"One day I ran into this big shot TV guy I know He says I'm really desperate, would you like to host a show?" —Space Ghost in the show's Expository Theme Tune.
Cartoon Planet (1995-1997) was a spin-off of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, or, what happened when the creative team behind said show was given free rein with the Turner cartoon library. Cartoon Planet was a mix of songs, sketches, and clips of older shows, described by head writer Pete Smith as "a cross between The Sonny and Cher Show, The Electric Company, and recess at the Richard M. Nixon School for Wayward Boys". The show starred Space Ghost, Zorak, and Brak in the same character interpretations shown in Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Space Ghost as the egotistical blowhard host, Zorak his long-suffering (and evil) foil, and Brak as a loveable "half-lobotomized" simpleton. The characteristics of Brak in Cartoon Planet and banter between him and Zorak were the inspiration for their portrayal on The Brak Show.It lasted only 22 episodes and due to copyright hangups will never be released on DVD.In 2012, Cartoon Planet was relaunched on Friday night, playing some of Cartoon Network's original "classic cartoons" as they call them, as a part of the network's 20th anniversary. Zorak and Brak return as hosts. Now after one year of running, it appears that the block has lost its original purpose, the block now plays a hodge podge of both old and current shows, including Johnny Test and Annoying Orange and now not only runs on fridays, but every week day as well.
The following shows are being rerun in the 2012 reboot:
And Your Little Dog Too: Attempted on Space Ghost when Zorak tried to teach Brak how to be evil. It didn't work out so well.
Anti-Humor: Whenever Brak would do stand-up, his jokes would end this way.
Batman Cold Open: Several episodes would begin with a sketch, entirely without context, before displaying the short intro song and logo.
Big "NO!": Space Ghost when having a nightmare about not studying for his superhero exam. Zorak wakes him up, only to ask if he studied for the superhero exam, causing Space Ghost to let out another Big "NO!".
The Cameo: Count Floyd, the Horror Host played by Joe Flaherty from The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimleynote a late-1980s cartoon show that aired on NBC, featuring SCTV and Saturday Night Live cast member Martin Short as his hyper, Man Child character going on bizarre adventures. To date, this is the only animated series — whether for kids or not — featuring a recurring character from Saturday Night Live and SCTV would show up via Stock Footage.
Moltar appeared once in 'Mantis from Atlantis'.
Hilariously parodied in a skit where Zorak goes Blah Blah Blah while Space Ghost monologues about one of his adventures. For no reason whatsoever, Brak appears out of no where for a brief few seconds while the words "Cameo Appearance" appear under him.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: All three hosts can be considered this at one point or another, especially Brak.
Credits Gag: The credits are unusual in that only the crew member's first names are used. Some of the names even featured gags; composer Eddie Horst was always listed as "Eddie the Horse", Mike Lazzo was listed as "The Mayor of Cartoon Planet" and Keith Crofford was listed as "The Chief of Police". Additionally: "Thanks For Watching the Credits".
The Ditz: Brak. One fan letter questioned how he'd survived his death in the original Space Ghost cartoons, suggesting that whatever saved him had robbed him of his intelligence:
Zorak: Brak, how did you survive that Piranhamite barrage?
Brak: I don't remember, it's all a blur! I think I just went to sleep and woke up stupid!
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Some segments were included on The Brak Show DVDs, but the copyrighted footage/music was replaced. If a complete series set was ever made of Cartoon Planet, it's pretty much a guarantee that it will have to be edited for copyright reasons.
Brak: Hey Zorak, why do seagulls fly over the sea? Zorak: I'll bite; why? Brak: 'Cause if they flew over the bay, they'd be baygulls!
Retool: The 2012 Revival. Space Ghost is no longer present, no cartoons pre-1995 are shown, and the skits and musical numbers no longer use Stock Footage.
Running Gag: Zorak getting blasted by Space Ghost's power bands.
Shout-Out: A skit parodying the movie Aliens, where Zorak said that his tummy hurts, and Space Ghost continuously said "I want my mommy". The skit ended when Brak said, "Hey, let me know if an alien's gonna pop out of ya' stomach. 'Cause, you, know, I wanna be long gone when that happens.".