I can talk, read, and write...
And surf the net all of the day and all of the night!"
Watch My Chops (also known as Corneil et Bernie and Corneil & Bernie in France and the USA respectively) is an animated television series about Corneil, a highly intelligent dog who can talk, and Bernie, his dimwitted pet-sitter.
Corneil downplays his intelligence in front of his owners, John and Beth, so he can continue living as their spoilt and pampered pet, but his plans go awry when Bernie discovers that he can talk. Bernie agrees to keep Corneil's secret, but often takes advantage of knowing about his true nature. Despite this, they become close friends, and Corneil often helps Bernie out with his superior intelligence.
Watch My Chops was produced, written and animated by Millimages, a French animation and production studio. The English dub was done at The Sound Company Studios in London. It aired on France 3 in France, on CBBC in the UK, and on Nicktoons in the USA. Only two seasons were initially produced (they were merged as one season in the UK run) with twenty-six episodes each.
The show was Uncanceled in 2014, with the new episodes being created by using Flash animation. While they were dubbed into English, the new episodes have only been shown in France and Australia.
Watch My Chops provides examples of:
- Animated Series
- Animesque: Sweat drops, face faults and limited animation are utilized, though the art style is still unquestionably western.
- Butt-Monkey: Bernie. Not that he doesn't deserve it sometimes, mind you.
- Catchphrase:Corneil: Watch my chops!
- Cats Are Mean:
- In one episode, Corneil's owners take in a stray cat that frames Corneil for it's own misdeed. Some alleycats then attack Corneil and Bernie, while the cat escapes.
- Another episode has a cat picking on Corneil, and the two of them start fighting.
- The Cameo: In Who Said That, when Corneil and Bernie go to the animal shelter, you'll notice the elephant from 64 Zoo Lane and Pablo The Little Red Fox behind them. Both shows were also produced by Milimages.
- Disney Death: Happens to Corneil near the end of the episode "Finders Weepers" where he falls down the stairs (after faking an injury to convince Bernie the watch he found is cursed with bad luck). Thinking he is dead Bernie throws the watch out the window in despair. But afterwards Corneil is revealed to be alive and Bernie couldn't be happier.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Completely averted with Corneil who is highly intelligent.
- Idiot Hero: Bernie
- Intellectual Animal: Corneil
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bernie certainly has his moments of JerkAssishness, but he's not so bad really.
- Name and Name: The original French version is called Corneil et Bernie and the USA version is called Corneil & Bernie.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Corneil (blue), Bernie (red)
- Parental Abandonment: Bernie is being raised by his uncle Rico. The whereabouts of his parents is never mentioned.
- Secret Keeper: Bernie is the only one who knows that Corneil is highly intelligent and able to talk.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man
- Smart Animal, Average Human: The intelligent talking dog Corneil and his Book Dumb but competent dog-sitter Bernie.
- Unmoving Plaid
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bernie, Uncle Rico, and Beth all have blue hair.