Western Animation: Cartoonstitute

What was supposed to be the spiritual successor to What A Cartoon! Show. A project headed by Craig McCracken (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 onto the internet 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 Adventure Time. 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.


Cartoonstitute had the following shorts:


Cartoonstitute contains examples of:

  • After the End: Stockboys of the Apocalypse has a teenage boy fall into a time machine and sent decades into the future, where the world is a nuclear wasteland.
  • Chubby Chaser: In 3 Dog Band, Sly hits on an elephant and a hippo and enjoys it when they start crushing him with their behinds.
  • Deserted Island: Maruined revolves around two kids and a strange animal trapped on a tropical island.
  • Follow the Leader: Spleenstab to Dave the Barbarian to some. They even share the the same narrator.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar / Refuge in Audacity: Cartoonstitute was the network's first experimentation with the TV-PG rating, resulting in some shorts having some risque content. The worst offender is Joey to the World, which would be a much better fit on [adult swim] than it ever would be on the main channel, due many blatant sex and drug references.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A number of the shorts are hard to find online, and Cartoon Network is unlikely to re-showcase the shorts anytime soon.
    • Subverted, the rights to the shorts eventually ran out and reverted back to their owners, allowing them to finally be uploaded online.
  • Odd Couple: The Awesome Chronicles of Manny and Khan
  • One-Episode Wonder: Just about any of these, save Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa.
  • Petting Zoo People: 3 Dog Band
  • Spiritual Successor: To What A Cartoon! Show
  • The Musical: 3 Dog Band is a about a musical trio, and the short ends with them playing at a nightclub.
  • The Pollyanna: YES is about a a family of these trying to spread goodwill all over the world.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In YES, when the family tries out poetry, the mom comes up with a poem about how weird it is that she has ten toes and only one nose. The dad came up with the exact same poem.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The children in Maruined. Arguably the titular character in Joey to the World.
  • What Could Have Been: The other 27 uncompleted shorts which never got produced, and perhaps never managed to get past the storyboarding stage before the project's cancellation.