Toon Heads was a classic anthology series that aired from October 1992 to November 2003 on Cartoon Network. Always aired during primetime (and, in the last years of the show, late at night after Adult Swim finished), this program would show a large variety of rare classic cartoons from many studios, from the Warner Bros.. and MGM cartoon catalogs to more obscure studios like Fleischer Studios.
Each episode had a theme: some episodes focused on the creation and evolution of a cartoon character, some focused on the work of certain directors, while others focused on different subjects and genres that were prevalent in cartoons, from cartoons that lampooned Hollywood to cartoons where hilarity ensued as a character is trying to get some sleep. One episode even focused on the plagiarism allegations between Warner Bros. "Rhapsody Rabbit" and MGM's "The Cat Concerto".
The cartoons were almost always aired uncut and uncensored (though not as much as, say, what you'd find on The Bob Clampett Show or even The Popeye Show), which allowed this program to show many cartoons that were taboo for daytime television, like such wholesome fare as The Ducktators and Blitz Wolf, and was supplanted by classic cartoon trivia and rare interviews with Golden Age veterans, all of which were narrated by Leslie Fram (though the earlier episodes had Don Kennedy as the narrator). The program was a hit, running for 82 episodes, with two hour-long specials (The Lost Cartoons and World War II cartoons. There was also going to be another special episode called The Worst Cartoons Ever, but this was never aired and it's not known if this was even made) and one half-hour special which was never aired (the one that would have had all — or at least, three of — the Bugs Bunny cartoons that were banned from the 2001 June Bugs marathon due to having ethnic and racial stereotyping).
The program as we remember it no longer exists, ending in November 2003 (the last episode was called "The Boys from Kansas City", about the works from the Kansas City animators who went on to become household names for Warner Bros. and MGM), with a Christmas Special aired in 2005. Two additional specials called "Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons" and "Toonheads: The Wartime Cartoons" were made but so far, only the former is on DVD; included on Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1 and disc 3 of the Blu-Ray version of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection.
A partial list of episodes can be found here.
Tropes Related to This Show:
- Animated Anthology: It's a show full of cartoon shorts, with fun facts and trivia questions sprinkled in.
- Baseball Episode: One episode was made up entirely of baseball shorts: Gone Batty, Batty Baseball, and Baseball Bugs.
- Deep South: The theme of an episode that showed Southern Fried Rabbit, Backwoods Bunny, and The Dixie Fryer.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In its original seasons Toonheads had a bit wider scope in what it showed including works from Fleischer, Hanna Barbera and Jay Ward being included as well as more obscure stunts like Nudnik and the Night of Independent Animation. Once the Kellner-Cohen feud began and the network had itself segmented more Toonheads pretty much only showed WB and MGM shorts.
- Pun-Based Title: On the term "Eggheads", hence the recurring egg/chicken farm motif in the bridging segments and focus on obscure cartoon trivia.