Trivia / Rover Dangerfield

  • Actor Allusion: Rover continues to make jokes and remarks when he's depressed. Rodney Dangerfield became a comedian to cope with depression.
  • Box Office Bomb: The film's budget and box office numbers are unknown, so it's left to assumption that it's a complete bust.
  • Descended Creator: In addition to playing the lead, Rodney Dangerfield co-wrote and produced the film, and even wrote the lyrics to the songs.
  • Executive Meddling: According to animation historian Jerry Beck, Rover Dangerfield was originally conceived as an R-rated comedy which more accurately captured Dangerfield's standup routine, but was retooled as a kid-friendly version to compete against Disney.
  • Follow the Leader: Attempted to one-up Disney when the executives got involved, even with many aspects of the original material still present in the final cut.
  • What Could Have Been: Again, this was originally conceived as an R-rated animated film that would have more faithfully captured Rodney's raunchier stand-up material. Considering that this was a few years before South Park would define what counted as animation specifically made for adults, one wonders what kind of impact a film like that could have had.