Western Animation / Cartoonstitute

What was supposed to be the spiritual successor to Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon! Show. A project headed by Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends)note  and Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot), Cartoonstitute was meant to be a showcase for new animators to show off their skills and an alternate way for new material that had potential for a full series greenlight without the use of focus-testing or any major executive interference. A total of 39 shorts were meant to be produced, but due to an increase of other in-house productions and a number of financial issues, only 14 were completed. The finished pieces were leaked online weeks before receiving a legitimate brief showing on the network's online video service before quietly being shelved. The Other Wiki has more details on the full situation.

In August 2009, Cartoon Network gave the greenlight for 12 quarter-hours of J.G. Quintel's Regular Show to be produced. Regular Show went on to become a Sleeper Hit upon its premiere late the following year, becoming a major foundation for the network along with Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time (both cartoons became the key to Cartoon Network winning back viewers who gave up on the channel after the Cartoon Cartoons ended/got canceled, the classic theatrical cartoons were moved to Boomerang, and the current programming they had at the time [a lot of which were live-action shows] was not warmly received). In April 2010, a spin-off of the Uncle Grandpa short was announced, entitled Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. Upon that show's cancellation, the short proper was greenlit into a series of the same name in September 2012 and has been running ever since.

Cartoonstitute had the following shorts:

Cartoonstitute contains examples of: