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Western Animation / The Houndcats

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Left to right: Rhubarb, Puttypuss and Stutz sit in Sparkplug while Musselmutt and Ding Dog effect repairs.

A Saturday-Morning Cartoon, created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and made by De Patie Freleng Enterprises, that aired on NBC during the 1972-73 season.

The Houndcats is a loose, light-hearted take on Mission: Impossible, The Wild Wild West and (especially) the short-lived Bearcats!, in which three canines and two felines traverse the southwestern United States to deal with all manner of high-level national offenders, circa 1914.

The Houndcats are Stutz (Michael Bell), The Leader and The Strategist; Ding Dog (Stu Gilliam), the second-in-command; Puttypuss (Joe Besser), the Master of Disguise; Rhubarb (either Arte Johnson or Daws Butler, depending on the episode), the inventor; and Musselmutt (Aldo Ray), the strongman — er, dog.

"The New Hope for Houndcats Tropes Mission"!