History WesternAnimation / WhatACartoonShow

12th Dec '16 9:47:19 PM NWolfman
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True to Seibert's word, 48 cartoons were produced by a generous handful of creators (mostly Hanna-Barbera staff), each reflecting [[AuthorAppeal the artist's individual style and sensibilities]]. Five of the shorts [''DextersLaboratory'', ''CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheChickenFromOuterSpace'' (which became ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'')] would go on to be the network's first original shows, or CartoonCartoons. Two wound up being the prototype for a much more popular toon later on (''Larry & Steve'' would serve as one of the inspirations for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''Kenny and the Chimp'' was retooled into ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''). Joe Barbera himself got back in the director's chair to create two shorts of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. Others, such as ''Yoink of the Yukon'', ''Pfish & Chip'', ''Yuckie Duck'', and ''Shake & Flick'', were not as successful, but have gained a strong cult following from classic CN fans.

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True to Seibert's word, 48 cartoons were produced by a generous handful of creators (mostly Hanna-Barbera staff), each reflecting [[AuthorAppeal the artist's individual style and sensibilities]]. Five of the shorts [''DextersLaboratory'', ''CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheChickenFromOuterSpace'' (which became ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'')] would go on to be the network's first original shows, or CartoonCartoons. Two wound up being the prototype for a much more popular toon later on (''Larry & Steve'' would serve as one of the inspirations for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''Kenny and the Chimp'' was retooled into ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''). Hanna and Joe Barbera himself themselves got back in the director's chair to create "Hard Luck Duck" and two shorts of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]]'' shorts, respectively. Others, such as ''Yoink of the Yukon'', ''Pfish & Chip'', ''Yuckie Duck'', and ''Shake & Flick'', were not as successful, but have gained a strong cult following from classic CN fans.
19th Nov '16 9:09:14 AM fruitstripegum
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* InterruptedSuicide: In "Malcolm and Melvin", Melvin tries to off himself by jumping from the window ledge, but he changes his mind when he hears Malcolm's trumpet-playing.



* InterruptedSuicide: In "Malcolm and Melvin", Melvin tries to off himself by jumping from the window ledge, but he changes his mind when he hears Malcolm's trumpet-playing.
22nd Sep '16 12:39:21 AM CaptainTedium
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* SadistTeacher: Mr. Fitzgibbons in the short "Trevor in Journey to Sector 5-G". He deliberately tries to stump his students by coming up with extremely hard math problems and even withholds recess until they answer correctly.

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* SadistTeacher: Mr. Fitzgibbons Fitzgibbon in the short "Trevor in Journey to Sector 5-G". He deliberately tries to stump his students by coming up with extremely hard math problems and even withholds recess until they answer correctly.
19th Sep '16 3:27:27 AM CaptainTedium
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* HappilyAdopted: Implied in "Kitty Bobo", where the titular protagonist is a cat whose parents happen to be dogs. Kitty casually calls them on his cellphone in a way that suggests he doesn't care whether or not they're his biological parents.
18th Sep '16 11:12:37 PM CaptainTedium
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* HumansAreCthulhu: ''Tales of Worm Paranoia''. Unlike most other examples, it's a straight up CosmicHorrorStory.

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* HumansAreCthulhu: ''Tales of Worm Paranoia''.Paranoia'' is about a worm named Johnny being terrified of a human that obliviously injures him constantly. Unlike most other examples, it's a straight up CosmicHorrorStory.
18th Sep '16 11:00:12 PM CaptainTedium
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* OldSuperhero: The premise of "Captain Sturdy: Back in Action", where the titular superhero has to go out of retirement after learning that the official retirement age for superheroes has been changed and as a result his pension has been cancelled.
18th Sep '16 4:12:48 AM CaptainTedium
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* SpinOff: Famously, ''Dexter's Laboratory'', ''The Powerpuff Girls'', ''Johnny Bravo'', ''Cow and Chicken'', and ''Courage the Cowardly Dog'' (and, to a lesser extent, ''Family Guy'' and ''Codename: Kids Next Door'').

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* SpinOff: Famously, ''Dexter's Laboratory'', ''The Powerpuff Girls'', ''Johnny Bravo'', ''Cow ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', and Chicken'', and ''Courage the Cowardly Dog'' ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' (and, to a lesser extent, ''Family Guy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''Codename: Kids Next Door'').''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsnextDoor'') are all series derived from shorts on this programming block..
18th Sep '16 4:08:47 AM CaptainTedium
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* CreatorCameo: The superhero in the "Malcolm and Melvin" shorts was voiced by Creator/RalphBakshi, who created the shorts and disowned both of them after they aired.



* {{Expy}}: The superhero seen in the "Malcolm and Melvin" shorts vaguely resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}.



* NoCelebritiesWereharmed: ''Podunk Possum'' featured the psychotic ghost of a Colonel who owned his own chicken restaurant who is clearly based on Kentucky Fried Chicken's founder Colonel Harlan Sanders.

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* NoCelebritiesWereharmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Podunk Possum'' featured the psychotic ghost of a Colonel who owned his own chicken restaurant who is clearly based on Kentucky Fried Chicken's founder Colonel Harlan Sanders.
18th Sep '16 3:13:34 AM CaptainTedium
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* AllCGICartoon: "Strange Things".

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* AllCGICartoon: "Strange Things".Things" was the only short featured on this programming block that was made entirely using computer animation.
18th Sep '16 2:49:45 AM CaptainTedium
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** A centerfold of a nude woman covering her breasts and a picture of a nude woman covered up by tearing can be seen in the background in "Buy One, Get One Free."
** In the ''Sledgehammer O'Possum'' short "What's Goin' On Back There", the female mail carrier Ethel is at one point tricked into grabbing her own rear by Sledgehammer. Also, when she is later brought into the mailbox by Sledgehammer to keep warm, we see her butt oversized and sticking out of the mailbox when she complains about the draft (Ethel's a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal who lacks pants and her behind isn't lacking in detail during that scene).
** During the general's mission debriefing in "Swamp and Tad: Mission Imfrogable", he accidentally shows what is clearly a commercial for a phone sex line. A sultry frog woman appears and the number reads "1-800-SPAWN".
** A good deal of the content in the "Malcolm and Melvin" shorts are questionable, the most notable examples being a Batman {{Expy}} pouncing on random people and accusing them of being perverts and a woman flirting with and acting seductive towards Melvin when she thinks he was the source of Malcolm's trumpet-playing.
** In "Foe Paws", when the cat protests to being dressed in girl clothes and being called Vivian, he orders the dog Rolo to tell Mama Mia that he is a boy. Rolo replies by lifting the cat's skirt and offering to double check his gender.
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