* AdaptationDistillation: The show is much more popular than the books they're based on, which is saying something when the show itself is pretty obscure.
* AmericansHateTingle: A lot of British fans really hate the [=DiC=] series, particularly the characters' [[MostAnnoyingSound loud voices]] and [[DenserAndWackier broader humor.]]
* EarWorm: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro73w6BuZyE&index=1&list=FLxe61f5GeKWRoTC9YtTt11w The reggae-tinged theme song]] from the American series, which was often used as a {{Leitmotif}}.
** The theme for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ty6v0xN6i4 the British version]] as well.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: What-a-Mess's voice is not extremely indicative of either gender, and since he's not a FunnyAnimal, he lacks any TertiarySexualCharacteristics as well. On top of that, the natural traits of Afghan Hounds tend to make them look rather [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_Hound feminine by default]]. When What-a-Mess is clean and groomed (a rare occurrence) one could easily be forgiven for mistaking him as a girl.
* TheyJustDidntCare: ToonDisney often reran the American series with episodes from the British version at random. Though this was [[TropesAreNotBad sometimes a good thing]], as it introduced the other series to an audience who'd otherwise never know it existed.
* TheWoobie: Whatamess himself in quite a few episodes.
** JerkassWoobie: Trash. He's not a nice guy by any means, but his owner is clearly a lazy bum who doesn't treat him well.