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  • Hey Arnold! can be seen as one to the Nickelodeon movie Harriet the Spy. Both involve kids living in an unnamed big city resembling New York, adventures, eccentric kids in their grade, and eccentric people in the neighborhood. Makes sense, since Hey Arnold! was a theatrical short when the movie was released.
  • Speaking of Craig Bartlett, he's gone on record saying he intended Hey Arnold! to be like a '90s version of Peanuts.
  • Home Movies to Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, with both shows employing the so-called "Squigglevision" animation (though Home Movies dropped it in its later seasons).
  • Inspector Gadget to Get Smart, down to having Don Adams in the lead role as a bumbling investigator and similar running gags like Chief Quimby appearing in weird places like Agents 13 and 44 did.

  • My Little Pony: Rainbow Roadtrip through its general Lighter and Softer plot, animation, and theme, is effectively a G4 special that invokes the tone and style of My Little Pony (G3) rather than the parent Friendship Is Magic series. The plot is very simple and laid back Slice of Life fare, the stakes are nonexistent, and there's no villain or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever. It's as if it was designed as a deliberate love letter to the G3 series.

  • The Venture Bros. to The Tick. They share a creator/writer (Jackson Publick), an actor/voice actor (Patrick Warburton), and numerous themes (including various genre deconstructions.) Tick creator Ben Edlund is also the only person to write an episode ("¡Viva los Muertos!") of the Venture Brothers outside of creators Publick and Doc Hammer.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender is a spiritual successor to two previous animated series.
    • To the franchise of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It features many previous writers and artists from both Last Airbender and Korra, as well as the animation studio of the latter, Studio Mir. The characters have many similarities to Avatar characters; Lance-Sokka, Keith-Zuko/Mako, Coran-Varrick, Allura-Yue/Katara/Asami, Pidge-Korra/Asami/Toph, Hunk-Bolin, etc. The lions also represent the elements.
    • To ThunderCats (2011). Both are Animesque re-imaginings to popular cartoon shows from the 80's. Instead of just retelling their stories, they combine elements of their original series with Science Fantasy while giving the characters different backstories, personalities and motivations.
  • The ZhuZhus is essentially a successor to Littlest Pet Shop (2012), both being Canadian-American cartoons about a young girl who can talk to eccentric colorful talking animals. Helped by how The ZhuZhus started airing in the same year Littlest Pet Shop was ending (2016).


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