History WesternAnimation / ThePJs

18th Aug '17 6:41:38 PM NWolfman
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''[=The PJs=]'' (Short for "The Projects") is a StopMotion television sitcom created by Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/LarryWilmore, and Steve Tompkins, and produced for Imagine Television and [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone Television]]. The show centers around Thurgood Stubbs (voiced by Murphy in the first two seasons, Phil Morris in the third season), the superintendent of a housing project in a fictional city modeled after Chicago. It is best remembered for its unique use of claymation[[note]]Courtesy of Will Vinton Studios, for which this was their swan song prior to their reformation as Laika.[[/note]] when most animated primetime shows still relied on hand-drawn animation. Unfortunately, it consequently ended up going over budget a couple of times, which ended up leading to its cancelation.

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''[=The PJs=]'' (Short for "The Projects") is a StopMotion television sitcom created by Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/LarryWilmore, and Steve Tompkins, and produced for Imagine Television and [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone Television]]. The show centers around Thurgood Stubbs (voiced by Murphy in the first two seasons, Phil Morris in the third season), the superintendent of a housing project in a fictional city modeled after Chicago. It is best remembered for its unique use of claymation[[note]]Courtesy of Will Vinton Studios, for which this was their swan song SwanSong prior to their reformation as Laika.[[/note]] when most animated primetime shows still relied on hand-drawn animation. Unfortunately, it consequently ended up going over budget a couple of times, which ended up leading to its cancelation.
16th Aug '17 8:01:11 PM Mario1995
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The third season of ''The [=PJs=]'' had a number of major changes in production, with the most notable being the recasting of Thurgood Stubbs due to Murphy leaving the series over contractual disputes, as well being involved in other projects at the time. Other notable changes include smaller production budget, outsourcing from Will Vinton Studios to Charged Productions, and Disney having no involvement in the third season, as they were uninterested in making a third season. As a consequence, the season was co-produced by The WB's production arm Creator/WarnerBrothers Television in Disney's place. Contractual problems caused Warner Bros. to relinquish the rights to the third season to Disney following the show's cancellation. Disney now owns all rights to ''The [=PJs=]'' as well as any elements pertaining to it.

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The third season of ''The [=PJs=]'' had a number of major changes in production, with the most notable being the recasting of Thurgood Stubbs due to Murphy leaving the series over contractual disputes, as well being involved in other projects at the time. Other notable changes include smaller production budget, outsourcing from Will Vinton Studios to Charged Productions, and Disney having no involvement in the third season, as they were uninterested in making a third season. As a consequence, the season was co-produced by The WB's production arm Creator/WarnerBrothers Television in Disney's place. Contractual problems caused Warner place (Warner Bros. eventually agreed to relinquish give the rights to the third season to Disney following the show's cancellation. Disney now owns all rights in order to ''The [=PJs=]'' as well as any elements pertaining to it.
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30th Nov '16 12:43:09 AM Green_lantern40
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* AshesToCrashes: While demonstrating his new cleaning solution in "Miracle Cleaner on 134th Street", Thurgood intentionally dumps the ashes of Sanchez's late wife onto Sanchez's floor, then cleans them up with the solution.
-->'''Thurgood''': Don't you worry Sanchez, she's in a much cleaner place now.
29th Nov '16 12:59:29 AM Green_lantern40
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* ToBeContinuedRightNow: "Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super", a parody of {{Cliffhanger}} episodes, looks like it's about to end as one, with several different plot threads still needing to be resolved... only for the "[[OnTheNext scenes from next week's PJs]]" to end up resolving them all by way of exposition.

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* ToBeContinuedRightNow: "Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super", a parody of {{Cliffhanger}} episodes, looks like it's about to end as one, with several different plot threads still needing to be resolved... only for the "[[OnTheNext scenes from next week's season's PJs]]" to end up resolving them all by way of exposition.
25th Nov '16 4:38:13 PM Green_lantern40
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* ClipShow: One episode served as one, with "Clip Show" even being the title. Notably, the episode wasn't aired until after the series' cancellation.
15th Nov '16 1:06:55 AM Green_lantern40
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* LighterAndSofter: By a ''very'' slim margin, but the show toned down quite a bit of its humor for its move to the WB in the third season.
13th Nov '16 1:32:24 AM Green_lantern40
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Mrs. Avery having a stroke before she can reveal who receives the recently-vacant penthouse apartment. Her exclamation? "[=ShhhhhnnnnnnIT=]!"

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Mrs. Avery having a stroke before she can reveal who receives the recently-vacant penthouse apartment. Her exclamation? "[=ShhhhhnnnnnnIT=]!"



** When Thurgood is spooked by the sight of Smokie looking through the window in a spoof of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", he exclaims "That scared the Shatner outta me!"

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** When Thurgood is spooked by the sight of Smokie looking through the window in a spoof of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", he exclaims "That scared the Shatner [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] outta me!"



* JustForPun: Most of the episode titles, including "[[Series/HanginWithMrCooper Hangin' with Mr. Super]]", "[[ClifhangerEpisode Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super]]", and "[[Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation National Buffoon's European Vacation]]".

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* JustForPun: Most of the episode titles, including "[[Series/HanginWithMrCooper Hangin' with Mr. Super]]", "[[ClifhangerEpisode "[[{{Cliffhanger}} Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super]]", and "[[Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation National Buffoon's European Vacation]]".


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* ToBeContinuedRightNow: "Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super", a parody of {{Cliffhanger}} episodes, looks like it's about to end as one, with several different plot threads still needing to be resolved... only for the "[[OnTheNext scenes from next week's PJs]]" to end up resolving them all by way of exposition.
13th Nov '16 1:26:40 AM Green_lantern40
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* DependingOnTheWriter: Sometimes the characters try to be upstanding citizens and hate being associated with ghetto stereotypes and other times they happily embody those stereotypes to a T.

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Sometimes the characters try to be upstanding citizens and hate being associated with ghetto stereotypes stereotypes, and other times they happily embody those stereotypes to a T.



* JustForPun: Most of the episode titles, including "[[Series/HanginWithMrCooper Hangin' with Mr. Super]]", "[[ClifhangerEpisode Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super]]", and "[[Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation National Buffoon's European Vacation]]".



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One-shot character Deke "The Physique" Van Owen, the ex-professional wrestler turned senator in "Let's Get Ready to Crumble", is based on Jesse "The Body" Ventura.



* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Well, Jimmy's Asian. But he still fits the bill.

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* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Well, Jimmy's Asian. But Asian, but he still fits the bill.
11th Nov '16 9:32:45 PM Green_lantern40
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* InSeriesNickname: Several.
** Muriel calls Thurgood "Goodie" on occasion. The other tenants (and Smokey) refer to him as "Super."
** "Smokey" itself is one; his real name is Elister. Thurgood tends to call him "Crackhead", and called him "Mr. Crack" and "Mr. Crackhead" in early episodes.
** Garcelle Dupree, a Haitian [[HollywoodVoodoo mambo]], is usually referred to as "Haiti Lady", though she tends to take offense to that name.
6th Oct '16 11:41:12 PM Green_lantern40
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* ShoutOut: [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Fry]] is shown as missing on a milk carton. This was a response to ''Futurama'' featuring the TitleCard manhole cover.

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[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Fry]] is shown as missing on a milk carton. This was a response to ''Futurama'' featuring the TitleCard manhole cover.


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** The Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Projects are named after the actor who played Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington on ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter''.
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