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Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory title.jpg
Genre
Created byGenndy Tartakovsky
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerThomas Chase and Steve Rucker (main series)
Gary Lionelli (Dial M and The Justice Friends)
Opening theme"Dexter's Laboratory" (main title)
Ending theme"Dexter's Laboratory" (end title)
performed by Mako and Agostino Castagnola
Composer(s)Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker (main series)
Gary Lionelli (Dial M and The Justice Friends)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes78 (221 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Larry Huber (season 1)
  • Buzz Potamkin (season 1)
  • Joe Mazzuca (season 1)
  • Catherine Winder (season 1)
  • Fred Seibert (season 1)
  • Brian A. Miller (seasons 1–2)
  • Sherry Gunther (seasons 1–2)
  • Genndy Tartakovsky (seasons 3–4)
  • For Cartoon Network (seasons 2–4): Linda Simensky (seasons 2–4), Andrea Lopez (seasons 3–4) and Khaki Jones (seasons 2–4)
Producer(s)
  • Genndy Tartakovsky (seasons 1–2)
  • Chris Savino (seasons 3–4)
  • Davis Doi (supervising producer, season 2)
  • Brian A. Miller (supervising producer for Cartoon Network Studios, seasons 3–4)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios (1996–1997 as H-B's division; 2001–2003)
Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. (1997–99)
DistributorCartoon Network
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio formatDolby Surround (1996–99)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (2001–2003)
Original releaseApril 27, 1996 (1996-04-27) – November 20, 2003 (2003-11-20)
Chronology
Related showsWhat a Cartoon!
External links
Website

Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. It follows Dexter, a boy-genius and inventor with a hidden laboratory in his room, which he keeps secret from his parents. He is in a constant battle with his older sister Dee Dee, who always finds a way to get inside Dexter's lab and foil his experiments. Dexter engages in a bitter rivalry with a fellow boy-genius named Mandark, who is Dexter's neighbor and classmate. Prominently featured in the show's first two seasons are the superhero-based secondary characters Monkey, Dexter's pet lab-monkey/superhero, and The Justice Friends, a trio of superheroes who share an apartment.

Tartakovsky pitched the series to Fred Seibert's first animated shorts showcase What a Cartoon! at Hanna-Barbera, basing it on student films Tartakovsky produced at the California Institute of the Arts. Two pilots aired on Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon from 1995 to 1996. Viewer approval ratings convinced the network to order a half-hour series, which initially ran for two seasons with 52 total episodes from April 27, 1996, to June 15, 1998. On December 10, 1999, Cartoon Network aired a made-for-television movie titled Ego Trip, the intended series finale, and Tartakovsky left to begin work on his new Cartoon Network series, Samurai Jack.

In 2001, Cartoon Network revived Dexter's Laboratory for a third and fourth season containing 26 total episodes, which concluded on November 20, 2003. Due to Tartakovsky's departure from the series, the new seasons were made under Chris Savino and a different production team at Cartoon Network Studios. The revival's animation was created with digital ink and paint instead of the previous seasons' cel animation style.

Dexter's Laboratory received widespread critical acclaim and high ratings, and became one of Cartoon Network's most popular original series. During its run, the series won three Annie Awards, with nominations for four Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Reel Awards, and nine other Annie Awards. The series is notable for helping launch the careers of animators Craig McCracken, Seth MacFarlane, Butch Hartman, and Rob Renzetti. Spin-off media include comic books, DVD and VHS releases, music albums, collectible toys, and video games.

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around Dexter (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh in seasons 1–2, and the first 3 episodes of season 3; Candi Milo in season 3 episode 4–season 4), a bespectacled boy-genius who possesses a secret laboratory hidden behind a bookcase in his bedroom. The laboratory is filled with Dexter's inventions and can be accessed by speaking passwords or by activating hidden switches on Dexter's bookshelf (e.g. pulling out a specific book). Though highly intelligent, Dexter usually fails at what he sets out to do when he becomes overexcited and makes careless choices. Although he comes from a typical American family, Dexter speaks with a thick accent of indeterminate origin. Christine Cavanaugh described it as "an affectation, [a] kind of accent, we're not quite sure. A small Peter Lorre, but not. Perhaps he's Latino, perhaps he's French. He's a scientist; he knows he needs [a] kind of accent."[1] Genndy Tartakovsky explained, "He considers himself a very serious scientist," clarifying that, "well-known scientists have accents."[2]

Dexter manages to keep his lab a secret from his clueless Mom (voiced by Kath Soucie) and Dad (voiced by Jeff Bennett), who never take notice of it. However, he is frequently in conflict with his hyperactive, annoying, but good-hearted older sister, Dee Dee (voiced by Allison Moore in seasons 1 and 3; Kathryn Cressida in seasons 2 and 4). In spite of Dexter's advanced technology, Dee Dee eludes security, and once inside her brother's laboratory, she delights in playing haphazardly, wreaking havoc with his inventions. Though seemingly dim-witted, Dee Dee outsmarts her brother and even gives him helpful advice. For his part, Dexter, though annoyed by his intrusive sibling, feels a reluctant affection for her and will come to her defense if she is imperiled.

Dexter's nemesis is another boy-genius from his school named Susan "Mandark" Astronomonov[3][4] (voiced by Eddie Deezen). Just like Dexter, Mandark possesses his own laboratory, but his schemes are generally evil and designed to gain power or downplay or destroy Dexter's accomplishments. In revival seasons, Mandark becomes significantly evil, becoming Dexter's enemy rather than his rival, and Mandark's laboratory changes from brightly-lit with rounded features to gothic-looking, industrial, and angular. Dexter's inventions are objectively better than his, and Mandark tries to compensate for this by stealing Dexter's plans. Mandark's weakness is his unrequited love for Dee Dee.

Recurring segments[edit]

Nearly every Dexter's Laboratory episode is divided into different stories/segments, each being approximately 8 minutes long. Occasionally, a segment centers on characters from Dexter's Laboratory other than Dexter and his family. Two segments are shown primarily during season one: Dial M for Monkey and The Justice Friends.[5] Dial M for Monkey is the middle segment for six episodes of season one, and The Justice Friends takes its place until season one's end.

  • Dial M for Monkey

Dial M for Monkey shorts feature Dexter's pet laboratory monkey named Monkey (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker), whom Dexter believes is an ordinary monkey and nothing more. However, Monkey secretly has superpowers and fights evil as a superhero named Monkey. Monkey is joined by his partner Agent Honeydew (voiced by Kath Soucie) of Global Security, Commander General (voiced by Robert Ridgely in Season 1, Earl Boen in Season 2), and a team of assembled superheroes. Dial M for Monkey was created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, and Paul Rudish.[6]

  • The Justice Friends

The Justice Friends consists of Major Glory (voiced by Rob Paulsen), Valhallen (voiced by Tom Kenny), and the Infraggable Krunk (voiced by Frank Welker), a trio of superhero roommates residing in an apartment complex called Muscular Arms. Their adventures deal less with superhero life and more with an inability to agree with each other; it is presented much like a sitcom, including a laugh track. Genndy Tartakovsky's inspiration for The Justice Friends came from reading Marvel Comics when learning how to speak English.[7] Tartakovsky stated in an IGN interview that he was disappointed with how The Justice Friends turned out, saying, "it could have been funnier and the characters could have been fleshed out more."[8]

  • Mini-segments

Between the three main segments in seasons one and two are brief mini-segments, which usually feature only Dexter and Dee Dee. Other characters may star in them, notably "The Puppet Pals", two live-action puppets named Puppet Pal Mitch (Rob Paulsen) and Puppet Pal Clem (Tom Kenny).

Production[edit]

Dexter's Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky.

Dexter's Laboratory was inspired by one of Genndy Tartakovsky's drawings of a ballerina.[9][10] After drawing Dee Dee's tall, thin shape, he decided to pair her with a short and blocky opposite, Dexter, inspired by Tartakovsky's older brother Alex.[11] Tartakovsky has said that Dexter was designed "as an icon"—his body is short and squat and his design is simple, with a black outline and relatively little detail. Since he knew that he was designing for television, he purposely limited its design to a certain degree, designing a nose and mouth, for instance, in a Hanna-Barbera style to animate easily.[12] The series was animated in a stylized way, which Tartakovsky says was influenced by Merrie Melodies cartoon The Dover Boys at Pimento University.[13] Dexter's Laboratory, however, was staged in a cinematic way, rather than flat and close to the screen, to leave space and depth for action and gags. Tartakovsky was influenced by Warner Bros. cartoons, Hanna-Barbera, Japanese mecha anime, and UPA shorts.

After enrolling at California Institute of the Arts in 1990 to study animation, Tartakovsky wrote, directed, animated, and produced four short films that would later develop into Dexter's Laboratory.[14] Dexter's Laboratory was made into a seven-minute pilot, part of Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon! project, promoted as World Premiere Toons, which debuted on February 26, 1995.[15] Viewers worldwide voted through phone lines, websites, focus groups, and consumer promotions for their favorite short cartoons; Dexter's Laboratory was first of 16 animated shorts to earn that vote of approval.[6] Mike Lazzo, then-head of programming for Cartoon Network, said that it was his favorite short, commenting that he and colleagues "loved the humor in brother-versus-sister relationship".[16] In August 1995, Turner ordered six half-hours of Dexter's Laboratory, which would include two cartoons around one spin-off segment titled Dial M for Monkey.[6]

During its run, directors and writers included Tartakovsky,[17] McCracken,[17] Seth MacFarlane,[18] Butch Hartman,[19] Rob Renzetti,[20] Paul Rudish,[17] John McIntyre,[21] and Chris Savino.[22]

Original run[edit]

Dexter's Laboratory premiered on TNT on April 27, 1996, and on April 28 on Cartoon Network and TBS Superstation.[23] It became first in a brand of Cartoon Network original cartoons, later including Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog, collectively known as Cartoon Cartoons. A second season was ordered, which premiered on Cartoon Network on July 16, 1997.[5]

Dexter's Laboratory went on hiatus in 1998 after two seasons, with season two lasting 39 episodes.[24] "Last But Not Beast", which differed from other episodes' formats, was intended to be its series finale.

In 1999, Tartakovsky returned to direct Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip, an hour-long television movie.[25] It was his last Dexter's Laboratory production to be involved with and was intended to be its conclusion. Ego Trip was hand-animated, though character and setting designs were subtly revised. Its plot follows Dexter on a quest through time to discover his future triumphs.[25]

Revival[edit]

After Dexter's Laboratory went on hiatus, Tartakovsky went on to be a supervising producer on colleague Craig McCracken's series, The Powerpuff Girls, serving as director for episodes and animation director and cinematographer for The Powerpuff Girls Movie alongside McCracken. Tartakovsky began working on his new projects, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars.[7][26] MacFarlane and Hartman had left Time Warner at this point, focusing on Family Guy and The Fairly OddParents, respectively.[18][19]

On February 21, 2001, Cartoon Network announced Dexter's Laboratory had been revived for a 13-episode third season.[27] It was given a new production team at Cartoon Network Studios, with Chris Savino taking role of creative director in Tartakovsky's absence. During season four, Savino was promoted to producer giving him further control of the show, including the budget.[28] Revival episodes featured revised visual designs and sound effects, recast voice actors, continuity shakeups, and a transition from traditional cel animation, which was used until Ego Trip, to digital ink and paint, which was used permanently beginning with season three's premiere. Christine Cavanaugh voiced Dexter until early episodes of season three, but she retired from voice acting in 2001 for personal reasons. She was replaced by Candi Milo.[24] Allison Moore, a college friend of Tartakovsky, was cast as Dee Dee. Moore's role was later recast with Kat Cressida.[29] In season three, Moore briefly returned to voice Dee Dee before Cressida assumed her role for season four.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotsN/A2February 26, 1995 (1995-02-26)March 10, 1996 (1996-03-10)
13913April 27, 1996 (1996-04-27)January 1, 1997 (1997-01-01)
210839July 16, 1997 (1997-07-16)June 15, 1998 (1998-06-15)
TV MovieDecember 10, 1999 (1999-12-10)
33613November 18, 2001 (2001-11-18)September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
43813November 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)November 20, 2003 (2003-11-20)

Dexter's Laboratory broadcast 78 half-hour episodes over 4 seasons during its 7-year run. Two pilot shorts were produced for What a Cartoon! that aired from 1995 to 1996, and were reconnected into season one in later airings. Fifty-two episodes were produced from 1996 to 1998, followed by Ego Trip in 1999.

Another 26 episodes were produced and broadcast from 2001 to 2003. "Chicken Scratch" debuted theatrically with The Powerpuff Girls Movie in 2002, and was later broadcast in season four.[30]

Broadcast[edit]

On December 31, 2000, Cartoon Network aired its "New Year's Bash" marathon featuring Dexter's Laboratory among other programs.[31] On November 16, 2001, it broadcast a 12-hour "Dexter Goes Global" marathon in 96 countries and 12 languages.[32] This marathon featured fan-selected episodes of Dexter's Laboratory and culminated by premiering two new episodes of season 3.[32]

From 2005 to 2008, Dexter's Laboratory was rerun in segments on The Cartoon Cartoon Show with other Cartoon Cartoons from that era. From 2012 to 2014, it returned in reruns on the revived block, Cartoon Planet.

From January 16, 2006, to January 4, 2015, Dexter's Laboratory aired reruns on Boomerang.[33][34] However, it returned on June 27, 2016.

Cartoon Network has aired reruns in Canada since its launch on July 4, 2012.[35] This launch was commemorated by parent network Teletoon, which aired Cartoon Network-related programming blocks and promotions in weeks leading up to it, including episodes of Dexter's Laboratory.[36]

Controversial episodes[edit]

"Dial M for Monkey: Barbequor" (season one, 1996) was removed from rotation after being broadcast in the United States for two reasons. First, it features a character named the Silver Spooner (a spoof of Silver Surfer), which was perceived by Cartoon Network to be a stereotype of gay men. Second, Krunk appears to become drunk, has a hangover, and vomits off-camera.[37][38] In later broadcasts and on its Season One DVD (Region 1), "Barbequor" has been replaced with "Dexter's Lab: A Story", an episode from season two.[39]

During season two of Dexter's Laboratory, a segment titled "Rude Removal" (season two, 1997) was produced. It involves Dexter creating a "rude removal system" to diminish Dee Dee and Dexter's rudeness; however, it instead creates highly rude clones of both siblings. "Rude Removal" was only shown during certain animation festivals and was never aired on television due to characters swearing, even though swear words were censored.[40] Tartakovsky commented that "standards didn't like it."[41] 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."[40] In October 2012, Genndy Tartakovsky was asked about "Rude Removal" during an AMA on Reddit, and he replied "Next time I do a public appearance I'll bring it with me!".[42] Adult Swim later asked fans on Twitter if interest still existed with it, and fan response was "overwhelming".[43][44] "Rude Removal" was finally uploaded on AdultSwim.com via YouTube on January 22, 2013.[45]

Reception[edit]

Dexter's Laboratory was one of Cartoon Network's highest-rated original series for years.[46] Internationally, it garnered a special mention for best script at the 1997 Cartoons on the Bay animation festival in Italy.[47] In 1998 and 1999, a Dexter balloon was featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade alongside other iconic characters, including the titular piglet from Babe whom Christine Cavanaugh voiced.[48][49] The show was part of Cartoon Network's 20% ratings surge during mid-1999.[50] The series' July 7, 2000, telecast was the network's highest-rated original telecast among households (3.1), kids 2–11 (7.8), and kids 6–11 (8.4), with a delivery of almost 2 million homes.[51] On July 31, 2001, it scored the highest household rating (2.9) and delivery (2,166,000 homes) for a Cartoon Network telecast for that year.[52] Dexter's Laboratory was one of the network's highest-rated original series of 2002.[53]

Critical reception[edit]

Dexter's Laboratory received critical acclaim. One of Cartoon Network president Betty Cohen's favorite animated shows was Dexter's Laboratory.[50] Rapper Coolio has said that he is a fan and was happy to do a song for its soundtrack at Cartoon Network's request, stating, "I watch a lot of cartoons because I have kids. I actually watch more cartoons than movies."[54]

In a 2012 top 10 list by Entertainment Weekly, Dexter's Laboratory was ranked fourth best Cartoon Network show.[55] In 2009 Dexter's Laboratory was named 72nd best animated series by IGN, with editors remarking, "Aimed at and immediately accessible to children, Dexter's Laboratory was part of a new generation of animated series that played on two levels, simultaneously fun for both kids and adults."[56]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
1995 Annie Awards Best Animated Short Subject[57] Hanna-Barbera
for "Dexter's Laboratory (pilot episode)"
Won
Best Individual Achievement: Storyboarding in the Field of Animation[57] Genndy Tartakovsky Nominated
Primetime Emmys Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[58] Buzz Potamkin, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Larry Huber
for "Dexter's Laboratory (pilot episode)"
Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmys Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[59] Larry Huber, Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, and Paul Rudish
for "The Big Sister"
Nominated
1997 Annie Awards Best Individual Achievement: Writing in a TV Production[60] Jason Butler Rote and Paul Rudish
for "Beard to Be Feared"
Won
Best Animated TV Program[60] Hanna-Barbera Nominated
Best Individual Achievement: Music in a TV Production[60] Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker Nominated
Best Individual Achievement: Producing in a TV Production[60] Genndy Tartakovsky
for "Ham Hocks and Arm Locks"
Nominated
Best Individual Achievement: Voice Acting by a Female Performer in a TV Production[60] Christine Cavanaugh
as Dexter
Nominated
Primetime Emmys Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[59] Sherry Gunther, Larry Huber, Craig McCracken, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Jason Butler Rote
for "Star Spangled Sidekicks", "T.V. Superpals", and "Game Over"
Nominated
1998 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program[61] Hanna-Barbera Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production[61] Christine Cavanaugh
as Dexter
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production[61] David Smith, Thomas Chase, and Steve Rucker
for "LABretto"
Nominated
Primetime Emmys Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[59] Davis Doi, Genndy Tartakovsky, Jason Butler Rote, and Michael Ryan
for "Dyno-might" and "LABretto"
Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music Dexter's Laboratory Nominated
2000 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Program[62] Hanna-Barbera Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production[62] Christine Cavanaugh
as Dexter in "Ego Trip"
Won
2002 Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television — Music, Episodic Animation Roy Braverman and William Griggs
for "Momdark", "Quackor", and "Mind Over Chatter"
Nominated
2004 Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music Brian F. Mars and Roy Braverman
for "Dexter's Wacky Races"
Nominated

Merchandise[edit]

Home media releases[edit]

Dexter's Laboratory first appeared in home media on three VHS tapes in the early 2000s. Episodes had not been officially released before this, except for a complete series DVD contest prize.

Warner Bros. stated in a 2006 interview that they were "...in conversations with Cartoon Network" for DVD collections of cartoons, among which was Dexter's Laboratory.[63] Madman Entertainment released season one and part of season two in Region 4 in 2008.[64][65] A Region 1 release of season one was released by Warner Home Video on October 12, 2010.[66] It was third in an official release of Cartoon Cartoons on DVD, under "Cartoon Network Hall of Fame".[66]

Every episode, except Ego Trip and "Rude Removal", went on iTunes in 2010.[67] Dexter's Laboratory has since been released on Hulu.[68] Cartoon Network Racing on PlayStation 2 contains "Dexter's Rival" and "Mandarker" as unlockable extras.

Dexter's Laboratory VHS and DVD releases
Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Format Episodes
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 VHS DVD
"Dexter's Super Computer Giveaway" DVD set 1, 2 52 1999 N/A N/A No Yes Grand prize of a Subway promotion, this DVD includes every episode released before 1999.[69]
Volume 1 1 4 N/A March 27, 2000[70] N/A Yes No 1a/c ("Dee Deemensional" / "Maternal Combat"), 2a/c ("Dexter Dodgeball" / "Dexter's Assistant"), 3/12a ("Dexter's Rival"), 3c ("Old Man Dexter"), 4a/c ("Double Trouble" / "Changes"), 5a/c ("Jurassic Pooch" / "Dimwit Dexter"), 6a/c ("Dee Dee's Room" / "Big Sister") and 7a/c ("Star Spangled Sidekicks" / "Game Over")
Ego Trip Unknown 3 November 7, 2000[71] July 23, 2001[72] N/A Yes No Movie ("Ego Trip"), 2b ("Dial M for Monkey: Rasslor") and 9b ("The Justice Friends: Krunk's Date")
Greatest Adventures 1, 2 8 July 3, 2001[73][74] N/A N/A Yes No 2a ("Dexter Dodgeball"), 3/12a ("Dexter's Rival"), 3c ("Old Man Dexter"), 4c ("Changes"), 32a ("Picture Day"), 37a ("Dexter's Lab: A Story"), 43a ("Quiet Riot") and 52 ("Last But Not Beast")

Extras: A preview of Samurai Jack and a bonus Ed, Edd n Eddy episode: "Stop, Look and Ed".

Season 2, Part 1 2 13 N/A N/A June 11, 2008[65] No Yes 14 ("Beard to Be Feared" / "Quackor the Fowl" / "Ant Pants") - 26 ("Mom and Jerry" / "Chubby Cheese" / "That Crazy Robot")
The Complete First Season 1 (Region 4)
1, 2 (Region 1)
13 October 12, 2010[66] N/A February 13, 2008[64] No Yes Region 1: 1 ("DeeDeemensional" / "Magmanamus" / "Maternal Combat") - 3 ("Dexter's Rival" / "Simion" / "Old Man Dexter"), 4a ("Double Trouble"), 4c ("Changes"), 5 ("Jurassic Pooch" / "Orgon Grindor" / "Dimwit Dexter") - 13 ("Inflata Dee Dee" / "Can't Nap" / "Monstory") and 37a ("Dexter's Lab: A Story")
Region 4: 1 ("DeeDeemensional" / "Magmanamus" / "Maternal Combat") - 13 ("Inflata Dee Dee" / "Can't Nap" / "Monstory")
Collected Experiments 1 - 4 78 N/A N/A October 25, 2017[75] No Yes 1 ("DeeDeemensional" / "Magmanamus" / "Maternal Combat") - 78 ("They Got Chops" / "Poetic Injustice" / "Comedy of Feathers")
Compilation appearances
Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Format Episodes
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 VHS DVD
The Powerpuff Girls: Twisted Sister 2 1 April 3, 2001[76] N/A N/A Yes No 37a ("Dexter's Lab: A Story")
The Powerpuff Girls Movie 4 1 November 5, 2002[77][78] N/A N/A Yes Yes 77b ("Chicken Scratch")
The Powerpuff Girls: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas 2 1 October 7, 2003[79][80] N/A November 8, 2005[81] Yes Yes 50c ("Dexter vs. Santa's Claws")
Scooby-Doo and the Toon Tour of Mysteries 2 3 June 2004[82] N/A N/A No Yes 26b ("Photo Finish"), 31a ("Unfortunate Cookie") and 42c ("Trick or Treehouse")
Cartoon Network Halloween: 9 Creepy Cartoon Capers 2 1 August 10, 2004[83] N/A N/A No Yes 32a ("Picture Day")
Cartoon Network Christmas: Yuletide Follies 2 1 October 5, 2004[84] N/A N/A No Yes 22a ("Snowdown")
Cartoon Network Halloween 2: Grossest Halloween Ever 1 1 August 9, 2005[85] N/A N/A No Yes 6a ("Dee Dee's Room")
Cartoon Network: Christmas Rocks 2 1 October 4, 2005[86] October 18, 2010[87] N/A No Yes Region 1: 50c ("Dexter vs. Santa's Claws")
Region 2: 50 ("Dexter and Computress Get Mandark!" / "Pain in the Mouth" / "Dexter vs. Santa's Claws")
4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection 1, 2 8 March 13, 2012[88] N/A N/A No Yes 1 ("DeeDeemensional" / "Magmanamus" / "Maternal Combat") - 3 ("Dexter's Rival" / "Simion" / "Old Man Dexter"), 4a ("Double Trouble"), 4c ("Changes"), 5 ("Jurassic Pooch" / "Orgon Grindor" / "Dimwit Dexter") - 8 ("Babysitter Blues" / "Valhallen's Room" / "Dream Machine") and 37a ("Dexter's Lab: A Story")
4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 3 1, 2 8 June 23, 2015[89] N/A N/A No Yes Four-disc compilation set includes Season One, Disc One (contrary to its packaging stating Disc Two is included instead)

Music releases[edit]

Dexter's Laboratory has spawned two music albums, The Musical Time Machine and The Hip-Hop Experiment, three hip hop music videos, and a fourth music video by They Might Be Giants for "Dee Dee and Dexter", which features Japanese-style animation produced by Klasky Csupo.[90] Three Dexter's Laboratory tracks were featured on Cartoon Network's compilation album Cartoon Medley.[91]

Publications[edit]

Books set in Dexter's Laboratory were released by Scholastic and Golden Books. These books were:

Under "Dexter's Laboratory":

  1. Dexter's Ink (2002) by Howie Dewin (ISBN 0-439-38579-2)
  2. Dex-Terminator (2002) by Bobbi J. G. Weiss and David Cody Weiss (ISBN 0-439-38580-6)
  3. Dr. Dee Dee & Dexter Hyde (2002) by Meg Belviso and Pam Pollack (ISBN 0-439-43422-X)
  4. I Dream of Dexter (2003) by Meg Belviso and Pam Pollack (ISBN 0-439-43423-8)
  5. The Incredible Shrinking Dexter (2003) by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso (ISBN 0-439-43424-6)
  6. Dexter's Big Switch (2003) by Meg Belviso and Pamela Pollack (ISBN 0-439-44947-2)
Horse of a Different Dexter (2002) by David Cody Weiss and Bobbi J. G. Weiss (ISBN 0-439-38581-4)
Knights of the Periodic Table (2003) by David Cody Weiss and Bobbi J. G. Weiss (ISBN 0-439-43425-4)
Cootie Wars (2003) by David Cody Weiss and Bobbi J. G. Weiss (ISBN 0-439-44932-4)
Brain Power (2003) by David Cody Weiss and Bobbi J. G. Weiss (ISBN 0-439-44942-1)
Zappo Change-O (2001, by Golden Books) by Genndy Tartakovsky (ISBN 0-307-99812-6)

Five of these were unnumbered, at least on their covers.

Under "Dexter's Laboratory Science Log":

  1. Dee Dee's Amazing Bones (2002) by Anne Capeci (ISBN 0-439-44175-7)
  2. Mixed-Up Magnetism (2002) by Anne Capeci (ISBN 0-439-38582-2)
  3. What's the "Matter" with Dee Dee? (2003) by Anne Capeci (ISBN 0-439-47240-7)
  4. Little Lab or Horrors (2003) by Anne Capeci (ISBN 0-439-47242-3)

Publication details and book covers are on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

Related books, which are not storybooks are:

Dexter's Laboratory: Science Fair Showdown! (2001, Golden Books) by Chip Lovitt, a collection of science fair projects. (ISBN 0-307-10775-2)
Delta Education's Project Energy, Eye Spy and Balancing Act from 2003
Dexter's Joke Book For Geniuses, (2004, Scholastic) by Howie Dewin (ISBN 0-439-54582-X )

Characters from Dexter's Laboratory appeared in a 150,000-print magazine called Cartoon Network, published by Burghley Publishing and released in the United Kingdom on August 27, 1998.[92]

DC Comics printed four comic book volumes featuring Dexter's Laboratory. It first appeared in Cartoon Network Presents, a 24-issue volume showcasing Cartoon Network's premiere animated programming, which was produced from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, DC gave Dexter's Laboratory its own 34-issue comic volume, which ran until 2003. DC ran a Cartoon Cartoons comic book from 2001 to 2004 that frequently contained Dexter's Laboratory stories. This was superseded by Cartoon Network Block Party, which ran from 2004 to 2009.

In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to produce comics based on its properties. Dexter's Laboratory was one title announced to be published.[93] Its first issue was released in April 2014.[94]

Toys and promotions[edit]

In November 1997, Wendy's promoted Dexter's Laboratory with six collectible toys called "Dexter's Lab Creation", "Dexter's Green Test Tube Straw", "Dexter's Grabber", "Dexter's Purple Spark Maker", "Dexter's Pen Stand", and "Dexter's Yellow Noisemaker" in their kids' meals.[95] A Subway promotion lasted from August 23 to October 3, 1999, called "Dexter's Super Computer Giveaway", in which a computer, monitor, games, software, and an exclusive set of Dexter's Laboratory DVDs were given out as prizes.[69][96] Discovery Zone sponsored Cartoon Network's eight-week-long "Dexter's Duplication Summer" in 1998 to promote the show's new schedule.[97] Trendmasters released a series of Dexter's Lab figures and playsets in 2001.[98][99] Six kids' meal toys were sold during an April 2001 Dairy Queen promotion.[100] That month, Cartoon Network and Perfetti Van Melle launched the "Out of Control" promotion, which included on-air marketing and a sweepstakes to win an "Air Dextron" entertainment center.[101] The following April, a similar promotion featured Dexter's Laboratory-themed AirHeads packs and an online sweepstakes.[102] Subway promoted Dexter's Laboratory from April 1 to May 15, 2002, with four kids' meal toys.[102] In September 2003, Burger King sponsored Dexter's Laboratory toys with kids' meals during a larger promotion featuring online games, Cartoon Orbit codes, and new episodes.[103]

Race to the Brainergizer and The Incredible Invention Versus Dee Dee, two board games, were released by Pressman Toy Corporation in 2001.[104]

Video games[edit]

Six Dexter's Laboratory video games have been released: Robot Rampage for the Nintendo Game Boy Color,[105] Chess Challenge [106] and Deesaster Strikes!, for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance,[107] Mandark's Lab? for the Sony PlayStation,[108] Dexter's Laboratory: Science Ain't Fair for PC,[109] and Dexter's Laboratory: Security Alert! for mobile phones.[110]

A Dexter's Laboratory combat-style action video game on PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube was set to be developed by n-Space, published by BAM! Entertainment, and distributed in Europe by Acclaim Entertainment for a 2004 release, but it was cancelled.[111][112] On February 15, 2005, Midway Games announced plans to develop and produce a new Dexter's Laboratory video game for multiple consoles, but it never saw the light of day.[113]

Dexter, Mandark, Dee Dee, Dexter's computer, and Major Glory, as well as items, areas, and inventions were featured in the MMORPG FusionFall.[114][115] Dexter's Laboratory characters were featured in Cartoon Network Racing[116] and Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion.[117] Punch Time Explosion featured different voice talent for Dexter (Tara Strong instead of Christine Cavanaugh or Candi Milo) and Monkey (Fred Tatasciore instead of Frank Welker).

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