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"The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros. view of today's society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed."
Warner Bros. on their least-PC Looney Tunes shorts.

  • The Disney cartoon "The Golden Touch" (1935). Out of dissatisfaction with one of his directors, Walt directed it himself. The cartoon was a huge box office flop and animators were reminded in no uncertain terms never to speak of it again. Walt never personally directed a short cartoon again.
  • Many of the cartoons that originally aired on the Disney Afternoon block avert this, such as Gargoyles, DuckTales (1987), Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and to a lesser extent Goof Troop, despite being a Franchise Original Sin. However, there are still a few that play this trope straight;
  • John Kricfalusi has disowned most of the projects he worked on before the 1980s continuation of The Jetsons and Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures as being generic.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
    • John K. disowned the episode "Nurse Stimpy", as Nickelodeon made numerous cuts because of gross content, and the finished product featured glaring animation errors.
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    • Billy West does not have fond memories of working on the show, mainly because John was a tremendous Jerkass to him and everyone else working on the show, which is why he didn't come back to reprise his role as Stimpy for the ill-fated Adult Party Cartoon revival.
    • The show as a whole briefly became this for Nickelodeon following claims that John K. molested two teenage girls in the '90s and some women who worked on the Adult Party Cartoon reboot. They removed the series from all digital platforms, and all clips of it were scrubbed from NickRewind's YouTube channel. This was undone a few months later when Nickelodeon suddenly restored all traces of Ren & Stimpy, likely due to pressure from fans.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Chuck Jones once said that if he were allowed to, he would burn the negatives to every Looney Tunes short he made before 1948 (which had slow pacing and were too much like something Disney's animation company would do). The one short that seemed to get the most contempt from him was Elmer's Candid Camera.
    • Fellow Looney Tunes animator Norm McCabe was seen later in life visibly cringing during showings of his cartoons. He was especially ashamed of his World War II propaganda cartoons Tokio Jokio and The Ducktators, both of which heavily mocked the Japanese. Shortly before his death, he publicly apologized for them.
    • Warner Bros. also feels this way about some of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters from the early years (1930-1935) and later years (1967-1969) of the original series and their cartoons, such as Buddy, Cool Cat and Merlin the Magic Mouse, often treating them as The Scrappy. They're almost never shown on TV anymore, typically don't appear in any newer Looney Tunes productions or products aside from a Take That! to Buddy on Animaniacs and recurring Cool Cat cameos in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries as well as one in Looney Tunes Cartoons, and are usually left out on home video compilations, with exceptions being the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6 DVD set, which includes some Buddy cartoons; the "Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham" DVD which includes both Bunny and Claude shorts; the "Mouse Chronicles" DVD/Blu-Ray set, which includes the first "Merlin the Magic Mouse" cartoon, and HBO Max having restored Cool Cat and Merlin shortsnote .
      • Cartoon Network and Boomerang especially feel about this way with the pre-1948 and post-1964 cartoons. Cartoon Network have almost never shown the ones from the The '30s or the ones from the mid-to-late 60's (especially the infamous Speedy Gonzales cartoons with Daffy Duck) since 2009 when it came back to the channel. Boomerang, in general, almost never reruns the pre-1948 cartoons (except for a very select few) or the post-1964 ones except for a few Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner shorts past that point. The Speedy Gonzales cartoons are seen as this for both networks as they were removed in 1999 on Cartoon Network. This was due to racism despite the fact Hispanics and Mexicans actually liked these cartoons. They were added back in 2002, the aforementioned Mouse Chronicles DVD has "It's Nice To Have a Mouse Around the House", and a few have been uploaded in some compilations on the WB Kids YouTube channel.
    • Also from Warner Bros. Animation, two Younger and Hipper (and trying to get with the times) reboots of two of their popular franchises, Loonatics Unleashed and Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, are seen this way by Warner. Cartoon Network and Boomerang, which would normally show most of the Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo material out there, refuse to rerun both shows, at least in the United States.
  • According to Lauren Faust, Quest for Camelot is this for all the animators who worked on it due to the Executive Meddling involved that ultimately led to it failing in the box office.
  • Don Rosa and some of the 9 Old Men grew to hate DuckTales (1987) for not being true to the stories that Carl Barks wrote, as well as its sapping TMS's resources away from Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (in fact, two of the Old Men — Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston — did work on Little Nemo just so that they could do something that was outside of what Disney was dishing out at the time).
    • Carl Barks himself was not that negative, liking the early episodes before losing interest citing citing too many characters and the complicated plots.
    • Don Rosa at least mellowed out and admitted he really didn't hate the show and more or less said it was to the Donald Duck comics what the Superfriends was to the DC comics.
  • Maurice LaMarche hated working on the Popples. He is quoted as saying each recording session made him want to vomit because of how sickeningly cute the show was.
    • He also, along with everybody else involved, disliked working on Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain for having retooled the wildly popular Pinky and the Brain. This is evidenced in Brain's line, "I deeply resent this" at the end of the theme song, as well as this line:
      Theme Song: It's what the network wants/ Why bother to complain?
      • However, in the Cree Summer episode of his podcast, Talking Toons, Rob Paulsen seems to not have any disdain toward the spinoff.
  • There are three shows Rob Paulsen worked on that he leaves off his résumé. The first is Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, because he knew it was a shameless SpongeBob SquarePants knockoff. Then there's The Snorks, because he is one of the many people who thought it was an underwater rip-off of The Smurfs. The last one is the Bubsy pilot.
    • He's also said Space Cats was an awful cartoon, but he enjoyed working with his friends Townsend Coleman and Pat Fraley on it.
  • Scott McNeil feels this way about the Battletoads pilot.
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone feel this way about the first three seasons of South Park, as Parker states outright in a 2011 Entertainment Weekly article: "It's just embarrassing to watch".
    • The only season 2 episode that they even seem to remotely like is "Terrance and Phillip in: 'Not Without My Anus'", as they cited it as something "weird and different". Most fans don't agree, however, seeing the episode as pointless filler that interrupted the conclusion of the "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" two-parter in which Cartman tries to find the identity of his biological father. But it was April Fool's Day when it aired, so it was fitting.
    • Everyone working on "Pip" (except for Matt Stone) hated the episode, none the least of which was Trey Parker himself. Its longer than usual production time and its focus on a character who had been disappearing from the show by that point were two driving factors.
    • They also hated the episode "South Park is Gay!", particularly because of the Crab People portion (They felt ashamed that they could not come up with something better).
    • In an interview, they also feel ashamed of the way they portrayed Gary Condit and the Ramseys in "Butters' Very Own Episode", after both parties were proven by DNA evidence to be innocent. That Patsy Ramsey died shortly after the episode aired didn't help its case one bit.
    • Parker and Stone have admitted that "ManBearPig" did not age well. The episode used allegories to portray global warming as an imaginary problem, peddled by Attention Whore Al Gore. Season 22 had an entire two part episode dedicated to apologizing for that episode, in which the ManBearPig (and by extension, global warming), was portrayed as a very real, very dangerous threat to everyone, caused by the previous generation and that needs to be solved by the current generation. They still portray Al Gore as an Attention Whore, though, just one that was correct about it.
  • Steve Moncuse, who created the comic book Fish Police, is really unhappy with how the cartoon version of it (which was made as a competitor show to The Simpsons) turned out. Moncuse had nothing to do with the cartoon other than a creator's credit, and the cartoon was very much an In Name Only adaptation. He said in one interview, "the less said about it, the better." The show got an entry in the book What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events In Television History seemingly because of Moncuse's disowning.
  • The Wacky World of Tex Avery was this for animator Andrew Gothicson and almost everyone else who worked on it.
  • Subverted with KaBlam!, which has become obscure (no DVD releases, no uploads of episodes, etc.) not out of old shame, but, per this comment that Nick Studios left on an upload of the theme song:
    "We love KaBlam! (just like all of our shows). However because it was an anthology show, the legal rights are complicated and prevent us from re-airing it or releasing it on DVD."
    • Mark Marek, who did the Henry and June segments on the show, didn't care for how The Henry And June Show came out, and has said "Believe me, you don't want to see it" after fans asked if he would put it up on his website (averted with KaBlam! itself; he's stated that he really enjoyed the show and would be willing to do it again if Nick wanted a revival). Nickelodeon seems to feel the same way about the pilot to the failed spin-off, and never aired it again after its one airing in June 1999 or acknowledged it since.
    • The issues with the individual segments seem to be sorted out in recent years, as not only did NickRewind air a few episodes as part of two programming stunts (Nicktoons' 25th anniversary in 2016 and SNICK's 25th anniversary in 2017), but selected episodes of the show have also been made available to stream on VRV as part of their NickSplat channel.
    • Now it seems that they're also trying to hide the fact that Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! exists as well. The show doesn't appear anywhere on Nick Jr.'s website, and it's not even included on the Noggin app either. Despite this, it is arguably still, or if not, one of the most talked about old Nick Jr. shows. This might be due to the fact the show is owned by Starz Media's parent Lionsgate, and it's possible that Nickelodeon no longer has the rights to it. It could also be the reason why Wubbzy never appeared on any Nick Jr. compilation videos (for example, the Nick Jr. Favorites volumes.)
  • Jon McClenahan wasn't satisfied with the end product of The Jetsons Movie, he said it was the worst animated film he had ever seen and felt embarrassed to have his name in the credits.
    • Joe Barbera hated the film as well due to all the Executive Meddling, most notoriously the replacement of Janet Waldo with pop singer Tiffany as the voice of Judy Jetson (after Waldo had already recorded all her lines). Strangely enough, William Hanna thought the film was okay.
    • The casting director Andrea Romano was also dismayed by the meddling that caused Waldo to be let go and replaced, and requested that her name be removed from the credits so that she would not be blamed for it.
  • Nicole Jaffe, the original voice of Velma in the Scooby-Doo franchise, admits she only did the show because she needed the money, that she didn't enjoy voiceover (finding voice actors at the time to be "weird" people), and was losing interest in acting in general. She retired to pursue her (very successful) career of being a talent agent, and pretty much forgot about Scooby-Doo until singer Lauryn Hill told her how much she admired Velma. Afterwords, Jaffe began to appreciate her involvement in the series a bit more. She later came out of retirement to voice the character in 2002 for an additional two features, but says she doesn't think her performance was nearly as good as it had been 30+ years earlier, and is glad she doesn't have to voice the character anymore. However, she says she is open to appearing at fan conventions to sign autographs if invited.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Few of the original shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show have seen official release, nor have any of them ever been rerun on TV outside of documentaries.note  Matt Groening feels embarrassed for them because it's so crudely drawn and the jokes are just simple, basic cartoony stuff.
    • The episode "The Principal and the Pauper" in which Skinner is proven to be someone using a false name became an Old Shame after the episode was made. In the words of the makers themselves: "After it was finished we realized we made a mistake." The plot has been mocked and undermined in several episodes since.
    • In the DVD Commentary for the "Treehouse of Horror X" segment "Life's A Glitch, And Then You Die", the writers express regret over including Spike Lee and Al Sharpton (who are controversial black celebrities) among the doomed celebrities in a rocket ship headed towards the Sun. They also said that someone they would have preferred to be on that ship was George Steinbrenner.
    • Harry Shearer did not like voicing Dr. Marvin Monroe, because voicing the character did damage to his vocal cords. He wanted Monroe to be removed from the show. Even Matt Groening hated Monroe due to his raspy voice.
    • The staff came to regret casting Michael Jackson on "Stark Raving Dad" when child sex abuse allegations against him were first brought to light in 1993. It got to a point where Bart made a quip about Jackson being a lie parents make to scare kids in the 1995 episode "Bart Sells His Soul". Not until the controversial 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland did they go to great lengths to get "Stark Raving Dad" pulled completely.note 
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Series creator Butch Hartman (as well as most of the crew) have actually apologized for the episode "It's a Wishful Life" due to the sadistic treatment of Timmy and its really disturbing aesop.
    • The staff also regret "Twistory" due to its Unfortunate Implications regarding British people. Said episode is now almost never rerun.
    • Sparky was a character hated by fans and most of the staff, which led him to be removed in the tenth season.
  • Toei animator Junichi Hayama was embarrassed to have worked on Muppet Babies (1984). He said he was a fan of the original The Muppet Show but didn't enjoy this incarnation. Most fans consider this to be bizarre since Muppet Babies is equally as well-beloved as the original The Muppet Show.
  • Disney Animated Canon examaples:
    • Most of the package films from Saludos Amigos to The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad didn't receive wide theatrical re-releases, with Disney instead attaching select segments to some other movies' theatrical runs, and most of their home video releases didn't receive large advertising campaigns. Disney seems especially ashamed today of Make Mine Music! and Melody Time, the two usually regarded as "Fantasia with pop music and/or more dialogue." By the end of The New '10s, they remained Walt Disney's only Canon movies unavailable on Blu-ray, and the only late-'40s package films Disney still censored on DVDnote .
    • The Black Cauldron is the biggest one, partly because it performed so horribly upon release that it nearly killed their animation department. And that's not even getting into the troubled production that saw it go through multiple edits to make it more palatable for audiences unfamiliar with its source material. To add insult to injury, it was beaten at the box office by The Care Bears Movie. A VHS release of the film was not granted until 1998, a full thirteen years after the movie's original release, and this was only after considerable pressure from the film's growing fanbase.note  Even with this and two DVD releases (in 2000 and 2010), the film remains virtually unseen among the studio's vast array of merchandise. It doesn't help that it eventually became the last of the Disney Animated Canon's post-Walt traditionally-animated movies to hit Blu-ray.
  • Almost everyone who worked on Allen Gregory regrets it dearly. Even Fox is ashamed of it and removed it from every single site that was offering episodes for sale within weeks of its cancellation and has refused to release the show on DVD and Hulu to this very day. As a matter of fact, the animators despised the series even before it was released.
  • The producers of Total Drama were not happy with the outcome of its fifth season All-Stars, having expressed regret for the very negative response it provoked.
  • Season 2 of Superjail! is this for creators Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick. Karacas in particular wound up feeling shameful over how they spent too much time on character development and not enough on just making it weird. The fan backlash over the confirmation of Alice being a trans woman also helped seal its fate as Old Shame, causing Karacas to regret ever having her backstory shown.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky was not impressed with The Justice Friends, feeling that it was short on character development and humor. This is quite ironic, as many fans considered their segments one of the best things to come out of Dexter's Laboratory.
  • Cartoon Network appears to be going to great lengths to hide the fact that shows like The Problem Solverz, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, Squirrel Boy, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? and Robotomy ever existed. These series are never mentioned anywhere on the channel's official website and online episodes are shot down as quickly as they are uploaded. Though the reasons why are a mystery, as Robot Jones reappeared for the networks 20th anniversary and made prominent appearances along with Alfe and Festro in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Massive Multiplayer Crossover episode "Crossover Nexus". Meanwhile, Robotomy and The Problem Solverz (the latter having its second season punted to the platform) were briefly on Netflix and the former had its shorts aired on Cartoon Planet. However, the same can't be said for Out of Jimmy's Head mentioned below.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Many of the higher-ups felt this way about "The Last Roundup". They folded to Moral Guardians who called Derpy Hooves ableist, not helped by a miscommunication that led to the voice actress believing she's male which led to Vocal Dissonance, and made a swift edit of Derpy Hooves into something less offensive, only to spark flame wars all over the internet. It got to the point where they had to apologize to both sides of the fiasco.
    • John de Lancie originally felt that this would be the way he'd feel about playing Discord, as the reason he did so was for the money. He had actually forgotten about it and it took the massive amount of fan-mail he received (plus a conversation with Tara Strong) to continue reprising the role, which he is now quite appreciative of.
    • "The Mysterious Mare Do-Well" was arguably the earliest and most enduring example of this for the series, having become infamous for its alleged Broken Aesop to the point where the creative team has rarely discussed it openly with fans.
    • Lauren Faust felt this way about Feeling Pinkie Keen from how the episode's aesop was poorly delivered and received. What was meant to be a "sometimes you just have to believe" message was instead mistaken for a "pro-religion, anti-science" moral, leading to it being slammed almost universally by fans online.
    • M.A. Larson feels this way about Fame and Misfortune, believing it to be a needlessly mean spirited episode both In-Universe and toward the audience, and instead of reveling about fan complaints and poking fun at it like he normally does, instead firmly made it clear it wasn't his idea and has explained it was the result of Executive Meddling. He's since gone on to explain in great detail why he hates that episode and how he would have done it better had he been allowed, and even leaves it off of his filmography.
  • The Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa
    • Between the film's airing and its rediscovery, none of the cast members have ever mentioned the film let alone include it on their resumes, and they probably intend to keep it this way.
    • The producer's daughter has expressed her and her father's feelings on the final film on her twitter account with some (hopefully) Self-Deprecating Humor added in:
      Kennedy Rose: That movie was my dad's biggest disappointment. Besides me, of course.
    • Paige O'Hara joked that she was surprised someone actually remembered the special when asked about it by Pan Pizza.
    • Played with regarding Mark Hamill: He has zero memory of working on the special.
    • Reportedly, Grey DeLisle will block anyone who even mentions the special to her on Twitter.
  • Arthur:
    • "Arthur's Big Hit" is one of Marc Brown's least favorite episodes, due to its Broken Aesop and D.W. not being punished for destroying Arthur's model airplane.
    • PBS and the crew behind the show now seem to feel this way about the Season 12 episode "Room to Ride" and the Season 13 episode "The Great MacGrady," as both prominently feature former cycling champion Lance Armstrong as a guest celebrity (which has long been a norm for the series); in the wake of the doping scandal that saw Armstrong stripped of all of his Tour de France titles, both episodes have rarely been rerun on television as a result. Made worse by the fact that the latter episode focuses on a major character in the series dealing with their struggles against cancer, which Lance Armstrong himself suffered and eventually overcame.
  • Planet Sheen seems to be this for Nickelodeon, after the show failed to resonate with fans of its predecessor Jimmy Neutron due to the shift in focus from Jimmy over to Sheen in the title role. It fared so poorly in the ratings that Nickelodeon often aired the episodes out of order before finally cancelling it altogether.
  • Nickelodeon really isn't proud of the short-lived Nicktoon The X's, considering that they have removed all evidence that the show existed on Nick's official website. In fact, it remains perhaps the most obscure and hardest to find of the (official) Nicktoons with an almost non-existent fanbase.
    • Nick did a similar thing with the more modern Robot and Monster. They debunked a second season during mid-production, aired the episodes Out of Order, shafted it to Nicktoons, removed every trace of it on their website, and took reruns off the air in 2015, leaving only two episodes unaired. (These episodes being A Better Marftrap and Monster Lie. Apparently, the former was supposed to be the REAL first episode of the series, and was even produced as such) Because it is rarely acknowledged by many people, It's really impossible to find the whole series online, however, Nick was somehow generous enough to put all of Season 1 on DVD (Including the unaired episodes).
  • Pelswick and The Brothers Flub have it just as bad (maybe worse) as The X's and Robot and Monster. Both are excluded from the official list of Nicktoons and impossibly obscure. The former (Vindicated by History as a progressive show which garnered much controversy) is rarely acknowledged by Nickelodeon unless they're forced to (several times, they mocked it) while the latter was critically panned and mentioned nowhere on Nick's official website.
    • However it seems like less of Nickelodeon being ashamed of both shows, and moreso due to both being Screwed by the Lawyers - Pelswick was produced by Nelvana for Nickelodeon and CBC, while The Brothers Flub was produced by Sunbow for Nickelodeon (Nick slapped their name on both shows). Once Nick lost the syndication rights to both, they couldn't do anything more with either show.
  • For some reason, Nickelodeon is deeply ashamed of Harvey Beaks, regardless of it easily being one of their most acclaimed series from the 2010s. According to the show's creator, C.H. Greenblatt, Nickelodeon unfairly expected the show to be an instant successnote . The network changed its timeslots like a set of clothes, went months in-between episodes, stopped advertising it after it premiered, barely aired reruns on their main network, cancelled it after two seasons (though it was given a very proper finale), and slowly aired the last 15 episodes on Nicktoons throughout 2017. After finishing its run on December 29, the show was only (and coldly) brought up by Nick occasionally and reruns only aired on Nicktoons during the 5 AM hour. While they were kind enough to put it on Hulu, it seems they won't be releasing it on DVD any time soon.
    • In addition, C.H. Greenblatt didn't seem to fully enjoy his third tenure with Nickelodeon. While he enjoyed working at the Animation Studio itself, as he worked with a lot of people who have been "creatively supportive", most of his problems were on Cyma Zarghami and the network executives, who had a bad record when it comes to animated shows. They gave him some really tight deadlines and did some Executive Meddling on his show, before canceling it all together. Greenblatt himself expressed disappointment in Nickelodeon canceling the series and burning the remaining episodes off on Nicktoons, which gets a fraction of the audience that the former has, without even telling him, and finding out on the Nickelodeon Twitter account.
    C.H. Greenblatt: "It’s hard going in to work every day feeling sad, angry and let down."
    • Then Nickelodeon caught wind of him complaining about their treatment of the series, and forced him to apologize for supposedly insulting them. This only succeeded in further dissolving goodwill between them and their fans.
  • Disney doesn't seem too keen on remembering Shorty McShorts' Shorts, which lasted barely a year and saw both its website and reruns pulled completely when its various pilots failed to captivate potential buyers or the viewers, with only one exception on a completely different network several years later.
  • Out of Jimmy's Head is this to Cartoon Network; the network's first real attempt at live-action programming combined with animation for a time reduced the studio to a laughing stock, emphasizing the network's traditional focus on cartoons and the inane premise of the series itself; after being critically ravaged by audiences, Cartoon Network cancelled the series and pulled it and the movie that spawned it, Re-Animated from all the websites that made them available for viewing. They attempted to salvage it in reruns by (controversially) adding a Laugh Track to the episodes, but by that time, the damage had been done.
  • Mike Judge has often expressed his hatred for the earliest Beavis And Butthead episodes, even going as far as cancelling a DVD release, The History of Beavis and Butt-head, which contained most of these episodes. As he put it, you can divide the show into three categories - the really good episodes, the meh episodes, and the really bad ones. He negotiated with Paramount (who distributes shows from MTV and other ViacomCBS-owned networks on Blu-Ray/DVD) to put only the episodes in the former two categories onto DVD, resulting in volumes of the show not sorted by season to the consternation of many fans.
  • Brad Bird is not a fan of Family Dog, which was so heavily criticized for its animation and premise that Bird has distanced himself from the series, which lasted a mere ten episodes before it was cancelled. Also he states how it would never work, before said series even aired.
    • Nelvana, one of the animation companies, doesn't even mention this show on their website. However, this may have come from the fact that Nelvana doesn't own any rights to the show, as it was a commisioned work (the cartoon's rights are owned by Universal domestically and Warner Bros. internationally). For similar reasons, Nelvana's site doesn't acknowledge for example Ace Ventura The Animated Series or The Adventures Of Chuck And Friends.
  • Averted with The Nutshack co-creator Jesse Hernandez, who's gushed about the show's So Bad, It's Good status along with its Memetic Mutation on the internet. Played straight with Myx TV, who have no plans on releasing season 2 on video anytime soon.
  • Peanuts also has a few examples:
    • Charles M. Schulz deeply regretted the animated special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown due to the infamous scene where Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown when he's about to score the winning point during a championship game, for which he is blamed by nearly everybody (most notably Peppermint Patty) even though Lucy did it in plain view. Fans considered this to be too cruel even for Charlie Brown, in what is otherwise a well-received special. Schulz recognized the fan outcry and so subsequent reruns by the networks heavily edit the offending scene (mostly by masking P.P.'s lines).
    • Bill Melendez said in one interview that "Flashbeagle" was his least favorite of the Peanuts specials – he didn't like the story, the dance craze itself, and how the rotoscoping with Snoopy's dancing was very difficult for him and his crew.
  • Animator Pat Ventura is ashamed that he worked on Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night stating it was one of the worst things he worked on and it wasn't worth remembering. Disney, who sued Filmation to stop the film's production, also likely doesn't have anything nice to say about it either (that movie finished Filmation off).
  • The singing voice to Jem, Britta Phillips, doesn't seem to like being reminded of the series. However, fortunately for fans, this may be becoming a thing of the past, as she was a willing special guest at the panel for JemCon 2015, which is an annual fan convention of the show, which she also attended with her mother.
  • Detention appears to have been this for Kids WB. In addition to being extremely short lived, having only 13 episodes and not being a spin off, it was never reran on television except during their short lived Fraturday block. Suffice it to say, it may have well been Kids WB shortest, and least remembered, stand alone cartoon ever made.
  • Yeardley Smith isn't too keen on We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, which she only did to break away from the Lisa Simpson image. In general everyone who worked on it had this reaction, especially animator Rodolphe Guenoden, since it was rushed through development to meet a tight deadline and the production was a mess overall, and he felt this was very evident in the final product.
  • Ralph Bakshi is ashamed of Hey Good Lookin' and Cool World. The latter was ruined by Executive Meddling and Kim Basinger, who wanted to show it for sick hospital children (the film derailed her A-list status).
  • Considering it took Disney 13 years to release Doug's 1st Movie onto DVD and then pretty much used the TV edit on the official DVD as opposed to the regular movie, it seems like the studio more or less feels this way towards that movie.
  • Donnie Dunagan, or rather, Major Donald Dunagan, USMC, kept the fact that he was the voice of the title character in Bambi as a child a secret through his service during the Vietnam War. His reluctance to associate himself with the film had nothing to do with any hard feelings, but he was afraid that being "Major Bambi" would undermine his authority. Eventually his secret was discovered, but seems to have led to nothing more than a little good-natured ribbing, and later in life Dunagan often spoke warmly about his time with Disney.
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg feels shame over Rise of the Guardians, though more over what it did for his company (starting a chain of flops that led to him backing out of the firm) than for the quality of the film itself.
    • Katzenberg holds an even bigger disdain for Father of the Pride, a show he created and which got caught up in complaints from Moral Guardians. After that show was sent to the television pound (starting a chain of events that bankrupted Imagi Studios), Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation disowned it, and they never dealt with the Big 4 networks for regular series shows again (ABC and NBC still broadcast a few specials here and there).
  • Richard Williams was so devastated at what happened to his flagship film The Thief and the Cobbler note  that he refused to acknowledge the film's existence for a long time.
  • Lisa Ortiz has admitted that she finds it "disturbing" that people have actually heard of Ratatoing, let alone watched it and reviewed it.
  • Martin Vidnovic, who voiced The King in the animated version of The King and I, admits it was pretty bad. It was a bigger Old Shame for the Rodgers & Hammerstein estates, who were really displeased with the result of Richard Rich's Disneyfication of their work and prompting them to put out a mandate that no other musical from the estate can be adapted for animation, something that derailed Rich's main animation career.
  • Nobody at Pixar is particularly fond of Cars 2, as Disney had it made for merchandising purposes.
  • Disney and Pixar have given the Toy Story 2 blooper where Stinky Pete talks to two Barbie dolls about getting them parts in Toy Story 3 this treatment. In 2019, they removed it from current pressings and television airings in light of John Lasseter's firing over sexual misconduct.
  • Chris Wedge and William Joyce felt that they needed more time to work on Robots.
    • Chris Wedge is also not really fond of Epic, saying he tried to make an animated action adventure movie but it didn't really work out.
  • For the longest time, Leonard Nimoy refused to even mention his participation in Transformers: The Movie, to the consternation of fans. His complete disavowal of all things Transformers-related finally cracked when he was convinced to voice Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
    • Orson Welles wasn't terribly fond of the movie either, having done it for the money. When asked what role he played in the film, he said he was "a toy who does horrible things to other toys."
  • Here's what one of the animators who worked on Foodfight! had to say about it on Amazon:
    "I actually worked on this movie for a bit. It was one of my first jobs in the industry and let me tell you, if you think it was a train wreck viewing, you should have seen how terrible it was to work on it. The sad truth is there were plenty of talented people working there. many of those people moved on to major studios in both film, TV and games. The bottom line is the director, Larry Kasanoff is a talent-less, classless scumbag that should be banned from Hollywood until the end of time. All of the inappropriate innuendos are a direct product of his "creative hand". I cannot tell you how many times this moron derailed production with his brainless input. It literally has cost the studio millions of dollars. They eventually stepped in and removed him from the project. Unfortunately, that was a decade and millions of dollars late. I am so ashamed of this movie that I have completely left working there off of my resume. On behalf of the many artists that have had the dubious distinction of working on this dumpster fire, I apologize to all of humanity for our part in this."
    • In addition to the many people who've worked on the film that share the same feelings, Threshold Entertainment Group (the production company, of all entities) doesn't seem to mention the film on their website.
  • Disney does everything in its power to make people forget about Song of the South, due to its Unfortunate Implications. This has led to some Adaptation Displacement for their Splash Mountain ride, which up until 2020 used the characters from the animated segments. "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" falls into the same boat – Disney still uses the song, and most people know it, but they don't know where it comes from.
  • British actors Richard Ayoade and Kayvan Novak are said to be rather uncomfortable talking about the voice work they did for Channel 4's Full English, a short-lived adult cartoon that was supposedly intended to be a British competitor to shows like Family Guy and is widely considered one of the worst cartoons ever made. Channel 4 themselves are said to be quite keen on forgetting it ever happened. (TV critic Ian Hyland claimed it was called Full English because Family Guy and American Dad! could have it for breakfast.)
  • Animator Bill Plympton has stated The Chipmunk Adventure was one of the worst films he worked on due to it's Troubled Production, despite it being a Cult Classic among fans of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • David Silverman, best known for his work directing and animating on The Simpsons, didn't like most of the shows he worked on for Hanna-Barbera and Ruby Spears early in his career, particularly the bizarrely fascinating Mister T cartoon.
    "I pity the fool who watched that show".
  • The Family Guy episode "Fore, Father" is Seth MacFarlane's least favorite episode.
    • He also dislikes "Turban Cowboy" due to the Boston Marathon Bombing, which resulted in someone splicing two unrelated scenes together to make it look like Peter bombed the marathon. Seth MacFarlane (who is mostly apathetic towards the series nowadays) was disgusted by the video.
    • There's also the Cutaway Gag of Quagmire raping Marge Simpson and proceeding to kill the entire family. This one damaged his friendship with Matt Groening, and Seth MacFarlane eventually realized that the gag was a bit too extreme.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi seems to likewise be one for Cartoon Network as well. There's virtually no mention of it, merchandise was cut instantly after their appearance in the 2005 Macy's Day Parade and they weren't even in the background during the 20th anniversary bumpers. Might be because they realized it was a shameless cash grab in the hopes of appealing J-Pop singers to an American audience. The fact that they're labeled with the Japan branch of Sony Music and the unrelated Warner Music Group also might have something to do with it, since they seem to want to stop exporting the duo in general.
  • Minoriteam and Assy Mcgee are reviled by [adult swim]. Both shows relied on bad one-note gimmicks (a superhero team of racial stereotypes and a dirty cop who's also a talking pair of buttocks), were unpopular with viewers and both died after 20 episodes. Minoriteam reach such reviled status that in 2020, it was completely scrubbed from their website, along with the equally controversial World Peace.
    • Same with The Drinky Crow Show and Mongo Wrestling Alliance, as both shows are rarely mentioned positively by the network and are almost never shown in reruns.
    • They likewise weren't fond of the fourth season of The Boondocks which was commissioned without creator Aaron McGruder at the helm, leading to a ton of character Flanderization, Out of Character Moments and outlandish plots that even the fans of the series thought were too stupid for this show. As such they rarely rerun it and most of the time, go back to the first episode after the finale of season 3, "Its Goin Down", which was intended to be the true finale of the series anyway.
  • William Hanna of Hanna-Barbera wasn't very fond of Yo Yogi! as he put it, "They screwed it up by re-designing him. They made him look like a whore monger. If you have something that works, don’t screw it up!".
  • Screenwriter Buzz Dixon has written deprecatingly about his involvement with a Sugar Bowl show called Little Clowns of Happytown, which was so hampered by Moral Guardians and Executive Meddling that not only were they not allowed to have any comic violence, they weren't allowed to have any conflict at all. If they wanted a clown to get a pie in the face, for instance, it couldn't be thrown by another clown; they had to have it set on the ground and let a clown accidentally trip and fall onto it. Buzz actually said that the show "was an abomination in the eyes of God and man" and requested that "we shall speak of it no more." Cue The Mysterious Mr. Enter and the cartoon community discovering the series.
  • Neil Ben has commented on The Engine Inspector's review of the Thomas the Tank Engine episode, "Wonky Whistle", an episode that he wrote and is often considered the worst episode of the series. In his comment, he explained that he was amazed that he got recognized for it, but still finds it a real shame, since the script he wrote looked very different to the final product, and he has done some pretty good things in his career before and since.
    But Mr Engine Inspector, I promise never to use a cheap rhyme,
    to make sure my scripts are all fine,
    when I write in future I'll take my time
    and denounce all responsibility saying "that script's not mine!"
  • Pendleton Ward has expressed some regret for the sexist undertones of the Adventure Time episode "Wizard Battle", with Princess Bubblegum being treated as a literal trophy and, he now feels, the script not doing enough to criticise Finn's proprietary attitude towards her.
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat appears to be this for Sesame Workshop, as they've barely mentioned it since circa 2008 due to rights issues with CineGroupe, who the latter acknowledge the show's existence (and celebrated the fact that a Facebook post by Buzzfeed of the intro reached 14 million people in 10 days), and PBS, who acknowledged its existence for a Throwback Thursday post on their PBS Parents site once.
  • Dragon Tales also appears to something Sesame Workshop wants to forget doing, owing to copyright issues with co-producers Sony.
  • The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue is this to Don Bluth; even though he did not work on the sequel to the original film, he has panned it along with the majority of the direct-to-video sequels based on his works. In the years since its release at least one person to work on the film, Paul Dale went on Facebook to pan both the animation and the story, and called the film "crap" when recalling his experience with it.
  • According to a Reddit comment, when privately asked about the 1999 film Carnivale (whose English dub was believed to be lost at the time), director Deane Taylor (who had served as art director for The Nightmare Before Christmas) has expressed disappointment with the film and implied that he doesn't mind forgetting it.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: All of the cast members, including Mr. Lawrence, who co-wrote the episode, agree with the fandom regarding "One Coarse Meal". Clancy Brown even stated he felt uncomfortable while reading some of Mr. Krabs' lines in this episode, because he didn’t like Krabs being the villain, or least, being more of a jerk than usual.
  • MTV prefers not to acknowledge the existence of The Brothers Grunt, due to the horrible reviews and ratings the show had (MTV viewers even started a campaign to get the show canceled). The only people that seem to remember it are fans of creator Danny Antonucci (who also did Lupo The Butcher and Ed, Edd n Eddy).
  • Steven Lisberger has apparently disavowed his role in the creation of Animalympics, despite it being a Cult Classic. In the director's commentary on the "special edition" DVD of TRON, Lisberger described TRON as his first animated feature film and seemed reluctant to mention his "previous" animated feature when the subject was brought up.


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