With a cat head at one end and a dog head at the other, CatDog makes most adults take a step back and think about the many, many questions that arise. Those questions are never addressed, of course, since it’s a kid’s show.
The show revolves around the conjoined pets, and their day-to-day life as the strangest creature kids cartoons have ever seen – and that’s saying something. With plenty of sarcasm and dark humor, we wonder if the show was a little ahead of its time when it appeared on Nickelodeon. The program ran from 1998 to 2005, though the final season began in 2000 and only had eight episodes.
Tom Cat from “Tom and Jerry”
If you've never seen a “Tom and Jerry” cartoon but have read about it, you might think that it isn't inappropriate for children, and more's the pity. As Tom hunted down Jerry, he used human inventions and cleverness but was always stymied by the wily mouse. He was often paid for his efforts, getting electrocuted, cut in half, rolled flat, or hit by the classic anvil.
The show never showed blood or gore, and even today it delights children. Tom has been around since the 1940 MGM animated short “Puss Gets the Boot,” and he's still trying to capture Jerry.
Odie from “Garfield”
Odie is a lovely, dopey dog that appears to be a brown-eared beagle. He's Garfield's best friend, but often gets the brunt of the orange cat's ire when something goes wrong.
Odie first appeared along with Jon Arbuckle's housemate, Lyman. Lyman made regular appearances on the strip until April 24th, 1983, when he last appeared. Since then, Odie has been adopted by Jon – though a number of strips retcon this to say Jon has always been Odie's owner. Fun fact: Odie's name was originally Spot until Davis realized Spot was already the name of a character.
Lady and Tramp from “Lady and the Tramp”
Lady is a purebred Cocker Spaniel and Tramp is a mutt, but the two still manage to fall in love. Their self-titled animated feature came out in 1955, telling the romantic story of these two dogs amid a harsh reality.
Lady is demure, naive, and well-kept, while Tramp is laid-back, smart, and ragged. Despite the couple's ups and downs over the length of the film, love wins, and Tramp is brought into the human family to join his love. The scene of them eating pasta together is famous in pop culture – it has been parodied, imitated, and spoofed dozens of times.
Dollar from “Richie Rich”
With dollar signs instead of normal spots, Dollar is a “Dollarmatian,” and he's happy to accompany his owner and best friend Richie everywhere he goes, be it a rescue mission, foiling a crime, or a trip to the store.
Dollar is obsessed with food. Whenever it's up to him to pull off a stunt that helps the adventures or lets him show off, the dog imagines himself doing it in style – and then, in real life, failing. Aside from Richie, Dollar is the only character that appears in all of the Riches and Zillion Dollar Adventures segments. In many of the segments, he's a central character.