Trivia / KaBlam!

  • Adored by the Network: Inverted with the show itself, but if you watched Nicktoons in the mid-2000s back when they still played shorts during commercial breaks, Life With Loopy tended to be played the most on it's own. Usually being the episodes "Hi-Fi Frankenstein" or "20,000 Leagues Under the Sofa". The Prometheus And Bob short "Bridge" was also very common (Sniz and Fondue and Action League Now! were also played but not as often, especially the former). They continued to play even after the show itself was removed from Nicktoons' schedule in 2005.
  • Bad Export for You: "Lava" was absent from international airings, which means viewers probably went "Huh?" when seeing it in the closing credits (it would eventually be cut from reruns in the US as well from 2000 on as Nick lost the rights to the short. In Spanish airings Lava got cut from the credits).
  • Banned Episode: The episode "I Just Don't Get It" was banned from airing on Nicktoons TV due to the Action League Now short "Caged Thunder," which contained content that would be considered Too Soon, following the September 11th attacks.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Henry asking June if she can help him with her responding, "And I would do that why?" was commonly quoted on a few TV database websites in the early 2000s; this line never appeared in the show.
  • Channel Hop: In the Netherlands, the show was syndicated for the dubbed version, and was moved to Nicktoons for the subbed version.
  • Children Voicing Children: Henry, June, Loopy, Larry, the Off-Beats, and the Populars all had child or teenage voice actors.
  • Creator Couple: Stephen Holman, the creator of Life With Loopy, and Josephine T. Huang, the animation director, are married in real life.
  • Creator's Favorite: Mark Marek confirmed in an interview on a (now defunct) fansite that June was his favorite character.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Noah Segan (Henry) stated in an interview in Nickelodeon Magazine that "Comics For Tomorrow Today!" was his favorite episode.
    • Danielle Judovits (Loopy) confirmed on Instagram that her favorite Life With Loopy episodes were "Goldfish Heaven" and "Egghead".
    • Stephen Holman's favorite episodes of Life With Loopy were "Good Food Gone Bad" and "Rock 'N' Roll Loopy".
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. The main kids in The Off-Beats segments were voiced by young children, most notably Mischa Barton as Betty-Anne Bongo. The later episodes had several of the kids' voices sounding a bit lower, including the females (who were voiced by girls). The only adult voice actors were series creator Mo Willems, who voiced September the dog and Grubby Groo, Kevin Seal (better known as the voices of Sheep and General Specific) providing Tommy's yelling voice, Bradley Glenn as Grubby Groo's nephew Bradley, and series producer Kris Greengrove as September's girlfriend February. Not to mention that Henry and June were done by kids, along with Loopy and Larry.
  • Descended Creator: Stephen Holman, the creator of Life With Loopy, also played numerous characters in the short such as Charlie Chicken, the two miners from "20,000 Leagues Under The Sofa", the Fang Fairy from "Fang Fairy", and Hank Hankerman from "Late Night Loopy", among others.
    • His wife and the animation director for the short series, Josephine T. Huang, did the voices of Stacey from "Larry's Girl", Snow Lady from "Loopy And The Snow Lady", and Raquel from "Bull In A China Shop".
  • Edited for Syndication: Along with being cut from international airings, Lava was also cut from all reruns after 2000, as it was the only short where Nickelodeon didn't own the rights to (most of the episodes that Lava appeared in were skipped on Nicktoons in the US, except for "Comics For Tomorrow Today!", which cut the short but forgot to cut the short's credits). The same thing happened when "Not Just For People Anymore!" was aired on The Splat- the short and the Henry and June wraparound leading into it was cut, though it was still mentioned in the closing credits.
  • Executive Meddling: Mr. Stockdale's major schtick is a parody of this - he often adds hilariously terrible (for Henry and June, anyway) new elements to the show for no good reason at all.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Since the 2000s, characters from the show are left out of '90s Nickelodeon related merchandise and seldom show up in promotional material for The Splat. This is due to the one-shot shorts' rights reverting back to their creators and thus Nick not being able to do too much with the show anymore- they most likely don't want to overpromote a Nicktoon that can barely air anymore or get a DVD release without any major cuts or edits for copyright.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: This Nicktoon never got any official home video or downloadable releases, due to intellectual property disputes over some of the one-shot segments. For now, reruns and video-sharing websites (provided they have not been removed for copyright reasons) are the primary avenues through which the show can be viewed.
    • Mark Marek has posted full episodes of the series on his website, including many of the "missing" episodes. This is the closest to an official release.
    • Three behind-the-scenes Nicksclusive shorts were made for the show around 1996/1997- one for Henry and June, one for Action League Now!, and one for Life With Loopy. The former two aired again on The Splat in 2016 and are available on the internet, while the Life With Loopy one is nowhere to be found.
  • Missing Episode: Half of the series was skipped when the show aired on Nicktoons (with a few that did air on Nicktoons for its' first year or two and then got pulled), and a few episodes such as "KaFun!" and "Just Chillin'" only aired sparingly in the original run (though in "Just Chillin'!"'s case, the show was the Series Finale, and Nickelodeon ended up pulling the show from the schedule in early 2001). They can be found on the creator's website.
    • The stand-alone specials (Life With Loopy Birthday Gala-Bration, The Off-Beats' Valentine's Special, and The Henry and June Show) only aired once and never again, and because they were not in the show's official episode count, they wouldn't be included with most episode packages airing overseas. As the Life With Loopy special was basically a Clip Show of old shorts from the series compiled with different wraparounds (the only new short that aired during the special, "Send In The Clones", was re-aired in "More Happiness Than Allowed By Law!" in season three), there was most likely no intent to air the special afterward. The Henry and June Show was also produced in order to get a spin-off of the titular duo off the ground- when the show wasn't picked up, Nick most likely didn't see any reason to air it again. As for why The Off-Beats' Valentine's Special never aired again, reasons are unknown.
  • No Export for You: The three standalone specials (Life With Loopy Birthday Gala-Bration, The Off-Beats Valentine's, and The Henry and June Show) were never aired outside the US.
  • The Other Darrin: For Henry and June's last appearance on Nickelodeon as the hosts of Nicktoon World News (shorts that played during commercial breaks that gave out behind-the-scenes information on Nicktoons, as well as doing "Coming up next" bumpers for the channel) in 2001, June was not played by Julia McIlvaine. Her voice actress for the shorts is unknown.
    • Larry had a different voice actor in the Life With Loopy pilot "Goldfish Heaven". However both his voice actor in the pilot and his regular voice actor are unknown.
    • The trope though was oddly averted after his voice broke in season two, as many animated shows that have male child voice actors are known to recast when said male child voice actor hits puberty and his voice cracksnote .
  • Out of Order: The Life With Loopy pilot "Goldfish Heaven" aired as the seventh episode of the series. While the shorts weren't too continuity-heavy (usually a past short would be referenced in another one and that would be it), it was clear from both Larry introducing the audience to the characters and setting for the first time, as well as the rougher animation and different looks of the characters, that it was the first episode. It's possible that Nick didn't want to air it as the first episode due to all the Early Installment Weirdness of the short.
    • Almost all the episodes eventually aired in the wrong order when it went into reruns (while "Your Real Best Friend!" was the first episode in production and airing order, "All Purpose KaBlam!" was the first one in the rerun order), to the point where even Wikipedia was listing the wrong episode order for years until the original airing orders for the first two seasons from Nick's website resurfaced in late 2010.
    • While "Now With More Flava!" may seem like a Downer Ending (it was the final episode aired and ended with Henry and June as security guards), the final episode made was "Going The Extra Mile".
  • Production Posse: Rick Gomez plays Sniz, and also was in another show from the creators, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, as bully "Endless" Mike Helstrom. However, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (the creators) didn't know that he was going to be on the show (all the shorts had their own casting), and Gomez didn't know that McRobb and Viscardi were working on the show.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The theme song are instrumental snippets from "2 Tone Army" by the ska band The Toasters. Instrumental snippits of other songs by the band also appeared in the show: "Skaternity" was the ending theme to season one, "Everything You Said Has Been A Lie" was the ending theme for the rest of the series, "Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down" was used for the "still to come" lead-ins to the first commercial break beginning in season two, and "Bye Bye Baby", "Daddy Cry", and "Fire In My Soul" were used as background music in the Henry and June segments (when the shorts weren't using cues from APM) beginning in season two.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Hungarian dub, Loopy and Larry's voice actors, Csuha Bori and Szevetlov Balázs, were also the Hungarian dubbing voices for Chihiro and Haku, as well as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Csuha Bori was also in the Hungarian dub of Recess with June's voice actress Mánya Zsófi- they were Gretchen and Spinelli respectively.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Loopy was notably Danielle Judovits' first (major) voice acting role before she went on to play Tenten, Naru Osaka, Glitter Spring, and Batgirl, among others.
  • Schedule Slip: Life With Loopy was absent for most of the second season; this was due to the short series moving to a new building for production (season one was done at Skellington Productions, which was owned by Disney. After Disney closed the studio, the series moved to Custer Avenue Stages, where it was produced until the end of the series).
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to copyright issues with the one-shot shorts as well as the music videos, Nickelodeon has confirmed that the show will most likely never air again or get a legal DVD release. While the show eventually aired on The Splat in 2016 (making it the first time it's been reran in the United States since 2005, not counting times where one episode would be brought out for Nicktoons-related marathons), only the first few episodes aired, without any segments that would cause legal issues (save for Lava which was cut anyway). Thus leaving The Splat with a very limited amount of episodes (even moreso than when the show aired on Nicktoons) that would prevent it from any regular reruns.
    • This is the reason why Lava ended up being cut from later airings of the show and overseas airings. The shorts were never owned by Nickelodeon at all; they only had the airing rights. When the rights went up, Nick had to cut it out of the show. When reruns began to air on Nicktoons, the only episode that had a Lava short that aired was "Comics For Tomorrow Today", with the short (and the Henry and June segment leading into it) cut. All other episodes with Lava never aired on Nicktoons in the US; possibly due to the cuts losing too much time in the episode for the timeslot (though "Not Just For People Anymore!" eventually aired on The Splat; with both the short and wraparound leading into it cut).
  • Screwed by the Network: Eventually, Nickelodeon just let this show rot after the first season. No one knows why. Maybe it wasn't the Cash Cow Franchise that Rugrats was; maybe they didn't see the appeal; or maybe they felt that Oh Yeah! Cartoons was a more cost-efficient variety show. Oddly enough, even after the show was effectively cancelled, Nick kept the characters Henry and June around as network mascots of sorts, having them appear in many of the network's bumpers and announcements.
    • In Canada, the show only lasted a few weeks on YTV before it was yanked from the schedule.
  • Talking To Herself: Dawn and June are both voiced by Julia McIlvaine, if Wikipedia is to be believed.
    • Both Anemia and Iodine were played by Becca Lish.
  • Two Episode Wonder: The Henry and June Show.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Since the show was canceled all the way back in 2000, rumors persisted of a supposed scrapped episode, the famous "Episode 29", where it was claimed to be a Grand Finale for the show if it wasn't renewed for season 4. Henry and June would have interacted with the reoccurring skit characters and give them all a sendoff, at the end of which Henry and June would have admitted their crushes and ended on a Big Damn Kiss. With the discovery of nearly every episode, all be it in some very rough recordings, it's all but confirmed to be a fan hoax. The final nail in the coffin was the fact that archive history reveals the supposed episode's plot both was posted on Wikipedia and IMDB by an anon in 2003.
    • There were also rumors of a scrapped fifth (and possibly sixth) season, posted on both Wikipedia and TV.com around the early-to-mid 2000s. After a fan asked if the unproduced seasons were real, Mark Marek confirmed that the show didn't have any further seasons planned after the fourth one.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Henry and June wraparounds were filled to the brim with various 1990s pop culture references, and it's taken Up to Eleven in The Henry and June Show. Action League Now! had a few of the pop culture references, but was nowhere near as heavy on them as Henry and June- most of the things dating the short to the late 1990s were the technology (and that most of the minor characters were Playskool dollhouse dolls from the early '90s). Life With Loopy almost averts it, with the exception of the technology shown (the first minute of the first episode even has Larry holding a boombox and waving around an audio cassette, for example) and some of the clothes and hairstyles on the kid characters.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: While lasting four seasons on the air, the show was one of Nick's lower-rated programs, was not aired as often as other Nicktoons airing at the time, and didn't have many diehard fans. When the show began airing reruns on Nicktoons in 2002, more viewers began to watch the show and caused it to gain a bit of a cult following.
  • What Could Have Been: The show was originally going to take place in a live action comic book, with the shorts being Henry and June, Action League Now!, and some old Nicktoons shorts.
    • Sniz and Fondue's pilot, "Psyched for Snuppa", was one of the two contenders for the fourth Nicktoon in 1992. The show it lost to was Rocko's Modern Life.
      • According to Sniz and Fondue creator Mike Brandon, the duo were given ANOTHER chance at their own show after it became a hit on KaBlam!. However, Brandon left Nickelodeon due to the studio politics and the Sniz and Fondue slot was given to another Nicktoon. That Nicktoon? SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • There was going to be a spinoff show called "The Henry and June Show" and focused on Henry and June and premiered in 1999. It had only two segments: the first segment, "A Show of Their Own", featured Henry and June with a studio audience and musical guests. The next segment was "Be True to Your School", where Henry and June attend school, and try their best to tackle hard subjects like "How to Look Your Best". It was never again shown after it premiered. One must wonder what happened to have Nickelodeon cancel it after two segments, and where the clips are now. Eventually, many elements of the pilot were later integrated into the show's fourth season.
      • When a fan asked Mark Marek (creator of Henry and June) about The Henry and June Show, Marek responded, "The Henry and June show only [aired] once as you noted. Not planning to release the pilot any time soon. Believe me, you don't want to see it. It's rough (By this, I am referring to the KaBlam!! pilot...not the H&J Show pilot)" Despite this, the episode is now available on his website.
    • Prometheus and Bob was going to be given a Live-Action adaptation for a feature film. However due to a lack of interest, the idea was ultimately cancelled.
    • The show was originally titled Kablam! Theater in pre-production.
    • When the show aired on The Splat, "Comics For Tomorrow Today!" was scheduled to play on October 9, 2016. At the last minute, it was replaced with "It's Flavoriffic!", which aired the night before.
    • A Nicktoon spinoff for Stewy the Dog Boy was planned but didn't surface thanks to Disney's Teacher's Pet.

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