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[[caption-width-right:346:He's an Afghan Hound, but it's not apparent through all the mess]]

''What-a-Mess'' is a series of children's books that was eventually [[AnimatedAdaptation adapted]] into an AnimatedSeries by Creator/DiCEntertainment. Both series focus on the eponymous Afghan Hound, What-a-Mess, and his interactions with humans and other pets. The show, in particular, had a pretty catchy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGeJ6jDPE2U opening song]].

The late Frank Muir, author of the original books, was an English comedy writer also known for his work on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] radio.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AnimalTalk: All the animal characters can understand each other.
* AuthorAvatar: The elderly English Sheepdog, Frank, is voiced by creator Frank Muir himself.
* CanonImmigrant: Trash didn't appear in the original books.
* CatsAreMean: Felicia the cat is self-centered and occasionally malicious.
* CrossdressingVoices: Averted with What-A-Mess, as he was voiced by (at the time) child voice actor Ryan O'Donohue.
* TheDanza: Frank Muir as Frank the Sheepdog.
* TheFaceless: An odd trope in this kind of series. The faces of human characters are always deliberately obscured by things like camera angles or objects and no human faces are ever seen.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Whatamess
** TheLancer: Norton
** TheSmartGuy: Frank
** TheBigGuy: Trash
** TheChick: Felicia
** TeamPet: Baldwin
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: In a subversion version of this trope, the ''male'' What-a-Mess is bathed and groomed on rare occasions and actually looks like a pedigree Afghan Hound rather than his usual scruffy self.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Some of the voice actors who worked on ''What-a-Mess'' include JimCummings, Creator/MichaelBell and CharlieAdler.
** The 1995 cartoon has [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Randall Weems]] as the title character.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Trash, who acts like a street-smart tough guy most of the time, but can be quite nice when push comes to shove.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: What-a-Mess's real name is actually ''Prince Amir of Kinjan'', but in practice he is rarely called this. Even his mother calls him What-a-Mess most of the time.
** Trash's birth name? Francis.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Inverted. Well-groomed Afghan Hounds naturally have long hair on their heads, and long hair that tends to make them look like they're wearing fancy clothes. Despite all that, What-a-Mess is a male dog. Played straight with the cat, Felicia. She has long eyelashes and a bow.
* TruthInTelevision: Afghan Hounds have notoriously high-maintenance coats. Any owner of an Afghan Hound who grooms their dog anything less than constantly will end up with a dog looking something like What-a-Mess. Frank Muir owned several Afghan Hounds when he wrote the series, which was probably an influence.
* UnreliableNarrator: The narrator often says the exact ''opposite'' of what is really going on.
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