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This Day in Movie History – July 6th, 1990 – Jetsons: The Movie Released

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.

jetsons the movie poster

Courtesy: Universal / Hanna-Barbera Productions

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.

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.

jlu clash

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.

disney pixar cars

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.

spongebob restraining order

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.

ppg curses

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.

the gift of the maud pie

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!