Small-time illustrator Noah Z. Jones happened upon a minor miracle of having two animated series made within a small timeframe of five years with his name attached as creator for both. Out of these curious events came Fish Hooks, which was picked up by Disney, and this series, loosely based upon a concept of his called Almost Naked Animals.The show centers on a hotel called the Banana Cabana populated by almost naked animals — furless animals wearing only underwear. The cabana is managed by a dog named Howie and his ragtag bunch of misfit friends as the expository theme song explains. Minor villainy comes up through Howie's sister Poodle who owns another competing (and much swankier) hotel named the Chateau Chattoo.Almost Naked Animals debuted on YTV on January 7, 2011, and premiered later on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 13, 2011.Not to be confused with the trope Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.
Gross Out Show: With that name and character designs, what do you expect?
Has Two Thumbs and...: In "Cool Paw Howie", Howie (who has turned the hotel into a minimum security prison) asks his staff "Who has two thumbs and likes running a prison?". However, as none of the staff like running a prison, he gets no response.
Here We Go Again: In "S.S. Banana Cabana", Howie installs new superpowered toilets that set the hotel afloat and crash it on an island. By the time they get the hotel back in place, he installs new showerheads that do the same thing.
Same with "Jellyhead". After a Jerk Ass jellyfish gets stuck to Octo, it tries to control him. By the time he gets the jellyfish off, a starfish has latched itself to him.
Hide And No Seek: In "The Night Shift", Bunny does this to ditch Howie; telling him to count up to ridiculously high number while she goes off to bed.
Man Child: Howie, what with his short attention span, hyperactive movements, obliviousness to Sloth's love, and love of things usually associated with younger people (one source even describes him as being like an 11-year-old in an arcade).
Mind over Matter: Happens in the episode of that same name. Howie gets a remote stuck to his head, and gains telekinetic powers after it gets wet in an attempt to remove it.
Safety Worst: "Better Safe and Sorry" has Octo trying way too hard to install safety measures for the rest of the Cabana crew.
Seldom Seen Species: A Sloth and a Narwhal. The original website shows several more, including a dugong and anteater (who often appear as background characters).
Shown Their Work: Background characters include a furless tiger with faint stripes imprinted into his skin and a furless bear with black skin and whitish hair strands all over his body.
Sibling Rivalry: Howie/Poodle. She manages a rival hotel and constantly tries to get Howie to make a fool of himself or go out of business so their father will give ownership to her. Howie, however, is completely oblivious to her antics.
Tsundere: Bunny's biography says that she is this, but she seems to be on the tsuntsun side. This becomes a plot element in one episode, where Howie bets that, if Bunny can go a day without being angry, she won't have to dress as the cabana's mascot.