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Random! Cartoons was Nickelodeon and Frederator's second animation anthology series after Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Initially meant to air on the main Nickelodeon channel by the end of 2007, it would end up being shelved before premiering on Nicktoons in December 2008, though some of the individual shorts would appear separately both on television and online as early as January 2007.
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Meant as a potential launching pad for new Nicktoons, only one of the 39 shorts would be picked up by Nickelodeon themselves to become a full-fledged series: Eric Robles' Fanboy and Chum Chum, which would run for two seasons from 2009 to 2012. Instead, the program is far better known as the birthplace of Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time, which was greenlit by competitor Cartoon Network and would go on to be a Cash Cow Franchise that ran from 2010 to 2018. The success of Adventure Time would also lead to Frederator Studios self-financing Pen Ward's other RC short, Bravest Warriors, which became a flagship series for its Cartoon Hangover channel in 2012, with Teletoon eventually joining as a co-production company for that cartoon's fourth season.

See also Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program, Nickelodeon's current animation initiative. Compare Cartoonstitute, a failed animation anthology series that was being produced by Cartoon Network during the same time period.

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    The Shorts 
  • 6 Monsters by Fred Seibert and Alan Goodman
  • Adventure Time by Pendleton Ward
  • Boneheads by Hadley Hudson
  • Bradwurst by Angelo di Nallo and Jason Plapp
  • The Bravest Warriors by Pendleton Ward
  • The Bronk and Bongo Show: Losing Patients by Manny Galán and Alan Goodman
  • Call Me Bessie! by Diane Kredensor and Dana Galin
  • Giovanni and Navarro: The Dangerous Duck Brothers by Pat Ventura
  • Dr. Dee & BitBoy by Jun-Kyo Seo, Kong-Yo Kang, and Larry Huber
  • Dr. Froyd's Funny Farm by Bill Burnett and Jaime Diaz
  • Dugly Uckling's Treasure Quest by Guy Vasilovich
  • Fanboy by Eric Robles
  • The Finster Finster Show!: Store Wars by Jeff DeGrandis
  • Flavio by Mike Milo
  • Garlic Boy by John R. Dilworth
  • Gary Guitar by Bill Plympton
  • Girls on the GO!: First Date by Aliki Theofilopoulous
  • HandyCat: Bees-nees As Usual by Russ Harris and G. Brian Reynolds
  • Hero Heights by Raul Aguirre Jr. and Bill Ho
  • Hornswiggle by Jerry Beck
  • The Infinite Goliath by Mike Gray and Erik Knutson
  • Ivan the Unbearable by Andrew Dickman
  • Krunch and the Kid by Adam Henry
  • Kyle + Rosemary by Jun Falkenstein
  • Lance & Zoopie: Squirly Town by Doug TenNapel
  • Mind the Kitty by Anne Walker
  • MooBeard: The Cow Pirate by Kyle Carrozza
  • Ratz-A-Fratz by Jim Wyatt and Karl Toerge
  • SamSquatch by Adam Muto
  • Solomon Fix by Doug TenNapel
  • Sparkles and Gloom by Melissa Wolfe and Anne Walker
  • Sugarfoot by Erik Knutson
  • Super John Doe Junior by Lincoln Peirce
  • Teapot by Greg Eagles
  • Thom Cat by Mike Gray
  • Tiffany by Adam Henry
  • Two Witch Sisters by Niki Yang
  • Victor the Delivery Dog by Niki Yang
  • Yaki & Yumi by Aliki Theofilopoulous

Tropes applying to Random! Cartoons include:

  • Art Shift: 6 Monsters is done in several different animation styles.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: Solomon Fix, Boneheads, and Fanboy.
  • Depending on the Artist: Besides the different art styles each short uses, the actual animation of the shorts varies between traditional hand-drawn animation, CGI, and Adobe Flash.
  • Expy: The titular character of Hornswiggle is one of Sidney the Elephant. The short was originally planned to star the character.
  • Nice Shoes: The titular character of the short, Thom Cat wares a pair of spiffy Italian Loafers.
  • RPG Episode: Kyle + Rosemary, which has two teenagers date via playing a MMORPG.
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  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Sparkles and Gloom, from the short of the same name.

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