Evil Con Carne
Evil Con Carne title.jpg
Genre
Created byMaxwell Atoms
Based onGrim & Evil
by Maxwell Atoms
Story by
Voices of
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes22 (32 segments)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerLouis J. Cuck (line)
Running time
  • 7 minutes (seasons 1–2)
  • 11 minutes (season 3)
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
Distributor
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseAugust 24, 2001 (2001-08-24) –
October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)
Chronology
Preceded byGrim & Evil (2001–2003)
RelatedThe Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

Evil Con Carne is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network.[1] The series centers on wealthy crime lord Hector Con Carne, who is reduced to his brain and stomach after an assassination attempt and subsequently implanted onto Boskov, a purple circus bear. Aided by scientist Major Dr. Ghastly and military leader General Skarr, Hector now oversees criminal organization Evil Con Carne, continuing his quest for world domination.

The series first appeared on Cartoon Network during the show Grim & Evil, along with sister series The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Thirteen more half-hour episodes of Grim & Evil were produced for 2003; the two series became separate programs later that year. While The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy went on to run for seven seasons, Evil Con Carne only ran for thirteen full episodes (22 airings) and ended on October 22, 2004.[2] After the show's end, its characters would frequently make cameo appearances in Billy & Mandy, with General Skarr becoming a recurring character. An official series finale, titled "Company Halt" (which was also a crossover with Billy & Mandy), aired on March 16, 2007.

Premise

Once upon a time, there was a jillionaire playboy who was blown up in a tremendous explosion. His brain survived... (Stomach, too!) ...and was attached to the body of a stupid circus bear. I am that brain. My name is Hector Con Carne, and I will one day rule the world! (He laughs maniacally.)

— Hector Con Carne's brain (and stomach), in the opening title sequence

Hector Con Carne (Phil LaMarr), a wealthy crime lord and evil genius bent on taking over the world and the League of Nations, was caught in an explosion initiated by his nemesis, Cod Commando (Maxwell Atoms), a soldier for the Secret Paramilitary Organized Response Kommand (S.P.O.R.K.). The explosion scattered most of his body across the world. He was rescued by the scientist Major Dr. Ghastly (Grey DeLisle), who placed his living remains into two containment units: one for his brain, and the other for his stomach. These two units were later installed into Boskov (Frank Welker), a purple Russian circus bear, giving Con Carne's brain control over (almost) all of the bear's actions and movements.

Hector, Dr. Ghastly and his military leader, General Skarr (Armin Shimerman), then created a secret laboratory on an island with a bunny-shaped mountain known as "Bunny Island" (a parody of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's lair in the James Bond movies). Gathering an army, Con Carne resumed his quest for world domination and made a new goal: to find his missing body parts. The group's schemes typically end in failure, often due to the behavior and conflicts within the trio: Skarr is tired of being directed by Hector and wishes to overthrow him; Ghastly cares more about her unrequited love for her boss than world domination; while Hector is narcissistic, megalomaniacal, and generally abusive towards his henchmen.

Voice cast

Main article: List of Evil Con Carne characters

Main

Recurring voices

Production

A viewer's poll to decide a new Cartoon Network animated series, titled Big Pick, was held on the internet from June 16 to August 25, 2000.[3] The three choices for short films to become animated series were The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, and Longhair and Doubledome. After the event, the Meet the Reaper short film won with 57% of the vote.[4] While Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? became an animated series in 2002, Longhair and Doubledome appeared at another Big Pick event, but lost once again. Another original short/pilot titled Evil Con Carne had been produced in 2000, shortly after the Billy & Mandy short. The two ideas were ultimately combined into a single show, as Cartoon Network desired a show that had a "middle cartoon" as an in-between segment (a format found in the Dial M For Monkey and The Justice Friends shorts in Dexter's Laboratory, and the I Am Weasel segment on Cow and Chicken).[5]

The resulting show, Grim & Evil, premiered on August 24, 2001, and was put on hiatus on October 18, 2002.[6] In 2003, 13 more half-hour episodes of Grim & Evil were made, but aired when Cartoon Network separated the two series, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Evil Con Carne earned their own full-length series later that year. After production wrapped on both series' new seasons, the network gave Maxwell Atoms a decision to choose one show to continue, while the other would be dropped from production. Atoms ultimately went with Billy & Mandy, and the final season of Evil Con Carne subsequently aired in 2004. He embraced the network's decision to drop one of the two series, as he considered being in charge of producing both shows difficult.[5]

After Evil Con Carne was cancelled, its characters appeared in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. The first cameo was in the episode "Chicken Ball Z" which ended with Mandy purchasing Hector's Bunny Island. General Skarr moved to Billy's neighborhood in the episode "Skarred for Life" after Bunny Island was bought out by an "entertainment corporation that didn't want competition in world domination". Since then, General Skarr went on to become a recurring character in Billy & Mandy. In the episode "Company Halt", Con Carne and Ghastly appear in Endsville, in order to recruit Skarr and revive Evil Con Carne (the organization, not the show) in another attempt to take over the world; naturally, like most of their other schemes and misadventures, it ends in failure when Skarr turns against Hector once he tries to destroy his garden in an attempt to kill Billy, and crushes him with a giant catapult (which they were to use to destroy the neighborhood), causing Ghastly and the rest of the army run away. According to Tom Warburton, characters from Evil Con Carne were originally set to appear in the television special "The Grim Adventures of the KND".[7] Hector, General Skarr, and Dr. Ghastly (strangely, they're "costumed" by Lazlo, Raj, and Clam) did briefly appear in the crossover's end credits in a crossover with Camp Lazlo titled "Evil Camp Carne".

On July 29, 2016, the series aired re-runs for a single day on Cartoon Network's sister channel, Boomerang, in the United States, despite the schedule for Boomerang saying that The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy was airing in its timeslot.[8]

Censorship

When the show was running as a segment on Grim & Evil, the two part episode "The Smell of Vengeance" was subject to censorship in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The episode centered on Hector and his army using an oversized stink gun on New York City, unleashing a stench that sends its citizens into a frenzy. A particular scene featured people jumping off of the World Trade Center prompted the decision. "There are the twin towers, and you see tiny, little people hopping off the roof of the towers into the water", said Linda Simensky, then senior vice president of animation for Cartoon Network. "I mean, two weeks ago you wouldn't have thought about it. What were the chances of anyone jumping out of the World Trade Center?" In response, Atoms reworked the episode so it took place in rural Kansas instead; despite these changes, the episode was still suspended from broadcast rotation.[9]

Episodes

Note: Most of the episodes did not air in production code order.

SeasonEpisodesSeriesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113Grim & EvilAugust 24, 2001October 18, 2002
25Grim & Evil (U.K.) /
Evil Con Carne (U.S.)
July 11, 2003October 22, 2004
34Evil Con CarneOctober 1, 2004October 22, 2004

Season 1 (2001–02)

Main article: Grim & Evil § Season 1 (2001–02)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date
1"Evil Con Carne"Maxwell AtomsMaxwell AtomsTBAAugust 24, 2001 (2001-08-24)
2"Emotional Skarr"Brian HoganMaxwell AtomsBob Camp &
Joe Orrantia
August 31, 2001 (2001-08-31)
3"Evil Goes Wild"Dave BrainGord ZajacGreg MillerSeptember 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
4"The Smell of Vengeance"[nb 1]Dave BrainMaxwell AtomsGreg Miller
Maxwell Atoms
October 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
5"Devolver"[nb 2]Brian HoganMaxwell AtomsMike Stern
Bob Camp
October 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
6"Tiptoe Through the Tulips"[nb 3]Brian Hogan
Dave Brain
Vincent DavisBob CampOctober 19, 2001 (2001-10-19)
7"Bring Me the Face of Hector Con Carne"Dave BrainStory by: Gord ZajacMatt SullivanJuly 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
8"Search & Estroy"Dave BrainStory by: Gord ZajacAlex AlmaguerJuly 26, 2002 (2002-07-26)
9"Everyone Loves Uncle Bob"John McIntyre &
Brian Hogan
Story by: Gord ZajacTrevor WallAugust 2, 2002 (2002-08-02)
10"Evil on Trial"Robert Alvarez &
John McIntyre
Story by: Gord ZajacDavid Mucci FassettAugust 9, 2002 (2002-08-09)
11"The Time Hole Incident"Dave BrainStory by: Gord ZajacNora JohnsonOctober 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)
12"Christmas Con Carne"Robert Alvarez &
John McIntyre
Story by: Gord ZajacAlex AlmaguerOctober 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
13"The Pie Who Loved Me"John McIntyreStory by: Gord ZajacAlex AlmaguerOctober 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)

Season 2 (2003–04)

Main article: Grim & Evil § Season 2 (2003–04)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byStory byStoryboard byOriginal air date
(U.S.)
U.K. air date
14a1a"Gutless!"Juli HashiguchiGord ZajacDavid Mucci FassettJuly 11, 2003 (2003-07-11)October 25, 2003
14b1b"Day of the Dreadbot"Juli HashiguchiGord ZajacBrian KindreganJuly 11, 2003 (2003-07-11)October 24, 2003
14c1c"League of Destruction"Patty ShinagawaGord ZajacAlex AlmaguerJuly 11, 2003 (2003-07-11)October 23, 2003
15a2a"Son of Evil"Juli HashiguchiGord ZajacDavid Mucci FassettJuly 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)October 28, 2003
15b2b"The Right to Bear Arms"Randy MyersGord ZajacMichael DiederichJuly 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)October 29, 2003
15c2c"The Trouble with Skarrina"Robert Alvarez &
John McIntyre
Gord ZajacMatt SullivanJuly 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)October 21, 2003
16a3a"Go Spork"Robert Alvarez &
John McIntyre
Gord ZajacTrevor WallAugust 1, 2003 (2003-08-01)October 22, 2003
16b3b"Boskov's Day Out"Juli HashiguchiGord ZajacAlex AlmaguerAugust 1, 2003 (2003-08-01)October 20, 2003
16c3c"Cod vs. Hector"John McIntyre &
Randy Myers
Gord ZajacAlex AlmaguerAugust 1, 2003 (2003-08-01)October 30, 2003
174"Max Courage!"Robert Alvarez &
John McIntyre
Written by: Gord ZajacAlex AlmaguerAugust 15, 2003 (2003-08-15)October 26, 2003
185"Ultimate Evil"Shaun CashmanMaxwell Atoms &
Alex Almaguer
Alex AlmaguerOctober 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)October 31, 2003

Season 3 (2004)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byStory byStoryboard byOriginal air dateProd.
code
19a1a"No No Nanook"Juli Hashiguchi &
Phil Cummings
Michael DiederichMichael DiederichOctober 1, 2004 (2004-10-01)10a
Hector tries to freeze the Earth, but accidentally disrupts the planet's gravity in the process.
19b1b"Teenage Idol"Juli Hashiguchi &
Robert F. Hughes
Maxwell AtomsMaxwell Atoms &
Octavio E. Rodriguez
October 1, 2004 (2004-10-01)10b
Hector requires the aid of a legendary living stone idol to rule the world. However, the idol is immature and only agrees to help Hector if he can date Major Doctor Ghastly.
20a2a"The Mother of All Evils"Juli Hashiguchi &
Robert F. Hughes
Maxwell Atoms &
Alex Almaguer
Alex AlmaguerOctober 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)11a
Hector is nervous because his blind mother visits him and does not know that he is only a brain and a stomach.
20b2b"The HCCBDD"Shaun Cashman &
Phil Cummings
Maxwell Atoms &
Brett Varon
Brett VaronOctober 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)11b
Hector is depressed that he has not been able to take over the world yet, and feels he is missing something. Then Major Doctor Ghastly creates the HCCBDD, which she intends to show Hector the following day. Even though he does not know what it is, Estroy tries to steal the HCCBDD, only to figure out it is Hector's surprise birthday party.
21a3a"Gridlocked and Loaded"Juli Hashiguchi &
Steve Socki
C. H. GreenblattC. H. GreenblattOctober 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)12a
Evil Con Carne plans to steal gold from a ship, but ends up getting stuck in traffic for hours.
21b3b"Fool's Paradise"Phil Cummings &
Juli Hashiguchi
C. H. GreenblattMary Hanley &
Maxwell Atoms
October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)12b
Evil Con Carne goes on vacation, where Hector has a good time, Major Doctor Ghastly is bothered by Estroy, and General Skarr has a bad time.
22a4a"Jealousy, Jealous Do"Robert F. Hughes &
Juli Hashiguchi
C. H. Greenblatt &
Maxwell Atoms
Mike Bell &
Maxwell Atoms
October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)13a
Hector gets a new secretary who turns out to be a Swedish spy that Major Doctor Ghastly is jealous of. The secretary flirts with Boskov, not knowing that only Hector knows the plans she is trying to obtain.
22b4b"Hector, King of the Britons"Brian SheesleyMaxwell Atoms,
Vincent Waller,
Grey DeLisle,
Phil LaMarr,
Armin Shimerman,
Rosalind Ayres &
Greg Ellis
Vincent WallerOctober 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)13b
Hector wants to rule Britain, so he goes to Great Britain to find Excalibur, but the Lady of the Lake may not give it to him even after he does things to prove himself worthy.

Crossover episode (2007)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byStory byStoryboard byOriginal air dateProd.
code
78a5a"Company Halt"Kris SherwoodMaxwell Atoms &
Alex Almaguer
Alex AlmaguerMarch 30, 2007 (2007-03-30)6-05

As General Skarr is once again annoyed by Billy, Hector Con Carne and Major Dr. Ghastly arrive in his house with the intention of luring him back to the recently relaunched Evil Con Carne world domination organization. Although initially refusing to rejoin, Skarr later accepts with the condition that Billy and the other neighbors be destroyed. After weeks of living together and preparations, Evil Con Carne's ultimate weapon is revealed to be an army of tanks that shoot giant rubber bands. In the end, their all-out attack over the neighborhood is foiled when Billy tricks Hector into shooting Skarr's garden and they get into a fight, causing Hector to get crushed by the one of the tanks.

Note: This episode aired as a segment of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

Home media

Five episodes are included as bonus features in the Season 1 DVD set for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. On August 16, 2018, the entire series was added to the iTunes Store under a single volume.

American releases
Product Season(s) Episodes Format Release date
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Season 1 1–2 6 (1–4, 10) DVD September 18, 2007
Evil Con Carne: The Complete Series 1–3 22 Digital purchase August 16, 2018

See also

References

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