Western Animation / Fat Dog Mendoza


Fat Dog Mendoza is an... interesting show that aired on Cartoon Network in the UK about a boy and his dog doing random wacky things in their home town, Neighborhood X. It also has an old granny with an afro, an onion-headed boy, a two-headed teacher, a monkey, and a random super-villain like dude. Yes, really.

Sunbow Entertainment worked on this cartoon, and it is the only cartoon they have worked on that never aired in the United States.

This work contains examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: A superhero boy and his very obese dog.
  • Beast with a Human Face: Fat Dog has a face somewhat resembling that of a human.
  • Big Eater: Fat Dog.
  • Big "NO!": Fat Dog lets one out after he sees the food he's going to eat:
    Fat Dog: Dehydrated rehydrated prunes? NOOOOOO!
  • Death by Gluttony: The neverending buffet has several ambulances already parked outside it in the eventuality a customer nearly eats themselves to death trying to finish their meal.
  • Even Beggars Won't Choose It: Little Costume Buddy failed to sell water to a person dying of thirst in the desert.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Fat Dog.
  • Fat and Skinny: Fat Dog and Little Costume Buddy.
  • Fearless Fool: As Fat Dog himself puts it, "Being fearless and being dumb usually go hand-in-hand."
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Brett from the episode "Forgotten Fat Dog" is almost exactly identical to Fat Dog, except he is blue and wears glasses.
  • Informed Species: For a dog, Fat Dog doesn't look too much like one, with a spherical body, four stubby legs, a long monkey-like tail, and a vaguely human face on the front of his body.
  • Irony: Mrs. Rectangle, who spends her every appearance warning everyone about 'the great flood' that will destroy everything, causes the event herself by forgetting to turn off her taps. Everyone else but her actually realizes the irony and despite the mass destruction cannot help but laugh.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Captain Glen Headstrong.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Little Costume Buddy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Piranha Mae: "Isn't this something? It's coming right towards us! Oh, I love hanging out with you guys!" while having a missile flying towards her.
  • Shout-Out: In "Mom's Mistake", after the flood waters covering Neighborhood X are drained out, Old Man X goes outside to find a statue from the neighborhood in front of him, buried partially in the sand, but nothing else. His response to this is "Darn you! Darn you all to heck!"
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Fat Dog is such a slick salesman that he can literally sell ice to Eskimos. Contrasting with Little Costume Buddy who couldn't sell water to a man dying of thirst in the desert.
  • Surreal Humor
  • Surreal Theme Tune: The show's theme song lyrics consist of literally nothing but "Fat Dog... Mendoza!" on repeat. The intro depicts various random things happening... the very first of which happens to be a giant Fat Dog biting into planet Earth, causing it to gush water out of it, which contains Fat Dog's home which then falls into place in Neighborhood X.
  • Temporary Bulk Change:
    • After barely managing to finish a meal at the neverending buffet, Fat Dog has grown much fatter.
    • Cruddy once stole and ate all the food in the neighbourhood to both frame Fat Dog and get fat enough that he gets the same respect as the dog does. Only for him and his pet poodle to end up so overweight they can hardly move.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fat Dog and his hams.
  • The Reveal: Used in "Forgotten Fat Dog" to reveal that Brett is actually a sock puppet that tried to get revenge on Fat Dog for stealing his girlfriend.
  • Waddling Head: Fat Dog looks like one.
  • Widget Series