The Moxy Show (partially found episodes of Cartoon Network CGI animated anthology series; 1993-2000)

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An image giving the show its third title The Moxy & Flea Show (which is unusual because the character designs aren't as they should be for that variant of the show).

The Moxy Show (also known as The Moxy Pirate Show and The Moxy & Flea Show) was CGI animated anthology series created by Scott Fellows and produced by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network, and was also worked on by Colossal Pictures. It began airing under the title of The Moxy Pirate Show on December 5th 1993, and ended on January 2nd 2000, with all reruns ending on April 1st 2000. It was an anthology series about classic cartoons that Cartoon Network would commonly air back in the 1990s and in between contained interstitials of Moxy (also known as Moxy Moto and Moxy Andrew Mutt), a goofing off, fun-loving dog voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait who has a crush on Melody from Josie and the Pussycats, and Flea, a flea who likes to hang out and watch TV with Moxy who was originally voiced by Penn Jillette and later Chris Rock.

The show was described by Nick and More as: "From wacky jokes, to Moxy's crush on Josie and the Pussycats, the series was whimsical mesh of retro pop culture and comedy".[1] USA Today described it as "Again acting as host, Moxy presents his favorite cartoons, giving reviews, editorial comments and cartoon trivia". "The premise is that Moxy's the toon who didn't quite make it, so we gave him a job as a janitor at the Cartoon Network" says Betty Cohen, going on to add that for The Moxy Pirate Show, "he jams our signal once a week".[2] A New York Times article from 1993 can also be found online, which further explains the motion capture CGI process that was used for the series.[3]

File:Cartoon Network ID The Moxy Show 1995
A self-referential Cartoon Network ID featuring Moxy and Flea.
File:Cartoon Network - Coming Up Next The Moxy Show (1994)
A "Coming Up Next" bumper, back when it was known as The Moxy Pirate Show.

The format was originally motion capture CGI from 1993-1998 but then traditional hand-drawn animation with CGI and live-action effects from 1998-2000, which may have had something to do with how Colossal Pictures stopped working on it by that point, which in itself could of been because of something to do with Chapter 11 bankruptcy in their company in Winter 1997. It is considered the very first original Cartoon Network original series barring the fact that it was an anthology series based around pre-existing cartoon shorts; the first fully produced Cartoon Network original series was Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

As mentioned earlier, the series originally began as The Moxy Pirate Show and only featured Moxy before adding Flea in 1994. Then it was retitled The Moxy Show in 1995 and The Moxy & Flea Show in 1998 with changes like:

  • Moxy's design changing into green/black striped shirt, black jeans and palette-swapped shoes and having no whiskers or freckles, a black nose and smaller eyes.
  • Flea's design changing into a blue fez, yellow eyes with red pupils and growth in size to half the height of Moxy, as well as now being voiced by Chris Rock.
  • The opening sequence widely changed from the original sequence, as seen in the video below.
  • The shortening of the timeslot from an hour to thirty minutes.
File:The Moxy Show Intro CN 1995.mpg
The Moxy Show's intro and two clips of the show, one put right before a cartoon short that the show was showcasing (all in Spanish).
File:Ending The Moxy Show and Dog Bowl CN 1995
The ending credits of the show (during its The Moxy Show run), put right after one of the cartoon shorts it was showcasing.

The show (at least during its CGI run) is considered to be the first "real-time" or "live" cartoon, though it was never broadcast directly live. Through motion capture a puppeteer would act out Moxy's motions while Goldthwait provided the voice and a technician would control the facial expressions.

In a 2003 online IGN interview, Andy Merrill (who worked on the show) talked about how Moxy (incorrectly spelt "Moxie") was apparently unpopular and unsuccessful with audiences despite being on the air for seven years.[4] Reruns stopped on April 1st 2000, which was the same day where all of the classic cartoon programming was moved from Cartoon Network to Boomerang except for this series, and it hasn't been seen on Cartoon Network, Boomerang or home media releases of any kind since, and not even during Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary. And what's really notable for lost media (and what sets it apart from other shows) is that not a single complete episode of the show has resurfaced to the internet at all.

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