The animated Spin-Off of the 1992 film featuring a St. Bernard as its title character. In the animated series, Beethoven could speak, but only to his fellow canine friends, who were exclusive to the series. Also, there was a Guinea pig named Mr. Huggs who wasn't in the movie.
The series had most of the episodes released on home video during the shows run, but they were out of print afterwards. The series is now free to watch online through Universal's Peacock service.
Tropes found in the cartoon series:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Seen in "The Incredible Pointless Journey".
- Berserk Button: Beethoven is sensitive about his weight.
- Butt-Monkey: George and to an extent, Mr. Huggs. Also Sparky at times.
- Censorship by Spelling: "Okay, who's been teaching the dog to spell?"
- Deadpan Snarker: Sparky, Ginger, Mr. Huggs, and George share this role.
- Distress Ball: Sparky in "The Pound".
- Dogs Are Dumb: Ceasar.
- Fragile Speedster: Sparky is the fastest of the main five but gets beat up by a cat.
- Gentle Giant: Beethoven.
- I Am Not Weasel: Mr. Huggs dislikes being called a hamster.
- Off-Model: all over the place. But the worst case is with Ryce, who constantly switches from five-fingered hands to the standard four-fingered ones everyone else has.
- Spin-Off: Of the 1992 film based on the Comic Strip
- Talking Animal: In this series, Beethoven could talk to his fellow dogs
- Team Mom: Ginger acts like one.
- Urine Trouble: Beethoven does this to the neighborhood bully dog and gang leader, Killer.