A crack team of five specialists use daring to battle crime in this "Mission: Impossible" takeoff using animated animals.






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Series cast summary:
Michael Bell ...  Stutz 13 episodes, 1972
Joe Besser ...  Putty Puss 13 episodes, 1972
Daws Butler ...  The Chief 13 episodes, 1972
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ...  Madam X 13 episodes, 1972
Stu Gilliam Stu Gilliam ...  Ding Dog 13 episodes, 1972
Bob Holt 13 episodes, 1972
Arte Johnson ...  Rhubarb 13 episodes, 1972
Aldo Ray ...  Mussel Mutt 13 episodes, 1972
John Stephenson 13 episodes, 1972
Don Messick 12 episodes, 1972


The Houndcats were five crack agents--leader Stutz, strongman Muscle Mutt, master of disguise Puddy Puss, electronics whiz Rhubarb and daredevil Dingdong--who received instructions of their latest mission via exploding tape-recordings and used their specialties to foil evil. If this sounds a bit like "Mission: Impossible", it's no coincidence. Sparkplug was the name of their car which took them to their assignments. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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1972 (USA) See more »

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Die Houndcats See more »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The series is supposed to be taking place in 1914. See more »

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Good fun
29 August 2002 | by purakekSee all my reviews

Among the sluggish animation style during the 70s (this was the era of the OPEC oil price increases, thus even Hollywood had to scrimp and save), this series was at least watchable. While clearly a rip-off of Mission: Impossible, I also saw it as a rip-off of another short-lived series: Bearcats (with Dennis Cole). After all, the gang drives the same car, they seek adventure and the leader of this group is Stutz, as in Stutz bearcat. It was stupid but not boring. Reminds of Get Smart in a vintage car.

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