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World Premiere Toons (later known as What a Cartoon! Show, now known as The Cartoon Cartoon Show), is the mid-1990s animation showcase that appeared on Cartoon Network. It served as the launching point for multiple original cartoons including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. What a Cartoon! now airs on Boomerang.


World Premiere Toons was an animation project conceived and produced by Fred Seibert, the original creative director of MTV and Nickelodeon who served as the president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc., prior to founding Frederator Studios. Its mission was 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/creator.

Each of the shows' creators worked with the internal Hanna-Barbera "Creative Corps" Art Director Jesse Stagg and designer Kelly Wheeler to craft a series of high quality, limited edition, fluorescent art posters. The Corps launched a prolonged Guerrilla mailing campaign, targeting animation heavyweights and critics leading up to the launch of World Premiere Toons. The first poster campaign of its kind introduced the world to the groundbreaking new stable of characters.


The first World Premiere Toon broadcasted in its entirety was Yuckie Duck in Short Orders, which made its world premiere on February 20, 1995 during a television special called the World Premiere Toon-In (termed "President's Day Nightmare" by its producers, Williams Street). "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" aired on March 12, 1995. The special was hosted by Space Ghost and the cast of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and featured comic interviews and a mock contest with the creators of the various cartoons. The Toon-In was simulcast on Cartoon Network, TBS Superstation, and TNT. The special, without the Powerpuff Girls cartoon or any of the clips from the other WPT cartoons featured in the special, was later included in the Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Volume 3 DVD. The version with the other WPT cartoons was later included in the Powerpuff Girls Season 1 DVD, with Meat Fuzzy Lumkins included as a separate special feature. Most of the WAC shorts that were voted into shows had more than 1 short. In fact, Cow and Chicken and Courage the Cowardly Dog were the only exceptions. Shake & Flick (a WAC short set in Rome about a conceited poodle and a ferocious flea) was nominated for a run by Cartoon Network, but it was Johnny Bravo that won the contract. Shake & Flick, however, still received popular reception even though it never went past being a one-shot, and Cartoon Network never found the proper way to continue it past its WAC pilot.

The What a Cartoon! experiment introduced many of today's top animation talent and was repeated several times. The Big Cartoon DataBase cites What a Cartoon!/World Premiere Toons as a "venture combining classic 1940s production methods with the originality, enthusiasm and comedy of the 1990s." A similar program, also created by Fred Seibert, was introduced on Nickelodeon in 1998, titled Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

The What a Cartoon! shorts ended with silent clips of the cartoons squeezed in with the credits and sometimes the cartoon's full title would show up along with the clips above the credits. A vast majority of the shorts have never received their own runs as series on the Cartoon Network schedule (especially if the short only had one original What a Cartoon! pilot). In fact, some shorts were even created as the type that were better off as one shots and would never perform well beyond stand alone status (like Awfully Lucky which centered around a pearl that granted good luck, and bad luck following each moment of good luck it brought).

Episode list

Animator Episode title Characters introduced Plot Synopsis Additional information and/or release date
Genndy Tartakovsky Changes Dexter and Dee-Dee. Dee-Dee and Dexter battle turning each other into animals, using Dexter's latest invention.
The Big Sister Dexter prevents giant Dee-Dee from attacking the city. Marked First appearance of Dexo-Robo.
Old Man Dexter Dexter uses a machine to age himself and be able to watch a late-night movie, but ends up aging far too much.
Dimwit Dexter Dexter's brain shuts down after exhaustive activity, and he becomes the neighborhood's laughing stock.
David Feiss No Smoking Cow, Chicken and the Red Guy. Chicken is saved from damnation of smoking by Super Cow, who is his sister, Cow.
Van Partible Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo. Johnny Bravo tries to score with a zookeeper girl by capturing a runaway gorilla.
Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women Johnny Bravo is left stranded in an island filled with beautiful tall women, and their bodyguard elephant.
Mr. Monkeyman Jungle Boy, King Raymond. Jealous King Raymond stains the hero Jungle Boy's reputation by impersonating him and causing mayhem.
Craig McCracken Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins The Powerpuff Girls, Fuzzy Lumpkins. The Powerpuff Girls fight to stop Fuzzy Lumpkins' plot to turn everything into meat.
Crime 101 The Amoeba Boys. The girls aid bumbling Amoeba Boys in becoming able criminals.
Butch Hartman Short Pfuse and Blammo, the Clown Pfish and Chip. Pfish and Chip (A carefree shark and a short tempered lynx) attempt to stop their foe, The squeaky laughing Mad Bomber. The only problem is their chief needs to take his nap and demands quiet.
Blammo, the Clown The bomb squad face a clown bomber, with several gag bombs.
Hillbilly Blue Eustace and Mordechai. Crawdad Esutace is fed-up with being treated as food and goes with pal Mordechai on a cross-country trip to New Orleans and being "served" in royal fashion. Features several appearances by Elvis, a notable trademark in Hartman's The Fairly Odd Parents
Gramps Gramps, his grandchildren. Grandpa tells the kids about his battle against invading aliens, and gets corrected by the children repeatedly.
Seth MacFarlane Larry and Steve Larry and Steve. Steve, a homeless dog, is adopted by dimwit Larry (the only man to understand what he's saying), and lives disaster after disaster when Larry takes him shopping. Larry and Steve were prototypes of Peter Griffin and Brian of Family Guy.
John R. Dilworth The Chicken From Outer Space Courage the Cowardly Dog A fearful dog tries to stop an alien chicken's plans to invade Earth while in his owners' farm. Short wasOscar-nominated.
Zac Moncrief Lost Control Godfrey and Zeek. A giraffe and a pig leave their zoo home and visit a residual water treatment plant to retrieve the remote control they accidentally flushed down the toilet.
Paul Parducci, James Giordano & R.J. Reiley Home Sweet Home Zoonatiks, Mr. Hackensack. A bear, a monkey and a turtle try to enter the all-star Hackensack Zoo and fit their accommodations.
Jon McClenahan Drip Dry Drips Fat Cats. Brothers Louie and Elmo set a laundry business, expecting to earn some cash. They get a request from the President, but accidentlly destroy his suit.
William Hanna Wind-Up Wolf Updated versions of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. The Big Bad Wolf uses his robot minion to finally get the Three Little Pigs.
Hard Luck Duck Hard Luck Duck, Crocodile Harley. Endangered Hard Luck Duck, after venturing away from Crocodile Harley's watch, is a hungry fox's target to be cooked.
Joseph Barbera Stay Out The Flintstones' Dino. Dino tries to keep the house cat outside for the night.
The Great Egg-Scape Dino takes care of a baby dinosaur, and tries to prevent him for growing more.
Robert Alvarez No Tip Pizza Boy. A delivery boy must deliver a pizza to Antarctica safe and sound and before times runs up, or else, he will receive no tip. After going through no end of danger to deliver it, he gets no tip and goes insane.
School Daze Tumbleweed Tex. A Wild West outlaw needs to finish the fourth grade, and deal with his obnoxious class rival, little Timmy.
John McIntyre Kitchen Casanova A first time cook is preparing a dinner for his date, but trouble arises when the wind flips the pages from his cookbook.
C. Miles Thompson Boid n' Woim Boid, Woim. A worm hitch-hikes in the middle of the California desert alongside a Bird that secretely wants to eat him.
Mike Milo Bow Wow Bucaneers Bloo's Gang, conformed by Bloo, Simon and Scully Bloo and his dog friends sneak out of their owner's houses at midnight to set on a pirate adventure in the city.
Ignoramooses Sherwood and Pomeroy Two mooses (called Ignoramooses by a watching specialist) believe they're going to be adopted by a rich hunter, and wreak havoc in his manssion.
Ralph Bakshi Malcolm and Melvin Malcolm and Melvin Melvin is an alienated looser, until he meets Malcolm, a trumpetist cockroach.
Babe He Calls Me Melvin's saga continues, as his partnership with Malcolm is compromised by an urban superhero's intrusion. Meanwhile, Melvin's mother aids a criminal after being unable to meet with her son.
Rob Renzetti Interlude with a Vamipire Mina and the Count The Count (presumably Count Dracula) is forced to play with a 9 year old girl in her room, after a mix-up in the schedule with his victims. Project never was greenlit, despite fanbase requests
Eddie Fitzgerald Tales of Worm Paranoia Johnny, the worm, and Sally, his girlfriend Johnny is a peaceful and forgiving worm until a human steps on him repeatedly. As a result, the worm becomes paranoid and angered at the human race, seeking revenge. Style reminiscent of John K's Ren and Stimpy
Patrick A. Ventura Short Orders Yuckie Duck Yuckie Duck works as a cook and waiter in a dirty restaurant, and delivers unappealing orders to the demanding customers.
''I'm on my Way Yuckie Duck works as a paramedic, but does more harm than good to his patients
Out and About Sledgehammer O'Possum A troublemaking possum frustrates a dog's plans to enjoy a quiet summer day out. Sledgehammer O'Possum appeared in another short, What's Going On Back There?
Look Out Below George and Junior A bird crashes a light bulb so it doesn't disturb his sleep and sits in the empty socket. Geroge and Junior, the building's janitors/engineers, are sent to fix it. This short was a re-imagining of the original George and Junior cartoons
George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular George and Junior are forced to deliver Santa's presents to the kids, as they fail to deliver one of Santa's letters.
Meinert Hansen A Clean Getaway Captain Buzz Cheeply, Sly Captain Buzz Cheeply and his robot sidekick, Sly, must escape a planet whose inhabitants have abnormally sized foreheads but small sized brains, while finding a place to do their laundry.
Jerry Reynolds and Russ Harris of Perennial Pictures Film Corporation Rat in a Hot Tin Can O. Ratz, Dave D. Fly A rat and his fly companion try to find a place to stay for the night during winter in the city.
Don Jurwich, Jerry Eisenberg and Jim Ryan Yoink! of the Yukon Yoink The mounted police of the Yukon has it's uniforms stolen. Yoink is sent to retrieve them.
Eugene Mattos Raw Deal in Rome Shake and Flick A flea named Flick has a personal agenda with a local performer, a Dog named Shake, in an anachronistic Rome setting. Art direction by Butch Hartman. Was nominated to be adapted into a series, but lost to Johnny Bravo.
Bruno Bozzetto Help? Jof A cat that pinches his finger while sewing asks for help at the hospital, but it's ruthless personnel offer only pain.

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