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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Why Don't Cartoon Dogs Talk?

This is a serious question. I mean, sure, some cartoon dogs talk, but of all cartoon species, the dog is often the silent one, full of woofs and pants, but no words. Even the dog in Word World itself has no words. You could argue that dogs are meant always as pets, but in Blue's Clues the cats talk. Heck, even the salt and pepper shakers talk. Just not the dogs. Same for Garfield, talking cats, non-talking dogs. And one of the only Looney Toons not to talk? Wile E. Coyote. Why don't dogs talk? Does anyone know?

Talking Dogs:

Brian talks, poking fun of cartoon dogs not traditionally talking (I think). It comes up as a joke often enough, anyway.

Clifford and all his friends talk, in disparity with the original book series.

Goofy talks. But not Pluto. What the heck? Because a dog is a mouse's pet he doesn't get to talk, but a stray (and let's not forget Pete, either...Wait, hold the phone. I was just informed that Pete is a cat. Mind blown. 29 years of knowledge rocked. Whoa.) gets full vocal range?

Underdog talks. That's kind of necessary if you're going to save the world, I suspect.

Dogs that don't talk:

And I've left out dozens on either side. Still, it would seem there are more non-talking dogs than talking dogs, and each specific character seems to have a unique reason for not speaking (or speaking) although I can't figure out what that reasoning is. Are there any trends? Does anyone know the reasoning behind this? Why don't cartoon dogs talk?

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  1. That's interesting! I honestly never thought about it before. It may remain a mystery. :)

  2. We were watching an episode of Dora and she commented that it was strange that the garbage can talked because garbage cans can't talk . . . it was in fact Swiper. I will give her that . . . however, she is surrounded by a talking monkey, bull, map, backback, and I could go on and on . . . yet the garbarge can it the one thing that is odd when it talks. Things that make you go hum!

    Total aside but Wily is a coyote and Scubby does sort of talk . . . I am right there with you when it comes to Pluto and Goofy!

  3. Wile E. Coyote DOES talk. He has an accent and usually refers to himself as Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. He's voiced by Mel Blancs. I'd argue that Scooby also talks.

    I Thunk in general pets don't talk, where as main characters and anthropomorphized dig characters that just happen to be animals but just as easily be human do talk.

  4. Omg, just pretend that makes sense.

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  6. Wile E. Coyote is not a dog... he's a....Coyote!
    It's in the name!

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