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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Stumpy wasn't going to have hands in the original concept, [[MeaningfulName hence the name Stumpy]], but then they decided to give him hands.
** For the English dub, they were originally going to not change his name from his name in the original French version, Moignon. However, they eventually decided to [[DubNameChange change it to Stumpy.]]
11th Sep '17 5:05:44 AM jormis29
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* Attentive viewers of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' might have noticed a few fleeting references to ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', such as Nick Fury asking one of his agents to send Whirlwind to the Mutant Response Division. Josh Fine, associate producer of ''Wolverine'' and supervising producer for the first season of ''The Avengers'', later revealed to have considered making some crossovers between those two shows. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} would have gone on a SHIELD mission with ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and Comicbook/BlackWidow. The Beast would have teamed up with ComicBook/AntMan in a different episode. However, ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' underwent cancellation before Marvel could make those crossovers. Christopher Yost, head story writer of ''The Avengers'', still went on to publicly confirm that ''Wolverine'' and ''The Avengers'' take place in the same universe. An ''EMH'' tie-in comic written by Yost himself contradicts this, though. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are seen as teens who defected from Magneto's Brotherhood, which is completely at odds with their portrayal in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''.

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* Attentive viewers of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' might have noticed a few fleeting references to ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', such as Nick Fury asking one of his agents to send Whirlwind to the Mutant Response Division. Josh Fine, associate producer of ''Wolverine'' and supervising producer for the first season of ''The Avengers'', later revealed to have considered making some crossovers between those two shows. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} would have gone on a SHIELD mission with ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and Comicbook/BlackWidow. The Beast would have teamed up with ComicBook/AntMan in a different episode. However, ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' underwent cancellation before Marvel could make those crossovers. Christopher Yost, Creator/ChristopherYost, head story writer of ''The Avengers'', still went on to publicly confirm that ''Wolverine'' and ''The Avengers'' take place in the same universe. An ''EMH'' tie-in comic written by Yost himself contradicts this, though. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are seen as teens who defected from Magneto's Brotherhood, which is completely at odds with their portrayal in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''.
7th Sep '17 10:55:00 PM TommyTiger
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'': Toho let them make a Godzilla cartoon. But: could they get his roar? Nope, they had to let Ted Cassidy growl. Could they get his little mini-dino from the movies? Nope they had to make Goodzooky. Could they get his enemies? Nope, they had to make use of the {{Expy}} idea. Thanks for helping out with that Toho!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'': Toho let them make a Godzilla cartoon. But: could they get his roar? Nope, they had to let Ted Cassidy growl. Could they get his little mini-dino from the movies? Nope they had to make Goodzooky. Could they get his enemies? Nope, they had to make use of the {{Expy}} idea. Thanks for helping out with that Toho!
7th Sep '17 10:47:27 PM TommyTiger
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** The Adventure Time Wiki describes several never-produced episodes, a couple of which ended up being cannibali- I mean "recycled" for later actual episodes.

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** The Adventure Time Wiki describes several never-produced episodes, a couple of which ended up being cannibali- I mean "recycled" for later actual episodes.
5th Sep '17 6:56:19 AM RCLeahcar
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a lot of ideas that never came to be:
** "The Coon" was intended to be more of a parody of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', with all the kids as superheroes. It also had a main plot of The Coon trying to fix the economy. However, Matt and Trey realized that Cartman was stealing the show, so they scaled it back and used the economy plotline in the episode "Margaritaville." The original concept seems to have returned with "Coon and Friends" trying to fix another BP oil spill.
** In "Wacky Molestation Adventure", Cartman was originally going to block out the sun. However, after learning that ItsBeenDone by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', they scrapped the idea. Their frustration made its way into creating the episode "Simpsons Already Did It."
** "A Million Little Fibers" was originally going to be about Towelie on ''Intervention''. However, they couldn't fit it in right, so they ended up revamping it. The original idea was later used in "Crippled Summer".
** "Pinewood Derby" was going to be an hour long special where Randy finds out that dinosaurs had killed themselves off after inventing guns, and convinces everyone to do away with them. After this, an alien would have arrived and [[TakeOverTheWorld taken over the world]] with a handgun, with no one able to stop him. The entire plot was torpedoed by, once again, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[ItsBeenDone having done it earlier]] in two different ''Treehouse of Horror'' vignettes.
** Kenny's semi-permanent death in season 5 was originally considered for ''Kyle,'' who Butters would then replace, allegedly because they felt that Stan and Kyle were too similar. In the end, they decided they didn't want to kill Kyle, but Kenny, being an overused RunningGag, was expendable. (Stan and Kyle, meanwhile, eventually underwent enough DivergentCharacterEvolution to fix any problems.) The creators had also intended for Kenny's death to be permanent. When that idea fell through, they simply considered dragging out Kenny's death even longer, with more characters besides Butters and Tweek replacing him.
** The UsefulNotes/Playstation2 was going to be featured in "Towelie", but they couldn't get Creator/{{Sony}}'s permission. As a result, they came up with the Okama Gamesphere, which was a parody of [[UsefulNotes/TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames the current video game consoles of the time]] (the Playstation 2, UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, and UsefulNotes/XBox).
** Creator/NancyCartwright was the original choice for the female characters on the show, but she refused because of the vulgarity. Barry White was also considered for Chef, but declined because the show went against his Christian values.
** "Quintuplets 2000" had its plot heavily reworked: Originally titled "Rosie O'Donnell Eats Children", it would have involved the quintuplets moving to South Park and becoming a media frenzy due to Rosie O'Donnell promoting them. Kenny's mother would then wind up jealous of their fame and attempt to get pregnant with multiples, while Cartman would have a crush on one of the Quints. The Quints were also originally to be American, and the original broadcast promo for the episode featured them with different voices. After the Elian Gonzalez case happened, the ''entire'' episode was [[RippedFromTheHeadlines quickly reworked from the ground up to parody the story]]. Kenny and the Quints were also to be exchanged and return to their homes safely, but Parker and Stone decided it'd be funnier if it ended with Kenny dead and the Quints deciding to become celebrities. Other scrapped plot points from earlier drafts included Timmy making an appearance, and the Quints displaying the ability to multiply themselves.
** An "Iron Chef" episode was slated for season 5, but never happened. An episode parodying Michael Jackson and one with the Easter Bunny were both slated for inclusion in early season 7, but the creators threw them aside. Two episodes with similar premises would be written for later seasons.
** "The Lemmiwinks Easter Special"/"The Return of Lemmiwinks" was an episode scripted for season 8, but the crew quickly ran into trouble with animating it, as well as finding ways to make it seem funnier. AWESOM-O was aired in its place (with a joke referencing the original plot before the episode), and the story was put on hold, with the crew suggesting that it'd air later on in the run. Eventually, Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to scrap the idea completely.
** Kyle was originally to move away in season 4, due to the creators feeling that him and Stan were interchangeable. Trey Parker explained that they didn't go through with it, as they felt things would get too depressing with only three of the boys around.
** A scrapped episode for the tenth season involved Sharon Marsh undergoing a mastectomy and having her breasts replaced by a pair of hooks.
** Other more vague scrapped ideas noted by the creators included an episode parodying the 2011 tsunami in Japan, a season 13 episode with Saddam Hussein, and a story where Warren and Jimmy Buffett find out they're long-lost relatives and team up to take over the world.
** In early planning of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone had the idea for the boys to be involved in more plots focusing around aliens and the supernatural. This was quickly scrapped, as they then decided it'd come off as too much of a ripoff of ''The X-Files''. The random aliens placed in the background as easter eggs were a remnant of this concept.
** Cartman was to have a father and younger sister, and both of these characters cameo in the longer (unaired) version of the pilot episode. They were both dropped, as it was decided that it'd be better if Cartman were only raised by his promiscuous mother. Kenny was to also have a younger toddler sister, who would resemble Ike [[note]]All ''South Park'' babies were originally intended to appear this way, but after Terrance and Phillip were retconned into being Canadian, Ike's unusual appearance was explained away as him being adopted due to the split-head similarity.[[/note]], but she never made it into the first season (she was originally to appear in "Starvin' Marvin") and only briefly appeared in one episode. However, the sister idea was eventually reused with Karen [=McCormick=] for later seasons, although Matt Stone initially regarded her first appearance as an oversight.
** Matt and Trey considered letting the end to "You're Getting Old" stick, and having Stan spend the second half of the season growing to accept it. However, every plan they came up with involved more drama than comedy, so they decided to hit the ResetButton.
** Creator/JerrySeinfeld was going to be a guest star in "Starvin' Marvin." Unfortunately, he backed down after Parker and Stone refused to give him a larger role than "Turkey #2." They admit in the Season One commentaries that they weren't fans of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' anyway, so his absence from the episode wasn't seen as a huge loss to them.
** Also, the ending for "Starvin' Marvin" was going to have the Ethiopians kill Sally Struthers and dine on the fat from her belly for Thanksgiving. Comedy Central deemed this too distasteful, so they instead ended the cartoon with the Ethiopians [[spoiler:tying her up and then feasting on Dr. Maphesto's mutant turkeys; Struthers went on to appear in "Starvin' Marvin in Space", the episode's sequel]].
** In "Cartman Sucks", Butters being sent to a gay camp was originally meant to be a joke of a bunch of CampGay kids who were stoked to be alone at camp. Chris would have walked in on several trying to gang bang Butters, leading to him trying several other ways to make him not gay. However, when they came up with the idea of a camper who was troubled by his homosexuality, they decided it was a much better story. Cartman's plot was originally going to just be him trying to not be gay. This was changed to Cartman simply wanting the photo back.
** Season 20's post-Election Day 2016 episode was originally "The Very First Gentleman", in which Bill Clinton visits South Park Elementary after his wife Hillary is elected President of the United States, and ran promos during that night's live ''Daily Show'' and ''At Midnight'' installments....which revealed that Donald Trump was going to be elected instead. Parker and Stone hadn't prepared an alternate episode for a Trump victory even though the season's Member Berries StoryArc hinged on Mr. Garrison as a Trump {{Expy}}, so it was rewritten/reanimated within one day as "Oh Jeez".
5th Sep '17 6:52:36 AM RCLeahcar
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' had a lot of ideas that were discarded:
** The original premise had Anakin and Obi-Wan in recurring roles, while the main characters would be a Twi’lek Jedi named Sendak (named after Creator/MauriceSendak) and his Togruta padawan Ashla (later becoming Ahsoka), who would team up with a smuggler pilot named Cad (later becoming Cad Bane), his mistress Lupe and their Gungan strongman Lunker. This premise would be [[RefittedForSequel reused]] for its sequel series ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', though the characters would be changed: Sendak became human Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, Ashla became Kanan's male padawan Ezra Bridger, Cad became female Twi'lek smuggler pilot Hera Syndulla, Lupe became Mandalorian Sabine Wren and Lunker became Lasat strongman Zeb Orrelios.
** Another premise was to have the series taking place in a recurring location and to keep landscapes to a minimum, which bore similarities to ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
** Ahsoka was going have to have an Icelandic accent and was originally Obi-Wan's padawan, but it was discarded which resulted Ahsoka to become Anakin's padawan instead.
** ARC trooper Alpha-17 was going to be a character in the show until George Lucas nixed the idea because it would mean having too many names beginning with A. As a result, we got Rex, who's [[{{Expy}} similar to Alpha]], but with a different name.
** Plo Koon was originally going to speak only in his Kel Dor language, but it posed problems for him communicating with his fellow troopers, so they decided to have him speak in Basic (the English language of Star Wars).
** Mace Windu and Boba Fett's talk in the end of "Lethal Trackdown" was going to be longer, but had to be cut for time, hence why it feels incredibly rushed.
** Darth Bane and [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Revan]] were to appear in "Ghosts of Mortis", even getting all the way to modeling, but were cut because them appearing as force ghosts seemed counterintuitive to the now established means for how a force user can appear as one.
*** In season 6's episode, "Sacrifice", Darth Bane and a great many other unnamed Sith Lords do show up as Force Ghosts to taunt Yoda. Even considering the nature of Revan and his alignment to the force, it is possible that Revan was there too.
** Originally, at the end of "Carnage of Krell", Captain Rex was originally going to be the one to kill the traitorous [[spoiler: General Pong Krell]], but ultimately, they decided it didn't fit Rex, so they ultimately had [[spoiler: Dogma]] be the one to pull the trigger.
** For a short while the season five finale was intended to end with [[spoiler: Ahsoka just going back to the order as if nothing happened]] but the majority of the writers felt it would be a good time to break away.
** Filoni revealed quite a few of these during the 2013 Star Wars Celebration Europe 2:
*** During the run of the series, he tried multiple times to have Ahsoka [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride on the back of a]] wolf.
*** There was story-line planned that would've tied the series into the events of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. However it was rejected by Lucas, before the cancellation.
*** There would've been a Yoda-Wookies-arc, had the series not been canceled.
** Creator/AshleyEckstein originally auditioned for the role of Padmé, but they found she sounded "too young" for her. However they also found her perfect for Ahsoka.
** The series ending Yoda-arc was supposed to include the Priestesses talking about the Father to Yoda, but it didn't make it past the first scripts.
** [[http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/2014/03/10/to-fans-of-star-wars-the-clone-wars-thank-you/ A blog post]] by Dave Filoni revealed several things that were planned for the future of the show, such as:
*** A new Quinlan Vos story, including a duel with Darth Maul (though apparently that was supposed to be in ''Son of Dathomir'' but was cut).
*** The return of Lee-Char.
*** Another Ahsoka/Bo-Katan team-up.
*** Boba Fett, Cad Bane, Bossk, Embo, and more in a new bounty hunter arc.
*** The return of a NotQuiteDead Echo.
** Writer Brent Friedman also revealed a number of interesting factoids about the planned future episodes for the show [[http://makingstarwars.net/2014/05/brent-friedman-writer-clone-wars-talks-season-7-8/ on his Twitter]].
*** An arc about a group of soldiers known as "The Bad Batch", which would feature the return of Echo.
*** Multiple Bounty Hunter arcs were in development.
*** Captain Rex had a story arc that would involve him being injured, which also would have focused on he and R2-D2 working with a reprogrammed Super Battle Droid, which would be destroyed by the end of the arc and its death would effect Rex.
*** Another Yoda-centered arc was planned.
*** A major arc would center around Anakin dealing with Ahsoka's absence.
** On the bright side, the ''Son Of Dathomir'' comic series and the forthcoming novel ''Dark Disciple'' are signs that the untold tales of ''The Clone Wars'' will make it into circulation one way or another. The above events discussed for unproduced episodes will likely be canonized.
** Celebration Anaheim revealed many, many things such as:
*** The Yoda-Wookie arc would have taken place after the Bad Batch arc and Yoda and the Bad Batch would work with Wookies to fend off Separatists and Trandosians. There would've been much more mysticism involved including Wookies summoning tree gods to help them fight the invaders and a conflict between the Bad Batch and the Wookies. Also the mantis-esque enemies from Knights of the Old Republic would have appeared.
*** An arc about the Pykes, with possibly Ahsoka as the main character.
*** An Arc about Ahsoka living after the Wrong Jedi Arc, including her getting swindled by a crooked salesman who sells her a broken used speeder. Filoni also hinted that Barriss Offee may have returned in this arc.
*** Barriss was originally going to commit suicide after she confessed to her crimes via blowing herself up, but Filoni spared her so he could use her later.
*** A 'Top Gun' arc with Rex and R2
*** A Mandalore vs Separatists arc.
*** That would've been in ''[[ComicBook/DarthMaulSonOfDathomir Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir]]''.
*** An arc that would've been an 'X Files' arc, something creepy and disturbing and it was possibly a Yuuzhan Vong as well
*** Another giant crystal arc.
*** Kyle Newman voicing a Toong.
*** An Eight part Vos/Ventress arc that was turned into the Dark Disciple novel. It would've had Vos act a lot like his comic book persona.
5th Sep '17 6:44:38 AM RCLeahcar
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' was originally centered on a gruff deliveryman named Fry, who worked under evil overlord Mom in a dystopian future. The series was originally named ''Aloha Mars!'', though it also had the working title of ''Doomsville'' at one point. These titles, among many others, were rejected until the network and creative team were satisfied with the final choice.
** Creator/CharlieSchlatter was to originally voice Fry, but due to a change in casting, Creator/BillyWest was given the role (which he'd originally read for).
** Nicole Sullivan was the first actress chosen for Leela, but unexplained circumstances also led to the part being recast and given to Katey Sagal.
** Creator/PhilHartman was originally cast as Zapp Brannigan. Creator/BillyWest took over after Hartman's murder and Fry's first name (Phillip) was used as a memorial to Hartman. In addition, West played the role as an impersonation of Hartman.
** "Jurassic Bark" was originally going to be about Fry finding the fossilized remains of his mother and trying to bring her back to life, but this was branded as "too depressing." It still resulted in one of the series most famous TearJerker moments (Fry found his fossilized dog instead).
** Following the events of the fourth movie where the main characters go on the run and vanish into a gigantic wormhole, half the writers wanted to continue on from that while the other half wanted to pull a WriterCopOut and end the series there. The side that wanted to continue won, though most ''Futurama'' fans feel that, after seeing the Creator/ComedyCentral episodes, the side that wanted to end the series with the crew vanishing into the wormhole should have won instead.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' was originally centered on a gruff deliveryman named Fry, who worked under evil overlord Mom in a dystopian future. The series was originally named ''Aloha Mars!'', though it also had the working title of ''Doomsville'' at one point. These titles, among many others, were rejected until the network and creative team were satisfied with the final choice.
** Creator/CharlieSchlatter was to originally voice Fry, but due to a change in casting, Creator/BillyWest was given the role (which he'd originally read for).
** Nicole Sullivan was the first actress chosen for Leela, but unexplained circumstances also led to the part being recast and given to Katey Sagal.
** Creator/PhilHartman was originally cast as Zapp Brannigan. Creator/BillyWest took over after Hartman's murder and Fry's first name (Phillip) was used as a memorial to Hartman. In addition, West played the role as an impersonation of Hartman.
** "Jurassic Bark" was originally going to be about Fry finding the fossilized remains of his mother and trying to bring her back to life, but this was branded as "too depressing." It still resulted in one of the series most famous TearJerker moments (Fry found his fossilized dog instead).
** Following the events of the fourth movie where the main characters go on the run and vanish into a gigantic wormhole, half the writers wanted to continue on from that while the other half wanted to pull a WriterCopOut and end the series there. The side that wanted to continue won, though most ''Futurama'' fans feel that, after seeing the Creator/ComedyCentral episodes, the side that wanted to end the series with the crew vanishing into the wormhole should have won instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a lot of scrapped/changed ideas:
** The "Kamp Krusty" episode was originally conceived as the first ''Simpsons'' full-length film. They eventually scaled back their vision as they couldn't come up with a decent way to stretch the plot to 90 minutes (and even had problems with it when they rewrote the episode as a typical 30-minute episode, as heard in the DVD commentary), and a ''Simpsons'' film would not be made until more than a decade had gone by.
** Lisa was going to be voiced by Creator/NancyCartwright while Yeardley Smith would voice Bart. The reason why this never came to be is because Cartwright couldn't do a convincing girl's voice for Lisa and decided that Bart would be more fun to voice.
** Some of the DVD creator commentary mentions plotlines or episodes that never got off the ground. For example, the B-story of "New Kid on the Block" was originally going to involve Homer and Marge going to see Don Rickles comedy show, and a brawl breaking out between Rickles and Homer after Homer became the target of Rickles' insults. This never manifested because Rickles refused to lend his voice or image to the show (which might explain the gag in "Viva Ned Flanders" where Rickles gets caught in the casino explosion and run over by The Simpsons)
*** The "Robot Richard Simmons" scene on the episode "Burns' Heir" where Bart gets adopted by Mr. Burns got cut because table readings didn't get consistent laughs (it was shown at conventions and college events, which convinced the writers to put it on that clip show episode where Troy [=McClure=] narrates The Simpsons' history and behind-the-scenes moments). On the episode DVD commentary, then-showrunner David Mirkin stated that Richard Simmons wanted to voice in a ''Simpsons'' episode, but not as a robot.
*** The season 10 episode "Bart the Mother" where Bart kills a mother bird and has to care for the eggs was originally a B-story that didn't have a place in any episode and was originally supposed to be used as a subplot for a season seven episode. The original B-story involved Homer saving a nest of eggs found in the nuclear plant chimney from being orphaned in the winter.
*** "New Kid on the Block" had another subplot idea involving Homer after the Don Rickles one fell through that had Homer trying to get a job as a barber (this was in season four, well before the episodes where Homer is put into a new job every other week and doesn't acknowledge that he's a nuclear plant safety inspector unless the plot called for it), but this was scrapped in favor of the subplot where Homer sues a seafood restaurant manager (Captain [=McAllister=], a.k.a The Sea Captain) over not getting his fill at the "All You Can Eat" buffet. The "Homer as a barber" plot would later be changed to "Homer as a hairdresser" and be the main plot to the season 22 episode "Homer Scissorhands."
*** Otto the bus driver's original name was supposed to be "Otto Mechanic," (instead of Otto Mann) but the writers thought the joke was too predictable.
*** The episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" was originally going to have Japanese businessmen trying to buy the nuclear plant, but, at the time, Japanese businessmen buying out major American companies was a reality, and would have been too predictable (or TooSoon) for a lot of viewers, so the writers made the businessmen German to keep things fresh. Had they kept the original idea, the episode would have been a FunnyAneurysmMoment following the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.
*** Originally at the end of "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", there was going to be a scene where Homer held a barbeque, and was being approached by the other characters for the actions he pulled earlier. Unfortunately, the scene couldn't be edited smoothly enough to fit near the end, so the episode ended with Homer telling Marge he was going to live life to the fullest, followed by a cut to him just watching TV and eating pork rinds as the credits rolled.
*** O.J. Simpson turned down an opportunity in appear in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E17LastExitToSpringfield Last Exit To Springfield]]," what is often hailed as the series' greatest episode. The writers consider this, in hindsight, to be a good thing, considering O.J.'s murder trial a few years after the episode originally aired.
*** Similarly, AnthonyPerkins (Norman Bates from ''Film/{{Psycho}}'') was cast to voice the dentist, but passed away before he could record his dialogue, and the role ultimately went to Hank Azaria. Additionally, Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/AnthonyHopkins were offered the part, but both turned it down.
*** "Stark Raving Dad" [[note]](the season 3 episode where Homer is put in a mental hospital and meets a big, bald mental patient who thinks he's Music/MichaelJackson)[[/note]] was originally supposed to have a sequel where the same big, bald mental patient returns and now thinks he's Music/{{Prince}} and encourages everyone in town to be open and free with their sexual sides. While the premise of Springfield being free and open with their lives (with disastrous results) would be visited on the season five episode "Bart's Inner Child" (only it would be changed to everyone acting like Bart, and the man who encourages them is a motivational speaker named Brad Goodman, voiced by Albert Brooks) and, to some extent, also visited in the season 23 finale "Lisa Goes Gaga" (which has a famous pop singer whose clothes and music are considered offbeat and highly sexual trying to change Springfield), the original episode with Prince was written, but never made, due to one of two reasons: either Prince turned down the chance to do voicework or the producers gave Prince the chance to write the script himself and rejected the results (which were too weird and sexual for primetime TV at the time). Bill Oakley remembers it being the second reason, and that Prince and the producers could not reach a compromise, as Prince wanted his version on TV while the showrunners preferred their tamer script.
*** In another Season 3 episode, "Radio Bart" (the one where Bart gets a radio microphone for his birthday and tricks the town into thinking a boy is stuck in a well), Music/BruceSpringsteen was originally going to guest star in the role that eventually went to Sting.
*** Also, originally, when Bart tricked Homer into thinking aliens were invading Earth, Homer was supposed to mix a batch of poisoned Kool-Aid so he and his family can commit suicide. The censors voted it down as they felt it would lead to a lot of copycat incidents, while the writers realized that it would have been [[BlackComedy too dark to be funny]], so they changed it to Homer getting a shotgun and running for the front door, until he finds that Bart is the one who's making the announcement.
*** In "Marge vs. the Monorail", before it was decided to have Creator/LeonardNimoy voicing himself, the producers originally wanted to have Creator/WilliamShatner voice himself. Shatner declined, as did Creator/GeorgeTakei, who stated that he didn't want to do an episode making fun of public transit. At the time this episode was in production, Takei was a member of the Board of Directors of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_California_Rapid_Transit_District Southern California Rapid Transit District]] (RTD) in Los Angeles.
*** There was an alternate ending to the season 12 episode "I'm Goin' to Praiseland", where Ned Flanders' Christian theme park, Praiseland, he built for his deceased wife Maude (who originally sketched the idea in a notepad), blows up, caused by a gas leak, and Flanders ends up in the hospital. The alternate ending can be seen on the Season 12 DVD as a deleted scene.
*** Creator/JimCarrey originally wanted to voice the Singing Hobo in the Season 12 finale "Simpsons Tall Tales", but the producers were unable to work it into Carrey's schedule. The hobo was instead voiced by Hank Azaria.
*** Tom (Bart's big brother figure from "Brother From The Same Planet") was meant to be voiced by [[TheDanza Tom Cruise]]. When Cruise declined the role, Creator/PhilHartman stepped in and the rest is history.
*** The Halloween specials have loads of stories that never made it off the ground. For example, there was a segment parodying ''Film/TheExorcist'' with the ghost being voiced by none other than Creator/GaryOldman, but scheduling conflicts scrapped that (though a light ''Exorcist'' parody was used at the end of the "Treehouse of Horror" story, "B.I.: Bartificial Intelligence," which revealed that Bart's story of becoming a robot to fight back against his equally robotic replacement turns out to be a dream from the mind of a possessed Homer as he's being exorcised). More recently, a storyboard (from 2008), which shows two large carnivorous dinosaurs fighting in the Simpsons' house came up and was to be used as a segment that was a parody of an obscure British sci-fi show called ''Primeval''. The parody was apparently scrapped when Impossible Pictures demanded excessively high licensing fees and the fact that Douglas Henshall flatly refused to lend his voice to the show. In interviews after the segment was scrapped, Tim Haines expressed remorse at the idea not being used and Ben Miller (the actor who plays Lester) mentioned that he would have loved to do the episode.
*** For "Krusty Gets Kancelled", there were many possible guest stars who were being discussed. According to the DVD commentary, producers looked at getting Music/TheRollingStones (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would subsequently appear in "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"), as well as a former President of the U.S. who was still alive at the time.
*** The part that James Woods had as himself in the season 5 episode "Homer and Apu" when he replaces Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart was originally intended to go to Creator/MichaelCaine.
*** The season 23 episode "Holidays of Future Passed" was originally planned as the final episode of the entire series, due to FOX having budget issues with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and planning to replace the show with another Creator/SethMacFarlane cartoon (a revival of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''), but when [=MacFarlane=] announced that he was putting the project on hold and the cast and crew of the show agreed to take a pay cut in order to keep the show afloat, "Holidays of Future Passed" went from being a SeriesFinale to a ChristmasEpisode.
** There were several spin-offs planned, including a live-action Troy [=McLure=] movie (presumably starring Creator/PhilHartman), a series of vignettes on the people of Springfield (inspired by the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield"), the adventures of young Homer, a feature length film parody of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', and a live-action Krusty the Clown sitcom starring Creator/DanCastellaneta, where he hosts a talk show in LA. The Krusty sitcom came the closest to being made. Whether it would have branched continuity or Krusty would have dramatically left Springfield like Cleveland is unknown, though it would have had Krusty's house be on wooden stilts slowly being eaten by beavers. When Groening was told that trained or animatronic beavers would have been prohibitively expensive, he decided to abandon the idea instead of compromise, and ended up making ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.
** An episode called "Thirtysimpsons" was written for season 3, but never produced. It would have been a crossover with Series/{{Thirtysomething}}. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/18/bill-oakley-tweets-top-10-unaired-simpsons-episodes_n_1286483.html Bill Oakley]] also revealed that there was an season 8 episode that would have parodied Scientology with Lisa joining the religion. The script was written by George Meyer, but the episode was never produced due to fear of the Church of Scientology suing, as well as potentially offending cast members such as Nancy Cartwright (though that didn't stop Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone from doing a similar episode for ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', which not only got them in trouble with Scientology[[note]]or rather, Creator/TomCruise[[/note]], but also led to Isaac Hayes leaving the show). A rejected season 7 episode involved the topic of racism and was called "Homer vs. Dr. Hibbert on the Issue of Race", but it was deemed to be too potentially controversial and heavy-handed in exploring the subject. "Homer's Phobia" was also going to be called "Lisa Goes to Camp," where Lisa gets into kitsch culture, and Bart does the same thing, only for Homer to worry that Bart will end up gay.
** Creator/PhilHartman was supposed to voice [[DiscoDan Disco Stu]] in his debut appearance in "Two Bad Neighbors", but when the animators needed to do a model change, Hartman was unavailable, so Creator/HankAzaria played Stu instead.
** Creator/JamesEarlJones was originally going to voice Sideshow Bob, but the producers chose Creator/KelseyGrammer instead.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' would have featured Hank Scorpio from the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E2YouOnlyMoveTwice You Only Move Twice]]" as its villain, but he ended up being replaced by Russ Cargill due to potential CharacterDerailment for Scorpio. Fortunately, Scorpio's voice actor, Creator/AlbertBrooks, remained on board as he was more than willing to voice Cargill.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' was originally about a family of rabbits with 27 children; the same gender dynamic that Lincoln lives under would have been in effect with a buck named [[PunnyName Warren]] dealing with life with 26 sisters (all of whom [[AlliterativeThemeNaming would have had names starting with B]]). Eventually Savino was convinced to change the characters to humans, leading to the trim down to 11 kids and the [[AlliterativeThemeNaming L names]]; hilariously it was at this point that Savino realized [[WriteWhoYouKnow he was drawing on his real life experiences as a kid]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' was originally about a family of rabbits with 27 children; the same gender dynamic that Lincoln lives under would have been in effect with a buck named [[PunnyName Warren]] dealing with life with 26 sisters (all of whom [[AlliterativeThemeNaming [[AlphabeticalThemeNaming would have had names starting with B]]). Eventually Savino was convinced to change the characters to humans, leading to the trim down to 11 kids and the [[AlliterativeThemeNaming [[AlphabeticalThemeNaming L names]]; hilariously it was only at this point that Savino realized [[WriteWhoYouKnow he was drawing on his real life experiences as a kid]].
4th Sep '17 4:09:50 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' was originally about a family of rabbits with 27 children; the same gender dynamic that Lincoln lives under would have been in effect with a buck named [[PunnyName Warren]] dealing with life with 26 sisters (all of whom [[AlliterativeThemeNaming would have had names starting with B]]). Eventually Savino was convinced to change the characters to humans, leading to the trim down to 11 kids and the [[AlliterativeThemeNaming L names]]; hilariously it was at this point that Savino realized [[WriteWhoYouKnow he was drawing on his real life experiences as a kid]].
** "Loud" was originally just a descriptor. Then a friend who was helping Savino asked if the family's last name was Loud and was told [[ThrowItIn "It is now!"]]
29th Aug '17 2:07:00 PM AlternativeCola
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** Tygra would make a HeroicSacrifice as he would shield Lion-O by taking the fatal blow from Pumyra, which would lead to creating more tension between Lion-O and Pumyra.

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** Tygra would make a HeroicSacrifice as he would shield Lion-O by taking the fatal blow from kill Pumyra, which would lead to creating more tension between Lion-O him and Pumyra.Lion-O.
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