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Toonsylvania
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Steven Spielberg
Written by Bill Kopp
Mike Peters
Karl Teorge
Chris Otsuki
Vinny Montello
Steve Ochs
Martin Olson
Directed by Jeff DeGrandis
Starring Wayne Knight
David Warner
Brad Garrett
Billy West
Nancy Cartwright
Jim Cummings
Matt Frewer
Jess Harnell
Tom Kenny
Valery Pappas
Kath Soucie
Charlie Adler
Corey Burton
Cam Clarke
Theme music composer Julie Bernstein
Steven Bernstein
Paul Rugg
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
John Paul Given
Christopher Klatman
Thom Sharp
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19
Production
Executive producer(s) Steven Spielberg
Bill Kopp
Producer(s) Jeff DeGrandis
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Dreamworks
Broadcast
Original channel FOX
Original run February 14, 1998 – December 21, 1998

Toonsylvania is an animated television series, which ran from 1998 to 1999 on FOX's Saturday morning cartoon block (usually placed in a block called "The No Yell Motel" that contained scary kids shows such as Goosebumps and Eerie, Indiana) in its first season, then was moved to Tuesday afternoons from 1999 until its cancellation in 2000. It was produced in part by Steven Spielberg, following in the footsteps of his previous animated series, Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. Much like Animaniacs, the show had recurring cartoon series that appeared in each episode. Unlike Animaniacs, Toonsylvania didn't have a wide range of characters and almost every episode had the same cartoon segments.

Synopsis

A typical episode of Toonsylvania starts with a cartoon featuring the adventures of Dr. Vic Frankenstein (voiced by David Warner), his assistant Igor (voiced by Wayne Knight) who always sets out to prove that he's the real genius instead of Dr. Vic, and their dim-witted Frankenstein monster known as Phil (voiced by Brad Garrett). Before the second cartoon, there is an animated vignette where Igor is on the couch with Phil and tries to fix the TV remote, but every episode, there's a new problem with it (a running gag akin to the couch gags seen on The Simpsons).

After that, there is a cartoon series called "Night of the Living Fred," about a family of zombies (sometimes, a parody of a B-horror movie would air instead of a "Night of the Living Fred" cartoon). This segment was created by Mike Peters, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist.

After that is a short segment called "Igor's Science Minute," where Igor gives a science lesson (be it a musical piece or a spoken piece) that always ends in disaster. The final segment is "Melissa Screetch's Morbid Morals," where Phil the Frankenstein monster does something bad and Igor punishes him by reading a tale involving a bratty girl named Melissa Screetch (voiced by Nancy Cartwright of Simpsons fame) who doesn't heed the warnings of adults (usually given by her mother) and gets punished one way or the other for it.

Availability

  • In August 1999, a VHS video of Toonsylvania was released, which contained such episodes as "Darla Doiley, Demon Doll," "Voodoo Vacation," and "WereGranny". The video is currently out of print and as of March 13, 2010, Dreamworks has yet to announce any plans to put the series on DVD.

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