|Dexter's Laboratory episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Rob Renzetti|
|Written by||Chong Lee
|Produced by||Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Original air date||February 21, 1998
(World Animation Celebration)|
January 22, 2013 (online)
|Running time||7 minutes|
"Rude Removal" is a cartoon segment originally produced for the animated television series Dexter's Laboratory for Cartoon Network. The segment was intended to be the program's 28th episode of the second season. The characters in the episode are depicted as using profanity, even though the swear words were censored. Cartoon Network never broadcast the episode as part of its regular programming, and Cartoon Network's late night programming block Adult Swim eventually uploaded it to YouTube and to their official website on January 22, 2013, but it was removed shortly afterwards. After being uploaded on YouTube, it gained over 500,000 views within 24 hours.
Before its official premiere, the segment was screened during certain animation festivals. The title card for "Rude Removal" shows Dee Dee gesturing with her middle finger as well as Dexter mooning towards the audience. In the short, Dexter and Dee Dee are accidentally split into rude and polite clones of themselves.
Dexter invents The Rude Removal System, a machine to remove the rudeness from his sister Dee Dee. However, Dee Dee thinks Dexter is the one who is rude, so they start fighting and wander into the machine. Inadvertently, the Rude Removal System is activated, splitting the pair into well-behaved and rude halves. This creates two evil, rude duplicates, who use profanity and harbor destructive tendencies. The evil clones proceed to insult their mother and destroy the house. Dexter and Dee Dee now have to stop their rude halves from causing trouble and consequently being punished by their Mom, who believes the actions of the evil clones were that of her children.
The "Rude Removal" segment was produced in 1997, and features a seven minute runtime. It was directed by Rob Renzetti and story boarded by Chong Lee and Craig McCracken. Main cast member Jeff Bennett did not participate in a voice role throughout this segment.
Screenings and online release
"Rude Removal" was produced during the second season of Dexter's Laboratory in 1997, but it never aired on American television. It did see limited showing at certain animation festivals and conventions, including an event at the 1998 World Animation Celebration on February 21, 1998. Series creator Genndy Tartakovsky commented that "standards didn't like it." Linda Simensky, then-vice president of original programming for Cartoon Network, said "I still think it's very funny. It probably would air better late at night." Fred Seibert, president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons from 1992 to 1996, has attested to the existence of the short. After being asked about it on his Tumblr page, Calvin Wong, storyboard artist for Regular Show, said that Cartoon Network denied that it was in their media library.
Tartakovsky would sometimes show the cartoon when he spoke in public. One such showing occurred during a lecture given at the Rhode Island School of Design on November 15, 2008. He was asked about the episode during a Reddit AMA in October 2012, and he replied "Next time I do a public appearance I'll bring it with me!". Adult Swim later asked fans on Twitter if there was still any interest in the episode, and the response was "overwhelming". The segment was finally uploaded to YouTube and their official website on January 22, 2013.
Before the segment was officially released, someone made a forum post claiming to have seen an uncensored version of the episode at the San Diego Comic-Con. However, there has been no official confirmation from the production staff that such a version actually exists.
In his review of "Rude Removal", Erik Adams of The A.V. Club opined that the segment was "nowhere near as crass" as anticipated by the Reddit community, though he felt "it's still pretty fucking funny". He concluded that "if Cartoon Network would've aired 'Rude Removal' with all its bleeps intact, we would've never learned how to use such filthy language."
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