The Disney cartoon "The Golden Touch" (1935). Out of dissatisfaction with one of his directors Disney directed it himself. The cartoon was a huge box office bomb and animators were reminded never to speak of it again. Disney too never personally directed a short cartoon again.
Billy West does not have fond memories of working on The Ren & Stimpy Show, mainly because John was a tremendous Jerkass to him and everyone else working on the show, which is why he didn't come back to reprise his role as Stimpy for the ill-fated Adult Party Cartoon revival.
According to Word of God, the Earthworm Jim cartoon series was the product of Executive Meddling — the game creators were coerced into making the show in order to support game sales. Ironically it's one of more beloved and more accurate adaptations of a video game franchise. Go fig.
Chuck Jones once said that if he were allowed to, he would burn the negatives to every Looney Tunes short he made before 1948 (which had slow pacing and were too much like something Disney's animation company would do). The one short that seemed to get the most contempt from him was Elmer's Candid Camera.
Fellow Looney Tunes animator Norm McCabe was seen later in life visibly cringing during showings of his cartoons. He was especially ashamed of his World War II propaganda cartoons Tokio Jokio and The Ducktators, both of which heavily mocked the Japanese. Shortly before his death, he publicly apologized for them.
Carl Barks, Don Rosa and some of the 9 Old Men grew to hate the animated show DuckTales for not being true to the stories that Carl Barks wrote, as well as taking away TMS's time away from Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (in fact, two of them— Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston— did work on Little Nemo just so that they could work on something that was outside of what Disney was dishing out at the time).
Don Rosa at least mellow out and admitted he really didn't hate the show and more or less said it was the equivalent of Superfriends was to the DC comics.
He also, along with everybody else involved, disliked working on Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain for having retooled the wildly popular Pinky and the Brain. This is evidenced in Brain's line, "I deeply resent this" at the end of the theme song, as well as this line:
Theme Song: It's what the network wants/ Why bother to complain?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone feel this way about the first three seasons of South Park, as Parker states outright in a 2011 Entertainment Weekly article: "It's just embarrassing to watch".
The only season 2 episode that they even seem to remotely like is "Not Without My Anus", as they cited it as something "weird and different," though most fans don't agree, as it was pointless filler that interrupted the conclusion of the "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" two-parter, in which Cartman tries to find the identity of his biological father. But it was April Fool's Day when it aired, so it was fitting.
In a recent interview, they also feel ashamed of the way they portrayed Gary Condit and the Ramseys in the episode "Butters Very Own Episode", after both parties were proven by DNA evidence to be innocent.
Steve Moncuse, who created the comic book Fish Police, is really unhappy with how the cartoon version of it (which was made as a competitor show to The Simpsons) turned out. Moncuse had nothing to do with the cartoon other than a creator's credit, and the cartoon was very much an In-Name-Only adaptation. He said in one interview, "the less said about it, the better."
Since the 2000s, Nickelodeon has tried very hard to hide the fact that KaBlam! exists, despite its cult following and legions of former '90s babies who remember seeing the show when it was fresh and new. Rights issues seemed like the culprit for a while, until some of the creators of the individual shorts confirmed that Nickelodeon still owns everything, including shorts like Angela Anaconda and Untalkative Bunny which were spun-off by different companies on other networks (while the shows themselves are owned by separate companies, the original shorts are still owned by Viacom). This however does not apply to Lava (which Nick ended up editing out of post-2000 repeats anyway once they lost the syndication rights) and the music video segments of the third and fourth seasons. The show is one of the few '90s Nick shows to never air on The '90s Are All That (it's too early to tell whether it'll appear on The Splat), is the only '90s Nicktoon without a release on DVD, VHS, or iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, and is always excluded from anything released in the "Nickelodeon Rewind" line of merchandise.
Mark Marek, who did the Henry and June segments on the show, didn't care for how The Henry And June Show came out, and has said "Believe me, you don't want to see it" after fans asked if he would put it up on his website (averted with KaBlam! itself; he's stated that he really enjoyed the show and would be willing to do it again if Nick wanted a revival). Nickelodeon seems to feel the same way about the pilot to the failed spin-off, and never aired it again after it's one airing in June 1999 or acknowledged it since.
Jon McClenahan wasn't satisfied with the end product of The Jetsons Movie, he said it was the worst animated film he had ever seen and felt embarrassed to have his name in the credits.
Joe Barbera hated the film as well due to all the Executive Meddling, and replacing Janet Waldo with pop singer Tiffany as the voice of Judy Jetson. Strangely enough, William Hanna thought the film was okay.
The casting director Andrea Romano was also dismayed by the meddling that caused Janet Waldo to be let go and replaced, and requested that her name be removed from the credits so that she would not be blamed for it.
Nicole Jaffe, the original voice of Velma in the Scooby-Doo franchise, admits she only did the show because she needed the money, that she didn't enjoy voiceover (finding voice actors at the time to be "weird" people), and was losing interest in acting in general. She retired to pursue her (very successful) career of being a talent agent, and pretty much forgot about Scooby-Doo until singer Lauryn Hill told her how much she admired Velma. Afterwords, Jaffe began to appreciate her involvement in the series a bit more. She later came out of retirement to voice the character in 2002 for an additional two features, but says she doesn't think her performance was nearly as good as it had been 30+ years earlier, and is glad she doesn't have to voice the character anymore. However, she says she is open to appearing at fan conventions to sign autographs if invited.
The old 15 second cartoon bumpers with The Simpsons for The Tracey Ullman Show have never been released on video or DVD, nor are they ever shown on TV. Matt Groening feels embarassed for them because it's so crudely drawn and the jokes are just simple, basic cartoony stuff.
The episode "The Principal and the Pauper" in which Skinner is proven to be someone using a false name became an Old Shame after the episode was made. In the words of the makers themselves: "After it was finished we realized we made a mistake." The plot has been mocked and undermined in several episodes since.
In the DVD commentary for the "Treehouse of Horror X" segment "Life's A Glitch, And Then You Die", the writers express regret over including Spike Lee and Al Sharpton (who are controversial black celebrities) among the doomed celebrities in a rocket ship headed towards the Sun. They also said that someone they would have preferred to be on that ship was George Steinbrenner.
The Fairly OddParents creator Butch Hartman (as well as most of the crew) have actually apologized for the episode "It's a Wishful Life" due to the sadistic treatment of Timmy and its really disturbingFamily-Unfriendly Aesop.
The producers of Total Drama were not happy with the outcome of its fifth season All-Stars, having expressed regret for the very negative response it provoked.
Season 2 of Superjail! is this for creators Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick. Karacas in particular wound up feeling shameful over how they spent too much time on character development and not enough on just making it weird. The fan backlash over the confirmation of Alice being a trans woman also helped seal its fate as Old Shame, causing Karacas to regret ever having her backstory shown.
Genndy Tartavosky was not impressed with The Justice Friends, feeling that it was short on character development and humor.
Cartoon Network appears to be going to great lengths to hide the fact that Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? and Robotomy ever existed. The two are never mentioned anywhere on the channel's official website and online episodes are shot down as quickly as they are uploaded. Though the reasons why are a mystery, the former's title character reappeared for the networks 20th anniversary and the latter was on Netflix and had its shorts aired on Cartoon Planet. However, the same can't be said for Out of Jimmy's Head mentioned below.
Many of the higher-ups felt this way about "The Last Roundup." They folded toMoral Guardians by making a swift edit of Derpy Hooves into something less offensive, sparking flame wars all over the internet.
"The Mysterious Mare Do-Well" was arguably the earliest and most enduring example of this for the series, having become infamous for its alleged Broken Aesop to the point where the creative team has rarely discussed it openly with fans.
PBS and the crew behind Arthur now seem to feel this way about the Season 12 episode "Room to Ride" and the Season 13 episode "The Great MacGrady," as both prominently feature former cycling champion Lance Armstrong as a guest celebrity (which has long been a norm for the series); in the wake of the doping scandal that saw Armstrong stripped of all of his Tour de France titles, both episodes have rarely been rerun on television as a result.
Made worse by the fact that the latter episode focuses on a major character in the series dealing with their struggles against cancer, which Lance Armstrong himself suffered and eventually overcame.
Planet Sheen seems to be this for Nickelodeon, after the show failed to resonate with fans of its predecessor Jimmy Neutron due to the shift in focus from Jimmy over to Sheen in the title role; it fared so poorly in the ratings that Nickelodeon often aired the episodes out of order before finally canceling it altogether.
Nickelodeon really isn't proud of the short-lived NicktoonThe X's, considering that they have removed all evidence that the show existed on Nick's official website. In fact, it remains perhaps the most obscure and hardest to find of the (official) Nicktoons with an almost non-existent fanbase.
Pelswick and The Brothers Flub have it just as bad (maybe worse) as The X's. Both are excluded from the official list of Nicktoons and impossibly obscure. The former (which garnered much controversy) is only ever brought up by Nickelodeon to mock it while the latter was critically panned and mentioned nowhere on Nick's official website.
However it seems like less of Nickelodeon being ashamed of both shows, and moreso due to both being Screwed by the Lawyers- Pelswick was produced by Nelvana for Nickelodeon and CBC, while The Brothers Flub was produced by Sunbow for Nickelodeon (Nick slapped their name on both shows). Once Nick lost the syndication rights to both, they couldn't do anything more with either show.
Disney doesn't seem too keen on remembering Shorty McShorts' Shorts, which lasted barely a year and saw both its website and reruns pulled completely when its various pilots failed to captivate potential buyers or the viewers, with only one exception and on a completely different network.
Out of Jimmy's Head is this to Cartoon Network; the network's first real attempt at live-action programming combined with animation for a time reduced the studio to a laughingstock, emphasizing the network's traditional focus on cartoons and the inane premise of the series itself; after being critically ravaged by audiences, Cartoon Network canceled the series and pulled it and the movie that spawned it, Re-Animated from all the websites that made them available for viewing.
They attempted to salvage it in reruns by adding a Laugh Track to the episodes, but by that time, the damage had been done.
In addition to the many people who've worked on the film that share the same feelings, Threshold Entertainment Group doesn't seem to mention Foodfight! on their website.
Mike Judge has often expressed his hatred for the earliest Beavis And Butthead episodes, even going as far as canceling a DVD release, The History of Beavis and Butt-head, which contained most of these episodes.
Brad Bird is not a fan of Family Dog, which was so heavily criticized for its animation and premise that Bird has distanced himself from the series, which lasted a mere ten episodes before it was cancelled. Also he states how it would never work, before said series even aired!
The creator Charles Schulz deeply regretted the animated special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, owing to the infamous scene where Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown when he's about to score the winning point during a championship game, for which he is blamed by nearly everybody even as Lucy did this in plain view of everybody. Schulz recognized the fan outcry and subsequent reruns of the special by the networks have since heavily edited out this scene, which fans had considered too cruel towards the main character in an otherwise well-received special.
Bill Melendez said in one interview that the "Flash Beagle" special was his least favorite of the Peanuts specials, he didn't like the story, the dance craze itself, and how the rotoscoping with Snoopy's dancing was very difficult for him and his crew.
The singing voice to Jem, Britta Phillips, doesn't seem to like being reminded of the series.
Detention appears to have been this for Kids WB. In addition to being extremely short lived, having on 13 episodes and not being a spin off, it was never reran on television except during their short lived Fraturday block. Suffice it to say, it may have well been Kids WB shortest, and least remembered, stand alone cartoon ever made.
Yeardley Smith also isn't too keen on We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, which she only did to break away from the Lisa Simpson image. Hell, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story was an Old Shame for everyone who worked on it.
Considering it took Disney 13 years to release Doug's 1st Movie onto DVD and then pretty much used the TV edit on the official DVD as opposed to the regular movie, it seems like the studio more or less feels this way towards that movie.
Donnie Dunagan, the voice of the title character in Bambi as a child, kept the role a secret through his time in the Vietnam War serving as a Marine Corps boot camp commander, afraid the other soldiers wouldn't take him seriously and call him "Major Bambi." Eventually a marine discovered his secret, and he's been more open about the role since, even saying he now loves the attention the role brings him.
Lisa Ortiz has admitted that she finds it "disturbing" that people have actually heard of Ratatoing, let alone watch it and review it.
Martin Vidnovic, who voiced The King in the animated version of The King and I, admits it was pretty bad. It was a bigger Old Shame for the Rodgers & Hammerstein estates, who were really displeased with the result of Richard Rich's Disneyfication of their work and prompting them to put out a mandate that no other musical from the estate can be adapted for animation.
"I actually worked on this movie for a bit. It was one of my first jobs in the industry and let me tell you, if you think it was a train wreck viewing, you should have seen how terrible it was to work on it. The sad truth is there were plenty of talented people working there. many of those people moved on to major studios in both film, TV and games. The bottom line is the director, Larry Kasanoff is a talent-less, classless scumbag that should be banned from Hollywood until the end of time. All of the inappropriate innuendos are a direct product of his "creative hand". I cannot tell you how many times this moron derailed production with his brainless input. It literally has cost the studio millions of dollars. They eventually stepped in and removed him from the project. Unfortunately, that was a decade and millions of dollars late. I am so ashamed of this movie that I have completely left working there off of my resume. On behalf of the many artists that have had the dubious distinction of working on this dumpster fire, I apologize to all of humanity for our part in this."
Most of the recent 2D films from Disney (well, those released since Emperor's New Groove) are now considered old shames as well (with Lilo and Stitch being the arguable exception), especially Treasure Planet and Atlantis:The Lost Empire (they did not make Disney as much money as expected and merchandise for those films has become scarce).
For many years, Disney was also deeply ashamed of The Black Cauldron, a film that performed so horribly upon release that it nearly killed their animation department; and that's not even getting into the troubled production that saw it go through multiple edits to make it more palatable for audiences unfamiliar with its source material. A VHS release of the film was not granted until 1998, a full thirteen years after the movie's original release, and this was only after considerable pressure from the film's growing fanbase. Even with this and an eventual DVD release in 2010, the film remains virtually unseen among the studio's vast array of merchandise.