History WesternAnimation / CowAndChicken

7th Feb '16 4:20:35 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Mom and Dad are all too similar to [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. and Mrs. Pipe]] (only more mentally disturbed), Cow is a lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Stimpy]], and Chicken has some visible likeness to [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren]]. Also, the Red Guy and how he changes jobs and roles depending on what is needed for the plot is very much like [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. Horse]]. Granted, Dave Feiss worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and Creator/JohnKricfalusi doesn't seem to mind how much influence he took from it, openly admitting he likes ''Cow and Chicken'' (and Kricfalusi usually dismisses every cartoon as not being as good as the stuff Creator/BobClampett did back in the GoldenAgeOfAnimation).
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* {{Expy}}: Mom and Dad are all too similar to [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. and Mrs. Pipe]] (only more mentally disturbed), Cow is a lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Stimpy]], and Chicken has some visible likeness to [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren]]. Also, the Red Guy and how he changes jobs and roles depending on what is needed for the plot is very much like [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. Horse]]. Granted, Dave Feiss worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and Creator/JohnKricfalusi doesn't seem to mind how much influence he took from it, openly admitting he likes ''Cow and Chicken'' (and Kricfalusi usually dismisses every cartoon as not being as good as the stuff Creator/BobClampett did back in the GoldenAgeOfAnimation).UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation).
4th Feb '16 10:29:03 AM luiz4200
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* PersecutedIntellectuals: The episode, "Black Sheep of the Family," invokes and lampshades this. Because Cousin Black Sheep is actually a very articulate sheep, and the rest of this universe is a CloudCuckooland, other characters [[CallingMeALogarithm take Black Sheep's big words as insults]], to the point that even Red Guy, who is Officer O'Fannihee, deems Black Sheep as a wanted criminal.
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* PersecutedIntellectuals: The episode, "Black Sheep of the Family," invokes and lampshades this. Because Cousin Black Sheep is actually a very articulate sheep, and the rest of this universe is a CloudCuckooland, other characters [[CallingMeALogarithm take Black Sheep's big words as insults]], to the point that even Red Guy, who is Officer O'Fannihee, deems Black Sheep as a wanted criminal. Subverted with Officer O'Fannihee because this is not his primary reason to deem Black Sheep as a criminal. He just blames Black Sheep for something other people did. * PlayingSick: In "Playing Hookie", Chicken pretends to be sick so he won't have to take a test he didn't study for. When he finally convinces his parents, they call a Doctor who happens to be the Red Guy. After deeming Red's treatments scarier than the test, Chicken admits to be playing sick, prompting the Red Guy to confess he was just playing doctor.
27th Jan '16 11:55:23 PM Technomaru
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** In two issues of the old ''Cartoon Network Presents'' comic books (they were the precursors to the later and better-known ''Cartoon Network Starring'' and ''Cartoon Cartoons'' comic books), the word "Hell" is slipped in, uncensored - in the story "Recycling Daze," Chicken, Flem, and Earl come to Red Guy's junk yard, where the sign reads, "We'll give you a hell of a deal;" meanwhile in the story "Mayhem on the Midway," Red Guy introduces Cerberus as, "The Three-Headed Hound of Hell."
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** In two issues of the old ''Cartoon Network Presents'' comic books (they were the precursors to the later and better-known ''Cartoon Network Starring'' and ''Cartoon Cartoons'' comic books), the word "Hell" is slipped in, uncensored - in the story "Recycling Daze," Chicken, Flem, and Earl come to Red Guy's junk yard, where the sign reads, "We'll give you a hell of a deal;" meanwhile in the story "Mayhem on the Midway," Red Guy introduces Cerberus as, "The Three-Headed Hound of Hell."Hell *** Lampshaded in the I Am Weasel episode "I.R. in Wrong Cartoon" where I.R. Baboon points out The Red Guy doesn't wear any pants and Weasel replies "Boy the stuff they get away with in cartoons these day is just disgusting!"
23rd Jan '16 4:51:40 PM nombretomado
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* ToiletHumour: Averted. For an animated show that's supposed to be Creator/CartoonNetwork's answer to Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', this show didn't revel in it or [[GrossOutShow gross-out humor]], opting instead for being surreal and laden with sexual innuendo (like most Cartoon Network animated shows that aren't on AdultSwim).
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* ToiletHumour: Averted. For an animated show that's supposed to be Creator/CartoonNetwork's answer to Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', this show didn't revel in it or [[GrossOutShow gross-out humor]], opting instead for being surreal and laden with sexual innuendo (like most Cartoon Network animated shows that aren't on AdultSwim).Creator/AdultSwim).
7th Jan '16 4:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* SoapPunishment: The HalloweenEpisode featured the Red Guy (impersonating SpaceGhost and hosting his Coast-to-Coast show) trying to use this on Chicken, albeit he initially thought it was "soup" punishment until Chicken corrected him.
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* SoapPunishment: The HalloweenEpisode featured the Red Guy (impersonating SpaceGhost WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost and hosting his Coast-to-Coast [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Coast-to-Coast]] show) trying to use this on Chicken, albeit he initially thought it was "soup" punishment until Chicken corrected him.
2nd Jan '16 7:32:55 AM Doug86
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** For ''IAmWeasel'': "Enemy Camp"
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** For ''IAmWeasel'': ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'': "Enemy Camp"

* DropInCharacter: Jolly Roger. He appeared only once on ''Cow and Chicken'' at the beginning of Season Two, but afterwards, it wasn't uncommon for him to make a completely random and unexpected appearance in any segment of ''IAmWeasel''.
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* DropInCharacter: Jolly Roger. He appeared only once on ''Cow and Chicken'' at the beginning of Season Two, but afterwards, it wasn't uncommon for him to make a completely random and unexpected appearance in any segment of ''IAmWeasel''.''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''.

* FullyAbsorbedFinale: The ''IAmWeasel'' episode "Who Rubbed Out Cow and Chicken?" (''IAmWeasel'' itself would get another full season's worth of episodes.) ** The last episode of the ''IAmWeasel'' spinoff reveals that it is actually a show in Cow and Chicken's universe.
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* FullyAbsorbedFinale: The ''IAmWeasel'' ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "Who Rubbed Out Cow and Chicken?" (''IAmWeasel'' (''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' itself would get another full season's worth of episodes.) ** The last episode of the ''IAmWeasel'' ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' spinoff reveals that it is actually a show in Cow and Chicken's universe.

* IAmNotWeasel: The Red Guy often thought Chicken was a duck or turkey and Cow as a moose, horse, or antelope (considering how OffModel they are, it may be a reference to what viewers thought of them when they first saw this show). Weasel from the {{Trope Nam|ers}}ing ''IAmWeasel'' was often referred to by The Red Guy as a squirrel, a gerbil, a ferret and several other species of rodents, despite weasels not being rodents, I.R. Baboon got this treatment too, being often mistaken for other species of primates (mostly a lowland gorilla).
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* IAmNotWeasel: The Red Guy often thought Chicken was a duck or turkey and Cow as a moose, horse, or antelope (considering how OffModel they are, it may be a reference to what viewers thought of them when they first saw this show). Weasel from the {{Trope Nam|ers}}ing ''IAmWeasel'' ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' was often referred to by The Red Guy as a squirrel, a gerbil, a ferret and several other species of rodents, despite weasels not being rodents, I.R. Baboon got this treatment too, being often mistaken for other species of primates (mostly a lowland gorilla).

* SpinOff: ''IAmWeasel''
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* SpinOff: ''IAmWeasel''''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''

* ThreeShorts: Alongside ''IAmWeasel'' before ''I Am Weasel'' became its own show..
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* ThreeShorts: Alongside ''IAmWeasel'' ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' before ''I Am Weasel'' became its own show..
15th Nov '15 2:54:49 PM paul723
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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: ''Nobody'' in the whole show is safe from slapstick regardless of their gender.
11th Nov '15 2:12:23 PM NedZeppelin
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Cow and Chicken also made a memorable cameo in Ben 10 Omniverse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj2AlyrTb0I
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Many years after the end of the show's run, Cow and Chicken also made a [[https://youtu.be/MVgXTb68Ris memorable cameo appearance]] in Ben 10 Omniverse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj2AlyrTb0I ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''.
8th Nov '15 5:13:28 PM nombretomado
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Sometimes, television shows have deep and meaningful character backgrounds. Sometimes, opening credits are cumbersome vehicles for an origin story. When creating ''Cow and Chicken'', former ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' animator David Feiss approached the ontological problem of the titular characters' existence in the show's opening song as follows:
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Sometimes, television shows have deep and meaningful character backgrounds. Sometimes, opening credits are cumbersome vehicles for an origin story. When creating ''Cow and Chicken'', former ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' animator David Feiss approached the ontological problem of the titular characters' existence in the show's opening song as follows:

* ToiletHumour: Averted. For an animated show that's supposed to be Creator/CartoonNetwork's answer to Nickelodeon's ''RenAndStimpy'', this show didn't revel in it or [[GrossOutShow gross-out humor]], opting instead for being surreal and laden with sexual innuendo (like most Cartoon Network animated shows that aren't on AdultSwim).
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* ToiletHumour: Averted. For an animated show that's supposed to be Creator/CartoonNetwork's answer to Nickelodeon's ''RenAndStimpy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', this show didn't revel in it or [[GrossOutShow gross-out humor]], opting instead for being surreal and laden with sexual innuendo (like most Cartoon Network animated shows that aren't on AdultSwim).
8th Nov '15 11:53:49 AM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Mom and Dad are all too similar to [[TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. and Mrs. Pipe]] (only more mentally disturbed), Cow is a lot like [[TheRenAndStimpyShow Stimpy]], and Chicken has some visible likeness to [[TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren]]. Also, the Red Guy and how he changes jobs and roles depending on what is needed for the plot is very much like [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. Horse]]. Granted, Dave Feiss worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and Creator/JohnKricfalusi doesn't seem to mind how much influence he took from it, openly admitting he likes ''Cow and Chicken'' (and Kricfalusi usually dismisses every cartoon as not being as good as the stuff Creator/BobClampett did back in the GoldenAgeOfAnimation).
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* {{Expy}}: Mom and Dad are all too similar to [[TheRenAndStimpyShow [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. and Mrs. Pipe]] (only more mentally disturbed), Cow is a lot like [[TheRenAndStimpyShow [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Stimpy]], and Chicken has some visible likeness to [[TheRenAndStimpyShow [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren]]. Also, the Red Guy and how he changes jobs and roles depending on what is needed for the plot is very much like [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Mr. Horse]]. Granted, Dave Feiss worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and Creator/JohnKricfalusi doesn't seem to mind how much influence he took from it, openly admitting he likes ''Cow and Chicken'' (and Kricfalusi usually dismisses every cartoon as not being as good as the stuff Creator/BobClampett did back in the GoldenAgeOfAnimation).
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