History MissingEpisode / WesternAnimation

27th Jul '16 5:54:32 PM nombretomado
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* While UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation doesn't have it ''anywhere'' near as bad as the films of the silent era, there's still some problems with it occasionally popping up. The good news is that the bulk of the publicly screened theatrical cartoons of the day still exist in some form, and several companies such as Disney, MGM, Warner Bros. and even the [[ColumbiaCartoons Columbia Cartoon]] library have had their libraries restored, with only a handful if any flat out missing episodes (tragically, their handful of Barney Google shorts were deliberately destroyed due to a contractual obligation with King Features--only snippets of silent b&w dupes of one of the films is known to exist). Even the [[VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren studio]] and Terry Toons have virtually all of their sound films still existing in some way. The bad news is that this is definitely not the case with industrial films and commercials of the era, such as the films of the Jam Handy Studio and the shorts of the army based First Motion Picture Unit. On that note, many of the big studio cartoons have had their original titles removed in reissues, even having new titles spliced into the original negatives—this is the case with many of the BettyBoop and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts.

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* While UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation doesn't have it ''anywhere'' near as bad as the films of the silent era, there's still some problems with it occasionally popping up. The good news is that the bulk of the publicly screened theatrical cartoons of the day still exist in some form, and several companies such as Disney, MGM, Warner Bros. and even the [[ColumbiaCartoons Columbia Cartoon]] Creator/{{Columbia Cartoon|s}} library have had their libraries restored, with only a handful if any flat out missing episodes (tragically, their handful of Barney Google shorts were deliberately destroyed due to a contractual obligation with King Features--only snippets of silent b&w dupes of one of the films is known to exist). Even the [[VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren studio]] and Terry Toons have virtually all of their sound films still existing in some way. The bad news is that this is definitely not the case with industrial films and commercials of the era, such as the films of the Jam Handy Studio and the shorts of the army based First Motion Picture Unit. On that note, many of the big studio cartoons have had their original titles removed in reissues, even having new titles spliced into the original negatives—this is the case with many of the BettyBoop and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts.
17th Jul '16 7:49:51 AM Sunflorazumarill
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' has "Twistory" and "It's a Wishful Life", both of which are also CanonDiscontinuity.
** "Twistory" was pulled from reruns due to the fact that it offended both Americans and British while trying to be patriotic and also said that if American independence never happened than the world wouldn't have advanced past the 18th century.
** "It's a Wishful Life" aired in reruns for a few years, but was eventually pulled from TV due to both negative reception and CreatorBacklash due to the fact that it was very harsh to Timmy when subverting the ItsAWonderfulPlot cliche.
15th Jul '16 10:46:30 PM Vir
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** Also an in-universe example in ''[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware The Gray Ghost]]'', where someone is committing crimes as seen in the titular TV show. When Batman goes looking for episode recordings in order to find clues, he learns that the whole series has supposedly been lost after a fire in the archives.

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** Also an in-universe example in ''[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware The the Gray Ghost]]'', Ghost]]", where someone is committing crimes as seen in the titular TV show. When Batman goes looking for episode recordings in order to find clues, he learns that the whole series has supposedly been lost after a fire in the archives.
18th Jun '16 9:25:09 PM BNSF1995
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** "Elephant Issues" had the final short of Buster, Plucky, and Hamton getting drunk off one beer, stealing a car while intoxicated, and ultimately killing themselves. It was last seen on the Fox run of the series and subsequently banned from rotation on The WB, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. The other episode, "Toons From the Crypt" was initially rejected by the Fox broadcast standards and pratices due to the final short, which ended with Elmyra digging up the corpses of her dead pets. This short was eventually released on home video and the full episode was eventually allowed to air during reruns on Nickelodeon, while "Elephant Issues" appeared on the third volume DVD. These episodes eventually aired again when Creator/TheHub aired the show in reruns.

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** "Elephant Issues" had the final short of Buster, Plucky, and Hamton getting drunk off one beer, stealing a car while intoxicated, and ultimately killing themselves. It was last seen on the Fox run of the series and subsequently banned from rotation on The WB, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. The other episode, "Toons From the Crypt" was initially rejected by the Fox broadcast standards and pratices due to the final short, which ended with Elmyra digging up the corpses of her dead pets. This short was eventually released on home video and the full episode was eventually allowed to air during reruns on Nickelodeon, while "Elephant Issues" appeared on the third volume DVD. The short is also easily viewable on YouTube. These episodes eventually aired again when Creator/TheHub aired the show in reruns.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' has had a couple of sort-of instances of this. Based on a single photo, a rumour had been going around that a story called 'The Missing Coach' was filmed but never aired. This was dismissed as speculation until WordOfGod from the technical crew confirmed that it had been half-filmed. The episode would have aired as the 15th episode of Season 2, but showrunner Britt Allcroft felt that the plot point where Donald and Douglas switch tenders would be too confusing for little kids. The other was a number of episodes of a proposed spin-off called ''Jack and the Pack'' that didn't get picked up and which were eventually released three years later on DVD as part of the regular series. The rest of the episodes planned for the spin-off went unmade, and with them, a few characters never saw the light of day.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' has had a couple of sort-of instances of this. Based on a single photo, a rumour had been going around that a story called 'The Missing Coach' was filmed but never aired. This was dismissed as speculation until WordOfGod from the technical crew confirmed that it had been half-filmed. The episode would have aired as the 15th episode of Season 2, but showrunner Britt Allcroft felt that the plot point where Donald and Douglas switch tenders would be too confusing for little kids. kids, and was ultimately replaced by "Thomas, Percy, and the Trouble with Coal" (retitled "Double Trouble" in the US). "Gordon Goes Foreign", a story from the Railway Series and among the earliest not to be adapted, was also planned, with plans to modify one of Henry's models to represent the Foreign Engine, but the episode was ultimately scrapped for being too expensive. The other was a number of episodes of a proposed spin-off called ''Jack and the Pack'' that didn't get picked up was scrapped when the series was acquired by [=HiT=] Entertainment, who deemed the series a rip-off of their own ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder''. and which were eventually released three years later on DVD as a miniseries (the chronological first two episodes are part of the regular series.sixth season, and the members of The Pack went on to appear in the specials ''The Great Discovery'', ''King of the Railway'', and ''Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure'', as well as the twelfth season episode "Percy and the Bandstand"). The rest of the episodes planned for the spin-off went unmade, and with them, a few characters never saw the light of day.



** "Pingu Quarrels With His Mum" was also pulled from American television, due to a shocking scene where [[AbusiveParents Pingu is slapped by his mother for insubordination]]. It was also banned from airing in countries where corporal punishment is a criminal offense. When broadcast on Creator/TheBBC, the offending scene was removed, but [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the VHS and DVD releases there left the scene intact]].
** The pilot episode as well as "Pingu Dreams" have not been seen on the BBC since 2003. Although the former's reason for pulling is unknown (possibly for a distressing scene where Pingu's head is treated like a bouncing ball by a bully), the latter was pulled over the horrifying appearance of the leopard seal that invades Pingu's dream later on in the episode. Pulled for similar reasons two years later was "Pingu Runs Away", where Pingu encounters ice sculptures depicted as freakish monsters after he runs away from home. The appearance of the sculptures were deemed to be too risque for children. Neither this not the preceding two episodes have been shown in the U.S. as of 2005.

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** "Pingu Quarrels With His Mum" was also pulled from American television, due to a shocking scene where [[AbusiveParents Pingu is slapped by his mother for insubordination]].insubordination]] (though the shock is softened by the fact that Pingu's mother has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment). It was also banned from airing in countries where corporal punishment is a criminal offense. When broadcast on Creator/TheBBC, the offending scene was removed, but [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the VHS and DVD releases there left the scene intact]].
** The pilot episode as well as "Pingu Dreams" have not been seen on the BBC since 2003. Although the former's reason for pulling is unknown (possibly for a distressing scene where Pingu's head is treated like a bouncing ball by a bully), the latter was pulled over the horrifying appearance of the realistic-looking leopard seal that invades Pingu's dream later on in the episode. Pulled for similar reasons two years later was "Pingu Runs Away", where Pingu encounters ice sculptures depicted as freakish monsters after he runs away from home. The appearance of the sculptures were deemed to be too risque for children. Neither this not the preceding two episodes have been shown in the U.S. as of 2005.



** Happened to the two-parter episode "200" and "201". The episode "200" aired in rotation for a week before being pulled due to Parker and Stone violating a ban on usage of Mohammed/episodes based around a series of racist cartoons featuring Mohammed and "201" only aired once, with no reruns or repeats due to the two continuing the plot thread over Comedy Central's direct orders. While both episodes were released on DVD in the US (other countries did not get them or even see them), "201" is the heavily edited TV version which Comedy Central edited over Parker and Stone's objection, censoring every mention of Mohammad's name as well as the episode's moral advocating the use of violence and terrorism to get your way. Furthermore, while the episodes are available on DVD, they are not available for legal stream. Parker and Stone refused to allow the censored version of "201" to be streamed (having basically disowned the episode and including a disclaimer at the start of the episode, where they basically state that the episode was censored by Comedy Central and not a running joke the two came up with to mock the controversy over "200", like many had assumed it was at first) and as such, both episodes are not available on the South Park Studio website or on any other legal streaming website.
** This is not the first time episodes have been banned: "Not Without My Anus" and "Pip" were removed from rotation by Comedy Central for being filler episodes while "Jared Has Aides" and "Death" were both banned by the network for several years due to content ("Jared Has Aides" for child abuse humor that offended Comedy Central, "Death" for the episode's final scene where the kids decide to become drug addicts when they find their favorite TV show banned). However unlike 200 and 201, the bans were ultimately lifted and were in regular rotation when the show was officially went into syndication.

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** Happened to the two-parter episode "200" and "201". The episode "200" aired in rotation for a week before being pulled due to Parker and Stone violating a ban on usage the depiction of Mohammed/episodes based around a series of racist cartoons featuring Mohammed and "201" only aired once, with no reruns or repeats due to the two continuing the plot thread over Comedy Central's direct orders.orders, not to mention Parker and Stone receiving death threats from a radical Islamic terror group. While both episodes were released on DVD in the US (other countries did not get them or even see them), "201" is the heavily edited TV version which Comedy Central edited over Parker and Stone's objection, censoring every mention of Mohammad's name as well as the episode's moral advocating the use of violence and terrorism to get your way. Furthermore, while the episodes are available on DVD, they are not available for legal stream. Parker and Stone refused to allow the censored version of "201" to be streamed (having basically disowned the episode and including a disclaimer at the start of the episode, where they basically state that the episode was censored by Comedy Central and not a running joke the two came up with to mock the controversy over "200", like many had assumed it was at first) and as such, both episodes are not available on the South Park Studio website or on any other legal streaming website.
** This is not the first time episodes have been banned: "Not Without My Anus" and "Pip" were removed from rotation by Comedy Central for being filler episodes while "Jared Has Aides" and "Death" were both banned by the network for several years due to content ("Jared Has Aides" for child abuse humor that offended Comedy Central, "Death" for the episode's final scene where the kids decide to become drug addicts when they find their favorite TV show banned). However unlike 200 and 201, the bans were ultimately lifted and were in regular rotation when the show was officially went into syndication. "Jared Has Aides" remains in syndication even after the real Jared Fogle was found with child pornography on his computer.



* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' had an episode titled "Boston" that originally intended as the first episode of the series' fifth season and produced as its creators' response to the UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} bomb scare that Creator/AdultSwim caused on January 31, 2007 (with the city itself being a big target of the episode). However, [adult swim] pulled it to avoid further controversy surrounding the events of the bomb scare; and the episode to this day has never aired or been released to the public. The workprint of the episode was leaked onto YouTube in January of 2015; while the original upload was eventually taken down for copyright, the episode was available long enough [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for fans to start circulating copies of the episode online]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' had an episode titled "Boston" that originally intended as the first episode of the series' fifth season and produced as its creators' response to the UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} bomb scare that Creator/AdultSwim caused on January 31, 2007 (with the city itself being a big target of the episode). However, [adult swim] pulled it to avoid further controversy surrounding the events of the bomb scare; and the episode to this day has never aired or been released to the public. The episode will now certainly never see the light of day after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The workprint of the episode was leaked onto YouTube in January of 2015; while the original upload was eventually taken down for copyright, the episode was available long enough [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for fans to start circulating copies of the episode online]].



** The first season episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" has never been shown in several Eastern and Central European countries, such as Poland, Hungary and Romania. The reason for its exclusion is unknown. It has also been rarely aired in the U.S., though the reasoning behind it could be because of the crude humor that was a little too Creator/AdultSwim for Cartoon Network (Mordecai drinking "unicorn slop," the unicorns pissing on the lawn, and the unicorns farting in Rigby's face). It was later included on The Complete First and Second Seasons DVD.

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** The first season episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" has never been shown in several Eastern and Central European countries, such as Poland, Hungary and Romania. The reason for its exclusion is unknown.unknown, though it likely has to do with the BDSM-esque appearance of the unicorns, and Benson spraying water at Mordecai and Rigby to snap them out of their non-existent hangovers. It has also been rarely aired in the U.S., though the reasoning behind it could be because of the crude humor that was a little too Creator/AdultSwim for Cartoon Network (Mordecai drinking "unicorn slop," the unicorns pissing on the lawn, and the unicorns farting in Rigby's face). It was later included on The Complete First and Second Seasons DVD.
11th Jun '16 7:03:19 PM nombretomado
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** "Cuffed/The Blizzard" from Season 3 was pulled from US reruns on Nick and Nicktoons by the mid 2000's, probably over concern of small children playing with handcuffs. It still aired in other countries and is available on DVD and iTunes, and TeenNick's programming block ''The Splat'' aired it on December 20, 2015.

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** "Cuffed/The Blizzard" from Season 3 was pulled from US reruns on Nick and Nicktoons by the mid 2000's, probably over concern of small children playing with handcuffs. It still aired in other countries and is available on DVD and iTunes, and TeenNick's Creator/TeenNick's programming block ''The Splat'' aired it on December 20, 2015.
6th May '16 2:36:32 PM mkrgolf
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** The episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbjnFvEbdaw "Rude Removal"]], where Deedee and Dexter go into a machine that removes all of their rudeness and concentrates it into another version of themselves, was removed for gratuitous swearing and rude gestures such as mooning and middle fingers. It's something of an oddball - they had only meant to show it off in conventions and the like as it never really was meant to be seen on TV. However, Creator/AdultSwim was able to convince them to finally air it in some manner. According to WordOfGod, it was intended to be part of the show's second season but Cartoon Network didn't approve of it.

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** The episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbjnFvEbdaw "Rude Removal"]], where Deedee Dee Dee and Dexter go into a machine that removes all of their rudeness and concentrates it into another version of themselves, was removed for gratuitous swearing and rude gestures such as mooning and middle fingers. It's something of an oddball - they had only meant to show it off in conventions and the like as it never really was meant to be seen on TV. However, Creator/AdultSwim was able to convince them to finally air it in some manner. According to WordOfGod, it was intended to be part of the show's second season but Cartoon Network didn't approve of it.
3rd May '16 8:02:48 PM Twentington
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* ''WesternAnimation/LittleBear'' had [[65EpisodeCartoon 65 regular episodes]], but once a 66th episode aired. The only information about it comes from the few viewers who saw it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LittleBear'' had [[65EpisodeCartoon 65 regular episodes]], episodes, but once a 66th episode aired. The only information about it comes from the few viewers who saw it.
10th Apr '16 3:46:11 PM akaun6899
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* Somewhere in the vaults of Nickelodeon[=/=]Creator/KlaskyCsupo's library lies ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'' in its original form as a 90-minute television special. Apparently test screenings were so positive, [[ExecutiveMeddling Paramount decided to shelve the television special in favor of remaking it as a feature film]].

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Somewhere in the vaults of Nickelodeon[=/=]Creator/KlaskyCsupo's library lies ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'' in its original form as a 90-minute television special. Apparently test screenings were so positive, [[ExecutiveMeddling Paramount decided to shelve the television special in favor of remaking it as a feature film]].film]].
** "Cuffed/The Blizzard" from Season 3 was pulled from US reruns on Nick and Nicktoons by the mid 2000's, probably over concern of small children playing with handcuffs. It still aired in other countries and is available on DVD and iTunes, and TeenNick's programming block ''The Splat'' aired it on December 20, 2015.
** Because of music licensing issues with the song "Vacation" by The Go-Go's, the Season 4 episode "Vacation" was rarely aired on TV and is not available on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video. However, it ''is'' included on the Season 4 DVD.
** Due to a manufacturing error on the Season 3 DVD, the contents of the fourth and fifth discs are exactly the same, meaning the episodes that should be on Disc 5 are lost entirely, and despite being pulled so Amazon could rectify the issue, the discs are apparently still the same. The episodes in question ''are'' available on digital services.
19th Mar '16 12:46:01 AM SuperEquality07
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** The VerySpecialEpisode "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q." only aired once on FOX, probably due to its exaggerated depiction of DomesticAbuse, but it can be seen on cable syndication and on Netflix.

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** The VerySpecialEpisode "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q." only aired once on FOX, probably due to its exaggerated depiction of DomesticAbuse, but it can be seen on cable syndication Adult Swim on reruns, Hulu, and on Netflix.



** "Gary Takes a Bath" didn't air until July 2003, even though the episode it was paired with ("Shanghaied") aired in March 2001. This is because "Shanghaied" was originally a half-hour special where the viewers would call in and vote for one of the three alternative endings. It didn't re-air until July 2003, with "Gary Takes a Bath" replacing the seven minutes of deleted scenes. The uncut episode can only be viewed on the First 100 Episodes DVD. Both of these episodes were banned in the UK because of the perceived high scare factor of "Shanghaied", and the prison rape joke and frightening "subliminal message girl" from "Gary Takes a Bath". Granted, it's rather tame, but it was still a lost episode there for a long time.
** "Goo Goo Gas", a season five episode, didn't air in the USA until 8 months after the rest of the season (it aired in July 2009). This is possibly because its partner episode "Le Big Switch" didn't air very commonly because of... well, Nick being paranoid over "gay" stuff. It was however aired in multiple countries before the US and released on DVD before it's US airdate.
** "The Sponge Who Could Fly", also known as the "[[BlatantLies Lost Episode]]" parodies this, and it actually does an okay job of seeming real since it's only aired once every 4 years or so.

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** "Gary Takes a Bath" didn't air until July 2003, even though the episode it was paired with ("Shanghaied") aired in March 2001. This is because "Shanghaied" was originally a half-hour special where the viewers would call in and vote for one of the three alternative endings. It didn't re-air until July 2003, with "Gary Takes a Bath" replacing the seven minutes of deleted scenes. The uncut episode can only be viewed on the First 100 Episodes DVD. Both of these episodes were banned in the UK because of the perceived high scare factor of "Shanghaied", and the prison rape joke and frightening "subliminal message girl" from "Gary Takes a Bath". Granted, it's rather tame, but it was still a lost episode there for a long time.
** "Goo Goo Gas", a season five episode, didn't air in the USA until 8 9 months after the rest of the season (it aired in on July 19, 2009). This is possibly because its partner episode "Le Big Switch" didn't air very commonly because of... well, Nick being paranoid over "gay" stuff. It was however aired in multiple countries before the US and released on DVD before it's US airdate.
** "The Sponge Who Could Fly", also known as the "[[BlatantLies Lost Episode]]" parodies this, and it actually does an okay job of seeming real real. After it premiered on March 21st 2003, it didn't air again until 2007, followed a third airing in 2011. However, since it's only aired once every 4 years or so.2013, it airs regularly on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons.



*** The season two episode "Wormy" (aired in the US in February 2001) was banned in some countries due to the scary close-ups of the buzzing horsefly being quite frightening to younger viewers.

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*** The season two episode "Wormy" (aired in the US in February 17th 2001) was banned in some countries due to the scary close-ups of the buzzing horsefly being quite frightening to younger viewers.
28th Feb '16 3:57:07 PM SockstheCat2000
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* None of the ''Wolf Rock TV'' episodes have resurfaced after the 1989 syndication reruns.

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* None of the ''Wolf Rock TV'' episodes have resurfaced after the its 1989 syndication reruns.
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