History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WesternAnimation

29th Mar '17 11:44:46 AM WildeOscar
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** CBS was also annoyed with the fact that a Christmas special didn't have Santa in it at all.
29th Mar '17 11:16:33 AM WildeOscar
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** It was originally meant to be about a traveling band that solved mysteries. However, Scooby Doo wasn't going to be the main character, and he was originally going to be a sheepdog named Too Much. The studio rejected the initial proposal because the Archie Show (on CBS) already had a sheepdog named Hot Dog. CBS rejected the presentation art for the show (first called "Who's Scared?" and "Mysteries Five"). During a plane ride, producer and then-Creator/{{CBS}} executive Fred Silverman was inspired by a Frank Sinatra song, where the titular singer ad-libbed a line by singing "dooby-dooby-doo". Silverman liked the sound of that line so much that he changed Too Much's to Scooby and decided to make him the main character of the series after he was changed to a Great Dane (inspired by a staffer at H-B who raised Great Danes as a hobby).

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** It was originally meant to be about a traveling band that solved mysteries. However, Scooby Doo wasn't going to be the main character, and he was originally going to be a sheepdog named Too Much. The studio rejected the initial proposal because the Archie Show (on CBS) already had a sheepdog named Hot Dog. (And two other sheepdogs named Hot Dog Junior and Chili Dog!) CBS rejected the presentation art for the show (first called "Who's Scared?" and "Mysteries Five"). During a plane ride, producer and then-Creator/{{CBS}} executive Fred Silverman was inspired by a Frank Sinatra song, where the titular singer ad-libbed a line by singing "dooby-dooby-doo". Silverman liked the sound of that line so much that he changed Too Much's to Scooby and decided to make him the main character of the series after he was changed to a Great Dane (inspired by a staffer at H-B who raised Great Danes as a hobby).
5th Mar '17 5:44:02 PM nombretomado
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** The Terrific Trio from "Heroes" were slated to return in the early 2000's comic series, but MarvelComics objected due to their resemblance to the Fantastic Four.

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** The Terrific Trio from "Heroes" were slated to return in the early 2000's comic series, but MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics objected due to their resemblance to the Fantastic Four.
3rd Mar '17 6:27:53 PM looneynightmare
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* In the 1970's ''Creator/ChuckJones'' was developing an adaptation of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', some sketches can be seen here:[[http://directedbychuckjones.tumblr.com/post/155172575552/pre-production-concept-art-by-chuck-jones-for-a]]
20th Feb '17 9:48:13 PM Anddrix
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* The ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' animated series, set to air on the Sci Fi Channel from 1998-1999, including a five-part miniseries, 26 episode syndicated series, action figures and a Marvel tie-in comic.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' animated series, set to air on the Sci Fi Channel from 1998-1999, including a five-part miniseries, 26 episode syndicated series, action figures and a Marvel tie-in comic.
20th Feb '17 2:01:51 PM BleuStar365
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* What do ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'',''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', and ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' have in common? They were all originally pitched to be Nicktoons on Nickelodeon. While there's no word on why Nickelodeon didn't pick ''The Proud Family'' or ''Pepper Ann'', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' wasn't picked because Danny Antonnucci (the show creator) was afraid Nickelodeon was going to [[ExecutiveMeddling bombard his show with notes on how to tone down the content and make it more palatable for Nickelodeon's audience]][[note]]Nickelodeon these days isn't as adventurous as Creator/CartoonNetwork is when it comes to airing shows that shock the censors. While there are some in the current line-up that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar love to get one over on the censors]] like ''Sanjay and Craig'', ''Fairly [=OddParents=]'', and some of the older episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', none of them can reach the bar set by such past shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', or even ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!''. In comparison, Creator/CartoonNetwork is considered a child- and family-friendly network, but most of their programming outside of Creator/AdultSwim have become infamous for delighting young and old alike with its risque content, particularly these days when nearly all of their original programming carries a TV-PG rating[[/note]]. ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is an interesting case because its pilot was shown on Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' rip-off ''Random Cartoons'' and, despite how popular the short was, the network rejected it twice before Cartoon Network claimed it -- and it couldn't have come at a better time for Cartoon Network, since it was in the midst of its 2004 to 2009 DorkAge, where all of its classic cartoons were sent to Boomerang, its Cartoon Cartoon era was over (ending with ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'''s finale movie and truncated final season), it was airing live-action shows and movies in a desperate and misguided bid to be like Nickelodeon (the infamous CN Real programming and its airing of such movies and syndicated shows as ''Goosebumps'', ''Dumb and Dumber'', ''Hellboy'', and ''The Mask''), and the few cartoons it had (like ''Chowder'', ''Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack'', ''Camp Lazlo'', and ''Class of 3000'') weren't favorably received or were getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, and it needed something -- anything -- to WinBackTheCrowd.

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* What do ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'',''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', and ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' have in common? They were all originally pitched to be Nicktoons on Nickelodeon. While there's no word on why Nickelodeon didn't pick ''The Proud Family'' or ''Pepper Ann'', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' wasn't picked because Danny Antonnucci (the show creator) was afraid Nickelodeon was going to [[ExecutiveMeddling bombard his show with notes on how to tone down the content and make it more palatable for Nickelodeon's audience]][[note]]Nickelodeon these days isn't as adventurous as Creator/CartoonNetwork is when it comes to airing shows that shock the censors. While there are some in the current line-up that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar love to get one over on the censors]] like ''Sanjay and Craig'', ''Fairly [=OddParents=]'', and some of the older episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', none of them can reach the bar set by such past shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', or even ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!''. In comparison, Creator/CartoonNetwork is considered a child- and family-friendly network, but most of their programming outside of Creator/AdultSwim have become infamous for delighting young and old alike with its risque content, particularly these days when nearly all of their original programming carries a TV-PG rating[[/note]]. ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is an interesting case because its pilot was shown on Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' rip-off ''Random Cartoons'' and, despite how popular the short was, the network rejected it twice before Cartoon Network claimed it -- and it couldn't have come at a better time for Cartoon Network, since it was in the midst of its 2004 to 2009 DorkAge, where all of its classic cartoons were sent to Boomerang, its Cartoon Cartoon era was over (ending with ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'''s finale movie and truncated final season), it was airing live-action shows and movies in a desperate and misguided bid to be like Nickelodeon (the infamous CN Real programming and its airing of such movies and syndicated shows as ''Goosebumps'', ''Dumb and Dumber'', ''Hellboy'', and ''The Mask''), and the few cartoons it had (like ''Chowder'', ''Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack'', ''Camp Lazlo'', and ''Class of 3000'') weren't favorably received or were getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, and it needed something -- anything -- to WinBackTheCrowd.
19th Feb '17 8:24:44 AM DaibhidC
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** It was originally going to be a James Bond spoof called Double-O Duck, with Drake Mallard as a globe-trotting spy working for SHUSH. All the villains were going to be agents of FOWL (Fiendish Organization of World Larceny) with Steelbeak overseeing them as the show's big bad.
** The ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "The Masked Mallard" inspired the writers to think up some more episodes featuring Scrooge's heroic alter-ego. Eventually, they came up with so many episodes, they decided to create a new show starring a different character.

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** It was originally going to be a James Bond spoof called Double-O Duck, with Drake Mallard as a globe-trotting spy working for SHUSH. All the villains were going to be agents of FOWL (Fiendish Organization of World Larceny) with Steelbeak overseeing them as the show's big bad.
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bad. The ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "The Masked Mallard" inspired the writers to think up some more episodes featuring Scrooge's heroic alter-ego. Eventually, they came up with so many episodes, they decided to create a new show starring a different character.
19th Feb '17 8:24:12 AM DaibhidC
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*** The writers came up with the idea of a spin-off set Twenty Minutes into the Future, featuring Gosalyn as either a teenager or young adult, and featuring her own superhero alter-ego, Quiverwing Quack (who had previously appeared on Darkwing, and was a Comicbook/GreenArrow parody, right down to the trick arrows). It never got past the planning stages.
*** There were also several episodes planned that never got produced, including the return of such baddies as Paddywhack and Taurus Bulba.
*** Taurus Bulba did in fact come back as a cyborg. It's just that after that episode, they never did anything with the plotline.
*** Also, Darkwing and Morgana were eventually going to get married and have kids together down the line if the show had continued.
*** There were plans for an episode where DW and Evil Twin Negaduck had to team up to defeat a somehow revived Manifest Dark Side Negaduck.

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*** ** The writers came up with the idea of a spin-off set Twenty Minutes into the Future, featuring Gosalyn as either a teenager or young adult, and featuring her own superhero alter-ego, Quiverwing Quack (who had previously appeared on Darkwing, and was a Comicbook/GreenArrow parody, right down to the trick arrows). It never got past the planning stages.
*** ** There were also several episodes planned that never got produced, including the return of such baddies as Paddywhack and Taurus Bulba.
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Bulba. Taurus Bulba did in fact come back as a cyborg. It's just that after that episode, they never did anything with the plotline.
*** ** Also, Darkwing and Morgana were eventually going to get married and have kids together down the line if the show had continued.
*** ** There were plans for an episode where DW and Evil Twin Negaduck had to team up to defeat a somehow revived Manifest Dark Side Negaduck.
19th Feb '17 8:20:48 AM DaibhidC
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** A new [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] show called ''Hulk: Gamma Corps'' was originally supposed to air to cash-in on ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. It never got off the ground, but elements of it were absorbed into ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.

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** * A new [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] show called ''Hulk: Gamma Corps'' was originally supposed to air to cash-in on ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. It never got off the ground, but elements of it were absorbed into ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
19th Feb '17 7:43:17 AM DaibhidC
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* While the actual show only showcased Superman, there were design sketches for other characters for ''ComicBook/SuperBestFriendsForever''. Robin would have resembled his Dick Grayson incarnation and be just as skinny as Batgirl, Batman would have looked like a big, hulking brute almost reminiscent to his ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Dark Knight Returns]]'' incarnation and Wonder Woman would have had a majorly chiseled look to her.

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* While the actual show only showcased Superman, there were design sketches for other characters for ''ComicBook/SuperBestFriendsForever''.''WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever''. Robin would have resembled his Dick Grayson incarnation and be just as skinny as Batgirl, Batman would have looked like a big, hulking brute almost reminiscent to his ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Dark Knight Returns]]'' incarnation and Wonder Woman would have had a majorly chiseled look to her.
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