Western Animation: Dynomutt Dog Wonder

He makes you wonder.
He's fearless, scareless, a little too careless. Dynomutt: He's a go-go dog person!

Dynomutt is a friendly "Robot Dog", voiced by Frank Welker, with special robotic superpowers — but his "carelessness" is only slightly better than that of Inspector Gadget (whom he predated by seven years; six if one counts the 1982 pilot). He and his straight-arrow Super Hero master, the Blue Falcon (no relation), fought crime and patrolled the city of Big City in the Falconcar, which usually flew but sometimes hovered closer to the ground.

Like Batman, the Blue Falcon had a variety of tools in his Utility Belt. He addressed Dynomutt as "Dog Wonder" or "Dog Blunder" as circumstances warranted. Circumstances could warrant either, frequently. Dynomutt was usually the one to fix the messes and catch the villains, but he always managed to make things worse first.

This dynamic duo debuted in 1976 on ABC as part of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. They were Scooby's teammates in the Laff-A-Lympics.

The series provides examples of:

Later parodies of this series provides examples of:

  • All Crimes Are Equal: In the Dexter's Laboratory crossover "Dyno-Might", Dexter becomes convinced that Dynomutt is too much of a goofy idiot sidekick to be any help to Blue Falcon, so he decides to design a new "Dynomutt X-90" to replace him. While Dynomutt X-90 initially starts out arresting armed muggers, he soon spirals off into this. Parking violation? The car gets eaten. Jaywalking? Machine guns. Littering? Fire breathing on the litterer. Finally, he's about to zap a little girl with laser eyes for violating a "Keep Off the Grass" sign when Blue Falcon and Dexter step in; he promptly declares them "guilty of obstruction of justice," No Sells their attempts to restrain him, and starts crushing them both with Combat Tentacles.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: In their Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated guest appearance, a "Darker and Edgier" Blue Falcon is a Shout-Out to Frank Miller's Batman.
  • Crossover:Dexter's Laboratory, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Johnny Bravo all attempt to utilize the characters.
  • Darker and Edgier: Well, sort of. Years ago, the Cartoon Network Web site briefly had a serial animated webcomic starring Dynomutt and Blue Falcon, featuring a much darker plot than those seen on the TV show: Dynomutt being destroyed then rebuilt as an evil, vicious brute by the villain Hijinx. Though, as Hijinx himself ruefully admitted, Dynomutt's tendency to malfunction in a spectacularly zany manner was still omnipresent.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In the crossover "Dyno-Might", Dexter becomes convinced that Dynomutt is too much of a goofy idiot sidekick to be any help to Blue Falcon, so he decides to design a new "Dynomutt X-90" to replace him. Unfortunately, Dynomutt X-90 believes that All Crimes Are Equal and uses lethal force to deal with even minor crimes such as littering and jaywalking, forcing Dexter to team up with Blue Falcon and the real Dynomutt to take him down.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Parodied in a Dexter's Laboratory crossover. Dexter tries to fix a damaged Dynomutt (a dog robot with boatloads of hyperactivity). He comes up with a supercool and super-dangerous version that is ten times more badass than the leading brand. When it goes rogue, Blue Falcon tries to use his friendship with Dynomutt to draw out his old personality. Dexter eventually reveals that Dynomutt was such an annoying buffoon that he decided to just start over with a new version. Blue Falcon is appalled, shocked, and stunned! But then he realises that he can now simply kill the evil robot with a clear conscience — after all, What Measure Is a Non-Human?
  • Lawful Stupid: There was a crossover with Dexter's Laboratory in which Blue Falcon brought in Dynomutt for repairs. Dexter instead builds a competent crime-fighting robot instead of a comic relief sidekick, that's willing to open fire on innocent people jaywalking or littering.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: In the Dexter's Laboratory crossover "Dyno-Might," the original Dynomutt confronts the out-of-control Dynomutt X-90 Dexter created to replace him, but X-90 dismisses him, declaring that the "Dynomutt prototype" is no threat. Dynomutt quickly proves him wrong.