- Family Dog (TV series)
show_name =Family Dog
caption =The Binfords and the dog.
Steven Spielberg Tim Burton Dennis Klein
Martin Mull- Skip Binford Molly Cheek- Beverly Binford Danny Mann- Family Dog Zak Huxtable Epstein- Billy Binford Cassie Cole- Buffy Binford
June 23, 1993
July 21, 1993
num_episodes =10 (5 were aired)
"Family Dog" is the story of an average suburban family, the Binfords, as told through the eyes of their dog. It first appeared as an episode of the TV show "Amazing Stories", then was expanded into a very short-lived series of its own.
In the original "Amazing Stories" episode, a dog (simply called "the dog") is the main character, portrayed in three stories: The first involves general misadventures in the house, with him being both ignored and somewhat mistreated by his owners. The second is a "home movie" showing their Christmas (the family narrates), which culminates with the dog eating the turkey. In the third robbers break into the family's house twice, so the father sends the dog to attack dog school to learn how to become a "quivering, snarling, white-hot ball of canine terror" and fend off burglars.
Written and directed by
Brad Bird(who also did the voice of the dog) with music by Danny Elfman, it was one of the most popular episodes of NBC's "Amazing Stories" weekly anthology series. Animators included Dan Jeup, Ralph Eggleston, Chris Buck, Sue Kroyer, Gregg Vanzo, David Cutler, Rob Minkoff, Alan Smartand Darrell Rooney.
*Skip Binford (the father) was voiced by
*Bev Binford (the mother) was voiced by
*Billy Binford (the son) was voiced by
*Gerte Lestrange (the dog trainer) was voiced by
After the success of the "Amazing Stories" special, a
CBSseries was produced by Steven Spielbergand Tim Burton(who also contributed character designs), written by Dennis Klein, and distributed by Nelvana, but notably lacking the involvement of the original Writer/Director, Brad Bird. Largely hyped due to the involvement of Spielberg, the series suffered noted production delays. Upon debut the show was roundly panned for its crude scripts and cheap production values, both of drastically lesser quality than the episode which had spawned the series. After the first two episodes aired, it was pulled from the CBS schedule. Remaining episodes were sold to local markets as program filler. The entire series was later released as a Laserdiscbox-set.
The video game
The show was later turned into a quirky Super Nintendo game about the life of an everyday
family dog. The player has to go places such as beachand the dog poundand defeat stereotypical obstacles and enemies like dog catchers and cats.
* [http://www.animationmeat.com/modelsheets/familydog/familydog.html Character models]
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