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14th Jan '18 7:28:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Bound}}'' for Creator/TheWachowskis.

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* ''Film/{{Bound}}'' ''Film/{{Bound|1996}}'' for Creator/TheWachowskis.
13th Jan '18 2:19:46 AM jormis29
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* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' for Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' for Phil Lord and Chris Miller.Creator/PhilLordAndChrisMiller.
2nd Jan '18 2:57:00 AM jormis29
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** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, created by Creator/FrizFreleng and introduced in 1935's "I Haven't Got a Hat", was their breakthrough star. Incidentally, Porky wasn't the main star of this film: the twin dog duo of Ham and Ex (who sing the title theme), were earmarked as the future stars of Warner Bros. cartoons.
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd: "A Wild Hare", released in 1940. Earlier cartoons had templates of both characters, but this was the first film to feature official versions of the iconic cartoon stars.
** Daffy Duck: "Porky's Duck Hunt" from 1937, in which he was a supporting character who drove Porky Pig nuts.

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** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, created by Creator/FrizFreleng and introduced in 1935's "I Haven't Got a Hat", "WesternAnimation/IHaventGotAHat", was their breakthrough star. Incidentally, Porky wasn't the main star of this film: the twin dog duo of Ham and Ex (who sing the title theme), were earmarked as the future stars of Warner Bros. cartoons.
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd: "A Wild Hare", "WesternAnimation/AWildHare", released in 1940. Earlier cartoons had templates of both characters, but this was the first film to feature official versions of the iconic cartoon stars.
** Daffy Duck: "Porky's Duck Hunt" "WesternAnimation/PorkysDuckHunt" from 1937, in which he was a supporting character who drove Porky Pig nuts.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} animator Butch Hartman.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} animator Butch Hartman.Creator/ButchHartman.
31st Dec '17 11:29:29 PM jamespolk
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** Foghorn Leghorn: The loud-mouthed rooster's breakthrough was "Walky Talky Hawky".

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** Foghorn Leghorn: The loud-mouthed rooster's breakthrough was "Walky Talky Hawky"."WesternAnimation/WalkyTalkyHawky".
31st Dec '17 9:38:24 PM jamespolk
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** Sylvester the Cat: Although his first film was "Life with Feathers" (where a suicidal bird tries to get eaten but the cat refusing because he thinks he's poison), it was the puddy tat's pairing with a certain yellow, blue-eyed canary Tweety Bird, in "Tweetie Pie" that made our hapless, lisping black-and-white cat a star.

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** Sylvester the Cat: Although his first film was "Life with Feathers" "WesternAnimation/LifeWithFeathers" (where a suicidal bird tries to get eaten but the cat refusing because he thinks he's poison), it was the puddy tat's pairing with a certain yellow, blue-eyed canary Tweety Bird, in "Tweetie Pie" "WesternAnimation/TweetiePie" that made our hapless, lisping black-and-white cat a star.
26th Dec '17 6:02:06 PM bt8257
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* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' for Creator/MartinScorsese. He had two major releases prior to the film: ''Film/MeanStreets'' and ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore.'' The former, while highly praised and a modern-day classic, was a flop upon release, whereas the latter, although more successful and Oscar-winning, didn't exactly have Scorsese's directorial work at the center of the acclaim. ''Taxi Driver'' is viewed as the film that made him a household name.

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* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' for Creator/MartinScorsese. He had two major releases prior to the film: ''Film/MeanStreets'' and ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore.'' ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore''. The former, while highly praised and a modern-day classic, was a flop upon release, whereas the latter, although more successful and Oscar-winning, didn't exactly have Scorsese's directorial work at the center of the acclaim. ''Taxi Driver'' is viewed as the film that made him a household name.



* ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' for Creator/OliverStone. He was an established screenwriter at the time, known for his work in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' and ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982.'' ''Platoon'' was his first hit as a director.

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* ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' for Creator/OliverStone. He was an established screenwriter at the time, known for his work in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' and ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982.'' ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. ''Platoon'' was his first hit as a director.



* ''Film/{{Splash}}'' for Creator/RonHoward as a director. ''Film/NightShift'' was a moderate hit for him, but is today remembered for ''That's What Friends Are For,'' which became a future hit collaboration for Dionne Warwick, Music/EltonJohn, Music/StevieWonder, and Gladys Knight.

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* ''Film/{{Splash}}'' for Creator/RonHoward as a director. ''Film/NightShift'' was a moderate hit for him, but is today remembered for ''That's What Friends Are For,'' For'', which became a future hit collaboration for Dionne Warwick, Music/EltonJohn, Music/StevieWonder, and Gladys Knight.



* ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' for Al Capp.
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' for George Herriman.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' for Charles M. Schulz.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' for Charles M. Schulz.
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' for George Herriman.



* ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' for Creator/AlCapp.



* ''[[Pinball/{{Wizard}} Wizard!]]'' for Creator/GregKmiec.

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* ''[[Pinball/{{Wizard}} Wizard!]]'' ''Pinball/{{Wizard}}'' for Creator/GregKmiec.
26th Dec '17 5:51:51 PM bt8257
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* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' for its creator, Norman Lear, and its four principal cast members: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. The four actors had guest roles and so forth before the show that made them household names.

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* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' for its creator, Norman Lear, and its four principal cast members: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. The four actors had guest roles and so forth before the show that made them household names.Lear.
8th Dec '17 1:23:56 AM bt8257
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For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts, although these early attempts may end up being VindicatedByHistory. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of ToughActToFollow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough. More often than not, creators (musicians in particular) often dread the idea of a BlackSheepHit becoming their breakthrough, as what is intended to be a one-off experiment in other areas could result in the publisher forcing them to follow that style from that point forward.

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For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts, although attempts; these early attempts may end up being VindicatedByHistory.VindicatedByHistory, though. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of ToughActToFollow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough. More often than not, creators (musicians in particular) often dread the idea of a BlackSheepHit becoming their breakthrough, as what is intended to be a one-off experiment in other areas could result in the publisher forcing them to follow that style from that point forward.
4th Dec '17 7:35:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' for Tim Kring (although his previous series ''CrossingJordan'' lasted longer).

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' for Tim Kring (although his previous series ''CrossingJordan'' ''Series/CrossingJordan'' lasted longer).
30th Nov '17 7:51:52 PM bt8257
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** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, introduced in 1935's "I Haven't Got a Hat", was their breakthrough star. Incidentally, Porky wasn't the main star of this film: the twin dog duo of Ham and Ex (who sing the title theme), were earmarked as the future stars of Warner Bros. cartoons.

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** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, created by Creator/FrizFreleng and introduced in 1935's "I Haven't Got a Hat", was their breakthrough star. Incidentally, Porky wasn't the main star of this film: the twin dog duo of Ham and Ex (who sing the title theme), were earmarked as the future stars of Warner Bros. cartoons.



** Creator/TexAvery: his first big hit was his 6th short "I Love to Singa" (1936).
** Creator/BobClampett: his first big hit was "Porky in Wackyland" (1938).

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** Creator/TexAvery: his first big hit was his 6th short "I Love to Singa" "WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga" (1936).
** Creator/BobClampett: his first big hit was "Porky in Wackyland" "WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland" (1938).
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