Leader Dog (partially lost Nickelodeon animated short series; 2004)

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Leader Dog's title card

Status: Partially Lost

Leader Dog is a 3-minute animated short series created by Larry Schwarz that aired on Nicktoons from April 18th, 2004, to at least 2008. The show was created by Larry Schwarz and ran for 13 episodes.


The series told the adventures of an ordinary dog captured by a race of aliens who mistakes him to be the "Earth's leader," as Leader lives on their home planet and introduces the aliens to the world of being a dog. Most episodes revolve around Leader introducing the aliens to a dog-like activity, such as drinking toilet water or chasing after mailmen.


The animation was used via Flash, and the majority of the characters are voiced by animators. Schwartz wanted to base the animation on Hanna Barbera cartoons.

Like many Nicktoons short series, Leader Dog has fallen into obscurity due to its sporadic air times and general lack of exposure. Scwartz mentioned that he wanted to inspire animators and have an impact on animation themselves.[1]

Schwarz said:

“We really wanted to create something totally original, yet familiar–the kind of shows we grew up with and watched on Saturday mornings. We wanted to tell funny stories with memorable characters–the kind that will become classics,”

The series was also directed by Sergei Aniskov.[2]


YouTubers have uploaded several of the show's episodes online. Other episodes have been uploaded to Kisscartoon. Out of the 13 episodes produced, 2 shorts are currently lost.

Episode List (Unofficial Order)

# Episode Title Status
1 Eau de Toilet Found
2 The Postman Never Rings Twice Found
3 Nobody's Drool Found
4 Who Buried the Bone? Found
5 Fetch Lives Found
6 Worst in Show Found
7 A Poop By Any Other Name Found
8 Life's an Itch Found
9 TV or Not TV? Lost
10 Planet of the Chimps Found
11 Howl-O-Ween Lost
12 Play Dead Found
13 Dog Food Found

See Also

Anthology and Short Series

Bumpers and Promos


Game Shows

Inaugural Series

Live Action