This animated series actually follows three different cartoon scenarios along with a few other segments.
Shnookums and Meat!Edit
This segment involves a cat named Shnookums (voiced by Jason Marsden) and a dog named Meat (voiced by Frank Welker) who did not get along very well. Their owners are unseen stock characters only viewed from the neck down and named (appropriately enough) Husband & Wife (voiced by Steve Mackall and Tress MacNeille). Husband is always referring to their home as their "domicile" before the two leave their pets in charge while they are away.
Pith Possum: Super Dynamic Possum of TomorrowEdit
A spoof of the Batman comics (not unlike Darkwing Duck, only more extreme in its spoofing) with Pith Possum (voiced by Jeff Bennett) and his sidekick Obediah the Wonder Raccoon (voiced by Patric Zimmerman) fighting crime in Possum City when called by Commissioner Stress the Gorilla (voiced by Brad Garrett). Pith Possum's true identity is lowly tabloid copyboy Peter Possum. Pith Possum fights various enemies with his recurring one being a mad lumberjack named Dr. Paul Bunion (voiced by Jim Cummings). Pith Possum (even when in his true identity) also has developed a crush on a female human reporter named Doris Deer (voiced by April Winchell). It was stated that Pith Possum was an ordinary lab opossum until he gained ultra opossum-like abilities upon an experiment gone wrong. The titles of the episodes are completely unrelated to their contents but rather (usually) over the top titles always using the word 'dark' or 'darkness' and often with the words 'black' and 'night' (e.g., The Phantom Mask of the Dark Black Darkness of Black, Return of the Night of Blacker Darkness, Return of the Dark Mask of Phantom Blackness, etc.)
Tex Tinstar: The Best in the WestEdit
A parody of Western serials involving the cowboy Tex Tinstar (voiced by Jeff Bennett), his horse Here Boy, and Tex's friends Smelly Deputy Chafe (voiced by Charlie Adler), Percy Lacedaisy (voiced by Corey Burton), and Floyd the Insane Rattlesnake (voiced by Jess Harnell) who always get into trouble when pursuing a group of outlaws called the Wrong Riders consisting of Wrongo (voiced by Brad Garrett), Ian (voiced by Corey Burton in a homage to Paul Frees character Inspector Fenwick from Dudley Do-Right), and Clem. The end of each episode ends in a cliffhanger for next week (not unlike the serials or "Rocky and Bullwinkle").
Season 1: 1993Edit
The first five episodes of Shnookums and Meat originally aired as segments of the series Marsupilami in 1993. The 1995 series had three segments. There were thirteen episodes of both Pith Possum: Super-Dynamic Possum of Tomorrow and Tex Tinstar: The Best in the West, and only twelve of Shnookums and Meat.
|#||Title||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|1||"Kung-fu Kitty/Son of the Cursed Black of Darkness/Saddlesore, Sagebrush, and Seaweed"||October 16, 1993||S1xE1|
|2||"I.Q. You Too/The Light of Darkness/Slap-Happy Trails"||October 23, 1993||S1xE2|
|3||"Night of the Living Shnookums/Dark of the Darker Darkness/The Vinyl Frontier"||October 30, 1993||S1xE3|
|4||"Something Fishy/Return of the Dark Mask of Phantom Blackness/My Spine Hurts"||November 6, 1993||S1xE4|
|5||"Jingle Bells, Something Smells/Dark Quest of Darkness/Hey Careful! That's My Cerebellum"||November 13, 1993||S1x5|
Season 2: 1995Edit
|#||Title||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|1||"Weight For Me/The Phantom Mask of the Dark Black Darkness of Black/A Fistful of Foodstamps"||January 2, 1995||SM-1|
|2||"Ow, Hey!/Darkness on the Edge of Black/For a Few Foodstamps More"||January 9, 1995||SM-2|
|3||"Bugging Out!/Night of Darkness/The Good, the Bad, and the Wiggly"||January 16, 1995||SM-3|
|4||"Poodle Panic/The Darkness, It is Dark/Low Pants Drifter"||January 23, 1995||SM-4|
|5||"Cabin Fever/Return of the Night in Blacker Darkness/Stale Rider"||January 30, 1995||SM-5|
|6||"Step-Ladder To Heaven/Bride of Darkness/The Magnificent Eleven"||February 2, 1995||SM-6|
|7||"Pain In The Brain/Haunt of the Night in Blacker Darkness/Loathsome Dove 6"||February 6, 1995||SM-7|
|8||"What a Turkey!/Light or Dark Meat/There are Spiders All Over Me"||March 27, 1995||SM-8|
|9||"Dog Pound Rock"||July 11, 1995||SM-9|
|10||"Send In the Clones"||August 1, 1995||SM-10|
|11||"Circus Life"||August 19, 1995||SM-11|
Shnookums and Meat was created and written by Bill Kopp, who also created Toonsylvania and Mad Jack the Pirate. The show was directed by Jeff DeGrandis. Kopp was the voice of Eek! The Cat and Yuckie Duck from The What-A-Cartoon! Show.
Segments on "Marsupilami"Edit
Shnookums and Meat originated as a segment on Disney's 1993 series Marsupilami. Five episodes were shown on that series, and were later run again as part of the actual Shnookums and Meat series in 1995. These episodes were:
- "Kung-fu Kitty"
- "I.Q. You Too"
- "Night of the Living Shnookums"
- "Something Fishy"
- "Jingle Bells, Something Smells"
The show aired on The Disney Afternoon on Mondays between January 2, 1995 and March 27, 1995 in the timeslot normally occupied by Bonkers. Reruns were later shown on Toon Disney. The Tex Tinstar segments were shown out of order on the Disney Channel UK in 2003 to fill the then frequently gapped schedule. The show last aired on Friday, July 6, 2007, on Toon Disney during the Mega Jam block.