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.
At a time when The Ren & Stimpy Show was doing well on Nickelodeon, this similar show was made, 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.
To those Disney fans who still remember it, the series remains divisive, some calling it a fun experiment for Disney to make something rather different from their past animated works, while others mock it as being a flagrant attempt at cashing in on a competitor's hot property, and not even a good flagrant attempt at that.
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.
- Buffoonish Tomcat: Obviously Shnookums since he tends to be a charlatan with being mean and brighter than Meat's moronitude, yet he tends to be just as imbecilic, klutzy and idiotic as Meat is.
- Cats Are Mean: While both characters have Jerkass moments, and neither are particularly bright and Shnookums is this.
- Characterization Marches On: In "Kung Fu Kitty", the first short, Meat is a mostly mute, vicious dog who abuses Schnookums for little reason. Future episodes have Meat talk more and greatly reduce his intelligence.
- The Chew Toy: Both the titular characters suffer this a lot but Shnookums more so.
- Credits Gag: The writer and director credits for the "Tex Tinstar" segments are always a joke; for example, "Loathsome Dove" was "written" by Mudhead Puddinfoot and "directed" by Ding-Dong-Daddy-o.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The titles of the Pith Possum segments.
- Depending on the Artist: Each segment had a distinctly different animation style.
- Deranged Animation: Especially for a Disney cartoon!
- Dogs Are Dumb: Meat being an obtuse, short-tempered Dumb Muscle.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Shnookums and Meat's owners are only known as Husband and Wife.
- Eye Scream: Played for laughs, but one Shnookums and Meat short is about Schoonkums and Meat playing baseball, and everything that happens, period, causing Meat to get hit in the eye with the baseball."
- The Faceless: Shnookums and Meat's owners.
- 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.
- 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: Done in the episode "Weight For Me" where the titular duo become musclebound behemoths, with each of their footsteps punctuated by a dramatic "AH~!" choir.
- 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.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Little Girl's Horse that Tex is forced to ride for 1 or 2 episodes.
- Shout-Out: The Pith Possum segment "Darkness on the Edge of Black" parodies The Mechanical Monsters, and homages more than a few scenes from the original cartoon.
- Species Surname: Averted. Doris Deer is actually a human.
- Story Arc: Unlike the other segments, Tex Tinstar actually had a continuing storyline complete with weekly cliffhangers.
- Vocal Dissonance: Shirley Pimple, a villian in a Pith Possum short, is a little girl with the super-deep voice of Brad Garrett.
- Vocal Evolution: In the first short, Meat had a voice similar to Ralph the Guard. In later episodes, he has a deeper, gruffer voice.