Toonsylvania was an animated show that lasted for two seasons on FOX's Saturday morning cartoon block. It was created by Bill Kopp (the creator and voice of Eek! The Cat) and Jeff DeGrandis and produced by Steven Spielberg, each episode was split into four parts (at least in season one; season two underwent a change in format):
The first part would be one of the adventures of Dr. Vic Frankenstein; his assistant, Igor, a Ted Baxter who thought he was the brains of the outfit, and their Frankenstein's Monster, Phil.
The second part, called "Night of the Living Fred", was about the adventures of a family of zombies, created by Mike Peters, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of Mother Goose and Grimm. On most episodes (particularly in season one), this segment would be replaced with an animated parody of a B horror movie.
The third segment was the shortest, called "Igor's Science Minute", where Igor gives a science lesson. Hilarity and disaster ensue, especially in the ones where Igor doesn't sing the lesson.
The fourth and final segment, called "Melissa Screetch's Morbid Morals"', had Phil do something bad. As punishment, Igor reads him a tale involving a bratty girl named Melissa Screetch, who doesn't heed the warnings of adults (usually given by her mother) and gets punished one way or the other for it.
On "Baby Human," when the baby chomps down on Igor's head, one would expect Igor's head to be tucked into his body when Phil pulled the baby off him, right? WRONG! Igor's body was shown blindly crawling on the floor for his head, with Phil telling the baby to "...spit Uncle Igor's head out." When Baby Human does spit it out, Igor casually screws it back on.
Couch Gag: The part in between the first cartoon and the second cartoon had a small animated piece where Igor flicks on the remote and each episode, something weird happens.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Like any 1990s kids' cartoon, this show had its share of sexually suggestive jokes (the first episode included Dr. Vic reading a book of pick-up lines to use on women and a scene of Igor, Dr. Vic, and Phil drooling over a Sexy Silhouette of a woman showering...until they draw back the curtain and find the Darla Doiley doll ready to kill him). Unlike any 1990s kids' cartoon, this cartoon also had a lot of dark humor and jokes about Amusing Injuries (again, the first episode had a scene of a previous customer wanting to return his Darla Doiley doll because she had put an axe through his head. Igor and the clerk laugh at the man before he angrily tosses the doll and leaves).
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Unlike Steven Spielberg's other cartoons (Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, etc) this (and Histeria!) haven't been put on DVD nor have they appeared in reruns on cable TV or online on any video sites. However, unlike Histeria, Toonsylvania had a video release of some select episodes, but the video has since been out of print and, so far, there has been no word on whether or not the show will see a DVD release (either from DreamWorks [since they hold the rights to the show] or from Shout! Factory [which has been putting out a lot of DVDs of obscure television shows from the 20th century).
Loophole Abuse: In "Phil's Brain", Dr. Vic ordered Igor to take the garbage out but Igor replied that his union doesn't allow him to do it. (In fact, it's the only thing the union forbids him from doing) Dr. Vic then ordered Igor to make sure Phil takes the garbage out otherwise Igor will be punished.
In an episode of the "Night of the Living Fred" segment, the principal, during a yearly visit to Fred Deadman's classroom, he figured out Fred is, as his surname suggests, dead and decided to expell him for that. After he was told there's no rule against dead kids attending school, he simply establish the rule, subverting the trope.
In another "Night of the Living Fred" episode, Fred took his dead and stuffed dog Frisky to a dog show. Frisky was allowed in because there was no rule against dead dogs entering. Frisky won because the last event was a "stay" and the points for it were more than any other dog had got after the other events.
On "Built for Speed," he was seen painting his toenails.
On "Love Hurts," the game show announcer mentions that Dr. Vic enjoys bubble baths.
On "Love Potion Number Nein!" Dr. Vic has his body and hair wrapped up in towels the way a woman would have it.
Right Behind Me: From "Baby Human," Dr. Vic, Igor, and Phil are searching for the cannibal baby Igor created in the basement. The baby lands on Dr. Vic's head as Dr. Vic is yelling at Igor, then Dr. Vic panics until he realizes "The baby's on my head, isn't it?"
Space Whale Aesop - The entire point of the Melissa Screech segments. Stay out past curfew? You get abducted and eaten by a monster! Make funny faces all the time? Your face will fuse permanetly into the funny face and you're forced to star in B horror flicks to get by! Disobey an instruction? You spark a cataclysmic war between Earth and an alien race! Spoil your appetite with sweets? You'll waste away to an atom or get blown like paper in the wind.
Yandere and Love Makes You Crazy: Natalie Nightshade (a dead actress who now haunts the castle as a ghost) under the influence of Igor's love potion on "Love Potion Number Nein" was so crazy in love with Igor that she tries to kill him so the two can be together forever.