Three 13 year old girls submitted a script for "Tiny Toon Adventures". Producer Steven Spielberg was so impressed that he invited the girls to Hollywood to work on the episode and paid them $3,000. This later inspired a Simpsons episode where Bart and Lisa write an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The lyricist for the theme song of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon (Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can!) won three Academy Awards for Best Original Song and was nominated sixteen times for the award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The song "Hello Ma Baby" was nearly 60 years old when sung by the cartoon frog. It's the oldest known song to mention the telephone, and the first about a man falling in love with a woman he never met via technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The idea for "Bunker busting" bombs (bombs designed to explode shortly after hitting a target -- penetrating, then exploding) came from a Disney cartoon made during WWII. Once made, they were nicknamed "Disney Bombs." youtu.be/mA1kWMLudvU
The U.S banned books and films about Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in Japan as well as all satirical cartoons of General MacArthur. youtu.be/p5Ac7ap_MAY?t=23…
William Randolph Hearst, media tycoon and inspiration for "Citizen Kane", was a pioneer of comics and animation. However, his cartoons failed partly because they used speech balloons and froze during action. Embarrassed, he destroyed most film, but many of his animators would later go to Disney. lambiek.net/artists/h/hea…
'Star Spangled Banner' only became the anthem of the USA in 1931, after the huge outcry caused by Robert Ripley, who denounced in one of his famous "Believe it or Not" cartoons that the country, in fact, had no official anthem up until then. awb.com/dailydose/?p=1949
80’s Cartoon ThunderCats had an staff psychologist to ensure that each episode contained a positive moral lesson cbr.com/things-you-never-…
Today I learned about Belka and Strelka - two Russian dogs that became the first living creatures to make it to the orbit and back safely in 1960. They became very folk heroes, spawning cartoons, electronica/dance music, and even Russia's first 3D animated film. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
, that Chuck Lorre, the producer of huge TV hits like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory co-wrote the soundtrack for the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. In the theme song, whenever a line is spoken (not sung), that is Chuck Lorre's actual voice (that's a fact, Jack!). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Avatar: The Last Airbender won a Peabody Award for β€œmulti-dimensional characters, unusually complicated personal relationships for a cartoon serial, and a healthy respect for the consequences of warfare” peabodyawards.com/award-p…
Today I learned of β€œCow Tools,” a cartoon described as the most loathed Far Side strip ever, that confused so many readers the newspaper’s phones didn’t stop ringing for two days. The author, Gary Larson, issued a press release explaining the joke after receiving hundreds of letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
When Sean Lennon, the son of John, was little, he didn't know about The Beatles because his parents never played Beatles records at home. When Sean saw Yellow Submarine at his friend's house, his dad had to explain why there was a cartoon version of him in the movie. ultimateclassicrock.com/s…
Cartoonist Bill Watterson named the main characters of his popular cartoon series Calvin and Hobbes after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin and the 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes allegedly as a "tip of the hat" to the political science department at Kenyon. britannica.com/topic/Calv…
Murgatroyd, from the saying Heavens to Murgatroyd - popularized by Snagglepuss of Hannah-Barbera cartoons, means 'a clearing in the forest on the road to the moor'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Despite what Bugs Bunny cartoons tell us, carrots are like candy to rabbits and should only be fed as an occasional treat only to them; having too much can result in obesity animals.howstuffworks.com…
In the late 30's Woody Gurthrie (writer/singer of "This Land Is Your Land”) wrote columns and cartoons for the Communist newspaper People's World. doi.org/10.1080/00947679.…
Danny Antonucci who at the time was known for only making adult themed cartoons only made Ed Edd n Eddy because he was dared to make a kids show by a friend. It went on to be his most successful work en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
How Matt Groening's (Creator of the Simpsons Show) Own Family Inspired the Simpson Characters. Groening named the cartoon family named after his own siblings and parents, albeit with a "Bart" in lieu of a character named after himself. biography.com/news/matt-g…
Dr. Seuss Drew World War II Propaganda Cartoons historycollection.com/dr-…
Duke Nukem was temporarily called Duke Nukum to avoid legal trouble with the producers of the cartoon show Captain Planet, which featured a villain of the same name. They changed it back when they realized the character's name was not copyrighted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
When in 1993 a Michigan woman bought a videotape of Popeye cartoons, she discovered that in addition to the cartoons, the tape also contained 30 minutes of hardcore pornography. deseret.com/1993/4/15/190…
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Cartoon Network aired The Iron Giant continuously for 24 hours in the early 2000s for Fourth of July and Thanksgiving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2003, MTV aired an adult cartoon called Clone High which features clones of historical figures in high school. It was canceled after one season because it caused mass protest in India and even hunger strikes over its portrayal of Ghandi as a party animal ew.com/tv/2017/11/02/clon…
Rube Goldberg made his sons Thomas and George change their lastname to protect them from backlash from his political cartoons. Thomas chose the lastname George as a tribute to his brother, and in the spirit of family, George followed suit, voluntarily spending entire life going by George George. nytimes.com/2007/11/15/th…
Gary Larson apologized for the Far Side strip Hell's Video Store; it has nothing but copies of Ishtar. After seeing Ishtar he said "There are so many cartoons for which I should probably write an apology, but this is the only one which compels me to do so." ishtarthemovie.com/Trivia…
The powerpuff girls originally got their powers from "a can of whoopass" rather than Chemical X, hence their original name "the whoopass girls" before being picked up by Cartoon Network in 1992. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1995, MCA released an alternative rock album of songs from classic cartoons such as Banana Splits, Speed Racer, Scooby-Doo, and Jetsons. Artists included Liz Phair, Collective Soul, Butthole Surfers, Sublime, Violent Femmes, and others. It was certified Gold, sold over 500k, and charted #67 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Today I learned of the Censored Eleven, a group of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons that in 1968 were deemed too offensive for public consumption. They have not been broadcast on TV since then, and aside from one screening in 2010 at a film festival, they have never received any official release by WB. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, a blackface parody of Snow White, has been praised by animation historians, and has been included on lists of the greatest animated films ever - but is considered to have racism unparalleled in cartoon history, and has been banned from circulation since 1968 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
There was a 90’s cartoon called ProStars that was about Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson using gadgets to defeat bad guys vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
In january of 2003 in south korea, a childrens song that praised bin laden circulated among korean school kids. The song was sung in the tune of a popular cartoon. 1750 students in 15 schools were punished singing the song. koreajoongangdaily.joins.…
The success of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its companion cartoon series led to the release of a breakfast cereal called Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The 1983 cartoon Inspector Gadget was the first animated series to be presented in stereo sound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
Tom the cartoon cat was originally called Jasper, and Jerry was unnamed. Animator Tom Carr won $50 in a contest, suggesting Tom and Jerry after the hot Christmastime drink containing brandy and rum. The drink was named after youngsters who indulged in riotous behavior in 19th-century London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Adult Swim cartoon Moral Orel was cancelled for being too dark and depressing. The creator remembers submitting the script for the episode "Alone" and a proposed follow-up episode titled "Rape" and was told the show would end that season. vice.com/en_us/article/3b…
Today I learned of "Private SNAFU" - an animated training series developed by Frank Capra and written by Dr. Seuss for the US military during WW2. Walt Disney was supposed to develop the cartoons and wanted exclusive ownership to the "SNAFU" character, but Warner Bros. outbid him and secured the rights instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
It’s a 50+ year old tradition in Sweden to watch a specific Donald Duck cartoon at exactly 3pm on Christmas Eve. Approximately half the country tunes in to watch every year. slate.com/culture/2009/12…
The forgotten show "Time Squad" was the first cartoon produced under the "Cartoon Network" banner for their own network and not Hanna Barrera. It also featured Mark Hamill as a robot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The Charlie in the famous newspaper title "Charlie Hebdo" references Charlie Brown from the Peanuts cartoon. Hebdo is short for hebdomadaire, meaning weekly, in French cnn.com/2015/01/21/europe…
The word cartoon dates back to the middle ages with the meaning back then being a first draft of stain glass or a tapestry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
When Cartoon Network launched in 1992, they played Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture over an animated fireworks show. youtu.be/qgUzlWrkz1M
The Addams Family originally began as a New Yorker cartoon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Between 1989-1992, comedian John Candy had a 40 episode cartoon called Camp Candy, starring as the animated version of himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The last weekend of Saturday morning cartoons in America was aired on October 4th, 2014. The CW aired its last segment of "The Vortexx" and replaced it with a 5-hour block of educational programming called "One Magnificent Morning" gizmodo.com/this-is-the-f…
The U.S. Army promoted Donald Duck to the rank of Sergeant and retired him from active duty on his 50th birthday because Donald was never officially separated from service in any of his wartime cartoons or comics. headstuff.org/culture/his…
Γ‰amon de Valera broke out of prison by getting a mold of a key in a candle and using a cartoonist, sent an image of the key in a cartoon to his contacts who made the key and sent it in baked inside a cake. It was too small, so they sent another before just sending him the tools to make a key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Γ‰am…
In 1984, the U.S. Army gave Donald Duck an honorable discharge in honor of his military service for appearances in Disney WWII cartoons and WWII mascots embodied in combat units of various U.S. military branches en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…

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