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The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show, created by Bill Kopp (of Eek! The Cat fame) for Walt Disney Television Animation, debuted in 1993 as a segment Disney's Marsupilami cartoon on CBS, before becoming its own half-hour series in 1995. Each episode was composed of three segments:

  • Shnookums and Meat: Follows the exploits of a dog and cat pair who live in a home with two faceless owners.
  • Pith Possum, Super-Dynamic Possum of Tomorrow: A superhero spoof, similar to Darkwing Duck but more extreme. Pith and his sidekick Obediah the Wonder Raccon protect Possum City from a variety of bad guys.
  • Tex Tinstar: A cowboy who fights alongside his friends to defeat the Wrong Riders. Done in a serial style similar to Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Greg Weisman pitched the idea of a then-unnamed cat and dog duo to Kopp and series director Jeff DeGrandis during his time as a development executive at Disney Television Animation. Kopp and DeGrandis fleshed the idea out, naming the characters Shnookums and Meat, and made five shorts for Marsupilami. At a time when The Ren & Stimpy Show was doing well on Nickelodeon, Shnookums and Meat, which had a similar sensibility (partly due to a number of Ren & Stimpy expatriates being hired to work on it), was then spun off into its own half-hour series, presumably to try and duplicate its success. The end result lasted one thirteen episode season on The Disney Afternoon, where it seemed even more out-of-place than Gargoyles, and eventually rerun on Toon Disney before fading into obscurity. Only two comics were made out of it in Disney Adventures magazine.


This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: The other heroes seem to think that Pith Possum's name is "Super Rat".
  • Affably Evil: The aptly named Polite Coyotes in the Tex Tinstar cartoons. They are impeccably civil at all times, even as they're about to eat you with proper table manners.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Meat the dog is blue, a color real-world dogs do not come in.
  • Amusing Injuries: Much of the show's humor is derived from slapstick violence. Much of "Ow, Hey!" in particular revolves around Meat getting hit in the head with a baseball repeatedly.
  • Balloon Belly: At the end of "Weight For Me", Shnookums and Meat gain back the weight they lost from a combination of the exercise machines and being in a sauna too long, thanks to their owners overfeeding them.
  • Grossout Show: Downplayed. The series is more focused on slapstick and absurdism, but it does sometimes delve into grossout territory, mainly in the "Shnookums and Meat" segments.
  • Hot as Hell: In one episode, Shnookums and Meat arrive at the pearly gates and are told they've been so naughty they're going to go to hell, unless they can do one good deed. They pull it off, and immediately discover that Hell is full of really sexy devil girls. They dive into Hell, and it turns out that the sexy devil girls were wearing costumes, and actually look like a couple of really ugly blind dates Schookums and Meat mistreated in the past.
  • Identity Amnesia: Happens to Pith Possum in "Dark of the Darker Darkness", where thanks to a Tap on the Head, he takes on other identities.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The Pith Possum segments.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune
  • Interspecies Romance: Pith Possum (Possum) and Doris Deer (Human).
  • List of Transgressions: When Pith Possum is framed for crimes by a criminal disguised as him.
    Commissioner: You've robbed eight banks. You're wanted for grand theft duck, selling stolen ducks to a peace officer, attempting to transport stolen weasels across state lines, felony furniture chewing, misdemeanor carpet staining, receiving stolen rabbits, selling stolen rabbits, assault with a frozen rabbit, aggravated slide whistle assault, left an insulting note and a box of chocolates in my office, stolen the city's entire supply of granola bars, blew up the airport, burned down the library and kidnapped the lovely Ms. Doris Deer, ace reporter for a great metropolitan tabloid.
  • Mickey Mousing: Much of the music does this. For example, in the episode "Weight For Me" where the titular duo become musclebound behemoths, with each of their footsteps punctuated by a dramatic "AH~!" choir.
  • Mission Control: Commissioner Stress gives Pith Possum updates on crimes being committed in Possum City.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted first but then played straight in the aforementioned episode "Weight For Me". Hilarity Ensues as the titular duo flex so much that they break a mirror, struggle with their severely impaired mobility and Shnookums ends up crushing one of the protein cans, until he hits on the idea to get in the sauna and shrink down just enough that the two can move again. The door ends up getting jammed by a simple mop, which neither of the still-titanic gods can unbar and promptly lose their godly physiques.
  • Mushroom Samba: "Cabin Fever". When Shnookums develops Meat-O-Vision on Meat, the two finally find food in the form of cocktail weenies (that expired in 1952). Meat suggests they might be unsafe to eat, though they consume them anyway. What follows is a nightmarish hallucination.
  • Nice Hat: Doris's Beret
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Polite Coyotes were modled after The Beatles.
  • Off-Model: As with The Ren & Stimpy Show, it's done deliberately for visual comedy.


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Alternative Title(s): Shnookums And Meat


Meat trying not to worry

In the "Night of the Living Shnookums" episode, when Shnookums got his comeuppance for something mean-spirited he said. Meat thought he actually killed Shnookums when he meant to get back at him with an prank (even when Shnookums was actually alive), and after he threw Shnookums in the trash, trying to reassure himself that everything's fine didn't work and everything else made him even more worried and more guilty.

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