Western Animation / The Fight for the Fox Box

The Fox Box lost. It was soon canceled.

The Fight for the Fox Box was a 2003 half-hour-long TV special. At that time, 4Kids Entertainment was running a programming block known as the "Fox Box" (because it was broadcast on the Fox network). It was also an Intercontinuity Crossover.

It's basically one long Enforced Plug for Fox Box shows on at that time. Basically, the story is that a mysterious voice informs the bad guys of five TV shows (Shredder, King Dedede & Escargoon, Dr. Robotnik Eggman, Dial Bolic, and Dr. K) that he has stolen the "Fox Box broadcast codes," and that the network can't go back on the air without the codes. He gives the codes, in pieces, to each of the five villains, and tells them to guard it well. Ace Anderson and Jack Kowalski, the Funky Cops, overhear this tirade on their car's CB radio. The heroes of each TV show also get wind of what's happening, and they set out to take the codes back.

Relying mostly on recycled clips and animation from the TV shows it features, about the only thing new about it is the way the clips are edited together and the audio/dubbing by the original actors. (That is, assuming that it is mostly footage ripped and edited from the TV shows.) There is one scene with less-than-stellar animation where Funky Cops Ace and Jack question Meat on what he knows about the disappeared codes. He then proceeds to fill them in on what's been happening on Ultimate Muscle up to that point.

When the characters of each show re-obtain the code their antagonist is carrying, it is displayed on the screen in some way (mostly for real, but on one occasion a character only says it and the code appears on screen).

The TV special ends with the villains reporting how they failed to keep their code safe. The Voice says "You fools!" and informs them that Donatello has set up a website (now defunct) called Savethefoxbox.com, where viewers can enter in the codes to get the network back on the air. During his evil laughter, the sound visualization for his voice fades away to reveal his real identity - Wayne Cramp. The half-hour ends with a non-conclusive ending of him pushing his brother Lucien down the stairs, with an appearance of the show's logo.

Shows included for crossover (alphabetical, not chronological, order) (bold are the main four) include:As such, this half-hour special incorporates many tropes used within those shows.

It has an IMDb page and can now be viewed on YouTube. There's also an article that details a press release by 4Kids that explains other details about the release and broadcast of this special.

One last note: If you'd like to re-experience some of what the original "SaveTheFoxBox" website was like, look here: http://web.archive.org/web/20040828191731/http://savethefoxbox.com/ The five codes are: 9HT6A (from Dr. Eggman), B7Z51 (From King Dedede), MM881 (from Dialbolic), L1415G (from Dr. K), and 5E3KZ (from Shredder). Go wild.

Tropes used in this half-hour special include:

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Ace and Jack believed everything Meat had said to them about being from the future and flew in starships, yet they have a hard time accepting Meat's name.
  • As You Know: Used by King Dedede talking about "The Kirby Show"
  • The Bad Guy Wins: As of the Fox Box/4Kids TV's end, you could consider this a retroactive example.
  • Big Bad: The Voice a.k.a Wayne Cramp.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: All of the properties acknowledging the Fox Box, Dr. K referencing the Channel Hop for his show, and Dedede denying about mailing out DVD's about their scheme.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Possibly inverted, at least in the case of the Ninja Turtles. Thanks to Turtles Forever, this seems to be part of the franchise's Multiverse.
  • Description Cut: "The next thing you'll be telling us is that there are a bunch of mutant turtles running loose in New York City." Cut to the turtles' side of the special.
  • Enforced Plug: For the many shows it's promoting. The plot even stopped in it's tracks by having the Turtles watch the pilot for Shaman King.
  • Fake Crossover
    • Somewhat averted when the Funky Cops questioned Meat, as they actually did appear in the same place together.
  • Gainax Ending: Just watch part 4.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Mostly stuff from Ultimate Muscle, regarding Hollywood Bowl.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Eggman lost his code to Sonic after he mentioned that only he can give the order for the code from a robot. Sonic asked him to give the order, however Eggman refused. He accidentally blurted out the order, then the robot gave the code to Sonic.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The plot revolves around villains trying to take over the Fox Box.
  • How We Got Here
  • Hurricane of Puns: All the jokes surrounding the names of DMP's fighters and what they do.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Meat says this word-for-word when Ace and Jack interrogate him.
  • Only Sane Man: Of all the villains, Shredder shows the most competence. He breaks up a quarrel between Escargoon and Dr. K, seems suspicious of who their mysterious leader is, and comes out with the most success in the end (he loses the code, but comes pretty close to killing the Turtles.)
  • Skewed Priorities: Ace and Jack don't believe Meat's name, but they're more willing to believe that he lives in the future, flies in spaceships, and has been cryogenically frozen for ten years.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: This gem:
    Dr. Eggman: What if your plan is discovered?
    King Dedede: Don't be so hard-boiled, Eggman! It ain't like we gonna go mailin' out a whole heap of DVD's telling folks about the whole dang scheme.
  • Take That!: In reference to Cubix Channel Hopping to the Fox Box from Kids' WB!...
    Dr. K: My luck has really changed, Killobot! First I switch from that dull and boring network to the Fox Box...
    • ...as well as many others. Watch it and see what you can spot.