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ToonHeads is an American animation anthology series. It presents Hanna-Barbera, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Animation and Paramount's Popeye cartoon shorts with background information and trivia, prominently about animators and voice actors like: Mel Blanc, Tex Avery, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and Daws Butler. The program was narrated by Leslie Fram and Don Kennedy. Every half-hour episode had a different theme, usually centered on a character or director's work, but some episodes went for running themes, such as Christmas cartoons, cartoons that lampooned the myth of the stork bringing babies to expecting parents, sports cartoons, and even one episode centered on the allegations of plagiarism between Friz Freleng's "Rhapsody Rabbit" and Hanna and Barbera's "The Cat Concerto".

ToonHeads was originally broadcast on Cartoon Network from 2 October 1992, until 23 November 2003. The series ran 102 episodes, including four hour-long specials, two of which were never aired (one centered on twelve Bugs Bunny cartoons that were banned for having an ethnic caricature as Bugs' antagonist and another about the worst cartoons ever made. The ones that did air were one about rare and forgotten animated and live-action shorts called "ToonHeads: The Lost Cartoons", and another about World War II cartoons).

There was also a special that aired 20 October 1996 entitled "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.



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