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  • Adored by the Network: Inverted with the show itself, but if you watched Nicktoons in the mid-2000s back when they still played shorts during commercial breaks, Life With Loopy tended to be played the most on it's own. Usually being the episodes "Hi-Fi Frankenstein" or "20,000 Leagues Under the Sofa". The Prometheus And Bob short "Bridge" was also very common (Sniz and Fondue and Action League Now! were also played but not as often, especially the former and the latter had its own show that aired reruns on Nicktoons at the time). They continued to play even after the show itself was removed from Nicktoons' schedule in 2005.
    • Between 1997-2001, it seemed like almost every block that was on Nickelodeon was hosted by Henry and June.
  • Banned Episode: The episode "I Just Don't Get It" was banned from airing on Nicktoons TV due to the Action League Now short "Caged Thunder," which contained content that would be considered insensitive, following the September 11th attacks.
  • Canon Discontinuity: At one point, as recently as 2007note , it was considered the seventh Nicktoon. However, it's been excluded from the Nicktoons canon since then for reasons unclear.
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  • Channel Hop: In the Netherlands, the show was syndicated for the dubbed version, and was moved to Nicktoons for the subbed version.
  • Children Voicing Children: Henry, June, Loopy, Larry, the Off-Beats, and the Populars all had child or teenage voice actors.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: The Lava shorts had to be cut from all post-2000 reruns of the show as well as non-U.S. airings of it, because Nickelodeon never owned them in the first place; they had only the airing rights, which were bound to expire after a while. However, in some reruns, clips from Lava were accidentally left in the closing credits, and many viewers would have probably thought "Huh?" upon noticing that oversight.
  • Colbert Bump: Life With Loopy started to receive more attention after The Mysterious Mr. Enter reviewed the short series as part of his Admirable Animation series. Expect comments on several Life With Loopy shorts on YouTube thanking him for either reminding them of the show's existence or introducing them to the show.
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  • Creator Couple: Stephen Holman, the creator of Life With Loopy, and Josephine T. Huang, the animation director, are married in real life.
  • Creator's Favorite: Mark Marek confirmed in an interview on a (now defunct) fansite that June was his favorite character.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode:
    • Noah Segan (Henry) stated in an interview in Nickelodeon Magazine that "Comics For Tomorrow Today!" was his favorite episode.
    • Danielle Judovits (Loopy) confirmed on Instagram that her favorite Life With Loopy episodes were "Goldfish Heaven" and "Egghead".
    • Stephen Holman's favorite episodes of Life With Loopy were "Good Food Gone Bad" and "Rock 'N' Roll Loopy".
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. The main kids in The Off-Beats segments were voiced by young children, most notably Mischa Barton as Betty-Anne Bongo. The later episodes had several of the kids' voices sounding a bit lower, including the females (who were voiced by girls). The only adult voice actors were series creator Mo Willems, who voiced September the dog and Grubby Groo, Kevin Seal (better known as the voices of Sheep and General Specific) providing Tommy's yelling voice, Bradley Glenn as Grubby Groo's nephew Bradley, and series producer Kris Greengrove as September's girlfriend February. Not to mention that Henry and June were done by kids, along with Loopy (Danielle Judovits) and Larry.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Stephen Holman, the creator of Life With Loopy, also played numerous characters in the short such as Charlie Chicken, the two miners from "20,000 Leagues Under The Sofa", the Fang Fairy from "Fang Fairy", and Hank Hankerman from "Late Night Loopy", among others.
    • His wife and the animation director for the short series, Josephine T. Huang, did the voices of Stacey from "Larry's Girl", Snow Lady from "Loopy And The Snow Lady", and Raquel from "Bull In A China Shop".
    • Mo Willems voiced September and Grubby Groo in The Off-Beats.
    • Cote Zellers voices Prometheus and Bob; their voices are sometimes misattributed to Tom Kenny, the fact their voices sound similar to some of Kenny's better-known characters like Ice King and Bullwinkle not helping.
  • Executive Meddling: Mr. Stockdale's major schtick is a parody of this - he often adds hilariously terrible (for Henry and June, anyway) new elements to the show for no good reason at all.
    • An actual example that didn't go through when Life With Loopy was being pitched- Stephen Holman wanted the short to use actual kids as the voices of Loopy and Larry, while Nick was initially unsure about using kid voice actors and wanted adult voices. The same thing happened when Hey Arnold! was being pitched around the same time. The creators won out and since then, many Nicktoons have been using child voice actors to play their lead characters.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: None of the episodes ever got any authorized releases on VHS or VCD due to intellectual property disputes over some of the one-shot segments. For the same reasons, this Nicktoon is very unlikely to be made available as downloads, DVD videos, Blu-ray Discs, or even streamables at least legally. For now, the closest that the show has to being officially released as a complete set are the full episodes posted by one of the involved staff members on to his own website. Full episodes can also be found very easily on YouTube, likely because even Viacom has no interest in sorting through the myriad of copyright issues associated with the series.
    • Only one episode (Won’t Crack or Peel) was ever released on VHS as part of a promotion with Tombstone Pizza. This is also the only know way to see the episode in its original 3D “Nogglevision” airing as it originally aired. Needless to say, the VHS is extremely rare and very valuable; with many copies believed to have either been lost or destroyed by Nickelodeon.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Half of the series was skipped when the show aired on Nicktoons (with a few that did air on Nicktoons for its' first year or two and then got pulled), and a few episodes such as "KaFun!" and "Just Chillin'" only aired sparingly in the original run (though in "Just Chillin'!"'s case, the show was the Series Finale, and Nickelodeon ended up pulling the show from the schedule in early 2001). They can be found on the creator's website.
    • The stand-alone specials (Life With Loopy Birthday Gala-Bration, The Off-Beats' Valentine's Special, and The Henry and June Show) only aired once and never again, and because they were not in the show's official episode count, they wouldn't be included with most episode packages airing overseas. As the Life With Loopy special was basically a Clip Show of old shorts from the series compiled with different wraparounds (the only new short that aired during the special, "Send In The Clones", was re-aired in "More Happiness Than Allowed By Law!" in season three), there was most likely no intent to air the special afterward. The Henry and June Show was also produced in order to get a spin-off of the titular duo off the ground- when the show wasn't picked up, Nick most likely didn't see any reason to air it again. As for why The Off-Beats' Valentine's Special never aired again, reasons are unknown.
  • Name's the Same: Henry and June share their names with authors Henry and June Miller. Henry Miller's most famous novels, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, and Anais Nin's novel Henry and June (a recollection of her relationship with the Millers in 1930s Paris) and its 1990 film adaptation are emphatically not child-friendly due to their explicit content (the film was among the first to be rated NC-17).
  • No Export for You: The three standalone specials (Life With Loopy Birthday Gala-Bration, The Off-Beats Valentine's, and The Henry and June Show) were never aired outside the US.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • For Henry and June's last appearance on Nickelodeon as the hosts of Nicktoon World News (shorts that played during commercial breaks that gave out behind-the-scenes information on Nicktoons, as well as doing "Coming up next" bumpers for the channel) in 2001, June was not played by Julia McIlvaine (while Noah Segan continued voicing Henry). Her voice actress for the shorts is unknown.
    • Larry had a different voice actor in the Life With Loopy pilot "Goldfish Heaven". However both his voice actor in the pilot and his regular voice actor are unknown.
    • The trope though was oddly averted after his voice broke in season two, as many animated shows that have male child voice actors are known to recast when said male child voice actor hits puberty and his voice cracksnote .
  • Out of Order:
    • The Life With Loopy pilot "Goldfish Heaven" aired as the seventh episode of the series. While the shorts weren't too continuity-heavy (usually a past short would be referenced in another one and that would be it), it was clear from both Larry introducing the audience to the characters and setting for the first time, as well as the rougher animation and different looks of the characters, that it was the first episode. It's possible that Nick didn't want to air it as the first episode due to all the Early Installment Weirdness of the short.
    • Almost all the episodes eventually aired in the wrong order when it went into reruns (while "Your Real Best Friend!" was the first episode in production and airing order, "All Purpose KaBlam!" was the first one in the rerun order), to the point where even Wikipedia was listing the wrong episode order for years until the original airing orders for the first two seasons from Nick's website resurfaced in late 2010.
    • While "Now With More Flava!" may seem like a Downer Ending (it was the final episode aired and ended with Henry and June as security guards), the final episode made was "Going The Extra Mile".
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • Since the show was canceled all the way back in 2000, rumors persisted of a supposed scrapped episode, the famous "Episode 29", where it was claimed to be a Grand Finale for the show if it wasn't renewed for season 4. Henry and June would have interacted with the reoccurring skit characters and give them all a sendoff, at the end of which Henry and June would have admitted their crushes and ended on The Big Damn Kiss. With the discovery of nearly every episode, all be it in some very rough recordings, it's all but confirmed to be a fan hoax. The final nail in the coffin was the fact that archive history reveals the supposed episode's plot both was posted on Wikipedia and IMDB by an anon in 2003.
    • There were also rumors of a scrapped fifth (and possibly sixth) season, posted on both Wikipedia and around the early-to-mid 2000s. After a fan asked if the unproduced seasons were real, Mark Marek confirmed that the show didn't have any further seasons planned after the fourth one.
    • The reason why half of the show was skipped on Nicktoons. Many thought it was because the episodes contained content that Nickelodeon did not like (which was true for certain episodes of Rocko's Modern Life and The Ren & Stimpy Show). In reality, only one episode ("I Just Don't Get It") was banned due to containing an Action League Now! segment that was considered insensitive after the 9/11 attacks. Some of the other episodes that were skipped were due to rights issues over the Lava segments. Other episodes that were missing despite not having any segments with legal issues are just assumed to have been skipped due to either Nick not being able to locate the tape masters or just by accident.
  • Production Posse: Rick Gomez plays Sniz, and also was in another show from the creators, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, as bully "Endless" Mike Helstrom. However, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (the creators) didn't know that he was going to be on the show (all the shorts had their own casting), and Gomez didn't know that McRobb and Viscardi were working on the show.
  • Prop Recycling: A few props from Life With Loopy were recycled for (W)Holesome Products' next series, Phantom Investigators:
    • One of Larry's Bugsteak posters can be seen in Kira's locker in "Stall Of Doom", while a few more of his posters can be seen in Brad's room in "Birthday Presence".
    • The Coopers' living room couch shows up in the janitor's closet in "Stall Of Doom".
    • The dog from "Loopy And The Flu-Bug" can be seen in a cage in "Were-Dog".
    • The Flu-Bug from "Loopy And The Flu-Bug" and the alien (and his spaceship) from "Secret Agent Mom" can be seen among the other movie props in "Ghosts On Film".
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The theme song are instrumental snippets from "2 Tone Army" by the ska band The Toasters. Instrumental snippits of other songs by the band also appeared in the show: "Skaternity" was the ending theme to season one, "Everything You Said Has Been A Lie" was the ending theme for the rest of the series, "Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down" was used for the "still to come" lead-ins to the first commercial break beginning in season two, and "Bye Bye Baby", "Daddy Cry", and "Fire In My Soul" were used as background music in the Henry and June segments (when the shorts weren't using cues from APM) beginning in season two.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Hungarian dub, Loopy and Larry's voice actors, Csuha Bori and Szevetlov Balázs, were also the Hungarian dubbing voices for Chihiro and Haku, as well as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Csuha Bori was also in the Hungarian dub of Recess with June's voice actress Mánya Zsófi- they were Gretchen and Spinelli respectively.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Loopy was notably Danielle Judovits' first (major) voice acting role before she went on to play Tenten, Naru Osaka, Glitter Spring, and Batgirl, among others.
  • Schedule Slip: Life With Loopy was absent for most of the second season; this was due to the short series moving to a new building for production (season one was done at Skellington Productions, which was owned by Disney. After Disney closed the studio, the series moved to Custer Avenue Stages, where it was produced until the end of the series).
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to copyright issues with some of the segments, Nickelodeon has confirmed that the show will most likely never air again or get a legal DVD release. While the show eventually aired on The Splat in 2016 (making it the first time it's been rerun in the United States since 2005, not counting times where one episode would be brought out for Nicktoons-related marathons), only the first few episodes aired, without any segments that would cause legal issues (save for Lava which was cut anyway). Thus leaving The Splat with a very limited amount of episodes (even moreso than when the show aired on Nicktoons) that would prevent it from any regular reruns.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Eventually, Nickelodeon just let this show rot after the first season. No one knows why. Maybe it wasn't the Cash Cow Franchise that Rugrats was; maybe they didn't see the appeal; or maybe they felt that Oh Yeah! Cartoons was a more cost-efficient variety show. Oddly enough, even after the show was effectively cancelled, Nick kept the characters Henry and June around as network mascots of sorts, having them appear in many of the network's bumpers and announcements.
    • In Canada, the show only lasted a few weeks on YTV before it was yanked from the schedule.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Dawn and June are both voiced by Julia McIlvaine, if Wikipedia is to be believed.
    • Both Anemia and Iodine were played by Becca Lish.
  • Two Episode Wonder: The Henry and June Show.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Henry and June wraparounds were filled to the brim with various 1990s pop culture references, and it's taken Up to Eleven in The Henry and June Show. Action League Now! had a few of the pop culture references, but was nowhere near as heavy on them as Henry and June- most of the things dating the short to the late 1990s were the technology (and that most of the minor characters were Playskool dollhouse dolls from the early '90s). Life With Loopy almost averts it, with the exception of the technology shown (the first minute of the first episode even has Larry holding a boombox and waving around an audio cassette, for example) and some of the clothes and hairstyles on the kid characters.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: While lasting four seasons on the air, the show was one of Nick's lower-rated programs, was not aired as often as other Nicktoons airing at the time, and didn't have many diehard fans. When the show began airing reruns on Nicktoons in 2002, more viewers began to watch the show and caused it to gain a bit of a cult following.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The show was originally going to take place in a live action comic book, with the shorts being Henry and June, Action League Now!, and some old Nicktoons shorts.
    • Sniz and Fondue's pilot, "Psyched for Snuppa", was one of the two contenders for the fourth Nicktoon in 1992. The show it lost to was Rocko's Modern Life.
      • According to Sniz and Fondue creator Mike Brandon, the duo were given ANOTHER chance at their own show after it became a hit on KaBlam!. However, Brandon left Nickelodeon due to the studio politics and the Sniz and Fondue slot was given to another Nicktoon. That Nicktoon? SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • There was going to be a spinoff show called "The Henry and June Show" and focused on Henry and June and premiered in 1999. It had only two segments: the first segment, "A Show of Their Own", featured Henry and June with a studio audience and musical guests. The next segment was "Be True to Your School", where Henry and June attend school, and try their best to tackle hard subjects like "How to Look Your Best". It was never again shown after it premiered. One must wonder what happened to have Nickelodeon cancel it after two segments, and where the clips are now. Eventually, many elements of the pilot were later integrated into the show's fourth season.
      • When a fan asked Mark Marek (creator of Henry and June) about The Henry and June Show, Marek responded, "The Henry and June show only [aired] once as you noted. Not planning to release the pilot any time soon. Believe me, you don't want to see it. It's rough (By this, I am referring to the KaBlam!! pilot...not the H&J Show pilot)" Despite this, the episode is now available on his website.
    • Prometheus and Bob was going to be given a Live-Action adaptation for a feature film. However due to troubled production and the creator hating what the original script entailed, the idea was ultimately reworked into the film, Gullivers Travels.
    • The show was originally titled Kablam! Theater in pre-production.
    • When the show aired on The Splat, "Comics For Tomorrow Today!" was scheduled to play on October 9, 2016. At the last minute, it was replaced with "It's Flavoriffic!", which aired the night before.
    • A Nicktoon spinoff for Stewy the Dog Boy was planned but didn't surface thanks to Disney's Teacher's Pet.
    • Several characters from the show were to appear in Nicktoons: Attack Of The Toyboys as trophies, but were ultimately left out of the final game (despite this, the show is still mentioned in the game's copyright information).
  • The Wiki Rule: The KaBlam! Wiki.


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