''Toonsylvania'' was an animated show that lasted for two seasons on FOX's Saturday morning cartoon block in 1998 (though reruns of the show aired on FOX Family and some overseas channels until 2000). It was created by Bill Kopp (the creator and voice of ''EekTheCat'') and Jeff [=DeGrandis=] and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg, and was one of the first animated works to come from the then-newly created [=DreamWorks=] studios. Much like Spielberg's earlier works (''TinyToonAdventures'' and ''Animaniacs''), it was a multiple shorts cartoon show. Each episode was split into four parts (at least in season one; season two underwent a change in format):

* The first part would be one of the adventures of Dr. Vic Frankenstein; his assistant, Igor, a TedBaxter who thought he was the brains of the outfit, and their FrankensteinsMonster, Phil.
* The second part, called "Night of the Living Fred", was about the adventures of a family of zombies, created by Mike Peters, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of ''MotherGooseAndGrimm''. On most episodes (particularly in season two), this segment would be replaced with an animated parody of a B horror movie or an animated piece featuring a short-lived character (like Becki With-An-I from "Something Weenie This Way Comes" or Madam Olga).
* The third segment was the shortest, called "Igor's Science Minute", where Igor gives a science lesson. Hilarity ''and'' disaster ensue, especially in the ones where Igor doesn't sing the lesson.
* The fourth and final segment, called "Melissa Screetch's Morbid Morals"', had Phil do something bad. As punishment, Igor reads him a tale involving a bratty girl named Melissa Screetch, who doesn't heed the warnings of adults (usually given by her mother) and gets punished one way or the other for it.

In season two, Bill Kopp and Jeff [=DeGrandis=] were replaced with Paul Rugg (the voice of Freakazoid and Mr. Director) and the show became more like a horror version of ''Animaniacs'', which, along with moving from Saturday morning to Tuesday afternoons (especially around the time that free-to-air networks were phasing out the weekday afternoon cartoon line-up in favor of talk shows and more people tuned into cable to watch cartoons), sunk the show into SeasonalRot.

The show hasn't aired on television since 2000, but, in 2014, Netflix streaming (the Brazilian and Mexican feed) has the entire series (including two season two episodes that didn't air since FOX canceled the show due to low ratings).
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!!''Toonsylvania'' provides examples of:
* AnimatedAnthology: In the same vein as ''Animaniacs'' and ''TinyToonAdventures''.
* BigEater: The baby human on the episode of the same name
* BodyHorror: Quite a bit. The Deadmans' rotting body parts frequently fell, flew, or were ripped off. Also, Phil was badly put together and literally fell apart if one of his stitches was pulled, as Igor demonstrated in his lesson on gravity. [[WhoEvenNeedsABrain His brain was also removed from his head at least twice, and once was even shown to be sentient]].
** On "Baby Human," when the baby chomps down on Igor's head, one would expect Igor's head to be tucked into his body when Phil pulled the baby off him, right? [[spoiler:WRONG! Igor's body was shown blindly crawling on the floor for his head, with Phil telling the baby to "...spit Uncle Igor's head out." When Baby Human does spit it out, Igor casually screws it back on]].
* {{Bowdlerization}}: On some reairings of the episode "[=WereGranny=]," the scene of Phil using the [=DreamWorks=] logo to see whether or not Dr. Vic's grandmother will react had the scene cropped so the logo won't be shown. The Brazilian/Mexican Netflix version and the version shown on the VHS compilation had the part uncut.
* BrokeEpisode: "Something Weenie This Way Comes"
* ChristmasEpisode: A weird one called "Spawn of Santa," where Dr. Vic crashes his car into a bank robber named "Debbie" ([[GenderBlenderName who's a man despite his feminine name]]) and decides to take his brain out to experiment on it. At the same time, Santa gets hit in the head with Igor's granny's cheese log and Igor and Phil take Santa to Dr. Vic so he can fix him. Dr. Vic accidentally switches their brains and now Santa is a bank robber while the bank robber is Santa.
* CouchGag: The part in between the first cartoon and the second cartoon had a small animated piece where Igor flicks on the remote and each episode, something weird happens.
* ExactWords: Throughout the whole Melissarella segment, Melissarella repeatedly states that all she wants is "what I deserve." In the end, that's what she gets (locked in a cage and forced to live with a clone of herself).
* FanservicePack: Melissa Screetch gets this in the Melissarella segment.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: One Melissa Screetch segment had the Three Bears finding Melissa tied to a tree and taking her into her home, followed by Melissa repaying their kindness by tormenting them. In the end they tie her up and put her back where they found her and she ends up doing the same thing to the Three Little Pigs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Like any 1990s kids' cartoon, this show had its share of sexually suggestive jokes [[note]](the ''first episode'' included Dr. Vic reading a book of pick-up lines to use on women and a scene of Igor, Dr. Vic, and Phil drooling over a SexySilhouette of a woman showering...until they draw back the curtain and find the Darla Doiley doll ready to kill him)[[/note]]. Unlike any 1990s kids' cartoon, this cartoon also had a lot of dark humor and jokes about AmusingInjuries (again, the first episode had a scene of a previous customer wanting to return his Darla Doiley doll because she had put an axe through his head. Igor and the clerk laugh at the man before he angrily tosses the doll and leaves).
** Lampshaded in the episode with Doc's [[spoiler:natural]] werewolf grandmother. Phil suggests that they simply deal with her via the trademark silver bullet, and [[NoFourthWall Igor sharply reminds him]] [[ThinkOfTheCensors this is a kids show]].
* GrossoutShow
* HeyItsThatVoice - BradGarrett as Phil, [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Wayne Knight]] as Igor, and Creator/NancyCartwright (using the voice she now uses for Nelson Muntz on ''TheSimpsons'') as Melissa Screetch, Matt Frewer (MaxHeadroom) as Dedgar Deadman (season one).
** On the episode, "Darla Doiley: Demon Doll," the voice of the toy store clerk is the always-cast and always-versatile Creator/BillyWest -- whose character sounds EXACTLY like Professor Farnsworth ([[HilariousInHindsight even though "Futurama" didn't premiere until a year after Toonsylvania stopped airing new episodes]]).
* IAmSpartacus: In one episode of the "Night of the Living Fred" segment, the principal of the school Fred and his sister attend found out Fred is dead and expelled him for that. Later, during a debate championship Fred's sister was a part of, she admits to also being dead and several other people did the same. Some guy claimed to be Spartacus and got stared for that.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Unlike Steven Spielberg's other cartoons (''Animaniacs'', ''TinyToonAdventures'', etc) this (and ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'') haven't been put on DVD nor have they appeared in reruns on cable TV or online on any video sites. However, unlike ''Histeria'', ''Toonsylvania'' had a video release of some select episodes, but the video has since been out of print and, so far, there has been no word on whether or not the show will see a DVD release (either from DreamWorks [since they hold the rights to the show] or from Creator/ShoutFactory [which has been putting out a lot of [=DVDs=] of obscure television shows from the 20th century]).
** As of 2014, the show is available on Netflix, but only in Mexico and Brazil (with three audio tracks: English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. When it first came out, the Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish tracks were the only ones available, but now the English track has been added).
* LoopholeAbuse: In "Phil's Brain", Dr. Vic ordered Igor to take the garbage out but Igor replied that his union doesn't allow him to do it. (In fact, it's the only thing the union forbids him from doing) Dr. Vic then ordered Igor to make sure Phil takes the garbage out otherwise ''Igor'' will be punished.
** In an episode of the "Night of the Living Fred" segment, the principal, during a yearly visit to Fred Deadman's classroom, he figured out Fred is, as his surname suggests, dead and decided to expell him for that. After he was told there's no rule against dead kids attending school, he simply establish the rule, [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] the trope.
** In another "Night of the Living Fred" episode, Fred took his dead and stuffed dog Frisky to a dog show. Frisky was allowed in because there was no rule against dead dogs entering. Frisky won because the last event was a "stay" and the points for it were more than any other dog had got after the other events.
* TheOtherDarrin: Dedgar Deadman (the dad on the "Night of the Living Fred" cartoons) was voiced by Matt Frewer on season one. On season two, he was replaced with Creator/JessHarnell.
* RealMenWearPink (with some shades of CampStraight): Dr. Vic.
** On "Built for Speed," he was seen painting his toenails.
** On "Love Hurts," the game show announcer mentions that Dr. Vic enjoys bubble baths.
** On "Love Potion Number Nein!" Dr. Vic has his body and hair wrapped up in towels the way a woman would have it.
* RightBehindMe: From "Baby Human," Dr. Vic, Igor, and Phil are searching for the cannibal baby Igor created in the basement. The baby lands on Dr. Vic's head as Dr. Vic is yelling at Igor, then Dr. Vic panics until he realizes "The baby's on my head, isn't it?"
* {{Shoutout}} - Igor once greets a rival mad scientist's assistant with a disgusted "Hello, Renfield." [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} A very familiar guitar strain plays]]. Wayne "Newman" Knight, of course, voiced Igor.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** "Built for Speed" was a full-episode parody of ''Speed''
** "Love Hurts" took place on a sadistic ''Dating Game'' style game show
** The episodes in season one that had a B-movie parody rather than a "Night of the Living Fred" cartoon.
** All of season two's episodes (except for "Phil's Brain" and "The Inferior Decorator," which were season one episodes that aired in season two), which got rid of the "Science Minute" segments, doubled the length of the "Igor, Dr. Vic, and Phil" cartoons, and sometimes don't show the "Night of the Living Fred" or "Melissa Screetch" cartoons.
* SpaceWhaleAesop - The entire point of the Melissa Screech segments. Stay out past curfew? You get abducted and eaten by a monster! Make funny faces all the time? Your face will fuse permanently into the funny face and you're forced to star in B horror flicks to get by! Spoil your appetite with sweets? You'll waste away to an atom or get blown like paper in the wind. Disobey an instruction while on a field trip at NASA? ''You'll spark an alien invasion after they believe that all of Earth is just as ugly and mean as you are''!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Phil Likes chili.
* WholePlotReference: "Built For Speed"
* ValentinesDayEpisode: "Blind Date of Frankenstein." Subverted in that it doesn't show any signs of being a Valentine's Day episode, but it did air on Valentine's Day of 1998 (which was a Saturday) and had to do with someone falling in love (Dr. Vic falls for a woman who is actually a robot made from spare parts by Igor).
* {{Yandere}} and LoveMakesYouCrazy: Natalie Nightshade (a dead actress who now haunts the castle as a ghost) under the influence of Igor's love potion on "Love Potion Number Nein" was so crazy in love with Igor that she tries to kill him so the two can be together forever.
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