(original Japanese name: Don-Don-Dommel to Ron) was a Japanese anime series based on the Belgian comic strip Cubitus
, and aired from 1988 to 1989. The series was distributed by Saban Entertainment
in the US.
The series followed the adventures of the titular character, Wowser, a large anthropomorphic white dog with an enormous appetite who lives with his owner, Professor Dingy, an eccentric inventor. Other characters of the series include Ratso Catso, a black and white cat who always causes trouble for Wowser, Linda Lovely and her younger brother Bob, and Beatrice, a woman who is always rude and condescending to Wowser.
Tropes found in Wowser:
- Absent-Minded Professor: Professor Dingy
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lovely
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Bob to Linda.
- Badass Moustache: Professor Dingy.
- Big Eater: Wowser, obviously.
- Birthday Episode: The episode "Slap Happy Birthday" focused on Wowser's birthday, which involves him throwing a party for all of his friends. Unfortunately, thanks to Ratso adding extra spices to the cake that Wowser was making, this results in everyone who's had a taste of the cake to act berserk.
- Cartoon Bomb: Ratso uses one of these in the episode "Motor Maze To The Market" on Wowser and Bob. Unfortunately for him, it backfires on him.
- Cats Are Mean: Ratso in spades.
- Cheerful Child: Linda and, by extent, Bob.
- Diet Episode: The episode "The Weight Loser" focused on Wowser being put on a diet after Professor Dingy reprimands him for eating a lot more than he normally does.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Wowser would be a subversion of the trope.
- Exposed Animal Bellybutton: Wowser and Ratso both have bellybuttons.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Happens to Wowser in the episode "Automatic Eater", as a result of the hot pepper and mustard that Ratso put on his sandwich.
- Growling Gut: Happens to Wowser in the episode "Just An Old Cut-Up".
- Humanlike Foot Anatomy / Humanlike Hand Anatomy: Wowser and Ratso both have no problems walking upright on two legs and they are also capable of using their front paws as hands.
- I Broke a Nail: Beatrice says the name of this trope word for word in the episode "The Weight Loser".
- Jerkass: Ratso again.
- Matryoshka Object: Used in the episode "Slap Happy Birthday" when Wowser finds a birthday present from Ratso on his doorstep, which turns out to be one of these, only for Wowser to find an itty-bitty (explosive) bone after taking all of the boxes out of the other.
- Meaningful Name: Wowser gets his name from the fact that he often exclaims "Wow" a lot, while Ratso's name is taken from the fact that he is naughty and acts like a rat. The meaning behind Professor Dingy's name is obvious.
- Pain-Powered Leap: Happened more than once to Wowser.
- The Rival: Ratso, to Wowser.
- Road Sign Reversal: Used twice in the episode "Motor Maze To The Market" by Ratso, in order to lead Wowser and Bob on a high speed chase in an underground railroad shaft.
- Stock Sound Effects: For being a Japanese anime, this series is notorious for its wide use of Hanna-Barbera sound effects, as well as other sound effects commonly used in other anime series.
- Talking Animal: Wowser and Ratso.
- The Unintelligible: Officer Whistle, a police officer who only communicates by use of a whistle in his mouth.
- Verbal Tic: Wowser says "Wow" a lot in almost all of his sentences.