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Fat Dog Mendoza is an... interesting show that aired on Cartoon Network in the UK based on the comic of the same title published by Dark Horse Comics. It is 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.

Not to be confused with As Incríveis Aventuras de Dog Mendonça e Pizzaboy!.

This work contains examples of:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Brett from "Forgotten Fat Dog" is a dog just like Fat Dog, except he's blue whereas Fat Dog is a much more realistic shade of brown.
  • Beast with a Human Face: Fat Dog has a face somewhat resembling that of a human.
  • Big Eater: Fat Dog is quite eager to gulp down just about any food he sees.
  • Big "NO!": Fat Dog lets one out after he sees the food he's going to eat in "Bright Side of the Moon":
    Fat Dog: Dehydrated rehydrated prunes? NOOOOOO!
  • Character in the Logo: Fat Dog appears in the logo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Fat Dog... Mendoza! Fat Dog... Mendoza!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fat Dog is known to eat quite a bit, but he especially loves to eat ham.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing Lines: At the end of one episode, Cruddy is told to write "I will not cause the extinction of the dinosaurs again" on a chalkboard several times after he is blamed for a meteor suddenly appearing and destroying the home of the dinos everyone visited earlier.