Rude Dog and the Dweebs is a 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoon on CBS about a group of misfit mutts and their misadventures, along with their self-proclaimed leader of the pack, a punky pooch by the name of Rude Dog.
Rude Dog initially was the mascot of a surf-themed line of merchandise developed by Sun Sportswear. The cartoon soon followed, featuring Rude Dog as the owner of a delivery company housed in an automotive garage. After rescuing a gang of gawky canines from the back of the dog catcher's van, he endearingly takes it upon himself to take them under his wing and teach them to be hip. This group, to whom Rude Dog referred as the Dweebs, consists of Barney, Kibble, Winston, Reggie, Tweek, Caboose and Satch. The show produced only 26 episodes.
It premiered on CBS on September 14, 1989 and had a run to December 7, 1989, replaced by the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon. Six months later, Rude Dog returned to CBS to run its course to September 6, 1990. It was faring well ratings-wise but was dropped because it was assumed that kids were mistaking Rude Dog for Budweiser beer's "party animal," Spuds McKenzie.
This series contains examples of:
- The Ace: Rude Dog
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
- Animated Adaptation
- Angry Guard Dog: Rot. Yet he qualifies more as dimwitted than angry
- Be Yourself: An Aesop of the episode where Tweek falls in love with a Great Dane, and perhaps one for the series in general
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: As he is narrating the series, Rude Dog will sometimes speak directly to the viewer, usually when commenting upon something weird or stupid The Dweebs do.
- Butt-Monkey: The Dweebs are subjected to this, even by Rude Dog himself.
- Catchphrase: "Hey Dudes! Get Rude."
- Cats Are Mean: Seymour
- Cool Car: Rude Dog's pink Cadillac
- Cool Garage: Serves as the hub of the series
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: More prevalent in the merchandising line. Shirts would depict Rude Dog's slogans promoting his trademark "Rude" behavior against school and the like.
- Cool Shades
- Diabolical Dogcatcher: Serves as a major antagonist in the series when Seymour's not around and has a Nonstandard Character Design compared to the other human characters seen in the series
- Exotic Eye Designs: Rude Dog's black and pink eyes with upright chevron-shaped pupils
- Eyes Always Shut: Winston has these, fitting with his prim and proper nature.
- Face Your Fears: In one episode, Caboose overcomes his fear of trains when he rushes to save Tweek from being captured aboard a runaway caboose.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Rude Dog's eyes and ears.
- Farm Boy: Barney
- Informed Attribute: Rude Dog isn't actually very rude. He might just barely qualify as a Deadpan Snarker.
- Insistent Terminology: The Dweebs. Everyone calls them that. One could be forgiven for thinking it's a slang term for their species.
- Interspecies Romance: Barney apparently courted a pig back on the farm.
- Jewish Complaining: Kibble
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Reggie
- Limited Animation: Well, it is an '80s cartoon.
- Loser Archetype: The Dweebs
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Reggie sounds like Jack Nicholson. Or at least the way people talk when they imitate Jack Nicholson.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Winston. He really is terribly well-mannered.
- Real Rude Dogs Drive Pink Cadillacs
- Rebel Leader
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Winston sometimes delves into this, being a proper British dog after all. Naturally, this just confuses the other Dweebs.
- Surfer Dude
- The Smurfette Principle: Kibble
- Totally Radical
- Unintentional Period Piece: Any frame of this show could be used as a picture in a history book captioned "The 1980s".
- Whole Plot Reference: "War of the Dweebs" does a spin on the The War of the Worlds hoax when Winston and the other Dweebs are led to believe that the world is being attacked by slimy aliens. That Rude Dog and Tweek try to surprise them by dressing as aliens doesn't help.