What a Cartoon!
|What a Cartoon!|
|Also known as||World Premiere Toons
The What a Cartoon! Show
The Cartoon Cartoon Show
|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|
Cartoon Network Studios
|Original channel||Cartoon Network (1995–2002)|
|Picture format||SD: 480i/576i|
|Audio format||Stereo (1995–1997)
Dolby Surround (1998–2002)
|Original run||February 20, 1995– August 23, 2002|
|Related shows||Oh Yeah! Cartoons|
What a Cartoon! (later known as The What a Cartoon! Show and The Cartoon Cartoon Show) is an American animation showcase series created by Fred Seibert for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons which aired on Cartoon Network. The project consisted of 79 short cartoons, intended to return creative power to animators and artists, by recreating the atmospheres that spawned the iconic cartoon characters of the mid-20th century. Each of the shorts 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 the shorts were promoted as World Premiere Toons. During the original run of the shorts, the series was retitled to The What a Cartoon! Show and later to The Cartoon Cartoon Show until the final short aired August 23, 2002. The project served as the launching point for multiple 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, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and Megas XLR, as well as 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 shorts, 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 79 shorts would cost twice as much as a normal series, Seibert's pitch to Cartoon Network involved promising 79 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 79 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 79 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 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 79 contracted during Seibert's era aired. 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 of which were produced by outside studios. The two pilots were later 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 1999 pilot, King Crab: Space Crustacean, was also retconned into The Cartoon Cartoon Show anthology.
On June 9, 2000, The What a Cartoon! Show was re-titled to The Cartoon Cartoon Show. From 2000 to 2002, the pilot shorts appearing on the network's viewer's poll that lost to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Codename: Kids Next Door, and Megas XLR were added to the anthology. The show continued to air until 2003, when it was dropped from the network's schedule. Reruns of What a Cartoon! have played on Cartoon Network's retro animation sister channel, Boomerang.
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. A recurring character on the show, Uncle Grandpa, would get his own series two years later.
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."
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||Hanna-Barbera||Cartoon Network Studios||Short summary||Original air date|
|1||"The Powerpuff Girls: Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins"||Craig McCracken||Yes||No||The Powerpuff Girls fight to stop Fuzzy Lumpkins' plot to turn everything into meat.
Note 1: The Poster Design of the episode was made by Jesse Stagg and Craig McCracken.
Note 2: First pilot to The Powerpuff Girls.
|February 20, 1995|
|2||"Dexter's Laboratory"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Yes||No||Dee Dee and Dexter battle turning each other into animals, using Dexter's latest invention.
Note 1: The Poster Design of the episode was made by Jesse Stagg and Genndy Tartakovsky.
Note 2: First pilot to the show of the same name.
|February 26, 1995|
|3||"Yuckie Duck: Short Orders"||Patrick A. Ventura (credited as "Pat")||Yes||No||Yuckie Duck works as a cook and waiter in a dirty restaurant, and delivers unappealing orders to the demanding customers.||March 5, 1995|
|4||"Dino: Stay Out!"||Joseph Barbera||Yes||No||The Flintstones' pet, Dino, tries to keep the house cat outside for the night.
Note: First spin-off episode to The Flintstones.
|March 19, 1995|
|5||"Johnny Bravo"||Van Partible||Yes||No||Johnny Bravo tries to score with a zookeeper girl by capturing a runaway gorilla.
Note: First pilot to the show of the same name.
|March 26, 1995|
|6||"Sledgehammer O'Possum: Out and About"||Patrick A. Ventura||Yes||No||A trouble-making possum named Sledgehammer frustrates a dog's plans to enjoy a quiet summer day out.||April 2, 1995|
|7||"George and Junior: Look Out Below"||Patrick A. Ventura (credited as "Pat")||Yes||No||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.
Note: This short was a re-imagining of the original George and Junior cartoons.
|April 9, 1995|
|8||"Hard Luck Duck"||William Hanna||Yes||No||Hard Luck Duck, after venturing away from Crocodile Harley's watch, is a hungry fox's target to be cooked.||April 16, 1995|
|9||"Shake & Flick: Raw Deal in Rome"||Michael Rann, Eugene Mattos, and George Johnson||Yes||No||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.
Note: With the art direction of Butch Hartman, this short was nominated to be adapted into a series but lost to Johnny Bravo.
|June 18, 1995|
|10||"The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply: A Clean Getaway"||Meinert Hansen||Yes||No||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.||June 25, 1995|
|11||"O. Ratz with Dave D. Fly: Rat in a Hot Tin Can"||Jerry Reynolds and Russ Harris||Yes||No||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.||July 2, 1995|
|12||"Pfish and Chip: Short Pfuse"||Butch Hartman, Michael Rann, and Eugene Mattos||Yes||No||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.||July 9, 1995|
|13||"The Fat Cats: Drip Dry Drips"||Jon McClenahan||Yes||No||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.||July 16, 1995|
|14||"George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular"||Patrick A. Ventura||Yes||No||George and Junior are forced to deliver Santa's presents to the kids, as they fail to deliver one of Santa's letters.||July 23, 1995|
|15||"Yoink! of the Yukon"||Don Jurwich, Jerry Eisenberg, and Jim Ryan||Yes||No||The mounted police of the Yukon has its uniforms stolen. Yoink and Sergeant Farnsworth Farflung are sent to retrieve them.||July 30, 1995|
|16||"Yuckie Duck: I'm on My Way"||Patrick A. Ventura||Yes||No||Yuckie Duck works as a paramedic, but does more harm than good to his patients.||August 6, 1995|
|17||"Mina and the Count: Interlude with a Vampire"||Rob Renzetti||Yes||No||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.
Note: 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.
|November 5, 1995|
|18||"Cow and Chicken: No Smoking"||David Feiss (credited as "Dave")||Yes||No||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.
Note 1: This episode has been nominated for an Emmy.
Note 2: Pilot to Cow and Chicken.
|November 12, 1995|
|19||"Boid 'n' Woim"||C. Miles Thompson||Yes||No||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.||January 1, 1996|
|20||"Jof: Help?"||Bruno Bozzetto||Yes||No||A cat that pinches his finger while sewing asks for help at the hospital, but its ruthless personnel offer only pain.||January 14, 1996|
|21||"Podunk Possum: One Step Beyond"||Joe Orrantia and Elizabeth Stonecypher||No||Yes||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.||January 21, 1996|
|22||"The Powerpuff Girls: Crime 101"||Craig McCracken||Yes||No||The Powerpuff Girls aid the bumbling Amoeba Boys in becoming able criminals.
Note: Second pilot to The Powerpuff Girls.
|January 28, 1996|
|23||"Wind-Up Wolf"||William Hanna||Yes||No||The Big Bad Wolf uses his robot minion to finally get the Three Little Pigs.||February 4, 1996|
|24||"Hillbilly Blue"||Michael Ryan||Yes||No||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.||February 11, 1996|
|25||"Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Chicken from Outer Space"||John R. Dilworth||Yes||No||Courage tries to stop an alien chicken's plans to invade Earth while in his owners' farm.
Note 1: This short was nominated for an Oscar.
Note 2: Pilot to Courage the Cowardly Dog.
|February 18, 1996|
|26||"Pizza Boy: No Tip"||Robert Alvarez||Yes||No||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.||February 25, 1996|
|27||"Gramps"||Michael Ryan (credited as "Mike"), and Butch Hartman||Yes||No||Gramps tells his grandchildren about his battle against invading aliens, and gets corrected by the children repeatedly.||March 3, 1996|
|28||"Dexter's Laboratory: The Big Sister"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Yes||No||Dexter prevents giant Dee Dee from attacking the city.
Note: Second pilot to Dexter's Laboratory.
|March 10, 1996|
|29||"Bloo's Gang: Bow-Wow Buccaneers"||Mike Milo and Harry McLaughlin||Yes||No||Bloo and his dog friends sneak out of their owner's houses at midnight to set on a pirate adventure in the city.||March 17, 1996|
|30||"Jungleboy: Mr. Monkeyman"||Van Partible||Yes||No||Jealous King Raymond stains the hero Jungle Boy's reputation by impersonating him and causing mayhem.||October 9, 1996|
|31||"Godfrey & Zeek: Lost Control"||Jason Butler Rote and Zac Moncrief||No||Yes||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.||October 16, 1996|
|32||"Tumbleweed Tex: School Daze"||Robert Alvarez||No||Yes||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.||October 23, 1996|
|33||"Buy One Get One Free"||Charlie Bean, Carey Yost, and Don Shank||No||Yes||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.||October 30, 1996|
|34||"The Kitchen Casanova"||John McIntyre||No||Yes||A first-time cook is preparing a dinner for his date, but trouble arises when the wind flips the pages from his cookbook.||November 6, 1996|
|35||"The Ignoramooses"||Mike Milo and Harry McLaughlin||No||Yes||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.||November 13, 1996|
|36||"Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"||Van Partible||Yes||No||Johnny Bravo is left stranded in an island filled with beautiful tall women, and their bodyguard elephant.
Note: Second pilot to Johnny Bravo.
|January 1, 1997|
|37||"Pfish and Chip: Blammo the Clown"||Butch Hartman, Michael Rann, and Eugene Mattos||No||Yes||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.||January 8, 1997|
|38||"Awfully Lucky"||Davis Doi||No||Yes||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.||January 15, 1997|
|39||"Strange Things"||Mike Wellins||No||Yes||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.
Note: The series' only computer-animated short.
|January 22, 1997|
|40||"Snoot's New Squat"||Jeret Ochi and Victor Ortado||No||Yes||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).
Note 1: Art direction by Butch Hartman, hence Snoot's commander bears similarities to Jorgen Von Strangle, the boss fairy from Hartman's The Fairly OddParents.
Note 2: 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.
|January 29, 1997|
|41||"Larry and Steve"||Seth MacFarlane||No||Yes||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.
Note: Episode's style developed into MacFarlane's Family Guy.
|February 5, 1997|
|42||"Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!"||Patrick A. Ventura||Yes||No||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.||February 12, 1997|
|43||"The Zoonatiks: Home Sweet Home"||Paul Parducci, James Giordano, and R.J. Reiley||No||Yes||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.
Note: This short is animated in style of the 1980s Nickelodeon bumpers.
|February 19, 1997|
|44||"Swamp and Tad: Mission Imfrogable"||John Rice and Achiu So||No||Yes||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.||February 26, 1997|
|45||"Dino: The Great Egg-Scape"||Joseph Barbera||Yes||No||Dino takes care of a baby dinosaur, and tries to prevent him for growing more.
Note: Second and final spin-off episode to The Flintstones.
|March 5, 1997|
|46||"Malcom and Melvin"||Ralph Bakshi||No||Yes||Melvin is an alienated loser, until he meets Malcom, a trumpeter cockroach.||November 26, 1997|
|47||"Tales of Worm Paranoia"||Eddie Fitzgerald||No||Yes||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.||November 27, 1997|
|48||"Babe! He... Calls Me"||Ralph Bakshi||No||Yes||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.
Note: The creator Bakshi disowned both shorts upon release.
|November 28, 1997|
Cartoon Cartoon shorts
Cartoon shorts produced between 2000 and 2001 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||Co-production(s)||Original air date|
|"Kenny and the Chimp: Diseasy Does It! or Chimp -n- Pox"||Tom Warburton (credited as "Mr. Warburton")||Hanna-Barbera||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.
Note: The style of the short and the character Professor XXXL would be used on Codename: Kids Next Door.
|"Mike, Lu & Og: Crash Lancelot"||Mikhail Aldashin, Mikhail Shindel, and Charles Swenson||Kinofilm||November 7, 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.
Note: Pilot to Mike, Lu & Og.
|"The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Meet the Reaper"||Maxwell Atoms||Hanna-Barbera||June 9, 2000|
|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".
Note 1: Winner of Cartoon Network's Big Pick marathon (2000).
Note 2: Pilot to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Grim & Evil.
|"Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?"||Greg Miller||Hanna-Barbera||June 16, 2000|
|Robot Jones learns that he has been put into a human public school that he must now attend.
Note: Pilot to Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?.
|"Trevor!"||Adam Shaheen and Jeff Rockburn||Cuppa Coffee Studios||June 23, 2000|
|This cartoon follows the wild world of Trevor Braithwaite whose doodles dance right off the page.|
|"Nikki"||Debra Solomon (credited as "Debby"), and Todd Kessler||Hanna-Barbera||June 30, 2000|
|Two friends find unusual responses to their on-line postings after they try to cheer up a broken-hearted woman in the park.|
|"Foe Paws"||Chris Savino||Hanna-Barbera||July 7, 2000|
|This cartoon follows the misadventures of an eccentric old woman who tries to replace her long lost children by dressing up her cat and dog in human clothes.|
|"Prickles the Cactus"||Denis Morella||Curious Pictures||July 14, 2000|
|This cartoon follows the mishaps of a clumsy water-phobic cactus who helps save her family from a deadly drought at Cyclone Ranch.|
|"Lucky Lydia"||Arthur Filloy and Bob Camp||Filmgraphics Entertainment
Frames Animation Illustration
Bob Camp Productions, Inc.
|July 21, 2000|
|This cartoon follows the unwittingly lucky Lydia Lucas, who is raised by half-crazy parents and narrowly misses her demise at the hands of the Baxter Boys again and again.|
|"Longhair and Doubledome: Good Wheel Hunting"||Gavrilo Gnatovich||Knock-Knock Cartoons Ltd., LLC||July 28, 2000|
|This cartoon follows two philosophical cavemen who just don't fit into their prehistoric surroundings.|
|"Lost Cat"||David Feiss||David Feiss, Inc.||August 4, 2000|
|A crazy talking purple cat is wreaking havoc in town.|
|"Uncle Gus: For the Love of Monkeys"||Lincoln Peirce||Hanna-Barbera||August 11, 2000|
|This cartoon follows the journey of a wily unemployed geezer and his rag-tailed bunch of friends as they travel to the zoo to reunite Uncle Gus with his AWOL fiancée.|
|"Sheep in the Big City: In the Baa-ginning"||Mo Willems||Curious Pictures||August 18, 2000|
|Sheep leaves Farmer John's farm in pursuit of a happy life in the city.
Note: Pilot to Sheep in the Big City.
|"Captain Sturdy: Back in Action!"||William Waldner, Ashley Postlewaite, and Darrell Van Citters||Renegade Animation||June 8, 2001|
|The long-retired Captain Sturdy must return to action when the Union of Super Heroes cancels his pension. Upon returning to duty, he discovers that the organization has lost sight of what it means to be a superhero and has become more concerned with political correctness and marketing deals than saving the world from the evil Moid's clutches.|
|"Yee Hah & Doo Dah"||Kenny Duggan||Pitch Production||June 15, 2001|
|A cowboy and his horse, Yee Hah and Doo Dah, reside in Manhattan's Central Park. Yee Hah enjoys the city life until he discovers that the city pavement is giving him a dreadful blister. Much to Doo Dah's dismay, he decides to stop walking and ride his horse everywhere, thereby cramping Doo Dah's power-lunching lifestyle. Eventually, Doo Dah finds the real culprit behind Yee Hah's sore feet: the branding iron, tractor, etc. that Yee Hah has been hiding in his boots.|
|"IMP, Inc."||Charlie Bean and Chris Reccardi||Cartoon Network Studios||June 22, 2001|
|Travelling in an orbiting meteor, three Imps are up for review and are offered the opportunity to help a poor farm couple by granting them their wish for desperately needed rain to help their crops. They manage to deliver rain, but their hopes for promotion come crashing down when their meteor smashes the couple's crops.|
|"My Freaky Family"||John McIntyre||Cartoon Network Studios||June 29, 2001|
|It's Nadine's first day of school, a significant historical event considered by her mother to be one of many "milestone days" which must be documented with a photo. She manages to make it onto the school bus without being photographed, but her "freaky" family grabs the camera and jumps on the family multi-seater bicycle for a mortifying chase to catch up with her.|
|"Major Flake"||Chris Kelly and Adam Cohen||Kurtz + Friends Animation||July 6, 2001|
|Major Flake, a frenetic French cereal mascot, and his grim sidekick, Sparkles must find a way to sell their rather unappealing Major Flake cereal before their boss, Sylvia Soggy, pulls the breakfast treat from store shelves.|
|"Utica Cartoon"||Fran Krause and Will Krause||Animation Cowboys||July 13, 2001|
|When Dan Bear and Micah Monkey learn that they can get free hot dogs by beating the current hot dog eating record at their local diner, they are up for the challenge. Dan Bear reigns as hot dog champ by consuming loads of free hot dogs, continually beating his own record. For awhile he enjoys the free franks until beating the record becomes too much even for him.|
|"Kids Next Door: No P in the OOL"||Tom Warburton (credited as "Mr. Warburton")||Curious Pictures
Cartoon Network Studios
|July 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.
Note 1: Winner of Cartoon Network's Big Pick marathon (2001).
Note 2: Pilot to Codename: Kids Next Door.
|"Swaroop"||Mike Milo||Warner Bros. Animation||July 27, 2001|
|Swaroop and his family are trying to assimilate their Indian heritage with modern American culture. The differences become glaringly apparent when their neighbor brings home a cow to throw on the barbecue. Swaroop decides to hide the sacred cow before the neighbors can cook it for dinner.|
|"Ferret and Parrot"||Scott Morse||Cartoon Network Studios||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.|
|"A Kitty Bobo Show"||Kevin Kaliher, and Meaghan Dunn (credited as "Meg")||Cartoon Network Studios||August 17, 2001|
|Kitty Bobo wants to prove that he's cool by getting a cell phone. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be receiving many important calls, thereby reducing his cool factor, so he begins to fake incoming calls. It's only a matter of time before everyone catches on to the farce.|
|"Uncle Gus: Not So Fast!"||Lincoln Peirce||Red Sky Brand||November 2001|
|"Commander Cork"||Mike Bell||Cartoon Network Studios||August 23, 2002|
|Commander Cork is an enthusiastic and overzealous, though not very bright, do-gooder. When he meets Peggy and Petey Paddle, a brother and sister duo who share a fascination with outer space, he decides to bring them with him on his wacky space adventures.|
|"Jeffrey Cat"||Mark O'Hare||Cartoon Network Studios||August 23, 2002|
|Jeffrey Cat has never met a crime he couldn't lick. A surge in the pet population raises the need for a pet investigator. Jeffrey Cat, the sergeant on all pet-related cases, makes it his mission to safeguard the rights of all of the pets in the community. When a friendly dog is accused of attacking a neighbor, Jeffrey Cat smells a rat.|
|"Longhair and Doubledome: Where There's Smoke... There's Bob!"||Gavrilo Gnatovich||Knock-Knock Cartoons Ltd., LLC||August 23, 2002|
|In their second animated cartoon outing, Longhair and Doubledome discover fire. Having never before seen fire, Doubledome concludes that the blaze must be his son, Bob.|
|"Maktar"||Gavrilo Gnatovich||Knock-Knock Cartoons Ltd., LLC||August 23, 2002|
|Slashing through our gassy universe, hurtling through our own Milky Way, an invader from the far reaches of Space comes knocking upon our atmospheric door. Sent by Zen and his Space Council, Maktar's mission is to conquer Earth. But, Maktar, a sniveling middle manager and galactic pushover, couldn't invade someone's privacy let alone conquer our Great Blue Planet.|
|"Fungus Among Us"||Wes Archer||Rough Draft Studios, Inc.||August 23, 2002|
|Keeping clean is a dirty business, as the animated mascots from cleaning product commercials well know. Fungus Among Us follows the trials and tribulations of the fungus who must coexist with the cleaning agents that have been created to destroy them.|
|"LowBrow"||Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic||Cartoon Network Studios||August 23, 2002|
|During a routine trip to the garbage dump, suburban misfit Coop discovers an advanced robot from the future. Coop brings the treasure home and retools it to suit his modern-day slacker needs.
Note: Pilot to Megas XLR.
|"Bagboy!"||John Mathot and Ken Segall||Cartoon Network Studios||August 23, 2002|
|Parker is a typical 14 year-old with the usual adolescent trials, except when he is a Bagboy. Carefully selected by the elite intergalactic council, known as the Bagi, Parker moonlights as a powerful superhero.|
|"Colin Versus The World"||Stu Gamble||Square Centre Pictures Limited
Cartoon Network Europe
|August 23, 2002|
|Colin is a color-blind chameleon whose life is full of mishaps and blunders. While working as a shelf stocker at Cheapway's Supermarket, Colin passes the days with dreams of becoming a Lounge Lizard in Las Vegas.|
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