zone", and, of course, "The Butt Ugly Martians", it's a regular masterpiece.
Five stars, mostly because Cummings and Kenny are two of my favorite voice actors, and occasional enjoyable episodes.