ⓘ Beethoven (TV series)

Beethoven (TV series)

ⓘ Beethoven (TV series)

Beethoven is a 1994 American animated television series loosely based on the 1992 motion picture of the same name. The series was produced by Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Cartoon Studios and Universal Television, and aired for one season on CBS, with 26 fifteen-minute episodes produced. Dean Jones, who played Dr. Varnick in the movie, voiced the role of George Newton; Nicholle Tom, who played teenage daughter Ryce in the movie and Beethovens 2nd, was the only cast member from the films to reprise her role in the series.


1. Premise

The Newton family love Beethoven, their St. Bernard dog. But the father, George, has his moments with Beethoven, who gets in different mishaps time after time. When not with the Newton family, Beethoven spends time with three other dogs, Sparky the stray from the first film, Ginger, and Caesar.

Unlike the movie, Beethoven has a speaking voice, at least among the other animals; incidentally he would also talk in the 2011 direct-to-video film, Beethovens Christmas Adventure. The same plot was used in another animated series Free Willy, where the main character also could talk. Some of the music was used for the DIC cartoon, What-a-Mess.


2. Home video releases

Universal and Goodtimes released episodes of the show on VHS. Universal has not yet announced any plans to release the show on DVD, although the episodes are currently available to view on YouTube.