As a fan of super-talented voice actor Frank Welker, I’m always torn when I watch the 80s ‘Dungeons And Dragons’ cartoon.  On the one hand, the fact that Frank can do such realistic baby unicorn noises and bleats is impressive, but on the other, I find myself compelled to dropkick Uni the Unicorn nearly as much as Eric the Cavalier.  As a byproduct of the unbreakable “every show needs a cute pet” rule of that era, Uni adds nothing to the proceedings other than endangering the party and giving Bobby a reason to do stupid things.  Still, he’s not as central to the plot as Scrappy Doo, nor as entirely useless as Snarf, but still ranks below Shipwreck’s parrot from G.I. Joe, who could at least mimic voices to make itself useful.  Indeed, the cute sidekick/mascot/annoying pet is a widely used plot device that I seldom find myself really liking, which leads to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still can’t quite forgive the mess that was Godzooky, asking: Which cartoon pet/mascot is the most annoying pet of all?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Without question. Scrappy Doo screaming “Puppy Power” as he futile attempts to kick someone’s shins.

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