What a Cartoon!
|What a Cartoon!|
|Created by||Fred Seibert
|Developed by||Fred Seibert
|Theme music composer||Gary Lionelli|
|Opening theme||"What a Cartoon!"|
|Ending theme||"What a Cartoon!"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||48 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Running time||21–23 minutes|
Frederator Studios (1998-2001)
Cartoon Network Studios
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||SD: 480i/576i|
|Audio format||Stereo (early-mid 1995-1997)
Dolby Surround (Late 1998-2001)
|Original run||February 20, 1995– August 17, 2001|
|Related shows||Oh Yeah! Cartoons|
What a Cartoon! is an American animation showcase series created by Fred Seibert for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons which aired on Cartoon Network. The project consisted of 71 short cartoons, intended to return creative power to animators and artists, by recreating the atmospheres that spawned the great cartoon characters of the mid-20th century. Each of 71 short cartoons mirrored the structure of a theatrical cartoon, with each film being based on an original storyboard drawn and written by its artist or creator.
The series first aired on February 20, 1995, and were promoted as World Premiere Toons. During the original run of the shorts the series was retitled as The What a Cartoon! Show until the final short aired August 17, 2001. The project served as the launching point for multiple successful Cartoon Network series, including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Mike, Lu & Og, Sheep in the Big City, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, Codename: Kids Next Door and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy as well as a precursor to Fox's Family Guy. The series is influential for birthing a slew of original Cartoon Network hits and helping to revive television animation in the 1990s. Once it had several original series, those became the first Cartoon Cartoons.
Origins and production
Fred Seibert became president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons in 1992 and helped guide the struggling animation studio into its greatest output in years with shows like 2 Stupid Dogs and SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron. Seibert wanted the studio to produce short cartoons, in the vein of the Golden Age of American animation. Although a project consisting of 71 shorts would cost twice as much as a normal series, Seibert's pitch to Cartoon Network involved promising 71 chances to "succeed or fail", opened up possibilities for new original programming, and offered several new shorts to the thousands already present in the Turner Entertainment library. According to Seibert, quality did not matter much to the cable operators distributing the struggling network, they were more interested in promising new programs.
With Turner Broadcasting CEO Ted Turner and Seibert's boss Scott Sassa on board, the studio fanned out across the world to spread the word that the studio was in an "unprecedented phase", in which animators had a better idea what cartoons should be than executives and Hanna-Barbera supported them. The company starting taking pitches in earnest in 1993 and received over 5,000 pitches for the 71 slots. The diversity in the filmmakers included those from various nationalities, race, and gender. Seibert later described his hope for an idealistic diversity as "The wider the palette of creative influences, the wider and bigger the audiences."
Seibert's idea for the project was influenced heavily by Looney Tunes. Hanna-Barbera founders William Hanna and Joe Barbera, as well as veteran animator Friz Freleng, taught Seibert how the shorts of the Golden Age of American animation were produced. John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren and Stimpy Show, became a teacher of sorts for Seibert and was the first person Seibert called while looking for new talent for the project. As was the custom in live action film and television, the company did not pay each creator for the storyboard submitted and pitched. For the first time in the studio's history, individual creators could retain their rights, and earn royalties on their creations. While most in the industry scoffed at the idea, encouragement, according to Seibert, came from the cartoonists who flocked to Hanna-Barbera with original ideas.
|"On top of [a research and development program], I reinvigorated the 'who comes in the studio' equation. Now talented people wanted to show up. Some 5,000 people pitched us cartoons from all over the world. We got into business with Ralph Bakshi, with Bruno Bozzetto; we got into business with a broad range of people who never would've given Hanna-Barbera a passing chance. We worked with people who were 70 years old, who were 20 years old. We turned on its head the perception the people in the community had of us."|
|— Creator Fred Seibert on the variety of directors for What a Cartoon!|
The format for What a Cartoon! was ambitious, as no one had ever attempted anything similar in the television animation era. The shorts produced would be a product of the original cartoonists' vision, with no executive intervention: for example, even the music would be an individually crafted score. Each "Looney Tunes length" (7 minutes) short would debut, by itself, as a stand-alone cartoon on Cartoon Network.
The first cartoon from the What a Cartoon! project broadcast in its entirety was The Powerpuff Girls in Meat Fuzzy Lumkins, which made its world premiere on Monday, February 20, 1995, during a television special called the World Premiere Toon-In (termed "President's Day Nightmare" by its producers, Williams Street). The special was hosted by Space Ghost and the cast of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and featured comic interviews and a mock contest with the creators of the various cartoons. The Toon-In was simulcast on Cartoon Network, TBS Superstation, and TNT. To promote the shorts, Cartoon Network's marketing department came up with the concept of "Dive-In Theater" in 1995 to showcase the 71 cartoon shorts. The cartoons were shown at water parks and large municipal swimming pools, treating kids and their parents to exclusive poolside screenings on 9' x 12' movie screens.
Beginning February 26, 1995, each What a Cartoon! short began to premiere on Sunday nights, promoted as a World Premiere Toons. Every week after the premiere, Cartoon Network showcased a different World Premiere Toons made by a different artist. After an acclimation of cartoons, the network packaged the shorts as a half-hour show titled World Premiere Toons: The Next Generation, featuring reruns of the original shorts but also new premieres. Eventually, all of the cartoons were compiled into one program bearing the name of the original project: The What a Cartoon! Show. The show's initial premieres for each short preceded Cartoon Network's Sunday night movie block, Mr. Spim's Cartoon Theatre. The shorts continued to air on Sundays until 1997, when the network moved the shorts to Wednesdays at 9pm. Following the premiere of Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel as full series in July 1997, the series shifted to Thursday nights, where it remained.
The What a Cartoon! Show continued airing new episodes on Thursdays until November 28, 1997, when the 48th short of the 71 contracted during Seibert's era aired. After that, more shorts were produced and aired between 1997 and 2001. In 2000 and 2001, the pilot shorts appearing on the network's viewer's poll that lost to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Codename: Kids Next Door were eventually added when The What a Cartoon! Show was re-titled The Cartoon Cartoon Show in the early 2000s (decade). In 1998, Cartoon Network debuted two new short pilots and advertised them as "World Premiere Toons": Mike, Lu & Og and Kenny and the Chimp in "Diseasy Does It!". Both were produced by outside studios and are technically part of the original 71 shorts specifically produced by Hanna-Barbera for What a Cartoon!. The two pilots were compiled into The Cartoon Cartoon Show, while both shorts eventually garnered their own series, Mike, Lu & Og in 1999 and Codename: Kids Next Door in 2002. A pilot King Crab: Space Crustacean (1999) was also retconned into The Cartoon Cartoon Show anthology.
The show continued to air for many years afterward until eventually being dropped from the schedule. Reruns have played on Cartoon Network's retro animation sister channel, Boomerang. The Big Cartoon DataBase cites What a Cartoon! as a "venture combining classic 1940s production methods with the originality, enthusiasm and comedy of the 1990s."
The What a Cartoon! staff had creators from Europe and Canada (Bruno Bozzetto), Asia (Achiu So), and the United States (Jerry Reynolds and colleague Seth MacFarlane). The crew also contained young series first timers (like Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, Butch Hartman, and John Dilworth), but veterans as well (like Don Jurwich, Jerry Eisenberg, and Ralph Bakshi). In addition to the veterans, Hanna-Barbera founders William Hanna and Joseph Barbera each produced two shorts each for What a Cartoon!. Many of the key crew members from previous Hanna-Barbera series 2 Stupid Dogs joined the team of What a Cartoon! as well.
Many of the crew members of What a Cartoon! later went on to write and direct for Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, and The Powerpuff Girls, including those named above. The Kitchen Casanova director John McIntyre is particularly known for directing several Dexter episodes. Ralph Bakshi's two shorts (Malcom and Melvin and Babe! He... Calls Me) were considered too risqué to be shown. It has been rumored that John Kricfalusi was slated to direct several new What a Cartoon! shorts of his own (produced by his production company, Spümcø). However, both Yogi Bear-influenced cartoons were commissioned separately by Seibert, and instead premiered as their own: Boo Boo Runs Wild and A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith both premiered in 1999.
Inspired by Seibert's interest in the modern rock posters of Frank Kozik, each of the shows' creators worked with the internal Hanna-Barbera Creative Corps Creative Director Bill Burnett, and Senior Art Director Jesse Stagg and designer Kelly Wheeler to craft a series of high quality, limited edition, fluorescent art posters. The Corps launched a prolonged Guerrilla mailing campaign, targeting animation heavyweights and critics leading up to the launch of World Premiere Toons. The first poster campaign of its kind introduced the world to the groundbreaking new stable of characters.
Dexter's Laboratory was the most popular short series according to a vote held in 1995 and eventually became the first spin-off of What a Cartoon! in 1996. Two more series based on shorts, Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken, premiered in 1997, and The Powerpuff Girls became a weekly half-hour show in 1998. Courage the Cowardly Dog (spun-off from the Oscar-nominated short The Chicken from Outer Space) followed as the final spin-off in 1999. In addition, the Cow and Chicken short I Am Weasel eventually was also spun-off into a separate series: in all, six cartoon series were ultimately launched by the What a Cartoon! project, any one of which earned enough money for the company to pay for the whole program. In addition to the eventual spin-offs, the What a Cartoon! short Larry and Steve by Seth MacFarlane featured prototypes of characters that would later go on to become MacFarlane's massively successful Family Guy.
The What a Cartoon! project and its assorted spin-offs brought Cartoon Network more commercial and critical success, and the network became an animation industry leader as the 1990s drew to a close. In 2001, coinciding with the death of William Hanna, Hanna-Barbera merged with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network opened its own production arm, Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, as the rightful H-B successor to produce original programming for the network and future projects. Two What a Cartoon! shorts, Windup Wolf and Hard Luck Duck, were the last cartoon shorts directed and produced by William Hanna, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera. In addition, The What a Cartoon! Show and spin-offs were the final original productions released by Hanna-Barbera.
Creator of The What a Cartoon! Show, Fred Seibert, left Hanna-Barbera in late 1996 to open up his own studio, Frederator Studios, and to produce Nickelodeon's own version of What a Cartoon!, titled Oh Yeah! Cartoons. The showcase contained familiar What a Cartoon! alumni (Butch Hartman, Rob Renzetti) and launched several successful Nickelodeon series, including The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone and My Life as a Teenage Robot. Frederator Studios launched another animation showcase in 2006, titled Random! Cartoons, which in turn produced Nickelodeon's Fanboy and Chum Chum in 2009 and Cartoon Network's Adventure Time in 2010.
A sequel-of-sorts to the What a Cartoon! project, a Cartoon Network project titled The Cartoonstitute was announced in April 2008. Created by Cartoon Network executive Rob Sorcher and headed by The Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, the project was to "establish a think tank and create an environment in which animators can create characters and stories", and also create new possible Cartoon Network series. However, the project was eventually scrapped as a result of the late 2000s recession and only 14 of the 39 planned were completed. Nevertheless, J.G. Quintel's Regular Show short and Pete Browngardt's Secret Mountain Fort Awesome were greenlit to become full series.
List of shorts
The following is a list of the original shorts produced under Fred Seibert's management for What a Cartoon! by Hanna-Barbera. The shorts are listed in by director and/or creator, and do not contain extra cartoons added on by Cartoon Network when the show was re-titled The Cartoon Cartoon Show.
|#||Title||Created by||Original air date|
|1||"The Powerpuff Girls: Meat Fuzzy Lumkins"||Craig McCracken||February 20, 1995|
|The Powerpuff Girls fight to stop Fuzzy Lumkins' plot to turn everything into meat. Poster Design by Jesse Stagg and Craig McCracken. Pilot to The Powerpuff Girls.|
|2||"Dexter's Laboratory"||Genndy Tartakovsky||February 26, 1995|
|Dee Dee and Dexter battle turning each other into animals, using Dexter's latest invention. Poster Design by Jesse Stagg and Genndy Tartakovsky. Pilot to the show of the same name.|
|3||"Yuckie Duck: Short Orders"||Patrick A. Ventura||March 5, 1995|
|Yuckie Duck works as a cook and waiter in a dirty restaurant, and delivers unappealing orders to the demanding customers.|
|4||"Dino: Stay Out"||Joseph Barbera||March 19, 1995|
|The Flintstones' pet, Dino, tries to keep the house cat outside for the night. Spin-off to The Flintstones.|
|5||"Johnny Bravo"||Van Partible||March 26, 1995|
|Johnny Bravo tries to score with a zookeeper girl by capturing a runaway gorilla. Pilot to the show of the same name.|
|6||"Sledgehammer O'Possum: Out and About"||Patrick A. Ventura||April 2, 1995|
|A trouble-making possum named Sledgehammer frustrates a dog's plans to enjoy a quiet summer day out.|
|7||"George and Junior: Look Out Below"||Patrick A. Ventura||April 9, 1995|
|A bird crashes a light bulb so it does not disturb his sleep, and sits in the empty socket. George and Junior, the building's janitors/engineers, are sent to fix it. This short was a re-imagining of the original George and Junior cartoons.|
|8||"Hard Luck Duck"||William Hanna||April 16, 1995|
|Hard Luck Duck, after venturing away from Crocodile Harley's watch, is a hungry fox's target to be cooked.|
|9||"Shake & Flick: Raw Deal in Rome"||Eugene Mattos||June 18, 1995|
|A flea named Flick has a personal agenda with a local performer, a poodle named Shake, in an anachronistic Rome setting where the two constantly try to one up each other's music. Art direction by Butch Hartman. Was nominated to be adapted into a series, but lost to Johnny Bravo.|
|10||"The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply: A Clean Getaway"||Meinert Hanasen||June 25, 1995|
|Captain Buzz Cheeply and his robot sidekick, Slide, must escape a planet whose inhabitants have abnormally-sized foreheads but small-sized brains, while finding a place to do their laundry.|
|11||"O. Ratz with Dave D. Fly: Rat in a Hot Tin Can"||Jerry Reynolds and Russ Harris||July 2, 1995|
|A rat named O. Ratz and his fly companion, Dave D. Fly, try to find a place to stay for the night during winter in the city. Produced by Perennial Pictures and distributed by Hanna-Barbera.|
|12||"Pfish & Chip: Short Pfuse"||Butch Hartman, Eugene Mattos, Michael Rann||July 9, 1995|
|Pfish, a carefree shark, and Chip, a short-tempered lynx, attempt to stop their foe, the squeaky-laughing Mad Bomber. The only problem is their chief needs to take his nap and demands quiet.|
|13||"Fat Cats: Drip Dry Drips"||Jon McClenahan||July 16, 1995|
|Brothers Louie and Elmo set a laundry business, expecting to earn some cash. They get a request from the President, but accidentally destroy his suit.|
|14||"George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular"||Patrick A. Ventura||July 23, 1995|
|George and Junior are forced to deliver Santa's presents to the kids, as they fail to deliver one of Santa's letters.|
|15||"Yoink! of the Yukon"||Don Jurwich, Jerry Eisenberg and Jim Ryan||July 30, 1995|
|The mounted police of the Yukon has its uniforms stolen. Yoink and Sergant Thumbsworth Tharplung is sent to retrieve them.|
|16||"Yuckie Duck: I'm on My Way"||Patrick A. Ventura||August 6, 1995|
|Yuckie Duck works as a paramedic, but does more harm than good to his patients.|
|17||"Mina and the Count: Interlude with a Vampire"||Rob Renzetti||November 5, 1995|
|Vlad the Count is forced to play with Mina, a 7-year-old girl, in her room, after a mix-up in the schedule with his victims. Pilot to the Mina and the Count shorts which are featured on season 2 of Oh Yeah! Cartoons, making it the only short to appear in both cartoon variety shows.|
|18||"Cow & Chicken: No Smoking!"||David Feiss||November 12, 1995|
|The Devil (later known as the Red Guy) kidnaps Chicken, who must be saved from damnation of smoking by Super Cow, who is his sister, Cow. This episode has been nominated for an Emmy. Pilot to Cow & Chicken.|
|19||"Boid n' Woim"||C. Miles Thompson||January 1, 1996|
|A worm named Mr. Woim hitchhikes in the middle of the California desert alongside a bird named Mr. Boid that secretly wants to eat him.|
|20||"Help?"||Bruno Bozzetto||January 14, 1996|
|A cat that pinches his finger while sewing asks for help at the hospital, but its ruthless personnel offer only pain.|
|21||"Podunk Possum: One Step Beyond"||Joe Orrantia & Elizabeth Stonecypher||January 21, 1996|
|A possum named Podunk acquires an abandoned farm with three chickens to lay eggs for him, and has to defend them from a fried chicken titan, Major Portions. However, he is unaware of a major alien conspiracy.|
|22||"The Powerpuff Girls: Crime 101"||Craig McCracken||January 28, 1996|
|The Powerpuff Girls aid the bumbling Amoeba Boys in becoming able criminals. Pilot to The Powerpuff Girls.|
|23||"Wind-up Wolf"||William Hanna||February 4, 1996|
|The Big Bad Wolf uses his robot minion to finally get the Three Little Pigs.|
|24||"Hillbilly Blue"||Butch Hartman||February 11, 1996|
|Crawdad Eustace is fed-up with being treated as food and goes with possum pal Mordechai on a cross-country trip to New Orleans and being "served" in royal fashion.|
|25||"Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Chicken from Outer Space"||John R. Dilworth||February 18, 1996|
|Courage the Cowardly Dog tries to stop an alien chicken's plans to invade Earth while in his owners' farm. Nominated for Oscar. Pilot to Courage the Cowardly Dog.|
|26||"Pizza Boy: No Tip"||Robert Alvarez||February 25, 1996|
|A pizza delivery boy must deliver a pizza to Antarctica safe and sound and before times runs up, or else, he will receive no tip. After going through no end of danger to deliver it, he gets no tip and goes psychotic.|
|27||"Gramps"||Butch Hartman||March 3, 1996|
|Gramps tells his grandchildren about his battle against invading aliens, and gets corrected by the children repeatedly.|
|28||"Dexter's Laboratory: The Big Sister"||Genndy Tartakovsky||March 10, 1996|
|Dexter prevents giant Dee Dee from attacking the city. Pilot to Dexter's Laboratory.|
|29||"Bloo's Gang: Bow Wow Bucaneers"||Mike Milo||March 17, 1996|
|Bloo and his dog friends sneak out of their owner's houses at midnight to set on a pirate adventure in the city.|
|30||"Jungle Boy: Mr. Monkeyman"||Van Partible||October 9, 1996|
|Jealous King Raymond stains the hero Jungle Boy's reputation by impersonating him and causing mayhem.|
|31||"Godfrey & Zeek: Lost Control"||Zac Moncrief||October 16, 1996|
|A giraffe and a pig leave their zoo home and visit a residual water treatment plant to retrieve the remote control they accidentally flushed down the toilet.|
|32||"Tumbleweed Tex: School Daze"||Robert Alvarez||October 23, 1996|
|A Wild West outlaw needs to finish the fourth grade and deal with his obnoxious class rival, Little Timmy, and the teacher who gives him all of the privileges.|
|33||"Buy One, Get One Free"||Charlie Bean, Carey Yost & Don Shank||October 30, 1996|
|A man named Reilly gets a cat named Flinch in order to impress a female cat lover named Sofie and threatens the cat that if there is a scratch on anything while he's away, he will send him to the violin factory. It won't be easy when Sophie leaves Flinch a feline playmate named Fix that ends up wrecking everything.|
|34||"The Kitchen Casanova"||John McIntyre||November 6, 1996|
|A first-time cook is preparing a dinner for his date, but trouble arises when the wind flips the pages from his cookbook.|
|35||"The Ignoramooses"||Mike Milo||November 13, 1996|
|Two moose (called Ignoramooses by a watching specialist) believe they are going to be adopted by a rich hunter, and wreak havoc in his mansion.|
|36||"Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"||Van Partible||January 1, 1997|
|Johnny Bravo is left stranded in an island filled with beautiful tall women, and their bodyguard elephant. Pilot to Johnny Bravo.|
|37||"Pfish & Chip: Blammo, the Clown"||Eugene Mattos, Butch Hartman, Michael Rann||January 8, 1997|
|The bomb squad, Pfish and Chip, face a clown bomber, with several gag bombs. They also find themselves taking care of the chief's teddy bear while he's at the circus with his mother.|
|38||"Awfully Lucky"||Davis Doi||January 15, 1997|
|A greedy guy discovers the Paradox Pearl, which brings him good luck, but not without consequences. When he tries to turn it in to the city museum for ten million dollars, he finds out just how harsh the consequences are.|
|39||"Strange Things"||Mike Wellins||January 22, 1997|
|A robot finds a job as a janitor, but winds up working for an obnoxious police officer. He also must remember that if it says "Don't Touch", don't touch. The series' only computer-animated short.|
|40||"Snoot's New Squat"||Jeret Ochi and Victor Ortado||January 29, 1997|
|Snoot, the flea-like extraterrestrial whos can imitate pop culture, finds a new home at a pain-suffering dog Al (Who drives his doctor crazy). Art direction by Butch Hartman, hence Snoot's commander bears similarities to Jorgen Von Strangle, the boss fairy from Hartman's Fairly OddParents. A reference to the popular movie Forrest Gump is made by Snoot when Al runs away and he morphs into a girl and shouts the same way as Jenny does to Forrest.|
|41||"Larry and Steve"||Seth MacFarlane||February 5, 1997|
|Steve, a homeless dog, is adopted by dimwit Larry (the only man to understand what he's saying) and lives disaster after disaster when Larry takes him shopping. Style developed into MacFarlane's Family Guy.|
|42||"Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!"||Patrick A. Ventura||February 12, 1997|
|Sledgehammer O'Possum takes shelter from the cold in a mailbox, much to the dismay of a mailman named Ethel who will stop at nothing to make him leave.|
|43||"The Zoonatiks: Home Sweet Home"||Paul Parducci, James Giordano & R.J. Reiley||February 19, 1997|
|A bear named Bill, a monkey named Knuckles and a turtle named Shelby try to enter the all-star Hackensack Zoo and fit their accommodations. This short is animated in style of the 1990s Nick at Nite bumpers.|
|44||"Swamp and Tad: Mission Imfrogable"||John Rice & Achiu So||February 26, 1997|
|Swamp and Tad are frogs from outer space. They are sent to Earth to get a package from Agent Newt. Unfortunately, the package is stolen by a dog.|
|45||"Dino: The Great Egg-Scape"||Joseph Barbera||March 5, 1997|
|Dino takes care of a baby dinosaur, and tries to prevent him for growing more. Spin-off to The Flintstones.|
|46||"Malcom and Melvin"||Ralph Bakshi||November 28, 1997|
|Melvin is an alienated loser, until he meets Malcom, a trumpeter cockroach.|
|47||"Tales of Worm Paranoia"||Eddie Fitzgerald||November 28, 1997|
|Johnny is a peaceful and forgiving worm until a human steps on him repeatedly. As a result, the worm becomes paranoid and angered at the human race, seeking revenge.|
|48||"Babe, He Calls Me"||Ralph Bakshi||November 28, 1997|
|Melvin's saga continues as his partnership with Malcom is compromised by an urban superhero's intrusion. Meanwhile, Melvin's mother aids a criminal after being unable to meet with her son. Bakshi disowned both shorts upon release.|
Cartoon Cartoon shorts
Some of these shorts were entered in "The Big Pick", a contest to choose the newest Cartoon Cartoon. The winners were The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, in 2000, and Codename: Kids Next Door, in 2001.
|Title||Created by||Original air date|
|"Kenny and the Chimp: Diseasy Does It"||Tom Warburton||November 6, 1998|
|A boy named Kenny, and his pet chimpanzee, Chimpy, must watch Professor XXXL's disease laboratory while he's away. However, Chimpy causes trouble for Kenny. The style of the short and the character Professor XXXL would be used on Codename: Kids Next Door.|
|"Mike, Lu & Og: Crash Lancelot"||Charles Swenson, Mikhail Shindel and Mikhail Aldashin||November 6, 1998|
|A cast away girl named Mike asks for native inventor Og to build a car to get across the island. He also builds a specially improved model for princess Lu, which runs too fast for her. Pilot to Mike, Lu & Og.|
|"The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Meet the Reaper"||Maxwell Atoms||June 9, 1999|
|Billy and Mandy are paid a visit by the Grim Reaper when he comes to collect the soul of Billy's hamster, Mr. Snuggles. Mandy then makes a bet with him in the form of a game: if Grim loses, he lets them keep Mr. Snuggles AND become their "best friend". Pilot to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Grim & Evil. Winner of Cartoon Network's Big Pick marathon (2000).|
|"Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?"||Greg Miller||June 16, 2000|
|Robot Jones learns that he has been put into a human public school that he must now attend. Pilot to the show of the same name.|
|"Lost Cat"||David Feiss||August 4, 2000|
|A crazy talking purple cat is wreaking havoc in town.|
|"Sheep in the Big City: In the Ba-ginning"||Mo Willems||August 18, 2000|
|Sheep leaves Farmer John's farm in pursuit of a happy life in the city. Pilot to Sheep in the Big City.|
|"Kids Next Door: No P in the Ool"||Tom Warburton||June 20, 2001|
|When the villainous Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb extend the adult swimtime to extreme lengths at the neighborhood pool, the Kids Next Door plan to strike back with vengeance. Pilot to Codename: Kids Next Door. Winner of Cartoon Network's Big Pick marathon (2001).|
|"Ferret and Parrot"||Scott Morse||August 3, 2001|
|A ferret and parrot fight for the affection of a comic strip character. Meanwhile, their owner tries to get rid of ants that have infested the house.|
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- What a Cartoon! at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- What a Cartoon! at the Internet Movie Database
- What a Cartoon! at TV.com
- What a Cartoon! at Frederator.com