Dexter's Laboratory "Rude Removal" (found episode of animated series; 1997)


Dexter's Laboratory "Rude Removal"
Title card originally released by Adult Swim.
Title card originally released by Adult Swim.
Status Found
Date found 22 Jan 2013
Found by Adult Swim

"Rude Removal" is a 1997 episode of the 1996 animated series Dexter's Laboratory.[1] The episode revolves around one of Dexter's inventions separating both himself and Dee Dee into respective rude and polite versions of themselves, resulting in a tirade of swearing (albeit censored) and general rudeness. It was originally intended to be aired but was pulled after Cartoon Network got cold feet, fearing backlash due to the amount bad language present. Incidentally, the episode ended up being screened at several conventions in the late 1990s (sometimes even, allegedly, in uncensored form), before shrinking into obscurity for over a decade, finally receiving a mass release by Adult Swim in early 2013.[2]

Original Rediscovery

Before "Rude Removal"’s relatively recent unearthing, many dismissed it as fake until 2010, when Frederator's Fred Seibert (who served as president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons from 1992 to 1996) confirmed its existence and the fact that it was indeed pulled before airing via his Tumblr page, after consulting Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of the show) during a senior animation class, in which the episode's existence was brought into question by a student.[3]

Roughly two years later, cartoonist Craig McCracken, who worked on Dexter's Laboratory as art director and storyboard artist for seasons 1 through 4, also attested to the episode's existence via his DeviantArt account.[4] Shortly after that, in September of 2012, Tartakovsky conducted an IAmA session on Reddit to promote his then-upcoming, animated feature film directorial effort Hotel Transylvania. Eventually, a comment regarding "Rude Removal" came up and quickly gained traction, rising to become one of the thread's top comments. After giving a first-hand account quite similar to Seibert's and McCracken's, when asked if the episode would ever find its way online, he replied "it might", also stating that he would bring it with him to his next public appearance.[5]

Adult Swim's Involvement

In the weeks following Tartakovsky's IAmA session, Adult Swim, realising the increasing amount of public interest in "Rude Removal", began airing bumps suggesting that they were going to attempt to acquire the episode and have it aired on TV. After a handful of bumps regarding the episode, Adult Swim went quiet on the issue until December 1st, when they sent out a tweet asking if there was still interest in the episode.[6] Following an overwhelmingly positive fan response, Adult Swim aired a follow-up bump the next day stating that they had succeeded in obtaining a copy and were in negotiations to get it put online "in the next week or so", advising users to "remind us to tell Jeff to put it up" by using the Twitter hashtag #tellJeff.

Weeks passed with no word from Adult Swim whatsoever; people started becoming bitter, some suggesting that Adult Swim never actually had the episode in the first place and that the whole thing was nothing more than a cruel publicity stunt. However, on January 21st, 2013, Adult Swim destroyed any doubts by tweeting a picture of the episode's title card, along with the notification that the episode was to be uploaded the afternoon of the following day.[7] Keeping to their word, Adult Swim uploaded a (censored) high definition rip of "Rude Removal" to their YouTube account on January 22nd, 2013 at around 1:00PM Atlanta time (Atlanta being the location of Adult Swim's Williams Street headquarters), along with a tweet simply stating "With love, from Adult Swim.", also containing a link to said YouTube video (albeit embedded on a page via Adult Swim's official website).[8]

The episode's unearthing was generally well received despite some people's disappointment at the fact that it was censored, and Adult Swim's efforts were met with mass praise. Curiously, the episode was removed from Adult Swim's YouTube channel just a few weeks after it had been uploaded, with no explanation, although by that time, many mirrors had popped up, ensuring that the episode can still by watched by the general public.

However, there are rumors of the alleged uncensored version actually existing, possibly on a VHS tape of one of the show's former crew members. It's unknown if the copy Adult Swim obtained had the censoring on it originally or if they added it themselves, and none of the rumors have been confirmed or denied.

Gallery

"Rude Removal"

References

  1. United States Copyright Office entry for "Rude Removal"; 14 Oct 1999. Last retrieved 13 Oct 2014.
  2. Archive of a fan's testimonial, in which he claims to have seen the episode at Comic-Con (in uncensored form), via archive.today; 22 May 2007. Last retrieved 17 Oct 2014.
  3. Fred Seibert's Tumblr post confirming the existence of "Rude Removal"; 26 Oct 2010. Last retrieved 13 Oct 2014.
  4. Screenshot of Craig McCracken's DeviantArt post on the episode; 2012. Last retrieved 17 Oct 2014.
  5. Genndy Tartakovsky's Reddit IAmA; Sep 2012. Last retrieved 17 Oct 2014.
  6. Adult Swim's first tweet regarding the episode; 01 Dec 2012. Last retrieved 17 Oct 2014.
  7. Adult Swim's tweet containing the episode's title card; 21 Jan 2013. Last retrieved 17 Oct 2014.
  8. Adult Swim's final tweet regarding the episode, in which a streaming link to it was provided; 22 Jan 2013. Last retrieved 17 Oct 2014.

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Comments


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Anonymous user #1

11 months ago
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Oh man (I'm Canadian- so) I remember like 4 years back they aired this on a channel FOR KIDS- with retro cartoons, and for some reason I was watching one night at maybe 9:00 pm and I seen this, I swear to god I grew abs from watching this I laughed so much
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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It *was* censored, right? That's actually an interesting addition, because CN wouldn't air it and denied having it.
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Anonymous user #3

8 months ago
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lies.
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Yoda

4 months ago
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If your talking about teletoon retro, they aired one of the old rascist world war 2 Looney tunes shorts one time, so I wouldn't be surprised if they actually aired this.
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SilverTheGamer

3 months ago
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Anyone, even a girl can grow balls watching swearing
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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Make this partially found because actually there's an original uncensored version of this
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TheYoshiState

7 months ago
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Source?
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Bearmasksenpai

5 months ago
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I made a part about how there just rumoras its unknown at this ponit.
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Anthony

7 months ago
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https://www....&t=9m36s RebelTaxi starts talking about it at 9:36 in the video
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Anonymous user #5

6 months ago
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F**k Your Lab!
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Anonymous user #6

5 months ago
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i once seen an uncensored version of this but it was in horrible quilty
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Kobochat

5 months ago
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I'm assuming you mean mrSimon's "uncensored" version, which was actually just a youtube-poop
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Anonymous user #6

5 months ago
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probably but it did look real
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JonM313

4 months ago
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Someone uploaded an uncensored version to dailymotion.

http://www.d...n_shortfilms
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Anonymous user #7

4 months ago
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Why don't you just edit the article and include this link.
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Kobochat

4 months ago
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Don't, it's not real. As I said before, that's a youtube poop made by mrSimon (aka electricthecheese). It's a very good one, I'll give it that, but it's not real.

I was actually following mrSimon at the time he posted it. He made a very interesting "behind the scenes" type video afterwards. He had previously made an Dexter's Lab-themed album called Disruptor (you can hear it here: https://mrsi...um/disruptor it's really good, definitely recommend it if you like Dexter's Lab or Pogo-style music), which required him to isolate hundreds of voice samples from the show and save them as individual soundbytes. So, he ended up re-using those when making this edit, which is how he was able to get it out so fast after the short was posted and have it sound so good.

I remember he said the edit he thought sounded the best was "We're gonna go fuck up your lab", and the one that sounded the worst was "Beats the crap out of me". Of course, he's deleted all his videos and swapped YT channels at least 50 times since then, so that making-of video is gone forever, and his edit is doomed to be passed around endlessly without attribution.
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Pokematic

1 months ago
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Agreed that "beats the crap out of me" sounded worst, mainly because I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be "beats the shit out of me." If you listen to before the bleep and look at Deedee's mouth, she's making an "sh" sound. She ends up saying "beats the sh-crap out of me."
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Anonymous user #8

1 months ago
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I have a youtube channel called Kevin TV, and I have a playlist of lost media (includes Johnny Bravo Mess o blues, crack master, simpsons pilot, and other stuff) and it includes an uncencored version of this
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Gorillaz27

1 months ago
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Wow! Really? Why don't you leave a link to it right now, eh?
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Anonymous user #9

1 months ago
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I agree, please do leave it.
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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Nothing but bull shit. Just some kid making idiotic videos fucking with yours minds
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Anonymous user #11

18 days ago
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You're lying....
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