BEHIND THE STORY...
When it was announced Adult Swim would start stepping up their production slate, I submitted this idea. It was based on the concept of reality shows where you throw a bunch of different characters together and have fun. In fact, I thought the idea was good enough to adapt the concept into other series (see “Kennel of Super Pets”, “Not Half Bad”.) I thought this had a lot of potential for comedy. However, the Adult Swim exec felt the Villainous take was stronger. Tried to get the main network interested, but was told that they were not looking for any more shows about pets at the moment.
And now my pitch...
A Day Care for Cartoon Critters
While their owners are off making funny money, these pets of the animated aristocrats wile away time dishing their owners, playing poker, and acting as if they were staying in something between a country club and a prison.
The pets’ personalities range from devoted companion (who thinks anything their master does is right) to resentful schemer (who feels they deserve more) to just simple minded.
Maggie and Gus, who had hoped for a peaceful retirement, must tend to this zany zoo to help pay the bills. While Maggie thinks the animals are cute, Gus resents that the “wildlife” has a better life than him!
Whether it’s putting up with their kooky cravings (both hunger and toys), picking up after their antics, putting up with their insults, or trying to keep them from turning their home into a demilitarized zone, Maggie and Gus have their hands full!
Frequent famous guests of the Day Care are Dino (Flintstones), Brutus (lion from Roman Holidays), Hopperoo (Rubbles), Bandit (Quests), Boo (ghost cat from Funky Phantom), Precious Pup (Granny’s), Astro (Jetsons), Spot (cat from Hong Kong Phooey), Salty (talking parrot from Sinbad Jr.), Gleep (Herculoids), Scooby (seal from Moby Dick), Beverly (Pertwee’s cat from Where's Huddles)
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