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Cartoon Medley

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Cartoon Medley
A digitally-produced album cover displaying food inspired by Yogi Bear, Cow & Chicken, and Space Ghost.
Compilation album by various artists
Released July 6, 1999 (1999-07-06)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 35:47
Label Kid Rhino
Producer

Cartoon Medley is a compilation album produced by Kid Rhino for Cartoon Network and released on July 6, 1999. First unveiled in early 1999, it serves as a collection of songs from several of the channel's programs and anthological series, including those from Hanna-Barbera and others like Cow and Chicken and The Powerpuff Girls. In addition to the material, the album also includes six downloadable games and features for the listener. Critically, Cartoon Medley was awarded three out of five stars by AllMusic while "The Powerpuff Girls (End Theme)" was singled out by Billboard's Moira McCormick for being a "breakout" track.

Composition and release[edit]

Serving as a collection of television theme songs and music from Cartoon Network's programming, Cartoon Medley is presented as a fake TV dinner meal. The CD's cover advertises containing "Flaky fried Cow and Chicken, Space Ghost-Zorak-Brak veggies, and [a] Yogi gelatin treat".[1] The project was first unveiled in the fourth volume of Film Score Monthly in 1999,[2] before being released on July 6, 1999 by Kid Rhino, the children's label of Rhino Entertainment, as both a CD and a cassette tape.[3][4][5] Bonus features on the CD-ROM include six downloadable games and children's activities, such as liner notes including the lyrics to the corresponding tracks and samples of video games featured on Cartoon Network's official website.[1]

While creating the compilation album, Cartoon Network's Vice President of Off-Channel Commerce, Jamie Porges, imagined having more material than just the title songs from television series. Long-time fan Craig McCracken, creator of The Powerpuff Girls and storyboard artist for Dexter's Laboratory, enlisted the help of Scottish band Bis in order to record material; together, they co-created the "End Theme" specifically for The Powerpuff Girls.[6] As part of an advertisement campaign for Cartoon Medley, individuals were able to access Cartoon Network's official website and listed to snippets of album tracks "Boo Boo, Baba, Dee Dee", "The Powerpuff Girls", and "Josie & the Pussycats".[7]

The soundtrack album features a total of 38 songs and has a duration of 35 minutes and 47 seconds.[8] Voice actor Phil Baron served as the executive producer of the project while Don Kitabayashi was the compilation producer. Mastering and supervision of the production were handled by Bob Fisher and Ben Trask, respectively.[1] Beginning and ending the album are short and long versions of Cartoon Network's "Powerhouse" theme song.[9] The themes from Hanna-Barbera's series on Cartoon Medley were selected from Josie & the Pussycats, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, The Yogi Bear Show, The Huckleberry Hound Show, and The Quick Draw McGraw Show.[1] Music from Johnny Bravo, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Ed, Edd n Eddy, 2 Stupid Dogs, Underdog, Speed Racer, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Cartoon Planet, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid!, The Tex Avery Show, and I Am Weasel are also featured on the album.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]

Due to its limited release, Cartoon Medley did not receive many professional reviews, however, AllMusic's Heather Phares awarded the collection three out of five stars.[8] Additionally, Moira McCormick from Billboard considered "The Powerpuff Girls (End Theme)" as the main "breakout track" among the album.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Cartoon Medley[8]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Powerhouse (Short Version)" Raymond Scott 0:30
2. "Johnny Bravo" Louis Fagenson 0:32
3. "Boo Boo, Baba, Dee Dee"
1:01
4. "The Powerpuff Girls" 1:05
5. "The Powerpuff Girls (End Theme)"
  • Bis
  • Venable
  • Rucker
  • Chase
0:38
6. "Dexter's Laboratory"
  • Pamela Phillips-Oland
  • Rucker
  • Chase
0:31
7. "Dexter's Laboratory (Closing)"
  • Phillips-Oland
  • Rucker
  • Chase
0:31
8. "Dexter's Poem"
  • Mary Rutt
  • Rucker
  • Chase
0:32
9. "Josie & the Pussycats"
1:01
10. "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"
1:02
11. "(Meet) The Flintstones"
0:38
12. "The Jetsons"
  • Barbera
  • Curtin
  • Hanna
0:59
13. "Cartoon Cartoon" Steve Mank 1:02
14. "Cow and Chicken" 0:32
15. "Legend of Sailcat" Bill Burnett 2:18
16. "Cow and Chicken's Poem"
  • Moon
  • Rutt
0:31
17. "Pork Butts"
  • Deane Taylor
  • Stuart Hill
0:32
18. "Ed, Edd n Eddy" Patric Caird 0:31
19. "2 Stupid Dogs"
  • Chris Desmond
  • Tom Seufert
0:27
20. "Underdog"
0:38
21. "Speed Racer"
1:07
22. "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (Stop That Pigeon!)"
  • Barbera
  • Hanna
1:13
23. "SWAT Kats"
  • John Zuker
  • Matt Muhoberac
1:02
24. "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest"
  • Gary Lionelli
  • Curtin
  • Barbera
  • Hanna
1:04
25. "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" 1:22
26. "Cartoon Planet" Bill Bookheim 0:32
27. "Smells Like Cartoon Planet"
1:35
28. "Tom and Jerry" Scott Bradley 0:26
29. "Animaniacs" 1:09
30. "Pinky and the Brain"
  • Ruegger
  • Stone
1:30
31. "Freakazoid"
  • Ruegger
  • Stone
1:02
32. "Yogi Bear"
  • Charles Shows
  • Curtin
  • Barbera
  • Hanna
0:44
33. "Huckleberry Hound"
  • Shows
  • Curtin
  • Barbera
  • Hanna
0:42
34. "(That's) Quick Draw McGraw"
  • Curtin
  • Barbera
  • Hanna
0:46
35. "The Tex Avery Show"
  • Ann McCarthy
  • Eddie Horst
0:31
36. "I Am Weasel"
0:31
37. "I.M. Weasel's Poem"
  • Fulton
  • Rutt
0:32
38. "Powerhouse (Long Version)" Scott 4:37
Total length: 35:47

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[3] July 6, 1999 CD Kid Rhino
Cassette

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cartoon Medley (CD liner notes). Various artists. Kid Rhino. 1999. R2 75693. 
  2. ^ Kendall, Lukas (1999). "Rhino". Film Score Monthly. Lukas Kendall. 4: 6. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Various Artists – Cartoon Medley (Releases)". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cartoon Medley: Various Artists (Artist)". Amazon.com (US). July 6, 1999. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network Shop". Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on June 29, 2001. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b McCormick, Moira (May 20, 2000). "Child's Play: 'Powerpuff Girls' Soundtrack Set Boasts Alternative Acts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 112 (21): 95. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cartoon Medley: A Hearty Serving of Cartoon Network's 38 Greatest Hits". cartoonnetwork.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 1999. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d Phares, Heather. "Various Artists – Cartoon Medley". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ Goldmark & Taylor 2002, p. 159

Works cited

  • Goldmark, Daniel; Taylor, Yuval (2002). The Cartoon Music Book (illustrated ed.). Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1569764123. 

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