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In the 1970s, there was apparently something in the water supply, because TV executives thought that it would be a pretty good idea to take popular TV shows and redo them in an animated format. If that was all there was to it, this would simply be a very strange thing to do, and sometimes, that's as far as it went: ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' was essentially just a continuation of the original series in animated format, and there it almost made sense -- elaborate alien/monster designs cost a lot less in animation, and it gave fans what they were clamoring for -- more ''Star Trek'' -- at a low cost (an Emmy win didn't hurt, either). But most of the time, the folks behind these abominations (correctly) realized that the source material [[AnimationAgeGhetto wasn't really suitable]] to a SaturdayMorningCartoon. And yet this didn't stop them.

So here's what they did. Take the premise of a popular live-action series, particularly a SitCom, and append this phrase: "gains super-powers and a wacky NonHumanSidekick. TheyFightCrime." Another formula was to take the existing show, and append the words "[[RecycledInSPACE IN SPACE!]]" Another was to reproduce the original show in a half-hour format, adding [[TagalongKid a small group of kids and their pet]] as sidekicks to the heroes. For some reason, this was neither as popular nor as successful as the first option; Filmation proposed this for ''Star Trek'', but Creator/GeneRoddenberry balked instantly and the direct approach was used instead.

Theses versions were ubiquitous in the 1970s and early 1980s. In later years, people started taking WesternAnimation more seriously as a storytelling medium, and not as just a way to [[MerchandiseDriven sell toys.]] The results are noticeable, with adaptations that take the prior format and [[PragmaticAdaptation reproduce it successfully into animated form.]]

Technically, of course, an Animated Adaptation can be anything adapted as a cartoon, so if this doesn't apply to whatever linked you here, you'll know why. Expect it to actually be called "[[TitleTheAdaptation Title: The Animated Series]]".

For a video game-specific example of this trope, see TheAnimeOfTheGame. Compare LiveActionAdaptation. In anime, the opposite of this is AnimeFirst.

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[[folder:Adapted from Advertising]]
* The Incredible Crash Test Dummies, known first as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5h2NF2xMYI PSA campaign]] on the importance of wearing seat belts while driving, somehow became [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-WgF5jGVdA a Saturday morning cartoon]].
* ''WebAnimation/TheLebrons'', adapted from [=LeBron=] James' [[Advertising/TheLebrons series of live-action Nike commercials]] of the same name.
* ''Linus the Lion-Hearted'' was a mid-1960s example where the mascots of several Post breakfast cereals were made into rather well-done cartoons.
* ''The California Raisins'', adapted from Will Vinton's clay-animated commercials for the California Raisin Advisory Board.
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[[folder:Adapted from Comic Books]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is arguably the most successful example of the Animated Adaptation. It spawned [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} seven in-continuity spin-off shows]] that lasted from the early 1990s right through to the early 21st century, as well as computer games and movies. It kept some of the character designs and all of the tone of Creator/TimBurton's movies (well, it was dark but not in a Tim Burton kind of way), but took place in an AlternateContinuity. It also originally placed a moratorium on death, although this was relaxed for the spin-off movies and the rest of the {{DCAU}} in general, including ''The New Batman Adventures''. Also, several characters were popular enough to become {{Canon Immigrant}}s to the mainstream [[TheDCU DC Universe]], most famously ComicBook/HarleyQuinn.\\\
It has also forever burned the voices of Creator/KevinConroy and Creator/MarkHamill into the minds of everyone that grew up in the 1990s and 2000s as '''the''' voices of Batman and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker... You'd think after ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', DC may have tried to get new voices for the characters, but both returned to their roles in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'', and rather than Creator/ChristianBale voicing Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' tie-in Direct-to-Video movie, guess who played Batman instead? (Though this had more to do with both Nolan and Bale's disapproval of the animated tie-in, simply because it was "for kids" and "a tie-in", despite getting the same MPAA rating as the movies.)
** Additionally, there have been ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the latter of which was well received for being a LighterAndSofter alternative to the darker Batman stories, while also including a copious amount of [[MythologyGag in-jokes]] for hardcore fans.
** ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' began airing in 2013, and has a DarkerAndEdgier tone closer to the '90s series and Film/TheDarkKnightSaga.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The [[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 1967 adaptation]], which introduced the famous [[EarWorm "Does whatever a spider can"]] theme song.
** There was one in the 1980s with [[EarWorm a catchy tune]], which was most famous for having him meet up with SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom ''repeatedly''. This one eventually became ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'', for which it is known better, as well as a ''WesternAnimation/SpiderWoman'' spinoff.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' was pretty much John Semper doing the best he could with horrible animation, censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, yet still doing pretty well.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' is widely considered AdaptationDistillation, as it used many elements from the original comics, the [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Comics]], and the [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy movies]], combining them into its own universe.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' does its best to put a different spin on all the old characters and try to bring in something new.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_in_other_media#Animated many times over]].
** The very first animated adaptation of ''Superman'' was a series of 7-10 minute shorts produced by the Fleisher studios in (and later Famous studios) in conjunction with Paramount from 1941 to 1943. While sparse on characterization, they were way ahead of their time with a style that influenced the ''Batman'' series 50 years later. The first installment, "The Mad Scientist" (also known as Superman no. 1) was nominated for an Academy Award for animated short subject.
** In 1966, another Superman animated series, ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'', put Filmation on the map, and while hardly epic, serve as a very faithful adaptation of the Silver Age comics.
** Arguably, Bruce Timm's ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' was the most definitive, considering that many fans claimed it to be better than the comics, and like its brother series, many character traits (Lois calling Clark "Smallville", for example) and many characters were [[CanonImmigrant integrated into the comics themselves]].
* ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'':
** Most famously, they had a [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans self-titled]] cartoon that ran for five successful seasons. It was a significant hit despite initially being criticized for being noticeably LighterAndSofter than the comic books it was based off. It also proved to be fairly influential on the comics themselves, even producing a few {{Canon Immigrant}}s.
** Then came ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', which was an AdaptationDistillation of both the ''Teen Titans'' and the original ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' comic series. The series was much darker than its predecessor, and won accolades for having a mature storytelling style evocative of the 90's {{DCAU}} shows.
** Another series, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', began airing in 2013.
* The WesternAnimation/DCNation block showcases various animated shorts such as ''SuperBestFriendsForever'', often highlighting lesser-known properties like ComicBook/AnimalMan as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' are based on the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' comic. There are also a bunch of films in separate continuities: ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheNewFrontier'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'', and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar''.
* Filmation's adaptations of Franchise/ArchieComics were very popular, starting with ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' in 1968.
* The ComicBook/GreenLantern received his own TV series as a tie-in to the [[Film/GreenLantern live-action film]]. Ironically, ''[[GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries Green Lantern: The Animated Series]]'' was far better received than the movie itself, even though it only lasted one season thanks to the lack of a toy line.
* Several of the Marvel super heroes including [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/SubMariner, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], and ComicBook/SilverSurfer have had at least one cartoon. Iron Man wins out by far, with ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'', ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', the ''Anime/IronMan'' anime (as well as a [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore spin-off movie]]), and the animated film ''WesternAnimation/TheInvincibleIronMan''.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'':
** The 1999 series, ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' is a rather forgettable short-lived series that gave the Avengers Franchise/PowerRangers-esque PoweredArmor {{Transformation Sequence}}s, and relegated the "big name" Avengers to special guest appearances.
** The two ''UltimateAvengers'' films.
** The 2010 series, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', has been well received by most everyone and does stay true to the comics, while doing a similar attempt at an AdaptationDistillation, much like the above-mentioned ''Spectacular Spider-Man''.
** 2013 saw the release of, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''. The show is heavily influenced by the 2012 live-action ''[[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' film, featuring the exact same roster save for the inclusion of TheFalcon.
** 2014 saw the launch of ''Anime/MarvelDiskWarsTheAvengers'', an anime InternationalCoProduction done with Creator/ToeiAnimation.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978''
** ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour''
** ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes''
* [[Franchise/XMen The X-Men]] franchise spawned ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'', ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', and the ''[[Anime/XMen X-Men]]'' [[MarvelAnime anime]].
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' has had two Animated Adaptations.
** The first one, originally broadcast in French and produced in the 1960s, keeping almost none of the plots from the comics and [[{{Bowdlerise}} completely removing all references to alcohol or drugs]].
** The second, Canadian-French co-production (producing English and French versions) from the 1990s was a far better AdaptationDistillation, keeping all references to alcohol and drugs and adapting practically every book very faithfully. Although even here some changes were made ("Tintin In America" had so much stuff removed that it was one of the few stories to be a one-parter rather than two) and the English language version still leaves the street signs and other on-screen writing in French (most glaringly in "The Secret of the Unicorn" when Thompson and Thomson's "real" names -- Dupont and Dupondt -- are seen on passports!).
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', adapted from Disney comics about Uncle Scrooge (notably ones by CarlBarks). Could be considered a RecursiveAdaptation, since the Disney comics were originally based on ClassicDisneyShorts.
* Believe or not, ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' is adapted from its first two comic book storylines. However, many people, especially from America, [[AdaptationDisplacement didn't realize this]]. Although the comic book had far more staying power than the animated series. Unless you're American, chances are you've noticed the comic book.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs''. AdaptationDisplacement means that few in North America are aware of [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs the original]] FrancoBelgianComics by Peyo. In addition to [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the Hanna-Barbera series]], there are several animated Belgian shorts produced in the 1960s, a Belgian feature film in 1976 (''La Flūte ą six schtroumpfs'', later dubbed to English and released in the United States in 1983 as ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute''), and animated features co-produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Duck Studios (''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow'').
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' made a household name out of what was once a bloody black-and-white self-published comic.
** [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 The first cartoon from 1987]], which first propelled the franchise to stardom.
** The DarkerAndEdgier [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 cartoon]], which was a much more faithful adaptation of the comics.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]], which features [[AllCGICartoon CGI animation]] and a more comedic tone than the 2003 series.
* ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' had two animated series. Creator/HannaBarbera's character designs were a significant departure from the Harvey comics, but the 1990s series reverted to the comics style.
* ''ComicBook/FishPolice'' was adapted into [[WesternAnimation/FishPolice a short-lived cartoon]] which lasted only ''six'' episodes on Creator/{{CBS}}. It changed very many of the aspects.
* ''ZipiYZape'': Two episodes can be viewed on Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FaqkLW7YBc here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqis_Bp4xcw here]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has received quite a few animated movies, based on the albums.
* In Brazil, ''ComicStrip/MonicasGang'' has been out since 1959 and is still going on, with an animated series as of 2004. (And a [[SpinoffBabies Teen Spinoff Manga]], as of August 2008)
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' was made into a [[WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Saturday morning cartoon]], which upped the weirdness factor to compensate for the lack of violence. It only lasted 13 half-hours.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' is a popular Saturday morning cartoon adapted from a character that was first featured in Ben Edlund's comic books.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' had one which ran for one season in 1995.
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' got two major ones. The first, a trilogy of animated films produced between 1965 and 1970 (the first two are actually compilations of short films that were supposed to be a TV show), and an actual 26 episode TV show broadcasted in Spain between 1994 and 1995.
** The 2014 movie is done in CGI animation.
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[[folder:Adapted from Comic Strips]]
* ''The Legend of Prince Valiant''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'', based on Tony Millionare's comic strip ''Maakies''. ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' also did a series of animated shorts based on ''Maakies''
* The comic strip ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' had [[WesternAnimation/BabyBlues a short-lived adaptation]] based on the strip's early days (No Hammie, no Wren, Zoe's an infant).
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' had seven animated specials and a two-season animated series on Teletoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', adapted from '''two''' comic strips -- ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' and ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' -- both created by Jim Davis.
** And 2009 brought us ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' -- a CGI version of ''Garfield and Friends'' minus the Friends.
** There were also several specials in the 1980s including an adaptation of the graphic novel ''ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives'' and a ChristmasSpecial.
* ''The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show'' featured shorts in the vein of the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comics, as opposed to the longer stories of the many movies and TV specials.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Marvin}}'' had an animated special. Which was extra alarming, because the eponymous baby is just as hateful as he is in the comics, but it goes on for a whole hour.
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' combined the exploits of ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom and ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, along with their children.
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' started life in the newspapers. Aaron [=McGruder=] abandoned it to work on the show.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' is an UrExample, having a short that came out [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation in 1911]]. Not very plot-heavy and mostly consisted of Winsor [=McCay=] showing off the animation medium.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' was the first successful animated adaptation, beginning in 1933 and eventually eclipsing the ''Thimble Theater'' strips on which it was based.
** After Popeye's success, the Fleischer studio tried adaptations of "Henry" and "The Little King", neither of which went anywhere. The later Famous Studios had more success with their adaptation of the ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' magazine cartoons (before she starred in a popular comic book line.)
* ''The Katzenjammer Kids'' received a less-than-successful adaptation by MGM in the 1930s.
* In a curious manner, ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is a ''fake'' Animated Adaptation of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
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[[folder:Adapted from Animated Films]]
* {{Disney}} were big fans of this during TheEighties, TheNineties, and the early 21st century:
** ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' (which replaced Creator/RobinWilliams with Creator/DanCastellaneta as the voice of the Genie. Castellaneta actually played the Genie character on the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in which Bart befriends a Muslim boy and Homer fears that the boy and his family are terrorists)
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid: [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid Animated Series]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'', which compared to the rest of them had little to do with ''Disney/TheLionKing'' besides shared characters (a couple of episodes even had a cartoon focused on Rafiki or the three hyenas from the movie [Shanzai -- with Creator/TressMacNeille as Shanzai instead of Whoopi Goldberg], Banzai, and Ed]).
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}: The Animated Series'' (notable for featuring nearly all the main cast of the movie, and [[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Hercules_(TV_series) one of the most impressive list of guest stars to grace a Saturday morning cartoon]]).
** ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' -- a {{Defictionalization}} of the ShowWithinAShow that the toy from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was based on.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}: The Animated Series''
** ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians: The Animated Series''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''
** ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook The Jungle Cubs]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
** ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' and ''Anime/{{Stitch}}''
* A number of Creator/DonBluth movies received this treatment, along with [[{{Sequelitis}} a plethora of straight-to-video sequels]].
** ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''
** ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven: The Series''
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[[folder:Adapted from Live-Action Films]]
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges''
** They get ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' treatment and become spies in ''WesternAnimation/TheRobonicStooges''.
** Before they became [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRHbuRaN7Zg super-powered]], they had an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Gv4_bhIVU&feature=related earlier incarnation]] featuring plots that were similar to the classic black & white live-action shorts. One saving grace of the 1965 series was that it offered the surviving Stooges new income (and a new fan base) after the long-gone residuals from the old shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'': not a stand-alone animated show, but part of a 90-minute AnimatedAnthology with animated adaptations of ''VideoGame/PacMan'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''.
** A series of claymation specials was made in the 1960s, using the soundtracks of the original shorts.
** There was also a half hour ChristmasSpecial that featured the voices of series' original stars Matthew "Stymie" Beard and the late Darla Hood. A series of [[PublicServiceAnnouncement Public Service Announcements]] followed.
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' got [[WesternAnimation/LittleShop an animated]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ktE0kjw3zc show]] based off it, just without the violence. Here, Seymour and Audrey are aged down to 13 years old, and rather than from outer space, the plant came from a fossilized prehistoric seed.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' as ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', and eventually ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', quite possibly the highest-quality AnimatedAdaptation ever done. In fact, complaints about the prequels themselves not measuring up to ''Clone Wars'' were frequent.
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' continues the pattern, with mostly positive reviews. In fact, this one may even be higher quality!
** In the 1980s, there were also an ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvVTq-Q48D0 Ewoks]]'' cartoon and a ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygr8wsqrhtI Droids]]'' cartoon starring C-3PO and R2-D2. These didn't stand out from the crowd quite so much, though.
** The ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''-style short in ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', best known as the first appearance of Boba Fett.
* ''Film/MyPetMonster'' had a movie, and was then followed up by an animated series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' did as well, done more-or-less straight, though it started with a different premise from [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the movie]], making it an AlternateUniverse.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'': Done twice: first in the late 1970s by Hanna-Barbera, based on the ''Showa'' Godzilla films, and then in the late 1990s, ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', based on the American movie. Worth noting that as much bile as the first American ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' movie gets heaped on it, even most haters will admit the cartoon spinoff was pretty good.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' managed to remain fairly faithful to the spirit of [[Film/MenInBlack the films]] and loaded with {{Mythology Gag}}s, aside from L having seniority over J, being in an AlternateContinuity.
* ''Return to the Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' was actually ''more'' true to the original novel than the movies were. That's not a recommendation for it over the movies, however.
* Creator/JackieChan got a series called ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. He was actually partially involved in it, doing a live-action "Ask Jackie" feature after the end credits where he answered questions viewers submitted. The show itself was about an AU Jackie Chan who isn't an action star at all. He's an [[AdventurerArchaeologist archaeologist]]/sometimes secret agent who battles demons and tracks down magical artifacts with the help of his [[TagalongKid niece]], [[EccentricMentor his uncle]], and other [[ClassyCatBurglar recurring]] [[TheBigGuy characters]], lasting for five seasons.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture: [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture The Animated Series]]'' focused on Doc Brown's family after the events in ''Part III'', mainly his sons, Jules and Verne. They would often go on adventures through time and space via a rebuilt [=DeLorean=] and the time traveling train engine seen at the end of ''Part III''. Marty [=McFly=] was still getting dragged along with them, and every time period, including ancient Rome, had an ancestor of Biff Tannen running around. The present-day Biff always got a small skit at the end of every episode. There were also live-action segments at the beginning and end featuring Creator/ChristopherLloyd as Doc and Bill Nye as his assistant, which led to the creation of Nye's program ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy''.
* Speaking of Michael J. Fox movies, there was also an [[WesternAnimation/TeenWolf animated adaptation]] of ''Film/TeenWolf''. The eponymous character's family was made larger, giving him wolfish grandparents and a little sister who was permanently in half-werewolf status.
* There was an animated adaptation of the movie ''Film/{{Evolution}}'', titled ''Alienators: Evolution Continues'' (shown overseas as ''Evolution: The Animated Series'').
* ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', which is as flat-out crazy as the second film.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick: WesternAnimation/DarkFury'' is an animated film that takes place immediately after ''Film/PitchBlack'' and sets the main cast up for naturally, ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
* The movie ''Film/VanHelsing'' also has an animated movie, ''The London Assignment'', which is in fact a prequel of the live-action film.
* ''Film/JamesBond'', though they, at least, had the good sense to forgo the hard-drinking, womanizing spy with a license to kill for his teenaged "nephew", ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'', who operated out of an English boarding school and went on ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''-esque adventures armed with gadgets made by his HollywoodNerd friend, I.Q. The role of "M" was taken by the school headmaster, who would remonstrate with young James over the chaos his escapades inevitably caused, and Miss Moneypenny was replaced by a fellow student with a crush on James. And they still managed to keep the concept of a new girl every adventure going, in a G-rated way of course. Note that most of the films themselves are considered suitable for family viewing in the United Kingdom, so an animated version isn't that far-out an idea.
* How about kid-friendly cartoons based on R-rated films, complete with associated action figures? In theory these were intended as GatewaySeries to get children interested in a franchise so they'll watch the original films when they're old enough; in practice, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids less strict parents would let them watch the films anyway.]]
** ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' (more details farther down the page)
** ''Franchise/RoboCop'' (twice! -- second time after PG-13 second sequel)
** ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom''
** ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' (although the cartoon came along when the films themselves had descended into PG territory)
** ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' (came out long after PG ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'')
** ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' (the Animated Adaptation was called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxic_Crusaders Toxic Crusaders]]'')
** ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles''. Actually quite successful, it took elements introduced by the [[Film/StarshipTroopers film]] but the series was closer to the [[Literature/StarshipTroopers book]].
** ''Film/MortalKombat'', which naturally removed all of the violence the series was marketed for.
** Though there wasn't a ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' cartoon ([[http://stason.org/TULARC/movies/terminator/7-4-Marvel-Comics-The-Terminator.html not that they didn't try]]), there was a range of children's toys based on the film, which at the time was still rated 18. There is a now CGI animated adaptation, called ''Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series''.
** ''SgtKabukimanNYPD'' was supposed to get one, but nothing came of it outside of a promo. The same is true of ''Film/{{Alien}}'', which was supposed to get one called "Operation: Alien."
* The three movies that built Creator/JimCarrey's career, ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' (which lasted three seasons, and is probably the best remembered cartoon out of the three), ''WesternAnimation/AceVentura'' (which also lasted three seasons and had a crossover episode with ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' -- and interestingly, is the only one of the three where the main character actually looks like Jim Carrey!) and ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' (which only lasted one season with six episodes).
* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'''''s''' continued the basic premise of ''Excellent Adventure'', with the duo of dudes traveling through history and meeting famous individuals in an attempt to solve various issues in their present day lives. With Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves and George Carlin (as Rufus) all reprising their original roles, the main characters were very faithful to their source material, though their exploits in the past were roughly as historically accurate and about as tongue-in-cheek as ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''... which ''may'' have something to do with it being a Creator/HannaBarbera production. Then the show received a budget-related format reboot for its second season, with none of the aforementioned voice actors, a new animation style and a new intro theme -- all due to it being from a different production company (DIC). It received a non-triumphant response and had a short run.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}: The Animated Series''
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Neverending_Story_(TV_series) Yes, it exists.]]
* ''Baggy Pants and the Nitwits''. The first is Charlie Chaplin turned into a silent FunnyAnimal cat, and the second is the super-powered version of Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi's famous DirtyOldMan Tyrone and uptight Gladys from ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries'' (with yet ''another'' [=McLeod=]). Set on a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic Earth]], though this would probably not count as a substantial mangling of the original premise if not for the fact that, being children's television, the entire aspect of decapitation was removed. Except for the BigBad, the other immortals served as {{Plot Coupon}}s that the protagonist [[GottaCatchThemAll needed to find]], so they could pass on their Quickenings to him -- willingly. The fact that the new [=McLeod=] was immortal did not end up coming up much, since they couldn't even show him momentarily-dying. There were, however, a few off-screen deaths that someone familiar with the series could identify as decapitations, including that of Connor [=McLeod=] himself.
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' was remade as ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}} Clerks: The Animated Series]]'' by Kevin Smith and a team of capable writers and artists. Although it featured no space travel or wacky animal characters, it was intentionally a massive departure from the movie and featured numerous elements of fantasy (including Blofeld-like villains and evil Egyptian slave drivers). Sadly, it was ScrewedByTheNetwork (Smith claimed it would be cancelled after two episodes. He was right).
* ''Film/FreeWilly'' received an animated adaptation as well that ran for two seasons. It made it so that Jesse could understand what most, if not all, of the animals could say, resulting in Willy being able to talk. Also gave them a villain in the form of a cyborg called The Machine.
* [[WesternAnimation/ProblemChild A cartoon based]] on ''Film/ProblemChild'' got made and aired on the Creator/USANetwork. Lord knows why.
* ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' had an adaptation produced by Creator/{{Filmation}}; the {{Expy}} of the hero picked up an EyepatchOfPower, Raquel Welch's [[TheChick counterpart]] got a ponytail, and they were joined by a Sikh(?) mystic and a ChildProdigy who created the [[IfItSwimsItFlies flying sub]] they traveled in.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', though it's a very loose adaptation of the ''CharlieChan'' films (it was tailored more to fit Hanna-Barbera's "meddling kids" genre that was so popular in the 1970s). Though it did feature Keye Luke from the Oland films as the voice of Mr. Chan.
* An [[WesternAnimation/NapoleonDynamite animated adaptation]] of ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' lasted one season.
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' was adapted into an animated series.
* Six episodes of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' animated series were produced for UPN in 1997, but the show was cancelled before even airing.
* The ''Anime/IronMan'' anime seems to be a spin-off from [[Film/IronMan the films]], with the opening credits suggesting the two are set within the same continuity.
* Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' splits the difference. It's based off the comics, but is far more heavily influenced by the [[Film/TheAvengers live-action movie]], right down to the cast.
* ''{{Lassie}}'' teamed with a group of wild animals to form ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers''.
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[[folder:Adapted from Light Novels]]
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
* ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''

Among many, many others.
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[[folder:Adapted from Literature]]
* Basically the whole ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' project including many classics from Western literature from children books to ''Literature/LesMiserables''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', which was not based on the Disney movie of ''Disney/PeterPan'', instead being a separate adaptation of the original novel. Actually, it may be the closest an adaptation of ''Peter Pan'' has ever got to the novel. Featuring TimCurry as the voice of Captain Hook.
* There's an anime version of ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'''s first series, which mostly follow the story with several changes and featured Delta Goodrem's "In This Life" as its third opening theme.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}: The Animated Series'', produced by ''Creator/{{Nelvana}}. Has been subject to quite some [[{{Bowdlerize}} Bowdlerization]] and {{Filler}}.
* Tarzan, as [[Creator/{{Filmation}} Filmation's]] ''Tarzan Lord of the Jungle''.
* Even literature is not immune to the RecycledInSpace syndrome: A MadScientist clones Professor Moriarty in ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury''. Fortunately, the good guys are able to reanimate Sherlock's well-preserved corpse to fight him over a series of adventures based on the canonical stories. The idea was first proposed by Creator/{{Filmation}}, who made a PoorlyDisguisedPilot as a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''.
* ''The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda'' was... actually fairly true to the original ''Literature/DonQuixote'' novels. It still goes under "flat-out crazy" for turning the main characters into {{Funny Animal}}s (and leaving the rest of the cast human), however.
* This was also done to ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' in ''WesternAnimation/DogtanianAndTheThreeMuskehounds''. Apart from the {{punny name}}s, some slight {{Bowdlerization}} and the characters being animals, they were straight retellings of the plots from the books.
* ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' got ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog''. ''[[{{Sequelitis}} Willy Fog 2]]'' shoved the main characters into ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' and ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', leaving the funny animal versions of Professors Lidenbrock and Aronnax standing around without much to do.
** An [[WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays Australian-produced adaptation]] in 1972 was made the people who did (some of) ''Family Classics Theatre'', Air Programs International. In this series Phileas Fogg was going around the world not to settle a bet (although £50,000 was at stake) but, as the theme song said, "so Fogg could marry Belinda Maze" -- with Fix [[NotAsYouKnowThem the henchman of Lord Maze]] trying to stop him and Passepartout from getting back. [[spoiler:He didn't.]]
* In the year 2000, PBS aired the appropriately titled ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables: the Animated Series''. The show featured several regular characters borrowed from the live-action ''RoadToAvonlea'' series (although both shows were made by Sullivan Entertainment, so they were basically using characters they created) and was pretty faithful to the original books, except that nearly every episode had a fantasy sequence with Anne (oh, and she had a wood nymph friend named Dryad). It's predated a tad by the ''Anne of Green Gables'' series by Nippon Animation from 1979.
* ''The Adventures of Maya the Honeybee'' after the book ''Literature/MayaTheBee''.
* ''Vicky the Viking'' after the children's book ''Vicke Viking'' by Runer Jonsson
* Creator/AntoineDeSaintExupery's ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'' has been the subject of many adaptations, including an {{Anime}} in 1978 ("''Hoshi no Ōjisama: Puchi Puransu''" -- ''The Adventures of the Little Prince'') or an American cartoon by Susan Shadburne in 1979. The latest is a [[WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince 2010 French CGI series]] by Method Animation; quite respectful of the original drawings of the author and the spirit of the book, though extending the adventures over 52 episodes. The Fox becomes the TalkingAnimal sidekick of the Little Prince, and it has the [[TheCorrupter Snake]] as a BigBad.
* Creator/JamesThurber's ''The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'' got transposed into the feline world, to become Filmation's ''The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty''. The framing story involved live action cats, with Waldo getting in a tough scrape and imagining himself to be one of several animated hero cats, each of which was itself an animated adaptation/parody of some other show (e.g., "Captain Herk" of a distinctly Enterprise-like starship). The animation took up the bulk of each episode. Unfortunately, Filmation thought they could do this series without involving Thurber's estate -- they soon discovered they were wrong, which is why when the show went into syndication the live-action scenes were removed and the title was changed (to ''The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty'').
* For the more adventurous viewer, Creator/FranzKafka's ''A Country Doctor'' was adaptated into an animated short movie.
* Adaptation from children's books:
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
** ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' and prequel ''Clifford's Puppy Days''
** ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' and follow-up ''Franklin and Friends''
** ''Literature/GuessHowMuchILoveYou''
** ''Literature/LittleBear''
** ''Literature/MaxAndRuby''
** ''Literature/RainbowMagic''
** ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''
** ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus''
** ''Literature/CharlieAndLola''
* The ''Literature/MrMen'' series had lots of these, including ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''.
* The Polish classic pre-war book series ''Literature/KoziolekMatolek'' saw an [[Animation/DziwnePrzygodyKoziolkaMatolka animated adaptation]] in 1969-1971.
* HannaBarbera once did a cartoon series based on ''Literature/MobyDick'', where the titular white whale was basically a superhero who went around righting wrongs underwater with two SCUBA-diving kid sidekicks. We swear we are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkzxGx2NqGc not making this up]]. The original pitch for the show would have had Captain Ahab as a recurring villain, but mercifully the writing staff shot this notion down.
* ''WatershipDown''. First there was the animated movie, which is generally regarded as a very good and faithful adaptation. Then, some time around the turn of the millennium, came an animated series. This was... well, not quite InNameOnly, but not far off.
* There have been two animated adaptations of ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'': the old VHS version in 4:3 and the new DVD version in 16:9. They're priced for organizations to show to employees, not for the home video market.
* While Creator/HGWells‎' ''TheTimeMachine'' has seen various adaptations over the years in different media (including an authorized sequel by StephenBaxter), there exists a 2003 DirectToVideo animated movie called ''Time Kid''. There are so many changes and alterations that the only thing the film has in common with the source material is the titular Time Machine and the design of the Morlocks.

(And the above is really only a brief list - adapted children's books, particularly ones for very young audiences are common, simply because there are already well-established characters and a built-in fanbase. With the exception of ''Stanley'', all of the above had been around as books for at least several years before being adapted as television properties.)
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[[folder:Adapted from Live-Action TV]]
* ''The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley'', a short-lived late-1980s Creator/{{NBC}} cartoon series based off Martin Short's Ed Grimley character from ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' and ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Lives on as, aside from a ''Coneheads'' special, the only cartoon adaptation of an ''SNL'' recurring character that most people remember (as Ed Grimley is pretty tame to be shown for kids. Can you imagine if they made an animated adaptation of Creator/ChristopherWalken's Continental character [[note]]I mean, besides in the form of WesternAnimation/PepeLePew or [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Glenn Quagmire]] [[/note]] or Bill Hader's Stefon character [[note]]which probably would be okay for an adult audience, but not a kids' one[[/note]]?)
* The 1973-75 animated version of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' put them on the road in a cross between an RV and their Victorian mansion. There was another version in the 1990s, which was essentially a continuation of the then-recent movies. Of course, the live-action sitcom was itself adapted from Creator/CharlesAddams' print cartoons in ''The New Yorker''.
* ''Series/{{Alf}}'': Something of a {{Prequel}}, as it tells of Alf's adventures on Melmac. It even had a SpinOff, ''Alf Tales''.
* ''[[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]]'' and ''[[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]'' received an animated movie. The quality of the animation was so [[http://cdn2.iofferphoto.com/img3/item/212/397/256/kVmG.jpg stunningly poor]], and horribly different to the series, that it is one of VERY few things that fans hate more than ''Xena'''s finale. Animation and plot notwithstanding, the film made the crucial mistake of turning [[spoiler:Gabrielle]], the fourth most important character in the cast, [[spoiler:into a giant bird for most of the films duration]]. Yeah. Bad idea. Cast and crew of the shows tend to avoid talking about the film. With something like this lying around, you have to wonder why Rob Tapert openly hates the comic adaptations. [[http://nflemin2.webs.com/250px-Xena_Comic_Book.jpg Or maybe not.]]
* An animated adaptation of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was planned during the hiatus between the sixth and seventh seasons, but was scrapped. At least one script written for the animated series was recycled for the live-action show ("Him", which uses several tropes usually reserved for animation). One of the Season Eight comic issues had a dream sequence that appeared to be set in the abortive animated AU, with art similar to the released conceptual sketches for it. The five minutes of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnUvZP7-5LM first episode]] doing the rounds on Youtube utterly nail the tone of the first season. About the only thing missing was Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy (the actress from the popular XBOX video games reprises the role), but everything from Buffy hitting herself with a stake when showing off to Giles despairing when Buffy misidentifies the cult as "the followers of MorganFreeman" is present and accounted for.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The [=BBCi=] Web site contains a few animates episodes and shorts.
** A mini-series broadcast on the tie-in show ''Totally Doctor Who'' at the same time as the revival's third series, "The Infinite Quest" featured Creator/DavidTennant as the Tenth Doctor and Creator/FreemaAgyeman as Martha Jones, likely set some point after Martha became a full-time companion mid-way through the series.
** An attempt was made in the 1980s to get an animated spin-off of ''Doctor Who'' off the ground, but they never got past concept art stages. But the interest was still there.
** 2009 saw the CG-animated ''Dreamland'' which, despite not being the most fluidly-animated 45 minutes ever seen, finally ''finally'' gave us a "Doctor goes to Area 51" plot.
** ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'' was intended to be the start of a continuation of the series, which at the time was still technically on hiatus. It didn't work, and the new series relegated it to CanonDiscontinuity. The same people who animated it also worked on making animated versions of the missing episodes of ''The Invasion'' and did the same with ''The Reign of Terror''.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' as ''The Dukes'', though the General Lee did gain a few wacky ''Series/KnightRider'' meets ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' abilities it never had in the live-action show. And Uncle Jesse was left at home and started a relationship with a raccoon. Produced the year that Tom Wopat and John Schnider walked off the show, the first season featured {{Expy}} cousins Coy and Vance, the second season featuring Bo and Luke. All of the original actors provided their voices. (Wopat, who like many of the cast and many TV critics felt the live-action scripts often left something to be desired, said the cartoon had better writing than the nighttime show!)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' is regarded by many as a thinly veiled adaptation of ''Series/TheHoneymooners''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGaryColemanShow'': loosely based on Coleman's MadeForTVMovie ''The Kid with the Broken Halo''.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland''
** TheProfessor finally managed to use BambooTechnology to get the gang off the island. By fixing the boat? Nope. He built a ''space ship'' out of bamboo, and promptly got the gang stranded on ''Gilligan's Planet''.
** Before ''Gilligan's Planet'', there was ''The New Adventures of Gilligan'', an animated adaptation of ''Gilligan's Island'' featuring plots that were just like those of ''Gilligan's Island'', only dumber. Oh, and Gilligan had a pet monkey named Stubby.
* ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian'': A Creator/{{Filmation}} version became ''My Favorite Martians'', with a lot of new characters and Jonathan Harris as the voice of Uncle Martin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOddballCouple'', DFE's unofficial adaptation of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''. Felix was a clean-cut cat named Spiffy, and Oscar was a slovenly dog named Fleabag. The theme of "my clean side and your dirty side" went to even greater extremes than in the original series, with the left half of their car in pristine condition and the right half falling apart.
* There was a plan at one time for the 16th ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' season to be animated instead of utilising Sentai footage, but for one reason or another, the idea fell through.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' as ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' (and ''Sabrina's Secret Life''). Similar in basic idea to the original (if [[ContinuityReboot ignoring its canon]]), only younger (and with a balding butcher added to the cast as one of Sabrina's caretakers). Melissa Joan Hart's sister took over the title role, while Melissa did the voice of her aunts.
** The earlier series was itself a LiveActionAdaptation of a much earlier comic book, with its own animated adaptation, ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaAndTheGroovieGoolies''. And around we go...
* The Fox show ''SitDownShutUp'', is based on a live action TV show from Australia.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'', transposed centuries into the future but without substantial change to the premise as ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'', although it is officially considered ''not'' part of the canon the other ''Stargate'' shows are in. With good reason, since none of the races from the official Franchise/StargateVerse appear in it (for one thing), unless you buy the claims that Draga is an Ancient. Given that in the canonical Stargate Verse, the Ancients are biologically all-but-identical to humans and not 7-foot-tall anthropomorphic dragonflies at all, the call is yours to make.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' had ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', which had much the same crew as the original but added a few more officers, including a feline officer and a three-armed helmsman. More importantly, not only were most of the original cast signed (budget prevented Walter Koenig from being included, but GeneRoddenberry made it up to him by allowing the actor to write an episode), but also many of the original writers, which meant stories that were at least largely true to the original series' spirit. (Both of these were written into the DC ''Franchise/StarTrek'' comics, set in between the various movies, and have now been picked up by Peter David for his ''New Frontier'' book series.) The animated series was set before the movies but after (or perhaps during?) the ''Enterprise'''s original five year mission. Today, it stands the best example of such adaptations, which earned the franchise's first Emmy Award.\\\
TAS, as it's known in ''Trek'' fandom, is one of the few cases of Reverse CanonDiscontinuity on record that does not involve an ExpandedUniverse. Paramount said for years that TAS is not in continuity; a large subsection of fans say that it is (with the exception of the material from Larry Niven's ''Known Space'' series that were included when Niven adapted one of his short stories into a script; fans are perfectly aware of the implications of allowing that into ''Trek'' canon). Some elements have made their way into canon, mostly some scripts written by the popular Original Series writer D.C. Fontana. This disagreement was made worse when certain things only referenced in TAS made it into episodes of ''Enterprise'', thus placing those elements officially into canon. According to startrek.com, Paramount now considers it fully canon thanks to a poll where fans overwhelmingly supported including it.
* Several ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts featured cartoon mouse versions of ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' ("The Honey-Mousers", "Cheese It! The Cat", "Mice Follies") and ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' ("The Mouse That Jack Built" which actually featured Benny and the show's cast). There was also two ''Looney Tunes'' shorts that featured characters resembling animal versions of AbbottAndCostello, one as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKkL-e5FfEA mice]], the other as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Kitties cats]] (which also featured the first appearance of Tweety!)
* Abbott and Costello themselves later got their own direct AnimatedAdaptation, made by {{Hanna-Barbera}}, and featuring an InkSuitActor Abbott (Costello having died years earlier). As with the first ''Three Stooges'' cartoon, a major saving grace of the cartoon was that it helped provide Abbott an income towards the end of his life after bad contracts and gambling habits.
* A CGI animated series was made out of, of all things, the documentary ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', about how life may evolve in the future. Essentially, the plot of the series revolves around CG, a girl from 10,000 years in the future, sent to scout out various places in time that humanity could colonise to save themselves from a "mega ice-age", who picks up three kids from the modern era and a future squid in the process.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling'' was a pretty direct adaptation of the [[ProfessionalWrestling WWF's]] characters at the time, though it put the wrestlers into zany misadventures outside the ring.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Mike and Carol finally had enough of the kids and abandoned them. The gang was forced to live in a treehouse with pandas from another planet and Marlon the Magical Myna Bird. Together, they solve crimes as ''The Brady Kids''.
* ''Series/ThatGirl'': Marlo Thomas falls down the rabbit-hole and becomes ''That Girl In Wonderland''.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz, Richie and Ralph get lost in time and space and search for a way home, along with alien bimbo Cupcake and Fonz's dog, Mr. Cool, in ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang''.
* ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'': ''Laverne and Shirley Join the Army''. The Fonz eventually shows up as their mechanic. (Still with Mr. Cool.) Also with a pig in a uniform as a commanding officer.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'': Creator/RobinWilliams and Pam Dawber reprise their prime-time roles for Saturday morning, with the addition of Mork's six-legged Orkan pet. Oh, and it's a {{Prequel}}, with Mindy in high school, [[TheyJustDidntCare which contradicts just about everything from the original series.]]
* ''ThePartridgeFamily'': Shaken, not stirred, with a jigger[[note]]or perhaps a pony[[/note]] of ''TheJetsons'' to create ''The Partridge Family 2200 AD''. In fact it originated as ''The Jetsons'' a couple years farther in the future, with Elroy in high school and Judy in college.
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'': Added a [[GreatGazoo magical friend]], Glomer, from the end of the rainbow.
* ''Emergency + 4'': Gage and [=DeSoto=], the paramedics of ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' (voiced by their live-action actors Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth) get extra help in the form of a four-kid ambulance crew, accompanied by a dog, a monkey, and a mynah bird.
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'': Hanna-Barbera gave us ''Jeannie'', with the military officer heroes replaced by teenage boys, and added an incompetent, [[Film/TheThreeStooges Joe Besser-voiced]] "Junior genie, Babu" as a sidekick. Barbara Eden's trademark eyeblink for casting spells was replaced by a whirl of the animated Jeannie's ponytail. The male lead, Cory Anders, was voiced by a young Creator/MarkHamill. [[DoItYourselfThemeTune And yes, that's him singing the theme song as well.]]
* For reasons nobody can defend -- much less fathom -- Series/{{Roseanne}} Barr Pentland Arnold Terwilliger Thomas was given a Saturday morning cartoon in the early 1990s called ''Little Rosie''. It wasn't based on her TV show, rather it was apparently based on her childhood and gave her magical adventures. Or something, it's like not those who saw it wanted to spend time admitting it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MisterT''. [[TheyFightCrime He fights crime!]] And beats up crocodiles. Really.
* ''[[TitleTheAdaptation Mr. Bean:]] [[WesternAnimation/MrBean the Animated Series]]'' from 2002: ''Series/MrBean'', but more cartoonish, if you doubted such a thing was possible.
* ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'': A kid-friendly version of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''.
* ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'' begat the animated series ''[[SpinOffBabies Betty Toons]]''.
* ''Tabitha, Adam and the Clown Family'': Instead of a group of ex-Partridge Family-like sitcom characters getting a magical kid sidekick, older versions of Adam and Tabitha from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' (who were already magical) get a sidekick singing circus family.
* Two entries in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' were animated. One (''Ultraman USA The Adventure Begins'') was a pilot by Creator/HannaBarbera animated in an {{Animesque}} style, The other, ''The Ultraman'', was a very successful anime by Sunrise.
* In the early heyday of ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Filmation decided to do a Saturday Morning adaptation of the series on ''UncleCrocsBlock''. This version of ''M*A*S*H'' had a cast made entirely of dogs. so, they called it ... ''M*U*S*H''. (Which, according to Jim Backus' OpeningNarration, stood for "Mangy, Unwanted, Shabby Heroes".)
* A 1973 stump for a ''McHalesNavy'' cartoon for ABC never got past the pitch stage.
* Creator/{{Filmation}} adaptated their 1975 live-action series ''The Ghost Busters'' as ''[[WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters Ghostbusters]]'' in 1986.
* The Lone Ranger and Zorro, as two separate animated features by Creator/{{Filmation}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHoundcats'' had its genesis in ''Series/MissionImpossible''. Except that ''all'' of the main characters were male (Dingdog as a tactless daredevil).
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' has ''El Chavo Animado'' (''El Chavo: [[TitleTheAdaptation The Animated Series]]'' or just ''Chavo'')
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}: [[Anime/{{Supernatural}} The Animation]]''.
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'''s ShowWithinAShow star Alan Brady was given an animated special by {{TV}} Land in 2003.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' had ''The Mini-Munsters'', an hour-long television special that aired in 1973.
* ''Series/NannyAndTheProfessor'' were given a couple of television specials - one involving a microdot, and the other involving a traveling circus.
* ''Series/LostInSpace'' got as far as an animated pilot during the early 1970s.
* ''Series/TheBananaSplits'' had the partially animated ''The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park''.
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[[folder:Adapted from Manga]]
* Of course, too many anime series to count.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' 2009 CGI film is the only Western CGI adaptation of a {{Manga}} series. And despite being voiced by Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Nathan Lane and [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory that kid who played Charlie and visited the chocolate factory]], it was not received well, mainly because instead of having the main chracter [[spoiler:be killed in a car accident]], they have him [[spoiler:destroyed by a giant robot]].
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' began as a {{manga}} series, with stories that rarely lasted more than a single chapter. Within two years of the initial serials, a pilot episode was made, garnering interest for an anime adaptation. Some of the chapters have enjoyed a fairly direct transition from Manga to Anime format.
* The ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga has two distinct anime adaptations:
** ''Anime/SailorMoon'' the 1992 anime of the same name that debuted ''within the year'' the manga began publishing, with ambitions of becoming a CashCowFranchise. It was a large-scale AdaptationExpansion, drawing out the manga's 50+ chapters over 200+ episodes via StockFootage, {{Padding}} and {{Filler Arc}}s while codifying several elements of the modern MagicalGirl anime. It was so successful in its aims (and selling TheMerch) that it spawned [[Franchise/SailorMoon multimedia properties]] and even caused some AdaptationDisplacement towards its parent manga.
** 2014's ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' seeks to be actively TruerToTheText of the source material, from the pacing adapting a chapter per episode, to a deliberate {{Art Shift|edSequel}} in character design towards the long-limbed NoodlePeople aesthetic of the manga. It does pay tribute to its predecessor, by recreating its choreography and poses for {{Transformation Sequence}}s and InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches, both of which were codified in TheNineties anime.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Adapted from Music]]
* MC Hammer got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WYh8uz3pQ his own TV show]]. It involves MC Hammer getting a magical pair of shoes and fighting crime.
* Remember the ''Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock'' cartoon? No? Well, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlB06uMD_m4 let's refresh those memories]]!
* Music/TheBeatles got a [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles cartoon series]] of their own on ABC in 1965. Despite the cheese-paring animation and The Beatles themselves not being involved, the show got higher ratings than ABC's regular Monday-through-Friday daytime shows.
* Sometime later, the Jackson Five and the Osmonds got cartoon shows as well (and unlike the Beatles and [=NKOTB=], these ''did'' have the group doing their own voices).
* Marc Bolan once claimed that T. Rex were also being considered for an animated show along the same lines as the above, but it never got made.
* Music/TheAquabats had ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' signed to Creator/TheHub, which contains a mixture of animation and live-action.
* A French example with singer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_(singer) Carlos]] inspiring a cartoon in the '90s, ''Les Aventures de Carlos'', also known as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Around_the_World_in_Eighty_Dreams Around the World in Eighty Dreams]]''.
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[[folder:Adapted from Puppet Shows]]
* Franchise/TheMuppets
** ''Jim Henson's WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''
** The grown-up Muppets appeared in animated segments on ''Little Muppet Monsters'', which briefly shared an hour with ''Muppet Babies'' during its original run.
* Another Jim Henson example: ''Series/FraggleRock''. It started the same year the original puppet version ended.
* ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' got a ContinuityReboot, ''WesternAnimation/GerryAndersonsNewCaptainScarlet'', made by the same studio that created the originals and with a lot of its animation team fresh from working on ''Roughnecks''. It was rather good.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' regularly features animated versions of their Muppets sharing airtime with their original versions. ''Abby's Flying Fairy School'' and ''Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures'' (airing separately in the UK) are among the most notable.
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[[folder:Adapted from Radio]]
* ''TheRickyGervaisShow'', which takes excerpts from the podcast of the same name and illustrate them in animation.
* ''Radio/CarTalk'' was transplanted to animation as ''WesternAnimation/ClickAndClacksAsTheWrenchTurns'', only with phone calls being replaced by wacky adventures. PBS somehow thought this would be suitable for their schedule.
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[[folder:Adapted from Sports]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ProStars'', featuring Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo "Knows" Jackson as crime-fighting Gadgeteer Heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'': Five semi-real-life basketball sports entertainers gain super powers. ''Ludicrous'' super powers. Provided with info support by a basketball sputnik. Defeat villains, mostly by challenging them to basketball games. See the Emmy-nominated ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' ep "Time Keeps on Slippin" for a parody. In essence, ''The Super Globetrotters'' was part the 1970s Harlem Globetrotters show and part ripoff of H-B's 1966 superhero show ''The Impossibles''.
* You might think that the animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' had something to do with the movies. It did but not much, it was instead about an entirely different team with the same name... a team of super-powered anthropomorphic ducks who fight aliens with hockey-themed gadgets. This all came about because of the first [[Film/TheMightyDucks film]] being very successful which led to {{Disney}} ''creating'' the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team and then making an animated series tenuously related to the team. In that order.
* ''NASCARRacers''
* ''NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core''
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[[folder:Adapted from Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' had a notorious [[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons animated series]] that dropped a bunch of kids from the modern world into a D&D world and gave them magic items which they used to fight monsters while looking for a way home and occasionally receiving "help" from a short guy called "the Dungeon Master".
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' of all things got an animated series.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' got a direct-to-DVD movie titled ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultramarines}}'', staring the eponymous {{Super Soldier}}s.
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[[folder:Adapted from Toys]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RubikTheAmazingCube'' is a very odd case. it took what was essentially a glorified paperweight and turned it into a cartoon about three plucky children who had to fight an evil magician by solving Rubik's cubes. Possibly even less subtle than ''TheMerch'', but it lasted a whole year.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is probably the most successful and definitely most prolific example of this. Though, originally, the toys were from separate toy lines and had no factions and none of their iconic names. Those were invented by the show's creators and then put into a new toy line.
** The entire purpose of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' was to "clear the way for the new toy line". The real reason Optimus Prime and many of the others were killed off? Because their toys had been discontinued by the company.
* The ''Franchise/GIJoe 3'' 3/4 inch toyline got an animated series made by the same company that animated commercials for the ''GI Joe'' comic series.
** ActionMan (Action Force in the 1980s) was originally the U.K. version of Franchise/GIJoe, but received a retool as an extreme sports hero who later had his own cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' included new aspects to the ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' franchise [[RetCanon which would be added to the figures' pack-in minicomics canon]], and new characters who would be added to the toyline (like Orko or King Randor).
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has several movies, each a part of the larger story that's told in other media.
* ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' is struggling to keep one up, perhaps in part because it barely has a story to speak of (very much unlike the above). The first season, ''Rise of the Rookies'', was a 4-episode MiniSeries, while the second, ''Ordeal of Fire'', had to be [[CompressedAdaptation compressed]] into a ''single'' episode. Season 3, titled ''Savage Planet'', became more of a legitimate mini-cartoon again (though only two episodes long), with ''Ordeal'' being reduced to a simple [[DVDBonusContent bonus for its DVD release]]. ''Breakout'' was a two-parter, but the following "seasons" only consisted of a single episode each (''Brain Attack'' and ''Invasion from Below''). Later installments are more glorified toy ads without a shred of pretense, since they have to showcase as many sets as they can under 22 minutes.
* Speaking of LEGO, ''{{Ninjago}}'' has a show of its own too.
* Almost every generation of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has had one of these.
** G1 had [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials a couple of TV specials]], a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie a movie]] (which like the Transformers movie served the purpose of introducing the upcoming toyline), [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends a series that picked up after the movie]], and a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales Slice of Life series in a different continuity]].
** G2 interestingly had no Animated Adaptation, just a [[VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFriendshipGardens video game]].
** G3 & G3.5 had several [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 direct to DVD movies & shorts]].
** G4 of course has the absurdly popular series ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'', though oddly enough most of the toy characters don't actually appear in the show.
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[[folder:Adapted from Video Games]]
* Any example mentioned in TheAnimeOfTheGame.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has had four completely different TV series (While the others were in their own continuities, ''Sonic X'' specifically adapted the stories of the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' series):
** ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''
** ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''
** ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground''
** ''Anime/SonicX''
** An OVA ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie''
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has had several animated adaptations. The [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter American cartoon]] is generally considered the worst of the bunch.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' had an animated series by RubySpears that aired from 1994 to 1995. The character designs were modified from the original art and took some liberties with the source material (particularly with Proto Man's allegiance, who was one of Mega Man's allies in the game, became Dr. Wily's primary henchman on the show). There was also a 3-part OVA, in a separate continuity, that ''did'' use the original artwork. It was mainly used to provide basic information about Japanese culture.
** In the early 00's, ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' was an adaptation of the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' games. Both were called ''Rockman EXE'' in Japan.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' has an animated prequel called ''Downfall'', showing the fall of ''Ishimura'' (the game's main setting) before the game hero arrives on the scene.
* The early ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' games had three different adaptations, with a loose continuity among them (the second is named after ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' and the third after ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'').
* Along with the ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' aired ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', based in the Hyrule of the first two games in the Zelda series. It became notorious (and the TropeNamer) for Link's obnoxious CatchPhrase, "WellExcuseMePrincess" Much like [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink the second game]], it tends to be a BaseBreaker -- people who experienced it back when it was new tend to [[SoBadItsGood enjoy it more]] than people who became fans because of the later games.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' TV series was the first adapted from a video game. It combined elements of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' while retaining some semblance to the video game. Followed in 2010 by a 3D CGI series, ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures''.
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' was going to get a CGI animated series on FOX, produced by the producers of the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' series. Nothing has been said since October 2005, but most fans believe it was canned to make way for the game sequels.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''
** A ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' series originally aired in France in 1996, and then on the FOX network and FOX Family in the late '90s.
** And in the early '80s, Donkey Kong and Mario starred in the ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'', along with Frogger, Q* Bert, and Pitfall Harry.
* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'', the second season also incorporated ''Kangaroo'' and ''Space Ace''. [[spoiler: Sadly at the cost of Frogger and Pitfall Harry; Q* Bert was promoted from every-other-weekly to weekly though.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' also got a one-season run on ABC as well. Here, Dirk the Daring was played by veteran voice actor Bob Sarlatte (who was also Frogger on SaturdaySupercade).
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat: Defenders of the Realm''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'', being originally conceived as a multimedia property to rival the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', was set to have a cartoon based on itself, but apparently only its pilot episode ever aired (and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKkL-e5FfEA it's not hard]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOfpqVCkDL0 to see why]]).
* Ditto for ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' was mangled into something unrecognizable when adapted for American Saturday morning TV. The 13-episode series was about Pyron awakening and hiring Demitri, Morrigan, and several other characters to help him take over the world, while Felicia--now an ancient woman in a cat costume--seeks the help of/lives with a 13-year-old geek/wizard in training named Harry Grimoire. The characters in the series looked and acted much less like their in-game counterparts, and all fights between the monsters involved shooting lasers from their hands. The female characters also had much less revealing costumes. This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLZIWZszuh8 YouTube video]] sums it up pretty well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: The Animated Series'', which was fully animated in [[AllCGICartoon CGI]]. It had no characters from the series save for the title character and a cameo from the second game's BigBad.
** The ''WesternAnimation/RabbidsInvasion'' cartoon, featuring the creatures from the ''Rayman'' series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' is technically an Animated Adaptation of the MMOSRPG ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'', though they can also be considered as simple parts of a wide franchise heavy on the cross-media.
* The American ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' [[WesternAnimation/DoubleDragon cartoon]] was very loosely based on the original games (the Lee brothers were twins who were separated at birth, wore masks, and wielded beam-shooting swords despite being hand-to-hand martial artists in the games), although it did had a tie-in fighting game in the form of ''Double Dragon V: The Shadow Fall''.
* And let's not forget (however much we might wish to) ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'', which was ostensibly adapted from ''several'' video games. At least, that was the intention...
* By its sheer popularity it would seem natural that ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' would have this, but ZUN refusing to give his support to any official adaptation has killed most expectations of one. The closest it got were some {{fanime}}s of extremely high quality, namely ''Anime/MusouKakyouASummerDaysDream'' and then later ''Fanfic/FantasyKaleidoscope''.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' received a two-season [[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim Saturday morning cartoon]].
* The ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series apparently needed a prequel. ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'' ran for 13 episodes on Creator/USANetwork alongside ''Street Fighter''.
* ''VideoGame/VivaPinata'' received a Creator/FourKidsEntertainment produced [[WesternAnimation/VivaPinata Saturday morning cartoon]], one of their few original productions.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* A brief "animated tribute" to the webcomic ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyFRBjhqZRg fan-produced]] and put on Website/YouTube.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has a combination of regular {{machinima}} and animation (by the animator of ''WebAnimation/{{Haloid}}''). At a convention, Rooster Teeth screened an experimental short featuring the ''[=RvB=]'' guys animated in pencil-and-paper 2D, however in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJC5Ct9vXMM this]] Game Time with Monty Oum and Burnie, Burnie discusses the project, revealing that while Rooster Teeth still wrote the scripts for the adaption the animation was handled entirely by an outside company, and as such they felt like they didn't have enough control over the final project, leading to the animated series being cancelled.
* Was attempted with ''Webcomic/VGCats,'' [[OneEpisodeWonder but never got beyond]] [[http://www.sheezyart.com/art/view/626574/ one episode]].
* ''Webcomic/WelcomeToTheConvenienceStore'' received a two series professionally made web-based adaptation.
* Creator/{{Egoraptor}} has made a few ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' animations, and their editor Barry made a "Grep" animation on AprilFoolsDay (which depicted Jon and Arin as bowling-pin people with never-changing faces), to say nothing of the fan-made ones. In fact, one particular fan (Flannelson) has had his uploaded on the official Game Grumps channel!
* Similar to the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' example above, ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xwyRvcGY4I a fan video]] made from certain strips adapted to animation and put on Website/YouTube.
* ''[[VideoGame/SupraMayroBross Supra Mayro]] Kratt'', or should we say the {{WebVideo/Vinesauce}} stream, was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsVqZqmR-Qs adapted into Source Filmmaker.]]
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!!Parodies:

[[folder:Literature]]
* At the end of the book ''Relic'', an animated show about the Museum Beast is mentioned as being canceled before it was produced. Considering that the Museum Beast is the perpetrator of several hideously gruesome murders in the book, it isn't surprising why a show about it never aired.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
** One TV Funhouse short involved Dennis Haysbert introducing several short-lived cartoon shows for Black History Month, including ''Token Power'' (featuring three TokenBlack characters from other cartoons: Valerie from ''JosieAndThePussyCats'', Winston from the cartoon adaptation of ''Ghostbusters'', and Franklin from the Peanuts series), ''[[Theatre/DrivingMissDaisy The Hoke & Daisy Show]]'' and ''Ladysmith Black Mambazo [[RecycledInSpace in Outer Space]]''.
** Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Sr. and Ronald Reagan as ''[[Franchise/{{X-Men}} The X-Presidents]]''. The later episodes had UsefulNotes/BillClinton trying to join, despite having no superpowers and a wildly risque array of costumes and gadgets.
* The ''Series/MrShow'' sketch that introduces [=GloboChem=] has two business men saying their plans for their mascot Pit Pat included "an animated children's program" among things like breakfast cereal.
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[[folder:Newspapers]]
* ''TheOnion'' has Aaron Sorkin announce [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/aaron_sorkin_announces_new_west an adaptation]] of ''Series/TheWestWing''.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* The Detroit Pistons, for a few years, had a short cartoon as part of their pre-game videos, spoofing the Super Globetrotters concept. The then-current Pistons were kidnapped by aliens, and the "Bad Boys", the starters from the 1989 and 1990 championship teams, had to go into space to rescue them... by ''frightening the aliens with their really short shorts.''
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** The Strong Bad E-mail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail126.html best thing]] makes fun of this phenomenon. Strong Bad claimed that the best thing he'd ever seen, done, or eaten was his copy of the aired-only-once pilot for a cartoon about his favorite hair-metal band, Limozeen, called "''Limozeen: [[RecycledInSPACE But They're in Space]]!''"
** Parodied again in the Strong Bad Email "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail181.html webcomic]]", in which he shows off what would happen if Secret Collect (a maze game with blocky Atari graphics) and Thy Dungeonman (a text-based adventure game) got animated adaptations in the vein of ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' and ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''. The end result is not pretty, and by that we mean hilarious.
* Creator/HarryPartridge's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDHHrt6l4w Saturday Morning Watchmen]]'': "When trouble's about, you'd best watch out for the ''Watchmen!''" This parody appeared in 2009, and highlights what may have been a (damn good) reason why ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' wasn't made into a movie way back in the 80s... It's hilarious, but the moment one realizes that, back then, this would not have been out of the question for producers in TheEighties is pure horror for many comic book nerds. Of note are the winking smiley faces, Manhattan's... furry diaper thing, and the fact that everything mentioned in the cast roll call is flat-out wrong.
* [=TVGoHome=] has ''[[http://www.tvgohome.com/190399.html Krueger Jr.]]'', a fictional AnimatedAdaptation of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''.
* Blog/ToplessRobot brings us [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/03/ill-advised_cartoon_spin-offs_and_the_winners_are.php#more Ill-Advised Cartoon Spinoffs]].
* TheOnion has the NickJr show ''[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nick-jr-suspends-production-on-the-almighty-muhamm,29633/ The Almighty Muhammad's Porkalicious Toon Jihad]]''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Husbands and Knives" as Milhouse talks to voice guest Alan Moore about "''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} [[SpinoffBabies Babies]]''".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Terrence and Phillip: Behind the Blow", a documentary reveals that Terrence and Phillip once made an animated show based on themselves, which was so popular that people got confused whether the duo were real or fictional (a reference to ''South Park'' fans' confusion about them them in the first few seasons).
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