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[[caption-width-right:350:''Rudy's got the chalk!'']]

'''''[=ChalkZone=]''''' (2002-2004) is a {{Nickelodeon}} cartoon that, like fellow Nicktoon ''TheFairlyOddparents'', began as a series of shorts on ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons''. It apparently finds its roots in an older cartoon with the same premise, ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings'', which coincidentally had also come on Nickelodeon at one time (as part of the network's earliest program, ''Series/{{Pinwheel}}''). Whether or not ''[=ChalkZone=]'' is an intentionally modernized version of ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings'', however, is unknown. It is the 15th show in the line of Nickelodeon's original animated series known as Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}.

The show centers on a shy, daydreaming kid by the name of Rudy Tabootie, who one day discovers a world hidden beyond his teacher's chalkboard. In this world, [=ChalkZone=], chalk drawings that have been erased from all chalkboards are now sentient beings; among them is a creation of Rudy's, a KidHero named Snap. Originally in the shorts, Rudy was fairly young (six to eight) and the only focused on Rudy and Snap adventuring around [=ChalkZone=].

When it was green-lighted for a full series, Rudy was aged up (with the series explaining it's been a few years since the shorts) and a new character was created, Rudy's best friend / love interest, Penny Sanchez. In some cases, Rudy, being the only person to know about [=ChalkZone=] and wield the [[MacGuffin Magic Chalk]] (with Penny being [[SecretKeeper the only person he trusts with this information]]), has to keep the place safe from [[TheMasquerade being found out by anyone else]] as well as threats within Chalkzone as well.

It's stated to be the sweetest and cutest non-Jr. Nick show ever made, however it receives a lot of criticism due to its [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary nature]] and over-the-top cuteness. Despite this, it has somewhat of a [[CultClassic cult following]] ([[WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers though not]] [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim as much]] [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow as other]] [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold classic]] [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Nick]] [[WesternAnimation/KaBlam shows]]) that finds the cuteness a charm.

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!!This show contains examples of:
* AGodIAmNot: Rudy doesn't go nuts with his magic chalk, he just uses it like how [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver]]. In fact, he even went so far as to swear to NOT make a living thing with the chalk (as mentioned in "Howdy Rudy").
* AdultsAreUseless: Every single one.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Penny appears to be Latina as shown by her name, skin tone, and the fact she apparently knows Spanish. But it's never really stated or explicitly shown.
* AmericanAccents: Snap has a Bronx accent, howeva in some episodes it'z Brooklyn, or Joisey, and fuh no reazon, bucko, az no one elz in da show gots one.
* ArtAttacker: While in Chalk Zone Rudy can create anything he needs by drawing it with his magic chalk. Outside of Chalk Zone anything anyone draws with any chalk and erases becomes real inside Chalk Zone.
* ArtEvolution: Everything's cleaned up from the OhYeahCartoons shorts to the actual show. Rudy's appearance changed, too, however this was because the original shorts take place two years before the show.
** And the fourth season makes everything seemed as if was from a crayon book.
* ArtInitiatesLife: (Only in the titular Chalk Zone, however.)
* BadassAdorable: Snap, Rudy, and even Penny show this, in various degrees.
* BerserkButton: Don't draw something in front of Mr. Wilter unless you want him to go on a tirade about how much he hates fictional....CARTOONS!!
** Just ''don't'' tell Snap that he's PluckyComicRelief.
* BigBad: Skrawl
* BigEater: Bruno Bullnerd
* BodyHorror: In "Skrawl's Brain", Rudy's plan of saving the day involves giving said brain a body of it's own. However, to make it work, he has it's eyes, nose, ears, and mouth disconnected and, once the brain was inside, reconnected ''in the wrong spots''. The end result is just as horrifying as you'd think.
* TheBrute: Reggie
* ButtMonkey: Reggie & Wilter
* CatchPhrase: Snap's "Oy Coloy!" whenever something goes wrong.
** Also: "RUDY! YOU GOTTA DRAW SOMETHING!" Usually Snap, sometimes Penny.
* ChekhovsGun: In "The Quicksand Man", the knowledge that [[spoiler: scraping a chalkboard in the real world sounds]] ''[[spoiler: LOUDER AND WORSE]]'' [[spoiler: in Chalkzone is used to defeat the title character]].
** In "Gift Adrift", the safety pin bow tie for Rudy's birthday present for his dad (a vacuum) ended up ''[[spoiler: preventing Chalkzone's destruction from said vacuum]]''.
* ChristmasEpisode: ("When Santas Collide")
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Reggie Bullnerd
* CreateYourOwnVillain: ''Literally'' with Skrawl, who is a drawing that Rudy ''tried'' drawing for someone's birthday party only for it to be hijacked by a room full of kids and made into the mismatched creature he ultimately became.
* CutenessOverload: Snap of all people often falls victim to this. Sometimes complete with BabyTalk.
* {{Cyclops}}: Biclops was one before Rudy drew him another eye.
* DarkestHour: In "Gift Adrift", Penny and Rudy were forced to attempt to leave [[spoiler: the remains of Chalkzone as a vacuum was sucking up the last remaining strip they were on]]. Luckily, Rudy [[EurekaMoment got the idea to puncture the bag]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Penny and Snap, a lot of the time. Rudy has his moments as well.
* DerangedAnimation: DUH.
* TheDitz: Joe Tabootie
* DualWielding: In "Skrawl's Brain", Rudy invokes this in his battle with Skrawl (and his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giant (robot) brain]]) by [[LetsGetDangerous snapping his piece of magic chalk in two]].
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[AllThereInTheManual According to a collectible e-card on Nick.com]], Rudy's first name is short for Rudolph.
** It has been noted that some people think Rudolph is significantly less embarrassing than Rudy, to say nothing of rhyming with your last name.. or the last name itself.
** BEANIE BOYS, BEANIE BOYS, WE'RE THE BOYS THAT SKRAWL EMPLOYS. HA HA HA HA HEE HEE HEE HEE HO HO HO HO HA.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Reggie Bullnerd's full name is long and embarrassing. Rudy had to find a chalk creation of Reggie's in one episode that Reggie had created to frame Rudy, finding out Bullnerd's full name from it and using it to blackmail Reggie into admitting his guilt.
* TheEeyore: Mr. Wilter
* FeudEpisode: Rudy and Penny in "Power Play".
** Used in a sort of darker tone in "The Big Blow Up".
* FreudianTrio:
** TheKirk: Rudy
** TheSpock: Penny
** TheMcCoy: Snap
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Terry Bouffant started off as a generic reporter who sometimes got caught in the ChalkZone-related messes that would occur in the real world, such as the invasion of the wiggies. But in Indescent Exposure, she not only has figured out ChalkZone existed without having actually to see it, which was the case with Vinnie Ratone, but she kidnapped Snap, dragged him to a news station to be used to prove ChalkZone existed, discovered the magic chalk, trapped Snap back into ChalkZone before he could stop her, and nearly exposed ChalkZone. In her next episode, she teams up with Vinnie and they create Boorat, who succeeds in stealing the magic chalk and the only reason he was unable to complete his mission because Snap managed to constantly prevent him from going outside where Terry and Vinnie were waiting for him.
* GRatedDrug: Water Water, Everywhere
* GentleGiant: Biclops
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Not as much as [[TheRenAndStimpyShow some]] [[RockosModernLife other]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Nicktoons]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents that]] [[{{Rugrats}} are]] [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom probably]] [[InvaderZim worth]] [[KaBlam mentioning]], as this Nicktoon was geared toward a slightly younger audience. But yeah, it snuck in some innuendos, most common is how busty Penny is, and she's uh, ten.
** In one episode, Rudy had to prevent his dad from getting seen nude in public.
** There's also the episode "The Smooch". In the episode, Snap gets kissed by the titular bird. As the bird kisses him, her head goes out of camera and we see her tail feathers straighten suddenly. She then gets up with a smile on her face and takes off.
** In "Asleep At The Chalk," Rudy spends all night partying in "Night Zone" instead of going to bed - halfway through the night [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything he's so tired he's stumbling around, falling over, and Snap has to drag him home as if he were drunk.]]
** From "Skrawl's Brain": "This is your brainwave on chalk, Skrawl!"
*** Did we mention [[ParentalBonus he was holding up some frying pans during that line]]?
** In "Indecent Exposure", two of the reporters describe Terry Bouffant's story as "Bull Dandruff." An obvious substitute for "bullshit".
* GreenAesop: The theme of Penny's speech in "Mother Tongue".
* GuiltyPleasure: The show is sugary-sweet and pretty cheesy. It still attracts fans.
* HappilyMarried: Rudy's parents. In one episodes, he finds a drawing of them they did when they were young and just about to be engaged, and helps them get to a party together.
* HypnoticEyes: The weapon of choice of Skrawl's giant robotic brain. Not only does it brainwash all citizens of ChalkZone so they could go to a quarry to be [[ItMakesSenseInContext covered in sugar free rice pudding (with raisins)]], but in order to get Rudy to draw it a body, it makes the citizens [[ItMakesSenseInContext think they are chickens]].
* IdiotHero: Rudy.
** Complete with [[IdiotHair Idiot Hair]]!
* ImageSong: "Skrawl's Song" (Skrawl), "Beanie Boys Theme" (The Beanie Boys), and "I'm Back and Bluer Than Ever" (Snap).
* JerkAss: Joe, The Bullnerds & Wilter
* Jess Harnell: Joe Tabootie, Butch, Drew Yourface.
* Creator/JimCummings: As the BigBad, Skrawl. Gets many [[VillainSong Villain Songs]].
* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: Reggie is a bully who often gets away with it, but gets blamed for things Rudy and Penny do in the Chalk Zone that wind up affecting the normal world.
* {{Kawaisa}}: The show's [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff popularity in Japan]] is because of this.
* KidHero: Snap, who's supposed to look like a tough superhero... and ended up looking like HelloKitty. Rudy also counts seeing as he's in 5th grade.
* KidsAreCruel: Reggie
* KillItWithWater: Though not necessarily water, anything chalk related can be erased by something liquid.
** A horrifying example comes from "[[spoiler:Howdy Rudy]]": the titular character [[spoiler:(a sentient chalk dummy) was '''licked to death by a dog''']].
*** Not really to [[spoiler:''death'' as the end reveals this sent him back to Chalkzone]].
** A ''really close'' example was "Purple Haze", when Penny and Snap ([[ItMakesSenseInContext while at a comic book convention]]) wandered into a ''water gun fight''.
* KissingDiscretionShot: In "The Smooch".
* LargeHam: Reggie Bullnerd
* LaserHallway: In "Power Play".
* LetsMeetTheMeat: In one episode Snap comes across a talking burger than begs to be eaten. Snap is understandably freaked out about it. Especially when it has lines like this:
--> Just as Snap is about to eat it: [[BlackHumor "Woo hoo! I'm headin' for Heaven!"]]
** Throughout the episode Snap runs into a lot of other foods that also ''really'' want him to eat them.
--> Snap: "Doesn't anyone ever draw regular, non-talking food anymore?"
* LineOfSightName: How Snap receives his "last name": after Penny quickly notices a box of "White Lightning Chalk" in the school, she gives Snap's full name as "Snap White".
* LongRunner: The show actually lasted seven years, though a lot of people think it was a ShortRunner.
** [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nickelodeon can be to blame]], for the way it aired season 4 (taking around ''2 years'' to do so).
* ManChild: All the adults in Water Water, Everywhere. Justified in that Rudy accidentally drew a portal into the Wait N' See and the water somehow made the adults child-like.
* MeaningfulName: Skrawl's name comes from the fact that he was "scrawled" onto a chalkboard.
* MindScrew: Ms. Tweezer, when Rudy releases the inhabitants of Chalkzone against her, experiences one.
** "The White Board", which can be considered to be Chalkzone's answer to [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy "One Plus One Equals Ed"]].
* MindControlEyes: In the episode "Skrawl's Brain", the eponymous brain's powers give her victims spiral eyes.
* MineralMacGuffin: An entire mine of it. Guarded by a 'biclops'.
** In fact, a plot point in "Double Trouble" had Skrawl and Craniac 4 attempt to ''destroy it''.
* MythologyGag: It may be unintentional, but Snap's color scheme in darker environments (as seen in "The Quicksand Man") is identical to his color scheme in the original "Oh Yeah!" shorts.
* TheNapoleon: Reggie Bullnerd
* NeverSayDie: Averted in [[spoiler: "Howdy Rudy"]]. They actually use the word "death".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: You know those examples under SugarApocalypse? ''Rudy caused them'' (by accident, but still).
** Not to mention "Draw and Let Draw", where Rudy upsets a LOT of chalk drawings by "fixing" them before they were erased. Too be fair, he states that he had lots of experience where chalk drawings were erased that caused problems--unfortunately his claim of a 'sixth sense' wasn't that accurate in this case.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Rudy submits the idea of vampire cannibals to a comic, and doesn't understand why it got rejected because it's edgy. Penny says that vampire cannibals might be a little ''too'' edgy.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Joe Tabootie
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Queen Rapsheeba. Possibly a reference to Music/QueenLatifah.
** The "Haha" Men. (Their appearance is crowned by them actually singing one of their models' songs).
* OnlySaneMan: Biclops & The Indi...or rather "Native American" guy from "Water, Water Everywhere"
* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: The Smart Bomb that Craniac 3 attempts to send after Rudy in "Future Zone" refuses to let itself be blown up, so the robot opts for a Dumb Dart instead.
** "YOU COULD PUT A LOTTA CEREAL IN THIS BOWL!"
*** [[FunnyMoments "Am I crazy, or is Rudy getting stupider?"]]
* ParentalBonus: It's safe to say that this show can use this trope to a T. Such examples include:
** During the battle between Rudy and the chalk robot in "Double Trouble", Rudy spawns a mirror to redirect a laser beam, while declaring [[{{Casablanca}} "Here's looking at you, kid."]]
** [[PunnyName "Thor Throat"]] from "The Heist" is a HulkHogan expy.
** Rudy [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar makes a "This Is Your Brain On Drugs"-type reference]] (specifically "This is your brainwave on chalk.") in "Skrawl's Brain". For added measure, he's holding up frying pans while saying it.
** A brief sequence in the opening credits looks ''a lot'' like a famous bit from the Music/{{Aha}} video ''Take on Me''.
** The fireman that appears from time to time speaks like/acts like a [[JohnWayne particular cowboy]].
** "Howdy Rudy", anyone?
*** A rather disturbing instance of this came during said episode: [[spoiler: "[[TheWizardOfOz I'm melting, melting...]]"]]
** "Power Play" manages to work in a Robert Palmer reference with this line (directed to one Dr. Von Dockter):
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQdaSpEeBvQ "Dr. Doctor, tell me the news."]]
* {{Pirate}}s, of the chalk variety naturally.
* PluckyComicRelief: Snap, [[BerserkButton but do not tell him that.]]
* PortalPicture
* PunnyName: Most are combined with VisualPun, but one other example is Queen Rapsheeba, whose name is a pun on the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] figure the Queen of Sheba.
* PuppyLove: Rudy and Penny, though this is actually a JustifiedTrope because Rudy has a rather obvious crush on Penny and Penny herself has blushed to some of Rudy's compliments.
* RealIsBrown: Rudy and Penny's world consists mostly of brown and olive colors.
* RedOniBlueOni: Snap and Penny, but with reversed colors.
* RunningGag: Every time someone asked where a citizen of Chalkzone came from? The answer was from Greenland.
* SadistTeacher: Mr. Wilter, who hates..."CARTOONS!!".
** A season two episode shows that he apparently got it from his father.
** And Ms. Tweezer, who hates ''anything'' "unreal".
* SaveTheVillain: Rudy has had to bail out Reggie Bullnerd several times when he got the blame for something Rudy did.
* ScrewySquirrel: Reggie Bullnerd.
* SecretKeeper: Penny
* SeriesContinuityError: A major factor of the plot for "Disarmed Rudy" (a season 4 episode) was that the arm Rudy draws with is broken, so he has to use his non-dominant arm (which draws poorly). However, a brief scene in "Skrawl's Brain" (a season ''3'' episode) showed that Rudy was ambidextrous (see DualWielding). Though that could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] due to a combination of Rudy having trained himself to be ambidextrous ([[TruthInTelevision a common trait among real life artists]]) and the circumstances in "Skrawl's Brain" necessitating quick enough action that Rudy went on instinct.
** The rate chalk creations dissolve in water varies WILDLY, ranging from instantaneous (Snap's hand in "Snap Out Of Water") to moderate (the bobble head machine in "Power Play") to ''very slow'' (the chalk version of Odin's helmet in "the Heist").
*** To drive the point home, both Snap's hand and the helmet were erased under the same conditions: ''rain''.
*** Though the above ''could'' be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that Snap is an animate chalk drawing while the latter 2 are not.
** In the episode "From Beanie Boys To Men", Snap attempts to talk about Bathtub Granny and whether or not she has legs. But in earlier seasons, she is shown to have legs. In her very first appearance, she actually gets out of her bathtub and runs away, and later chases the shark Rudy drew.
* ShapedLikeItself: In the (ultimately non-canon) Oh Yeah! short "Chalk Rain", the rain in Chalkzone is formed by sidewalk drawings being washed away... by the rain.
* SugarApocalypse: Invoked in "Gift Adrift": ''Chalk''zone plus a ''[[spoiler: chalk dust targeting]]'' vacuum from the real world.
** It got so bad that by the time Rudy got the idea to puncture the bag open (releasing Chalkzone), all that remained was [[spoiler: a green strip and]] ''[[spoiler: a blank, endless void]]''.
** Also kinda invoked in "Waste Mountain": Magic Chalk Mine plus 3 (ripped) real world garbage bags filled with [[{{Squick}} cheezeburger smoothies]].
** This is ''always'' averted when concerning the secret of Chalkzone being threatened. The best example concerns "Hole In The Wall", where Rudy must get a construction manager, Vinnie Ritone out of Chalkzone [[spoiler: before he turns it into a amusement park]].
*** This turns into a 3 season arc of sorts because even though he got sent out, Ritone wants back in.
** A rare non-Rudy involved example: In "Let's Twister Again", a little kid called Sonny keeps drawing and erasing tornados into Chalkzone (and then later thunder storms) due to being inspired by his mom's job as a weather reporter. However, by the end, he switches to rainbows after seeing Penny's prism. [[FromBadToWorse Guess how much better things got.]]
* SugarBowl: The titular Chalkzone.
* SummonBiggerFish: When being kidnapped and harassed by Craniac 3, Rudy draws Craniac 4, making #3 obsolete and put into frozen suspension along with Craniacs 1 and 2. It seems to work well... until ''Craniac 4'' starts chasing Rudy intending to get Rudy's "instant matter materializer".
* TitleThemeTune
* TookALevelInBadass: Drawing wise, Rudy's first ever drawing was Blocky in 1st grade. 2nd grade? He made an old woman in a bathtub and by fifth grade, his mom stated that it took him only ''four weeks'' for the newspaper to get his comics published whereas the mom took four ''years'' for a single article.
* TooDumbToLive: Reggie Bullnerd [[spoiler: gets Fs all the time.]]
** Now honestly... who thought creating Craniac 4 would solve Rudy's problems?
* ThoseTwoGuys: Reggie & Bruno Bullnerd
* ThreeShorts: Most episodes consist of this format: an 11-minute short, a 7-minute short, a 3-minute short starring Snap, and a 1-minute music video.
** And sometimes, that Snap segment is ALSO a music video, so sometimes episodes are half plot, half song.
** And in one case in season four, the music video was replaced with ''another short''.
* UngratefulBastard: Mr. Wilter
** Skrawl qualifies as well.
* VillainSong: "Skrawl's Song", which gets a few updates/reprises among various episode.
** HEY! HEY! HEY!
* VisualPun: Considering this was {{Scribblenauts}}: The TV Show, it was rife with this. For example, to contact Biclops in one episode, Rudy draws up some "homing bacon". As in a piece of flying bacon with a robot voice.
* VocalEvolution: The ''OhYeahCartoons'' shorts gave Rudy a higher pitched voice (justified, he was younger than he was in the actual show), and Snap's accent got heavier (he also had a higher voice in early episodes).
* [[VerbalTic Voibal Tic]]: Right, bucko?
* WeaponWieldsYou: The red chalk is a dangerous chalk that draws only destructive and evil drawings that attack anyone in sight, including their own creator. It's able to force its wielder to do whatever it wants, even drag them to where it wants to go, and once grabbed, the wielder cannot let go of it unless they exit ChalkZone. It's hinted that the red chalk sees creators as just mere tools for it to control. Both Rudy and Reggie have fallen victim to the red chalk.
* WhatTheHellHero: Penny calls Rudy out when he uses Chalk Zone to get a passing grade in science fair, and in turn making it seem like he achieved perpetual motion ([[IdiotHero since he forgot to draw a power source]]).
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The first two shorts from ''OhYeahCartoons'' were turned into flashbacks in episodes of the series.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Joe Tabootie, Mr. Wilter & both Bullnerds in "Water, Water Everywhere"
* YouLookFamiliar: Rudy looks ''a lot'' like [[TheFairlyOddparents Timmy Turner]] or Disney's Christopher Robin from the [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]] cartoons.
* YouMeanXmas: The ChristmasEpisode contains a song where the characters mash the names of all the winter holidays into one big name.
** If I remember right, the lyrics included "Merry Chris-hanukkah-mas and a Happy Rama-Kwanzaa-dan."
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