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  • Jabberjaw (1976) / Misterjaw (1976)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both series, with sharks as lead characters, were created as responses to the box-office success of Jaws.
    • Implementation: Jabberjaw is in a rock 'n' roll band with four human teenagers. Misterjaw, created for the 90-minute Pink Panther show, would rather scare humans than befriend them.

  • Thomas & Friends (1984) / Magic Adventures of Mumfie (1994)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Short stories told by a narrator who also voices the characters based on old British children's books that teach morals to preschoolers.
    • Implementation: Both series are produced by Britt Allcroft, but it's also important to know that the Mumfie books predated The Railway Series by ten years. They also appeared together on Fox Family and Nick Jr. UK at one point.

  • Thomas & Friends (1984) / Chuggington (2008)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Short stories about a fleet of anthropomorphic train engines and their daily working lives on the railway targeted at young children. The stories often contain An Aesop for the target audience to learn. Expect to hear lots of train-themed puns.
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    • Implementation: Thomas & Friends was initially filmed using real railway models in live-action and the episodes were presented as if someone was reading them from a storybook; a storyteller would narrate the stories and do all the character voices. Later seasons use CGI models and gave each character their own voice actor (though the storyteller was still present). Chuggington used CGI models from the start and doesn't have a narrator; the episodes rely purely on dialogue. The characters in Chuggington are animated in a much more lively manner, showing lots of body language even if it defies the laws of physics, safety and engineering. The body language for the engines in Thomas & Friends is largely restricted to facial expressions, though starting Season 22, the engines can move their frames to a small extent.
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  • C.O.P.S. (1988) / Robocop The Animated Series (1988)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both shows involve police who are (as C.O.P.S. put it) "fighting crime in a future time".
    • Implementation: Although the film that the latter show is based on predates COPS, COPS technically came first since it originally aired on weekdays.

  • Denver the Last Dinosaur (1988) / Dink, the Little Dinosaur (1989)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated series about dinosaurs having adventures and a Green Aesop or two.
    • Implementation: Denver had a one-year head start, aired in syndication and was set in modern-day while Dink came a year later (inspired partly by The Land Before Time, released in between the two shows), was aired by CBS and took place in the Stone Age.


  • Captain N: The Game Master (1989) / The Power Team (1990)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A regular teenager who loves video games leads a team of video game characters against the forces of evil.
    • Implementation: Captain N featured characters from numerous NES games, and had the main character, Kevin Keene, transported into a realm of video games. The Power Team was a segment of a show called Video Power, featured characters from games published by Acclaim, and had the video game characters coming out of the games into the real world, while the character Johnny Arcade watched everything on his console, giving advice to the Power Team.

  • The Simpsons (1989) / ¡Qué bello es sobrevivir! (2001)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Adult animated series about an ordinary American/Spanish family, featuring a bald, overweight father (Homer Simpson/Óscar Balor), a mother with an impossibly long hairdo (Marge/Silvia) and a smart little girl (Lisa/Inés)
    • Implementation: Telecinco hyped ¡Qué bello es sobrevivir! as Spain's response to The Simpsons, which aired on rival station Antena 3.

  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) / Widget the World Watcher (1990)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Saving the environment through use of superpowers.
    • Implementation: In Captain Planet, the spirit of the Earth summons five teenagers from around the world and gives them magic rings to stop "Eco-villains" from destroying the environment. Widget is about a shape-shifting alien who comes to Earth and befriends three human children.


  • Sharky And George (1990) / Fish Police (1992)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated Detective/Noir shows set in an underwater city of fish that involves crime-fighting.
    • Implementation: Sharky & George is a Canadian-French co-production, while Fish Police was a co-production between the American-based DIC Entertainment and Hanna Barbera Productions, and was based on the eponymous comic book series.

  • The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) / Rocko's Modern Life (1993)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Surreal Nickelodeon cartoons with extremely wacky animation styles and disturbingly edgy styles of humor that skimmed toward older audiences
    • Implementation: Back in the 1990s, Ren & Stimpy revitalized the concept of deranged and dangerous animation that could be for both adults and kids, leading to many imitations of its style. Rocko's Modern Life was one such imitator that was dismissed as a rip-off with no redeeming value. Also, Ren & Stimpy focused more on creepy and gross humor, while Rocko focused more on wacky and zany humor.

  • TaleSpin (1991) / SWAT Kats (1993)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Kids' cartoons in The '90s that starred a cast of Funny Animals who fly Cool Planes.
    • Implementation: TaleSpin was aimed at a slightly younger audience, and took place in a Diesel Punk World of Funny Animals. SWAT Kats was aimed at older children, and took place in the futuristic Mega Kat City, which was inhabited by a cat-like species known as "Kats". The Sea Duck in TaleSpin was a customized cargo plane, while the TurboKat from SWAT Kats was a jet fighter.

  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992) / X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Comic Books adaptations that brought darker, more complex storylines to children's animation.
    • Implementation: In 1992, Comic Book rivals, DC and Marvel, in about of a month of each other, released a show based on one of their most popular licenses onto Fox Kids. Both became not only popular, but are noted as being the start of bringing darker and more complex stories to comic book programming, and children's programming in general.

  • Animaniacs (1993) / The Wacky World of Tex Avery (1997)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Collections of cartoon shorts in half-hour kid shows.
    • Implementation: Tex Avery is alleged to be an homage to old Tex Avery cartoons while Animaniacs is original itself, but has a lot of the classic Looney Tunes-style humor remade for the 1990s.


  • The Baby Huey Show (1994) / The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (1995)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A modern take on classic cartoon characters.
    • Implementation: The second season of Baby Huey was produced by Film Roman (the same company behind Twisted Tales of Felix).


  • Gargoyles (1994) / Mummies Alive! (1997)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Ancient monsters awaken in the modern day.
    • Implementation: Gargoyles was a major departure from much of what was happening in western animation, with arcing story lines, an expansive mythology, and emphasis on character development. Mummies Alive! tried to mimic many of these elements, but was less than successful in doing so.

  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child (1995) / Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated retellings of famous stories using an All-Star Cast.
    • Implementation: Happily Ever After retold classic fairly tales and folk stories but with changes to make them reimaginings of the original tale set in different countries, like Little Red Riding Hood taking place in China or a re-telling of The Happy Prince set in a New York City park. Adventures From The Book Of Virtues, however, used the stories as a Framing Device that Talking Animal characters tell two kids named Zack and Annie.


  • KaBlam! (1996) / Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Nickelodeon animated sketch comedies that presented about four shorts an episode.
    • Implementation: KaBlam! normally had the same shorts per episode, with a few one-shots in there to mix things up. Oh Yeah! featured different shorts every episode.


  • Hey Arnold! (1996) / Recess (1997)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A group of fourth grade kids and their usual and unusual adventures with their friends
    • Implementation: Hey Arnold! didn't have school as its main focus (while a bunch of episodes focused on school, it wasn't the main point of the show), while Recess focuses more on the kids at school.

  • Caillou (1997) / Little Bill (1999)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Slice of Life Animated series based on a series of children's books about a young bald-headed boy and his family and friends experiencing daily situations and also teaching aesops.
    • Implementation: While Caillou focused on the white Canadian experience and was accompanied by live-action puppet segments, Little Bill focused on the Black American experience and had the distinction of its main character being a fictionalized child version of Bill Cosby.

  • Recess (1997) / Detention (1999)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A group of kids have misadventures in school under the eye of a large strict female teacher.
    • Implementation: One Saturday Morning was beating Kids' WB! in the ratings race, so it seems pretty obvious here that Warner Bros. decided to Follow the Leader.

  • South Park (1997) / The Boondocks (2005)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Shows that satirizes certain current topics around plots of a community of idiots, while the children turn out to usually be the only ones with common sense.
    • Implementation: Both shows are cable cartoons that are much more obscene and satirical than The Simpsons, and often go after taboo and rarely mocked social issues. While South Park goes after everything and anything that may be bothering Trey Parker and Matt Stone this week, The Boondocks tends to stick with issues about African-American culture and modern-day racial issues between white people and black people.

  • Men in Black: The Series (1997) / Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends (1999)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Shows that feature a clandestine organization dedicated to protecting the planet from aliens, and keeping the existence of those aliens a secret from the general public.
    • Implementation: While Men in Black did have a recurring primary antagonist and there was a story arc in the final season, most episodes were a standalone affair. Roswell however featured a very strong central myth arc, as well as several other story arcs that all concluded in the final set of episodes.


  • Godzilla: The Series (1998) / Alienators: Evolution Continues (2001)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: An animated series based off a movie in which scientists save the world from monsters.
    • Implementation: Godzilla had to balance the exploits of the human team with Godzilla's epic battles with other monsters. Of the two shows, Alienators seems to have been geared towards a younger audience.

  • MTV's Downtown (1999) / Mission Hill (1999)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Late 90's Adult Animated series about the bizarre city life.
    • Implementation: Both shows were released in 1999, they were well animated following artistic styles of Alternative comics. They were so unique and strange, too strange for their own good. They both had strange characters and stranger settings. They had many sexual jokes and nerdy pop culture jokes.

  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999) / Poochini (2000)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated series about a timid dog who discovers weird stuff in his surroundings.
    • Implementation: Both Courage and Poochini live with an abusive male owner.


  • SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) / Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island (2005)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: An eternally cheerful super-optimist in a nautical-themed world of anthropomorphic sea creatures/fruit annoys his fussbudget neighbor while having wacky adventures with his dim-witted best friend.
    • Implementation: Fred premiered on Kids' WB! at the height of SpongeBob's popularity, and the main characters of both shows act and sound extremely similar. The main difference was that Fred was a talking coconut who lived on an island with other talking fruit.

  • SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) / Fish Hooks (2010)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Cartoon about underwater creatures living human lives.
    • Implementation: SpongeBob is set in an ocean and stars a sponge working in a fast-food restaurant, while Fish Hooks is set in a pet store/TV repair shop and stars a group of fish going to high school. Fish Hooks is also much more realistic in plot, fish locomotion, food, and scale, while SpongeBob is more cartoony.

  • Jackie Chan Adventures (2000) / The Mummy: The Animated Series (2001)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Two 2D animated shows on the early 2000's Kids WB block, both of which have inspirations from the Indiana Jones series, both of which concern some ancient culture, both of which have globe-bouncing MacGuffin story arcs, and both have allusions to cinema.
    • Implementation: The Mummy is a bit Lighter and Softer than the two films before it (as well as the original 1932 Mummy, which was a horror film classic). Sony/Columbia/Tristar distributed JCA while Universal, who is the copyright holders of The Mummy Trilogy, are behind the animated version.

  • Dora the Explorer (2000) / Sofia the First (2013)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Girl-oriented preschooler shows about a cheerful girl who goes on adventures with assistance from cartoon characters.
    • Implementation: Both shows were cash cow franchises in the little girl market, with Dora's success propelling her into the mainstream. Sofia benefits from being an extension of the Disney Princess franchise, with several of the princesses making occasional guest appearances. It's worth noting the Dora was somewhat tomboyish, but slowly underwent a Girliness Upgrade as it went on. Sofia, however, was girly from the get-go.

  • Invader Zim (2000) / Lloyd in Space (2001)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated shows about green aliens going to school.
    • Implementation: Lloyd made its debut a year after Zim already aired




  • Xiaolin Showdown (2003) / Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Plot-driven animated series inspired by Asian culture, about a group of pre-teens and teenagers who fight evil by using elemental powers.
    • Implementation: Xiaolin is a kid-centric series about the heroes collecting powerful artifacts and trying to keep them out of the villains' grasp. Avatar is a more mature series about a child who has the power of all four elements, which he must use to defeat an evil army. Xiaolin's four protagonists have power over one of the four elements. Xiaolin is set in modern times, while Avatars setting is a fantasy world with heavy inspiration from eastern cultures. Xiaolin is more action focused, while Avatar is more plot and character driven. But while Xiaolin aired first, Avatar had been conceived in 2001.

  • My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003) / Robotboy (2005)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Villain of the Week science-fiction action-comedies about an adorable Astro Boy-esque protagonist who have human best friends that aires on rival networks Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network respectively.
    • Implementation: Teenage Robot premiered as a short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons in 1999 and green-lighted as a full series from 2003 and was cancelled in 2005, the same year Robotboy premiered in the UK. Teenage Robot's protagonist is built as a teenage Action Girl who sees her creator as her mother and deals with typical teenage drama, while Robotboy's protagonist was more child-like and he deals with him saving the day from his current owner and his friends.

  • Winx Club (2004) / W.I.T.C.H. (2004)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animesque sentai shows originating from Italy about a group of Magical Girls who travel between Earth and a magical realm.
    • Implementation: Somewhat similar shows that both originated in Italy, except W.I.T.C.H. has a bigger budget and scripts with less filler. Many of the similarities were introduced through the adaptations. The Winx Club animated series came out before the W.I.T.C.H. animated series, though the comics that the W.I.T.C.H. series is based on pre-date Winx Club.

  • Danny Phantom (2004) / Ben 10 (2005)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated Science Fantasy action comedies about a White Male Lead schoolyard reject who gains the ability to transform into a super powered form from a Freak Lab Accident / Imported Alien Phlebotinum that was connected to one of their family members, decides to fight crime and creatures like what he can become in secret, is the main combatant in a Power Trio (two guys and one girl), have a know-it all red-headed relative, uses a catchphrase that was "Going [Blank]", and is from a family that hunts/hunted the creature he can become.
    • Implementation: Danny Phantom premiered over a year before Ben 10, and can be said to have started the craze of secret teen/child heroes that would come the following year. While there are a number of differences, Ben 10 gave Danny Phantom its greatest competition of all of the shows. The rivalry between the show's parent channels only upped the rivalry.


  • Peppa Pig / Bluey (2018)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Slice of Life animated preschool shows focusing on a young female Funny Animal character who lives with her parents and Annoying Younger Sibling, and also have a circle of friends.
    • Implementation: Peppa Pig is produced in the United Kingdom, while Bluey is produced in Australia.



  • Johnny Test (2005) / Phineas and Ferb (2007)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Science Fiction cartoons in which young boy protagonists use all sorts of gadgets to improve their life or just to have simple fun and have obnoxious older sisters who dream over a pretty boy, and they also have an anthropomorphic pet. Additionally, both have a formulaic plot structure.
    • Implementation: Phineas and Ferb actually has two plots (one with Phineas and Ferb, and one with their pet, Perry), while Johnny Test just focused on 1 plot (being just about Johnny and Dukey). Both were also Cartoon Network and Disney's respective darling shows until 2014.

  • Robot Chicken (2005) / MAD (2010)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Mashup of sketches and parodies of games, films, animations and everything else in media.
    • Implementation: Robot Chicken is fully in stop motion while MAD, based on the cult magazine of the same name combines traditional animation, stop motion and CG. Both air on the same channel.

  • Little Einsteins (2005) / Wonder Pets! (2006)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Preschool Edutainment Shows focusing on a group of characters traveling the world on a flying object. Music also plays a major part in both series.
    • Implementation: The Wonder Pets, as the name implies, are classroom pets, while Little Einsteins has 4 human protagonists.

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008) / The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Silver Age-esque kiddy-shows with a focus on lighthearted fun.
    • Implementation: Brave and the Bold is still quite close to the comics in characterization, except much more far-out in its storylines, whereas Super Hero Squad Show is extremely OTT and wacky in everything that happens. Also, BTBATB focuses almost exclusively on A Day in the Limelight, prioritizing characters like Clock King and Green Arrow over The Joker and Robin.

  • Monster High (2010) / Wild Grinders (2012)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated series about a group of six friends with an unique theme (monsters and skateboarding).
    • Implementation: Obviously, Monster High is a girl-targeted monster show designed to be somewhat educational while Wild Grinders is a boy-targeted skateboard show designed to be silly and somewhat stupid.

  • Adventure Time (2010) / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Insanely popular shows that focus largely on humor and (mostly) episodic character building. Both have a large Periphery Demographic despite a cutesy, lighthearted exterior, and both take place in a Fantasy setting that is still filled with modern elements.
    • Implementation: Friendship is Magic mostly consists of Slice of Life episodes (which later episodes dumped to focus on more adventure type episodes) while Adventure Time is known for being a little on the weird side.

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) / Littlest Pet Shop (2012)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Musical cartoons about talking animals on The Hub based on a 80s/90s toy line by Hasbro. Both shows have a main character interested in fashion design, a leadership specialist, and a pink Cloud Cuckoolander. They also share a voice cast, animation studio, music team, and some writers.
    • Implementation: MLP is a show that combines slice of life elements with morals mostly about friendship and perseverance and typically has only one plotline per episode, while LPS focuses more on the slice of life aspect and either has single plots or divides into two separate plots, focusing on the escapades of the Token Human and the titular pets.

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) / Filly Funtasia (2019note )
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Slice of Life Merchandise-Driven fantasy shows about colorful talking ponies that have fun and learn lessons while facing villains along the way.
    • Implementation: Filly Funtasia is based on the Filly toy brand made in 2006, and was stuck in Development Hell for yearsnote  before it finally premiered in 2019 on an Italian channel, Frisbee. Friendship Is Magic is the fourth incarnation in the My Little Pony franchise that premiered on The Hub (now Discovery Family). Filly Funtasia takes place in a Wizarding School setting, while the majority of FIM does not.


  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010) / Young Justice (2011)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Action cartoons about superhero teams from the Marvel Universe and DC Universe respectively, fighting against various villains of their respective universes and dealing with team-base drama.
    • Implementation: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes focuses more on the primary hero team of its universe, where as Young Justice focused on a younger team operating under and with their universes premiere team. Both also underwent a storytelling change in their second seasons, which Earth's Mightiest Heroes focusing on standalone episodes halfway through its second season due to interference on the production end while Young Justice had a darker focus in its second season.


  • Crash Canyon / Fugget About It (2012)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Family Guy-inspired animated sitcoms that originally aired on Teletoon At Night
    • Implementation: Crash Canyon featured the Wendells, who have become trapped in a community at the bottom of a canyon. Fugget About It is about a mobster who is forced to go into Witness Protection with his family after betraying his associates.



  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2012) / Guardians Of The Galaxy (2015)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both are action agree with a blend of science fiction and fantasy that involve a team of heroes traveling across the universe. Lisa Schaffer is the voice director for both shows, and thus both use many of the same actors.
    • Implementation: The former cartoon is based on the Green Lantern mythos of DC Comics while the latter is based on a Marvel comic inspired by the MCU.


  • Gravity Falls (2012) / Camp Lakebottom (2013)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A group of kids find that the place they're staying over the summer has strange, paranormal events happening near them.
    • Implementation: Both shows air on Disney networks in America, but Camp Lakebottom is not an official Disney production, and it's produced in Canada instead of America.

  • Gravity Falls (2012) / Rick and Morty (2013)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated TV shows revolving around an eccentric con-man, his two grand kids, two other adults and a house pet and their misadventures of weird oddities including brainwashing, uplifted animals, false memories, dimensional travel, missing relatives, little people, time cops and friends and foes who are more than they seem...
    • Implementation: Each show's respective creators are close friends and frequently collaborate with each other on both shows, even to the point of having minor inter-continuity between them.


  • Wander over Yonder (2013) / Uncle Grandpa (2013)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated series about goofy characters with sidekicks seeking fun in their worlds.
    • Implementation: Uncle Grandpa is a spin-off of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, and both UG and SMFA are based off of a pilot short called Uncle Grandpa.

  • Ever After High (2013) / Descendants: Wicked World (2015)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated shorts about the children of famous fairy tale and fantasy characters going to High School. The protagonist of both is the daughter of an evil sorceress who decides to follow a different path than her mother.
    • Implementation: Ever After High is a spin-off of the Monster High franchise which follows a similar premise with famous movie monsters. Descendants: Wicked World is the continuation of the Descendants film, which follows a similar premise to Ever After High, but with the Disney versions of these fairy tale characters.

  • Sofia the First (2013) / Shimmer and Shine (2015)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A young girl with a magical necklace that can summon human beings uses its' powers to help her through everyday situations.
    • Implementation: While Sofia the First is about a princess who meets other princesses on occasion, Shimmer and Shine has an ordinary girl who owns the necklace and genies living inside.


  • PAW Patrol (2013) / Puppy Dog Pals (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Talking dogs use special skills to help the people in their hometown.
    • Implementation: While both shows are of the Talking Animal type, PAW Patrol is a superhero show, while Puppy Dog Pals puts the dogs in a detective/spy role. Also, while the humans in PAW Patrol know about what the dogs do, Puppy Dog Pals centers around what happens when the dogs' owners leave them behind.

  • PAW Patrol (2013) / PJ Masks (2015)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Preschool shows centered around Kid Heroes that involve vehicles.
    • Implementation: While PAW Patrol was envisioned as a toy line first, PJ Masks was based on a French series of picture books.

  • Dora and Friends: Into the City! (2014) / Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Spinoffs of the flagship shows of preschool channels aimed at an older audience than their predecessor that place the characters in a new setting.
    • Implementation: Both shows were also released to the public in some form before they aired on TV. Dora and Friends: Into The City! began as a line of dolls called Dora's Explorer Girls, which got a spin-off special in 2011 before it became a show. Two episodes of Mickey and the Roadster Racers were shown in theaters a few months before the series aired on TV.

  • All Hail King Julien (2014) / The Adventures of Puss in Boots (2015)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both are DreamWorks series on Netflix that focus on an Ensemble Dark Horse and both act as prequels to their respective movie franchises.
    • Implementation: All Hail King Julien focuses on King Julien from the Madagascar franchise, and takes place before the first movie. The Adventures Of Puss In Boots focuses on Puss In Boots and takes place before his movie.

  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015) / Tangled: The Series (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both are Disney shows about plucky, blond haired princesses that are known for being rather dark at times.
    • Implementation: Star is a storyboard driven show with 11 minute runtime, while Tangled is script driven and has 22 minute episodes. In addition, Star is an original show while Tangled is based on a movie.

  • Miraculous Ladybug (2015) / PJ Masks (2015)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: French CGI animation about teen (or younger) superheroes who battle to protect their cities and secret identities
    • Implementation: Miraculous Ladybug (or Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir) is a French-Japanese-Korean production dubbed and airing on Nickelodeon in the US; PJ Masks is entirely commissioned by Disney Junior as per all their shows. While both have superficial similarities (including both having male cat-themed superheroes - very early promotional work for the Miraculous Ladybug dub listed her partner in crime-fighting as CatBoy ala PJ Masks) PJ Masks is clearly aiming for a younger audience with Disney Junior, while Miraculous used to air on Nickelodeon's main network and NickToons towards older tweens and young teens before eventually moving to Netflix.

  • Miraculous Ladybug (2015) / Mirette Investigates (2016)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Shows about crime-fighting Parisian girls with similar names and appearances with shared colors who are accompanied by a cat-based partner. The best friend of the lead has reddish hair and does media and/or journalism work.
    • Implementation: Miraculous Ladybug is a CGI Magical Girl / Superhero show that was announced circa 2010. Mirette Investigates is a 2D mystery/comedy/action show featuring global travel rather than only taking place in The City Of Light, with its roots being a series of picture books that began in early 2008. However, the Miraculous character was created in 2005. The partner in Miraculous is one that wears a cat-themed outfit, while in Mirette it's an actual cat. Both shows are French co-productions that air in TF1's TFOU in France.

  • Miles from Tomorrowland (2015) / Ready Jet Go! (2016)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: CGI animated preschool series that focus on a group of people exploring space.
    • Implementation: Ready Jet Go focuses on a group of friends exploring space, while Miles focuses on a family exploring space. Miles and his family are humans, while Jet and his family are aliens.


  • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015) / Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Modern takes of the Scooby Doo franchise.
    • Implementation: Be Cool is a direct reboot while Guess Who is a return to the franchise's original roots.

  • Word Party (2016) / Muppet Babies (2018)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Jim Henson-related productions created in The New '10s that focus on a group of babies.
    • Implementation: Word Party tends to focus on educational lessons, with vocabulary being a key focus of the show. Muppet Babies, on the other hand, doesn't focus on any educational themes and is a Slice of Life show.

  • Bunnicula (2016) / Vampirina (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both are shows based on horror themed children's books. Kristi Reed is the voice director for both shows, and both shows have Dee Bradley Baker and Kari Wahlgren
    • Implementation: Bunnicula aims for older kids and went from Cartoon Network and Boomerang to just Boomerang. Vampirina is a preschool show that airs on Disney Junior. Plus, Vampirina is based on a 2010s children's book while Bunnicula is based on both a 1979 book and a 1983 tv special.


  • Elena of Avalor (2016) / Tangled: The Series (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Shows that focus on two headstrong princesses that go on adventures
    • Implementation: Despite different mediums (Elena is CGI, while Tangled the Series ironically enough is 2D), Elena focuses more on a princess (or "Crowned Princess" in this case) learning to run a kingdom whereas Tangled is more about Rapunzel re-adjusting back into life of her kingdom after having been locked away from society for so long.


  • Welcome to the Wayne (2017) / DuckTales (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both are 2017 serialized shows about a tight knit group of close friends/family who live in a regal establishment. Sam Riegel is the primary voice director for both series.
    • Implementation: Welcome To The Wayne is an original show based on a web series while Ducktales is based on both the 1987 series and the comics.

  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) / Trolls Holiday (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Christmas specials based on girl-oriented Cash-Cow Franchise movies in which several of the main characters set off to find a holiday tradition after finding out that they don't have one.
    • Implementation: Despite both specials originally being intended for TV, Olaf's Frozen Adventure was changed into a double feature with Pixar's Coco in theaters sixth months prior to its' slated TV airing.

  • Bunsen Is a Beast (2017) / Vampirina (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Nice, happy, blue supernatural creatures try to fit in with humans.
    • Implementation: Bunsen is targeted towards older kids, while Vampirina is targeted towards younger kids

  • Sunny Day (2017) / Vampirina (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Girl-oriented preschool cartoons where a young girl helps her friends at her job and has a secondary focus on the main character and her friends being part of a band.
    • Implementation: In Sunny Day, the titular character works at a hair salon, while the titular character in Vampirina runs a bed and breakfast.

  • Chuck's Choice (2017) / Wishfart (2018)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A Canadian Fairly OddParents-inspired show where the main character is an orange-haired teen that has the power to alter reality, although not always to his wishes.
    • Implementation: In Wishfart, the main character is a leprechaun who can grant wishes FOP-style when someone near him wishes for something, while in Chuck's Choice, the main character is a human who is given choices by his alien friend as The Decider.


  • Marvel's Spider-Man (2017) / Big Hero 6: The Series (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Marvel cartoons with a heavy focus on science and teamwork, and both involve a school for gifted kids
    • Implementation: Marvel's Spiderman is another cartoon based on Marvel's most profitable character, while Big Hero 6: The Series is based on Big Hero 6, which is loosely based on the comic of the same name.

  • Unikitty! (2017) / Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both insanely cute but wacky Merchandise-Driven shows about unicorn-cat hybrids having adventures with their friends, one of which is a blue dog.
    • Implementation: Unikitty! is based on the title character from The LEGO Movie, and airs on Cartoon Network, while Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty is a new property from Saban Brands (later acquired by Funrise Toys), and aired on Nickelodeon/Nicktoons.

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (2017) / Green Eggs and Ham (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Preschool shows based on famous children's books.
    • Implementation: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is based on the book by Laura Numeroff, while Green Eggs and Ham is based on a Dr. Seuss book.

  • Muppet Babies (2018) / Total DramaRama (2018)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both are 2018 shows about younger versions of iconic characters hanging out in a daycare. Both shows use the 11 minute format compared to their predecessors.
    • Implementation: Muppet Babies is based on the 1984 cartoon of the same name involving baby versions of Muppet characters, and airs on Disney Junior. Total DramaRama is based on the Total Drama franchise, and airs on Cartoon Network.

  • Craig of the Creek (2018) / Harvey Street Kids (2018)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both of them are slice of life shows with a focus on kid empowerment.
    • Implementation: Craig Of The Creek is an original show designed for Cartoon Network while Harvey Street Kids is a DreamWorks series designed for Netflix based on the titular comic strips of the 1940s.



  • Top Wing (2017) / T.O.T.S. (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Both shows focus on some kind of bird group trying to help others in some way.
    • Implementation: Top Wing is a Nick Jr. show about a group of birds who go around performing rescue missions. TOTS is a Disney Junior show about a penguin and flamingo team at the titular organization, a normally all-stork group that delivers baby animals to loving animals.


  • Esme & Roy (2018) / Abby Hatcher (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A young girl and her non-human best friend help cute animal-esque characters in their neighborhood.
    • Implementation: Esme and Roy is flash-animated and Abby Hatcher is an All-CGI Cartoon. Interestingly, both shows are also Canadian(or Canadian-American in the case of Esme and Roy).

  • gen:LOCK (2019) / Pacific Rim: The Black (2020)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Western Humongous Mecha-themed animated series that deliberately imitate the aesthetics and tropes of anime.
    • Implementation: Gen:LOCK is an original Rooster Teeth series about teenagers piloting giant robots in a war between two major factions for control of the world. Pacific Rim: The Black is based on the films of the same name, and like them features humanity using giant robots called Jaegers to battle monsters called Kaiju.

  • Harley Quinn (2019) / M.O.D.O.K. (2021)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Irreverent adult-oriented animated adaptations of centered on popular or cult-favorite comic book villains, both debuting on streaming services and featuring name talent in the lead roles. Neither are straight-up parodies, but both are heavily comedic and play fast and loose with the source material. Both are among the first explicitly adult-oriented animated series produced by their respective source companies.
    • Implementation: Harley Quinn is a DC Universe original series starring Kaley Cuoco as Quinn, along with Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Tony Hale and many more in its (relatively speaking) All-Star Cast. M.O.D.O.K. is a Hulu original series featuring Patton Oswalt in the title role, alongside Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett and more. While Harley is traditionally animated, M.O.D.O.K. is animated with Stop Motion. (Originally, a third show, an animated Deadpool series, would also have participated in this duel, but it wound up being cancelled, a fact that Harley Quinn made fun of.)

  • The Rocketeer (2019) / Starbeam (2020)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Animated preschool shows focusing on a young dark-haired girl, whom, with the assistance of her grandfather, becomes a superhero.
    • Implementation: The Rocketeer airs on Disney Junior and is based on the Comic Book and 1991 film of the same name, while Starbeam is an original idea and streams on Netflix.

  • Animaniacs (2020) / Rugrats (2021)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Reboots of popular 90's animated cartoons appearing on streaming sites.
    • Implementation: While Hulu will stream Animaniacs, Rugrats will stream on Paramount+.

  • Hero Elementary (2020) / Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten (2021)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Preschool cartoons about young superheroes attending school. Power Pedro is similar to Sara Snap because they're both small yet strong. Blockbuster is similar to Benny Bubbles because they're both the chubby, emotional ones. Sticky looks similar to AJ Gadgets. They also both have pet hamsters - Fur Blur for Hero Elementary and Hammy for Superhero Kindergarten.
    • Implementation: Hero Elementary is very loosely based on a 2009 book called Super Hero School. Stan Lee conceived Superhero Kindergarten before he died and it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Solar Opposites (2020) / Central Park (2020)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Original adult-oriented animated series that were developed by creators of already-successful adult-oriented animated series (and featuring distinctively similar art styles to said shows) for the Fox Broadcasting Company, only to see both of them be shelved, then picked up by streaming services and premiere in May 2020. Both shows are among the first adult-oriented original animated series to be distributed by their respective streaming service.
    • Implementation: Solar Opposites was created by Justin Roiland; the show was picked up by Hulu and heavily marketed as "from the co-creator of Rick and Morty". Meanwhile, Central Park was co-created by Loren Bouchard, picked up by Apple TV+ and marketed as "from the creator of Bob's Burgers". In both cases, the new shows bear a very close visual resemblance to the associated older series, strengthening their connection.

  • The Casagrandes (2019) / Barbapapa: One Big Happy Family! (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Nickelodeon spin-offs of popular Slice of Life properties centering on a big family with consistent name theming.
    • Implementation: Barbapapa: One Big Happy Family! is based on the 1970's French book series, and the animated series that was released in the same year, while The Casagrandes is based on The Loud House, an original 2016 animated series. The Casagrandes is a Nickelodeon-produced show, while BOBHF was just acquired and aired by them. The Casagrandes is about a girl moving in with the other side of her family, while all of the Barbapapas come from one family.

  • Pikwik Pack (2020) / Middlemost Post (2021)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: 2D animated series focusing on characters running a delivery service.
    • Implementation: Pikwik Pack airs in Disney Junior and is aimed at preschoolers, while Middlemost Post airs on Creator/Nickelodeon and is aimed at older audiences. Middlemost Post is an in-house show, while Pikwik is a Canadian acquired show.

  • Little Ellen (2021) / Alma's Way (2021)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Preschool shows revolving around the life of a girl in the city.
    • Implementation: While Little Ellen is based on the childhood of Ellen Degeneres, Alma's Way is an original idea created by Sonia Manzano, well-known for playing Maria on Sesame Street.

  • Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021) / Batwheels (2021)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Preschool shows about popular superheroes.
    • Implementation: While Spidey and His Amazing Friends is based on Spiderman, Batwheels is based on Batman.

  • DuckTales (2017) / Animaniacs (2020)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Reboots of popular 90's animated cartoons.
    • Implementation: While Ducktales is a Disney animated series and follows an action-adventure story arc, Animaniacs is a satire sitcom about Yakko, Wakko, and Dot going on fun adventures and it also adds a story arc about the Warners getting used to their new time. While Ducktales airs once a week, Animaniacs streams on Hulu by airing all of the episodes.

  • Butterbean's Cafe (2018) / Alice's Wonderland Bakery (2022)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: CG Animated preschool series focusing on a young girl running an eatery with her friends.
    • Implementation: The former is an original idea, while the latter is based on the 1951 aninated film Alice in Wonderland (1951), which in turn was based on the story of te same name by Lewis Carroll.

  • Onyx Equinox (2020) / Blood of Zeus (2020)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Two 2D animated tv series aimed at older audiences based on mythologies.
    • Implementation: Onyx Equinox is based on the mythologies of Mesoamerica, generally rarely shown in fiction, and follows a storytelling formart and visuals akin to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Blood of Zeus is based on a somewhat artistic licenced take on Greek Mythology and resembles Castlevania in terms of aesthetics.

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