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Sometimes a celebrity is offered their own cartoon. They are made mostly to showcase the celebrity, and nothing more.

If they don't bother showing up to do the voices — which is quite often the case — it becomes Not Quite Starring. For the Internet-age, fanmade equivalent, see Real-Person Fic. See also Band Toon.


Examples (sorted alphabetically by last name):

Group Examples (sorted alphabetically by title)

  • The Beatles had a cartoon series in the 1960s at the height of their fame. The real lads from Liverpool greatly disliked this series because of cheap animation and terrible voices (provided by Paul Frees and Lance Percival, who later was the voice of Old Fred in Yellow Submarine, which is a masterpiece compared to this series).
  • The Brady Kids was this for its first season but subsequent installments became Not Quite Starring for three of the six, as Greg, Peter, and Marsha were recast.
  • Averted in Father of the Pride, which "features" Siegfried and Roy as supporting characters.
    • Incidentially, Siegfried and Roy had their own straight to video animated special, Siegfried and Roy: Masters of the Impossible, which was produced by DiC Entertainment and released in 1996.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters (later Go-Go Globetrotters, an Animated Anthology with CB Bears, The Herculoids and Space Ghost) applied the same to, well, the Harlem Globetrotters (an "entertainment" basketball team). They later became the Super Globetrotters.
    • These cartoon versions of these spacebound Globetrotters characters later appeared in the Futurama universe where there's an entire Planet Globetrotter.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is a more recent example, based on Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi. It stars two characters who barely resemble their real-life counterparts (the characters' manager apparently resembles their real-life manager more than the two leads resemble the singers) and who may or may not be a lesbian couple. The real singers appear in interstitials.
  • Two 1970's sibling singing groups, The Jackson 5 and the Osmonds, had their own animated shows at the heights of their fame. Unusually, they did their own voices.
  • Rap stars Kid (Christopher Reid) and Play (Christopher Martin) voiced themselves in the NBC Saturday morning cartoon, Kid N' Play, or at least their alter egos did.
  • In-universe example: Limozeen: But They're in Space! in the Homestar Runner universe.
  • New Kids on the Block had an animated series which also suffered this fate, and is mocked so much that it can almost be taken as a Stealth Parody of Band Toons. One member of the group said, "California guys couldn't do Boston accents!"
    • Their manager, Dick Scott, claimed the group couldn't voice their animated alter egos because "it's too complicated." (Ironically, Donnie Wahlberg is now making quite a good living as an actor.)
  • Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future is this for the Idol Singer groups Prizmmy and Puretty. In an odd case of this trope, the former has both their singing and speaking voices provided by different people despite being based on a real group, while the latter uses the idol group they are based off as their singing voices.
  • ProStars, where Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky use sports-themed gadgets to fight evil. No, seriously.
  • Top of the Pops Saturday, a children's spin-off of music show Top of the Pops, often featured short animated skits under the name of Pop School. The premise was Exactly What It Says on the Tin; a school where both teachers and students happened to be musicians who were popular in the United Kingdom at the time, such as Twisted Christmas, Busted, Girls Aloud, and even Ozzy Osbourne. Although it mostly parodied the celebrities, it could also be considered a showcase for certain topics and artists who were (or aimed to be) popular among teenagers. Especially when it came to the students (Older musicians popular with the demographic's parents were typically cast as teachers).
  • There were plans in 2003 for a t.A.T.u. anime film, but it seems to have been shelved.
  • The New Adventures of Gilligan and Gilligan's Planet. The Gilligan's Island stars all voiced themselves, save Tina Louise, who was off pouting somewhere, and Dawn Wells, who was unavailable at the time; Ginger and Mary-Anne were played by Filmation staple Jane Webb. Wells kindly returned, as well as doing serious double-duty in Louise's old role, on Planet.

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