Toon Tales: 30 Fun Facts About Classic Cartoon Series – Part 2

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1The Patakis

The Patakis

A spin-off of 'Hey, Arnold!" called 'The Patakis' was pitched focusing on a teenage Helga. It was rejected by Nick for being too dark and by MTV for being too much like Daria.


2. Yogi Bear as well as many other Hanna-Barbera cartoons were given white collars so that the Animators would have to draw less. This way they had to redraw only his head in each frame when he spoke.


3. The cartoon, Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, won 2 Emmy awards in 2006 and 2007.


4. In a 1988 episode of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" called "The Wall", the Chipmunks play a concert at the Berlin Wall and see it crumbling down, only to awaken from a dream and say, "It was just a dream, but it doesn't have to be." 11 months later, the Berlin Wall came down in real life.


5. There is a banned episode of Disney’s Talespin in which the show’s title character Baloo gets involved in a terrorist plot. It aired only once in 1992 and wasn’t ever seen again for over a decade.


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6Bob's Burgers

Bob's Burgers

In the original pitch for Bob's Burgers, the family actually were cannibals that made their burgers out of human flesh. FOX found the idea to be too dark.


7. The test version of Bob's Burgers' pilot featured a son named Daniel. When the character was changed to the awkward daughter Tina in the final version, the character's original lines were kept and so was the voice actor.


8. On the show Archer, the character Doctor Krieger is not a doctor at all. According to ISIS Applied Research Department records, his legal first name is Doctor.


9. There was a 1990s Yogi Bear revival called "Yo Yogi!" where the characters solved mysteries and hung out at Jellystone Mall. Magilla Gorilla once appeared as a parody of Vanilla Ice.


10. The main inspiration for the appearance of Aladdin in his first animated movie of 1992 was originally supposed to be actor Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future, but it was later changed to resemble actor Tom Cruise.


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11Elmrya

Elmrya

When the new character Elmrya was forcefully added to the show “Pinky and the Brain” due to executives wanting to liven it up, the writers added the lyrics: “So Pinky and the Brain/ Share a new domain/ It’s what the network wants/ Why bother to complain?” to its theme song.


12. There was an antagonist named Benton Tarantella on Courage the Cowardly Dog based off director Quentin Tarantino.


13. The original Middle Eastern tale of Aladdin is set in China and Aladdin is implied to be of Chinese descent.


14. The characters in the animated series 'Archer' are modeled after real people.


15. The Cantonese incantation Uncle Chan recites in Jackie Chan Adventures (Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao) translates to “Evil demons and malevolent spirits, be gone!”


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16Hey Arnold

Hey Arnold

“Hey Arnold” originally started out as a series of claymation shorts on Sesame Street.


17. The hidden messages “Don’t tell Brain I hid this secret message. Ha ha! Narf!” (0:17) and “I know about your silly secret message, Pinky.” (0:42), can be seen in the opening sequence of ‘Pinky and the Brain.’


18. "Dexter's Laboratory" and "The Powerpuff Girls" are set within the same universe. "The Justice Friends" exist in both shows, creating the link.


19. Courage from “Courage the Cowardly Dog” wasn’t abandoned as a pup, but his parents were kidnapped by a vet, who is said to have sent them to the moon.


20. The character 'Launch' from Dragonball didn't appear in Dragonball Z, as creator Akira Toriyama simply forgot about the character.


21Porky Pig

Porky Pig

Porky Pig, not Bugs Bunny, is the oldest continuing Looney Tunes character.


22. There are fan theories that the animated movie Aladdin is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the world is a desert and the carpet is a remnant of hover technology.


23. Lyrics from Aladdin was changed for the Arabic version to show greater cultural sensitivity because one English line is "Where they cut off your ear, if they don’t like your face."


24. Aladdin's pants were modeled after rapper MC Hammer.


25. The last name of Arnold form “Hey Arnold!” is Shortman, the name by which Grandpa Phil calls him by.

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