Leader Dog (partially lost Nickelodeon animated shorts; 2004)
Leader Dog is a 3 minute animated short series created by Larry Schwarz that aired on Nicktoons from April 18th, 2004, to at least 2008. The show was created by Larry Schwarz and ran for 13 episodes.
Premise[edit | edit source]
The series told the adventures of an ordinary dog captured by a race of aliens who mistakes him to be the "Earth's leader," as Leader lives on their home planet and introduces the aliens to the world of being a dog. Most episodes revolve around Leader introducing the aliens to a dog-like activity, such as drinking toilet water or chasing after mailmen.
Development[edit | edit source]
The animation was used via Flash, and the majority of the characters are voiced by animators. Schwartz wanted to base the animation on Hanna Barbera cartoons.
Like many Nicktoons short series, Leader Dog has fallen into obscurity due to its sporadic air times and general lack of exposure. Scwartz mentioned that he wanted to inspire animators and have an impact on animation themselves.
“We really wanted to create something totally original, yet familiar–the kind of shows we grew up with and watched on Saturday mornings. We wanted to tell funny stories with memorable characters–the kind that will become classics,”
The series was also directed by Sergei Aniskov.
Availability[edit | edit source]
YouTubers have uploaded several of the show's episodes online. Other episodes have been uploaded to Kisscartoon. Out of the 13 episodes produced, 2 shorts are currently lost.
Scripts From Memory[edit | edit source]
An episode's plot as remembered by a fan:
A Poop By Any Other Name
Opens with the king and the prince eating a meal.
Leader then hops in with his legs crossed, wincing saying, “I need to be let out.”
Prince: Look, dad, he no longer wants to be the leader.
Leader: No man, I need to be let out
King: Leader, surely I can change your mind.
Leader: Dang man, I REALLY need to be let out. If you don’t let me out, there’s going to be a major problem.
Prince: Look, dad, now he’s threatening up. You need to get rid of him.
King: Leader, please, you must reconsider. We’ve gotten along so well.
Close up on leader’s face. Fart noise.
Wide-angle, a large pile of poop, is in the middle of the frame.
Leader then walks out from behind, ashamed “I told you I needed to be let out.”
Prince: That is disgusting. Dad, did you see what he just did!?
King: Leader. This. THIS! This is the best gift you could have given us. This magnificent sculpture.
Prince: Dad, you can’t be serious. He just pooped on the floor.
King: He made a beautiful sculpture. We must display it proudly.
The poop is now proudly displayed in the center of town, and all the citizens are cheering. Leader and prince are a bit grossed out. Fade out to credits.
Episodes (Unofficial Order)[edit | edit source]
|1||Eau de Toilet||Found|
|2||The Postman Never Rings Twice||Found|
|4||Who Buried the Bone?||Found|
|6||Worst in Show||Found|
|7||A Poop By Any Other Name||Found|
|8||Life's an Itch||Found|
|9||TV or Not TV?||Lost|
|10||Planet of the Chimps||Found|