A movie based on a popular toy line of plush puppies was released 30 years ago today.
Pound Puppies and The Legend of Big Paw, based on the popular Pound Puppies line of toys, was released by Carolco and Tristar Pictures to theaters in the United States on March 18th, 1988.
The animated film tells the story of how dogs acquired Puppy Power (no relation to Scrappy-Doo) thanks to the legendary “Bone of Scone.” In the present, a devious villain plans to get the bone back, and possibly end Puppy Power forever.
The voices in the film are provided by Brennan Howard, BJ Ward, Nancy Cartwright and Frank Welker. The film was not a success at the box office, making an estimated total of just over half a million dollars.
Despite the film’s failure at theaters, the Pound Puppies toy line would survive. Most recently, an animated series based on the toys debuted on the Hub (what is now Discovery Family) in 2010.
An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with a message about reading aired on this day in television history.
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“Read it and Weep” is the 16th episode of the 2nd season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The episode was written by Cindy Morrow and first aired on The Hub network on February 4th, 2012.
In the episode, Rainbow Dash finds herself injured and in the hospital, unable to fly. She becomes bored, until she comes across a book about Daring Do, an adventurer she finds she is relating to. But, Dash is afraid that if she is found reading, other ponies will think she’s an egghead!
The character of Daring Do, somewhat based on other adventure heroes like Indiana Jones, debuts in this episode through the aforementioned book.
An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic involving the “Art of The Dress” first aired on this day in television history.
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“Suited for Success” first aired on The Hub network on February 4th, 2011. The episode, the 14th of the first season, was written by Charlotte Fullerton.
In the episode, with the anticipated “Grand Galloping Gala” fast approaching, dress shop owner Rarity offers to help improve the dresses of her friends. But, she soon finds their increasingly-specific demands have left her questioning her decision, and those of her friends.
The episode continues the plotline of the “Grand Galloping Gala” first established in “The Ticket Master” and would continue in the first season’s finale.
“Art of the Dress” is an original song that is featured in this episode, along with a reprise. The song was composed by Daniel Ingram, with Rarity’s singing voice provided by Kazumi Evans.
Another of one Animaniacs’ many colorful characters debuted on this day in television history.
“Katie Ka-Boo” is a short from the animated series, Animaniacs, that debuted on November 5th, 1993. It was written by Nicholas Hollander and Deanna Oliver.
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In the episode, young teenager Katie Ka-Boom, who transforms into a monster when made angry, brings home a new boyfriend. But, it’s not a boy–it’s Chicken Boo!
The episode is the first featuring Katie Ka-Boom, who starred in a variety of shorts throughout the series. It’s also a crossover with another Animaniacs short staple, the chicken who loves disguises–Chicken Boo.
Two popular characters from Animaniacs got their own spinoff on this day in history.
Pinky & The Brain originated as characters in the Animaniacs television series that debuted in 1993. Both were lab mice that had gained sentience through experiments at Acme Labs. Brain has hyper-intelligence and wants to rule the world, while Pinky is more satisfied with the simpler things in life.
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The main character of Brain was voiced by Maurice LaMarche and Pinky was voiced by Rob Paulson.
The popular characters had their own television show debut on September 9th, 1995. It would air between Saturday mornings and in primetime.
The series was known for its witty dialogue and references along with its over-the-top situations. It would last 65 episodes through 1998. The entire series has been released on DVD.
Pinky and the Brain would spin-off into another show, Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain, which combined the two characters with Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures.
A unique, comedy-based superhero animated series made its debut on this day in television history.
Freakazoid!, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini along with Tom Ruegger, made its debut on Kids WB on September 9th, 1995.
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The animated series was about a young teenager named Dexter who can transform into an eccentric superhero named Freakazoid thanks to a computer virus. The series features many fourth-wall-breaking gags, surreal jokes, references to comics and other media and more.
The lead character is voiced by Paul Rugg, with other voices provided by Ed Asner, Craig Ferguson, Tress MacNeille, Ricardo Montalbon, and more.
The show would last for two seasons, with 24 episodes airing through 1997. Freakazoid! would later be released on DVD.
An animated film based on a beloved series from the 1960s was released on this day in movie history.
Jetsons: The Movie, written by Dennis Marks and directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, was released in theaters in July 6th, 1990.
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The film brought the beloved 1960s (and 1980s, when the show was revived) futuristic animated sitcom to the big screen. The story in the movie involves the Jetson family having to move to an asteroid to help the business of Spacely Sprockets. But, several previous workers assigned there have disappeared…will George Jetson be next?
The movie features most of the original voice cast of the series, and was in fact, one of the final projects of both George O’Hanlon (George) and Mel Blanc (Mr. Spacely). The exception is Janet Waldo (Judy), whose voice acting was replaced by pop music sensation Tiffany for this movie.
Jetsons: The Movie took in an estimated $20 million at the box office, but outside of commercials, games, and other promotions and shorts, would lie dormant until this year, with the release of a direct-to-DVD crossover with WWE wrestling.