ToonHeads
ToonHeads logo.jpg
Narrated byDon Kennedy (1996)
Leslie Fram (1998–2003) George A. Klein (1998-2003, scratch tracks only)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes102 (2 unaired) (list of episodes)
Production
ProducerAndy Merrill (1992-1996) George A. Klein (1998-2003)
Running time15–60 minutes
DistributorTurner Broadcasting System
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original releaseOctober 2, 1992 (1992-10-02) –
November 23, 2003 (2003-11-23)

ToonHeads is an American animation anthology series consisting of Hanna-Barbera, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., and Popeye cartoon shorts, with background information and trivia, prominently about animators and voice actors of the shorts.[1] ToonHeads was originally broadcast on Cartoon Network from October 2, 1992, until November 23, 2003.

The series was first announced on the Cartoon Network Special "Droopy's Guide to the Cartoon Network" as part of a promotion advertising the various blocks that would appear on the channel and what order they would be shown in. This special was the very first broadcast on the Cartoon Network's launch on October 1, 1992, and was re-aired throughout October 1992. The series includes more than 102 episodes (many undocumented), when including five specials (four one-hour specials and one half-hour special, two of which ("The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever" and "The Twelve Missing Hares") were never aired).

Format

Early seasons feature an announcer stating each episode's theme and three cartoons to be showcased. Then the show underwent two format changes. The first happened in late 1995[2][3] when Don Kennedy was added as the narrator and would tell the history and facts of each cartoon shown (Don Kennedy would also have narration duties on The Tex Avery Show that same year).

The second format change came in 1998 when George A. Klein took over as producer and writer of the show. He wanted the show to be a "Ken Burns" type of weekly documentary on specific cartoon history. Creating specific "themed" episodes utilizing the Warner Bros. cartoons. Three basic concepts used for these episodes are directors (e.g. Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng), characters (e.g. "Evolution of Tweety" and "The Year Elmer Fudd Got Fat"), and themes. Episodes include themes like cartoons that lampooned Hollywood celebrities and movies; cartoons where the humor comes from a character trying to get some sleep and being interrupted; cartoons that make fun of sports; obscure and rare works from Warner Bros.; and a look at the allegations of plagiarism between "The Cat Concerto" and "Rhapsody Rabbit". Trivia questions were also added about the related cartoons used in each episode's theme. From 1998 to 2003 Leslie Fram did the narration for each episode's final tracks and George A. Klein narrated the rough-cut scratch tracks.

Episodes

ToonHeads is notable for showing cartoons that were rarely seen on television, such as on "The Wartime Cartoons" special, "The Lost Cartoons" special, and one series of episodes in January 1996 featuring the long-unseen Nudnik shorts[4] There was also a special that aired on October 20, 1996, titled A Night of Independent Animation, which featured independent student films, such as Another Bad Day for Philip Jenkins by Mo Willems, and The Wire by Aaron Augenblick.

As of August 2022, the two unaired episodes "The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever" and "The Twelve Missing Hares" have been found. These episodes were preserved on tape by episode writer Jerry Beck and transferred through media loan by Jerico Dvorak who made them available.

Season 1 (1992–95)

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"El Kabong"October 2, 1992 (1992-10-02)
2"Barney Bear"October 9, 1992 (1992-10-09)
3"Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Cartoons"October 16, 1992 (1992-10-16)
4"Ranger John Smith"October 23, 1992 (1992-10-23)
5"Hollywood"October 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)
6"The Old West"November 6, 1992 (1992-11-06)
7"Music"November 13, 1992 (1992-11-13)
8"Sports"November 20, 1992 (1992-11-20)
9"Mel Blanc"November 27, 1992 (1992-11-27)
10"Daws Butler"December 4, 1992 (1992-12-04)
11"The Evolution of Tom and Jerry"December 11, 1992 (1992-12-11)
12"Bugs Bunny in Fairy Tales"December 18, 1992 (1992-12-18)
13"Jay Ward"December 25, 1992 (1992-12-25)
14"The Best of Tex Avery"January 1, 1993 (1993-01-01)
15"Academy Award Winning Toons"January 8, 1993 (1993-01-08)
16"Cartoon Sequels"January 15, 1993 (1993-01-15)
17"Popeye"January 22, 1993 (1993-01-22)
18"Valentine's Day"February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14)
19"St. Patrick's Day"March 17, 1993 (1993-03-17)
20"Wobert Cwampett: That Cwazy Diwector"June 18, 1993 (1993-06-18)
21"Don't Adjust Your Color: Black-and-White Cartoons"June 25, 1993 (1993-06-25)
22"Insomnia"August 20, 1993 (1993-08-20)
23"Forgotten Directors: Frank Tashlin"April 15, 1994 (1994-04-15)
24"Forgotten Directors: Arthur Davis"April 29, 1994 (1994-04-29)

Season 2 (1996)

No.TitleOriginal air date
25"The Nudnik Shorts, Part 1"January 8, 1996 (1996-01-08)[4]
26"The Nudnik Shorts, Part 2"January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09)
27"The Nudnik Shorts, Part 3"January 10, 1996 (1996-01-10)
28"The Nudnik Shorts, Part 4"January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)
29"The Nudnik Shorts, Part 5"January 12, 1996 (1996-01-12)
30"A Night of Independent Animation"October 20, 1996 (1996-10-20)
31"Gossamer"December 16, 1996 (1996-12-16)
32"Blame It on the Stork!"December 23, 1996 (1996-12-23)
33"The Economy According to Sylvester"December 30, 1996 (1996-12-30)

Season 3 (1998–99)

No.TitleOriginal air date
34"Travelogue Cartoons"November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)
Cartoons that parodied the travelogue, a short film that advertised the beauty and splendor of a certain country or region. Featuring: Detouring America, Crazy Cruise, Fresh Fish
35"Emily the Chicken"November 20, 1998 (1998-11-20)
Cartoons centered on Emily the Chicken, an obscure 1930s character who would later be redesigned as Miss Prissy in the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. Shorts featured: Let It Be Me, A Star is Hatched, Strangled Eggs
36"Baseball Cartoons"November 27, 1998 (1998-11-27)
37"The Early Works of Chuck Jones"December 4, 1998 (1998-12-04)
38"Southern Fried Cartoons"December 11, 1998 (1998-12-11)
Cartoons that take place in the American South.
39"Midnight in the Bookstore"December 18, 1998 (1998-12-18)
40"The Many Faces of Robin Hood"December 25, 1998 (1998-12-25)
41"Hollywood Nights"January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)
42"Future Shock"January 8, 1999 (1999-01-08)
Cartoons that parodied the 1940s and 1950s imaginings of what the future would be like.
43"Movie Star Bugs"January 15, 1999 (1999-01-15)
44"Shut Eye"January 22, 1999 (1999-01-22)
Cartoons centered on the comedy behind a character trying to get some sleep.
45"Egghead"January 29, 1999 (1999-01-29)
46"The Dreams of Bob Clampett"February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)

Season 4 (1999)

No.TitleOriginal air date
47"The Goofy Gophers"May 14, 1999 (1999-05-14)
48 (47.3)"Motor Heads"May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)
49 (47.5)"Fight Night"May 28, 1999 (1999-05-28)
Cartoons that lampooned boxing and wrestling
50"The Evolution of Tweety"June 6, 1999 (1999-06-06)
51"The Year Elmer Fudd Got Fat"June 13, 1999 (1999-06-13)
A look at the short-lived time in the early 1940s when Elmer Fudd was depicted as a fat man to look more like his voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan.
52"The Nice Mice of Warner Bros."June 20, 1999 (1999-06-20)
53"Toro! Toro!"June 27, 1999 (1999-06-27)
Cartoons that lampooned bull-fighting.
54"Director Robert McKimson"July 4, 1999 (1999-07-04)
55"Our Man Sam"July 11, 1999 (1999-07-11)
A look at Yosemite Sam, Friz Freleng's hot-tempered, trigger-happy cowboy character created as a more worthy adversary to Bugs Bunny.
56"The Musical Cartoons of Friz Freleng"July 18, 1999 (1999-07-18)
57"Night of 1000 Elves"July 25, 1999 (1999-07-25)
A look at cartoons that featured elven characters, often in a parody of the fable "The Shoemaker and the Elves".
58 (54.91)"One Toon Wonders"August 1, 1999 (1999-08-01)
Cartoons that had potential recurring characters, but only starred in one cartoon. Ghost Wanted, Crackpot Quail, and One Froggy Evening
59"Battle of the Bookworms"August 8, 1999 (1999-08-08)

Season 5 (1999–2001)

No.TitleOriginal air date
60"Crooner Toons"November 19, 1999 (1999-11-19)
Cartoons that had caricatures of crooners, male singers of the 1930s and '40s.
61"Turkey Toons"November 26, 1999 (1999-11-26)
62"Hobo Flea"December 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
63"Rocky and Mugsy"December 10, 1999 (1999-12-10)
64"Salesman Daffy"December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17)
Cartoons that feature Daffy Duck as a relentless salesman. Shorts include: "Yankee Doodle Daffy", "The Stupor Salesman" and Fool Coverage
65"A ToonHeads Cartoon Christmas Special"December 24, 1999 (1999-12-24)
66"An Ant's Life"December 26, 1999 (1999-12-26)
67"A ToonHeads Special: The Lost Cartoons"March 12, 2000 (2000-03-12)
A special episode featuring lost, rare, and obscure works from Warner Bros. studios. Featuring: Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid (edited for time), Cryin' for the Carolines, clips from The Leon Schlesinger Studios gag reel showing a "typical" day working at Termite Terrace; Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (edited for time), Any Bonds Today? (edited for content), Spies (edited for content), The Return of Mr. Hook (edited for time), A scene from Two Guys From Texas, A scene from My Dream Is Yours, So Much for So Little, Drafty, Isn't It?, Commercial for Tang featuring Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian, clips from the failed 1950s pilot Philbert, Credits and original song for Adventures of the Road Runner
68"The Twelve Missing Hares"Unaired (Unaired)[5]
A June Bugs 2001 special focused around the 12 Bugs Bunny shorts that have been banned for depicting outdated racial and ethnic caricatures (though "Fresh Hare" has aired on Cartoon Network, albeit edited to remove the ending where Bugs, Elmer, and the Canadian Mountie firing squad are in blackface and singing "Camptown Races"), with announcer Leslie Framm explaining why these caricatures are considered offensive today. All of the cartoons featured are in clips; there are no full shorts. Clips from shorts featured are: "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt", "A Feather in His Hare", "Horse Hare", "What's Cookin' Doc?", "Any Bonds Today?", "All This and Rabbit Stew", "Fresh Hare", "Herr Meets Hare", "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips", "Frigid Hare", "Which is Witch?", "Mississippi Hare", and "Bushy Hare"
69"A ToonHeads Special: The Wartime Cartoons"July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)[6]
A look at animated shorts made during World War II. Featuring: Blitz Wolf (edited for content), Scrap Happy Daffy, Herr Meets Hare, Russian Rhapsody, and clips from "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips", "Tokio Jokio", "The Weakly Reporter", "Seein' Red, White, and Blue", "Spinach fer Britain", "Daffy - The Commando", "Crazy Cruise", and "Any Bonds Today?"

Season 6 (2001)

No.TitleOriginal air date
70"The Evolution of Elmer Fudd"November 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)
71"The Early Works of Hanna-Barbera"November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)
72"Moon Toons"November 25, 2001 (2001-11-25)
Cartoons centered on space travel years before it would become a reality.
73"The Great Cartoon Controversy"November 25, 2001 (2001-11-25)
A look at the allegations of plagiarism between MGM's "The Cat Concerto" and Warner Bros. "Rhapsody Rabbit"
74"The Tasmanian Devil"December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02)
Cartoons featuring The Tasmanian Devil (nicknamed "Taz"), Robert McKimson's inarticulate, ravenous whirling dervish who served as one of Bugs Bunny's enemies and became a popular character later on, despite starring in only five cartoons during the mid-to-late 1950s.
75"Before Bedrock"December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02)
Cartoons that take place during the Stone Age.
76"The Early Works of Friz Freleng"December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)
77"A Night at the Opera"December 16, 2001 (2001-12-16)
78"Sufferin' Succotash"December 16, 2001 (2001-12-16)
79"Beaky Buzzard"December 23, 2001 (2001-12-23)
80"Baby Boom Toons"December 23, 2001 (2001-12-23)
81"Tish Tash"December 30, 2001 (2001-12-30)
82"Cartoon Newsreels"December 30, 2001 (2001-12-30)
A look at cartoons that lampooned the newsreel, a short film shown before movies that highlighted world events.

Season 7 (2002)

No.TitleOriginal air date
83"Ralph Phillips"July 21, 2002 (2002-07-21)
Cartoons centered on Ralph Phillips, Chuck Jones' microscopically short-lived boy character who always had vivid daydreams.
84"Rabbit Season, Duck Season"July 28, 2002 (2002-07-28)
A look at the "Hunter's Trilogy" (or "Rabbit Season, Duck Season") cartoons, where Daffy and Bugs argue what hunting season it is and everything Bugs does ends up getting Daffy shot by Elmer.
85"Hubie and Bertie"August 4, 2002 (2002-08-04)
A look at Chuck Jones' Hubie and Bertie, a duo of curious, smart-aleck mice who often play pranks on a neurotic cat named Claude.
86"The Great Race"August 11, 2002 (2002-08-11)
87"Cartoons in the Real World"August 18, 2002 (2002-08-18)
A look at cartoons that blended live-action with animation.
88"Director Arthur Davis"September 1, 2002 (2002-09-01)
89"Before They Were Stars"December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
90"Gangster Toons"December 24, 2002 (2002-12-24)
A look at cartoons that parodied gangster crime dramas.
91"The Movie Parodies of Porky and Daffy"December 26, 2002 (2002-12-26)
92"The Three Faces of Tom and Jerry"December 27, 2002 (2002-12-27)
A look at how MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons looked under the direction of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Gene Dietch, and Chuck Jones.
93"Director Norman McCabe"December 28, 2002 (2002-12-28)
Cartoons directed by Norm McCabe, one of Termite Terrace's most overlooked animation directors.
94"Speedy Gonzales"December 31, 2002 (2002-12-31)

Season 8 (2003)

No.TitleOriginal air date
95"The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever"Unaired (Unaired)
A special centered around the worst Hanna Barbera, Ruby Spears, and Filmation cartoons ever made. Features clips from the various Scooby-Doo Knockoffs, failed 70's H-B cartoon series, and the Filmation Tom and Jerry series. It also features the full episode of "Disco Droopy" as ToonHeads top pick of "The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever".
96"Captain and the Kids"October 19, 2003 (2003-10-19)
97"The Early Career of Porky Pig"October 26, 2003 (2003-10-26)
98"Private SNAFU"November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09)
Cartoons centered on Private Snafu, a comically incompetent Army private whose shorts were only seen by military audiences during World War II.
Featuring : Private Snafu, Booby Traps, Spies, Snafuperman, and Censored (edited for content)
99"Tex's Red"November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09)
100"The Many Moods of Daffy Duck"November 16, 2003 (2003-11-16)
Cartoons showing how different directors changed Daffy's personality to be more than just "the wacky duck". Shown was The Wise Quacking Duck, Duck Amuck, and Ali Baba Bunny
101"Pepé Le Pew"November 16, 2003 (2003-11-16)
Cartoons about Chuck Jones' amorous French skunk character, Pepe Le Pew. Featuring: "Odor-able Kitty", "For Scent-imental Reasons", and "Louvre, Come Back to Me"
102"The Boys from Kansas City"November 23, 2003 (2003-11-23)

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