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[[File:Kafun.jpg|thumb|300px|The title card for the episode, the only proof of the episode's existence for a while.]]
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|imagecaption=Title card for the episode, which was the only proof that the episode existed for a while.
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''KaBlam!'' was an animated anthology series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. Despite its cult following, it has not been treated kindly by Nickelodeon over the years. Due to the many separate copyrights involved with the show, episodes and spin-offs have been withheld from airing on Nicktoons, withheld from airing in general and withheld from airing more than once. Among the many tidbits of ''KaBlam!'', the episode '''"KaFun!"''' is possibly the most obscure (though it has since been found, along with the rest of them).
  
Among the many [[The Henry & June Show (1999 "KaBlam!" Spin-Off Special/Pilot)|lost]] [[KaBlam! "Just Chillin' " (Rare 2000 Episode) |tidbits]] of ''KaBlam!'', the "in all senses of the word" forgotten episode '''"KaFun!"''' is possibly the most obscure, though it has more proof of its existence remnant of it than "Just Chillin'".
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==Content==
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"KaFun!" centers around Henry and June discovering they have a Japanese knock-off of their show ''KaBlam!'' called "KaFun!" ''(カーファン!, Kāfan!)'' with characters called Henmi (ヘンミ) and Jun (ジュン) and proceeding to review it. Contrary to popular belief, this episode was not Japan-exclusive, as stated by Mark Marek (Henry and June's'' ''creator'')''. However, Marek did not give much information about the episode, so knowledge of what the episode actually consisted of was previously restricted to a Japanese review with the episode's title card, as well as a short review taken from a Nickelodeon program guide.<ref>[http://d.hatena.ne.jp/zeroset/20060201/p1 A Japanese review of the show.] Retrieved 08 Oct '16</ref>
  
''KaBlam!'' has not been treated kindly by Nickelodeon over the years. Due to the various copyrights involved with the show (a show that crammed more copyright-complicating cartoons into a half hour than anyone else), episodes and spin-offs have been withheld from airing on Nicktoons, withheld from airing in general and withheld from airing more than once. While most of the show's span is available on the Internet, there's still quite a lot missing in any format like the possibly hoax "Episode 29" and "Just Chillin'", and this is an episode that was barely even known about in the first place.
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Besides the Henry and June shorts, other segments from the episode included ''Action League Now!'' "And Justice For None", where the League is terminated by The High Commission for Super Heroes, ''Prometheus and Bob'' "Glue", where Prometheus tries to teach Bob about glue, ''Life With Loopy'' "Larry's Girl", in which Loopy tries to find Larry a date with a computer matching service, the "Pizza Rocket" music video, and the [[Untalkative Bunny (partially found episodes of animated series; 2001-2004)|''Untalkative Bunny'']] pilot, where a telemarketer tries to sell Bunny a subscription to a local newspaper.
  
"KaFun!" centers around Henry and June discovering they have a Japanese knock-off of their show ''KaBlam!'' called "KaFun!" with characters called Herman and Jan and proceeding to review it. Contrary to popular belief, this episode was NOT Japan exclusive, as stated by Mark Marek (Henry and June's'' ''creator'')'', but Mark didn't give much information about the episode, so the primary sources for information about this episode is [http://d.hatena.ne.jp/zeroset/20060201/p1 a Japanese review] with the episode's title card that itself has a Japanese Nickelodeon website link, and a quote taken from [http://www.nickandmore.com/schedules/networks/nickelodeon/1999/080699.txt &#x20; nick.com's program guide] that has a mini review of the episode. The reviews also state that the other segments of the episode beside Henry and June were ''Action League Now!'' "And Justice For None", where "The High Commission for Super Heroes terminates the Action League.", ''Prometheus and Bob'' "Glue", where "Prometheus tries to teach Bob the uses for glue", ''Life With Loopy'' "Larry's Girl", in which "Loopy tries to find Larry a date using a computer love match service", the "Pizza Rocket" music video and the ''Untalkative Bunny'' pilot, where "Bunny gets a call from a newspaper telemarketer who tries to sell him a subscription with free delivery". The Japanese review states that, as announced by Henry, the Henry and June segment was not broadcast "live" (in-universe), but was actually a desperate "cover up" by June, and that storyboard street was involved as well as June being the one to broadcast "KaFun!". Additionally, [http://www.askbiography.com/bio/List_of_KaBlam!_episodes.html a page here] supposedly lists its writers as James Greenberg, Michael Rubiner, Robert Mittenthal, Randolph Heard, Chris Viscardi, Francis Gasparini and Will McRobb, and its airdate as November 22, 1998.
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The episode was written by Will McRobb, Robert Mittenthal, Cote Zellers, Stephen Holman, Josephine T. Huang, Ben Nichols, Graham Falk, and one source lists it as having aired on November 22nd, 1998 (though said source has other incorrect information, and the copyright date at the end of the episode says 1999).
  
YouTube user ofthe90s claims to be in possession of copies of this episode as well as [[KaBlam! "Just Chillin' " (Rare 2000 Episode)|"Just Chillin' "]], and supposedly might release them. When a fan questioned him about this and "Just Chillin' ", Mark Marek said that he had all of the episodes on Beta tapes and planned to post them in full length on his website. But until something like that happens, the episode is stuck in ''KaBlam!'' limbo.
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==Search & Release==
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Prior to 2015, a few segments of this episode had been uploaded to YouTube, but the episode had not surfaced in its entirety. As with the other formerly-lost episodes, this led to many fans of the series set out to track it down. During the search, YouTube user ofthe90s claimed to be in possession of copies of this episode as well as "Just Chillin", but nothing came of this. When questioned by a fan about this and "Just Chillin", Mark Marek stated that he had all of the episodes on Beta tapes and planned to post them all in full length on his website.
  
'''UPDATE:''' Several segments have been found in March 2014, consisting of a title card (above) and the episode's ''Action Leauge NOW!'' and ''Prometheus and Bob'' segments, as well as the "Pizza Rocket" video and the ''Untalkative Bunny'', yet the rest of the episode (including the ''Life With Larry'' segment) has yet to surface. Still, Thanks to the unearthers!
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Due to the episode's obscurity, the search yielded very few results, and for a long time, the episode was thought to be stuck in ''KaBlam!'' limbo. However, in December 2015, Marek finally followed through on his promise and gradually began posting the episodes to the [http://www.markmarek.org/ANIMATIONS/KABLAM.html KaBlam! Korner] section of this website. As he was aware of the episode's rarity, Marek included "Kafun!" in the first batch of uploads, alongside ''The Henry & June Show'' and the actual 29th episode of the series (which turned out to be "Your Logo Here"). The episode has since been mirrored to other sites, eliminating the chance of it ever becoming lost again.
  
==Videos of the Found Segments (in order from left to right)==
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==Gallery==
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  |description1 =Archive.org mirror of the episode.
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==See Also==
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*[[KaBlam! "Just Chillin" (found episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 2000)]]
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*[[KaBlam! "Episode 29" (non-existent episode of animated series; 1998)]]
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*[[KaBlam! "The Henry and June Show" (found spinoff pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 2000)]]
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*[[KaBlam! "An Off-Beats Valentine's" (found spinoff special of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)]]
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*[[Action League Now!: The Series "Thunder Girl: Tracking The Storm" (found episode of "Kablam!" spinoff animated series; 2001-2002)]]
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*[[Prometheus and Bob (cancelled film adaptation of "KaBlam!" sketch animated series; late 1990s)]]
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*[[Action League Now!: The Series "Monster Mashed" (lost episode of "Kablam!" spinoff animated series; 2002)]]
  
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==External Link==
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*[http://www.askbiography.com/bio/List_of_KaBlam!_episodes.html Episode guide for the series.] Retrieved 08 Oct '16
  
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| {{#ev:dailymotion|http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrhmgu_action-league-now-and-justice-for-none_shortfilms|320x240|center|The episode's Action Leauge NOW! segment, "And Justice For None".}}
 
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| {{#ev:youtube|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdCfO3aS2qI|320x240|center|The episode's musical segment, "Pizza Rocket".}}
 
| {{#ev:youtube|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ1MZZuLTM0|320x240|center|The episode's Untalkative Bunny segment.}}
 
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Latest revision as of 12:35, 12 October 2019

Kafun.jpg

Title card for the episode, which was the only proof that the episode existed for a while.

Status: Found

Date found: 08 Dec '15

Found by: Mark Marek

KaBlam! was an animated anthology series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. Despite its cult following, it has not been treated kindly by Nickelodeon over the years. Due to the many separate copyrights involved with the show, episodes and spin-offs have been withheld from airing on Nicktoons, withheld from airing in general and withheld from airing more than once. Among the many tidbits of KaBlam!, the episode "KaFun!" is possibly the most obscure (though it has since been found, along with the rest of them).

Content

"KaFun!" centers around Henry and June discovering they have a Japanese knock-off of their show KaBlam! called "KaFun!" (カーファン!, Kāfan!) with characters called Henmi (ヘンミ) and Jun (ジュン) and proceeding to review it. Contrary to popular belief, this episode was not Japan-exclusive, as stated by Mark Marek (Henry and June's creator). However, Marek did not give much information about the episode, so knowledge of what the episode actually consisted of was previously restricted to a Japanese review with the episode's title card, as well as a short review taken from a Nickelodeon program guide.[1]

Besides the Henry and June shorts, other segments from the episode included Action League Now! "And Justice For None", where the League is terminated by The High Commission for Super Heroes, Prometheus and Bob "Glue", where Prometheus tries to teach Bob about glue, Life With Loopy "Larry's Girl", in which Loopy tries to find Larry a date with a computer matching service, the "Pizza Rocket" music video, and the Untalkative Bunny pilot, where a telemarketer tries to sell Bunny a subscription to a local newspaper.

The episode was written by Will McRobb, Robert Mittenthal, Cote Zellers, Stephen Holman, Josephine T. Huang, Ben Nichols, Graham Falk, and one source lists it as having aired on November 22nd, 1998 (though said source has other incorrect information, and the copyright date at the end of the episode says 1999).

Search & Release

Prior to 2015, a few segments of this episode had been uploaded to YouTube, but the episode had not surfaced in its entirety. As with the other formerly-lost episodes, this led to many fans of the series set out to track it down. During the search, YouTube user ofthe90s claimed to be in possession of copies of this episode as well as "Just Chillin", but nothing came of this. When questioned by a fan about this and "Just Chillin", Mark Marek stated that he had all of the episodes on Beta tapes and planned to post them all in full length on his website.

Due to the episode's obscurity, the search yielded very few results, and for a long time, the episode was thought to be stuck in KaBlam! limbo. However, in December 2015, Marek finally followed through on his promise and gradually began posting the episodes to the KaBlam! Korner section of this website. As he was aware of the episode's rarity, Marek included "Kafun!" in the first batch of uploads, alongside The Henry & June Show and the actual 29th episode of the series (which turned out to be "Your Logo Here"). The episode has since been mirrored to other sites, eliminating the chance of it ever becoming lost again.

Gallery

Archive.org mirror of the episode.

See Also

External Link

Reference

  1. A Japanese review of the show. Retrieved 08 Oct '16