Turbo Dogs is a Canadian/New Zealand animated television preschool series based on the book by Bob Kolar. Co-produced by Canada's CCI Entertainment and New Zealand's Huhu Studios in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Scholastic Entertainment with preproduction by Smiley Guy Studios, the series premiered in the United States on Qubo on October 3, 2008 and in Canada on CBC Television as part of the Kids' CBC programming block on December 22, 2008. The series ended on May 4, 2011.
Canine friends Dash, Mags, Strut, Stinkbert, Clutch, and GT learn lessons in friendship, fair play, and teamwork as they pull together to protect their reputations as the fastest dogs in Racerville in the animated series adapted from Bob Kolar's book Racer Dogs.
Turbo Dogs provides examples of:
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: All of the dogs wear clothes.
- Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: In this show, only dogs can talk.
- The Smurfette Principle: Mags is the only female in the group.
- Stealth Pun: One of the show's recuring characters was a chicken that crossed the road, a play on the "Why did the chicken cross the road?" joke.
- World of Funny Animals: All the characters are anthropomorphic animals.
- You Need a Breath Mint:
- The episode "Turbo Toothache" has GT eating part of an onion in an attempt to soothe his sore tooth. After that doesn't work, Strut comes along and asks him to open his mouth so he can see what's wrong. You can see where this is going.
- Earlier in "Stink Positive", Stinkbert blows up a balloon and gives it to Dash, advising him not to let it pop. Dash quickly plugs his nose and groans, saying he "wouldn't dream of it."