What a Cartoon! (promotionally known as World Premiere Toons, later known as The What a Cartoon! Show and then, The Cartoon Cartoon Show), was an American animation showcase project created by Fred Seibert for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to be run on Cartoon Network. The project consisted of 48 short cartoons, intended to return creative power to animators and artists, by recreating the atmospheres that spawned the great cartoon characters of the mid-20th century. Each of 48 short cartoons mirrored the structure of a theatrical cartoon, with each film being based on an original storyboard drawn and written by its artist or creator.
The shorts from the project first aired on February 20, 1995 and promoted as World Premiere Toons. During the original run of the shorts the series was retitled as The What a Cartoon! Show until the final short aired November 28, 1997. The project served as the launching point for multiple successful Cartoon Network series, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. The series is influential for birthing a slew of original Cartoon Network hits and helping to revive television animation in the 1990s. Click here to see a click from Godfrey and Zeek on What A Cartoon! »1 Comment
The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for the Nickelodeon channel. The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home to become bachelors in the forest near Wayouttatown, Oregon. The show premiered in the United States on April 19, 1997 and completed its run on November 11, 2001 (with several episodes remaining unaired). The show started airing on the Nickelodeon Canada channel when it launched on November 2, 2009. It will return to Nicktoons for Nicktoons Rewind in the Summer of 2011. Click here to watch the intro to Angry Beavers »5 Comments
Arthur is an American/Canadian animated educational television series for children, created for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The show is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City, and revolves around the lives of 8-year-old Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other. There is a strong emphasis on the educational value of books and libraries as well as relationships with friends and family members. The series is often noted for dealing with social and health-related issues that affect young children, such as the death of a pet, dyslexia, and more recently cancer, Asperger syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to read more and watch the intro to Arthur »1 Comment
Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies (also known as simply Muppet Babies) is an American animated television series that aired from September 15, 1984 to November 2, 1991 on CBS. The show portrayed childhood versions of the Muppets living together in a large nursery in the care of a human woman called Nanny (the whereabouts of their parents are never addressed). Nanny appears in almost every episode, but viewers never see her face, only the babies’ view of her pink skirt and purple sweater as well as her distinctive green and white striped socks. Click here to read more and watch the intro »3 Comments
Underdog is an American animated television series that debuted October 3, 1964, on the NBC network under the primary sponsorship of General Mills, and continued in syndication until 1973, for a run of 124 episodes.
Underdog, Shoeshine Boy’s heroic alter-ego, appeared whenever love interest Sweet Polly Purebred was being victimized by such villains as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff. Underdog always speaks in rhymes, such as, “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” His voice was supplied by Wally Cox. Click here to watch the intro to Underdog »No Comments