Trivia / Dexter's Laboratory

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Koosie making a pepé wrap is an allusion to Dom De Luise's second career as a cook.
    • Rasslor from the Dial M for Monkey episode of the same name was voiced by Randy Savage. His last line in the episode was, naturally, "OH YEAAAH!".
    • "Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song" is wall-to-wall references to guest star Paul Williams' music and personal life. note 
  • Adam Westing: Koosalagoopagoop is voiced by Dom De Luise and is a parody of the increasingly saccharine Don Bluth movies DeLuise had been in, like A Troll in Central Park.
  • Adored by the Network: Well not surprising considering it was one of Cartoon Network's first successful original animated series. But from 98-2001, it, along with The Powerpuff Girls were the flagship shows of the network.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Dexter was voiced by two women in English. In the Mexican Spanish, German, Danish and Portuguese dubs, Dexter is voiced by a man.
    • Eddie Deezen voiced Lalavava.
  • The Danza:
    • Paul Williams himself guest stars in the episode "Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song" as Dexter's piano instructor.... Prof. Williams, who is drawn roughly the same height as Dexter.
    • The foreign exchange student in "Last But Not Beast" is named Toshi and voiced by Brian Toshi.
    • The robots from one of the Un-Canceled episodes are F.R.E.D. and M.A.R. 10, voiced by Fred Willard and Martin Mull.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • For some unknown reason, Fans assume Dexter's unspoken last name to be "McPherson".
    • Some fans have given the name of Dexter's parents as "Craig" and "Suzanne".
    • Fans have given the name of Val Halen's nemesis (featured in "Krunk in Love") as "Von Hellen".
  • Follow the Leader: Seems to have inspired shows such as Johnny Test and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Bits of the first season were released on a now out-of-print VHS tape, the same goes for a collection of Genndy's favorite episodes. "Ego Trip" was released only on VHS, and that's out of print as well. The first season did get an official DVD release, but it does not include the banned "Dial M for Monkey" cartoon "Barbequor". Thankfully, the entire series (sans "Barbequor" and "Dexter's Rude Removal") is available on iTunes, and the entire first and second seasons (again barring "Barbequor") are available on Netflix.
    • "Barbequor" is available on Netflix in the United Kingdom.
      • As of May 3, 2015, all episodes (minus "Barbequor") are on Hulu.
    • "Rude Removal" became this after it was finally shown to the public. [adult swim] got its hands on the episode and actually aired it, and afterward posted the short on its YouTube channel. Shortly thereafter, the episode was made private and no official release of it currently exists.
  • Missing Episode:
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The script for "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark!", if you couldn't tell already.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Dexter's VA went from Christine Cavanaugh to Candi Milo when the former retired from voice acting early in the last two seasons.
    • Dee Dee's VA continuously alternated between Allison Moore and Kat Cressida.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Hungary holds a reunion for the Sailor Moon cast: Dexter's first voice was Melvin; Dee Dee is Chibiusa; Dexter's first mom was Sailor Neptune; Mandark's first voice was Alan's second voice; and Dexter's second mom was Berthier, Karonite, Eugeal, Mimet, Telulu, Palla Palla, and Fisheye. Mandark's second voice is not Chad.
    • In Spain, Dexter and Dee Dee are Bart and Lisa, respectively.
    • In Sweden, Dexter is Kevin, Nazz and Lee Kanker. Dee Dee is Sarah and May Kanker. Dexter's dad is Jimmy.
  • Shrug of God: Even the series creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, isn't certain about what Dexter's bizarre accent is supposed to be.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Frank Welker does this whenever both Monkey and Quackor face off.
    • Eddie Deezen voiced Mandark and his sister Lalavava.
  • Un-Cancelled: Season 3, made without creator Genndy Tartarkovsky (and writers Butch Hartman and Seth MacFarlane, who had left to make The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy, respectively) and thus a point of much contention.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory parody's Golden Ticket analogue is a golden Floppy Disk (referred to as a Golden Diskette in the episode).
    • Despite the science theme of the series, you rarely if ever see mentions to the internet. While the internet did exist in the late 1990s, it didn't become extremely mainstream until a few years later.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Genndy Tartakovsky, who was at the peak of his workaholism at the time, claims that the original show was produced so quickly that he didn't even see the finished product until it was on television.
  • Write Who You Know: Dee Dee and Dexter's relationship was based on creator Genndy Tartakovsky and his brother Alex, who was always destroying Genndy's personal projects when they were younger... Ironically said brother eventually grew up to be a scientist!

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