Trivia: Freakazoid!

  • Actor Allusion:
    • In "The Chip", Guiterrez (Ricardo Montalban) gives Dexter a speech paraphrased from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Heck, Guiterrez would later appear in an episode entitled "The Wrath of Guiterrez".
    Guiterrez: Because he tasks me! He tasks me! 'round the moons of Snivia, I chuckle at thee. Beyond the Corpian clouds I chuckle more at thee. Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins! Kirk, old friend, I...Oh, sorry.
    • The entire character of Professor Jones, voiced by Jonathan "Dr. Smith" Harris.
    • Kenneth Mars plays a psychiatrist named "Dr. Gunther Hunterhanker", which was explicitly said in commentaries to have been written to be performed like Inspector Kemp.
  • Creator Backlash: Freakazoid's "low bridge" chant in Dance of Doom was hastily adlibbed by actor/writer Paul Rugg and was only meant as a place-holder until he and the rest of the crew could think of something better. When it ended up being in the finished episode, he was not pleased, to say the least. Not helping is the fact that he's constantly asked to do it at conventions (although he usually abides).
  • Descended Creator:
    • Paul Rugg as Freakazoid. It was more of a fluke, as no suitable actor had been found and Rugg was just trying to provide an example of how the voice should sound. However, Steven Spielberg heard the performance and thought it was great, so Rugg inadvertently got the role.
    • Writer/producer John P. McCann as Dexter's dad, Douglas Douglas.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • See What Could Have Been for Spielberg invoking this trope in an ultimately positive way.
    • The show was never popular amongst WB executives, who didn't like how the ratings skewed much higher than they intended. It ultimately ended after two seasons when a regime change in studio management decided to clear just about everything out of their Saturday Morning Cartoon lineup. To justify this, they instituted an ad gimmick called "Big Kids Come First", where all the adult-skewing cartoons were aired earlier than the ones skewing for younger kids, making sure that nobody watched anything and ensuring that ratings dropped low enough to justify a massive overhaul.
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  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Name's the Same: The entire series and its protagonist have nothing to do with the song "Freak-A-Zoid" by Midnight Star (nor was the song used as the show's theme).
  • Playing Against Type: David Warner is primarily known for playing serious characters but he completely lets loose and plays the Lobe with a manic energy. On the DVD commentaries, the production crew notes that this is one of the few straight comedic roles Warner's taken in a decades long career (the other is on the short-lived series Toonsylvania).
  • Screwed by the Network: The show suffered from this due to being popular with attracting the wrong demographics — at least, in the eyes of the network executives.
  • Throw It In:
    • See that Moment of Awesome from the first episode? Originally Freakazoid was just supposed to say "No!", but Paul Rugg improvised the rant. According to the DVD commentary, it apparently went on for over 10 minutes, becoming increasingly disjointed and profane. It got cut off before the swearing started.
    • Rugg actually improvised a lot of his lines in the show in general, including the part in the first episode where he sings off-key. You can hear him trying hard not to laugh at the ridiculousness of his own lines.
    • Paul Rugg noted that many lines that ended up in the final cuts were actually goofy warm ups that he was doing to get into character and that he had no idea that what he was doing was being recorded or that they'd even be used in the show.
  • Trope Namer: This series is the Trope Namer for:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original idea was for the series to be a fairly straightforward superhero show with comedic overtones (The Joker as a good guy) with Bruce Timm in charge. Spielberg, however, asked for a full-blown comedy. Timm bowed out, as he honestly thought he wouldn't do a full-blown comedy concept justice. This is perhaps a textbook example of Executive Meddling improving a show. (The New Batman Adventures episode "Beware The Creeper" is a glimpse of how Timm and Dini would have done Freakazoid!)
    • The series always skewed towards an older audience and there was serious consideration towards just putting it in prime-time (as was done with Pinky and the Brain). This is part of the reason why the second season largely had half-hour episodes instead of Three Shorts.
    • The commentary for the first episode implied that Valerie was intended to be a recurring character, to be used in a sort of Betty and Veronica type thing between her, Dexter & Steff.note  But of course, she never appeared after "Dance of Doom" so it all turned out to be a moot point.
    • A second Toby Danger short was written, but it was dropped due to the aforementioned switch from segmented shows to half-hour episodes (it should be noted that the episode was originally intended to be a segment on Animaniacs, but was instead put in to this series to fill space for one episode).