TAKE ME TO THE PICTURES
EPISODE TYPE: Devolving
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WHAT IS MAD DOG?: An Anthro, furry, wild dog
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Ingested genetic soup
WHAT DOES HE BECOME AFTER HE GREW?: Dinosaur Larger version of himself.
IS GROWTH SHOWN?: Yes
HOW MUCH OF GROWTH STAGES SHOWN?: All growth and devolving stages seen
MACRO NAME: (If different from regular sized name) Mad Dogasaurus
QUOTE: (NONE--Mad Dog only growls and roars)
LOCATIONS: Tropical Island
MACRO SIZE (Approx or Average ): 35 feet
NATURE: Chaotic Animalistic Behavior
DESTRUCTION LEVEL DONE: Low - Car, outhouses
SYNOPSIS OF EPISODE: (Note: This show is half Muppet live action moments and half animated. The Elliot scenes are done with muppets while the Ace Hart and other cartoons are all animated with Elliot being the animator of said cartoons)
Elliot an animator for the cartoon Dog City is busy introducing his show to the viewers, calling it the "All New Ace Hart Show" . He talks about Yves N Steven being part of the show and that Ace will have to fend off Dog Dinosaurs in todays episode. Ace who is hanging from a limb in the picture on Elliots desk tries to get his attention by yelling out of the paper to the excited animator. It seems that Ace is suddenly turning various colors and alerts Elliot that he may want to talk to his young assistant about this. Elliot walks over to his young canine friend who is busy at work on the animated cells listening to music and unable to hear Elliot trying to get his attention. Artie appologizes and says he will do better. Elliot reminds him that he has to come up with his animated idea by the end of the show, while he goes to clean up the mess he made of Ace's colors.
Ace talks to Elliot through various mediums as Elliot organizes his place. First hes in a picture on the wall, then in a tape on the tv and then a drawing on his desk. He questions if Artie is really ready to take on an animated feature of his own while Elliot has full confidence in his young apprentice. Elliot then goes to the Yves and Steven cartoon which Ace sits down to relax and enjoy because the cat Yves always gets beat up while the dumb security guard dog named Steven has no idea what is going on the whole time. Yves tries to get a mouse figurine that is being guarded in a musem and gets abused and finds that it is not as easy to do as he thought. Elliot and Ace break in the middle of the story wondering if they may have gone to far at poor Yves expense. Ace rationalizes by saying he's a cartoon, he can take it . And Elliot shrugs and agrees and goes on with the cartoon as the cat continues to be abused in every way possible still unable to steal the figurine. The story ends as they go back to Elliots appartment with some of Elliot's friends behind him laughing and wanting more. Elliot says there will be more later as it's time for Ace's cartoon. Ace jumps from one cell to the next entering a picture with the name "Jurrasic Bark" on it and a motionless dog dinosaur standing there as Ace mock punches the still picture as the Jurrasic Bark episode starts.
Ace and his young sidekick named Eddie fly in a helicoptor heading to some remote tropical island. Eddie seems excited to get there while Ace takes it easy stretching as they land on the island. The Colonel runs up to Ace in a panic and upset about something. Ace listens to what he is upset about . The Colonel explains that he invented a way to recreate prehistoric living and breathing fidosaurs. He's up in arms due to the fact that someone stole his "Genetic Soup" The very thing that is used to make fiodsaurs. While Ace heads off after the wrong criminal, Eddie informs him that it was Bugsy Vile most likely as Ace agrees and head back to the island.
Bugsy along with his gang of Frisky, Bruiser and Mad Dog are driving in a jeep thinking of all they will do with the Genetic Soup. They can create a whole army of fidosaurs if they want to. Too bad for them Ace Hart and Eddie have already caught up to them and are following them in a car of their own. Bugsy decides to feed Mad Dog the Genetic Soup and to let him handle the situation. Mad Dog willingly does so and before they can blink Mad Dog bursts right through the car turning into a gigantic dinosaur who sits atop Bugsy. Bugsy orders Mad Dog to get Ace and Ace and Eddie quickly flee behind some bushes.
Mad Dog suddenly turns on Bugsy and his gang literaly bitting the head off of Bugsy as they all look for a place to hide. Frisky finds an outhouse and waves Bruiser and Bugsy inside as they all complain of no room. Mad Dog lets out a massive roar at the outhouse causing it to collapse. Mad Dog picks up the three gang members into his muzzle holding them and swinging them about. Ace complains to Elliot that this may be a bit to mcuh for Eddie to handle and Elliot agrees and then we see Mad Dog let go of the gang members sending them into the air into the bushes Ace and Eddie are hidding in. Eddie complains of them smelling like prehistoric doggie breath and Mad Dog roars so loudly it sends all five of them flying over a near by cliff as they hang on for life while Elliot makes light of the situation making jokes while they hang there for dear life.
Wanting to keep Ace in suspense as to how they get out of the situation, Elliot goes to a Rosie and Dot cartoon in the meantime. Rosie is a female collie who is busy doing all these activities with her niece Dot and to everything Rosie explains Dot just answers "Why?" Rosie just gives up and holds her police badge at Dot and says "That's an order, that's why!" and we head back to Elliot who is seeing Artie hasn't made much progress on his cartoon. Elliot tries to help Artie out by putting on a thinking cap and throwing dog biscuits at him and pacing back and forth. But so far not much is helping either of them to come up with an idea. Artie suggest he goes back to Yven N Steven and Elliot likes that idea and does just that.
After watching Yven get abused some more Artie comes up with some ideas as Elliot gets back to the Jurrasic Bark segment he left undone, with Ace still hanging around for dear life. Ace almost falls into Mad Dog's muzzle while Eddie starts to work with some of the trees above the cliff that he now stands on. He makes a rubber toy version of Ace and Mad Dog quickly starts to chew on the squeeky toy as they all sneak by Mad Dog who is now distracted. The rubber toys though distract more fidosaurs and lucky for our hero Eddie made more to resemble Bugsy and his gang too. Unlucky for Frisky they mistake the rubber Frisky for the real one as a giant Fidosaur chews on Frisky while Frisky begs for help. They make a quick switch of the Frisky toy for Frisky and make a mad dash out of there. They see a boat and cheer only for it to suddenly take off without them. Mad Dog shows up again as does the Colonel complaining that the Fidosaurs broke into the main building.
Ace gets a brillient idea and takes the Genetic Soup from Bugsy and heads into an outhouse using some of it on a fire hydrant. Mad Dog suddenly becomes very tame and dociile by the sight of the giant fire hydrant . Ace puts it on a platform with wheels as Mad Dog follows it harmlessly. The Colonel is less then pleased though. His park is ruined and so are his plans. Ace tells him to use his invention for the good of man kind, and the colonel opens a chicken restaurant that serves giant fried chicken legs. They all enjoy it only to see Mad Dog choking on a chicken bone that they all have to get out by jumping on his back. Ace asks for the check as we hear the bone coming out as they fade to black.
Artie tells Elliot that he loved that episode and Elliot asks if he came up with something. Artie shakes his head and Elliot gives him some advice. That he should use something close to him and he pushes Artie's squeeky bunny toy towards him. Artie comes up with the Mr. Moogie Show based on his rubber rabbit toy and Elliot congratulates him on a well done job. Ace shows up back on the blank piece of paper before Elliot saying he knew it all along. And that he wants to see the cat Yven get clobbered again. Elliot agrees and makes another sketch where he gets abused. Elliot feels a little bad for the poor cat and Ace reminds him that cartoons can take it. Elliot draws a mob that runs over Ace. And then tells Ace "Remember you said you can take it" Ace just replies from the ground , "Yeah but we don't have to like it." Elliot snickers and turns out the lights.
REVIEW OF EPISODE: Dog City was a very unique and interesting show. I always found the interactment that Elliot (who is a real time muppet) had with Ace Hart (who is animated) to be an interesting idea. Elliot didn't even have to draw Ace for Ace to suddenly appear and talk to him. If it was a place that a cartoon was viable to be (paper, tv set, video tape) he would suddenly show up finishing a conversation from each point. So whether it was all in Elliot's head the whole time is looking way to mcuh into it and I like to just enjoy the idea of a muppet talking over with his animated creation what to do next for his stories.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(Frisky looks in the car's side mirror to see Ace and Eddie hot on their trail following them)
Frisky: "Uh oh! We've got company. Its Ace Hart and his youthful ward, Dick Greyhound."
Eddie: "That's Eddie!"
(Frisky and Bruiser both quiver in fear as they see the huge Mad Dog)
Bugsy: "Relax, he would not dare bite the hand that feeds him."
(Mad Dog 's huge head appears and bites the top of Bugsy. Bugsy snaps out as his head and shoulders re appear from under his waist)
Bugsy: "The head and shoulders yes, but the hand remains intact."
(Frisky spots an outhouse as Bugsy's gang is running from a giant Mad Dog)
Frisky: "Quick. In here!"
(Frisky, Bruiser and Bugsy all head into the outhouse to hide)
Frisky: "Move over. Stop touching me!"
Bruiser: "Hey stay on your side!"
Bruiser & Frisky: "Bugsy he's touching me.."
(Mad Dog bends down and roars loudly at the outhouse causing it to fall revealing the three gang members and a firehydrant)
(Frisky, Bruiser, Bugsy, Ace Hart and Eddie all hang from a cliff as Mad Dog stands under them trying to bite up towards them)
Elliot: "How will Ace Heart escape this perillous peril? Can it be the end of our heroic hero? And if so, what type of beverage goes best with dog meat?"
(All five hanging from the cliff yell through the paper to Elliot saying "HEY!" )
Elliot: "Stay tuned to the answer to this and many more irrelevant questions!"
FINAL NOTES:*This episode was the last season of Dog City which lasted for only 3 years. Each season had fewer and fewer then the previous. The show was on Fox Kids on Saturday mornings and was made by the Jim Henson Production studios.
Factual -- Mad Dog's clothing and collar and even the rope around his collar all grew even though that shouldn't be possible due to Mad Dog having eaten the Genetic Soup so only something actualy part of his living body should have changed in size.
Continuity -- When the five dogs are hanging off the side of the cliff Ace is at the bottom of the stack holding onto Eddies Legs. Ace falls out and almost gets eaten by Mad Dog only to jump back up and grab Bugsy who is now where Eddie was while Eddie is standing atop the cliff and at a tree, with no explanation of how he got up there.
Continuity -- Is Genetic Soup a devolving formula or a growth potion. When used on Mad Dog it made him grow into a dinosaur version of himself. When Bugsy uses it on a newspaper and Ace uses it on a hydrant both grow in size. The formula was established as a way to turn creatures into dinosaurs, never said to be a growth potion or should it have worked as such.
Contiunity -- Mad Dog's size as a Fidosaur altered a lot. When he first grew he was gigantic when compared to Ace's car below him. In scenes later on he wasn't as big. In later scenes he wasn't towring over the other characters like he was earlier espeicaly when he was trying to bite them while they hung onto the cliff and when he had his three former associates in his muzzle swinging them about.
+ :MMad Dog makes for a good choice to become a dinosaur and fit in very well to the whole situation surrounding the Jurrasic Bark segment of the episode. Cool moments and funny lines and situations make the episode that much more enjoyable. Great take on Jurrasic Park placing dogs in the place of dinosaurs.
- :Too much with the Yven N Steven segments really slowed things down due to it not being funny or enjoyable. A few glarring continuity errors that really should have been noticed. Could have had more with the other Fidosaurs then the brief moments we get. A lot of history and details left out to explain how things got to be how they were before Ace and Eddie arrive. The voice actor doing Mad Dog's voice needs some work as his sounds were all the same when trying to imitate a dinosaur. Not very original or creative at points, could have been better.
PICTURES OF MAD DOG and FIDOSAURS