What a Cartoon

Cartoon Network (ended 1997)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 13

    Whatever Happened To Robot Jones?

    Aired 8/25/00

  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Babe He Calls Me

    Aired 1/1/99

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Lowbrow (Megas XLR)

    Aired 1/1/99

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Lucky Lydia

    Aired 1/1/99

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Uncle Gus

    Aired 1/1/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Bennett

    Johnny Bravo/Eustice/Various

  • Kath Soucie


  • Robert Picardo


  • E. G. Daily


  • Faizon Love

    Sledgehammer O'Possum

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the What a Cartoon! guide at TV.com. Cartoon Network had begun airing classic Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. cartoons, but in 1995, they got interested in new animation after Space Ghost Coast to Coast was a hit. Fred Seibert got the idea for a show that would feature new cartoon shorts by young animators. The What a Cartoon! project was made so that Cartoon Network would get new talents and new original series. Some veteran animators would also make cartoons for the show. In 1995, the cartoon show premiered as World Premiere Toons. Space Ghost introduced the audience to it on his show, complete with the debut of Craig McCracken's Meat Fuzzy Lumkins. Every half-hour episode of World Premiere Toons featured three original cartoons. The success of the show caused CN to continue it and make some of the shorts as their own series. The series was known as What a Cartoon!, but the format remained. Of the What a Cartoon! shorts, Dexter's Laboratory in 1996, Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken in 1997 had already spun off to their own series. In 1998, the show was retitled The Cartoon Cartoon Show, airing shorts from the past and present as well as episodes of Cartoon Cartoons. The same would later happen to The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Mike, Lu & Og in 1999. Cartoon Network announced in 2008 that it was making a project called Cartoonstitute in which would have worked in a way similar to the What A Cartoon! Show and was then cancelled.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Lady: A big, juicy, tender, steak. Yuckie Duck: One slab of slaughtered Moo-meat coming right up.

    • (George's nose starts blinking at the end.) Junior: Are you okay, George? George: Junior, I think I need a doctor. Junior: I think you need an electrician. George: And what you need is a brain surgeon!

    • (After George falls from the top of the building into the ground) Junior: George? Why are you playin' in the hole? George: Uh...bend over, Junior.

    • Chip: Have you got a match? Pfish: I don't smoke. (Chip grabs Pfish by the legs and strikes him on the floor like a match)

    • (Chip douses a pizza box, into thinking there's a bomb inside) Pfish: (opens the box) I didn't think you'd mind anchovies. Chip: Don't you start with me! (notices the bucket in his hand is a bomb) Aaaah! (explodes) Pfish: Bucket bomb? Chip (as a skeleton) It..never..stops! (falls apart)

    • Skinny Slim: Duh, yeah hit me baby!

    • Blossom: Shut that kid up! (The Amoeba Boys run to the baby to make it stop crying)

    • Male Eskimo: (On Phone) Hey! I wanna order a pizza! Know what I'm sayin?! Dad: (On Phone) Well, of course we deliver to the Arctic Center in 5 minutes or less, were PIZZA-BOY!

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    Notes (38)

    • Craig McCracken first showed the PowerPuff Girls in his school as part of an animation assignment for one of his teachers.

    • The Powerpuff Girls was the fourth animated short to receive his own series on Cartoon Network, three years later, in November 1998.

    • On Febuary 20th 1995, this short aired on the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode The President's Day Nightmare and Craig McCracken won the right to have his short aired by default because he was the only guest animator willing to appear in a swimsuit.

    • Although the official title is "Changes," the on-screen title reads "Dexter's Laboratory."

    • Dexter's Laboratory was the first short to get its own animated series on Cartoon Network, in April 1996.

    • This is the first of two shorts which Yuckie Duckie stars in. The second is called "I'm On My Way".

    • Johnny Bravo was the second animated short to receive his own series on Cartoon Network, in July 1997.

    • This is featured as a bonus cartoon on the Scooby Doo VHS The Headless Horsemen of Halloween.

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    Trivia (43)

    • In this episode, Bubbles is voiced by Kath Soucie instead of Tara Strong.

    • In this episode, Ms. Keane is taller and has a different voice.

    • In this episode, the Mayor has a different character design.

    • Animals the characters become: Dexter: rabbit, pig, bison, gorilla, ostrich, hamster, cow, walrus, penguin, snake, whale, T-Rex, bear, goat, leopard, octopus and turtle. Dee-Dee: frog, tiger, camel, vulture, beaver, rooster, hippo, eagle, crab, monkey, and snail.

    • Yuckie Duckie uses the same axe he used earlier to cut the stake but it fails this time.

    • Yuckie Duckie tries to cut the woman's stake with 17 different objects but they all fail.

    • Yuckie duckies skin inflates and fills up with snow. But since he is a duck he should have feathers.

    • The menu that the woman is looking at has a bone on it.

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    Allusions (8)

    • The Simpsons: While the gorilla is mocking Johnny and impersonates him, for a moment he also impersonates Bart Simpson, a famous character from The Simpsons animated series.

    • "Escape to the Blue Lagoon" King Raymond is seen watching TV. The movie he sees a commercial for is "Escape to the Blue Lagoon", and is apparently a parody of the two movies The Blue Lagoon (1980, directed by Randal Kleiser), and its sequel, Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991, directed by William A. Graham). Brooke Shields (who starred in the 1980 movie) is also mentioned as being casted along Jungle Boy in this parody.

    • Jungle Boy: character The character of Jungle Boy is obviously a parody of Tarzan.

    • Courage: This shouldn't happen to a dog.

      This same line was used by an unnamed dog in the Merrie Melodies short Hare Ribbin' (1944) starring Bugs Bunny.

      As in the short, as soon as Courage says this, his nose is trapped into the iris-out of the cartoon.

    • To Serve Man, it's a cookbook!

      An allusion to the science fiction short story written by Damon Knight, To Serve Man, first published in 1950 in an issue of Galaxy Science Fiction, made even more famous and probably a part of popular culture by the television series The Twilight Zone, which adapted the story into one of its episodes in 1962.

    • Mike, Lu and Og The girl kid in this episode has a similar hair style and voice like Mike from Mike, Lu and Og. A spin off of this series.

    • Title: The title of this short is a reference to the 1963 movie The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen.

    • Family Guy material seen: -The apartment sign falling on a person in lightning-fast animation. -Steve's intellect and personality, to be used for Brian. -Airplane pilot's voice, to be used for Quagmire.

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  • Fan Reviews (20)
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    By everyrosie, May 09, 2014

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    By DisneyVillain, Feb 22, 2014