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Old 09-21-2009, 09:37 AM
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Jim Henson's Dog City

OK, so anyone on this thread please tell me why Dog City never became a big hit. If you don't remember Dog City I wrote a small blurb about it below. By far it is one of my favourite cartoon programs of all time. It contained both action, adventure, comedy, puppetry, and the plots carried a nice essence of the film noire genre- what more could someone as for.

If anyone doesn't remember the show, I'll give brief reminder- Dog City had a puppetry portion and a cartoon portion. The first portion with the puppets usually had Elliot Shag a cartoon artist interacting wit his lead character in his cartoon Ace Hart or with his neighbors. Usually Elliot Shag would have a real life problem and somehow his cartoon plots would relate to it. The second portion on the other hand was cartoon and was about the adventures of Ace Hart a K9 private eye. It would be cool to see Ace Hart sometimes interact with his animator right in the middle of the cartoon to effect the outcome of the situation he was in. For example when Ace Hart was in a trap he would yell to Elliot for help, in which case Elliot would animate a tool which would help Ace escape.

(Edited - links to other sites are not allowed).

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Old 09-21-2009, 02:47 PM
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Hi Rick! This is another great thread but I had to edit it since links to other sites are not allowed. With that said, I have never heard of this cartoon before. Actually, the only work from Jim Henson that I thought existed were The Muppets and Fraggle Rocks! But I'm curious to hear what other posters might have to share on this.

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Old 02-16-2010, 01:06 PM
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Dog city is probably one of my absolute favourites among retro animation shows. It had a nice blend of animation and puppetry, never seen before or after. The interaction between animator and his character, and the animator's interpretion of his neighbours into the cast of the animated series was amusing.

It is indeed hard to see why this series didn't get more recognition than it did. I have been wishing for a DVD boxset of this series, for a long time now, but it seems like Jim Henson Compay has no plans on a release of the series. Presumably, because of some legal issues concerning licensing of the series. It is still hard to imagine why it can be sold via Amazon's Video on Demand service though.

I have been trying to get in touch with people who are fortunante enough to live in the US and are able to purchase the episodes, but no luck so far. Would be wonderful to have a DVD boxset of this classic series

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