January 2, 1995 – The Animated Television Series The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show Premieres
“Watch the fur fly every Monday.”
On January 2, 1995, the animated series The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show premiered on The Disney Afternoon programming block. The show was seen as Disney’s way of competing with popular Nickelodeon cartoons Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life in terms of humor and design. The series featured three different segments: “Shnookums and Meat!,” “Pith Possum: Super Dynamic Possum of Tomorrow,” and “Tex Tinstar: The Best in the West.” “Shnookums and Meat” was about a housecat named Shnookums and a dog named Meat who fought constantly; “Pith Possum” was a superhero spoof about the titular character, his sidekick Obediah the Wonder Raccoon, and their battles against mad lumberjack Paul Bunion; “Tex Tinstar” was a parody of Westerns, featuring the titular character, his horse Here Boy, and his crusade against the outlaw band The Wrong Riders. The series lasted for only thirteen episodes, with the initial run ending on March 27, 1995. The series was written and created by Bill Kopp, and directed by Jeff DeGradis. It starred the vocal talents of Jason Marsden, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Steve Mackall, Jeff Bennett, Brad Garrett, Jess Harnell, April Winchell, Patric Zimmerman, Charlie Adler, Corey Burton, and Jim Cummings.