History ExecutiveMeddling / WesternAnimation

15th Aug '16 10:32:40 AM BugsFan17
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*** One especially funny example of Selzer's meddling backfiring: when Chuck Jones was starting production on the WesternAnimation/PepeLePew short ''For Scent-imental Reasons'', he told them a French skunk was a terrible idea and the short would bomb (of course, they had already made two Pepe cartoons prior to this one, but whatever). ''For Scent-imental Reasons'' went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject, and, being executive producer, ''Selzer had to accept the award.'' Boy, if there were ever a grander way to eat your words...
14th Aug '16 5:33:26 PM themisterfree
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** Spider-Man was also never allowed to throw a punch because it would make the show ''too violent.'' The writers managed to slip just one punch in the 65-episode series. Although TropesAreNotBad in this case, as it forced Spider-Man to be much more clever in his crimefighting, which fits his genius-level intellect. And of course, the massive number of ''kicks'' didn't hurt.
** They also weren't allowed to break windows, which ''also'' got snuck in, one wonders how they missed ''that''.

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** Spider-Man was also never allowed to throw a punch because it would make the show ''too violent.'' The writers managed to slip just one punch three punches in the 65-episode series. Although TropesAreNotBad in this case, as it forced Spider-Man to be much more clever in his crimefighting, which fits his genius-level intellect.intellect- though after a while, the fights started looking more like dance scenes. And of course, the massive number of ''kicks'' didn't hurt.
** They also weren't allowed to break windows, which ''also'' got snuck in, in; one wonders how they missed ''that''.



* Despite the show receiving excellent ratings, Creator/HannaBarbera decided to end ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' after its second season so the company could direct its focus towards the [[WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow What-A-Cartoon project]] they were developing at the time. Given how the resulting ''What A Cartoon Show'' went on to produce pilots [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory that became]] [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls some of]] [[WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken the earliest]] ''Creator/CartoonCartoons'' series (as well as the precursor to [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy one of Fox's most successful animated sitcoms]]), this is inarguably [[TropesAreNotBad not a bad thing]].

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* Despite the show receiving excellent ratings, Creator/HannaBarbera decided to end ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' after its second season so the company could direct its focus towards the [[WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow What-A-Cartoon project]] they were developing at the time. Given how the resulting ''What A Cartoon Show'' went on to produce pilots [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory that became]] [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls some of]] [[WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken the earliest]] ''Creator/CartoonCartoons'' series (as well as the precursor to [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy one of Fox's most successful animated sitcoms]]), this is inarguably [[TropesAreNotBad not a bad thing]]. Not only that, but one of the [[RecycledScript unfinished scripts]] [[DolledUpInstallment ended up evolving]] into ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', which helped to bring that franchise back into success. However, there's a [[UrbanLegendOfZelda common misconception]] that Ted Turner himself ordered the series cancelled due to the violence; this resulted from a misquoted interview, and the Tremblay brothers have repeatedly denied Turner was behind the cancellation.
14th Aug '16 5:25:04 PM themisterfree
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** As it turns out, they both eventually ''did'' work on such series again, as [=DiTillio=] ended up writing for ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', and Bob Forward for the ''Hot Wheels Alien Racers'' series.

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** As it turns out, they both eventually ''did'' work on such series again, as [=DiTillio=] ended up writing for ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', and Bob Forward for the ''Hot Wheels Alien Racers'' series.



* Speaking of which, the 2003 ''He-Man'' remake was criticized as having failed due to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork a severe lack of promotion]] for both the show and toy line, an inconsistent air time, and -- for the toys -- a gross mis-distribution of the figures and several missed shipments to retailers, among other things. While most of these accusations are debatable, one isn't: even years after both show and toy line were canceled, the toy line's designers Four Horsemen convinced Creator/{{Mattel}} to allow them to continue to make merchandise for the series ''for free'', extending it long after interest in it has died. In a bit of reverse-meddling, Mattel only agreed if the new merchandise were immobile statues instead of the action figures Four Horsemen wanted.

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* Speaking of which, the 2003 2002 ''He-Man'' remake was criticized as having failed due to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork a severe lack of promotion]] for both the show and toy line, an inconsistent air time, and -- for the toys -- a gross mis-distribution of the figures and several missed shipments to retailers, among other things. While most of these accusations are debatable, one isn't: even years after both show and toy line were canceled, the toy line's designers Four Horsemen convinced Creator/{{Mattel}} to allow them to continue to make merchandise for the series ''for free'', extending it long after interest in it has died. In a bit of reverse-meddling, Mattel only agreed if the new merchandise were immobile statues instead of the action figures Four Horsemen wanted.


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** However, on the whole, ''Exosquad'' was largely free of meddling- even despite its' MerchandiseDriven nature, this didn't stop the crew from making a deep, complex storyline. It ''did'' end up getting canned, though, thanks to stations deciding to mess around with the show and put it into unreachable timeslots like ''4:00 AM''- despite the muscle of both a toyline and ''Creator/{{Universal}} Television'' behind it.
13th Aug '16 2:20:38 PM QueenPoptart
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** Book 3 avoided any problems with executives but Book 4 suddenly got hit hard again. The budget was slashed viciously meaning the season didn't have nearly as many episodes as the writers wanted/needed. They were bullied into having a pointless clip-show episode; Nick actually [[BadBoss threatened to fire some of the studio staff if one wasn't made]]. And just to top it off, Book 4, which resolved the show's MythArc, [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised was yanked off television]]. Instead Nick relegated it to their online programming. This actually turned out for the best, as the writers were now free of FCC regulations. Book 4 would feature a graphic on-screen death, family-unfriendly topics such as anarchism, capped off by an onscreen ''lesbian couple''.

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** Book 3 avoided any problems with executives but Book 4 suddenly got hit hard again. The budget was slashed viciously meaning the season didn't have nearly as many episodes as the writers wanted/needed. They were bullied into having a pointless clip-show episode; Nick actually [[BadBoss threatened to fire some of the studio staff if one wasn't made]]. And just to top it off, Book 4, which resolved the show's MythArc, [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised was yanked off television]]. Instead Nick relegated it to their online programming. This actually turned out for the best, as the writers were now free of FCC regulations. Book 4 would feature a graphic on-screen death, family-unfriendly topics such as anarchism, capped off by an onscreen ''lesbian ''same-sex couple''.
10th Aug '16 7:50:50 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* During his tenure as head writer on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Creator/JMichaelStraczynski constantly battled with Creator/{{ABC}} execs. Some production members have noted having a happier time with the syndication episodes, which were subjected to far less scrutiny and it shows. (The Creator/HPLovecraft-inspired, "The Collect Call of Cthulhu," is just one of the episodes people have noted the network wouldn't have cared for.) After Season 2, ABC hired a consulting firm, Q5, to "fix" the cartoon, despite it doing incredibly well in both ratings and merchandise sales. According to JMS, Q5 never did any research or viewer questionnaires but rather demanded changes upon what they themselves believed would make a successful show.

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* During his tenure as head writer on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Creator/JMichaelStraczynski constantly battled with Creator/{{ABC}} execs. Some production members have noted having a happier time with the syndication episodes, which were subjected to far less scrutiny and it shows. (The Creator/HPLovecraft-inspired, "The Collect Call of Cthulhu," is just one of the episodes people have noted the network wouldn't have cared for.) After Season 2, ABC hired a consulting firm, Q5, to "fix" the cartoon, despite it doing incredibly well in both ratings and merchandise sales. According to JMS, Q5 never did any research or viewer questionnaires but rather only demanded changes based upon what they themselves believed would make a successful show.
10th Aug '16 7:50:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* During his tenure as head writer on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Creator/JMichaelStraczynski constantly battled with Creator/{{ABC}} execs. Some production members have noted having a happier time with the syndication episodes, which were subjected to far less scrutiny and it shows. (The Creator/HPLovecraft-inspired, "The Collect Call of Cthulhu," is just one of the episodes people have noted the network wouldn't have cared for.)
** Especially contentious was the ongoing debate over the Ghostbusters' secretary, Janine Melnitz. A child psychologist hired as a consultant by ABC felt the character was too cynical and abrasive. Her personality should be more supportive and [[GirlsNeedRoleModels "feminine"]], instead. The consultant also expressed concerns that her sharp, angular glasses might scare children -- and yet, all the [[GrotesqueGallery grotesque ghosts and monsters]] running around were a-ok. JMS acquiesced to one of ABC's demands, making Janine a Ghostbuster for an episode. The execs had felt young girls needed a positive female role model and saw this as an opportunity to do so.
** Other additions the executives wanted were more Slimer-centric episodes, and junior Ghostbusters, a [[FiveTokenBand group of children]] that [[TheLoad followed the Ghostbusters on missions]], including a handicapped member. Both were attempts to pander to different age groups. Eventually, JMS simply quit out of frustration. After his departure, '''all''' of these changes came to pass, including altering Janine's look, personality, and voice. JMS would come back in Season 6 (though other jobs meant he could only do a few episodes). He {{lampshade|Hanging}} the changes made to Janine in the episode "Janine You've Changed."

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* During his tenure as head writer on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Creator/JMichaelStraczynski constantly battled with Creator/{{ABC}} execs. Some production members have noted having a happier time with the syndication episodes, which were subjected to far less scrutiny and it shows. (The Creator/HPLovecraft-inspired, "The Collect Call of Cthulhu," is just one of the episodes people have noted the network wouldn't have cared for.)
) After Season 2, ABC hired a consulting firm, Q5, to "fix" the cartoon, despite it doing incredibly well in both ratings and merchandise sales. According to JMS, Q5 never did any research or viewer questionnaires but rather demanded changes upon what they themselves believed would make a successful show.
** Especially contentious was the ongoing debate over the Ghostbusters' secretary, Janine Melnitz. A child psychologist hired as a consultant by ABC felt Q5 claimed the character was too cynical and abrasive. Her personality should be more supportive and [[GirlsNeedRoleModels "feminine"]], instead. The consultant consultants also expressed concerns that her sharp, angular glasses might scare children -- and yet, all the [[GrotesqueGallery grotesque ghosts and monsters]] running around were a-ok. JMS acquiesced to one of ABC's demands, making Janine a Ghostbuster for an episode. The execs had felt young girls needed a positive female role model and saw this as an opportunity to do so.
** Other additions the executives consulting firm wanted were more Slimer-centric episodes, and junior Ghostbusters, a [[FiveTokenBand [[KidAppealCharacter group of children]] that [[TheLoad followed the Ghostbusters on missions]], including a handicapped member. Both were attempts to pander to different age groups. Eventually, JMS simply quit out of frustration. After his departure, '''all''' of these changes came to pass, including altering Janine's look, personality, and voice. JMS would come back in Season 6 (though other jobs meant he could only do a few episodes). He {{lampshade|Hanging}} the changes made to Janine in the episode "Janine You've Changed."
1st Aug '16 9:52:02 AM ParkedCarAnne
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With all the MoralGuardians and people who want to milk money from franchises, WesternAnimation is rife with ExecutiveMeddling.

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With all the MoralGuardians clamping down on content deemed HarmfulToMinors and greedy people who want to milk money from franchises, WesternAnimation is rife with ExecutiveMeddling.



** Though it is notorious for GettingCrapPastTheRadar, and dancing circles around the censors [[note]]though ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' set the bar in the "dancing around the censors" department and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' gets away with more an episode than ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' can in a season[[/note]] -- at least in America [[note]]Australia and the Philippines' versions of Cartoon Network have shredded the show due to innuendo and what they consider to be rude language[[/note]], one thing in particular wouldn't fly with the censors: the character Tree Trunks dying by explosion in the episode "Tree Trunks". The creators revealed that she had been transported to a crystal world, and she was later rescued by the titular characters. After her return in other episodes, Tree Trunks is one of the most beloved characters in the show. If the creators had had their way, she would have exploded, and only appeared in one episode. Instead, they were forced to think outside of their own box, which led to a few episodes all about Tree Trunks, like "Crystals Have Power" and "Apple Thief".
** It also got hit with a long-term instance of this trope. Due to some countries the show airs having laws [[HeteronormativeCrusader against the depiction of homosexuality/bisexuality]] [[MoralGuardians in children's programming]], the network currently won't let the creators openly acknowledge Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's lesbian relationship in the show. The writers have resorted to simply implying it as hard as possible without actually saying it, though they've been allowed to [[WordOfGay confirm it in interviews and on the Internet]].

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** Though it is notorious for GettingCrapPastTheRadar, and dancing circles around the censors [[note]]though ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' the first wave of Cartoon Network's original programming [the "Cartoon Cartoons"] set the bar in the "dancing around the censors" department and department, ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' gets away with more an episode than ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' can in a season[[/note]] season, and ''TheAmazingWorldofGumball'' is starting to catch up[[/note]] -- at least in America [[note]]Australia and the Philippines' versions of Cartoon Network have shredded the show due to innuendo innuendo, violence, and what they consider to be rude language[[/note]], one thing in particular wouldn't fly with the censors: the character Tree Trunks dying by explosion in the episode "Tree Trunks". The creators revealed that she had been transported to a crystal world, and she was later rescued by the titular characters. After her return in other episodes, Tree Trunks is one of the most beloved characters in the show. If the creators had had their way, she would have exploded, and only appeared in one episode. Instead, they were forced to think outside of their own box, which led to a few episodes all about Tree Trunks, like "Crystals Have Power" and "Apple Thief".
** It also got hit with a long-term instance of this trope. Due to some countries Because the show airs having laws in [[HeteronormativeCrusader against some countries where any sexuality that isn't heterosexual (specifically homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality) is, at best, socially taboo and, at worst, considered highly illegal]] and [[MoralGuardian because said countries don't want their children exposed to the depiction of homosexuality/bisexuality]] [[MoralGuardians in children's programming]], notion that not everyone is heterosexual or cisgendered]], the network currently won't let the creators openly acknowledge Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's lesbian relationship in the show. The writers have resorted to simply implying it as hard as possible without actually saying it, though they've been allowed to [[WordOfGay confirm it in interviews and on the Internet]].
7th Jul '16 8:31:12 PM BNSF1995
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' was a victim of this NOT by Creator/HannaBarbera, (which licensed the series to be made), but surprisingly by Toho, the creators and owners of Godzilla themselves. As a result of Toho's denial of service, Hanna-Barbera was forced to not only [[{{Expy}} create several monsters that "resembled" the classic monsters of the Toho films]] (including [[TheScrappy Godzooky]]) but also could not use Godzilla's very own iconic roar. [[NoExportForYou To add insult to injury, the Japanese version of this show DOES feature Godzilla's distinctive roar]]!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' was a victim of this NOT by Creator/HannaBarbera, (which licensed the series to be made), but surprisingly by Toho, the creators and owners of Godzilla themselves. As a result of Toho's denial of service, Hanna-Barbera was forced to not only [[{{Expy}} create several monsters that "resembled" the classic monsters of the Toho films]] (including [[TheScrappy Godzooky]]) but also could not use Godzilla's very own iconic roar. [[NoExportForYou To add insult to injury, the Japanese version of this show DOES feature Godzilla's distinctive roar]]!



** Book 3 avoided any problems with executives but Book 4 suddenly got hit hard again. The budget was slashed viciously meaning the season didn't have nearly as many episodes as the writers wanted/needed. They were bullied into having a pointless clip-show episode; Nick actually [[BadBoss threatened to fire some of the studio staff if one wasn't made]]. And just to top it off, Book 4, which resolved the show's MythArc, [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised was yanked off television]]. Instead Nick relegated it to their online programming.

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** Book 3 avoided any problems with executives but Book 4 suddenly got hit hard again. The budget was slashed viciously meaning the season didn't have nearly as many episodes as the writers wanted/needed. They were bullied into having a pointless clip-show episode; Nick actually [[BadBoss threatened to fire some of the studio staff if one wasn't made]]. And just to top it off, Book 4, which resolved the show's MythArc, [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised was yanked off television]]. Instead Nick relegated it to their online programming. This actually turned out for the best, as the writers were now free of FCC regulations. Book 4 would feature a graphic on-screen death, family-unfriendly topics such as anarchism, capped off by an onscreen ''lesbian couple''.
25th Jun '16 10:39:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mocked in an episode of ''EekTheCat'' about how cartoons are made. At the end of the episode the producers of Fox rewrite the show so that Eek is a warrior kangaroo named Kangor the Destroyer.

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* Mocked in an episode of ''EekTheCat'' ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' about how cartoons are made. At the end of the episode the producers of Fox rewrite the show so that Eek is a warrior kangaroo named Kangor the Destroyer.
18th Jun '16 8:58:50 PM merotoker
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With all the {{Moral Guardian}}s and people who want to milk money from franchises, WesternAnimation is rife with ExecutiveMeddling.

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With all the {{Moral Guardian}}s MoralGuardians and people who want to milk money from franchises, WesternAnimation is rife with ExecutiveMeddling.



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Bruce Timm said that for some reason, DC wouldn't give him permission to have Clark reveal his identity to Lois. Ever. It came up again in ''Justice League'', when Timm revealed that DC again squashed the reveal by forbidding him to say or insinuate that Clark and Lois were dating despite them being married in the comic for 10 (RealLife) years. It wasn't until the build-up to JLU's ([[UnCancelled first]]) GrandFinale that Superman (not Clark) took Lois on a date.
* ''GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'': Bruce Timm has confirmed that the members of the production staff were barred from using Sinestro or the Sinestro Corps due to plans for the character in the [[Film/GreenLantern proposed film franchise]]. The writers have mentioned [[TropesAreNotBad this worked out for the best]], as it forced them to work with lesser known, untapped villains such as the Red Lanterns.
* On the Marvel side of things, Human Torch was '''[[{{Misblamed}} not]]''' left out of ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'' because network execs feared children would set themselves on fire to imitate him. Rather, it was because Universal had the rights to the character for an (eventually unmade) project. The Torch explains in the FF comic book that he was out of the country when the contracts for the cartoon were being signed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Bruce Timm said that for some reason, DC wouldn't give him permission to have Clark reveal his identity to Lois. Ever. It came up again in ''Justice League'', when Timm revealed that DC again squashed the reveal by forbidding him to say or insinuate that Clark and Lois were dating despite them being married in the comic for 10 (RealLife) years. It wasn't until the build-up to JLU's ([[UnCancelled ([[UnCanceled first]]) GrandFinale that Superman (not Clark) took Lois on a date.
* ''GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'': ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'': Bruce Timm has confirmed that the members of the production staff were barred from using Sinestro or the Sinestro Corps due to plans for the character in the [[Film/GreenLantern proposed film franchise]]. The writers have mentioned [[TropesAreNotBad this worked out for the best]], as it forced them to work with lesser known, untapped villains such as the Red Lanterns.
* On the Marvel side of things, Human Torch was '''[[{{Misblamed}} '''[[CommonKnowledge not]]''' left out of ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'' because network execs feared children would set themselves on fire to imitate him. Rather, it was because Universal had the rights to the character for an (eventually unmade) project. The Torch explains in the FF comic book that he was out of the country when the contracts for the cartoon were being signed.



** It also got hit with a long-term instance of this trope. Due to some countries the show airs having laws [[HeteronormativeCrusader against the depiction of homosexuality/bisexuality]] [[MoralGuardians in children's programming]], the network currently won't let the creators openly acknowledge Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's lesbian relationship in the show. The writers have resorted to simply implying it as hard as possible without actually saying it, though they've been allowed to [[WordOfGay confirm it in interviews and on the internet]].

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** It also got hit with a long-term instance of this trope. Due to some countries the show airs having laws [[HeteronormativeCrusader against the depiction of homosexuality/bisexuality]] [[MoralGuardians in children's programming]], the network currently won't let the creators openly acknowledge Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's lesbian relationship in the show. The writers have resorted to simply implying it as hard as possible without actually saying it, though they've been allowed to [[WordOfGay confirm it in interviews and on the internet]].Internet]].



* ''ReBoot'' was the near-constant target of ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{ABC}}. It got so bad that in one episode the network demanded that a shot of Dot [[NoHuggingNoKissing kissing her younger brother on the cheek]] and saying she loved him be cut out for broadcast because it "promoted [[BrotherSisterIncest incest]]." One side-effect of this was the inclusion of numerous jabs at the [[MediaWatchdog Broadcasting Standards and Practices office]] at ABC in the show.

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* ''ReBoot'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' was the near-constant target of ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{ABC}}. It got so bad that in one episode the network demanded that a shot of Dot [[NoHuggingNoKissing kissing her younger brother on the cheek]] and saying she loved him be cut out for broadcast because it "promoted [[BrotherSisterIncest incest]]." One side-effect of this was the inclusion of numerous jabs at the [[MediaWatchdog Broadcasting Standards and Practices office]] at ABC in the show.



*** In the episode where Enzo loses in a ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''-style fighting game, the demon played by the user is clearly announced as Satan. His fatality is one-handedly grabbing his opponent's heads and crushing them -- although the actual crushing part only happens offscreen, you still see him grab their heads and still hear it quite clearly. This is also the episode where [[EyeScream Enzo's eye is slashed out]] onscreen. "Look what we can do ''now''" indeed.

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*** In the episode where Enzo loses in a ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''-style ''Franchise/MortalKombat''-style fighting game, the demon played by the user is clearly announced as Satan. His fatality is one-handedly grabbing his opponent's heads and crushing them -- although the actual crushing part only happens offscreen, you still see him grab their heads and still hear it quite clearly. This is also the episode where [[EyeScream Enzo's eye is slashed out]] onscreen. "Look what we can do ''now''" indeed.



** Probably the most infamous example was Dot's chest, or as the animation studio called it on their own blog, Dot's "Mono-breast." ABC would not allow Dot to show any cleavage, even when she wore costumes where it would be anatomically impossible not to show it. When ABC dropped ''ReBoot'', the studio celebrated by stuffing Dot into an Elvira costume, and dedicating an episode to her new breasts ''(oh, and Evil Dead and horror movies in general also got a couple of nods)''.

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** Probably the most infamous example was Dot's chest, or as the animation studio called it on their own blog, Dot's "Mono-breast." ABC would not allow Dot to show any cleavage, even when she wore costumes where it would be anatomically impossible not to show it. When ABC dropped ''ReBoot'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', the studio celebrated by stuffing Dot into an Elvira costume, and dedicating an episode to her new breasts ''(oh, and Evil Dead and horror movies in general also got a couple of nods)''.



** However, the group actually ''agrees'' with Eric in ''The Dragon's Graveyard'', which is considered [[DarkerAndEdgier one of the best episodes]].

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** However, the group actually ''agrees'' with Eric in ''The "The Dragon's Graveyard'', Graveyard", which is considered [[DarkerAndEdgier one of the best episodes]].



* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' had an example when the producers were forced to cut a scene where the character Lance Alvers saves Kitty Pryde from being crushed by a statue. Apparently, the WB execs felt this would frighten young children, not because the character was imperiled -- but because ''it wasn't that long after September 11th''. Even though this was a show where mutants with superpowers attacked each other and stuff blew up all the time. As a result of the cut, Lance is seen just holding Kitty with no explanation why, leaving viewers confused.
** Creator/TheWB was '''horrible''' about jumping to ridiculous conclusions like this (see the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' example). Anyway, Lance and Kitty didn't fare well with ExecutiveMeddling at all. They were broken up in season 3 due to Creator/KidsWB complaining about too much romance on the show. [[OfficialCouple Scott and Jean's]] relationship was spared though.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' had an example when the producers were forced to cut a scene where the character Lance Alvers saves Kitty Pryde from being crushed by a statue. Apparently, the WB execs felt this would frighten young children, not because the character was imperiled -- but because ''it wasn't that long after September 11th''. Even though this was a show where mutants with superpowers attacked each other and stuff blew up all the time. As a result of the cut, Lance is seen just holding Kitty with no explanation why, leaving viewers confused.
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confused. Creator/TheWB was '''horrible''' about jumping to ridiculous conclusions like this (see the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' example). Anyway, Lance and Kitty didn't fare well with ExecutiveMeddling at all. They were broken up in season 3 due to Creator/KidsWB complaining about too much romance on the show. [[OfficialCouple Scott and Jean's]] relationship was spared though.



** Other additions the executives wanted were more Slimer-centric episodes, and junior Ghostbusters, a [[FiveTokenBand group of children]] that [[TheLoad followed the Ghostbusters on missions]], including a handicapped member. Both were attempts to pander to different age groups. Eventually, JMS simply quit out of frustration. After his departure, '''all''' of these changes came to pass, including altering Janine's look, personality, and voice. JMS would come back in Season 6 (though other jobs meant he could only do a few episodes). He {{Lampshaded}} the changes made to Janine in the episode "Janine You've Changed."

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** Other additions the executives wanted were more Slimer-centric episodes, and junior Ghostbusters, a [[FiveTokenBand group of children]] that [[TheLoad followed the Ghostbusters on missions]], including a handicapped member. Both were attempts to pander to different age groups. Eventually, JMS simply quit out of frustration. After his departure, '''all''' of these changes came to pass, including altering Janine's look, personality, and voice. JMS would come back in Season 6 (though other jobs meant he could only do a few episodes). He {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}} the changes made to Janine in the episode "Janine You've Changed."



* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon show is a huge TakeThat to Creator/{{ABC}}'s Broadcast Standards and Practices, featuring an annoying, fairy godmother-like character Goody Two Shoes who claims to represent the "Bureau of Sweetness and Prissiness" (yes, she does use the abbreviation at one point). The characters finally manage to shake her by being ''too'' SickeninglySweet even for her tastes, and the end of the episode {{lampshades}} actual censorship in the show, namely how the camera cuts to another character's reaction whenever Beetlejuice eats a bug.
** There's also the ratings-obsessed Mr. Monitor, who's practically the personification of ExecutiveMeddling.
* Given the three different companies responsible for the production of the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) -- toymaker Playmates, Mirage, and [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] -- it wasn't surprising that this eventually crept in. Especially the events surrounding season 7. After an intended follow up season to "Fast Forward" was aborted, a struggle between the three parties began over the direction for the cartoon. Among the eventually rejected suggestions were a [[{{Chaotic}} card game-based series]], a series with the Turtles caring for their [[SpinoffBabies infant past selves]], and a completely fresh ContinuityReboot.
* When a little boy burned down his trailer home and caused the death of his baby sister, the program ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' was blamed because Beavis was a bit of a pyromaniac. As a result, he was no longer allowed to shout "Fire!, Fire!", he was no longer able to carry around a lighter and set things ablaze, and many past episodes' fire references were edited out.

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* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon show is a huge TakeThat to Creator/{{ABC}}'s Broadcast Standards and Practices, featuring an annoying, fairy godmother-like character Goody Two Shoes who claims to represent the "Bureau of Sweetness and Prissiness" (yes, she does use the abbreviation at one point). The characters finally manage to shake her by being ''too'' SickeninglySweet [[TastesLikeDiabetes Sickeningly Sweet]] even for her tastes, and the end of the episode {{lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s actual censorship in the show, namely how the camera cuts to another character's reaction whenever Beetlejuice eats a bug.
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bug. There's also the ratings-obsessed Mr. Monitor, who's practically the personification of ExecutiveMeddling.
* Given the three different companies responsible for the production of the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' -- toymaker Playmates, Mirage, and [[FourKidsEntertainment [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] -- it wasn't surprising that this eventually crept in. Especially the events surrounding season 7. After an intended follow up season to "Fast Forward" was aborted, a struggle between the three parties began over the direction for the cartoon. Among the eventually rejected suggestions were a [[{{Chaotic}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}} card game-based series]], a series with the Turtles caring for their [[SpinoffBabies infant past selves]], and a completely fresh ContinuityReboot.
* When a little boy burned down his trailer home and caused the death of his baby sister, the program ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' was blamed because Beavis was a bit of a pyromaniac. As a result, he was no longer allowed to shout "Fire!, Fire!", he was no longer able to carry around a lighter and set things ablaze, and many past episodes' fire references were edited out.



* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' almost never happened largely because of Nintendo's unwillingness to license the series. Nintendo finally agreed but not before asking for hefty royalties in the process. Despite the show being a smash hit and many celebrities (whose kids loved the show) wanting a guest appearance, Nintendo balked after production for its lone season ended.
** This didn't stop Nintendo from licensing two spinoffs which aired on NBC Saturday mornings, ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' and ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''. There hasn't been another animated adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. franchise since.

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* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' almost never happened largely because of Nintendo's Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s unwillingness to license the series. Nintendo finally agreed but not before asking for hefty royalties in the process. Despite the show being a smash hit and many celebrities (whose kids loved the show) wanting a guest appearance, Nintendo balked after production for its lone season ended.
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ended. This didn't stop Nintendo from licensing two spinoffs which aired on NBC Saturday mornings, ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' and ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''. There hasn't been another animated adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. franchise since.



* ''TheSimpsons'' is practically immune to this trope in real-life. Producer James L. Brooks has the clout to make it a rule that the network can't give notes. Little things have been tinkered with (largely relating to legal/censorship issues), but the series has been spared the problems others have faced. That doesn't mean the series doesn't parody this trope, though. This trope was parodied in when too much meddling caused Krusty to retire for the umpteenth time.
--->'''[[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight Krusty]]:''' Folks, I've been in showbiz for sixty-one years, but now these jerks have sucked all the fun out of it. I don't need twelve suits tellin' me which way to pee!\\

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* ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is practically immune to this trope in real-life. Producer James L. Brooks has the clout to make it a rule that the network can't give notes. Little things have been tinkered with (largely relating to legal/censorship issues), but the series has been spared the problems others have faced. That doesn't mean the series doesn't parody this trope, though. This trope was parodied in when too much meddling caused Krusty to retire for the umpteenth time.
--->'''[[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight -->'''[[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight Krusty]]:''' Folks, I've been in showbiz for sixty-one years, but now these jerks have sucked all the fun out of it. I don't need twelve suits tellin' me which way to pee!\\



** In an early example of meddling, Comedy Central censors ordered a scene removed from "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" that involved Shelley setting Stan on fire (and then dousing him with water, explaining a puddle that suddenly appears underneath him in the episode). This was due to fear of another ''Beavis and Butthead''-style controversy. As early deleted and removed scenes (pre-season 10) tended to be destroyed afterwards or lost in some other way, the scene lives on through a leaked video rip that someone had made back in the early days of the show.

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** In an early example of meddling, Comedy Central censors ordered a scene removed from "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" that involved Shelley setting Stan on fire (and then dousing him with water, explaining a puddle that suddenly appears underneath him in the episode). This was due to fear of another ''Beavis and Butthead''-style Butt-Head''-style controversy. As early deleted and removed scenes (pre-season 10) tended to be destroyed afterwards or lost in some other way, the scene lives on through a leaked video rip that someone had made back in the early days of the show.



* This is the EXACT reason ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled]], apparently because the higher ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork wanted toy companies to make toys for the series, but failed to get licensers for it.
** Now it seems that there actually ''were'' several toy manufacturers who wanted to take on the show but Cartoon Network never contacted any of them and the show was murdered because of a personal falling out between executives at CN and Genndy Tartakovsky, the former of which wanted the show to go in a more WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} direction.

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* This is the EXACT reason ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled]], apparently because the higher ups at Creator/CartoonNetwork wanted toy companies to make toys for the series, but failed to get licensers for it.
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it. Now it seems that there actually ''were'' several toy manufacturers who wanted to take on the show but Cartoon Network never contacted any of them and the show was murdered because of a personal falling out between executives at CN and Genndy Tartakovsky, the former of which wanted the show to go in a more WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' direction.



** Season One had that [[{{Edutainment}} E/I label]] on the upper-left corner of the screen on TV, in compliance with a broadcast television standard (cable is exempt). In Season Two, ''it's mysteriously removed.'' It's not clear why this is, but bronies sure are satisfied that the show appears to be hindered by the standards much less now.

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** Season One had that [[{{Edutainment}} [[EdutainmentShow E/I label]] on the upper-left corner of the screen on TV, in compliance with a broadcast television standard (cable is exempt). In Season Two, ''it's mysteriously removed.'' It's not clear why this is, but bronies sure are satisfied that the show appears to be hindered by the standards much less now.



As previously stated, executives have been mostly hands-off for the show, but one thing [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ mentioned]] by LaurenFaust as a "requirement" was "to incorporate fashion play," which was handled by making it a matter of Rarity being an artist. The episode [[Analysis/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess can be seen as incredibly meta]] if you think about it like this.

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As previously stated, executives have been mostly hands-off for the show, but one thing [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ mentioned]] by LaurenFaust Creator/LaurenFaust as a "requirement" was "to incorporate fashion play," which was handled by making it a matter of Rarity being an artist. The episode [[Analysis/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess can be seen as incredibly meta]] if you think about it like this.



* WordOfGod says that the ''[[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim Earthworm Jim]]'' cartoon was made to boost video game sales and that Doug [=TenNapel=] wants nothing to do with the show (despite that it's considered one of the best cartoons of the 1990s).

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* WordOfGod says that the ''[[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim Earthworm Jim]]'' ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon was made to boost video game sales and that Doug [=TenNapel=] wants nothing to do with the show (despite that it's considered one of the best cartoons of the 1990s).



* In October 2012, ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' was set to air the third new episodes of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' since they came back from hiatus... only for them to be ''hiatused again'' ten hours before airtime and told they'd be back in January. Many rumors came about, including the lack of shorts and the fact that the episode of ''Young Justice'' to be aired has Stephanie Brown, the poster child of DC's Executive Meddling in the New52 era. Current theory is that there were licencing problems involved with YJ using Milestone-based characters like Icon, Rocket and Static-- which still doesn't explain why GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries and the shorts were pulled, too. Whether it's ExecutiveMeddling or ScrewedByTheNetwork is still unclear.

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* In October 2012, ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' was set to air the third new episodes of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' since they came back from hiatus... only for them to be ''hiatused again'' ten hours before airtime and told they'd be back in January. Many rumors came about, including the lack of shorts and the fact that the episode of ''Young Justice'' to be aired has Stephanie Brown, the poster child of DC's Executive Meddling in the New52 era. Current theory is that there were licencing problems involved with YJ using Milestone-based characters like Icon, Rocket and Static-- which still doesn't explain why GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' and the shorts were pulled, too. Whether it's ExecutiveMeddling or ScrewedByTheNetwork is still unclear.



* ''PoundPuppies'' was also affected by network consultants in its second season. Q5, who also had ordered changes to The Real Ghostbusters, was behind these suggested improvements to the show. However, the changes wound up controversial to fans: Nose Marie suddenly became a motherly figure, and Bright Eyes was de-aged to be more of a "little sister"-type character.

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* ''PoundPuppies'' was also affected by network consultants in its second season. Q5, who also had ordered changes to The ''The Real Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters'', was behind these suggested improvements to the show. However, the changes wound up controversial to fans: Nose Marie suddenly became a motherly figure, and Bright Eyes was de-aged to be more of a "little sister"-type character.



* This is the reason ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has continued past the third [[SeasonalRot and intended final]] season (not to mention uncancelled too), even though the series was meant to conclude with [[BigDamnMovie the Big Damn]] [[WesternAnimation/{{TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie}} Movie]]. Due to [[MoneyDearBoy the huge amount of money the movie grossed at the box office]], and because of reruns still getting high ratings, Nickelodeon ordered more seasons to be made. Stephen Hillenburg and several other members of the show's crew weren't interested, so they either [[KickedUpstairs resigned to executive positions]] or left Nickelodeon because of it.

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* This is the reason ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has continued past the third [[SeasonalRot and intended final]] season (not to mention uncancelled too), even though the series was meant to conclude with [[BigDamnMovie the Big Damn]] [[WesternAnimation/{{TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie}} [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie Movie]]. Due to [[MoneyDearBoy the huge amount of money the movie grossed at the box office]], and because of reruns still getting high ratings, Nickelodeon ordered more seasons to be made. Stephen Hillenburg and several other members of the show's crew weren't interested, so they either [[KickedUpstairs resigned to executive positions]] or left Nickelodeon because of it.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' was a victim of this NOT by Hanna Barabera, (which licensed the series to be made), but surprisingly by Toho, the creators and owners of Godzilla themselves. As a result of Toho's denial of service, Hanna Barbera was forced to not only [[{{Expy}} create several monsters that "resembled" the classic monsters of the Toho films]] (including [[TheScrappy Godzooky]]) but also could not use Godzilla's very own iconic roar. [[NoExportForYou To add insult to injury, the Japanese version of this show DOES feature Godzilla's distinctive roar]]!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} suffered this during its final season, The Goliath Chronicles. Executives wanted more lessons crammed in, resulting in a ''Series/FullHouse'' moment at the end of every episode. Unsurprisingly, both the fans and the creator don't consider the third season as [[CanonDiscontinuity part of canon]], save for the first episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' was a victim of this NOT by Hanna Barabera, Creator/HannaBarbera, (which licensed the series to be made), but surprisingly by Toho, the creators and owners of Godzilla themselves. As a result of Toho's denial of service, Hanna Barbera Hanna-Barbera was forced to not only [[{{Expy}} create several monsters that "resembled" the classic monsters of the Toho films]] (including [[TheScrappy Godzooky]]) but also could not use Godzilla's very own iconic roar. [[NoExportForYou To add insult to injury, the Japanese version of this show DOES feature Godzilla's distinctive roar]]!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffered this during its final season, The Goliath Chronicles. Executives wanted more lessons crammed in, resulting in a ''Series/FullHouse'' moment at the end of every episode. Unsurprisingly, both the fans and the creator don't consider the third season as [[CanonDiscontinuity part of canon]], save for the first episode.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode "Timmy TV", Timmy finds out his life is a popular reality show in Fairy World. The fairy executives use this opportunity to convince Timmy to make a few changes in order to increase the show's ratings, such as changing Timmy's hat purple, replacing Timmy's mom with [[TheBradyBunch Florence Henderson]], and replacing Chester and AJ with monkeys. Timmy, however, draws the line at getting rid of Cosmo and Wanda.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Timmy TV", Timmy finds out his life is a popular reality show in Fairy World. The fairy executives use this opportunity to convince Timmy to make a few changes in order to increase the show's ratings, such as changing Timmy's hat purple, replacing Timmy's mom with [[TheBradyBunch [[Series/TheBradyBunch Florence Henderson]], and replacing Chester and AJ with monkeys. Timmy, however, draws the line at getting rid of Cosmo and Wanda.



* On ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', Rudy was originally eight years old, and was that age for the first two shorts on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''. When ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons'' was picked up for a second season, Nickelodeon became interested in spinning off the shorts into its' own TV series. For unknown reasons, they requested that Rudy had to be aged up to ten years old for the series. For the remainder of the shorts before the show premiered, Rudy was aged up by two years (and re-designed) and Penny was added as a new main character(her addition hasn't been confirmed as executive meddling, but she may have been added into the second season of ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons'' [[TheSmurfettePrinciple because there weren't any female characters in the shorts.]])

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* On ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', Rudy was originally eight years old, and was that age for the first two shorts on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''. When ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons'' was picked up for a second season, Nickelodeon became interested in spinning off the shorts into its' own TV series. For unknown reasons, they requested that Rudy had to be aged up to ten years old for the series. For the remainder of the shorts before the show premiered, Rudy was aged up by two years (and re-designed) and Penny was added as a new main character(her character (her addition hasn't been confirmed as executive meddling, but she may have been added into the second season of ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons'' [[TheSmurfettePrinciple because there weren't any female characters in the shorts.]])
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