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Larry & Steve is a What A Cartoon! Show short from the mid-1990s. It is about a bipedal dog named Steve and his dopey owner, Larry.

It's Steve's last day at the shelter. He has one more chance to be adopted or he's euthanized. Thankfully, a man named Larry adopts Steve because he can understand his barking.

The short is most famous for being a prototypical version of Family Guy. The short is a sequel to a 1995 short film done as a thesis film by Seth MacFarlane. It doesn't have Larry's son Milt and Larry's wife Lois in it, but Larry and Steve are mostly the same as they were in the previous short. Being aimed at kids, it lacks the vulgar humour of its successor, but the similarities are still clear. Steve has the same voice and characteristics as Brian and Larry has the same voice and characteristics as Peter. Elements from the pilot were reused for the first two Family Guy episodes as well.


This cartoon provides examples of:

  • Animal Talk: Steve speaks to the viewer but others, besides Larry, hear him as just barking.
  • Captain Obvious: At the start of "Larry and Steve":
    Steve: Hi. I'm a dog, in case you're... well... stupid.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: In "Larry and Steve", while the car is driving out-of-control towards a stack of TNT, Steve interrupts his scream to point out: "Wait a minute, isn't that a little contrived?"
  • Cutaway Gag: Larry and Steve had some. Justified in that Seth MacFarlane was behind the cartoon and this would later be the hallmark for his more popular work, Family Guy.
  • Partially Civilized Animal: Steve walks on two legs and can act human, but he's still a pet dog and is treated as such. The other characters even see him walking bipedally, so it isn't Stylized for the Viewer.
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  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons: Steve treats the shelter he's in as similarly to a prison.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: For whatever reason, Larry speaks dog. Larry is not the exception because Steve mentions having another dog that spoke Dutch.

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