Creator: Cartoon Cartoon Fridays
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 the of the work week and 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 11th, 1999 to May 16th, 2003. A live-action reboot, simply called Fridays
, ran from October 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.
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.
- Christmas Episode / Christmas Special: A Very Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Holiday Special
- 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 Edd was hosting.
- Also, the mysterious intruder in the Halloween special turned out to be Aquaman.
- 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.).
- Executive Meddling: Long before Cartoon Network's Network Decay, the block had it toward the end of its run, showing non-Cartoon Cartoons like Samurai Jack and What's New, Scooby-Doo?. The increase in more non-Cartoon Cartoons is believed to be the reason why the network revamped the block into Summer Fridays followed by its final retool, Fridays.
- Friday Night Death Slot: Averted. This was one of Cartoon Network's biggest successes during its golden age.
- 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: 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Lenny points out the voice of Professor Williams (from Dexter's Laboratory episode "Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song") and The Penguin in Batman: The Animated Series are both voiced by Paul Williams, even going as far as showing clips from the episode "I've Got Batman in My Basement".
- 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).
- Killer App: Arguably, Cartoon Network's main block along with Toonami.
- The Millennium Age of Animation
- 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.
- The Mayor seems to be a fan of The Hair Bear Bunch.
- Johnny: Well, it's like the pig says, that's all folks!
- During the commercial breaks, Johnny watches various cartoons featuring attractive women (Tex Avery's Red character as well as Josie And The Pussy Cats).
- During the Big Game XXIX special, pictures of the previous Big Game winners (Jerry, Tweety, and The Road Runner are briefly shown with The Mayor claiming it doesn't look to good for the underdog, followed by Cow saying that the Under Dog isn't playing.
- Hilariously, Daffy managed to win the game only because Bugs decided to leave to take a trip to Tahiti.
- The Christmas Special is filled with references to many beloved holiday specials, including Chicken and Dexter mentioning the Pac-Man Christmas special playing on the following Monday.
- As an in-universe What Could Have Been for potential guest hosts, When Eustace and Muriel host, a list appears showing names of characters from other shows that could've appeared as the host of the night. The list included Farmer John, Swanky the Poodle, Og, Scrappy-Doo, Goku, Inch High, Private Eye, Grape Ape, Hadji, Freakazoid!, Gloop and Gleep, Super Secret Squirrel, Squiddly Diddly, Shazzan, and even Gary Coleman.
- 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, 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.
- Take That: Deliberately aired a commercial on another channel (presumably Nickelodeon) promoting the block, attempting to explain it in 30 seconds before being found by someone at the other channel.
- 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.
Fridays provides examples of:
- 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)
- Excited Kids' Show Host: Tommy and Nzinga (and later, Tara). Somewhere between Type 2 and Type 3.
- Man Child: Tommy
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Variety Show: The interval segments had things from recurring comedy segments to special guest celebrities and bands.