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Cartoon Planet
"Cartoon Planet" logo for TBS.
Format Animated
Created by Keith Crofford and Mike Lazzo
Starring George
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 22 (re-packaged)
Running time approx 60 Minutes (1995-1997) / approx 30 Minutes (1996-1999)
Original channel TBS, Cartoon Network
Original run 1995 – 1999

Cartoon Planet was an animated variety show that premiered in 1995 on Superstation TBS, and ran afterward from 1996 to 1999 on Cartoon Network

A spin-off of the Cartoon Network animated TV series Space Ghost Coast to Coast talk show, the premise was that Space Ghost had recruited his imprisoned arch nemesis Zorak and the then virtually unknown Brak to assist him in hosting a variety show.

It originally began in an hour-long format, and included entire cartoons from Ted Turner's film library, including old theatrical shorts, and Hanna-Barbera produced action shorts, including original 1960s Space Ghost episodes. Eventually, it was repackaged into 22 half-hour "episodes" which retained clips from cartoons that were used in the various skits, but omitted the entire cartoons that were formerly shown.

Show production

Cartoon Planet guised itself almost like a hokey after-school show: the clichéd "mailbag", in which Space Ghost displayed difficulty with reading; classic cartoon interludes; and strange conversations among the hosts. The humor was a toned-down version of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, but still bizarre, such as when the cast would break out into song with strangely edited music videos. These songs spawned three soundtrack albums: Modern Music for Swinging Superheroes in 1996 (a non-commercial promotional album, now out of print) Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que in 1997, and Space Ghost's Surf & Turf (both commercial albums published by Rhino Entertainment) in 1998. The latter two albums contained much of the material from the first album, along with several new tracks. The albums consisted of songs and dialogue skits with new background music not used in the show. Regular segments featured on the show included Brak's School Daze, Zorak's Horror Scopes, Poet's Corner, Brak's Monday Ratings Report, The Top 5 Cartoon Countdown (discontinued in 1997 after the show's slot on Saturday mornings was shortened from an hour to a half hour), Vacation Spots Around the Universe (pieced together from clips of Ultra 7 episodes), Messages from Outer Space (also pieced together from the aforementioned Ultra 7, and starring the nefarious Hot Dog Men), Mailbag Day, readings from the Cartoon Planet Storybook, messages from Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty's local access horror movie host from SCTV; the segments were originally shown on Hanna-Barbera's The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley), Learning to Talk Italian, Nuggets of Joy from Zorak, Zorak's Helpful Hints, and Cooking with Brak.

Clips of numerous cartoons from the Turner library would often pop up spontaneously during the various segments of the show, especially during the music videos. These included (but are certainly not limited to) Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Tex Avery cartoons, early Looney Tunes shorts, Two Stupid Dogs (Cubby making a cameo in one segment when Brak asks if there are any questions from the audience), shorts from the What a Cartoon Show (including the pilot for Dexter's Laboratory among others), The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and other classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Head writer/producer Pete Smith gave this official description of Cartoon Planet when the show was still new:

"Cartoon Planet can best be described as a cross between 'The Sonny & Cher Show,' 'The Electric Company,' and recess at the Richard M. Nixon School for Wayward Boys. Combining music, comedy and musical comedy, Cartoon Planet skillfully steers clear of any semblance of sophisticated humor. Forced by network muckity-mucks to air his dirty spandex in front of millions of impressionable young minds, Space Ghost dragged a reluctant Zorak and a confused Brak into the treacherous waters of sketch comedy. The next thing you know, old Jed's a millionaire... No wait. That's another show. The end."

Broadcast history

The show's original run was from 1995 to 1999, premiering on TBS in 1995 and then moving to Cartoon Network in 1996. From September 24 to October 28, 2005, Cartoon Network briefly revived the show on its Adult Swim block, where it ran at 5:30 in the morning Eastern time. The series ran again on Adult Swim from July 8 to October 29, 2006 on Sunday mornings at 5:30 Eastern. The reason for the show's disappearance from 2000-2004 was due to Cartoon Network temporarily losing the rights of all the music videos to Rhino Records, who produced the soundtracks. Often, some of the skits would be played during Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 2000 and 2001 as time filler. There are currently no plans for a DVD release of the series, presumably due to licensing issues.

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Simple English

Cartoon Planet is a short lived spin-off of the Adult Swim program Space Ghost:Coast To Coast. The show has random skits and songs with the characters Space Ghost, Zorak, and Brak. Zorak and Brak are comic foils for Space Ghost. Moltar, a main character on Coast to Coast, does not appear on the show. In the credits everyone is credited by their first name only. The show has not been released on DVD, because of rights issuses other than some segments being extras on The Brak Show Volume One.


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