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Retrocrush is celebrating the Year of the Dog with a tribute to the 100 greatest dogs of pop culture history. (via presurfer). Is your favorite famous canine on the list?
posted by madamjujujive (36 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I guess he's not famous enough to make the grade, but I like Tyson.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:55 AM on February 4, 2006


I would have put Toto above Gromit. WAY above Gromit.
posted by papakwanz at 10:03 AM on February 4, 2006


This can't be taken seriously if he left off "Jack my dog" from The Weight. Just cause there's no photo doesn't mean he's not important in pup culture.

;->
posted by mikel at 10:18 AM on February 4, 2006


Clearly they have forgotten the most popular dog of all: Oscar!
posted by cenoxo at 10:22 AM on February 4, 2006


Some very cool mentions, but how can you put in the Junk Yard Dog and not even mention the top dog of them all, Snoop Dogg?

Another barking good post madam!
posted by three blind mice at 10:30 AM on February 4, 2006


> I would have put Toto above Gromit. WAY above Gromit.

Hardly. What did Toto do? Whereas Gromit is quite as determined, resourceful and full of presence of mind as Dorothy herself (that is, as the determined, resourceful, present-minded 10-year-old cornsilk-blond Dorothy of the books, best portrayed by Fairuza Balk in this movie, not poor Judy Garland in that first dreadful gob of sentimentality.)
posted by jfuller at 10:33 AM on February 4, 2006


I can't believe the Littlest Hobo was ranked so low.

Also, I have mixed feelings on the inclusion of Dino. He's not a dog, but since there's no year of the dinosaur, maybe he can have honourary dog status.
posted by duck at 10:47 AM on February 4, 2006


Charles Gough's dog.
posted by pracowity at 10:49 AM on February 4, 2006


No Paris Hilton?
posted by timsteil at 10:51 AM on February 4, 2006


When I was 3, my mother said to me
Eat up your greens and say your grace
While on TV they put a dog in space
And left her there... you should've seen her face


-- Moxy Fruvous

Poor Laika.
posted by Malor at 10:52 AM on February 4, 2006


My first question is where is Satchel, and my second is, what the hell kind of dog is Odie supposed to be anyway?
posted by Meredith at 10:59 AM on February 4, 2006


The list isn't complete when it fails to mention Hachiko and Greyfriars Bobby.
posted by horsewithnoname at 11:01 AM on February 4, 2006


The Littlest Hobo?!?

AWESOME!!!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:02 AM on February 4, 2006


Underdog greater than Krypto?

That's insane.

Still, nice list.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 11:33 AM on February 4, 2006


No C.H.O.M.P.S?

for shame!
posted by Justin Case at 12:38 PM on February 4, 2006


Cute list, but no Dogmatix/Idéfix? Bastards.
posted by Soulfather at 12:52 PM on February 4, 2006


I am gratified that they included Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog from the almost-forgotten Tom Terrific cartoons, but a little miffed that they ranked him below "Wonderdog" from the "Wondertwins/Superfriends". Manfred is much more wonder-ful.

I also question the Flintstones' Dino being on the list, but he's not the only non-dog dog. K-9, the robot from Doctor Who? Wrestler Junkyard Dog?

As for who's missing from the list?
Reddy from "Ruff & Reddy" (Hanna Barbera's FIRST TV cartoon)
Bimbo from the Betty Boop cartoons
The Bonzo Dog Band
Buck from "Married with Children" (most likeable member of the cast)
B-I-N-G-O

If they can include two puppets (Triumph and Rowlf), why not the PetsDotCom Sock Puppet?

And tell me THIS dog isn't significent in Pop Culture:


And I was able to figure out (or Google) every dog on the list except #35: Hercules. Was he from some movie I should've seen?
posted by wendell at 1:17 PM on February 4, 2006


And where's Finnegan of Casey and Finnegan?
posted by duck at 1:25 PM on February 4, 2006


jfuller, Toto is a brave and wonderful dog. He bites the awful Miss Gulch and escapes from her nasty clutches. He later escapes again, this time from the Wicked Witch's castle, then leads the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion back to it to save Dorothy. And -- above all else -- he is the one who reveals the Wizard to be the humbug behind the curtain. (Even when he's not the focus of a scene, he's fun to watch; he's always so alert and alive to what's happening, especially to his mistress.)

But my favorite Toto moment will always be a small, almost unnoticeable one: as Dorothy sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," he sits quietly beside her, then gently lifts a paw toward her twice -- and I swear if you could transcribe doggie to English he's saying "There, there."

It is, and will always be, my favorite movie -- Judy Garland's performance is so lonely and true and to my eyes, unsentimental -- and Toto will, and always will be, my favorite doggy character. (As far as real living dogs go, though, I think Laika should top the list.)
posted by melissa may at 1:43 PM on February 4, 2006


"And where's Finnegan of Casey and Finnegan?"

Obviously not a Canadian list... considering The Littlest Hobo (and my personal #1) is #96.
posted by travosaurus at 2:26 PM on February 4, 2006


No Mr. Muggs either!
posted by travosaurus at 2:27 PM on February 4, 2006


wendell, it looks like it's the dog from the movie The Sandlot
posted by Space Coyote at 2:59 PM on February 4, 2006


I take issue with the failure to include Friskett from Reboot.
posted by Space Coyote at 3:03 PM on February 4, 2006


Hey where's Dagget from Battlestar Galactica? Wiki wiki wiki.
posted by mikel at 3:48 PM on February 4, 2006


I was pretty disappointed in Satchel missing out on the list as well.

Also... Tinkerbell!
posted by degnarra at 4:29 PM on February 4, 2006


Don't know where or if he belongs, but the late Sam (site; blog) is certainly etched into my consciousness. His fifteen minutes were recent though. Perhaps future generations will look kindly upon his legacy.
posted by donpedro at 4:54 PM on February 4, 2006


LOCKJAW!

That pooch was the bomb.
posted by samh23 at 4:56 PM on February 4, 2006


Aibo? Tekno? Mr. Winkle? Here, boys!
also, a second for Dogmatix.
posted by obloquy at 6:44 PM on February 4, 2006


The Bumpuses hounds from A Christmas Story should have made it, I think.

Also, if you count duplicates (101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp) vs non-dogs (Dino, Junk Yard Dog) this list is actually the top 199 or so, isn't it?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:29 PM on February 4, 2006


What th'-- how did Poochy rank so much higher than Santa's Little Helper?

And, where's Hector/Marc Anthony?
posted by evilcolonel at 9:52 PM on February 4, 2006


No Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy? At least Huck made the cut.
posted by buggzzee23 at 10:00 PM on February 4, 2006


This list is nothing without ________.
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:59 PM on February 4, 2006


Likewise,

World's longest dog tongue.
posted by Citizen Premier at 12:03 AM on February 5, 2006




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posted by jfuller at 12:01 PM on February 5, 2006


What the hell is PARAPPA THE RAPPER and how does it end up ahead of Astro, Marmaduke and Clifford?
posted by Blubble at 3:17 PM on February 7, 2006


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