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The Cartoonstitute
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Format Animated variety show
Created by Rob Sorcher
Starring Various voice actors
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 13 (only 4 2/3 completed)
Production
Executive producer(s) Craig McCracken
Rob Renzetti
Running time 22 minutes (3x7 minutes)
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original airing TBA

Cartoonstitute was a planned Cartoon Network project created by Cartoon Network executive Rob Sorcher that would have been a showcase for animated shorts created without the interference of network executives and focus testing. It was headed by Craig McCracken (creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) and Rob Renzetti (creator of My Life as a Teenage Robot).[1][2] 39 shorts for the project were in development at Cartoon Network Studios, but only 14 of the these were completed.[3] Of the shorts which were made, only Regular Show has been greenlit to become an animated series.[4]

History

The series was first announced on April 3, 2008 at Cartoon Network's annual upfront in New York City. The project was to be similar to The Cartoon Cartoon Show (also known as the "What a Cartoon! Show") which aired on the network more than a decade earlier and gave birth to some of the channel's first animated series, such as Dexter's Laboratory and Cow and Chicken. The Cartoonstitute was to establish a think tank and create an environment in which animators can create characters and stories. A section of Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California was set aside exclusively for the project. The "Cartoonstitute" name was imagined by Lauren Faust, the wife of Craig McCracken.[5]

Completed shorts

Title Creator Synopsis
YES Dave Smith A merman enlists a family from the country to assist him in an effort to help people realize and fulfill their dreams.
Meddlen Meadows Chris Reccardi A bug-like alien ends up being stranded on a primitive alien planet, after the power cell of his ship dies during a clash with a local monster.
Danger Planet Derek Drymon When an arcade machine and a forklift get stranded on an alien planet, they take it upon themselves to protect a human baby.
Stockboys of The Apocalypse Derek Drymon A teenage boy falls into a time machine, where he must work at a department store with his (now) elderly best friend and a mutated pig.
Baloobaloob's Fun Park Aaron Springer Two human teenagers must help an extraterrestrial come up with an extraordinary stage act, in an attempt to prevent his amusement park from closing.
Spleenstab Mike Bell A barbarian attempts to become a kind and gentle person with the help of a forest elf.
The Borneos Chris Staples The sole normal child in a family of circus performers must undergo training to prevent the family title of the "Walla Walla Wildman" from being taken.
Le Door Matt Danner An inter-dimensional explorer takes his young apprentice on a tour through his old academy, only to enter a competition against his old sidekick/rival.
Maruined Genndy Tartakovsky Two siblings become trapped on a deserted island full of danger, with a strange hippopotamus/dog hybrid as their pet and protector.
3 Dog Band Paul Rudish A trio of dogs (all interested in different genres of music) prepare for a gig at an exclusive nightclub, with some minor difficulty along the way.
Joey to the World Craig Kellman Written for an older teen/adult audience, a 35-year-old kangaroo decides to move out of his mother's pouch and into the Alaskan wilderness.
Regular Show J.G Quintel When two best friends (a racoon and blue jay) play a game of rock, paper, scissors over a couch, it leads to dangerous results.
Uncle Grandpa Pete Browngardt A strange man who is the uncle and grandfather of everyone in the world must do battle with a gang of mutants, after an attempt to gain the appreciation and love of a nerdy teenager goes awry.
The Awesome Chronicles of Manny and Khan Josh Lieberman and Joey Giardina A leprechaun with a German accent and a giant platypus attempt to retrieve a ball, pretending that the patch of grass surrounding it is lava.

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