The Comic Strip was a 1987 Rankin/Bass ProductionsAnimated Series which ran for one season, 65 episodes in all.The premise: four different cartoons (with different animation styles) were shown in rotation sequence, with two of the four appearing in roughly 12-minute slots per 30-minute episode.The four cartoons were:
Mini Monsters, which chronicled the adventures of two normal children at a summer camp also attended by the children of some of fiction's most famous monsters (including the children of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man);
Karate Kat, about an anthropomorphic cat detective who fought crime using karate skills;
Street Frogs, showing the escapades of a Five Frog Band of aspiring musicians and street dancers;
Tiger Sharks, showing a team of human/marine hybrids and their underwater adventures. Of the four, this was the only cartoon to be consistently shown in two-part episodes. This series had an animation style similar to the earlier-produced ThunderCats and SilverHawks that distinguished it from the other three shows in the line-up.
The series as a whole shared many of the same cast and crew with the ThunderCats and SilverHawks series, being the second series to be made in the wake of ThunderCats's popularity, after SilverHawks.Not related to, or to be confused with The Comic Strip Presents.A clip of the show's intro can be seen here.
The Bet: The Mini-Monsters episode "Wolfie's Bet" has Wolfie taking up a bet by the other campers that he won't tell a joke for 24 hours; if he wins, he gets Sherman's cassette player, but if he loses, he can never tell another joke at Camp Mini-Mon again. He loses, but gets to continue telling jokes anyway because his bet violation was done to save Klutz's life.
Evil Twin: Karate Kat had an evil twin brother named Karate Krud, who first turned evil after getting a bump to the head. When the two confront each other, they're so identical in appearance that it's near-impossible to tell them apart; Krud uses this to his advantage when Dr. Katmandu tries to whack him on the head with a specially-made mallet that'll force him to undergo a Heel-Face Turn. Dr. Katmandu hits the correct twin, then explains that he expected Krud to be better than Kat at everything, so he simply aimed for the twin who was winning the fight.
Expository Theme Tune: Besides the one for the overall show itself, the four cartoons had their own individual theme tunes.
The Faceless: Sherman and Melissa's parents in Mini-Monsters.
Grumpy Old Turtle: In Street Frogs, diner owner Snappy Sam (an anthropomorphic snapping turtle) loathes the titular group immensely because of all the hi-jinks they get up to (often at his expense); also, they owe him a big tab for past meals.
Incredibly Lame Pun: On Mini-Monsters, Wolfie's jokes are filled with these to the point of being utterly groan-worthy to the other campers. Klutz the monster lizard is the only one who finds them funny.
Invisible Streaker: Blanko from Mini-Monsters is usually visible as a floating tee-shirt, a hat and a pair of Cool Shades, as well as white gloves and a pair of shoes — but oddly, no pants. Occasionally, if he needs to be completely invisible, he'll take off his clothes.
Lethal Chef: Winifred the witch on Mini-Monsters, as her concoctions caused severe bellyaches to her fellow campers in one episode. Also the Street Frogs in an episode of their show are catering to a wedding, but the sandwiches and drinks they prepare cause the consumers to change color and collapse.
Mobile Fishbowl: In Tiger Sharks T-Ray and his mooks are water-breathing creatures from a planet that dried up. They are now trying to conquer a watery planet; the one upon which the series take place. Since the other group of villains (and their occasional allies) cannot breathe water, they have used water filled suits at least once.
Petting Zoo People: In Karate Kat, the general cast consists mostly of anthropomorphic cats. In Street Frogs, there's a wide cross-section of anthropomorphic animals besides the Street Frogs themselves (reccuring examples include Snappy Sam, who is a snapping turtle, and the local radio disc jockey Typhoon Toad, who is a toad).