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Western Animation: Dog City
Or is that Eliot Shag's Dog City?
Bruno: How'd a loser like you create a great character like Bugsy?
Eliot: Well, sometimes it's just staring you in the face.

Dog City was an animated/Muppet series based on a half-hour segment in The Jim Henson Hour. The original "Dog City" was about an anthropomorphic German Shepherd named Ace Yu, facing bulldog gangster Bugsy Them (the Dogfather) in a film noir environment. The segment was just recently released on DVD from Lionsgate, excluding the Jim Henson Hour part.

In the series, Ace became private eye Ace Hart, and Bugsy became Bugsy Vile. They also became cartoon characters, with the original puppet versions becoming Eliot Shag, the cartoonist, and Bruno, the super of his apartment building. Other characters from the special were transplanted similarly; the character appeared in the cartoon, and the puppet appeared as someone in Eliot's building, supposedly inspiring him to create the animated version. Ace and Eliot would also have conversations with each other about the progress of the stories and how Eliot uses what he draws in the cartoon to solve problems in his real life.

Dog City included examples of:

Special:

  • Adults Dressed as Children: In one episode, Bugsy hired a gangster who looked like a puppy named Puppyface Halfnelson to help with a bank heist.
  • Binocular Shot (Parodied. From the POV of villain Bugsy Them, we see the two leads through two overlapping circles. Then the camera cuts to a wide shot to reveal that Bugsy isn't looking through binoculars — he's just holding up a piece of cardboard with two overlapping holes and looking through it.)
  • The Cameo: Rowlf the Dog plays piano at the bar.
  • Dogs Are Dumb (mostly averted. The only exception is Bugsy's hired muscle, Mad Dog, whose two- I mean, fourteen years of obedience school have done nothing for his thinking ability.)
  • Family-Friendly Firearms (Averted big time.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar (Colleen Barker's musical number)
    Colleen: (singing)
    "Don't care if he's a big dog.
    I don't care if he's rich.
    He'll be my ever-lovin' puppy,
    and I'll just be hisó"
  • Incredibly Lame Pun (It's Muppet production, natch.)
  • Punny Name (Rowlf even Lampshades the names of Ace Yu and Bugsy Them as 'Cheap joke names')
  • Running Gag (Amounts of time being translated into dog years)
  • Sting
  • Who's on First? (With names like Ace Yu and Bugsy Them, this is a given.)
  • You Killed My Father

The series:


Batman: The Animated SeriesCreator/Fox KidsEek! The Cat
The Jim Henson HourFranchise/The MuppetsMuppets Tonight
Di Gata DefendersCreator/NelvanaDonkey Kong Country
Doctor OctopusAnimal Title IndexDog Days
Dr. RabbitWestern Animation Of The 1990sDonkey Kong Country
DigimonSaturday Morning CartoonEek! The Cat
Doctor SnugglesWestern AnimationDogstar

alternative title(s): Dog City
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