The Houndcats Cartoon

The Houndcats cartoon is about TV animals spoofing Mission: Impossible.

The hounds walk on their hind legs (anthropomorphised). In other words they are bipedal. The group consists of:

  • Musselmutt who is a big sheepdog-type with huge strength.
  • Dingdog, a dog in a Confederate uniform and therefore from the Southern states of America.
  • Stutz, who is cat (that’s why this article is justified!). He is dressed like an car driver from days gone by – the early 1900s perhaps.
  • Puttypuss, “a pudgy cat-master of disguises”.
  • Rhubarb, a dog who is an inventor and scientist dressed in an oversized coat and a large, floppy hat.

They travelled in a Stutz Bearcat – an American sports car of the era of the first world war. The car was named: Sparkplug.

Stutz Bearcat

Stutz Bearcat

The Houndcats were involved in various exploits such as:

  • The Double Dealing Diamond Mission
  • The Ruckus on the Rails Mission
  • The Great Gold Train Mission
  • Misbehavin’ Raven Mission

Things always went awry despite careful planning. However, they always end up being triumphant.

The Houndcats had their own NBC show from 1972-1973. There were 13 episodes. It was produced by DePatie-Freleng.

The Houndcats

The Houndcats Cartoon

The voices were as follows:

  • Aldo Ray for Musselmutt
  • Stu Gilliam for Dingdog
  • Daws Butler for Stutz
  • Joe Besser of the Three Stooges for Puttypuss
  • Arte Johnson for Rhubarb




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