Shnookums and Meat

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Shnookums and Meat
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How can cookie-cutter, pale imitations of Ren & Stimpy annoy & bore many alike? This duo can prove it sadly enough.
Gender: Male (both of them)
Type: Unlikable, Idiotic Pets
Species: Cat
Dog
Portrayed by: Jason Marsden
Frank Welker
Status: Alive
Media of origin: 'The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show'


Shnookums and Meat are the titular cat and dog duo of the infamous Disney Afternoon show, The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show. They are voiced by Jason Marsden and Frank Welker respectively.

Why They Suck

Both

  1. The duo are both primitive, dull, and cliched rip-offs of Ren & Stimpy themselves, albeit with the roles reversed, with the cat being the smart, snarky, abusive jerk and the dog being the immature idiot instead of it being the other way around.
    • Especially when the typical 'cat and dog' duo has always been portrayed this way in countless cartoons and fictional works from the past to now, especially when it comes to their levels of intelligence and personality traits. It's often overused to depict cats as smart yet mean, unlikable, or evil in contrast to dogs being depicted as clumsy & dim-witted with a soft/good heart (i.e CatDog themselves, Kitty Katswell and Dudley Puppy from Tuff Puppy, Garfield paired with Odie, Tom Cat paired with Spike Bulldog from Tom and Jerry (depending on the episode), Rita and Runt from Animaniacs, and to some extent, even Peg-Leg Pete and Goofy from Goof Troop).
  2. Everything they do is usually very unfunny, obnoxiously over-the-top, somewhat childish & undignified, rude, and unnecessarily repulsive on occasion (e.g moments of them doing gross things like eating expired food in order to survive a lethal earthquake in the episode "Cabin Fever" or making extremely ugly expressions; especially when this was either intentional or not).
  3. Most of their off-model designs range from being appropriately cartoonish and surreal to being downright ugly and somewhat hideous (even more so than Ren & Stimpy's standards).
  4. They're quite destructive due to how much they continuously wreck their home, mainly because of their chase-filled antics and how clumsy/accident-prone they are.
    • In the episode "Jingle Bells, Something Smells", Meat destroyed someone else's home and Christmas tree by accident.
  5. Their voices are absolutely irritating. Shnookums' voice is the biggest and worst offender between the two, especially when Jason Marsden would go on to voice another unlikeable cat with a nasally and shrill (sometimes unpleasant) tone of voice 11 years later.
  6. In the episode, "Step Ladder to Heaven", they show how shallow they are by dumping their newfound girlfriends at a drive-in movie theater during their date just because of their physical appearance, which is just very petty & judgmental.
  7. They're both equally just as immature and moronic as well. Much like a certain Disney duo that came 15 years after these guys.
    • In fact, they were so lazy. When they got morbidly obese in the episode "Weight For Me", both of them laughed at how jiggly their fat bellies were.
      • Eventually, they were kicked out of the house as a way of being forced to lose weight. Which got them to exercise, and despite this, they partake in the most impractical and dangerous ways possible.

Shnookums

  1. His role is basically a cat version of Ren Hoek from Ren & Stimpy but with none of the humor, charm, sharp intelligence, and likability Ren had (at least by the original series' Ren standards).
  2. He is always mean-spirited to Meat as he keeps taunting and playing dangerous, recklessly cruel & painful pranks onto him.
  3. Since he is a compulsive liar, he keeps manipulating Meat into doing bad stuff like inflicting situations onto him when it was Shnookums' fault like ditching Meat to get attacked by a giant fish monster in "Something's Fishy!" or kicking Meat off of a bridge when the latter asked if he could have his back scratched when Meat said that there was a flee on his back in "Bugging Out".
    • He even gaslights him into doing something he wouldn't do on occasion just to mess with him, one of the many examples of his mean-spiritedness being in episodes like "I.Q. You Too!"; all for trying to make Meat look bad for no good reason.
  4. He's very self-centered, lazy, arrogant & conceited enough to the point that he doesn’t seem to care about anything happening to Meat as well, despite both of them being pets (even if it was leaving Meat into a concerning situation as discussed at S#1).
  5. He hardly, if ever, gets his comeuppance for being a huge jerk to Meat. He comes as both a Karma Houdini/Gary Stu type of character who has every right to be a well-deserved Butt-Monkey at the same time.
  6. With that said, in "Kung Fu Kitty", after he made the big mistake of making Meat dumber and a lot less of a protective dog, he tries to frame Meat by having him work with the burglars so he could be the center of attention when he was brought into the family.
  7. In the episode "Night of the Living Shnookums", (while done hilariously) he tried to dump Meat off a river of a bridge when Meat was in a trash bin and had also revealed that he was trying to make Shnookums realize how he was going too far with his pranks.
  8. His plans don’t make any sense at all. He tends to tell Meat whatever he wants to do whenever he and Meat have to resolve something, even if it's a really bad idea.
    • In the infamous episode,"Pain in the Brain!", for example, he thought cleaning up his and Meat's filthy brains after losing them by being washed and shrunk (then inflated again) will fix the problem they had with repairing their brains; despite them still properly functioning without their brains being in their own skull. While the problem both of them made was resolved in the most impractical and aimless ways possible, it still seemed like a dumb idea from the start since this problem can be solved so easily.
    • In the episode "Bugging Out", Shnookums thinks to use chemical welfare to get rid of a house full of fleas. While it sounds like a fairly good idea in concept; in practice, however, he doesn't think to try seeing if the chemicals actually make them smaller since they just explode (with no real result of them getting bigger or not). Because of this, it makes the fleas become huge (they even spray them without a gas mask on!).
  9. With that said from S#7, he also never seems to realize how he can be just as dumb as Meat is. This is because he's always condescending, sarcastic, and snobbish about Meat's unintelligent nature when Shnookums can have his moments with being just as clumsy, hare-brained, and imbecilic.
    • In "Cabin Fever", Meat notices and tells Shnookums that the weenies he found were expired since 1952 as an objectively smart reason to not eat the weenies, but Shnookums still told him that's okay to eat them and encourages him to do it with no forethought, which causes the both of them to have a severe & traumatizing acid trip.
  10. His character design is incredibly unoriginal since it looks a lot like an orange-furred version of Sylvester from Looney Tunes.

Meat

  1. His role is basically a dog version of Stimpy from Ren & Stimpy but with none of the humor, charm, and likability Stimpy had (at least by the original series' Stimpy standards).
  2. A bit like Patrick Star and Leni Loud, he is often very obtuse, simple-minded, and dense, all to the point of being stupid in an unfunny way, even for a typically dumb dog.
  3. When his owners aren't around, he has his moments of beating up and scaring Shnookums, which is often done intentionally. Which shows how his loyalty towards Shnookums can be somewhat sudden or forced since he can also be rather violent and mindless towards Shnookums at times.
  4. Despite this, his stupidity generally allows him to be pushed around by Shnookums more often than not and he often never thinks for himself when he needs to, which is a tad bit similar to that of the Adult Party Cartoon version of his competitor. Especially when Shnookums' 'Karma-Houdini' status can make Meat a lot more pitiful most of the time.
    • He's even shown to be quite a huge coward that can also be pathetic and a whining crybaby on occasion (which he is often a punching bag).
  5. He has shown to be also impulsively (and unreasonably) short-tempered as well, like in his first introduction where he starts to chase after Shnookums after having a piece of food flung in his face by Shnookums by total accident.

Redeeming Qualities

Both

  1. They have had moments of being either likable or humorous. The best example being "Night of the Living Shnookums".
  2. Their designs, albeit unoriginal, are passable.

Shnookums

  1. There were moments where he did actually care about Meat.
  2. He sometimes realizes his mistakes and tries to fix things, if foolishly in some instances.
  3. Despite seeming like a Karma-Houdini/Gary-Stu most of the time, he does get his comeuppance (humorously or not) for his frustrating behavior.

Meat

  1. He can be kindhearted and innocent most of the time, and also cares a lot about Shnookums.
    • Albeit a dog stereotype, he is also very loyal to Shnookums and his family as well.
  2. There are times when he really does have a good reason to beat up, torment, & sometimes reason with Shnookums at times since Shnookums usually acts like a very boastful, provocative jerk towards him as Shnookums would always instigate the fight, conflict, and situation given the context from a certain episode like "Kung Fu Kitty" for example.
  3. He isn't always dense or obtuse, in fact, Meat has had a lot of moments where he is smart, right-minded, and even competent in several instances. Much to the point that he can come off as genuinely smarter than Shnookums sometimes, especially when Shnookums seems to think he's always the smart one when that isn't always the case.

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