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Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?
Logo-robotjones.gif
Intertitle
Format Animated series, Science fiction, Comedy
Created by Greg Miller
Voices of Dee Bradley Baker
Jeff Bennett
Bobby Block
Greg Cipes
Grey DeLisle
Austin Farmer
Gary LeRoi Gray
Myles Jeffrey
Maurice LaMarche
Jonathan Osser
Josh Peck
Kath Soucie
Austin Stout
Kyle Sullivan
Rip Taylor
David Koechner
Tom Kenny
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14
Production
Running time 22 minutes
(11 minutes per segment)
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run August 25, 2000 (Pilot)
June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25) – November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14)

Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? (usually shortened to Robot Jones) is an American animated television series on Cartoon Network that aired from 2002 to 2003. The title was probably taken from the novel-turned-movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

The series was created by Greg Miller, who made a pilot for the series that was aired in 2000 and competed with other pilots to be picked up by the network. While The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy won the contract, Robot Jones still got a run in 2002.

Contents

Overview

The protagonist is Robot Jones (1st season: a synthesized voice, actually the Macintalk voice "Junior"; 2nd season: Bobby Block), a short automaton who lives in a small city in Central New York during the early 1980s apparently—the animation style, clothing, and soundtrack all seem to indicate that decade; Robot attempts to learn of human nature by attending Polyneux Middle School, where he meets three new friends: Socks (Kyle Sullivan), a taller boy with curly blonde hair; Mitch (Gary Leroi Gray), a headphones-wearing boy whose eyes are hidden by his long hair; and Cubey (Myles Jeffrey), a shorter boy with spiked black hair who wears big, square sunglasses and a Pac-Man t-shirt. He also meets Shannon (Grey DeLisle), a girl whom he likes (unrequitedly) for her large orthodontic appliance and metal prosthetic leg.

Plot

In each episode, Robot, usually with the help of his friends, gets himself into a situation brought on by his social ineptitude and others' lack of understanding. In some episodes he would be tormented by genius twin brothers (who look nothing alike) Lenny and Denny Yogman (respectively Josh Peck and Austin Stout). At the end of all but one episode, Robot makes a data log entry, in which he states conclusions that he has arrived at on humanity.

Opening

The opening sequence of the show, in which Robot Jones is assembled in a factory and then inserted into a schoolbus, was a homage to the opening sequence of 1980s children's show You Can't Do That on Television, which started with a similar animation of children being assembled in a factory and poured into a schoolbus. The animation style is somewhat similar to that of Schoolhouse Rock!; the artistic style influenced by Paul Coker and Jolly Roger Bradfield.

Cancellation

It was canceled shortly after production began on its second season due to poor ratings. Episodes in the second season aired at a significantly later time (11pm Eastern) than other premiere shows, and received little to no promotion from the studio.

Syndication

In 2005 the series returned to television, albeit in a minor role. Episodes of the series can be seen on occasion on The Cartoon Cartoon Show on Cartoon Network along with shorts of other series that have ended long ago (Mike, Lu & Og, Cow and Chicken, etc.). It began airing again for a short time, after its 2005 appearance on Cartoon Network Video, but was taken off, as well as taken off of the "Shows" section on Cartoonnetwork.com, seeming that Cartoon Network had chosen to completely abandon it.

Characters

From left to right; Cubey, Socks, Robot Jones and Shannon.
  • Robot Electro Jones is the title character of the series. He is a robot who does whatever he can to fit in the human society which can go awry sometimes. Whenever the day ends he adds to his memory called Data Log Entry something he learns through the experience. His brain is a giant light bulb. He was voiced by Macintalk's Junior, but was later voiced by Bobby Block.
  • Dad Unit is Robot's father. Whenever he says something, he says it three times. One example would be "Listen to your mother! Listen to your mother! Listen to your mother!" as said in the inaugural episode. He has one hand, wears a tie and almost has a no-nonsense attitude
  • Mom Unit (voiced by Grey DeLisle) is Robot's mother. She's pink in color and her hands looked like the ends of a gas pump's hose which she uses for giving fuel to her fellow units.
  • Timothy "Socks" Morton (voiced by Kyle Sullivan) is the best friend of Robot Jones. He is quite a fanatic to rock music. He has blond curly hair and wears a green jacket.
  • Charles "Cubey" Cubinacle (voiced by Myles Jeffrey) is the shorter guy with dark, straight hair, wears sunglasses with window blinds for lenses and roller skates. He is a video game lover. When Robot got jumbled in "Cube Wars," he helped fix the situation.
  • Mitch Freeman (voiced by Gary LeRoi Gray) is a lad often seen wearing head phones, a red sweater and sandals. His eyes are obscured by his long hair. He and Cubey made their first appearances in "Electric Boogaloo," the second episode. In "Scantron Love", his last name was Davis.
  • Lenny and Denny Yogman are the notorious young genius twins of the show. They wear red Devo (energy dome) hats, yellow shirts and black sneakers. Lenny is tall while Denny is short. They do whatever they can to take Robot's brain. Lenny is voiced by Josh Peck and Denny is voiced by Austin Stout
  • Shannon Westerburg is a girl in the school. Robot loves her because she has more mechanical attachments than any human he has ever seen, specifically a large orthodontic appliance and a prosthetic leg. She is unaware that Robot has a crush on her (Though she did kiss him on the cheek, leaving a lip print, in one episode) and typically finds him more of an annoyance than anything else. Shannon talks with a lisp. She is voiced by Grey DeLisle.
  • Mr. McMcMc is Robot Jones' math teacher. He is voiced by Maurice LaMarche in the pilot and Rip Taylor in the series.
  • Clancy Q. Sleepyjeans is the school janitor. He's voiced by David Koechner.
  • Principal Madman is the principal of Polyneux Middle School. His mustache resembles that of Adolf Hitler's; as such, he is very tyrannical to his students. He is voiced by Maurice LaMarche in the pilot and Jeff Glen Bennett in the series.
  • Nob is the owner of Nob's Arkaid, where Robot and his friends hang out. In "Hookie 101", it is revealed that he has a discount on game tokens during school.

Macintosh

At the end of the intro of the show where it says "Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?", The "...Robot Jones" part is done by the Macintosh Macintalk voice known as Trinoids. And in the first season, Robot Jones is voiced by the Macintosh Macintalk voice Junior.

Episode list

Season One 2002-2003

# First half Second half Original air date
Pilot Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? August 25, 2000; June 25, 2002 (series)
2 PU To P.E. Vacuum Friend July 19, 2002
3 Cube Wars Sickness July 26, 2002
4 Parents Embarrassment August 2, 2002
5 Politics Growth Spurts August 9, 2002
6 Electric Boogaloo Groovesicle June 25, 2002
7 Jealousy Scantron Love September 13, 2002

Season Two 2003-2004

# First half Second half Original air date
8 Gender Math Challenge October 3, 2003
9 Family Vacation Hair October 10, 2003
10 The Garage Band Work October 17, 2003
11 The Yogman's Strike Back Hookie 101 October 24, 2003
12 House Party School Newspaper October 31, 2003
13 Safety Patrol Popularity November 7, 2003
14 Summer Camp Rules of Dating November 14, 2003

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