Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | MYT 7:38 AM

Top dogs: Cartoon pooches on TV we all love

The original 'Mr Peabody & Sherman' cartoon was aired sometime in the late 1950s in the United States.

The original 'Mr Peabody & Sherman' cartoon was aired sometime in the late 1950s in the United States.

Whether you’re a dog lover or not, these famous cartoon canines are simply marvellous.

Mr Peabody & Sherman, an animated feature by DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox, opens on March 20 in Malaysia. This movie is based on a popular cartoon from the late 1950s and has been “in the works” for more than a decade, mainly because filmmaker Rob Minkoff and his teammates wanted to create a film that fully embodies the original. 

The new 3D film features the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann and Stephen Tobolowsky. It follows the story of Mr Peabody, a super smart beagle who’s a scientist, historian, business tycoon and everything else you can think of that’s wonderful. But in spite of all his greatness, he’s one lonely dog. 

To remedy that, he “adopts” a dorky little boy named Sherman, and together, they go on fancy adventures.

The original Mr Peabody & Sherman was a popular show not just among kids but adults, too. Mr Peabody himself is a character that is witty and perhaps a little snooty, yet lovable at the same time. Check out these other smart TV dogs that have warmed their way into our hearts over the years:

Astro (The Jetsons)

As part of the Jetsons, the futuristic family living in space, Astro is smart in his own way, even though he is a little clumsy. He’s very loyal to those he loves, and is able to say some things in English.

Brain (Inspector Gadget)

Wonder how the ridiculously klutzy Inspector Gadget solves all his cases? With the help of his niece Penny, and their clever dog, Brain, of course. Brain works hand-in-hand with Penny on all of Gadget’s cases, but without the latter’s knowledge. The two communicate via a video system that’s hooked onto Brain’s collar as well as Penny’s wristwatch, although the dog can’t actually speak. Also, Brain walks like a human, i.e. on two legs, not four.

Gromit (Wallace And Gromit)

This genius of a beagle belongs to a sheep herder named Wallace who lives in the English countryside. He does not speak and doesn’t even have a visible mouth but his expressions are more than enough for one to figure out what he’s trying to say or what he’s feeling (that’s all thanks to the magic of stop-motion animation, really). 

Gromit has a degree in “engineering for dogs”, whatever that means, and likes to read or knit – he knits sweaters for Wallace and wears a cute cap in the cold seasons – while the sheep are out in the field. He’s pretty much your classic English dude, except he’s a dog.

Brian Griffin (Family Guy)

Brian Griffin is one of today’s most popular dog characters on television. He talks like a human, walks like a human, wears clothes on fancy nights out, goes on dates with hot women and ... well, frankly nobody on the show thinks of him as a dog. 

However, every so often, his “dog” traits do appear like chasing his own tail, barking at a cat and licking his nether regions. He may not be smarter than Stewie, the baby of the family, but his IQ is probably higher than that of the rest of the family members combined.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment , Movies , TV , Cartoon , Mr Peabody Sherman , Dog , Classic


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