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Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier

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Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier
Looney Tunes character
First appearanceTree for Two (1952)
Created byFriz Freleng
Voiced bySpike: Mel Blanc (1952-1983)
Chester: Stan Freberg (1952-1996)
In-universe information
SpeciesSpike: Bulldog
Chester: Terrier

Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier are animated cartoon characters in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Spike is a burly, gray bulldog wearing a red sweater, a brown bowler hat, and a perpetual scowl. Chester is a Jack Russell terrier who is just the opposite, small and jumpy with yellow fur and brown, perky ears.[1]

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History

The characters starred in only two shorts, both directed by animator Friz Freleng. The first of these films was Tree for Two (1952).[2] In it, Chester tells his idol Spike that he knows of a cat that they can beat up. The cat is Freleng's own Sylvester, but every time Spike thinks he has the cat cornered, a runaway zoo black panther appears in Sylvester's place, thrashing the dog instead. When Chester decides to have a go of it, however, Sylvester finds himself at the little dog's mercy. By the cartoon's end, Spike and Chester have switched roles; Spike is the fawning sycophant, and Chester the smug prizefighter.

The characters' second outing was in the short film Dr. Jerkyl's Hide (1954).[3] Spike (here called "Alfie" and with an English accent) is once again after Sylvester, only this time it is Sylvester himself who pummels the poor pooch, thanks to a potion that transforms him into a feline monster. Chester, of course, never sees this transformed Sylvester, thinking his buddy is being beaten by the tiny tomcat. The final loss of face for Alfie is his being thrashed by a fly that has also been affected by the potion, as it occurs in front of Chester's eyes.

Later appearances

  • Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier appear in the movie Space Jam (1996). They are seen as a pair of paramedics during the basketball game.
  • Spike the Bulldog appears in The Looney Tunes Show episode "The Jailbird and Jailbunny". He is seen during the "Blow My Stack" song as a member of Yosemite Sam's anger management group.
  • A live action version of Spike and Chester appeared in a 1988 commercial for Kibbles 'n Bits.

References

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 138. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 241. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 261. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
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