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  • Awesome Music:
    • You wouldn't expect a show as cute as this to have such a badass opening theme.
    • The song, Put The Lime In The Coconut in the episode, The Smooch.
    • A number of the ending music video segments, such as "I'm Back (And Bluer Than Ever)", "All The Way To The Top", "Comin' To Life", and "All Day Jam"
    • Guy Moon's electronic score for all the scenes taking place in the titular ChalkZone
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Snap for a little bit, as some fans (and even non-fans) loved him, while the other half didn't (which tends to be common for the "comic relief" characters). The majority of the fans in recent years love him.
  • Bizarro Episode: "The White Board". It has a plot too screwed-up to explain but all we know is that in the end it was all just a dream.
  • Broken Base:
    • The music video segments. Fans either love them, hate them, are indifferent, love some but hate others, or liked them more when they were in the target audience. And then there are some fans who just skip the videos altogether.
    • The fourth season's Art Evolution. Some fans loved ChalkZone's more detailed look, the new outfits on Rudy and Penny, the outlines in the real world becoming colored rather than black, and the real world becoming more colorful. Other fans didn't like it as much, thinking that the art change was either too much or just unnecessary and preferred the original look.
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    • The fact that the complete series DVD is missing "The Smooch" due to music rights. Some fans are very upset about it, as it makes the set incomplete despite what the cover says, while other fans casually accept that it's missing (and realize Nickelodeon's most likely not going to reinstate the episode anytime soon), and are happy that the rest of the half-hour ("Power Play" and "All The Way To The Top") are at least included on the DVD (as the iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Playstation Store collections don't include any part of the episode).
  • Ear Worm:
    • The theme song, by far. To a lesser extent, the Accordion Worm song.
    • The 1-minute music video songs run a close second.
    • Skrawl's song. After two or three variations of it, it will never leave your head.
    • "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair!"
    • "Put the lime in the coconut/You drink them both up..."
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    • "Oh, I put on my pants three legs at a time, just like anyone else, just like anyone else!"
    • "Diving over the moon, swinging off of a star..."
    • "There's so many things that a line can do!"
    • "I'm an artist who's the smartest/and there's nothing going on my mind..."
    • "Escucha mi corazón in Chalkzone, escucha mi corazón in Chalkzone..."
    • Almost any of the songs could qualify. It was a very musical show.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Skrawl. It helps that he's voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is popular in Japan thanks to its cute and sometimes bizarre nature.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Here, we have a property involving a person creating whatever he wants using a special writing utensil... No, wait, I'm thinking of something else, nevermind.
    • Buttercup, one of Elizabeth Daily's most popular roles, has an episode where she destroyed the chalk of her sister, Bubbles. This becomes ironic in ChalkZone, where Rudy Tabootie, who is also voiced by Daily, pretty much has chalk as his main weapon.
    • This wouldn't be the only show featuring a little boy and his blue best friend who he made up that Candi Milo (Snap) would star on (she was not the voice of Bloo, but she did voice Coco, Madame Foster, and Cheese)
      • This is taken even further in the Japanese dubs of both shows- Makoto Tsumura voices both Rudy and Mac.
    • When Snap masquerades as a foreign exchange student in "Snap Out of Water", he claims to be from Greenland. Reggie responds with, "If you're from Greenland, why are you blue?" Since this was one of the original shorts on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, it would be five more years until Mean Girls was released.
    • Meta example: in the episode "Future Zone", one of the torture devices Craniac 3 uses on Rudy is "the grandmother lips of the future", which is a robotic old woman with huge lips used to kiss the victim's entire face. When the episode was released on the Nicktoon compilation VHS Nickstravaganza!, the episode that played right before it was "Grandma's Kisses"
    • The show got a soundtrack in February 2003 entitled In The Zone, and was released under Jive Records (which Nickelodeon was releasing its' soundtracks under at the time). Jive would release another album of the same name later that year in November.
    • In the episode Snap Vs Boorat, the titular villain identifies Snap and Rudy not by sight, but by smell. Vinnie is also gifted with a good sense of smell as seen in Follow The Bouncing Bag. It is likely Boorat gets this ability from him. Which leads to the conlusion that Vinnie had apparently took the time to sniff Rudy and Snap, and passed on that information to Boorat during his creation.
    • The first episode initially premiered on New Years' Eve in 1999 during the (final) annual Nick New Years' block before it's delay to 2002. The first story of the final episode (in airing order), "The Day ChalkZone Stood Still", took place on New Years' Eve.
  • Gigantic Gulp: Snap's jinglebelly soda. Maybe it's used to illustrate how small Snap is, maybe just played off for laughs. He's never been seen with a jinglebelly soda that he can fit in one hand.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Rudy's got the chalk!"
    • Various GIFs of Rudy drawing the portal with the text "Fuck this shit, I'm going to ChalkZone" have appeared often on Tumblr.
    • As are "why friendzone when you can ChalkZone?" jokes.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Fans of Invader Zim complained that this show replaced their favorite show. While in reality, ChalkZone was delayed for two years. Not to mention that Zim was still running during the first season of the show.
    • It's also been mis-blamed for being a rip-off of the 1970s British cartoon Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings (which later aired on Nickelodeon in 1979 and throughout the '80s as part of Pinwheel). Co-creator Bill Burnett stated in a recent interview that ChalkZone was never meant to be a rip-off of the show- in fact, he had never even heard of it until after ChalkZone finished production.
  • Moe:
    • The main trio. Actually, the entire show is moe.
    • Rudy's already a cute kid, but he's even cuter as an eight-year-old in the first two Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts.
    • Rudy's two-year-old cousin, Sophie, who appeared in "The Terrible 2 1/2s", "Pop Goes the Balloon", and "When Santas Collide".
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Rudy singing. While all three of the main trio's voice actresses can sing very well, E.G. Daily (Rudy) is the only one who made a career out of it. Doubles as The Cast Show Off.
  • Narm Charm:
    • A lot of the music video segments could qualify. One example would have to be "Chunky", a rock song that features lyrics about...painting your room and going to the moon with chunky peanut butter. The lyrics in a lot of the songs are very goofy and cheesy, but the Ear Worm quality mixed with Rudy, Penny, and Snap's voice actresses all being really good singers make them enjoyable for a number of fans.
    • The opening theme could also be seen as this- it's so unnecessarily epic that it ends up being awesome.
  • Seasonal Rot: A number of fans felt as if season four was the weakest of the series, due to the plots generally feeling weaker, more generic, and less like the earlier seasons, the re-vamped art style, the songs being less memorable (Geoff Levin replacing Guy Moon as composer full-time- as he had already replaced him mid-season three for the background music although Guy Moon stuck around to work on the songs- and most of the songs being rehashes of earlier songs didn't do anything to help), and Skrawl barely appearing and falling under Villain Decay.
  • Shallow Parody: Word of God states that "Chunky" was meant to be an Affectionate Parody of The Rolling Stones' style. The result sounds more like an Arena Rock anthem similar to Aerosmith or Foreigner.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The show had some detractors on the basis that it was too cutesy when compared to other Nicktoons at the time.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some fans felt this way about the Art Evolution in the fourth season, finding the more detailed to be "too much" and looking more like crayon than chalk, and the more colorful and vibrant real world unnecessary.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Goes hand in hand with chalkzone being a cartoon. The amount of times Snap has stuffed himself and become rotund has even landed Chalkzone a page on The Big Cartoon Wiki.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: As stated in Mis-blamed, a few viewers complained that the show was a rip-off of Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings despite the fact that Word of God states they didn't even know Simon existed until after ChalkZone's production.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Terri Bouffant after she became an antagonist in "Indecent Exposure", wanting to expose ChalkZone. Her only other appearance as an antagonist was in "Snap vs. Boorat". The show ended one episode later.
  • Toy Ship: Rudy and Penny. Rudy's been shown to have a crush on Penny in numerous episodes, and some episodes hint that Penny may return his feelings.
  • Ugly Cute: Some fans feel this way about Skrawl
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The titular character of "Skrawl's Brain"
    • Robo-Rudy from "Double Trouble" is also pretty unsettling.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Snap. The character is male, but the voice sounds fairly ambiguous to some people (being voiced by Candi Milo and all). His shorts can also easily be mistaken for a skirt, especially in the pilots.
    • This has caused several people on tumblr and deviantart to believe he might be Transgender.
  • Vindicated by History: When it was still running, ChalkZone was despised by a lot of older Nickelodeon fans. The reasons varied, but most of them boiled down to the above misblaming of the show being accused of getting Zim canceled, the show overall being too "tame" compared to the more "edgier" Nicktoons at the time (which were, and still are, rife with Nightmare Fuel, Getting Crap Past the Radar, and gross-out humor- not that ChalkZone didn't have moments like these, but they weren't a big part of the show) like SpongeBob, and (inevitably) the original target audience for Nick in the early '90s growing out of the network and claiming that it just wasn't as good as the old shows. These days, you will find much more fans than haters.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The show happened to be made several years after using chalk for things like school boards, restaurants, and the many uses that seem to pop up in the show started to become uncommon. Due to hipster baristas, shop owners and street artists, chalk seems to be making a comeback though.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: A show about the adventures of a child in a world made of chalk? ...yeaaaah.
  • The Woobie: Penny in "Mother Tongue"


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