ChalkZone (2002-2004) is a Nickelodeon cartoon that, like fellow Nicktoon The Fairly Oddparents, began as a series of shorts on Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It apparently finds its roots in an older cartoon with the same premise, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, which coincidentally had also come on Nickelodeon at one time (as part of the network's earliest program, Pinwheel). Whether or not ChalkZone is an intentionally modernized version of Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, however, is unknown.The show centers on a shy, daydreaming kid by the name of Rudy Tabootie, who one day discovers a world hidden beyond his teacher's chalkboard. In this world, ChalkZone, chalk drawings that have been erased from all chalkboards are now sentient beings; among them is a creation of Rudy's, a Kid Hero named Snap. Most episodes revolve around Rudy and Snap adventuring around ChalkZone, often accompanied by Rudy's best friend / love interest, Penny Sanchez; in some cases, Rudy, being the only person to know about ChalkZone and wield the Magic Chalk (with Penny being the only person he trusts with this information), has to keep the place safe from being found out by anyone else.It's stated to be the sweetest and cutest non-Jr. Nick show ever made, however it receives a lot of criticism due to its sugary nature and over-the-top cuteness. Despite this, it has somewhat of a cult following (though not as much as other classic Nick shows) that finds the cuteness a charm.
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