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  • Breakthrough Hit: The series earned Akira Toriyama fame as one of the most popular manga-ka in Japan, and he would later get more recognition from the Dragon Ball franchise both there and throughout the rest of the world.
    • It was also something of a breakthrough hit for broadcaster Fuji Television after the station's 1981 reformatting from a family-friendly channel to a new emphasis on comedy programming, thus helping pave the way for Urusei Yatsura and many other iconic anime series of the 1980s.
  • Casting Gag: As Midori was modeled after Marilyn Monroe, in the 1st anime and the original 5 movies, she was voiced by Mariko Mukai who's best known for being the Japanese dub voice for Marilyn Monroe.
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  • Follow the Leader: "Cybot Robotchi", another show where a wacky inventor living in a weird village builds a robot with great powers but the mindset of a child.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": In the USA and English speaking countries, Arale is more well known for her appearance in Dragon Ball, and is generally accepted by fans of the latter as a Dragon Ball character more so than a Dr. Slump character.
  • No Export for You: While the entirety of the manga has been translated and released in English, neither of the two anime adaptations have been dubbed in English. It has however been dubbed in Germany, and part of the first adaptation has been dubbed in French as well.
    • Both the original series and the remake were broadcasted in Mexico and Latin America.
    • The original series has two different dubs in Italy and the remake has been dubbed as well.
    • Some of the original series's episodes have also received a Cantonese dub, albeit much harder to find.
    • Despite the original airing in Malaysia, the remake hasn't.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: There was once a rumor floating around that the Canadian company Nelvana dubbed the anime for Canadian distribution, but was never released and fell into obscurity. There were also various Wikipedia pages of some of the The Ocean Group actors that mentioned "Dr. Slump" on thier filmography, which might've meant that the supposed Nelvana dub might've had a voice cast from Vancouver, just like Nelvana's dub of Cardcaptors. It is unknown if this dub rumor is true or not.
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  • Throw It In!: As detailed in Executive Meddling above, most of the pairings of the main characters are the results of Torishima's suggestions because Toriyama isn't an expert at romance. The only exception, by Toriyama's own admission, happened because Toriyama couldn't come up with any material one day and thought that it would be fun to pair two of them together. He didn't want to get into a drawn-out romantic plot, however, and so had those two characters become accidentally married due to a Wacky Marriage Proposal.
  • What Could Have Been: Harmony Gold was planning to release an English dub of Doctor Slump. Which had almost every character save Arale's first name changed, and some scenes like Senbei crossdressing was cut. But the only episode they did dub was the first episode as it was not picked up. It can be viewed here.
    • Also the series in whole was intended to focus around Senbei and his inventions. However Toriyama's editor suggested acting a female protagonist, thus he created Arale.
  • Write Who You Know: Dr. Mashirito is based off Toriyama's editor at the time, Kazuhiko Torishima. Ironically said editor inspired the character not only from his looks, but telling Toriyama to "Think of the the person he hated the most" when trying to make him come up with a villain for the series. Considering Toriyama was annoyed with most of his demands, Torishima kinda walked into that one. Though initially annoyed when he found out, Torishama was a good sport about it in following years.
    • Author Akira Sakuma, who collaborated with Toriyama on the “Shoddy Manga Laboratory” series, also shows up from time to time as “Makusa”, a street vendor.


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