It Smells Like Cartoon Planet!
"One day I ran into this big shot TV guy I know Cartoon Planet
He says I'm really desperate, would you like to host a show?"
in the show's Expository Theme Tune
(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. It ended its run on February 8, 2014, and then was re-launched again on Boomerang starting June 6.
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 Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: Spoofed in a segment of "Brak's Tales of Suspense".
- The Cameo: Count Floyd, the Horror Host played by Joe Flaherty from The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimleynote 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!
- Foreshadowing: [adult swim] once aired a "Where Are They Now" style bump. The last one featured Brak, Zorak, and Moltar planning a revival of Cartoon Planet. Cartoon Planet would come back on March 31, 2012.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: In the "Mail Bag Day" segment.
- Fun with Foreign Languages: The "Learning to Talk Italian" segments.
- Go Karting with Bowser: Or, rather, hosting a TV show with Zorak.
- History Repeats: Subverted. The original Cartoon Planet ended after 22 episodes. It was retooled and relaunched in 2012, but after 22 episodes the network, apparently forgetting about the upcoming 20th birthday celebration they brought it back for in the first place, removed it from the lineup so Dragons: Riders of Berk and Level Up could be rerun on every weekday rather than just Monday through Thursday. Then, however, the show came back again in October, just in time for the actual birthday celebration, and has stayed on ever since.
- I Am Great Song: "Everybody Wants to Be Space Ghost"
- Large Ham: Space Ghost.
- Lethal Chef: Brak, his segment "Cooking With Brak" usually gets cancelled because his recipes get everyone sick.
Brak: "Hey, what's the big deal? So a few people got a tummyache!"
Space Ghost: "Tummyache? The whole crew lost all feeling in their arms and legs!"
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to both Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Brak Show.
- Limited Animation: Lampshaded when Brak smugly declares "I'm not animated to explode!" Space Ghost blows him up later on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, though.
- In one episode, Brak complains about his lack of poses, as all he seems to have is "sitting down" and "standing up".
- Also Lampshaded when a letter from a fan comments that the production budget must have cost 35 cents.
Space Ghost: Missed by a nickel, sport!
- Metaphorgotten: "Run it up the flagpole and see if it's a flag!"
- Musical Episode: While all three main cast members are prone to randomly bursting into song, episode 21 "The Miserables" is a compilation of all the various musical numbers from the show.
- No Fourth Wall: The characters are very well aware that they are cartoons.
- No Indoor Voice: Brak, especially compared to Zorak.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Space Ghost is accompanied by Zorak, a mantis, and Brak, a tiki-headed cat...thing.
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.".
- Spin-Off: From Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
- Spoof Aesop: "There's an old Arcadian proverb that says: You can lead a horse to prune juice, but you can't make him drink it. Nor would you want to."
- "'I told you, never trust a monkey!'"
- Squeaky Eyes: Zorak's eye blink sound.
- Stock Footage: From countless cartoons and shows, including the original Space Ghost, Ultra Seven, and The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley.
- Surreal Humor
- Talkative Loon: Brak again.
- Thanking the Viewer: After the Closing Credits, complete with a "See You Soon."
- Vanity Plate: Displayed the closing tag for Ghost Planet Industries, before it took on its current name, Williams Street.
- Western Zodiac: Featured/parodied in Zorak's "Horrorscopes".