At 2nd January of 1995, "The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show" premiered on The Disney Afternoon. "Shnookums and Meat" was a comedic cartoon series that first appeared on CBS Saturday Mornings in late 1993 as a cartoon segment in the comic-inspired Disney cartoon series, "Marsupilami". "Shnookums and Meat" did have more episodes that aired under syndication back in 1995.
The Disney Afternoon was a syndicated block of animated shows produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, which originally aired between 1990 and 1997.
In the seven years the block aired, it featured a number of popular shows, both original to the block and previous created shows, including: "Adventures of the Gummi Bears" (1985-1991), "Ducktales" (1987-1990), "Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers" (1989-1990), "Darkwing Duck" (1991-1992), "Gargoyles" (1994-1997), "Mighty Ducks" (1996-1997) and "The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show" (1995).
Each episode of "Shnookums and Meat" was separated into three segments:
Shnookums and Meat!
Definitely the main course of the series. This segment starred an orange cat (Shnookums) and a large blue dog (Meat) who don't get along very well. Their owners were really unseen stock characters who were only seen from the neck downwards and referred to (appropriately) as Husband and Wife, a possible inspiration for two similar characters from a cartoon series that's not a Disney cartoon. The Husband always refers the home their "domicile", if you say so, before Husband and Wife leave the house and leave Shnookums and Meat in charge.
Pith Possum: The Super Dynamic Possum of Tommorow
This segment of the series is a superhero comic spoof, not like Darkwing Duck or Bonkers, but a lot more zanier. This superhero spoof starred Pith Possum himself along with his sidekick Obediah the Wonder Raccoon fighting crime in Possom City when summoned by Commissioner Stress the Gorilla.
Pith Possum's archenemies do include such likes as Ralph Bear and Dr. Paul Bunion (some wordplay involved). Throughout the segments, Pith did have a crush on one Doris Deer, who was really a human female news reporter.
Tex Tinstar: The Best in the West
This segment of the series is really a spoof to many Western shows. This segment starred cartoon cowboy Tex Tinstar, his horse Here Boy, along with their friends Smelly Deputy Chafe, Percy Lacedaisy, and Floyd the Insane Rattlesnake.
This unlikely bunch of characters always run into trouble while dealing with the Wrong Riders, an antagonistic Western group that consisted of Wrongo, Ian, and Clem. Every episode of the segment always ended in a cliffhanger for next week's episode (like some cartoons).
Shnookums and Meat's animation style was completly different to the traditional "Disney" style, it had a zanier animation style used in most non-Disney cartoons back in its time. Bill Kopp is better known for creating series for Fox Kids including Eek! The Cat, Mad Jack the Pirate, and Toonsylvania, rather than Shnookums and Meat for Disney.
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 something rather different from their past animated works, while others mock it as being Disney's attempt at cashing in on a competitor's hot property.
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