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A Hollywood Hounds Christmas is a 1994 animated Christmas Special by Kent Butterworth.

The week before Christmas, a dog named Dude (Jeff Bennett) has arrived in Hollywood California from Nashville, Tennessee, with just his guitar and his dream of making it big in Tinsel Town. No sooner than he arrives does he find himself in trouble, only to later be pulled out of it by a local dog named Cuz (Christopher Broughton).

Cuz takes Dude to live with him and his owner, Michael (Theodore Borders), who always takes in strays. He gets acquainted with Michael's family, which includes his dad (John Welsey), and their cat, Rosie (Candi Milo). Sadly, Michael's dad has announced that he's lost his job because the school he worked at cut the music program. This'll mean tightening of budgets, which may mean no presents for them this Christmas. The concept of a Christmas with no presents is utterly unthinkable to Dude, who wants to help them.

Luckily, the Mushy Chum company is holding their annual Christmas Commercial auditions, which includes a shopping spree at the store of the winner's choice, and $1000.00 cash as a part of the prize. Dude decides to enter and win the prize money for Michael by himself, but Cuz and Rosie get it in their heads to tag along. One can guess the lesson to be learned from these events.

A Hollywood Hounds Christmas contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: When he first arrives in Hollywood, Dude is met by a dog calling himself Vic Vicious.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Rosie.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Dude and Cuz are male dogs, and Rosie is a female cat. This also applies to the dancing dog and cat on the Mushy Chum commercial.
  • Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Dude and Cuz.
  • Hollywood California: The setting of the cartoon.
  • I Work Alone: Dude describes himself as a solo act when told about possibly teaming up with Cuz and Rosie to combine their musical styles into one song. He even tries to go to the Mushy Chum audition alone, and is trailed by Cuz and Rosie.
  • Missing Mom: Michael's mom is never seen in the cartoon.
  • Spoiled Brat: The rich guy's daughter, who makes her dad sabotage the hounds so they won't beat her in the talent contest, and then throws a tantrum when Michael and his dad refuse to sell them to him.
  • Talent Contest: Mushy Chum holds a contest every year for their annual Christmas Commercial, with the prize including a recording contract, a shopping spree, and $1000.00 cash. Dude decides to enter it so his new friends can get Christmas presents.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: When the trio get to the audition, we're shown a lot of pet owners and their pets... who look an awful lot like each other.
  • Wingding Eyes: When Vic Vicious proposes being the Hollywood Hounds' manager, he gets dollar signs in his eyes when he says he will make them stars.