History Trivia / Freakazoid

8th Dec '17 9:36:55 AM wootzits
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** And more recently, the [[{{Pantheon/Crime}} God of Kidnapping]].
3rd Dec '17 6:43:13 PM civetcatcoffee
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* TechnologyMarchesOn:
** The specifications for the Pinnacle Chip that turns Dexter into Freakazoid seem downright quaint in the [=21st=] century as computer components with exponentially powerful performance are now cheaply available.
** An interesting case with the VR game depicted in "Virtual Freak". VR came and went in the 1990's and was considered a passing fad due to enormous amounts of equipment and money required. Then came the New Tens and the resurgence of VR with new arcades popping up featuring set-ups almost identical to the one depicted in a now-twenty-year-old cartoon show.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The pilot episode's depiction of the internet, particularly of how it was obscure and difficult to access.

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** The show is very much a product of the 1990's, with many references to UsefulNotes/BillClinton, UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton, and [[UsefulNotes/HouseOfWindsor Princess Diana]], among others.
11th Nov '17 2:19:35 PM NWolfman
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** The entire character of Professor Jones, voiced by Jonathan "Dr. Smith" Harris.

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** The entire character of Professor Jones, voiced by Jonathan "Dr. Smith" Harris."[[Series/LostInSpace Dr. Smith]]" Harris. One episode even ends with him saying "Oh, the pain! The pain!"
31st Aug '17 2:29:15 AM Silverblade2
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** The original idea was for the series to be a fairly straightforward superhero show with comedic overtones (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as a good guy) with Creator/BruceTimm in charge. Creator/StevenSpielberg, however, asked for a full-blown comedy. Timm bowed out, as he honestly thought he wouldn't do a full-blown comedy concept justice. This is perhaps a textbook example of ExecutiveMeddling ''improving'' a show. (The ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries New Batman Adventures]]'' episode "Beware The Creeper" is a glimpse of how Timm and Creator/PaulDini would have done ''Freakazoid!'')

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** The original idea was for the series to be a fairly straightforward superhero show with comedic overtones (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker (ComicBook/TheJoker as a good guy) with Creator/BruceTimm in charge. Creator/StevenSpielberg, however, asked for a full-blown comedy. Timm bowed out, as he honestly thought he wouldn't do a full-blown comedy concept justice. This is perhaps a textbook example of ExecutiveMeddling ''improving'' a show. (The ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries New Batman Adventures]]'' episode "Beware The Creeper" is a glimpse of how Timm and Creator/PaulDini would have done ''Freakazoid!'')
31st May '17 5:16:30 PM Angelus25
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** The show was never popular amongst WB executives, who didn't like how the ratings skewed much higher than they intended. It ultimately ended after two seasons when a regime change in studio management decided to clear just about everything out of their SaturdayMorningCartoon lineup. To justify this, they instituted an ad gimmick called "Big Kids Come First", where all the adult-skewing cartoons were aired earlier than the ones skewing for younger kids, making sure that nobody watched anything and ensuring that ratings dropped low enough to justify a massive overhaul.


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**The executives didn't like how the ratings skewed much higher than they intended. It ultimately ended after two seasons when a regime change in studio management decided to clear just about everything out of their SaturdayMorningCartoon lineup. To justify this, they instituted an ad gimmick called "Big Kids Come First", where all the adult-skewing cartoons were aired earlier than the ones skewing for younger kids, making sure that nobody watched anything and ensuring that ratings dropped low enough to justify a massive overhaul.
20th May '17 1:44:32 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In "The Chip", Guiterrez (Ricardo Montalban) gives Dexter a speech paraphrased from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Heck, Guiterrez would later appear in an episode entitled "The Wrath of Guiterrez".

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** In "The Chip", Guiterrez (Ricardo Montalban) (Creator/RicardoMontalban) gives Dexter a speech paraphrased from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Heck, Guiterrez would later appear in an episode entitled "The Wrath of Guiterrez".



** Kenneth Mars plays a psychiatrist named "Dr. Gunther Hunterhanker", which was explicitly said in commentaries to have been written to be performed like [[YoungFrankenstein Inspector Kemp]].

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** Kenneth Mars plays a psychiatrist named "Dr. Gunther Hunterhanker", which was explicitly said in commentaries to have been written to be performed like [[YoungFrankenstein [[Film/YoungFrankenstein Inspector Kemp]].



** Paul Rugg as Freakazoid. It was more of a fluke, as no suitable actor had been found and Rugg was just trying to provide an example of how the voice should sound. However, Steven Spielberg heard the performance and thought it was great, so Rugg inadvertently got the role.

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** Paul Rugg as Freakazoid. It was more of a fluke, as no suitable actor had been found and Rugg was just trying to provide an example of how the voice should sound. However, Steven Spielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg heard the performance and thought it was great, so Rugg inadvertently got the role.



* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/DavidWarner is primarily known for playing serious characters but he completely lets loose and plays the Lobe with a manic energy. On the DVD commentaries, the production crew notes that this is one of the few straight comedic roles Warner's taken in a decades long career (the other is on the short-lived series ''{{Toonsylvania}}'').

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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/DavidWarner is primarily known for playing serious characters but he completely lets loose and plays the Lobe with a manic energy. On the DVD commentaries, the production crew notes that this is one of the few straight comedic roles Warner's taken in a decades long career (the other is on the short-lived series ''{{Toonsylvania}}'').''WeseternAnimation/{{Toonsylvania}}'').



** The original idea was for the series to be a fairly straightforward superhero show with comedic overtones (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as a good guy) with Bruce Timm in charge. Spielberg, however, asked for a full-blown comedy. Timm bowed out, as he honestly thought he wouldn't do a full-blown comedy concept justice. This is perhaps a textbook example of ExecutiveMeddling ''improving'' a show. (The ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries New Batman Adventures]]'' episode "Beware The Creeper" is a glimpse of how Timm and Dini would have done ''Freakazoid!'')

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** The original idea was for the series to be a fairly straightforward superhero show with comedic overtones (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as a good guy) with Bruce Timm Creator/BruceTimm in charge. Spielberg, Creator/StevenSpielberg, however, asked for a full-blown comedy. Timm bowed out, as he honestly thought he wouldn't do a full-blown comedy concept justice. This is perhaps a textbook example of ExecutiveMeddling ''improving'' a show. (The ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries New Batman Adventures]]'' episode "Beware The Creeper" is a glimpse of how Timm and Dini Creator/PaulDini would have done ''Freakazoid!'')



** A second ''Toby Danger'' short was written, but it was dropped due to the aforementioned switch from segmented shows to half-hour episodes (it should be noted that the episode was originally intended to be a segment on ''Animaniacs'', but was instead put in to this series to fill space for one episode).

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** A second ''Toby Danger'' short was written, but it was dropped due to the aforementioned switch from segmented shows to half-hour episodes (it should be noted that the episode was originally intended to be a segment on ''Animaniacs'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', but was instead put in to this series to fill space for one episode).
10th May '17 5:32:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The pilot episode's depiction of the internet, particularly of how it was obscure and difficult to access.
23rd Sep '16 2:28:48 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* RoleReprisal: In the German dub, Frank Schaff, Santiago Ziesmer and Ranja Bonalana reprised their roles as the Warner Siblings in their short appearances, and Jan Spitzer returned as Brain.
18th Apr '16 2:37:03 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Dexter Douglas is voiced by Creator/DavidKaufman.
** Cosgrove is voiced by [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} Carl Fredricksen]] and Guiterrez is voiced by '''[[SayMyName KHHAAAAAAN!]]'''...I mean...Ricardo Montalban.
** One episode features Creator/TimCurry as a guest voice. In one scene, he [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow sounds VERY similar to a more famous character he played.]] He Also sounds just like [[MightyMax the Skull Master]] and Pretorius from ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated TV show.
** Freakazoid has the same voice as Mr. Director from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Froynlaven!
** On a more obscure note, David Warner plays The Lobe using the same voice he used for [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Ra's Al Ghul]] and [[{{Toonsylvania}} Dr. Vic Frankenstein]], only played more comically.
** Craig Ferguson, host of ''The Late, Late Show'' (and the actor who played Drew's boss on ''The Drew Carey Show''), provided the voice of Roddy [=MacStew=].
** Ben Stein shows up to present us all with Relax-O-Vision.
** Professor Jones is ... [[Series/LostInSpace Dr. Smith]].
** One-shot villain Deadpan was voiced by Bebe Neuwirth, known for playing the [[IncrediblyLamePun very deadpan]] Lilith Sterin on Series/{{Cheers}} & Series/{{Frasier}}.
** Vorn the Unspeakable was played by [[Series/NightCourt Bull Shannon]]
** Mo-Ron is StanFreberg doing his classic Pete Puma voice.
** Fan Boy is [[WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Booster]].
** The Nerdator is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Killer Croc.]]
** The villain Invisibo is Creator/CoreyBurton, whose most famous roles include Brainiac in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Shockwave and Spike Witwicky in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', and Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt, among others, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
26th Feb '16 11:35:59 PM CaptainTedium
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** Vorn the Unspeakable was played by [[NightCourt Bull Shannon]]

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** Vorn the Unspeakable was played by [[NightCourt [[Series/NightCourt Bull Shannon]]


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** The villain Invisibo is Creator/CoreyBurton, whose most famous roles include Brainiac in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Shockwave and Spike Witwicky in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', and Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt, among others, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
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