Trivia / KaBlam!

  • Adored by the Network: Averted with the show itself. But if you watched Nicktoons in the mid-2000s back when they still played Nicktoon shorts during commercial breaks, Life With Loopy tended to be played the most on it's own. Usually the episode "Hi-Fi Frankenstein". 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).
  • 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 a lot of content that would be considered "Too Soon" following the September 11th attacks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Notably, the show is the only '90s Nicktoon to never receive an official home release on VHS, DVD, or iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. Nickelodeon confirmed that rights issues with some of the one-shot shorts is preventing a home media release from happening (and even if it did, expect it to be heavily edited to remove certain shorts for copyright). The only way you can see the show is through YouTube (provided it hasn't been removed for copyright reasons) and other video-sharing sites.
    • Thankfully, the entire series is YouTube, and Viacom doesn't seem to be taking them down. Even the long lost "Henry and June Show" pilot was uploaded!
    • Mark Marek has begun posting full episodes of the series on his website, including many of the "missing" episodes. Which is the closest thing fans will get to an official release.
  • 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, not even outside the US (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.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Rocko's Modern Life (all things considered, it's not that bad, but still, it would have been nice for Sniz and Fondue to have their own show).
      • 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 Kalam! 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.

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