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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 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'', ''ThePowerPuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheChickenFromOuterSpace'' (which became ''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.

Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} would develop a spiritual successor, ''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 Renzettim, 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]]
* ThePowerpuffGirls: Meat Fuzzy Lumkins
* WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo
* [[TheFlintstones Dino: Stay Out]]
* Yuckie Duck: Short Orders
* Sledgehammer O'Possum: Out and About
* GeorgeAndJunior: 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
* [[ButchHartman Pfish & Chip: Short Pfuse]]
* Fat Cats: Drip Dry Drips
* George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular
* Yoink! of the Yukon
* Yuckie Duck: I'm on My Way
* WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken: No Smoking
* MinaAndTheCount: Interlude with a Vampire
* Boid n' Woim
* Podunk Possum: One Step Beyond
* ThePowerpuffGirls: Crime 101
* Hillbilly Blue
* WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog: The Chicken From Outer Space
* Pizza Boy: No Tip"
* [[ButchHartman Gramps]]
* WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory: The Big Sister
* Bloo's Gang: Bow Wow Bucaneers
* 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
* [[ButchHartman Pfish & Chip: Blammo, the Clown]]
* Awfully Lucky
* Strange Things
* Snoot's New Squat
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Larry and Steve]] (one of SethMacFarlane's pilot shorts made in his pre-''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' days. The other is his student film, ''Life of Larry'')
* Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!
* Home Sweet Home
* [[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]]
* Kenny and the Chimp
* MikeLuAndOg
* TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy
* WhateverHappenedToRobotJones
* Lost Cat
* FerretAndParrot
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!!Tropes featured:

* AllCGICartoon: "Strange Things".
* 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.
* CaptainErsatz: The Psychotic Colonel Sanders ghost from ''Podunk Possum''.
* CaptainObvious: At the start of "Larry and Steve":
--> '''Steve''': Hi. I'm a dog, in case you're... well... ''stupid''.
* CaptivityHarmonica: ''Pizza Boy in No Tip''.
* 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.
* 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''.
** A literal one, at that.
* ChristmasEpisode: ''George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular''.
* 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 ''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: "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.; and "The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply: A Clean Getaway", produced by Buzz Image Group in Canada.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: {{Averted}} in ''Captain Buzz Cheaply: A Clean Getaway''.
* 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.
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending of ''Godfrey and Zeek''.
* HumansAreCthulhu: ''Tales of Worm Paranoia''. Unlike most other examples, it's a straight up CosmicHorrorStory.
* KidWithTheLeash: ''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!"
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Jof in ''Help?'', who runs to the hospital after he ''pricks his finger while sewing''.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened to Grandma in ''Gramps''. "SHE WAS DEAD WHEN I GOT THERE!!"
* PostScriptSeason: Sort of. 48 cartoons were contracted for 1995-97, but more were made after that including ''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.
* SayMyName: From "Dry Dry Drips": "EEELLLMOOOOOO!"
* ScrewySquirrel: ''Sledgehammer O'Possum''.
* 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 wears a perpetual one while smashing eggs and delivering completely nonsensical catchphrases. [[CaptainObvious Chickens are terrified of him for a reason.]]
* SpinOff: Famously, ''Dexter's Laboratory'', ''The Powerpuff Girls'', ''Johnny Bravo'', ''Cow and Chicken'', and ''Courage the Cowardly Dog'' (and, to a lesser extent, ''Family Guy'' and ''Codename: Kids Next Door'').
* 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, exclaiming what he found before he is hit by a golf club by Gramps, exclaiming, "It's been done!"
* WideEyedIdealist: Yoink, even though he doesn't die.
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