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Western Animation / Watch My Chops

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"A talking dog! How absurd."note 

"I am a dog. A dog that's incredibly bright
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 is a hyper-intelligent dog, but has long come to the conclusion that his intelligence is best kept as a secret since he's already living a very comfortable life as a pampered pet. His plans go awry when his owners hire Bernie as a pet sitter and Corneil ends up talking in front of him. Bernie agrees to keep Corneil's secret since it lands him a comfortable and secure job, and the show chronicles their misadventures, such as with Bernie's personal life or Corneil having Bernie act as a chaffeur/proxy.

Watch My Chops was produced, written and animated by French animation and production studio Millimages. 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, these episodes have only aired in France and Australia.

Watch My Tropes:

  • Animesque: Sweat drops, face faults and limited animation are utilized, though the art style is still unquestionably western.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Corneil can be down right devious when he wants to be. The best example of this is in the episode Double Jeopardy, where Bernie tricks Corneil into helping him get Romeo's confiscated karate video back from Ms Martin, lying/scaring him that it was of him talking. When Corneil finds out, he get's revenge by calling him, using a device to sound like Ms Martin, and tricks him into ruining an important meeting of Ms Martin's and it ends with Bernie getting a month's detention.
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  • Blackmail: In "The Secret", Corneil threatens to out Bernie as the one who wrecked the generator that blacked out his block to get Bernie to see Mr. Henson again in order to confirm that Mr. Henson knows that Corneil can talk.
  • Brains and Brawn: Corneil is the Brains to Bernie's Brawn.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bernie gets injured a lot. 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 harassing Corneil, and the two of them start fighting.
  • The Cameo: In "Who Said That?", when Corneil and Bernie go to the animal shelter, the elephant from 64 Zoo Lane and Pablo the Little Red Fox can be seen behind them. Both shows were produced by Milimages.
  • Disney Death: Happens to Corneil near the end of "Finders Weepers", where he falls down the stairs (after faking an injury to convince Bernie that the watch he found is cursed with bad luck). Thinking he is dead, Bernie throws the watch out the window in despair. But when Corneil is revealed to be alive, Bernie couldn't be happier.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Completely averted with Corneil, who is highly intelligent. Although there is one episode titled "Dogs Are Dumb".
  • Easy Amnesia: "Dogs Are Dumb" has Bernie suffering a head injury and losing his memory, including knowing that Corneil can talk. Corneil tries to help Bernie get his memory back before the latter exposes his secret.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Bernie in several episodes gets credited for Corneil's accomplishments, leading others to believe he's smarter and more talented than he really is. It varies from episode to episode if he's actually exposed as this though.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Corneil.
  • Idiot Hero: Bernie is not the brightest, but Corneil often has to rely on him due to Bernie being human.
  • Intellectual Animal: Corneil is incredibly well-spoken and educated.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bernie is pretty self-centered most of the time, but on more than one occasion, he shows that he legitimately cares about Corneil.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Bernie often receives misfortune, but oftentimes he deserves it, such as in "By the Whisker".
  • Naked People Are Funny: In one ep Bernie is told by Corneil to take off his clothes due to being chased by Police dogs and throws them up a tree, meaning he spends most of the rest of the ep in just his underpants.
  • Name and Name: The original French version is called Corneil et Bernie and the USA version is called Corneil & Bernie.
  • Parental Abandonment: Bernie is raised by his uncle Rico. The whereabouts of his parents is never mentioned.
  • Picky Eater: Corneil is this as it is shown in "Dog's Dinner", where he refuses to eat canned dog food that Bernie is forcing him to eat after Corneil proves to be a very finicky eater at the super market.
  • Secret-Keeper: Bernie is the only one who knows that Corneil is highly intelligent and able to talk.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Corneil is the sensitive and Bernie is the manly.
  • Smart Animal, Average Human: The intelligent talking dog Corneil and his Book Dumb but competent dog-sitter Bernie.
  • They Would Cut You Up: Referenced in "Dogs Are Dumb" when Corneil said to Bernie that he did not want anyone to know his secret for fear of being a laboratory specimen because he can talk.
    Bernie: Surprise! And I'm gonna play the cassette to John and Beth and then, hello, evening news!
    Corneil: Ah! And then, hello, animal research lab! Oh, Bernie! You can't! You mustn't!
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: "Finders Weepers", the only episode where everything goes right for Bernie; he finds a hat that he lost, scores a movie date with a beautiful girl called Cindy and wins a hockey game for Romeo's team that earns him a permanent spot on the team.

Alternative Title(s): Corneil And Bernie