Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? (rare/unreleased original voice audio and unfinished/unknown episodes; 2002-2003)


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Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? (rare/unreleased original voice audio & unfinished/unknown episodes)
Opening title card to Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?
Opening title card to Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?
Status Partially Found

Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? is a 'Cartoon Cartoon' that ran for two seasons from 2002 to 2003 on Cartoon Network. The series consisted of 12 shows with two episodes per show and filled a 30-minute time slot. The cartoon was notable for its style, mimicking cartoons produced in the early 80s in addition to many references and plots devices based on fads of the era. For example, an episode based on the Rubik's Cube series of puzzle boxes. Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Was produced using tradition cel animation when most productions had moved on to computerised animation, furthering the style that was desired. The series was released to praise from critics for its unique animation style.

Plot

Robot Jones is a young robot tasked by his parents to attend a middle school for humans so that he may study them. Initially, Jones is hesitant to do so as he finds humans 'inefficient'. After 'dad-unit' has his say, Jones begins life as a typical middle school student with a light bulb for a head. He quickly finds fitting in to be very difficult as most of the school finds him strange, including the students, teachers, and especially a technophobic principal. Shortly after blowing a fuse in front the entire school, Jones loses all will to study humans, until he falls for a mess of a girl in an overly exaggerated set of braces with a metal leg and instantly changes his attitude on the matter. Humans are now interesting creatures that desire 'further study'. As the series progresses, Jones confronts typical middle school issues such as love, fads, bullies, and Physical Education.

The Voice

For the first season of Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? The titular character had a computer-generated voice that stood out amongst the other characters' voices (with the exception of Jones' parents, also using computer-generated voices). Series creator Greg Miller has stated that he wanted a true synthetic robot voice and researched a lot of speech programs when starting the show, even discussing the topic with Bell Laboratories. Contrary to popular belief, Jones' voice was not produced with Macintosh Macintalk's Junior Speech but was actually produced using Microsoft Word 98's Junior Speech text-to-speech function. Miller confirms this in a Facebook interview. He chose Word because of its controls in speed and pitch. Miller created the Jones Audio himself, even spelling each word phonetically for it to be pronounced correctly and adjusting the pitch to get the "acting" right. The executives at the Cartoon Network found the voice unusual and requested a more 'Hollywood' voice for Jones. This led to Jones's being voiced by an actual voice actor (Bobby Block) at the start of Season 2. In addition, the Pilot and older episodes were re-dubbed using Block's voice for re-runs of the series. Episodes containing the original computer-generated voice are currently being sought after by fans of the series. The voice change was made early in the production of Season 2.

Other Lost Aspects

In addition to the original Jones voice, several small aspects of Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Are now lost as well. The Season One episode "Growth Spurts" was edited in later airing to remove a poster in the background containing the phrase 'Kick-Ass', changing the phrase to simply 'Kick'. The original airing of the episode remained lost until it was uploaded to the Portuguese cartoon website, Tooncast. Three episodes are believed to have been put into production before the series was cancelled. The first would have been about the history of robotics, possibly explaining a little more about this robot-assimilated society the series revolves around. The second, called the 'Talk Show' episode, would have had Robot Jones appear on a parody of the Oprah Winfrey show (called the 'Soapy Winfall' show in-universe). Storyboards for this episode have been made available from series writer Chuck Klein's blog spot. The content of the third episode is unknown as of now. Miller claims "it was so long ago, I forget...". All episodes were storyboarded but never actually animated. Two episodes are also rumored to have existed as the fourteenth show of the series: "Risk"[1] and "Robot Grafitti"[1]. A fan has posted a theory (not knowing anything about scrapped episodes, only from watching a banned Ren & Stimpy episode "Man's Best Friend") on Wikipedia that these two episodes were potentially banned by the executives at the Cartoon Network for excessive violence, harsh language, and sexual and/or scatological jokes, but this is simply untrue-- The real mystery behind these two episodes is whether they were scrapped and if they were finished or not.

Episode Availability

Episode Name Original Voice Bobby Block Episode Name Original Voice Bobby Block
Pilot Found Found
S1E1A Electric Boogaloo Found Found S1E1B The Groovesicle Found x
S1E2A Politics Found Found S1E2B Growth Spurts Found Found
S1E3A P.U. to P.E. Found Found S1E3B Vacuum Friend Found Found
S1E4A Parents Found Found S1E4B Embarrassment Found Found
S1E5A Cube Wars Found Found S1E5B Sickness Found Found
S1E6A Jealousy Found Found S1E6B Scantron Love Found Found
S2E1A Gender x Found S2E1B Math Challenge x Found
S2E2A Family Vacation x Found S2E2B Hair x Found
S2E3A Garage Band x Found S2E3B Work x Found
S2E4A The Yogmans Strike Back x Found S2E4B Hookie 101 x Found
S2E5A House Party x Found S2E5B School Newspaper x Found
S2E6A Safety Patrol x Found S2E6B Popularity x Found
S2E7A Summer Camp x Found S2E7B Rules of Dating x Found
S2E8A Risk x Unconfirmed S2E8B Robot Grafitti x Unconfirmed

Video Gallery

The newly discovered episodes.
Some old commercials for the show that use the older voice.
Kick-ass poster can be seen at 20:59

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Risk and Robotic Graffiti on Big Cartoon Database

Comments


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GiratinaBooce

15 months ago
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one of my friend's friends actually has all of the episodes WITH the original voice c:
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Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
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where is the proof?
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Anonymous user #2

15 months ago
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I dunno.
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Aranea

15 months ago
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It's cool to say "yeah I have this on video", but we are a community of people *searching* for lost media wherever we can. So many people comment that they have seriously rare and hard-to-find stuff.... but then they never provide proof, other than just looking for kudos on here. Just wanting to make it clear, if you say you have something, please keep it in mind to actually share/provide it!
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Dinglus

15 months ago
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I'd like to see proof of this, even if it's just a crappy audio capture of this. I think a problem is that a lot of people lack the equipment to record these things or don't know of anyone who can help. This can frustrate efforts to track these rare materials down quite a bit.
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Anonymous user #3

15 months ago
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(Aranea/Spidey here, cba to log in on mobile.)

Well, that's the thing. Nobody should expect people who announce lost media to have the technology to rip it perfectly... but yeah, rudimentary sound recording, video proof from a phone camera, etc., can be very helpful, rather than just "I have this, I swear!" you know?

With this proof attached, other lost media hunters can come out of the woodwork and offer their help, like putting a show in a torrent or recommending the best way in which to rip from an old VHS to a computer without a substantial loss in quality. Community effort!
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Anonymous user #5

12 months ago
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Really? Is that true? If so, can you ask him if he could possibly leak them online?
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Anonymous user #4

13 months ago
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Someone needs to donate NickDanielsen some VHS transfer equipment, for the sake of lost media.
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MattBoo

11 months ago
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NickDanielson did some more of the episodes with the original voice (Growth Spurts [with the "Kick Ass" poster] and Embarassment).
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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I don't see the "Kick Ass" poster
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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Never mind.
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BigRedMonster86

19 days ago
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I ripped the Portuguese dub (that DOES have the KICKASS thing in it) before it was taken off YouTube, and dubbed it with the original voice audio: www.dailymotion.com/video/x5m5rcv_robot-jones-politics-growth-spurts-original-voice-uncensored_fun

Mine was in poor video quality and had some quality glitches, but someone finally got up a better quality version of it here: https://vid.me/7fe8
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MattBoo

11 months ago
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(All I can see on Growth Spurts is "Kick Butt" for some reason.)
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MortoQueiba

11 months ago
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Alright. I rewrote the page and found links for every episode including the OV ones. I'm keeping the article as 'Partially Found' as the article mentions some other small aspects that have yet to be found.
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Aceyyy

11 months ago
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Oh man, that voice freaked me out so much as a kid...
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Anonymous user #6

7 months ago
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Someone did a reconstruction using NickDanielsen's videos' audio and cleaner video from recorded Bobby Block episodes.
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Anonymous user #7

3 months ago
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Damn man. I remember this cartoon being on dead ass early in the morning as I was getting ready to do a paper route.

Thanks for the memories.
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Anonymous user #8

3 months ago
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Someone needs to get a hold of the creator i want to know if robot graffti/risk is real it would be awesome if true
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Anonymous user #9

2 months ago
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I hope all the original voice episodes are found. The robot voice is much more charming and cute. I really don't like the Bobby Block voice for him.
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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I think you guys are forgetting to put the 7th episode of season 2 on the chart. "Summer Camp" and "Rules of Dating".
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BigRedMonster86

19 days ago
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I got that taken care of.
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Sdzen

1 months ago
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Using portuguese rips of robot jones I was able to splice in the original audio versions of robot jones with 480p rips of the video, I will also be uploading spliced versions of

the season 2 episodes due to the increased quality from these rips. https://vid....tuguese-rips enjoy
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BigRedMonster86

19 days ago
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Can you do "Summer Camp" and "Rules of Dating" and the rest of the Season 2 episodes in higher quality from the Portuguese rips as well? Because the Portuguese dub of Rules of Dating (with the 2010 CN ID bug) that I downloaded from YouTube is in horribly bad quality (that's how it originally came out on YouTube istelf, not in the video I downloaded).
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BigRedMonster86

19 days ago
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BTW I also have the Portuguese or Latin Spanish rip of "Garage Band" that I downloaded from YouTube in 2016 before it was removed. But I downloaded it at 360p, not 480p. I believe the quality in it is the same as your Portuguese rips.
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BigRedMonster86

3 days ago
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I have more episodes ripped from the Portuguese broadcast as well, but these came from YouTube (I downloaded them before they were gone) and have minor glitches (though a couple of them came out in worse quality).
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Civi108

11 days ago
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The rumoured Risk/Robotic Graffiti episodes definetly started on TvTome.com.

PROOF:https://web....howid-11350/
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Happy Brian

9 days ago
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I found out that the Big Cartoon Database still has the rumored "Risk"(here: https://www....n/51101-Risk) and "Robotic Graffiti" (here: https://www....otic-Grafiti) that supposedly aired on Cartoon Network on January 3rd, 2003.

I literally can't find any proof on any reliable website about the show and the sources I used don't even mention those two episodes existing at all or have aired on its supposed air date. What also makes me suspect that these two episodes are a hoax is that the BCDb doesn't have a plot summary for the two episodes (instead showing the synopsis of the main show on both pages) while the TvTome.com page does supposedly have a summary for them.

In conclusion, I would have to say that "Risk" and "Robotic Graffiti" was fan-fiction created on the now-defunct TvTome.com and the BCDb decided to take those two episodes as legitimate without asking any questions for their existence.
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BigRedMonster86

8 days ago
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To tell you the truth, I came up with the theory that Risk and Robotic Graffiti were banned. That's when I was I was reading Ren and Stimpy on the Internet and got my theory from a banned episode "Man's Best Friend" which was banned from Nickelodeon for its excessive violence, tobacco reference, and scatological jokes. I came up with that theory and thought Risk and Robotic Graffiti were banned for their violent content, so the fact that Cartoon Network banned these two Robot Jones episodes is entirely false. The REAL thing about the two episodes is that they were scrapped and/or unfinished.
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