Pound Puppies is an American/Canadian animated series that premiered on The Hub (as a Hub Original Series) on October 10, 2010, in the United States. Pound Puppies also airs on YTVin Canada and on Boomerang in the UK and Ireland. The series is produced by Hasbro Studios. For the first 7 episodes, 9 Story Entertainment did the animation production, but Studio B Productions, who also produces the animation for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, took over production starting with episode 8. It bears some resemblance in plot style and music to the '60s TV series Hogan's Heroes and to films like Stalag 17 and The Great Escape.
The Pound Puppies are a group of dogs who spend most of their time at Shelter 17. Together with a group of squirrels, they operate a secret and highly sophisticated underground facility beneath the pound, aimed at finding puppies or even grown up dog's owners. They rely on their motto, "A pup for every person, and a person for every pup". Although the facility is filled with advanced equipment and is often shown bustling with activity, it consistently manages to avoid detection by the pound's human staff.
A recurring plot often involves the Pound Puppies helping dogs find loving homes and coming across various challenges as they do so. Once a dog is successfully matched with a new owner, the Pound Puppies give him/her a dog tag shaped like a dog house as a parting gift.
The following dogs appear regularly in the series.
- Lucky (voiced by Eric McCormack) - The mutt alpha male of the group, and chief commander of the dogs' underground facility. Kind and clever but firm, he exudes authority and is often obeyed without question. He has a secret crush on Cookie, but he prefers to hide his feelings. According to an official plush toy, his last name is "Smarts".
- Cookie (voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown) - A tough-talking but kind and smart Boxer who is Lucky's second-in-command. She has a secret crush on Lucky and doesn't like her belly being touched. In "Mutternal Instincts", she grows close to a puppy she affectionately names Cupcake and at the end, her family adopts her. According to an official plush toy, her full name is "Sugar Cookie".
- Niblet (voiced by John DiMaggio) - A huge and sometimes clumsy and slow-witted Old English Sheepdog with a big heart. He has a little sister named Rebound.
- Strudel (voiced by Alanna Ubach) - A genius Dachshund with a German accent who creates many of the inventions used by the Pound Puppies. She is usually assisted by squirrels due to her lack of opposable thumbs and is the most intelligent dog in the group. In "My Fair Rebound" it is revealed that she used to be a show dog and her stage name was Strudel diSchnitzel Von Wiener.
- Squirt (voiced by Michael Rapaport) - A Chihuahua. The smallest and most street-smart of the group; Niblet's closest companion in the series. He speaks with a New York accent, although in "I Never Barked For My Father", it is revealed that he was born in Hoboken, New Jersey.
- Rebound (recurring character, voiced by Brooke Goldner) An energetic young Old English Sheepdog, and Niblet's little sister. She is a member of the Super Secret Pup Club, which was introduced in Season 2. She is owned by Agatha McLeish.
- Cupcake (recurring character, voiced by Cree Summer) A puppy who is Cookie's adopted daughter. She is a member of the Super Secret Pup Club.
- Patches (recurring character, voiced by Jessica DiCicco) A Dalmatian puppy introduced in Season 2. He idolizes the Pound Puppies and is the leader of the Super Secret Pup Club. According to an official plush toy, his last name is "McFrisky".
- Leonard McLeish (voiced by René Auberjonois) - The short-tempered manager of Shelter 17. He really doesn't like his career and wishes for a better one. He doesn't have a clue about the Pound Puppies' operations. He may have a sister, because the mayor is his brother-in-law.
- Olaf Hugglesworth (voiced by M. Emmet Walsh) - The kind caretaker of Shelter 17 and McLeish's aide. He is in charge of new dog arrivals and assists pound visitors in finding a matching pet they could adopt. Like McLeish, he is unaware of the Pound Puppies' operations. He has started dating Gertrude the librarian as of the episode "Olaf in Love".
- Agatha McLeish (recurring character, voiced by Betty White) - The mother of Leonard. She hated dogs until she met Rebound whom she adopted. She is somewhat strict with Leonard, but dotes on Rebound.
|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||October 10, 2010||January 28, 2012|
|2||13||June 2, 2012||December 1, 2012|
|Series #||Production Code||Title||Directed by||Written by||United States Original Airdate||Canada Original Airdate|
|1||101||"The Yipper Caper"||Richard Weston||Paul Germain & Joe Ansolabehere||October 10, 2010||Unknown|
|A so-called unmatchable puppy finds the perfect match and then loses him. Meanwhile, McLeish attempts to impress his brother-in-law, the mayor (Dabney Coleman).
Puppy: Yipper (Danny Cooksey).
|2||102||"Nightmare on Pound Street"||Richard Weston||Bart Jennett & Joe Ansolabehere||October 29, 2010||February 10, 2011|
|3||103||"Rebound"||Richard Weston||Mark Drop & Bart Jennett||November 5, 2010||January 27, 2011|
|The puppies seek a home for a hyperactive puppy named Rebound (Brooke Goldner). However, it becomes an exhausting task when each owner returns her just minutes after adoption, and Niblet knows why, as well as his connection with her. Meanwhile Mr. Mcleish's dog-hating mother comes to visit the pound.
|4||104||"The General"||Richard Weston||Rachel Lipman||November 19, 2010||February 17, 2011|
|The General (E. G. Daily), a legendary canine in the Pound Puppies community visits the shelter, and-much to the gang's surprise-is revealed to be a female Poodle. She tells them that she has 67 puppies that need adopting. Meanwhile, Cookie tries to connect more with her feminine side after realizing that the team thinks of her as just "one of the guys". Cookie also reveals that she has a crush on Lucky.
Puppy: Puppies disguised as a brown puppy.
|5||105||"The Prince and the Pupper"||Richard Weston||Bart Jennett||December 3, 2010||February 8, 2011|
Tired of being unappreciated, Squirt switches places with a rich lookalike named Cuddlesworth (Ted Biaselli) who desires to become a Pound Puppy. While Cuddlesworth realizes that being a Pound Puppy isn't as fun as he thought, his servant (Charles Shaughnessy) takes Squirt to a mansion where he meets a cat named Madame Pickypuss (Tress MacNeille).
|6||106||"Catcalls"||Richard Weston||Eric Trueheart||December 17, 2010||January 20, 2011|
The Pound Puppies and Kennel Kittens try to get a puppy and kitten adopted by the same home, in which the father dislikes cats and the mother dislikes dogs.
|7||107||"King of the Heap"||Richard Weston||Rich Fogel||December 24, 2010||Unknown|
|8||108||"My Fair Rebound"||Greg Sullivan||Rachel Lipman||August 13, 2011||Unknown|
Ms. McLeish wants to enter Rebound in a dog show to show up a rival, Mildred (Katherine Helmond), and her upper class canine, Sterling Von Oxnard (Clancy Brown). Rebound seeks help from the Pound Puppies to help her become a proper contestant, while Ms. McLeish seeks the help of famed dog trainer Mr. Julius (George Takei).
|9||109||"Quintuplets"||Jos Humphrey||Joe Ansolabehere||August 13, 2011||February 1, 2011|
|The Pound Puppies try to get quintuplets adopted. This becomes a problem when they learn all five want to be adopted together.
Puppy: The Quintuplets
|10||110||"Dog on a Wire"||Greg Sullivan||Eric Trueheart||August 20, 2011||February 3, 2011|
Tired of being left behind on missions because of her shape, Strudel gets her chance to shine when she is tasked with guiding a circus dog named Chuckles (Tom Kenny) back to his home. Reaching the big top, she becomes part of a circus act that must succeed to prevent a greedy ringmaster (Kevin Michael Richardson) from cancelling it for good. Strudel must soon choose between a life of stardom and her friends back at the pound, before the fame goes to her head.
|11||111||"Homeward Pound"||Jos Humphrey||Billiam Coronel||August 27, 2011||Unknown|
After a successful mission at a local airport, Squirt and Niblet stumble into a departing plane. Landing in Canada, they have to find their way back. Their friends back home call upon the rest of the Pound Puppy network, including Canadian pup agents Todd (Dave Thomas) and Rick (Dave Foley), to pinpoint their exact location.
|12||112||"Rebel Without a Collar"||Greg Sullivan||Rachel Lipman||September 10, 2011||Unknown|
|13||113||"Taboo"||Jos Humphrey||Julie Selbo||October 1, 2011||Unknown|
The pound puppies believe a puppy, Taboo (Pamela Adlon) is bad luck.
|14||114||"Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine"||Greg Sullivan||Mark Drop||October 8, 2011||Unknown|
|15||115||"Zoltron"||Jos Humphrey||Silvia Olivas||October 15, 2011||Unknown|
After Zoltron (French Stewart) gets separated from his family during an outing, he needs help from the Pound Puppies to be reunited with his people, and the pups soon make the discovery that their new companion may or may not be from planet Earth.
|16||116||"The Really Weird Dog"||Greg Sullivan||Steven Tsapelas||October 22, 2011||Unknown|
|17||117||"Bone Voyage"||Jos Humphrey||Tony Infante||November 12, 2011||Unknown|
When Ms. McLeish leaves for a vacation on a cruise, Rebound believes she will never come back. Meanwhile, the cruise ship's captain (Gavin Macleod) becomes smitten with Ms. McLeish.
|18||118||"Snow Problem"||Greg Sullivan||Rich Fogel||November 19, 2011||Unknown|
|19||119||"The K9 Kid"||Jos Humphrey||Mike Ferris||November 26, 2011||Unknown|
Lucky and the gang meet Pepper (Jennifer Carpenter), who's determined to become a cop dog. So what if Pepper's not the right breed or size for the job?
|20||120||"The Call of the Squirreldog"||Greg Sullivan||Nancy Steingard||December 3, 2011||Unknown|
Squirt tells the story of how Mr. Nut Nut joined the Pound Puppies crew.
|21||121||"I Never Barked for My Father"||Jos Humphrey||Joe Ansolabehere||December 10, 2011||Unknown|
Lucky's father, Slick (Gary Cole), comes to the pound to hide from the dog catcher. Lucky, however, is angry at his father for leaving him when he was a puppy.
Puppy: Chip (Danny Cooksey)
|22||122||"McLeish Unleashed"||Greg Sullivan||Eric Trueheart||December 17, 2011||Unknown|
Milton Feltwaddle returns to run Shelter 17 when McLeish gets an exciting promotion, and the gang soon realizes that placing pups in homes will become a challenge as soon as they realize that the new leader means serious business. Feltwaddle reveals to be incompetent on running a pound and treats it more like a prison and believes that dogs should look like their owners.
|23||123||"Olaf in Love"||Jos Humphrey||Peter Hannan||January 7, 2012||Unknown|
A new puppy, Kiki (Jentle Phoenix), believes that she has found the perfect person in Olaf and Gertrude the librarian (Ellen Greene), so it's up to the Pound Puppies use their imagination to get the two to realize that they are made for each other and get the new dog a forever home.
|24||124||"Kennel Kittens Return"||Greg Sullivan||Tony Infante||January 14, 2012||Unknown|
Squirt, disguised as a cat, sneaks into the Kennel Kittens' headquarters to retrieve a gadget they stole from the Pound Puppies.
|25||125||"Mutternal Instincts"||Jos Humphrey||Janna King||January 21, 2012||Unknown|
Cookie has been feeling ignored due to her family's busy schedules and becomes close to a puppy she names Cupcake (Cree Summer).
|26||126||"Lucky Gets Adopted"||Greg Sullivan||Bart Jennett||January 28, 2012||Unknown|
Lucky is adopted against his will by an eccentric social outcast named Dot (Grey DeLisle). However, his new owner's over-affectionate ways make him uncomfortable.
Puppy: Shaggles, later Lucky
At the Hub Upfront, a second season was confirmed. It premiered June 2, 2012.
The second season introduced the Super Secret Pup Club, Rebound, Cupcake, and (new for season 2) Patches. In addition, Rebound, Cupcake and Patches are featured in the opening theme during the second season giving tags to the puppies going to their new homes.
|Series #||Production Code||Title||Directed by||Written by||United States Original Airdate||Canada Original Airdate|
|27||201||"Zipper the Zoomit Dog"||Jos Humphrey||Mark Drop||June 2, 2012||September 7, 2012|
|28||202||"The Fraud Princess"||Greg Sullivan||Rachel Lipman||June 9, 2012||September 14, 2012|
Agatha's new beau, Wally Banks (Tim Conway) brings a nosey playmate over for Rebound.
|29||203||"The Super Secret Pup Club"||Jos Humphrey||Bart Jennett||June 16, 2012||September 21, 2012|
|30||204||"Barlow"||Greg Sullivan||Alan Hanson||June 23, 2012||September 28, 2012|
An old Basset Hound dog named Barlow promotes a philosophy of laziness, which is easily embraced by the others at the pound, except for Lucky, who tries to find Barlow's banjo-playing person (Diedrich Bader). Meanwhile, the legendary Dash Whippet (Corey Burton) pays the Pound Puppies a visit and expects them to find people for his grand-pups.
|31||205||"There's Something About Camelia"||Jos Humphrey||Tony Infante||June 30, 2012||October 5, 2012|
A dog named Camelia (E.G. Daily) matches well with many people, so the puppies try to find her best match.
|32||206||"Good Dog, McLeish!"||Greg Sullivan||Evan Gore||July 7, 2012||October 12, 2012|
McLeish is accidentally hypnotized into thinking he is a dog. He joins the Pound Puppies on a mission to take Piper (Anndi McAfee) to her person at another pound run by McLeish's old friend Ralphie (Wayne Knight) in Milwaukee,Wisconsin.
|33||208||"The Ruff Ruff Bunch"||Jos Humphrey||Rich Fogel||July 14, 2012||October 19, 2012|
The Super Secret Pup Club join a high society dog club, while the Pound Puppies search for the lost dog Cuddlesworth.
|34||209||"Salty"||Greg Sullivan||Merriwether Williams||July 21, 2012||October 26, 2012|
Salty (Clancy Brown), an ailing sea dog, tries to choose his own replacement.
|35||207||"Squawk"||Greg Sullivan||Chelsea Meyer||July 28, 2012||November 2, 2012|
|36||212||"The Accidental Pup Star"||Jos Humphrey||Tony Infante||August 25, 2012||November 9, 2012|
Rebound's song-and-dance skills are on display in a video on the Internet, and the Pound Puppies try to prevent McLeish from exploiting this for fame.
|37||210||"No Dogs Allowed"||Jos Humphrey||Rich Whitley||September 1, 2012||November 16, 2012|
The Pound Puppies investigate why people are returning their pups to the pound and find that the landlord of an apartment (Kevin Michael Richardson) has a no-dogs-allowed policy.
|38||211||"Pound Preemies"||Jos Humphrey||Eric Trueheart||December 1, 2012||September 18, 2012|
A dog named Miss Petunia (Glenne Headly) gives premature birth to a litter of puppies at Shelter 17, who are mistakenly adopted by a trio of girls. The Pound Puppies must find the newborns and get them back to their mother.
|39||213||"I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve"||Greg Sullivan||Chelsea Meyer||November 24, 2012||November 30, 2012|
The Pound Puppies need a miracle to place thousands of puppies that are overflowing from shelters all over town. The task seems insurmountable, but Rebound's tenacity may be just enough to pull off a Christmas miracle.
- Eric McCormack - Lucky, Ace, additional voices
- René Auberjonois - Leonard McLeish
- Yvette Nicole Brown - Cookie, Sparky, Fluffy, additional voices
- John DiMaggio - Niblet, Mutt, Tiny, additional voices
- Michael Rapaport - Squirt, Squeak
- Alanna Ubach - Strudel, Mr. Nut Nut, Kugel, additional voices
- M. Emmet Walsh - Olaf
- Betty White - Agatha McLeish
- Pamela Adlon - Gwen, Taboo, Seymour, Chocko, Gizmo
- Diedrich Bader - Banjo Player, Worker
- María Canals Barrera - Dr. Trudy
- Jeff Bennett - Claudio, Crew Man #1, Yorkie #2, Howie, Bachelor Bill, Waiter, Rich Guy, Mortimer, Senator Foster, Mr. Taco, Slacker, Sammy Kegelman, Agent Gus, Sir Winston Windmill
- Gregg Berger - Additional Voice
- Ted Biaselli - Cuddlesworth, One Eye
- Clancy Brown - Sterling Von Oxnard, Billy Ray, Rocky, Tyson, Salty
- Corey Burton - Dash Whippet, Al
- Jennifer Carpenter - Pepper
- Gary Cole - Slick
- Dabney Coleman - Mayor Jerry (Season One)
- Clifton Collins Jr. - Weasel, Scar
- Tim Conway - Wally Banks
- Danny Cooksey - Yipper, Chubby Puppy, Security Guard, Chip, Biker, Teenager, Volleyball Player
- Georgina Cordova - Corky
- Jeff Corwin - Cap Wilder
- Rachel Crane - Tabitha, Muff Muff, Frannie
- E.G. Daily - Dolly, Mittens, Whip, Tip, Reporter, Son, Mom, Little Girl, Twiggy, Grey Witch Cat, Daughter, Soccer Players 1 and 3, Boy, Scout, Taffy, Daphne, Puppy 1,
- Grey DeLisle - Shaggles, Dot, additional voices
- Eddie Deezen - Mr. Stankmeyer
- Jessica DiCicco as Patches, additional voices
- Dave Foley - Agent Rick
- Elan Garfias - Additional Voice
- Brooke Goldner - Rebound
- Ellen Greene - Gertrude Washburn
- Mary Gross - Mrs. Beasley
- Bryce Hamilton-Battenfeld - Girl Puppy
- Jess Harnell - Announcer 1, Official
- Glenne Headly - Miss Petunia
- Katherine Helmond - Mildred
- Dom Irrera - Princess
- Myles Jeffrey - Teenager/ 2nd Announcer
- Ashley Johnson - Toyoshiko, Gina
- Tom Kenny - Chuckles, Dogcatcher
- Wayne Knight - Ralphie
- Maurice LaMarche - Agent Francois, Jean Luc Glaciaire
- John Larroquette - Mayor Jerry (Season Two)
- Matt Letscher - Hunky Man, Ticket Seller, Ref
- Richard Lewis - Buddy
- Gavin Macleod - Captain Gumble
- Tress MacNeille - Woman at City Council, Madame Pickypuss, Librarian, Restaurant Guest
- Anndi McAfee - Annie, Missy
- Sam McMurray - Rover, Dad
- Hunter Parrish - Tundra
- Jim Parsons - Milton Feltwaddle
- Luke Perry - Fang
- Jentle Phoenix - Kiki
- James Remar - Sarge
- Kevin Michael Richardson - Smashinator, Mr. Ringbinder, Bumbles, Sid, Saint Bernard, Announcer, Sven, Race Official, Chubba
- Charles Shaughnessy - Bingo, Ralston
- Justin Shenkarow - Freddie, Freckle Face Kid, Dragon Mascot
- J. K. Simmons - Lieutenet Rock
- Kath Soucie - Trixie, Babette, Flip, Blip, Sexy Woman, Woman Reporter, Bulldog Puppy, Soccer Player 2, Greasy, Passenger 1, Yorkie #1, Big Jane Tucker, Ginger, Mom, Girl
- Michael Stanton - Bobby Bill
- French Stewart - Zoltron
- Fred Stoller - Ralph
- Tara Strong - Little Kid, Lily, Zipper, Becky, Woman, Julie
- Cree Summer - Cupcake, additional voices
- Daisuke Suzuki - Mr. Sasaski
- George Takei - Mr. Julius
- Dave Thomas - Agent Todd
- Stephen Tobolowsky - Mr. Geekman
- Lauren Tom - Dinky, Agent Ping
- Tammy Trull - Sarah
- Frank Welker - Nabbit, Dad, Lackey, Napoleon
- Carnie Wilson - Computer Voice, Olaf's Singing Voice
- Paul Wilson - Mr. Biggles
- John J. York - Harry, Passenger 2, Brutus, Bus Driver
- Allyson Bosch - Casting Director
- Stephen J. Davis - Executive Producer
- Paul Germain - Voice Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Story Editor (season 1)
- Bart Jennett - Executive Producer, Story Editor, Co-Executive Producer, Writer
- Eggplant Songwriter
In Summer 2012, Hasbro released a line of toys for The Hub's Pound Puppies series, consisting mainly of plush toys and small figures. One can also access an official website and download a Pound Puppies adoption certificate.
Distributed by Shout! Factory.
|Title||Release Date||Episodes||Additional Features|
|Homeward Pound||March 6, 2012||
||"Learn to Draw Lucky!"|
|Super Secret Pup Club||October 16, 2012||
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