Western Animation / Oh Yeah! Cartoons

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What What A Cartoon! Show was to Cartoon Network, Oh Yeah! Cartoons was to Nickelodeon. It was a showcase of cartoons from multiple fresh and up and coming animators at the time. Several of these animators got their big break here thanks to Fred Seibert, founder of Frederator Studios and creator and producer of Oh Yeah! Cartoons, What A Cartoon, and the briefly produced Random! Cartoons on Nicktoons Network. Of the shorts that appeared on the show only three were made into series by Nickelodeon; Butch Hartman, with The Fairly Oddparents, Rob Renzetti with My Life as a Teenage Robotnote , and Bill Burnett and Larry Huber note , with Chalkzone.

A few other noteworthy animators who came out of this and were picked up by Nickelodeon and other companies fairly quickly after Oh Yeah! Include Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy, and Dave Wasson of Time Squad and Carlos Ramos of The X's. Other noteworthy creators include Mike Bell, Alex Kirwan, Tim Biskup, Pat Ventura, Steve Marmel, Zac Moncrief, and Vincent Waller, just some of the incredible talent in the animation industry that helped in the creation, writing, and directing of several highly creative, and influential animated series in the recent years since 1998.

Compare Random! Cartoons, a similar Nickelodeon anthology show which even got it's own More Popular Spin-off (albeit on a different channel). Also compare the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program, Nickelodeon's non-Frederator incubator, which is shown online.

The Shorts:

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    Season 1 Shorts 

  • ChalkZone
  • Slap T. Pooch: What Is Funny?
  • Jelly's Day
  • The F-Tales
  • Teddy and Art: 25¢ Trouble
  • Cat and Milkman
  • Jamal the Funny Frog: Mind the Baby, Jamal
  • Thatta Boy
  • Hobart: The Weedkeeper
  • Protecto 5000
  • Ask Edward by Rob Renzetti
  • Peter Patrick, Private Investigator
  • Max's Special Problem by Dave Wasson
  • Tutu the Superina
  • Blotto
  • Tales From The Goose Lady: Jack & the Beanstalk
  • Twins Crimson
  • Olly & Frank
  • Apex Cartoon Props
  • A Cop & His Donut
  • Enchanted Adventures
  • The Fairly OddParents!
  • Hobart & the Merman
  • Super Santa
  • Kitty the Hapless Cat
  • That's My Pop
  • Hubbykins & Sweetiepie
  • The Man with No Nose
  • Youngstar 3
  • Hey Look!
  • ChalkZone: The Amazin' River
  • Tales From The Goose Lady: Hamsel and Grande
  • The Feelers
  • Planet Kate
  • Fat Head
  • Max & the Pigeon
  • Zoomates
  • Microcops

    Season 2 Shorts 

    Season 3 Shorts 
  • The Fairly OddParents!: Super Humor
  • The Boy Who Cried Alien!
  • Jamal the Funny Frog: Dentist
  • The Dan Danger Show!: Danger 101!
  • The Tantrum
  • Super Santa: Naughty
  • Super Santa: South Pole Joe
  • Sick -N- Tired: Bug Bite!
  • Tales From The Goose Lady: The Ugly Duck Thing
  • The Fairly OddParents!: Scouts Honor
  • Skippy Spankerton: Hot Tamale Monster Movie Madness!
  • Jamal the Funny Frog: Beach
  • Super Santa: Vegetation
  • Elise Mere Mortal
  • A Kid's Life: Picture Perfect
  • The Dan Danger Show!: A Lighter Shade of Danger!
  • Kameleon Kid
  • Jamal the Funny Frog: Camping
  • The Fairly OddParents!: The Really Bad Day
  • Baxter and Bananas: Monkey See Monkey Don't
  • Tales From The Goose Lady: A Fisherman, A Fisherman's Wife, and a Fish
  • The Dan Danger Show!: A Date with Danger!
  • The Semprini Triplets
  • Mina and The Count: Girl Is Count


Tropes applying to Oh Yeah! Cartoons include:

  • Aesop Amnesia: The title character of the Dan Danger shorts keeps on having to learn not to be a wimpy coward. Every time he resolves to be braver from now on, he gets back to being easily frightened by the most trivial things.
  • Affectionate Parody: Rob Renzetti's The F-Tales, a satire of The X-Files in which a vixen and a chicken investigate Fairy Tale stories.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • "Peter Patrick, P.I." stars a Kid Detective named Peter Patrick and his fez-wearing feline sidekick Persian Puss. They both address each other as "P.P."
    • The title character of "Skippy Spankerton: Hot Tamale Monster Movie Madness".
  • Animated Adaptation: The short "Hey Look" is an adaptation of a series of comic strips of the same name that Harvey Kurtzman made in the 1940's.
  • Bad Santa: Santa's rival South Pole Joe in Super Santa, though he's more a Bad Santa because he's completely incompetent rather than evil.
  • Badass Santa: Super Santa depicts Santa Claus as a superhero.
  • Battle Couple: Super Santa and Emma Claus both fight crime.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Edward from the short "Ask Edward: All About Babies" tells a big lie to his brother about babies coming from eggs laid by the Delivery Stork at the North Pole, but ends up actually believing it when they find an egg near the house after Edward claimed it was impossible for their parents to have another baby.
  • A Boy and His X: The premise of "Ollie and Frank", which is about a Child Prodigy named Ollie who creates a playful and obedient Frankenstein dog named Frank.
  • Brainy Baby: Jamal the Funny Frog's little sister Polly is able to speak in complete sentences even though she's a tadpole.
  • Bumbling Dad: "That's My Pop" was about a Child Prodigy bear girl named Naomi and her idiot father.
  • Catch-Phrase: Slap T. Pooch in "What is Funny?" repeatedly states "Was that funny? I don't know! I'm asking!"
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • At the end of The F-Tales, Chicken Little turns out to be right about the sky falling after spending most of the short coming off as some kind of paranoid conspiracy nut.
    • The premise of "Freddy Seymoure's Amazing Life" is that he spends the short telling outlandish and unbelievable stories, like being given a crown by an alien king as a reward for saving his planet by solving a giant puzzle sphere and beating a wrestler by tricking him into devouring his own body. When his dad asks him what happened to his tie and he answers that a monster ate it, it turns out that there actually is a monster ruining Freddy's dad's clothes, which implies that Freddy didn't make up his other stories either.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Elmer Scrooge is seen throwing darts at a picture of Santa thumb-tacked to the wall of his prison cell while in jail at the end of the Super Santa short "Naughty".
  • Disney Death: Mitzi Moth appears to get killed by bug spray in "The Feelers", but eventually comes back to life when Crusty plays the Feelers' recorded song in front of Mr. Katzeneisner.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Elmer Scrooge from the Super Santa short "Naughty" has a very obvious powdered wig on his head, which he ends up loosing after he's defeated and put in jail.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop:
    • "A Cop and his Donut" was about a cop being partners with a sentient donut.
    • Used for a joke in the Dan Danger short "A Date with Danger", where Dan is on a date with a female police officer and she is impressed when the dinner he orders for them turns out to be a plate of donuts. It is also pointed out how cliche the stereotype of law enforcers liking donuts is.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: The short "Elise: Mere Mortal" featured an orthodontist named Dr. Toothinstein.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: In the short "Baxter and Bananas: Monkey See, Monkey Don't?", Bananas threatens to show the people at Baxter's house an embarrassing baby picture.
  • Face–Heel Turn: "Thatta Boy" has Thatta Boy's sidekick Polly decide to change allegiances and become a villain near the end of the short.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: The Dan Danger Show was a series of shorts about an adventurer hero who had a reputation of being able to survive dangerous encounters with wild animals, but in real life is a helpless coward who feared the most trivial of things.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: In "Skippy Spankerton: Hot Tamale Monster Movie Madness", Skippy tries to get Zola to breathe fire by feeding him tamales with hot sauce.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: "Tales From The Goose Lady" consists of the Goose Lady forcing two children to listen to bizarre versions of famous fairy tales.
  • Fun with Flushing: The Hobart shorts both involved Hobart ending up in a different world after being flushed down the toilet.
  • Gender-Blender Name:
    • The merman from the Hobart short "Deep Sea Diva" is named Ethel.
    • The "Jelly's Day" short "Uncle Betty's Strange Rash" has Jelly's uncle named Betty.
  • George Jetson Job Security: In the Super Santa short "Naughty", Elmer Scrooge fires his butler for giving him a cup of tea with two sugars when he decided to have just one sugar instead at the last minute.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In "Max and the Pigeon Incident", Max at one point accidentally enters a women's restroom through the window. The woman who catches him blows a whistle and accuses him of being a "sicko".
    • During Obie's imagination sequence of being in jail for his cereal addiction in "Earth to Obie", one of the inmates can be heard referring to Obie as "sweet cheeks" and making kissy sounds.
    • A non-detailed nude pin-up can be seen in the background at one point in the short "Let's Talk Turkey".
  • The Grinch: The Super Santa short "Naughty" had Elmer Scrooge, a descendant of Ebenezer Scrooge, try to ruin Christmas for everyone by using gas to make all the children naughty solely because he grew to hate the holiday for Santa giving him coal all the time.
  • Here We Go Again: After the title character finally succeeds in getting his brain back in his head in "Max and his Special Problem", Max then ends up coughing up his heart.
  • Interspecies Romance: In the "Jelly's Day" short "Uncle Betty's Strange Rash", Jelly's Uncle Betty falls in love with a sentient flower.
  • Kafka Komedy: The Goose Lady's rendition of Hansel and Gretel. Hansel and Gretel are two greedy fat kids who keep trying to eat the Witch's candy house. Every time the Witch tries to stop them, they cry for help and a nearby Woodsman, assuming the Witch is trying to eat the kids, attacks her with his ax. The pattern repeats itself until the Witch's home is nearly entirely gone. She then constructs a new house made out of liver, which repulses Hansel and Gretel... but it turns out the Woodsman loves liver and starts eating the house while the Witch breaks down into tears.
  • Karma Houdini: The Goose Lady from the "Tales from the Goose Lady" shorts never gets punished for preventing the two children from attending school in order to force them to listen to her stories.
  • Kid Hero: There were several shorts where the main character was a child superhero.
    • The title character of "Thatta Boy".
    • Youngstar from "Youngstar 3", who fights crime with the aid of his grandpa Old Man and a Fembot named Shero.
    • The title character of "The Tantrum", who channels his frustrations at not getting what he wants through crime-fighting.
  • Kid with the Leash: Mina and The Count is all about a little girl having a vampire under her thumb.
  • Laugh Track: Recorded laughter is used excessively in "Zoo Mates".
  • Left Hanging: The short "Planet Kate" ended on a Cliffhanger and wasn't continued, leaving the alien dogs' quest to find the lost city unresolved.
  • Man in a Kilt: Jelly's Uncle Betty from "Jelly's Day: Uncle Betty's Strange Rash" wears a kilt.
  • Mirror Routine: "Hubbykins vs. Sweetiepie" had Hubbykins attempt to escape his irate wife Sweetiepie by pretending to be her shadow. He succeeds in deceiving her by mimicking her movements until Sweetiepie's real shadow points out that it's really her husband.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In the Super Santa short "Naughty", Elmer Scrooge's lackeys end up turning on their boss on the simple basis that Santa Claus was nicer to them than he was.
  • Miss Conception: "Ask Edward: All About Babies" has Edward and his younger brother Emo get completely inaccurate ideas about where babies come from. Edward first tells his brother that parents get a baby by sending a request form to the stork at the North Pole during Christmas, Easter, or when the tooth fairy comes to claim the lost tooth of one of the children they already have, afterwards the stork will lay an egg that will hatch into a baby after being delivered. When their mother tries to set them straight by having their dad explain the facts of life to them, they only end up thinking that eggs will only contain babies if bees have pollinated them.
  • Missing Mom: The title character of the Jamal the Funny Frog shorts has a father and a younger sister, but no mention whatsoever is made of his mother.
  • Monster of the Week: Each of the Super Santa shorts had Santa Claus fight a different villain: A sentient toy bunny in "Jingle Bell Justice", a descendant of Ebenezer Scrooge in "Naughty", a Bad Santa in "South Pole Joe", and a Mad Scientist who tried to raise an army of mutated vegetables in "Vegetation".
  • Mr. Imagination: The title character of "Earth to Obie", who pretends that he's at a prison for breakfast cereal mascots while at the supermarket.
  • Mrs. Claus: Is also an Action Girl in Super Santa.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Due to struggling to get ready for bed and finish her movie at the same time in "Skippy Spankerton: Hot Tamale Monster Movie Madness", Skippy Spankerton at one point appears wet and naked in front of the monsters she's filming when she rushes to continue working on her movie after being told to take a bath.
  • No Fourth Wall: "What is Funny?" has Slap T. Pooch repeatedly asking the audience whether everything he does and everything that happens to him is funny.
  • Old Superhero: One of the members of the titular hero team in "Youngstar 3" is Old Man, who is Youngstar's grandfather.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The short "The Forgotten Toy Box: Curse of the Werebaby" had a selfish and immature man cursed with turning into an adult-sized baby until he learns to act his age after being bitten by an infant.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Jamal's dad in the Jamal the Funny Frog shorts tends to not practice what he preaches. For instance, he is seen playing his son's video game after telling him that playing video games will damage his mind in "His Musical Moment", while "Dentist" has him indulge in sweets and lose several of his teeth after lecturing his son on the importance of proper dental care.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The twins Bene and Beckette from "Twins Crimson and Those Amazing Robots". Bene is a boy with blue hair and a blue shirt, while his sister Beckette has pink hair and a pink dress. The trope is also inverted in that Bene wears a pink scarf and Beckette wears a blue ribbon in her hair.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Some of the music used in "Jamal the Funny Frog" was from the classical era.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: OH! YEAH! CARTOONS!
  • The Quiet One: The title character of "Magic Trixie" only has one line of dialogue, two if you count the obligatory clip of the short's main character saying "Oh Yeah! Cartoons".
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • Rise of Zitboy: The premise of the short "Fuzzy Bunny Presents: A Kid's Life", where a girl named Suzy freaks out over having sentient blackheads on her nose the day before the school dance.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Jamal the Funny Frog's little sister Polly may just be a tadpole, but she does tend to act like a black woman with attitude.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Elmer Scrooge from the Super Santa short "Naughty" clearly has this mindset, as he boasts that being wealthy enables him to do whatever he wants.
  • Stepford Smiler: The Goose Lady appears to be one, leading in to her guilt-tripping Dot and Randy into listening to her story in "The Egg Who Would Be King" by pointing out how ridiculous her entire existence is.
    The Goose Lady: You think this is easy for me? Look at me LOOK AT ME! I'M A TALKING GOOSE WITH FAIRY WINGS! I'm an outcast! My stories are all I have! (sobs hysterically)
  • Take That!: The Dan Danger short "Danger 101" has a brief scene of Dan Danger telling Aquaman that his power to command sea life is lame.
  • The Talk: The short "Ask Edward: All About Babies" has Edward mislead his younger brother Emo that babies come from eggs that the stork lays after receiving a baby request form from the parents during Christmas, Easter, or when one of the children they already have has lost a tooth. After Emo and Edward make a scene over their mother cooking an egg they thought was their new little brother, she tries to set them straight with a talk from their father, but that only causes them to assume that eggs only have babies in them after being pollinated by bees.
  • Title Drop: "Hey Look" has several segments of the short begin with the Big Guy or the Little Guy shouting the short's title.
  • Title Theme Tune: Besides the show itself, at least one short (Zoey's Zoo) has a theme song of its own that mentions the title.
  • The Tooth Hurts: The Jamal the Funny Frog short "Dentist" had Jamal get a toothache from eating too much sweets. He initially dreads the trip to the dentist and is unwilling to part with his rotten tooth after it's been pulled out, but all is well for him when the dentist is able to fix up his decayed tooth and put it back in his mouth.
  • Villain Song:
    • The Criminally Insane Gingerbread Men in "What is Funny?" briefly sing "Tough Cookies" when Slap T. Pooch finds himself at their mercy.
    • The Balloon Goon in "Blotto" sings "Get the Girl into My World" while scheming to steal Blotto's love interest Dotto.
    • In "Fuzzy Bunny Presents: A Kid's Life", the sentient zits on Suzy's nose sing "We're the Stinkin' Blackheads".
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The short "Kameleon Kid" was about a boy who gained shape-changing abilities after a lab accident.
  • Who Even Needs a Brain?: Type III is demonstrated in the short "Max and his Special Problem", where a man literally sneezes his brain out and has to try and find a way to get his brain back in his head. Aside from twitching every time his brain is poked, he is shown to act perfectly fine without a brain.

Alternative Title(s): Oh Yeah Cartoons

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