ToonHeads "A Night of Independent Animation" (partially lost special of Cartoon Network animation anthology series; 1996)
ToonHeads was an anthology series aired on Cartoon Network from 1992-2003. The series featured collections of many cartoons from various animators, usually with certain themes, and in between would feature trivia and background information about the cartoon playing.
Details[edit | edit source]
In 1996 (a complete date is unknown), ToonHeads aired a special called A Night of Independent Animation, featuring winning shorts from ASIFA-East Animation Festival. The special went undocumented with few mentions online. This special was aired on a Saturday at 10:00 PM. It is entirely unknown exactly what all of the shorts shown in the special are, the following are the confirmed shorts seen by viewers, some of which are lost in their entirety.
The "Plugman" and "Yak Flack" Shorts[edit | edit source]
On January 23rd, 2019, a post was made to the LMW forums by James Calico (also known as ceol). The post contained information about a short he had seen as a child but didn't know the title, nor where it had come from.
"One of the short films was so striking that it's stayed with me to this day almost 24 years later. It had a modern style of animation. It was very minimalist, done with just a few simple black lines that create shapes and impressions without details — a man in a suit sitting at a desk, a picture of his family on the desk. A Southern or African American narrator (He has a draw) talks about him and his life. The man finds a chord attached to his foot, and yanks on it. He's never noticed it before, but he notices it goes down the hallway. He follows it gathering it up as he walks. It leads him to an actual wall outlet where he's apparently plugged in. He pulls the plug from the wall, everything fades to white, and the narrator says something like "And no one ever heard from him again."
Lost Media Wiki user and YouTuber Captain B. Zarre ended up bringing up a promo on Cartoon Network for A Night of Independent Animation. The original poster has confirmed it to be the short as well as another user who had seen the short, Terry the Cat, recalling it looking as it did in the promo.
No title was mentioned in the promo, but a very small snippet of what could be the scene of the short with a man pulling a plug from a socket is shown.
The short is thought to be Aaron Augenblick's The Wire, but no confirmation has been made, considering that short is completely lost.
The Paul Fierlinger short is believed to possibly be "I'll Be There" from 1994, as the plot of that short involves a man trapped in an airport, which seems to fit the screenshot seen in the gallery. However, it is not confirmed, as "I'll Be There" is one of Fierlinger's shorts that is completely lost.
On February 28th, 2019, Aaron Augenblick, the creator of The Wire, uploaded the short to his YouTube channel, thus leaving only one remaining lost short from the special.
On March 13th, 2019, LMW user William0619 messaged Paul Fierlinger's Vimeo account, asking them about their lost short from the special. They answered back with:
"Hi. Yak Flack. So long ago... I have no idea where to look for it. Used for in-house USHealthcare on film in the early 90s- never shown on TV. We are miserable when it comes to archiving. Could be on a 3/4 tape in a box in the basement."
This confirms the short's name. It's also possible that it could surface if Fierlinger "does" have the short, but as of yet, he has not been asked to check.
On May 4th, 2019, Paul uploaded the short to Vimeo, therefore making all of the known shorts found. However, there are likely still bridging segments that are missing.
List of Known Shorts[edit | edit source]
|1||Another Bad Day for Philip Jenkins||Mo Willems||Philip Jenkins is unwanted. He walks head down, sad, in a suit, hat, and wire-rim glasses. In this nearly wordless animation, bad things happen to him.||Found|
|2||Buy My Film!||John Schnall||Selling oneself, living to animate vs animating to live, and good old-fashioned hucksterism.||Found|
|3||The Ballad of Archie Foley||Buzzco Associates||A sentimental look at one man's life, as it passes before his ears.||Found|
|4||Yak Flack||Paul Fierlinger||A commercial for US Healthcare.||Found|
|5||The Wire||Aaron Augenblick||A man discovers a wire coming from his back and follows said wire to an outlet where it's plugged into.||Found|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Images[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
ToonHeads[edit | edit source]
Anthology Series[edit | edit source]
- Cartoon Network "Cartoon Network Responds!" (partially found interstitials from TV channel; 1997-1999)
- Big Bag (partially found Cartoon Network live-action/animated/puppet series; 1996-1998)
- The Moxy Show (partially found episodes of Cartoon Network CGI animated anthology series; 1993-2000)
- Sunday Pants (partially lost Cartoon Network animated anthology series; 2005)
- What A Cartoon! (found Cartoon Network animated anthology series; 1995-1997)
Bumpers and Interstitials[edit | edit source]
- The Big Game XXVI: Tom vs. Jerry (found Cartoon Network marathon special; 1998)
- Cartoon Network (partially found "High Noon Toons" bumpers from TV channel block; 1994-1996)
- Cartoon Network (partially lost "Nood" bumpers from TV channel; 2008-2010)
- Cartoon Network NBA All-Star Slam (partially found interviews of marathon; 2003)
- Cartoon Planet (partially found bumpers of revival block of Cartoon Network animated variety series; 2012)
- Codename: Kids Next Door Mission Weekend (partially found marathon bumpers for Cartoon Network animated series; 2003)
- Fridays aka "Cartoon Cartoon Fridays" (partially found interstitials from Cartoon Network channel block; 1999–2007)
- Hotdog TV (partially found Cartoon Network interstitial series; 2010)
- JBVO, Toon FM & Viva Las Bravo (partially found interstitials from Cartoon Network channel blocks; early-mid 2000s)
- Tickle-U (partially found Cartoon Network preschool block; 2005-2006)
Pilots[edit | edit source]
- Ben 10 (partially found unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; early-mid 2000s)
- Billy and Mandy in Trepanation of the Skull and You (found prototype short of "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" Cartoon Network animated series; 1995)
- Camp Lazlo "Monkey See, Camping Doo" (lost unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; 2004)
- Captain Sturdy (found Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2001)
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (found unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; 2003)
- IMP, Inc. (found Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2001)
- A Kitty Bobo Show (found storyboard of cancelled second animated pilot for Cartoon Network; 2002)
- Major Flake in "Soggy Sales" (found Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2001)
- Mess O' Blues (partially found prototype short of "Johnny Bravo" Cartoon Network animated series; 1993)
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey (lost unaired pilots of Cartoon Network animated series; 2003/2004)
- Project Gilroy (lost Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2007)
- Regular Show (non-existent Flash pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; late 2000s-2010)
- Squirrel Boy "Kite Makes Right" (lost unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; 2004)
- Uncle Gus (partially found original English audio of Cartoon Network animated pilots; 2000-2001)
Live-Action[edit | edit source]
- Bobb'e Says (partially found Cartoon Network live-action clip series; 2009)
- BrainRush (partially found Cartoon Network live-action game show; 2009)
- Track Rats (partially found Cartoon Network reality short series; 2010)
- The Othersiders (found Cartoon Network paranormal reality series; 2009)
- Out of Jimmy's Head (partially lost original English dub of Cartoon Network teen sitcom; 2007-2008)
Other Cartoon Network Series[edit | edit source]
- Ben 10 (partially found pop-up trivia version of episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; 2008)
- Chowder (lost production material of cancelled Cartoon Network TV film; 2009)
- Class of 3000 (found original English dub of Cartoon Network animated musical series; 2006-2008)
- Codename: Kids Next Door (lost production material of cancelled episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; 2002-2008)
- Dexter's Laboratory "Rude Removal" (found unaired episode of Cartoon Network animated series; 1997)
- Droopy's Guide to the Cartoon Network (found launch preview of TV channel special; 1992)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy "Luck Be an Ed Tonight"/"A Room with an Ed" (rumored/lost unfinished episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; existence unconfirmed; 2005)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy "Special Ed" (non-existent unproduced episode of Cartoon Network animated series; late 1990s/early 2000s)
- I Heart Tuesdays (lost production material of cancelled Cartoon Network animated series; 2011-2012)
- I-10: The Ben 10 User Generated Experience (found Cartoon Network TV special; 2008)
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes "Crossover Nexus" (partially found original 22-minute version of Cartoon Network animated series episode; 2010s)
- Skatoony (found original British version of Cartoon Network quiz show; 2006-2008)
- Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? (partially lost unreleased original voice audio and unfinished/unknown episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; 2002-2003)
External Links[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- A Cartoon Research index which features a timeline of Cartoon Network in its first three years. Retrieved 02 Feb '19
- An LMW forums thread on "The Plugman." Retrieved 02 Feb '19
- A screenshot of the conversation where Fierlinger confirms the short's name. Retrieved 13 Mar '19