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. It is the 15th show in the line of Nickelodeon's original animated series known as Nicktoons.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. Originally in the shorts, Rudy was fairly young (six to eight) and the only focused on Rudy and Snap adventuring around ChalkZone.When it was green-lighted for a full series, Rudy was aged up (with the series explaining it's been a few years since the shorts) and a new character was created, 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 as well as threats within Chalkzone as well.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 notas muchas otherclassicNickshows) that finds the cuteness a charm.
Ambiguously Brown: Penny appears to be Latina as shown by her name, skin tone, and the fact she apparently knows Spanish. But it's never really stated or explicitly shown.
American Accents: Snap has a Bronx accent, howeva in some episodes it'z Brooklyn, or Joisey, and fuh no reazon, bucko, az no one elz in da show gots one.
Art Attacker: While in Chalk Zone Rudy can create anything he needs by drawing it with his magic chalk. Outside of Chalk Zone anything anyone draws with any chalk and erases becomes real inside Chalk Zone.
Art Evolution: Everything's cleaned up from the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts to the actual show. Rudy's appearance changed, too, however this was because the original shorts take place two years before the show.
And the fourth season makes everything seemed as if was from a crayon book.
Body Horror: In "Skrawl's Brain", Rudy's plan of saving the day involves giving said brain a body of it's own. However, to make it work, he has it's eyes, nose, ears, and mouth disconnected and, once the brain was inside, reconnected in the wrong spots. The end result is just as horrifying as you'd think.
Create Your Own Villain: Literally with Skrawl, who is a drawing that Rudy tried drawing for someone's birthday party only for it to be hijacked by a room full of kids and made into the mismatched creature he ultimately became.
It has been noted that some people think Rudolph is significantly less embarrassing than Rudy, to say nothing of rhyming with your last name.. or the last name itself.
BEANIE BOYS, BEANIE BOYS, WE'RE THE BOYS THAT SKRAWL EMPLOYS. HA HA HA HA HEE HEE HEE HEE HO HO HO HO HA.
Embarrassing Middle Name: Reggie Bullnerd's full name is long and embarrassing. Rudy had to find a chalk creation of Reggie's in one episode that Reggie had created to frame Rudy, finding out Bullnerd's full name from it and using it to blackmail Reggie into admitting his guilt.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Terry Bouffant started off as a generic reporter who sometimes got caught in the ChalkZone-related messes that would occur in the real world, such as the invasion of the wiggies. But in Indescent Exposure, she not only has figured out ChalkZone existed without having actually to see it, which was the case with Vinnie Ratone, but she kidnapped Snap, dragged him to a news station to be used to prove ChalkZone existed, discovered the magic chalk, trapped Snap back into ChalkZone before he could stop her, and nearly exposed ChalkZone. In her next episode, she teams up with Vinnie and they create Boorat, who succeeds in stealing the magic chalk and the only reason he was unable to complete his mission because Snap managed to constantly prevent him from going outside where Terry and Vinnie were waiting for him.
In one episode, Rudy had to prevent his dad from getting seen nude in public.
There's also the episode "The Smooch". In the episode, Snap gets kissed by the titular bird. As the bird kisses him, her head goes out of camera and we see her tail feathers straighten suddenly. She then gets up with a smile on her face and takes off.
Not to mention "Draw and Let Draw", where Rudy upsets a LOT of chalk drawings by "fixing" them before they were erased. Too be fair, he states that he had lots of experience where chalk drawings were erased that caused problems—unfortunately his claim of a 'sixth sense' wasn't that accurate in this case.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Rudy submits the idea of vampire cannibals to a comic, and doesn't understand why it got rejected because it's edgy. Penny says that vampire cannibals might be a little too edgy.
Series Continuity Error: A major factor of the plot for "Disarmed Rudy" (a season 4 episode) was that the arm Rudy draws with is broken, so he has to use his non-dominant arm (which draws poorly). However, a brief scene in "Skrawl's Brain" (a season 3 episode) showed that Rudy was ambidextrous (see Dual Wielding). Though that could be justified due to a combination of Rudy having trained himself to be ambidextrous (a common trait among real life artists) and the circumstances in "Skrawl's Brain" necessitating quick enough action that Rudy went on instinct.
The rate chalk creations dissolve in water varies WILDLY, ranging from instantaneous (Snap's hand in "Snap Out Of Water") to moderate (the bobble head machine in "Power Play") to very slow (the chalk version of Odin's helmet in "the Heist").
To drive the point home, both Snap's hand and the helmet were erased under the same conditions: rain.
Though the above could be justified by the fact that Snap is an animate chalk drawing while the latter 2 are not.
In the episode "From Beanie Boys To Men", Snap attempts to talk about Bathtub Granny and whether or not she has legs. But in earlier seasons, she is shown to have legs. In her very first appearance, she actually gets out of her bathtub and runs away, and later chases the shark Rudy drew.
Shaped Like Itself: In the (ultimately non-canon) Oh Yeah! short "Chalk Rain", the rain in Chalkzone is formed by sidewalk drawings being washed away... by the rain.
Sugar Apocalypse: Invoked in "Gift Adrift": Chalkzone plus a chalk dust targeting vacuum from the real world.
It got so bad that by the time Rudy got the idea to puncture the bag open (releasing Chalkzone), all that remained was a green strip and a blank, endless void.
Also kinda invoked in "Waste Mountain": Magic Chalk Mine plus 3 (ripped) real world garbage bags filled with cheezeburger smoothies.
This is always averted when concerning the secret of Chalkzone being threatened. The best example concerns "Hole In The Wall", where Rudy must get a construction manager, Vinnie Ritone out of Chalkzone before he turns it into a amusement park.
This turns into a 3 season arc of sorts because even though he got sent out, Ritone wants back in.
A rare non-Rudy involved example: In "Let's Twister Again", a little kid called Sonny keeps drawing and erasing tornados into Chalkzone (and then later thunder storms) due to being inspired by his mom's job as a weather reporter. However, by the end, he switches to rainbows after seeing Penny's prism. Guess how much better things got.
Summon Bigger Fish: When being kidnapped and harassed by Craniac 3, Rudy draws Craniac 4, making #3 obsolete and put into frozen suspension along with Craniacs 1 and 2. It seems to work well... until Craniac 4 starts chasing Rudy intending to get Rudy's "instant matter materializer".
Took a Level in Badass: Drawing wise, Rudy's first ever drawing was Blocky in 1st grade. 2nd grade? He made an old woman in a bathtub and by fifth grade, his mom stated that it took him only four weeks for the newspaper to get his comics published whereas the mom took four years for a single article.
Villain Song: "Skrawl's Song", which gets a few updates/reprises among various episode.
HEY! HEY! HEY!
Visual Pun: Considering this was Scribblenauts: The TV Show, it was rife with this. For example, to contact Biclops in one episode, Rudy draws up some "homing bacon". As in a piece of flying bacon with a robot voice.
Vocal Evolution: The Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts gave Rudy a higher pitched voice (justified, he was younger than he was in the actual show), and Snap's accent got heavier (he also had a higher voice in early episodes).
Weapon Wields You: The red chalk is a dangerous chalk that draws only destructive and evil drawings that attack anyone in sight, including their own creator. It's able to force its wielder to do whatever it wants, even drag them to where it wants to go, and once grabbed, the wielder cannot let go of it unless they exit ChalkZone. It's hinted that the red chalk sees creators as just mere tools for it to control. Both Rudy and Reggie have fallen victim to the red chalk.