Western Animation: The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show

Schnookums (cat) and Meat (dog)

Schnookums and Meat, created by Bill Kopp (of Eek! The Cat fame) for Walt Disney Television Animation, debuted in 1993 as a segment Disney's Marsupilami cartoon on CBS, before becoming its own half-hour series in 1995. Each episode was composed of three segments:

  • Schnookums and Meat: Follows the exploits of a dog and cat pair who live in a home with two faceless owners.
  • Pith Possum, Super-Dynamic Possum of Tomorrow: A superhero spoof, similar to Darkwing Duck but more extreme. Pith and his sidekick Obediah the Wonder Raccon protect Possum City from a variety of bad guys.
  • Tex Tinstar: A cowboy who fights alongside his friends to defeat the Wrong Riders. Done in a serial style similar to Rocky and Bullwinkle.

At a time when The Ren & Stimpy Show was doing well on Nickelodeon, this similar show was made, presumably to try and duplicate its success. The end result lasted one thirteen episode season on The Disney Afternoon, where it seemed even more out-of-place than Gargoyles, and eventually rerun on Toon Disney before fading into obscurity. Only two comics were made out of it in Disney Adventures magazine.

To those Disney fans who still remember it, the series remains divisive, some calling it a fun experiment for Disney to make something something rather different from their past animated works, while others mock it as being Disney's attempt at cashing in on a competitor's hot property.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: The other heroes seem to think that Pith Possum's name is "Super Rat".
  • Affably Evil: The aptly named Polite Coyotes in the Tex Tinstar cartoons. They are impeccably civil at all times, even as they're about to eat you with proper table manners.
  • Follow the Leader: As mentioned, this aired at a time when Ren and Stimpy was at its height.
  • Hot Scoop: Doris Deer, Pith Possum's equivalent to Lois Lane.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The Pith Possum segments.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune
  • Interspecies Romance: Pith Possum (Possum) and Doris Deer (Human).
  • Listof Transgressions: When Pith Possum is framed for crimes by a criminal disguised as him.
    Commissioner: You've robbed eight banks. You're wanted for grand theft duck, selling stolen ducks to a peace officer, attempting to transport stolen weasels across state lines, felony furniture chewing, misdemeanor carpet staining, receiving stolen rabbits, selling stolen rabbits, assault with a frozen rabbit, aggravated slide whistle assault, left an insulting note and a box of chocolates in my office, stolen the city's entire supply of granola bars, blew up the airport, burned down the library and kidnapped the lovely Ms. Doris Deer, ace reporter for a great metropolitan tabloid.
  • Mickey Mousing: Done in the episode "Weight For Me" where the titular duo become musclebound behemoths, with each of their footsteps punctuated by a dramatic "AH~!" choir.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted first but then played straight in the aforementioned episode "Weight For Me". Hilarity Ensues as the titular duo flex so much that they break a mirror, struggle with their severely impaired mobility and Schnookums ends up crushing one of the protein cans, until he hits on the idea to get in the sauna and shrink down just enough that the two can move again. The door ends up getting jammed by a simple mop, which neither of the still-titanic gods can unbar and promptly lose their godly physiques.
  • Mushroom Samba: "Cabin Fever". When Shnookums develops Meat-O-Vision on Meat, the two finally find food in the form of cocktail weenies (that expired in 1952). Meat suggests they might be unsafe to eat, though they consume them anyway. That's where this trope is taken to Nightmare Fuel levels.
  • Nice Hat: Doris's Beret
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Polite Coyotes were modled after The Beatles.

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The Schnookums And Meat Funny Cartoon Show