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[[caption-width-right:250:[[PunctuatedForEmphasis What! A! CARTOON-TOON-TOON!!]].]]

The '''''What A Cartoon! Show''''' (originally known as '''''World Premiere Toons''''', and later renamed '''''The Cartoon Cartoon Show''''') was an anthology show on Creator/CartoonNetwork running from 1995 to 1997, with a few scattered shorts airing towards the end of TheNineties. Created by then-president of Creator/HannaBarbera Fred Seibert as a throwback to theatrical studio cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, it also served as a testing ground for potential original programing; as he put it, "48 chances to succeed or fail." The premiere of the project was on a special hosted by [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Space Ghost]].

True to Seibert's word, 48 cartoons were produced by a generous handful of creators (mostly Hanna-Barbera staff), each reflecting [[AuthorAppeal the artist's individual style and sensibilities]]. Five of the shorts [''DextersLaboratory'', ''CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheChickenFromOuterSpace'' (which became ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'')] would go on to be the network's first original shows, or CartoonCartoons. Two wound up being the prototype for a much more popular toon later on (''Larry & Steve'' would serve as one of the inspirations for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''Kenny and the Chimp'' was retooled into ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''). Joe Barbera himself got back in the director's chair to create two shorts of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. Others, such as ''Yoink of the Yukon'', ''Pfish & Chip'', ''Yuckie Duck'', and ''Shake & Flick'', were not as successful, but have gained a strong cult following from classic CN fans.

Fred Seibert would produce a spiritual successor, this time for {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}, called ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'', which would spin off its own programs ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', and ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.

Another spiritual successor was planned for TheNewTens in the form of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}}'' and was to be headed by Creator/CraigMcCracken and Rob Renzetti, both of whom got their start on ''WAC''. For undisclosed reasons, it never came to be, although [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow two of]] [[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa the shorts]] went on to be successful series' in their own right.


[[folder:Shorts]]
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls: Meat Fuzzy Lumkins
* WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Dino: Stay Out]]
* Yuckie Duck: Short Orders
* Sledgehammer O'Possum: Out and About
* George and Junior: Look Out Below
* Hard Luck Duck
* Wind-Up Wolf
* Shake & Flick: Raw Deal in Rome
* Captain Buzz Cheeply: A Clean Getaway
* O. Ratz with Dave D. Fly: Rat in a Hot Tin Can
* Pfish & Chip: Short Pfuse by Butch Hartman of ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' and ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fame.
* Fat Cats: Drip Dry Drips
* George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular
* Yoink! of the Yukon
* Yuckie Duck: I'm on My Way
* WesternAnimation/MinaAndTheCount: Interlude with a Vampire
* WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken: No Smoking (a.k.a "Cow and Chicken Go to Hell")
* Boid n' Woim
* Podunk Possum: One Step Beyond
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls: Crime 101
* Hillbilly Blue
* WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog: The Chicken From Outer Space
* Pizza Boy: No Tip
* Gramps by Butch Hartman of ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' and ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fame.
* WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory: The Big Sister
* Bloo's Gang: Bow Wow Buccaneers
* WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory: Old Man Dexter
* Help?
* [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo Jungle Boy]]: Mr. Monkeyman
* Godfrey & Zeek: Lost Control
* Tumbleweed Tex: School Daze
* Buy One, Get One Free
* Kitchen Casanova
* Ignoramooses
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo and the Amazon Women
* Pfish & Chip: Blammo, the Clown by Butch Hartman.
* Awfully Lucky
* Strange Things
* Snoot's New Squat
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Larry and Steve]] by Creator/{{Seth MacFarlane}}. This short and ''The Life of Larry'' ([=MacFarlane=]'s animation school short that is pretty much the first two episodes of ''Family Guy'' bookended with scenes of SethMacFarlane sitting in a leather chair in a study room with a scotch and a cigar) are considered the pilot shorts for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!
* Home Sweet Home
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Dino: The Great Egg-Scape]]
* [[Creator/RalphBakshi Malcolm and Melvin]]
* Tales of Worm Paranoia
* [[Creator/RalphBakshi Babe, He Calls Me]]
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[[folder:Cartoon Cartoon shorts]]
* [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kenny and the Chimp]]: Dis-easy Does It
* WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg: Crash Lancelot
* King Krab: Space Crustacean
* WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy: Meet the Reaper
* WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones
* Trevor!: Journey to Sector 5-G
* Nikki
* Foe Paws
* Prickles the Cactus
* Lucky Lydia: Club Lydia
* Longhair and Doubledome: Good Wheel Hunting
* Lost Cat
* Uncle Gus: For the Love of Monkeys
* WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity: In the Baa-ginning
* Thrillseeker: Putt 'n' Perish
* Captain Sturdy: Back in Action!
* Yee Hah & Doo Dah: Bronco Breakin' Boots
* IMP, Inc.
* My Freaky Family: Welcome to My World
* Major Flake: Soggy Sale
* Utica Cartoon: Hotdog Champeen
* [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]]: No P in the OOL
* Swaroop: Bovine Bliss
* WesternAnimation/FerretAndParrot
* A Kitty Bobo Show: Cellphones
* Uncle Gus: Not So Fast!
* Commander Cork: Space Ranger
* Jeffrey Cat: All Dogs Don't Go to Heaven
* Longhair and Doubledome: Where There's Smoke... There's Bob!
* Maktar
* Fungus Among Us
* [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR [=LowBrow=]]]: The pilot to ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
* Bagboy!
* Colin Versus the World: Mr. Lounge Lizard
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!!Tropes featured:

* AllCGICartoon: "Strange Things" was the only short featured on this programming block that was made entirely using computer animation.
* AnimationBump: "Help?", which was lavishly animated by Bruno Bozzetto and his team in Italy.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: ''Gramps''. His grandkids keep pointing out the errors in his story and how he actually lived his life. For example, when he mentions in his story that the President was a statuesque woman, he begs them to let this part remain unchanged when they point out that America never had a female President.
* ButtMonkey: Yuckie Duck's shorts both have him get the short end of the stick in the end, being made into duck soup for messing up a customer's order in "Short Orders" and his stint as a paramedic ending with him requiring medical attention himself in "I'm On My Way".
* CaptainObvious: At the start of "Larry and Steve":
--> '''Steve''': Hi. I'm a dog, in case you're... well... ''stupid''.
* CaptivityHarmonica: In ''Pizza Boy in No Tip'', after getting sent to prison for assaulting the Eskimo couple for not giving him a tip, Pizza Boy is seen playing the harmonica after relating his tale of woe to the prison parson.
* CassandraTruth: In ''Gramps''. Despite what details Gramps changed, it seems he really did save the world from an alien invasion as the alien leader testifies to his own grandchildren.
* TheCastShowOff: Most of the shorts were created by Hanna-Barbera staff, given free range to create whatever they wanted.
* CasualDangerDialog: In "Larry and Steve", while the car is driving out-of-control towards a stack of TNT, Steve interrupts his scream to point out: "Wait a minute, isn't that a little contrived?"
* TheChewToy: Poor, poor Shake from ''Shake & Flick'' is a quite literal example. Nothing saves him from Flick abusing him and chewing him up.
* ChristmasEpisode: ''George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular'' had George and Junior tasked with delivering a Christmas present on Santa Claus' behalf as punishment for delivering the letter asking for it late.
* CreatorCameo: The superhero in the "Malcolm and Melvin" shorts was voiced by Creator/RalphBakshi, who created the shorts and disowned both of them after they aired.
* CutawayGag: ''Larry and Steve'' had some. Justified in that SethMacFarlane was behind the cartoon and this would later be the hallmark for his more popular work, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* DerangedAnimation: Anything directed by Pat Ventura: ''Yuckie Duck'', ''Sledgehammer O'Possum'', and ''George and Junior''. Also ''Buy One, Get One Free'', which has visual influences from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' (not hurt by a few staff members who worked on that show).
** Also the two Creator/RalphBakshi shorts ''Babe! He Calls Me'' and ''Malcom and Melvin'', and ''Tales of Worm Paranoia'', directed by Eddie Fitzgerald.
* DomesticOnlyCartoon: Being a Cartoon Network program, most of the shorts were made by either Hanna-Barbera or Cartoon Network Studios, but there have been exceptions.
** "Help?", which was produced in Italy.
** "Babe, He Calls Me" and "Malcom and Melvin", which were produced by Bakshi [=ZooToons=] in New York.
** "Strange Things", which was made by Sensible Shoes Productions in the U.S.
** "O Ratz: Ratz in a Hot Tin Can", which was made by Perennial Pictures Film Corporation in Indianapolis.
** "The Chicken From Outer Space", by Stretch Films in the U.S.
** "The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply: A Clean Getaway", produced by Buzz Image Group in Canada.
** "Journey to Sector 5-G", which was made by Cuppa Coffee Productions in Canada.
* {{Expy}}: The superhero seen in the "Malcolm and Melvin" shorts vaguely resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: {{Averted}} in ''Captain Buzz Cheaply: A Clean Getaway''. The titular protagonist bribes an alien into sparing his life by offering him beer and we later see a whole bunch of signs that read "beer".
* FurIsClothing: At one point in "Shake & Flick in: Raw Deal in Rome", Shake's fur falls down like pants to reveal boxer shorts.
* GroinAttack: ''Fat Cats in Drip Dry Drips'' features a scene where Louie accidentally hits the President in the grapes when he was doing his measurements.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Johnny's acid-scalded face in "Tales of Worm Paranoia". As if once wasn't bad enough, they cut to it ''three times''!
* HappilyAdopted: Implied in "Kitty Bobo", where the titular protagonist is a cat whose parents happen to be dogs. Kitty casually calls them on his cellphone in a way that suggests he doesn't care whether or not they're his biological parents.
* HereWeGoAgain:
** The ending of ''Godfrey and Zeek''. After all the trouble the two go through to retrieve the TV remote from the sewage plant, the two get bored with what's on television and Godfrey decides to flush the remote down the toilet so they can get the remote back again.
** "Swamp and Tad: Mission Imfrogable" had the titular characters retrieve a package from Earth for their king that turned out to be a pizza. The duo is then told that they have to go back to Earth to retrieve more pizzas, much to Tad's dismay.
* HumansAreCthulhu: ''Tales of Worm Paranoia'' is about a worm named Johnny being terrified of a human that obliviously injures him constantly. Unlike most other examples, it's a straight up CosmicHorrorStory.
* {{Jerkass}}: Luther from "Awfully Lucky". The very beginning of the short has him steal a man's sandwich, tease a dog with the last bite before eating it in front of the pooch, and steal a baby's milk bottle to wash it down. It's almost as if they wanted to make him as unsympathetic as possible when the curse of the Paradox Pearl continuously gives him good luck only to follow with bad luck so that his misfortunes wouldn't seem unfair.
* InterruptedSuicide: In "Malcolm and Melvin", Melvin tries to off himself by jumping from the window ledge, but he changes his mind when he hears Malcolm's trumpet-playing.
* KidWithTheLeash: ''WesternAnimation/MinaAndTheCount''.
* LineBoil: The characters in ''The Kitchen Casanova'' squiggle slightly.
* MadBomber: ''Pfish & Chip'''s stock in trade is to catch these guys.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon:
** ''Help?'', which has no dialog aside from Jof's "Help!"
** "Shake & Flick in: Raw Deal in Rome", which has no dialog aside from a few screams.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Jof in ''Help?'', who runs to the hospital after he ''pricks his finger while sewing''.
* NightmareFace: The titular Podunk Possum can apparently deploy a monstrous one of these at will, [[spoiler:scaring an entire alien fleet away from Earth]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Podunk Possum'' featured the psychotic ghost of a Colonel who owned his own chicken restaurant who is clearly based on Kentucky Fried Chicken's founder Colonel Harlan Sanders.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened to Grandma in ''Gramps''. According to Gramps' grandchildren, it was a result of their refusing to listen to one of his stories. "SHE WAS DEAD WHEN I GOT THERE!!"
* OldSuperhero: The premise of "Captain Sturdy: Back in Action", where the titular superhero has to go out of retirement after learning that the official retirement age for superheroes has been changed and as a result his pension has been cancelled.
* PostScriptSeason: Sort of. 48 cartoons were contracted for 1995-97, but more were made after that including ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', ''Kenny And The Chimp'', ''King Crab: Space Crustacean'', and the Big Pick shorts from 2000-02.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: (After seeing a zombie) AAAAAHHH!!! [[GratuitousEnglish *whack* OH! *whack* MAH! *whack* GAAAWD!]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcNexLXRres&feature=related The opening theme]]. "WHAT! A! CARTOOOOOOOOON!"
* RampageFromANail: The lion in the second Yuckie Duck short "I'm On My Way" gets a tack stuck in his rear end.
* SadistTeacher: Mr. Fitzgibbon in the short "Trevor in Journey to Sector 5-G". He deliberately tries to stump his students by coming up with extremely hard math problems and even withholds recess until they answer correctly.
* SayMyName: From "Dry Dry Drips": "EEELLLMOOOOOO!"
* ScrewySquirrel: The titular character of ''Sledgehammer O'Possum'' spends both of his shorts messing with someone for no good reason. He torments a dog trying to enjoy a drive in "Out and About" and he screws with a postal worker named Ethel for trying to evict him from a mailbox in "What's Goin' On Back There?"
* SkewedPriorities: Captain Buzzy Cheaply puts getting his laundry done over rescuing his robot sidekick and repairing his ship.
* SlasherSmile: The aforementioned psychotic Colonel Sanders Ghost from "Podunk Possum" wears a perpetual one while smashing eggs and delivering completely nonsensical catchphrases. [[CaptainObvious Chickens are terrified of him for a reason.]]
* SpinOff: Famously, ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' (and, to a lesser extent, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsnextDoor'') are all series derived from shorts on this programming block..
* ThemeTune: There were two of them. The first was a heavy metal piece. Reruns of the show used the Cartoon Cartoon Fridays theme.
* ThickLineAnimation: Some of the cartoons utilized this design style, such as ''Pizza Boy in No Tip'', ''Godfrey and Zeek'', ''The Powerpuff Girls'', and ''Dexter's Laboratory''.
* ThreateningShark: Completely averted by Pfish in the ''Pfish and Chip'' shorts. He's a shark, but he's a friendly, clueless, eccentric who has feet and is somehow able to live on land.
* ToServeMan: ''Gramps'' {{lampshade}}d this when a character runs to Gramps with a book reading "To Serve Man" and exclaiming that it's a cookbook before he is hit with a golf club by Gramps, exclaiming, "[[ItsBeenDone It's been done!]]"
* UrineTrouble: In "Swamp and Tad: Mission Imfrogable", Tad tries to spy on a dog by disguising himself as a fire hydrant. The plan backfires when the dog starts sniffing him and then raises his hind leg.
* WideEyedIdealist: Yoink, even though he doesn't die.
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