High Noon Toons

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High Noon Toons
Haas from High Noon Toons
Created byMatt Thompson
Voices ofMatt Thompson
Adam Reed
Country of originUnited States
Running time3 hours
Original networkCartoon Network
Original release1994 –

High Noon Toons was a 3-hour programming block of cartoons hosted by two cowboy hand puppets named Haas and Lil' Jo (a Bonanza pun) shown on Cartoon Network in the mid-1990s. The series was made by Matt Thompson and Adam Reed, who later went on to create adult-themed cartoon series such as Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo for Adult Swim and Archer for FX.

Often the show had special themes, such as "Quick Draw McGraw: Pure Mustang".[1] Haas and Lil' Jo also hosted Cartoon Network's "Spring Break '95", with the two on a beach setting with bikini-clad Barbie dolls, and which showed Spring Break-related cartoons.[2] They also hosted the Thanksgiving Cartoon Parade in 1995.[3]

Creation and cancellation[edit]

Matt Thompson had been working for Turner for a while already in the early 1990s, when his boss at Cartoon Network liked his sense of humor. Thompson was then asked to come up with some funny interstitial material for a new three-hour block of cartoons. When it came time to present, he was so hungover from the night before that he had actually failed to come up with any ideas, so he simply started making his hand talk like a puppet. The hand puppets were a hit, and Thompson was ordered to write 500 jokes to fill 10 to 15 seconds of filler time from the noon to 3pm time slot. He recruited his friend Adam Reed for the other hand puppet and the show was complete.[4]

Thompson and Reed were often drunk while making the show, and were eventually reprimanded for drinking on the job after setting a prop spaceship on fire.[5]


  1. ^ Cartoon Network August 3-9, 1995 commercials
  2. ^ Cartoon Network March 1-13, 1995 commercials
  3. ^ Cartoon Network - Dia de Ação de Graças - 1995
  4. ^ Justin Heckert (October 2005). Atlanta Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 6. Emmis Communications. pp. 139–140. ISSN 0004-6701. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  5. ^ Justin Heckert (October 2005). Atlanta Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 6. Emmis Communications. p. 140. ISSN 0004-6701. Retrieved 4 December 2010.