ToonHeads

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ToonHeads
ToonHeads logo.jpg
Format Animation anthology
Narrated by Leslie Fram
Don Kennedy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 82
Production
Producer(s) George A. Klein
Running time 15-60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Boomerang
Original run October 1992 (1992-10) – November 23, 2003 (2003-11-23)

ToonHeads is an American animation anthology series consisting of Hanna-Barbera, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. and Popeye cartoon shorts, with interesting background information and trivia, prominently about animators and voice actors like: Mel Blanc, Tex Avery, Hugh Harman, Rudy Ising, David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and Daws Butler. The program was narrated by Leslie Fram and Don Kennedy. Every half-hour episode would have a different theme, including one series of episodes in 1996 featuring the long-unseen Nudnik shorts.[1]

It was originally broadcast on Cartoon Network from October 1992 to November 23, 2003, with a Christmas special shown on December 24, 2005. The series includes 82 episodes, two one-hour specials, and one half-hour special which was never aired.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The following is a list of episodes that have aired on season 1 of the show[2]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "El Kabong" December 23, 1996 (1996-12-23)
Cartoons about Hanna-Barbera character Quick Draw McGraw and his alter ego, El Kabong. Features the cartoons El Kabong, El Kabong Meets El Kazing, and El Kabong Bongs Kabong.
2 2 "Barney Bear" N/A
Cartoons about MGM character Barney Bear. Features the cartoons Wee Willie Wildcat, The Impossible Possum, and The Bear and the Beavers.
3 3 "Tom and Jerry - The Chuck Jones Cartoons" N/A
Tom and Jerry cartoons made under Chuck Jones's direction in the 1960s. Features the cartoons The Cat Above and the Mouse Below, Much Ado About Mousing, and Cat and Dupli-cat.
4 4 "Ranger John Smith" N/A
Yogi Bear cartoons featuring Yogi's antagonist, Ranger Smith. Features the cartoons A Bear Living, Bear Face Disguise, and Home Sweet Jellystone.
5 5 "Hollywood" N/A
Cartoons centered on Hollywood and the celebrities of the era. Features the cartoons Slick Hare, Popeye's 20th Anniversary, and Yankee Doodle Daffy.
6 6 "The Old West" N/A
Cartoons that parody Westerns. Features the cartoons Hare Trigger, Homesteader Droopy, and Wagon Heels.
7 7 "Music" N/A
Cartoons that heavily feature music. Features the cartoons Me Musical Nephews, The Rabbit of Seville, and Johann Mouse.
8 8 "Sports" N/A
Cartoons in which most of the gags center on sports. Features the cartoons Baseball Bugs, The Bowling Alley Cat, and The Football Toucher Downer.
9 9 "Mel Blanc" N/A
Cartoons featuring Mel Blanc's voice-acting range. Features the cartoons Rabbit Seasoning, Speedy Gonzales, and Daffy Duck Slept Here.
10 10 "Daws Butler" N/A
Cartoons featuring Daws Butler's voice-acting range. Features the cartoons Mars Little Precious, Tricky Trappers, and Pie Pirates.
11 11 "The Evolution of Tom and Jerry" N/A
Tom and Jerry cartoons as the years progressed. Features the cartoons Puss Gets the Boot, Mouse Trouble, and Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story of Life.
12 12 "Bugs Bunny in Fairy Tales" N/A
Fairy tale parodies featuring Bugs Bunny. Features the cartoons Little Red Riding Rabbit, Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears, and Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk.
13 13 "Jay Ward" February 26, 1999 (1999-02-26)
Cartoons from Jay Ward Productions. Features the cartoons Treasure of Sierra Madre (George of the Jungle), Tom Tom the Piper's Son (from "Bullwinkle's Corner" on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), Dudley Do-Right, How to Direct Movies (from "Mr. Know-It-All"), and Snow White (from "Fractured Fairy Tales").
14 14 "Valentine's Day" N/A
Romantic comedy cartoons. Features the cartoons The Zoot Cat, The Stupid Cupid, and Little Tinker.
15 15 "St. Patrick's Day" N/A
Cartoons featuring leprechauns and Irish caricatures. Features the cartoons The Huck of the Irish, Droopy Leprechaun, and The Wearing of the Grin.

Season 2[edit]

The following is a list of episodes aired on season 2[3]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
16 1 "Travelogue Cartoons" November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)
Cartoons parodying the travelogue, a short film highlighting the sights of a certain location. Features the cartoons Detouring America, Crazy Cruise, and Fresh Fish.
17 2 "Emily the Chicken" November 20, 1998 (1998-11-20)
Cartoons centered on minor WB character Emily the Chicken, a hen who blindly pursued her dreams of being a star, only to be rejected. According to the special, Emily the Chicken is said to be the precursor to Miss Prissy from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. Features the cartoons Let It Be Me, A Star Is Hatched, and Strangled Eggs.
18 3 "Baseball Cartoons" November 27, 1998 (1998-11-27)
Cartoons that mock the great American pastime. Features the cartoons Gone Batty, Batty Baseball, and Baseball Bugs.
19 4 "The Early Works of Chuck Jones" December 6, 1998 (1998-12-06)
A look at Chuck Jones's Disney-esque works in his early days as a Warner Bros. director. Features the cartoons The Night Watchman, Dog Gone Modern, and Toy Trouble (edited).
20 5 "Southern Fried Cartoons" December 11, 1998 (1998-12-11)
Cartoons located in the Southern United States. Features the cartoons Southern Fried Rabbit (edited), Backwoods Bunny, and The Dixie Fryer.
21 6 "Midnight in the Bookstore" December 18, 1998 (1998-12-18)
A look at a genre of musical comedy cartoons featuring characters from books and grocery labels coming to life while the store is closed for the night. Features the cartoons Speaking of the Weather, You're an Education, and Book Revue (edited).
22 7 "The Many Faces of Robin Hood" December 25, 1998 (1998-12-25)
A look at cartoons featuring spoofs of the Robin Hood legend. Features the cartoons Robin Hood Makes Good, Robin Hood Daffy, and Robin Hoodwinked.
23 8 "Hollywood Nights" January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)
More cartoons featuring Hollywood parodies and caricatures of celebrities from the 1930s and 1940s. Features the cartoons The Coo-Coo Nut Grove, Hollywood Steps Out, and Slick Hare.
24 9 "Future Shock" January 8, 1999 (1999-01-08)
A look at cartoons featuring [then thought to be] futuristic devices, such as automated houses and robots. Features the cartoons Dog Gone Modern, House Hunting Mice, and The House of Tomorrow.
25 10 "Movie Star Bugs" January 15, 1999 (1999-01-15)
Cartoons chronicling Bugs Bunny's rise to stardom. Features the cartoons A Hare Grows in Manhattan, What's Up, Doc?, and various clips from other Bugs Bunny shorts.
26 11 "Shut Eye" January 22, 1999 (1999-01-22)
Cartoons in which hilarity ensues when a character is trying to go to sleep. Features the cartoons Good Night, Elmer, Back Alley Oproar, and Daffy Duck Slept Here.
27 12 "Egghead" January 29, 1999 (1999-01-29)
Cartoons featuring the prototype Elmer Fudd character, Egghead. Features the cartoons Daffy Duck & Egghead, Count Me Out, and A Day at the Zoo (edited).
28 13 "The Dreams of Bob Clampett" February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)
A look at Bob Clampett's surrealistic cartoons. Features the cartoons The Old Grey Hare, The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, and The Big Snooze (edited).
29 14 "Goofy Gophers" May 14, 1999 (1999-05-14)
Cartoons featuring Mac and Tosh, a pair of overly-polite gophers. Features the cartoons The Goofy Gophers, I Gopher You, and Tease for Two.
30 15 "Motor Heads" May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)
Cartoons featuring anthropomorphic cars. Features the cartoons Streamlined Greta Green, One Cab's Family, and Little Johnny Jet.
31 16 "Fight Night" May 28, 1999 (1999-05-28)
Cartoons centered on boxing and wrestling. Features the cartoons Let's You and Him Fight, To Duck or Not to Duck, and Rabbit Punch.
32 17 "The Evolution of Tweety" June 6, 1999 (1999-06-06)
A look at the creation of Tweety and his changes in character under Bob Clampett's and Friz Freleng's direction. Features the cartoons A Tale of Two Kitties, Tweetie Pie, and Canary Row.
33 18 "The Year Elmer Fudd Got Fat" June 13, 1999 (1999-06-13)
A look at the handful of cartoons depicting Elmer Fudd as a fat man. Features the cartoons Wabbit Twouble, The Wacky Wabbit, and Fresh Hare.
34 19 "The Nice Mice of Warner Bros." June 20, 1999 (1999-06-20)
Cartoons featuring singing mice. Features the cartoons Ain't We Got Fun, A Sunbonnet Blue, and The Mice Will Play.
35 20 "Toro! Toro!" June 27, 1999 (1999-06-27)
Cartoons centered on bullfighting. Features the cartoons Bulldozing the Bull, Bully for Bugs, and Señor Droopy.
36 21 "Director Robert McKimson" July 4, 1999 (1999-07-04)
A look at cartoons directed by Robert McKimson. Features the cartoons Daffy Doodles, Easter Yeggs, and Walky Talky Hawky.
37 22 "Our Man Sam" July 11, 1999 (1999-07-11)
A look at cartoons featuring Yosemite Sam as Bugs Bunny's adversary. Features the cartoons Hare Trigger, Along Came Daffy, and Bugs Bunny Rides Again.
38 23 "The Musical Cartoons of Friz Freleng" July 18, 1999 (1999-07-18)
A look at Friz Freleng's all-musical cartoons. Features the cartoons Rhapsody in Rivets, Lights Fantastic (edited), and Rhapsody Rabbit.
39 24 "Night of 1000 Elves" July 25, 1999 (1999-07-25)
Cartoon parodies of the story "The Elves and the Cobbler". Features the cartoons Busy Bakers, Holiday for Shoestrings, and The Peachy Cobbler.
40 25 "One Toon Wonders" August 1, 1999 (1999-08-01)
Cartoons featuring characters who only starred in one cartoon, but still became memorable. Features the cartoons Ghost Wanted, The Crackpot Quail (edited), and One Froggy Evening.
41 26 "Battle of the Bookworms" August 8, 1999 (1999-08-08)
Cartoons featuring worm characters. Features the cartoons The Bookworm, Sniffles and the Bookworm, and The Wacky Worm.
42 27 "Crooner Toons" November 19, 1999 (1999-11-19)
Cartoons with caricatures of 1930s & 1940s singers. Features the cartoons Bingo Crosbyana, I Only Have Eyes for You, and Swooner Crooner (edited).
43 28 "Turkey Toons" November 26, 1999 (1999-11-26)
Thanksgiving-themed cartoons. Features the cartoons Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers, Jerky Turkey, and Tom Turk and Daffy.
44 29 "Hobo Flea" December 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
Cartoons depicting a flea as a drifter hopping from dog to dog. Features the cartoons The Homeless Flea, An Itch in Time, and What Price Fleadom?.
45 30 "Rocky & Mugsy" December 10, 1999 (1999-12-10)
Cartoons starring the infamous mobster duo. Features the cartoons Bugs and Thugs, Bugsy and Mugsy, and The Unmentionables.
46 31 "Salesman Daffy" December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17)
Cartoons depicting Daffy Duck as a pushy door-to-door salesman who won't stop until he gets a customer. Features the cartoons Yankee Doodle Daffy, The Stupor Salesman, and Fool Coverage.
47 32 "Cartoon Christmas" December 24, 1999 (1999-12-24)
A holiday special with Christmas-themed cartoons. Features the cartoons Alias St. Nick, The Captain's Christmas, Peace on Earth, The Night Before Christmas, and Bedtime for Sniffles.
48 33 "Ant's Life" December 26, 1999 (1999-12-26)
Cartoons centered around ants. Features the cartoons The Fighting 69-1/2th (edited), The Gay Anties, and Ant Pasted.
49 34 "The Lost Cartoons" March 12, 2000 (2000-03-12)
A one-hour special about Warner Bros' rare and unknown cartoon shorts and early television projects and pilots. Features the cartoons (or scenes from) Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid, Crying for the Carolines, Lady, Play Your Mandolin!, Any Bonds Today?, Spies, The Return of Mr. Hook, Two Guys from Texas, My Dream Is Yours, So Much for So Little, Orange Blossoms for Violet, Drafty, Isn't It?, a Tang commercial with Bugs Bunny and Marvin Martian, Philbert, and Adventures of the Road Runner.
50 35 "The Wartime Cartoons" July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)
A special with cartoons from World War II (some of which are described by the narrator as being "cruel," "outdated" and filled with "outrageous stereotypes"). Features the cartoons Blitz Wolf, Scrap Happy Daffy, Herr Meets Hare (which, coincidentally, was banned from airing during the 2001 June Bugs special that was supposed to feature every Bugs Bunny cartoon ever made, include some that have ethnic stereotypes in them), and Russian Rhapsody and clips from Tokio Jokio, Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, Scrap the Japs, Plane Daffy, and You're a Sap, Mr. Jap.

Season 3[edit]

The following is a list of episodes aired on season 3[3]

  1. The Evolution of Elmer Fudd (cartoons that show how Elmer became who he is today)
  2. The Early Works of Hanna & Barbera (cartoons from the duo's first few years at MGM)
  3. Moon Toons (cartoons centered around going to the moon and space travel)
  4. The Great Cartoon Controversy (documents the allegations of plagiarism between Warner Bros. Rhapsody Rabbit and MGM's The Cat Concerto)
  5. Tasmanian Devil (cartoons starring Taz)
  6. Before Bedrock (cartoons that take place in prehistoric times before Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones made it popular)
  7. The Early Works of Friz Freleng (Friz Freleng's 1930's musical shorts)
  8. Night at the Opera (cartoons centered around opera music (starring Bugs Bunny))
  9. Sufferin' Succotash! (cartoons starring Sylvester the Cat, Warner Bros' most versatile cartoon character)
  10. Beaky Buzzard (cartoons starring a bashful buzzard named Beaky)
  11. Baby Boom Toons (cartoons centered around the stork)
  12. Tish Tash (cartoons supervised by Frank Tashlin)
  13. Cartoon News Reels (cartoons that parody the old newsreels shown before films in the theater)
  14. Ralph Phillips (cartoons focused on Chuck Jones' short-lived cartoon character Ralph Phillips, an ordinary boy who daydreamed having exciting adventures)
  15. Rabbit Season, Duck Season (the entire Bugs & Daffy Hunting Trilogy)
  16. Hubie & Bertie (cartoons starring Hubie and Bertie, Chuck Jones' trouble-making mice who tormented a neurotic cat named Claude)
  17. The Great Race (the entire Bugs Vs. Cecil trilogy plus two others)
  18. Cartoons in the Real World (cartoons that mixed live action with animation in the days before Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
  19. Director Arthur Davis (cartoons supervised by Arthur Davis)
  20. Before They Were Stars (the early appearances of famous cartoon characters)
  21. Gangster Toons (cartoons that parody the mobster crime movie genre)
  22. The Movie Parodies of Porky & Daffy (cartoons with Daffy & Porky in various movie parodies)
  23. The Three Faces of Tom & Jerry (Tom and Jerry cartoons under the directions of William Hanna and Joe Barbera, Gene Dietch, and Chuck Jones)
  24. Director Norman McCabe (cartoons directed by lesser-known Warner Bros. director Norman "Norm" McCabe)
  25. Speedy Gonzales (cartoons starring Speedy Gonzales, "...the fastest mouse in all Mexico")
  26. The Captain and the Kids (MGM cartoons based on the comic strip The Captain and the Kids)
  27. Private SNAFU (cartoons centered on Private Snafu, an incompetent Army private whose shorts were instruction in what not to do while in the military during World War II)
  28. The Early Works of Porky Pig (Porky Pig's earlier cartoons)
  29. Red (cartoons starring Tex Avery's infamous showgirl who is unofficially known as Red, due to her appearance in the cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood)
  30. The Many Moods of Daffy Duck (cartoons centered around Daffy's different attitudes, from his earlier, wackier persona to his later persona, where he's driven by greed and envy and considered Bugs' Bunny's enemy)
  31. Pepe Le Pew (cartoons starring Chuck Jones' infamous, amorous French skunk)
  32. The Boys From Kansas City (cartoons directed by the early animation directors who came from Kansas City, Kansas)
  33. The Bugs Bunny 12 (12 Bugs Bunny cartoons that have been banned from airing on Cartoon Network due to Bugs' enemy being an ethnic/racial stereotype, though most have aired on Cartoon Network before. This episode was planned to air as a substitute for having the cartoons air on the 2001 June Bugs marathon, but the episode was shelved).

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