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.
, 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:
- Affectionate Parody: Of Batman, particularly the Adam West version. Let's just say the show didn't take itself seriously.
- All Crimes Are Equal: 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. 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: Blue Falcon, for Batman
- Animated Series
- Assurance Backfire:
Dynomutt: Dog Wonder never makes the same mistake twice!
Blue Falcon: I know. You seem to come up with a new one every time!
- Bee Bee Gun: The Queen Hornet has a portable beehive, from which she releases a swarm of live hornets in order to hijack an armored vehicle.
- The Comically Serious: Blue Falcon, very much.
- Cool Car
- Crossover: With Scooby-Doo and Dexter's Laboratory, and Dynomutt and Blue Falcon appear in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Johnny Bravo.
- 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.
- The Ditz: Considering that the show's opening narration describes him as "stronger than a train! (with a so-so brain)," you can work it out.
"Uh, you talkin' about me, Blue Falcon? Gosh!"
- Do-Anything Robot: Dynomutt himself.
- Flying Car: The Falconcar is usually this.
- Funny Animal
- 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.
- An Ice Suit: Mr. Cool.
- "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.
- Million-to-One Chance: Inverted in "Factory Recall." When Dynomutt, reprogrammed by Mr. Cool, was told to kill his partner, Blue Falcon dryly commented, "I calculate the odds at a million to one...in my favor." He was right.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Julie McWhirter imitated Mae West as Queen Hornet. Also, one of Madame Apeface's victims was named "Sarah Shower Faucet", a play on Farrah Fawcett.
- No Communities Were Harmed: Their city is named, simply, "Big City".
- Punny Name: The "Queen Hornet"
- Rube Goldberg Device: The Gimmick uses these in "The Great Brain … Train Robbery".
- Samus is a Girl: Near the end of "The Awful Ordeal with the Head of Steel", Dynomutt reveals that Ironface is in fact the Serpent Lady. She sought revenge against Blue Falcon and the city officials who sent her to prison.
- Spot the Imposter: Dynomutt has to do this in "Sinister Symphony". He fails spectacularly.
- Straight Man: Blue Falcon to Dynomutt.
- Super Hero
- To the Batpole!
"Blue Falcon...(and Dog Wonder) AWAAAAAAAAYY!!!"
- Trust Password: When Manyfaces has tricked Dynomutt into believing that Blue Falcon is an impostor, the hero proves himself by showing his friend that he knows Dynomutt's "one ticklish spot."
- 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.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Scooby-Doo and the gang during their crossovers. They still think they're dealing with men in masks and not with supervillains.