The Pound Puppies TV Special features the debut of the Pound Puppies. The Pound Puppies meet Violet Vanderfeller and must return her to her owners while trying to get Bigelow's job back and avoiding two evil dognappers, Flack and Tubbs.

The Pound Puppies TV Special
Pound Puppies Title Screen
Title Screen for the Pound Puppies TV Special

Premiered on

October 1985


Alan Zaslove and Ray Patterson


Tom Ruegger


Dan Gilvezan, Ron Palillo, Alan Oppenheimer, Charles Adler, Gail Matthius, June Foray, Sorrell Booke, Adrienne Alexander, Garret Morris, Vicki Carroll, Henry Gibson, Avery Schreiber, Joanne Worley, Don Messick, Jonathan Winters, Ed Begley Jr., and Frank Welker

First Appearance

the Pound Puppies


Scrounger and Violet

Violet meets Scrounger for the first time

The TV Special starts when a girl dog named Violet Vanderfeller is chased by two dognappers, Flack and Tubbs, through the city streets. Violet finally escapes from the dognappers, but is caught by Nabbit. She is then thrown inside Nabbit's truck, where she meets Cooler, The Nose, and Scrounger, who are members of the Pound Puppies. Cooler defends Violet from Scrounger and the Nose when they laugh at her because she doesn't know what a pound is. The truck then stops at the City Pound.

Happy Pound Puppies

The Pound Puppies are very happy to see Dr. Weston

At the City Pound, Bright Eyes, Howler, and Barkerville tell the other dogs that Cooler has returned. Meanwhile, Violet is introduced to Bigelow, who runs the City Pound, and Dr. Weston, who is the pound's veterinarian. Bigelow, seeing Cooler's high record of escapes, tells Nabbit to take Cooler to solitary confinement for the next 30 days. Fortunately, Cooler fools Nabbit and Bigelow by faking a serious disease and Dr. Weston plays along, telling Nabbit and Bigelow that Cooler is too sick to be taken to solitary confinement. As soon as Bigelow and Nabbit leave, Dr. Weston awards Cooler with a cheese-flavored dog bone and Cooler goes with the other Pound Puppies to their secret headquarters.

Violet, Bright Eyes, and Cooler

Violet, Bright Eyes, and Cooler are watching the surveillance cameras

Cooler then introduces Violet to Barkerville, who is in charges of finding homes for puppies who want to be adopted. Violet asks them if they could help her and the two pups agreed. Suddenly, Bright Eyes sees the same two dognappers from earlier on surveillance camera. Cooler enlists Scrounger to keep the dognappers busy. Meanwhile, Bigelow gets a call from Mayor Fist and hastily cleans up his office.

Barkerville and other puppies

Barkerville and 4 other puppies are ready to go outside

Outside the City Pound, Flack and Tubbs sneak inside. Scrounger distracts Itchy and Snichey, Nabbit's twin guard dogs, by throwing a dog bone at them. Itchy and Snichey chased the dog bone and startled Flack and Tubbs, causing them to escape from the pound. Back in the Pound Puppies' HQ, Bright Eyes and Howler are assigned to locate Violet's home while Barkerville, Scrounger, and The Nose take four puppies home. At Bigelow's Office, Mayor Fist tells Bigelow that he is assigned to be a garbage man because the mayor's son, Arnold Fist, was sick and tired of cleaning up. Bigelow, horrified by the idea, pleads Mayor Fist to let him keep his job.

Violet and Cooler

Violet and Cooler toast at tonight's dinner

Elsewhere, Cooler treats Violet to dinner at the Kitchen, which was made by Louie. Violet tells Cooler that she was dognapped by Flack and Tubbs right in front of her owners, the Vanderfellers, while they were playing croquet. She also tells him that she escaped from Flack and Tubbs while they were writing a ransom note to the Vanderfellers. After Violet finished telling her story, Cooler, Violet, and Louie are then chased by Catgut, Nabbit, Itchy, and Snichey. After the Pound Puppies escaped, Bigelow and Mayor Fist saw the mess and the Mayor fires Bigelow.

Cooler and Violet

Violet hugs Cooler for bringing her home

Back in the HQ, Cooler tells the other Pound Puppies his plan. The plan is that the Pound Puppies should not only return Violet to her home but also get Bigelow's job back. As the Pound Puppies head outside the HQ, they are chased by Flack and Tubbs, who are chased by Bigelow and Nabbit, who are chased by the Mayor and Arnold Fist. Finally, the Pound Puppies reached Violet's home and were about to reunite her with her family when Flack and Tubbs once again take Violet. The Pound Puppies come to the rescue and save Violet.

Devastated Pound Puppies

The other Pound Puppies are devastated as Cooler lies unconcious

Suddenly, the dognapper's van spins out of control and Flack and Tubbs where tossed out of the van and into a bush. The Van was about to head toward Violet, but Cooler steps in and saves her. Cooler is hit by the van and is knocked unconcious. As the other Pound Puppies worry that their leader is dead, Flack and Tubbs were arrested and, in a humorous confusion, Bigelow is given the credit for their capture. The Mayor congratulates Bigelow by giving him his job back.

Violet and Cooler 2

Cooler tells Violet that they will go on a date tonight at 8.

The next day, Mayor Fist and Bigelow address the newsreporters about how they captured Flack and Tubbs. When one of the reporters asked Bigelow about Cooler's condition, Dr. Weston delivers the good news that Cooler survived the incident. The other Pound Puppies and Violet were happy to see their leader alive. Violet ask Cooler if they would meet again and Cooler tells her that they will go on a date together. After Violet leaves, the Pound Puppies resumed their mission on finding homes for puppies. Howler howls, ending the special.

Cast of Pound Puppies: The 1985 TV Special

The Entire Company
The Good
Cooler The nose Bright Eyes Howler2 Violet Vanderfeller
Cooler The Nose Bright Eyes Whopper Violet Vanderfeller
Barkerville Scrounger Louie
Barkerville Scrounger Louie
The Bad
Tubbs Flack Arnold Catgut1
Tubbs Flack Arnold Fist Catgut
The Inbetween
Bigelow The Chief Nabbit The Mayor The Doc
Bigelow Chief Williams Dabney Nabbit Mayor Fist Dr. Weston
Itchy and Snichey Mother Superior Louie's Assistant Vanderfeller Kids Vanderfeller Parents
Itchy and Snichey Mother Superior Louie's Assistant Chelsea and Nathan Vanderfeller Phillip and Gloria Vanderfeller
Sarah Petey Becky
Sarah Williams Petey Becky


The Pound Puppies

Voice cast for Pound Puppies:The 1985 TV Special

Voice Actors Roles
Dan Gilvezan Cooler
Ron Palillo Scrounger
Alan Oppenheimer Barkerville
Gail Matthius Violet Vanderfeller
Don Messick Louie/Itchy
Adrienne Alexander Bright Eyes
Frank Welker Howler/Catgut/Snichey
Jo Anne Worley(Joanne Worley) The Nose
Charles Adler Flack
Avery Schreiber Tubbs
Sorrell Booke Mayor Fist AKA The Mayor
Garrett Morris Chief Williams AKA The Chief
Jonathon Winters Sidney Bigelow AKA Bigelow
Ed Begley Jr. Arnold
Henry Gibson Dabney Nabbit
Victoria Carroll(Vicki Carroll) Dr. Weston AKA The Doc
June Foray Mother Superior/Old Woman
Laura Duff Chelsea Vanderfeller
Deonca Brown (uncredited) Sarah
Maggie Munro (uncredited) Kitten
Alexis Rhee (uncredited) Newsreporter
Ann Ryerson (uncredited) Mrs. Gloria Vanderfeller
Patric Zimmerman (uncredited) Nathan Vanderfeller


In 1985, Hanna-Barbera made an animated television special, which aired in syndication that October, paired with Star Fairies. Characters in the television special included the Fonzie-styled leader Cooler (voiced by Dan Gilvezan), the cheerleader Bright Eyes (voiced by Adrienne Alexander), and a dog with a very nasal like New York accent known only as "The Nose" (voiced by Jo Anne Worley), and the goofy inventor aptly named Howler (voiced by Frank Welker), who can only howl.

Two other dogs appeared in the special. They were the upper-class snob Barkerville (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) and the garbage-can-digging Scrounger (voiced by Ron Palillo), who later appeared in the season 2 episode Garbage Night: The Musical. The three of them appeared briefly in a flashback in the episode Wagga Wagga. The Mayor (voiced by Sorrell Booke) made a cameo appearance in Bright Lights, Bright Eyes as one of the judges of the pet talent show, Mayor Fist.

This special was released on VHS in 1986 by Family Home Entertainment and is available on a DVD which comes with certain Pound Puppies toys.

The characters Bright Eyes (voiced by Adrienne Alexander), Howler (voiced by Frank Welker), and The Nose/Nose Marie (voiced by Jo Anne Worley) would be voiced by different actors in the regular series, although Adrienne Alexander and Frank Welker would return as Brattina and Catgut respectively.

This TV Special marks the Pound Puppies and Catgut's first appearances.

Sorrell Booke, the voice of Mayor Fist, was known for his role as Boss Hogg in the 1970's TV Series, the Dukes of Hazard.

The success of the special led to the creation of the TV Series.


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See Also

Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw

Episode List