Corneil and Bernie

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Dumb dogwalker + smart dog = ugly cartoon.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Corneil is hiding his abilities from his owners. Bernie, as the only human who knows about him, blackmails Corneil in nearly every episode and deceives people into thinking that Corniel's accomplishments are his own. Sometimes he is rewarded for this, sometimes not.

Violence & scariness

It's not exactly violence, but Bernie drags Corneil into walls and over stairs, crashes him into closing doors, etc. It's cartoony but it isn't very fun.

Sexy stuff

Bernie occasionally gives buxom women some iffy glances.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs like tranquilizers are used for (attempted) humorous mishaps.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this show is rated as OK for everyone, the fast cuts and wild animation make it unsuitable for very young viewers. Almost every episode has storylines that include deception, blackmail, and bribery (albeit on a very mild level), which may make it confusing for less-sophisticated viewers. Corneil's determination not to reveal his true self to his loving owners, although a tired plot device, offers an iffy social message.

What's the story?

CORNEIL AND BERNIE relates the escapades of a genius dog (Corneil, voiced by Keith Wickham) and his idiot dogwalker ((Bernie, voiced by Ben Small). Bernie's not very bright, and he's crass, insensitive, selfish, and completely unaware of his faults. Because Bernie is the only human who knows that Corneil can talk (and is, in fact, a genius), he has the upper hand over Corneil, and he uses it in almost every episode. Corneil is often shown cringing and kowtowing to Bernie when they're interacting on this level. And when the two are shown as boy and dog, Bernie's treatment of Corneil isn't much better -- Bernie's forever dragging the dog around on his leash and slamming him into things.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Other than the dragging-around-and-knocking-into-things, there's no particular violence in Corneil and Bernie and only mild salacious glances from the teenage Bernie at buxom cartoon girls and women. Still, this isn't really a cartoon for young kids. The relationship between Corneil and Bernie is complex and not particularly appealing, and the mayhem has a malicious feel, as if Bernie knows that even if Corneil is a dog, Corneil has something Bernie hasn't got. Older kids will have seen it all before, but why teach younger viewers that people and animals can be ugly to each other before absolutely necessary?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Corneil and Bernie. Does Corneil really like Bernie? Would Bernie really give Corneil away? (The answers actually aren't clear -- this isn't a particularly heartwarming show.) Families can also try to count how many talking-animal-discovered-by-a-human books, movies, and TV shows they can come up with. From the Warner Brothers' dancing frog to Turner and Hooch, this plot device has been used a million times.

TV details

Cast:Ben Small, Keith Wickham
Network:Nicktoons
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y

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Kid, 10 years old February 8, 2009

Great and funny show for all ages!

If you'll looking for a show for the whole family to watch then put on Corneil and Bernie. The situations Bernie get's Corneil into are always funny and if you watch the show closely you'll notice that in every episode Corneil starts out despiseing Bernie and feeling he's only a slight annoyance. But by the end of the show Corneil treats Bernie like a slight friend. So stop reading about Corneil and Bernie and go watch it!
Teen, 15 years old Written byibarncat January 16, 2011

Sympathetic dog + hilariously clueless teenager = smart cartoon

This is one show that this website has undoubtedly rated severely incorrectly. Who cares if Bernie is guilty of bad species relationship and is over all a horrible role model? That's the whole point of the show's humor. And there is definetely nothing morally wrong with Corneil attempting to keep his intelligence a secret. He has a ligitimate fear that, if found out, he would be subject to certain tests from sceintists who lack basic morals. That would be a ligitimate fear in real life. There really are a lot of teenagers as weak as Bernie. So basically, this is, in fact, a show that would deserve a TV-Y rating if 1 Nick still used the TV-Y rating and 2 the show was still on, even if it had to be restricted to the overnight hours. By the way, I consider this the most underrated cartoon of all time. It really is quite funny and does a superb job satirically bashing the constant stereotypes of dogs that are constantly seen in television, eg Tuff Puppy.
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008

The Show's ok

The Show's ok but watch the thing right before the commercials on the first commercial!

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