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"That is it! I'm funny! But don't you dare laugh at me!"
"Weekend Pussy Hunt was a Film Noir cartoon. We serialized it so that every week there'd be a cliffhanger. Its style was a 1940s live-action film noir movie. and we based one of the characters, Dirty Dog, on one of my favorite movie actors, Robert Ryan. Weekend Pussy Hunt was basically a chase movie, a really dark hardboiled thriller. We started off fooling the audience. We wanted them to think it was like a 1940sWarner Brothers chase cartoon between a dog and a cat, but as we moved on, they got uglier and uglier and uglier. You found out more about who this dog was; he was the king of the underworld animals in the neighborhood. So it becomes this ugly dark film noir kind of a movie."
—John Kricfalusi, discussing the series in an interview for "TV Freak Feature"
Weekend Pussy Hunt is an early web-only flash cartoon made during 1999 for Icebox.com (but was originally produced for MSN in 1997), created and directed by John Kricfalusi. Unlike John's previous flash cartoon, The Goddamn George Liquor Program, it has the distinction of being "the world's first interactive web-based cartoon".The story is centered around the characters of Cigarettes the Cat (voiced by Eddie Fitzgerald) and Dirty Dog (voiced by John Kricfalusi). After briefly hanging around with George Liquor and Jimmy the Idiot Boy, Dirty is harassed by Cigarettes and his irritating laughter, prompting his wrath and a chase soon after. Cigarettes hides out with his pal Bugs Pussy in a trash can, but quickly learns from him that the dog he was just screwing around with has a much darker side to him than he anticipated, and that him annoying Dirty will have long-term repercussions...As mentioned in the quote above, the series is a Affectionate Parody of 1940's Film Noir. As one would expect from John K's work, it features his trademark bizarre animation and over the top acting, gross out jokes and unique characters.Unfortunately, the series was never finished; Icebox.com ran out of funding during production of episode 13, and the entire staff was laid off with four more episodes to go. The flash shorts were eventually taken down, but all of the existing episodes have been uploaded to Youtube (but viewing them comes with a warning, as much of the content is decidedly NSFW).Cigarettes the Cat would later appear in the music video for Weird Al's song "Close but No Cigar".
Annoying Laugh: Cigarettes uses this ad nauseum early in the short to irritate Dirty. Apparently, Cig's laugh is actually Eddie Fitzgerald's normal, real life laugh.
Ascended Extra: Cigarettes and Dirty previously appeared as nondescript background pets in the aforementioned George Liquor program, before getting voices, actual personalities and a story centered around them here.
Big Bad: Dirty Dog, a vicious, murderous womanizer who will carry a grudge to his grave, and spends much of the series trying to find and kill Cigarettes for annoying him so much earlier.
Black and Grey Morality: The main protagonist is a pesky prankster who isn't above annoying other people for kicks (but is otherwise a fairly laid back guy) and the villain is a downright monster in contrast to him.
Blood Knight: Dirty Dog clearly reaps pleasure from intimidating and killing anybody he can get his paws on, be a cat who got on his nerves, or his own brother.
Bullying a Dragon: Cigarette annoying Dirty Dog, but he doesn't know he was doing this until later, when Bugs Pussy explains to him just what kind of a sick monster Dirty Dog really is.
Cliffhanger: When the episodes originally aired, each one ended on this. Due to the unfinished status of the series however, the final episode ultimately ends with one that won't get resolved.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dirty Dog starts off seemingly like a typical, easy to frustrate cartoon dog, but we quickly find out just how much of a threat he really is to Cigarettes.
Darker and Edgier: In contrast to John's other work at the time, Weekend Pussy Hunt is very dark and vulgar, and not remotely kid-friendly at all. By the end, It almost feels like a prototype for Ren And Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon.
Death Glare: Dirty gives one to his younger brother just before beating him up for standing up to him.
Depending on the Artist: As with all of John's other cartoons, the characters appearances depend on who is drawing them and when.
The Determinator: Bugs Pussy describes this as a trait of Dirty, and Dirty likewise intimidates Cig by telling him similar;
Cigarettes: I better get out of here...I gotta hide out till he cools off!"''
Bugs: Cools off?! (laughs hysterically) That's a good one! You don't understand—he' doesn't cool off, he'll follow you...for YEARS if he has to. He doesn't care. And he'll find you...and he'll (mimes bone cracking) BREAK you. He'll carry a grudge to the grave! YOUR grave!"''
Double Entendre: Dirty gives this to Cigarettes when he's intimidating him;
"I've never lost a pussy yet! Don't think you're gonna be the first pussy to slip through my fingers..."
The Dreaded: Dirty Dog, from what Bugs Pussy tells Cigarettes.
Early-Bird Cameo: Dirty Dog (and a cat that looks similar and likely is Cigarettes) previously made brief, non-speaking appearances in The Goddamn George Liquor Program, as the household pets of George and Jimmy. Dirty and Cigarettes also made a brief, minor appearance in one of the Spumco Comic Books.
Establishing Character Moment: The first few minutes establish Dirty's short temper, but Dirty shows his real colors in the scene where he torments his younger brother.
Evil Is Hammy: Dirty Dog, who practically steals the show with his unbelievably over the top acting, especially when he's threatening to hunt down Cigarettes.
Expy: Dirty Dog has more than a few similarities to another famous dog created by John K, but this is probably a coincidence, has Dirty is heavily based on actor Robert Ryan, one of John K's favorite actors, rather than Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre, who were Ren's template. Bugs Pussy also has a design that vaguely calls to mind Stimpy, but he has a completely different personality and voice characterization.
The Faceless: The sentient female leg that Dirty's younger brother is dating.
Fake-Out Opening / Mood Whiplash: The first part of the cartoon starts off as a somewhat juvenile, humorous cat vs. dog cartoon, but shifts gears midway through to become a dark, melodramatic film noir tale.
Funny Animal: Almost all of the characters (sans George Liquor, Jimmy and Cigarette's girlfriend) are depicted as this.
Furry Confusion: Almost none of the animals are drawn human like at all (in spite of acting human), yet Cigarette's cat girlfriend a human-like figure and is strongly implied to be the owner of her house.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Dirty Dog has this in spades—and he will carry a grudge to his death if you so much as annoy or laugh at him.
Hypocritical Humor: Dirty chewing out his wife over the phone for wanting him to come home in the name of preserving his families "honor" by chasing down Cigarettes...and then hanging up and calling his other wife, getting her a-ok to go after Cigarettes.
NSFW: The series has many adult jokes, some of which are very sexual, vulgar or just plain gross, especially the "Lust" scene between Dirty and Cig's girlfriend near the end, and Cig's decidedly freudian reaction to it, where a pile of penises fall on him!
Off Model: While it's one of John K's rules to never draw characters the same way twice, Cigarette's girlfriend has an accidental, rather than purposeful, off-model moment where her nose inexplicably vanishes for a few seconds.
Offstage Villainy: While Bugs Pussy describes Dirty as a murderer and cop killer, we don't actually get to see Dirty murder anybody (although he gives his brother one heck of a beatdown), but judging by how terrified Bugs (and later a squirrel that Cigarettes tries to hide out with) is of him, and how malicious we see Dirty act, we take his word for it.
Oh, Crap: Bugs Pussy when he figures out Cigarettes was messing around with Dirty, and Cigarettes after Bugs explains to him who Dirty Dog is.
Precision F-Strike: Bugs Pussy delivers a "FUCK YOU!" to Cigarettes when he scrams, and Cigarettes returns an f-bomb in turn.
Screwy Squirrel: Cigarettes is this early on, but his antics toward Dirty quickly come back to bite him hard.
Serious Business: Dirty Dog explains to his wife over the phone that he considers hunting down Cigarettes this, as it would be an insult to his and his families "honor" to do otherwise. When she tries to talk him out of it and get him to come home, he angrily refuses—and promptly calls his other wife, who gives him the A-OK.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Not long after we're introduced to Bugs Pussy, a more humorous, smug character, he just as quickly leaves the picture not long after he tells Cigarettes about who and what Dirty Dog is.
Take Me Instead: When Dirty confronts Cigarettes in his girlfriends house, Cig finally mans up and surrenders himself to Dirty, as long as he doesn't hurt his girl. Dirty casually throws him aside, only to find he's attracted enough to her to where he decides to have oral sex with her, instead of harm her.
Troperiffic: The entire series has barely above 25 minutes worth of content (and possibly even less if you discount the interactive segments) and never even got finished, yet it is a surprisingly trope-rich cartoon, largely due to it's Film Noir narrative.