Creator / Cartoon Cartoon Fridays

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A weekly Cartoon Network program/block which showcased the network's original animated comedy series or Cartoon Cartoons. During its heyday, the block would usually be hosted by a character from a Cartoon Cartoon series and interact with other stars and introduce the shows.

Cartoon Network averted the infamous Friday Night Death Slot issue for many years, since this was, during the heyday of their first wave of original programming (when shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and Ed, Edd n Eddy were really taking off), pretty much their premier night of programming for the week. The success of Cartoon Cartoon Fridays was partially because of when it aired. It was the last day of the work week, kids didn't have school the next day and in many cases, parents take their kids out to eat dinner at pizza restaurants and the like. And guess which channel many pizza chains show on their big screen televisions to keep the kiddies entertained?

It eventually became the it the second highest-rated original telecast in the network's history, with a numerous airings of those series becoming the network's highest rated original telecasts ever among households on at the time.

It ran from June 11, 1999 to May 16, 2003. A live-action reboot, simply called Fridays, ran from October 3rd, 2003 to February 2007. This version of Fridays had two live action hosts, a studio audience, and a Variety Show setup, featuring comedy skits with live action, animated, & puppet characters and musical & celebrity guests. Unlike its predecessor, Fridays took full advantage of its name and showed a mix of Cartoon Network original series and acquired series.

It had a revival, of sorts, in the form of the rebooted Cartoon Planet.

Now has a Character Sheet in progress.


Shows that aired on Cartoon Cartoon Fridays

Cartoon Cartoon Fridays provides examples of:

  • Animated Actors
  • Art Evolution: Dexter's design and voice changed in December 2001 to reflect his show's 2001 revamp.
  • Ascended Extra: Lenny Baxter, the comic book geek and one-shot villain from the Powerpuff Girls episode "Collect Her", appears occasionally to provide trivia from the various Cartoon Cartoons.
  • The Cameo: Many characters from the Cartoon Cartoons that don't host make small appearances in the background.
    • The Halloween special was crashed by a mysterious figure. At the end of the show when the lights were fixed, he was revealed to be Aquaman.
  • Christmas Episode / Christmas Special: A Very Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Holiday Special
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Johnny Bravo lampshades this trope as he prepares to introduce Sheep in the Big City
    Johnny: Waitaminute. He's a sheep and his name is "Sheep"? Does that seem weird to anybody else? That would be like if my name were "Big Hunk of Studly Man". Hey waitaminute, that's pretty good.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Mojo Jojo took over the network's transmission to show that he's taken over CCF. At one point, he interrupts the theme song to remind the audience he's taken over.
    • The Kids Next Door often interrupted the show in the weeks leading up to their show's premiere.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The 1999-2000 season featured live-action people in various roles for the show bumpers. The 1999 Cartoon Cartoon Weekend had the cartoon characters in their places (i.e. Weasel as the weatherman and Dexter as the auctioneer, etc.).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The scene with Him, The Red Guy, and a seriously creeped-out Johnny.
    • The Australian adaptation. Oh so much.
  • Halloween Episode/Halloween Special: The Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Halloween Party
    • Also, Scaretoon Scaretoon Fright-Days, which aired a Scooby-Doo movie and new episodes of Courage The Cowardly Dog as well as Grim & Evil.
  • Insult Friendly Fire: When the Time Squad hosted.
    Tuddrussel: (to Dexter) Sorry, partner. This Time Squad has room for only one four-eyed, squeaky-voiced, little know-it-all.
    Otto: Uh...thanks, Tuddrussel.
  • Interactive Narrator: Characters would often interact with Mr. Announcer (Tom Clark and later, Doug Preis).
  • The Millennium Age of Animation
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The entire concept of the hosting segments was for stars from different Cartoon Cartoons to interact with each other.
    • Fred Jones unexpectedly showed up when Ed and Eddy were hosting.
    • Also, the mysterious intruder in the Halloween special turned out to be Aquaman.
  • Motor Mouth: The auctioneer from the 1999-00 season.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Dexter once transported himself to the set via a transporting invention. It failed to take his clothes with him.
  • Noodle Incident: On the November 3, 2000 episode, Johnny notes Cow and Chicken taking the I Am Weasel timeslot by asking in Weasel and Baboon were fired for some "cafeteria incident".
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The four music videos shown during the Cartoon Cartoon Weekend Summerfest in 2002 and CCF's final year.
  • Shout-Out: The closing segments for Mojo and Dexter's 2001 hosting stints are like how Saturday Night Live closed at the time.
  • Special Guest: The Grim Reaper along with Hector Con Carne and Boskov during the 2001 Big Pick Weekend.
  • Stock Footage: Believe it or not, most of the hosting clips are often re-used for the host's next hosting week. This is most evident in the holiday specials.
    • Edd and Bubbles' sign-offs are noticeably shorter after the one-shot Cartoon Cartoon shorts disappeared.
  • Story Arc: Some of the hosting segments. For example, Johnny and Chicken interrupting Double D during one of his hosting sessions, and the Time Squad accidentally knocking down the six stacked monitors and spending the night putting them back in place.
  • Super Bowl Special: Aired on January 26th, 2001, with a tailgate party honoring Cartoon Network's Big Game XXIX: Bugs vs. Daffy special that following day.
  • The Worst Seat in the House: At the end of the Super Bowl Special, Chicken mentions that he hopes he doesn't sit behind the pole like last year.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to how he normally is, as well as when he hosted solo, Eustace was far more genial when he hosted with Muriel.

Fridays provides examples of:

  • Anti-Humor: Milkman Fred's cooking segments.
  • The Artifact: The early installments of the block featured a transporter that one host could step into and talk to Cartoon Network characters in person, along with a giant TV screen and 3 overhead computer screens used whenever the CN website was promoted during the segments. The transporter was used as a background prop long after it stopped being used for its intended purposes, and the giant TV screen remained intact - although it always played a loop of the Fridays logo spinning around instead of the show that was currently airing.
  • Big Fun: Provided by The Big Guys.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Nzinga to Tommy (though even she had her own Cloudcuckoolander moments, considering the nature of the show)
  • Continuity Cameo: The intro provides many CN/HB/WB cameos, and the company that made the intro, Primal Screen, had also made various one-shot promos before this. There are a few references to these in the intro- Fred, Chicken and Thundarr finally found a parking spot, Scrappy-Doo's still waiting outside, and at the security desk in the lobby, Yogi Bear is still trying to explain why he doesn't have an ID badge (they even used the same lobby for the promo and the intro).
    • Actually referenced in the show proper. One early block featured a segment where the two hosts talked to us about how Fred, Chicken and Thundarr finally found a parking space - discussing their appearances in the original Parking Lot promo and other promos that took place around the CN headquarters.
  • Credits Pushback: Fridays was one of the first blocks on Cartoon Network to do this. Over the credits, the credits are shrunk into a corner of the screen as the two hosts talk to us about what's coming up next on the block and their thoughts about what happened in the episode (in the earlier shows).
  • Cross Promotion: During the general credits sequence, which appears at the very end of every block, the hosts often advertised shows that aired the next day on Saturday Video Entertainment System or Toonami. Similarly, shows that had encores as part of the Fridays block, like Duck Dodgers and Atomic Betty, featured the hosts advertising when the next new episode would air during the credits.
  • Cute Kitten / Ridiculously Cute Critter: Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few months of Fridays were much less crazy; the host segments largely relied on Tommy & Nzinga's interactions and the only running gags that appeared were Whiskers and The Big Guys. Segments that featured the live-action hosts interacting with the cartoon characters and movie interviews were also more common around this time.
    • Prior to this, Summer Fridays had served as sort of a bridge between CCF and this version of the block.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The original teaser promo for Fridays from September 2003 featured the old Cartoon Cartoon Fridays logo disc spinning around and rotating until it turned into the new logo.
  • Evolving Credits: The intro was modified midway through, to add the new Cartoon Network logo, to replace Sheep with Ami and Yumi, and to add characters from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (Mr. Herriman was added in the "office" part, while other characters and the Foster's foyer replaced the Duck Dodgers characters and set that were there before).
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit is a kitten who can name fruit. Most of the time.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Tommy and Nzinga (and later, Tara). Somewhere between Type 2 and Type 3.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Used during the E-mail Time segments. However, the letters were fake.
  • Frank's 2000-Inch TV: A variation of this appears in the intro and is used in some of the bumpers. Instead of being one big screen, the Fridays TV consists of lots of monitors close together, each showing a different video on them and eventually forming a single video that can be seen on all of the monitors combined.
    • Notably, each show aired in the early years of the block had at least one bumper featuring the TV - likely to save time for Cartoon Network promos and even out the time saved on host segments.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tapes can be seen in the back of the Fridays control room - some of which are labeled "Cartoon Fridays Leader" and others which are labeled after shows that have aired in the past on the block. Some of the tapes are actually of Toonami, including Zatch Bell and New Justice League Unlimited.
  • Greasy Spoon: The unnamed diner set where the Diner Lady resides.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: One day's hosting segments revolved around Tommy and Tara each trying to take control of the show. The Fridays logo in the bottom corner changes with who's currently in charge of the block.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Occasionally, the kids will make a mistake while speaking. Typically followed up by an "Oops!" or "Pobody's Nerfect!" title card.
  • Hula and Luaus: April 16, 2004's show, a Powerpuff Girls marathon, featured the Fridays set becoming a luau.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In an Ed, Edd 'n Eddy bumper, Nzinga asks us if we've ever wondered why Ed wears a sweater even when it's not cold outside. She is wearing a scarf while she's saying this.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Used to transition between each sketch during the host segments. Because of the rapid fire nature of the sketches, there's a lot of them.
  • Man Child: Tommy during the later blocks.
  • Manipulative Editing: If a celebrity made an appearance on Fridays, you can expect the producers to take out of context quotes from them and play them during bumpers.
  • No Fourth Wall: The two hosts or the kids talk directly to the audience in the bumpers that appear before the show returns and over the credits.
  • Non-Interactivity: Subverted with the Game Time sketches. Sometimes the tasks done in the segments are possible to do, while other times they aren't possible (like pushing the envelope of comedy or using your hidden superpowers.)
  • Orphaned Punchline: The basis of one of the show's skits.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: The words in the Word of the Day segments are these.
  • Phony Newscast: Occasionally used during some of the bumpers, and sometimes used to promote shows premiering in the days after the block.
    • Tommy & Nzinga became phony newscasters in order to promote Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. It's as silly as it sounds.
  • Previously On: Used during some of the promos, featuring an out of context line from last week's show.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Used sporadically around the time the rebrand began. The hosts would occasionally interact with Cartoon Cartoon characters, which occasionally led to situations like lampshading why Numbah One would be willing to ask for assistance from the hosts.
  • Scenery Porn: The opening sequence featuring many Cartoon Network characters past and present, some of whom are only seen for a split second; and the flythrough at the beginning from orbit to Atlanta (CN and the other Turner nets are all based there- the building we see doesn't match up with the real building that's there, though).
  • Soap Within a Show: Done in the All My Fridays skits.
  • Special Guest: Amy Lee once came on and performed "The Cartoon Song." Videos of it are still floating around YouTube. Other celebrities and musical guests came on as well.
    • Viewers who participated in the PPG Style contest and won were able to join in some of the host segments.
    • George Lucas, of all people, made a guest appearance during the March 26th, 2004 broadcast. Because episode 11 of Star Wars: Clone Wars was premiering that night, Tommy took a trip to Skywalker Ranch, and was able to interview Lucas about the creation of the series' first season and his unique collection of items used while creating the original movies.
  • Stock Footage: Animations from earlier Cartoon Network promos were used in the short bumpers that appear if no skits are shown.
  • Stop Motion: Used during Bad Clay Fables.
  • Surreal Humor: Let's see, you got Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit, the occasional visits from Longhaul the Puppet Trucker, and the sudden breaking out into dancing brought on by the "Big Guy Shimmy" amongst other strange characters, not to mention the relative shortness of most of the interstitial sketches.
  • Talking Animal: Long Haul, a dog who drives a pickup truck and shows off the items he's collected to the show's hosts and kids.
  • Title Card: Used after some of the sketches. There's a lot of them.
  • Variety Show: The interval segments had things from recurring comedy segments to special guest celebrities and bands.

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