Trivia / Doug

  • The Cast Showoff: In both versions of the show, Skeeter Valentine is voiced by Fred Newman, who, much like Skeeter, is highly talented at providing sound effects with his mouth. In addition, Newman did most of the music on the show with just his mouth sounds. And he voiced Porkchop, the dog.
  • Channel Hop: Started out on Nickelodeon. Then moved to ABC. Then finally to Disney Channel before disappearing off the radar completely.
    • It's all very complicated company politics. Jumbo Pictures first managed to sell some of their ideas to Viacom and become a partner, subsequently getting on Viacom's payroll. Shortly after the wrapping up of Season 4, Viacom shafted them. Conveniently, right after Viacom gave them the boot, Disney came up to them and sweet-talked them. They cut off all ties with Viacom and then managed to partner up with Disney instead, getting on Disney's payroll. Which after 4 seasons and a movie, ended in another dispute because Disney used Doug and PB&J Otter characters in a multi-network music video project that Jim Jinkins did not want the characters to be participating in due to his own beliefs. They then broke up their ties with Disney, changed the company name to Cartoon Pizza, and learned the hard way the downsides of partnering up with a major television network.
  • Creator Backlash: Jim Jinkins wasn't as involved with Disney's Doug as much as people often thought he was according to Mathew Klickstein's book Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age. Although he has said he is grateful to Disney for giving him the chance to tell more Doug stories and for that reason does not regret signing with Disney, he's also one of the few creators that actually agrees with the majority of the fanbase that the Nickelodeon version was better except for "The Dark Quail Saga". Constance Shulman (Patti) and Billy West (Nickelodeon Doug/Roger) prefer the Nickelodeon version too.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • In the American version, Elmo is voiced by Beebe's voice actress, and Doug's grandmother is voiced by Fred Newman (who also played Skeeter, Mr. Dink, and others).
    • In the Japanese dub, Masako Nozawa is Doug.
  • The Danza: Guy Hadley voices Guy Graham.
  • Dub Name Change: In the French dub, Doug's family name is changed from Funnie to Fripon, and Skeeter is called Stique. In Spanish, several other name changes were made, including Funnie to Narinas, Skeeter to Tito Valentino, Roger to Rufo, Connie to Conchita, Chalky to Pepe, and so on (Porkchop's name was simply translated into Spanish as "Chuletas"). The Beets are Los Idos in Spanish (which is apparently the name of a real-life band) and the title of their signature song "Killer Tofu" translates as "Universal Potato." Patti Mayonnaise, however, keeps her name in both versions. The Japanese dub retains the American names albeit pronounced in Engrish.
  • God Never Said That: Since Doug started in the 1990s, it was often rumored that Skeeter was suppossed to be the Black Best Friend (but depicted as blue, as blue and purple are often used in sci-fi and speculative fiction to depict black people or any minority who isn't white). Jim Jinkins has stated that he didn't color Skeeter blue as a substitute for making him black; he made Skeeter blue because he thought he looked good that way.
  • He Also Did:
    • Acclaimed writer/director Kenneth Lonergan wrote at least one episode of the series: "Doug Throws a Party" a mere two years before what's considered to be his Breakthrough Hit play This Is Our Youth premiered.
    • Two writers for this show, Ken Scarborough and Joe Fallon, would later move on to work on Arthur. Quite fitting, as people who have watched both shows will often point out the amount of similarities between the two (both being realistic animated Slice of Life shows, similar character types, the heavy reliance on Imagine Spots...).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The Nickelodeon series: When it was first released on Amazon for their on-demand service, there was a good chance that it had playback errors, and two episodes were missing from season four because of "technical difficulties". However, in June 2014, Amazon made available a new release of the show on DVD now known as "The Complete Nickelodeon Series" including every Nickelodeon episode including the two segments missing from the Season 4 set. It's available on iTunes, as well, and reruns air every Thursday night on NickSplat.
    • The Disney series: Compared to the Nick version, the Disney version is more challenging to come across (legally). The show was only released on VHS, it has been out of print since then, and there's only a handful of episodes online. Heck, The Movie never saw a DVD release until recent years as a Disney Movie Club-exclusive (although it's the Toon Disney cut), which is no longer available as of 2016. It's still available for video rental/purchase on Amazon, if you want to view the original version of it in this day and age. According to Jim Jinkins, Disney, which continues to hold the rights to Doug to this day, has not expressed interest in re-releasing or reviving the franchise; hence the Disney series remains largely lost to the mists of time while the Nickelodeon series continues to win over new fans.
      • The movie was released on VideoCD in many second world countries. The catch? Was. It's out of print, too.
  • No Export for You: Some foreign markets only air the Nickelodeon series of the show in these days, although the Disney series also aired internationally in its day.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Doug Pries is the voice of Mr. Bone but Fred Newman voices him when he yodels.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Thomas McHugh and Chris Phillips replaced Billy West (who was now too expensive for the Disney variation of Doug) as Doug and Roger's voices, respectively, in the Disney series. This was made note of with Doug in its first episode.
    • When the Disney series was released in Latin America, it suffered a whole dub recast from the Nick's version.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Billy West voices Doug and Roger in the Nick series. Other voice actors have marveled at West's ability to switch from one character to another without missing a beat.
    • After West left, Roger ended up talking to himself with Boomer's voice actor in the Disney series.
    • Judy shares her voice actress with her mom, Theda.
    • Fred Newman voices many characters in the series, so this happens frequently (whenever Skeeter and Mr. Dink interact, for example).
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Latinamerican Spanish dub, Patti Mayonnaise was voiced by Paty Acevedo in the Nick version, and later replaced by Rossy Aguirre in the Disney version. Both were in Sailor Moon, as the titular's main character and Sailor Mercury, respectively.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original Doug product was going to be a children's book, "Doug Gets a New Pair of Shoes", until the creator found out that Nickelodeon was looking for cartoonists for new original cartoons (during this time, all of Nickelodeon's cartoons were either imported from other countries [mostly from continental Europe, Japan, or Canada] or part of a syndication package [the Looney Tunes shorts and the UPA cartoons of the 1950s]), and decided to turn it into a cartoon series. The book ended up serving as the episode "Doug's Cool Shoes" in season one.
    • Roger was going to be a rival to Doug for Doug's love interest, Patti. This was scrapped, and the role was taken by Guy once the show was switched over to Disney.
    • The movie was going to be a Direct-to-Video release, but Disney decided put it into theaters due to the success of The Rugrats Movie. Critically, it didn't work. In box office numbers, it grossed much less than Rugrats, but it was still a huge profit for Disney.
    • Doug could have had a movie in 1993. Nickelodeon signed for a contract deal with the 20th Century Fox to release movie adaptations for its three original Nicktoons, but the contract fell through before they could make a movie deal. So, once Viacom (Nick's company) bought Paramount, Rugrats got its movie in 1998, Disney ended up making a Doug movie, while The Ren & Stimpy Show never got one. It's unknown whether Fox's version of "Doug's 1st Movie" would've been the same movie as it became.
    • The Movie was originally going to be called "The First Doug Movie Ever", but was later retitled to "Doug's 1st Movie".
    • Much like Rugrats, Doug's popularity and ratings really soared when it went into daytime syndication. But Disney bought the rights to the show and sweet-talked Jumbo Pictures into dumping Nickelodeon (Jumbo and Nick were already on sour terms at that point) before they had a chance to uncancel it.
    • In 2016, Jim Jinkins revealed he has a drafts for a remake. According to him, 10 years after the events of cartoon, Doug moved to New York to work as freelancer and he is sharing a room with Skeeter while his sister Judy is performing off-Broadway. And amazingly, Porkchop is still alive. The most shocking revelation is Doug and Patti won't get together.
    • At one point the show may have been named The Funnies.
  • Write Who You Know
    • The setting and characters all come from Jim Jinkins' childhood. Patty was based on a real girl named Patty whom he had a huge crush on, Roger was named after a friend of his (whom Jinkins jokingly apologized to afterwards) and he even had a principal named Buttsavich.
    • Jinkins was somewhat pudgy as a child, thus no surprise that he gave Doug something of a pot belly and created a plus-sized character in Connie. Also, although he never had a dog, "Porkchop" was his childhood nickname because of his physique.
    • In an interesting coincidence, Jinkins got Constance Shulman to portray Patti's voice after seeing the actress in a commercial for Kraft mayonnaise. However, this was not the origin of Patti's last name, as the character was already named Patti Mayonnaise (after Pam Mayo, another childhood crush of Jinkins'). In addition, Jinkins' wife, an aerobics teacher, was already acquainted with Shulman as the actress was one of her students.
    • Doug keeping a journal where he writes and draws cartoons once every night is taken verbatim from how Jim Jinkins conceived the show itself.
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