The Dogfather

The Dogfather was a series of 17 cartoons produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and released between 1974 and 1976. It is the final theatrical cartoon series made by DePatie-Freleng.

The Dogfather
Portrayed byBob Holt


The Dogfather was a parody of The Godfather, but with canines as part of the Italian organized crime syndicate. It consists of the Dogfather (voiced by Bob Holt impersonating Marlon Brando) and his henchmen Pug and Louie (both voiced by Daws Butler). There were some cartoons that Louie was not in where Pug is voiced by Bob Holt.[1]

The Dogfather was later broadcast as part of the NBC Saturday morning cartoon series The Pink Panther and Friends.[1]


No. Title Directed by: Story: Released: Synopsis:
1"The Dogfather"Hawley PrattBob OgleJune 27, 1974
2"The Goose That Laid a Golden Egg"Hawley PrattFriz FrelengOctober 4, 1974
3"Heist and Seek"Gerry ChiniquyDon ChristensenOctober 4, 1974
4"The Big House Ain't a Home"Gerry ChiniquyDave DetiegeOctober 31, 1974 (Halloween)
5"Mother Dogfather"Arthur LeonardiDave DetiegeOctober 31, 1974 (Halloween)
6"Bows and Errors"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnDecember 29, 1974
7"Deviled Yeggs"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnDecember 29, 1974
8"Watch the Birdie"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnMarch 20, 1975
9"Saltwater Tuffy"Arthur LeonardiJohn W. DunnMarch 20, 1975
10"M-O-N-E-Y Spells Love"Arthur LeonardiDave DetiegeApril 23, 1975
11"Rock-A-Bye Maybe"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnApril 23, 1975
12"Haunting Dog"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnMay 2, 1975
13"Eagle Beagles"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnMay 5, 1975
14"From Nags to Riches"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnMay 5, 1975
15"Goldilox & the Three Hoods"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnAugust 28, 1975
16"Rockhounds"Arthur LeonardiJohn W. DunnNovember 20, 1975
17"Medicur"Gerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnApril 30, 1976


The Dogfather was revived (and re-designed) in 1993 as a segment for The Pink Panther. The Dogfather was voiced by Joe Piscopo (Jim Cummings in "It's Just a Gypsy in My Soup") while Pug and Louie are voiced by Brian George and Jess Harnell.


Much like a number of DFE-produced cartoon shorts, about half of the Dogfather cartoons were remakes of Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1950s that were directed by Freleng, which are listed below:

  • The pilot episode (The Dogfather) was remade after Tree For Two (1952).
  • The Goose that Laid a Golden Egg was remade after Golden Yeggs (1950).
  • Heist and Seek was remade after Bugsy and Mugsy (1957).
  • Mother Dogfather was remade after Stork Naked (1955).
  • Saltwater Tuffy was remade after Tugboat Granny (1956)
  • Devilled Yeggs was remade after Satan's Waitin' (1954).
  • Watch the Birdie was remade after Dr. Jerkyll's Hide (1954).
  • M-O-N-E-Y Spells Love was remade after Hare Trimmed (1953).
  • Rock-a-Bye Maybe was remade after Kit for Cat (1948).
  • Eagle Beagles was remade after Hare Lift (1952).

However, this was criticized by Charles Brubaker, the author of the website Cartoon Research, who pointed out that this made the series almost completely unoriginal and resulted in inferior versions of those Looney Tunes shorts.[2]


  • Produced by: David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng
  • Directed by: Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Leonardi
  • Story by: Bob Ogle, Don Christiansen, John W. Dunn, Friz Freleng
  • Title Designer: Arthur Leonardi
  • Animation: John V. Gibbs, Bob Matz, Norm McCabe, Bob Richardson, Warren Batchelder, Don Williams, Bob Bransford, Nelson Shin
  • Layout: Dick Ung, Richard H. Thomas
  • Background: Richard H. Thomas
  • Music by: Dean Elliott
  • Lyrics: John Bradford
  • Camera: John Burton Jr.
  • Executive in Charge: Lee Gunther

DVD/Blu-ray Release

On April 24, 2018, Kino Lorber released all 17 shorts on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time.[3]


  1. Beck, Jerry (2006). Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town. New York, New York: Dorling Kindersley, Ltd. pp. 54–55, 102–103. ISBN 0-7566-1033-8.
  3. "New Date, Details, Extras and Artwork for the Cartoon on DVD and Blu-ray Disc |". Retrieved 2018-02-14.

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