ToonHeads "A Night of Independent Animation" (found special of Cartoon Network animation anthology series; 1996)

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Promo title card.

Status: Found

Date found: 22 Aug 2023

Found by: Jeremy Jusay

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.


On October 20th, 1996, ToonHeads aired a special called A Night of Independent Animation, featuring winning shorts from the ASIFA-East Animation Festival. The special went undocumented with few mentions online. This special aired at 10:00 PM. For a long time, it was entirely unknown exactly what all of the shorts shown in the special were; the following shorts were confirmed to be seen by viewers, some of which were once lost in their entirety.[1]

On August 22nd, 2023, Jeremy Jusay from Augenblick Studios uploaded the entire A Night of Independent Animation episode after getting in contact with Jerico Dvorak. This copy contains the original ads and can be viewed here.

The "Plugman" and "Yak Flack" Shorts

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.[2]

"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.[3]

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

# Short Title Creator Description Status
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




A 15-second bumper for A Night of Independent Animation.

The previously lost short The Wire by Aaron Augenblick.

LSuperSonicQ's video on the subject.

See Also


Anthology and Short Series


Bumpers and Interstitials



Other Cartoon Network Series

External Links