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This Day in TV History – June 11th, 2005 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Clash” Airs

Two heroes are turned against each other in a Justice League Unlimited episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Clash” is the 7th episode of the 2nd season of the Cartoon Network animated series, Justice League Unlimited. Written by J. M. DeMatteis, with story by Dwayne McDuffie, it first aired on June 11th, 2005.

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Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics / Cartoon Network

As the optimistic Captain Marvel joins the Justice League, he comes into conflict with Superman over supposedly pro-Lex Luthor remarks. Eventually, thanks to some master manipulation, the two iconic heroes end up battling each other.

The episode was part of the Cadmus arc that stretched over several episodes of the show’s first two seasons.

This Day in Movie History – June 9th, 2006 – Disney/Pixar’s Cars Released in Theaters

An animated movie set in a universe of sentient cars was released in this day in history.

Cars, directed by John Lassetter, was released in theaters across the United States on June 9th, 2006. The screenplay was penned by Dan Fogelman, John Lassetter, Joe Ranft, Keil Murray, Phil Lorin, and Jorgen Klubein.

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Courtesy: Disney / Pixar

In the movie, set in a world where cars are the main form of life, a brash racing champion named Lightning McQueen finds himself marooned in a laid-back town called Radiator Springs. First, he’s sentenced to fix a road there, but may find that there’s more there than he expects.

The voice cast for Cars includes Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Jenifer Lewis, and John Ratzenberger, among others. The film was a success at the box office, making over $450 million at the box office. Merchandise based on the film was even more successful, which helped lead to the production of sequels–including one coming later this year.

Several video games based on the franchise has been released since the film’s release as well.

This Day in Television History – April 2nd, 2012 – Spongebob Squarepants’ “Restraining Spongebob” Airs

Squidward is finally fed up with Spongebob and takes out a restraining order on him!

“Restraining Spongebob” is a normal-length short from the 16th episode of the 8th season of Spongebob Squarepants. Written by Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, and Sean Charmatz, it first aired on Nickelodeon on April 2nd, 2012.

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And…there it is. Courtesy: Paramount / Nickelodeon / CBS / Viacom

In the short, Spongebob’s antics have pushed Squidward to taking out a restraining order on him. This means he can’t get within a certain distance of him, which makes their work at the Krusty Krab very difficult!

The other short from the episode is “Fiasco!,” both of which are included on the complete eight season DVD set.

This Day in Movie History – April 2nd, 2004 – Home on the Range Released

An animated film from Disney involving a group of cows working to save their farm was released on this day in history.

“Home on the Range” was released in theaters on the United States on April 2nd, 2004. The film was written and directed by Will Finn and John Sanford.

home on the range

Courtesy: Disney

In the film, a group of mismatched dairy cows are distressed when their dairy farm’s owner has only days to pay off debt. To try to help, they work to collect the bounty of a notorious criminal, but one it turns out can put all but one of them in a trance!

The movie features the voice talents of Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Randy Quaid. The film was not a major success, however. In fact, after Home on the Range was released, there were no non-3D-animated films for Disney for half a decade.

This Day in Television History – April 2nd, 2004 – The Powerpuff Girls’ “Curses” Airs

The girls start using dirty words in an episode that airs on this day in television history.

“Curses” is a short from the 11th episode of the 5th season of the animated series, The Powerpuff Girls. Written by Randy Myers and directed by Tim Parsons, it first aired on April 2nd, 2004.

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Clean out those dirty mouths! Courtesy: Warner Bros. / Cartoon Network

In the short, Bubbles uses a word she hears Professor Utonium uses that’s a bad word, and one that Blossom and Buttercup start using too. But, then, they have to face off with a literal giant potty mouth monster!

Like other episodes with the same story (such as Spongebob’s “Sailor Mouth”), comical sound effects mask the actual bad word, of which one is left nebulous as well.

This Day in Television History – April 2nd, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “The Gift of the Maud Pie” Airs

It’s an outing to the big city with Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Pinkie’s sister Maud in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“The Gift of the Maud Pie” is the 3rd episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Michael P. Fox and Wil Fox (with story by Fox & Fox & Josh Haber), it first aired on Discovery Family on April 2nd, 2016.

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Pinkie gets REALLY excited at the sight of a potential gift for her sister. Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, the trio of Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Maud Pie are in the big Equestrian city of Manehattan. Rarity is there to scout a location to expand her business, while Pinkie and Maud are taking part in an annual gift-exchanging tradition. Unfortunately, the shop where Pinkie was going to get her sister a gift is closed, so she goes through some desperate measures to get a replacement gift!

This Day in Television History – April 1st, 2000 – Spongebob Squarepants’ “Fools in April” Airs

April Fool’s Day comes to Bikini Bottom in an episode of Spongebob that aired on this day in television history. No foolin’!

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Not even a tongue can escape Spongebob’s April Fool’s Day jokes! Courtesy: Paramount / Nickelodeon / Viacom

“Fools in April” is a short from the 19th episode of the 1st season of the animated series, Spongebob Squarepants. Written by Aaron Springer, Erik Wiese, and Merriwether Williams, it first aired on April 1st, 2000.

In the short, Spongebob is excited about the fact that it is one of his favorite days, April Fool’s Day. At the Krusty Krab, he pulls off small, lighthearted pranks on his co-workers and the customers there. But, Squidward gets angry at all the laughter and does a prank that leads to Spongebob being literally thrown in garbage and injured. This causes the customers to leave and Squidward to be shunned. Now, he tries to apologize…tries, anyway…