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Today in TV History – November 5th, 1993 – Animaniacs’ “Katie Ka-Boo” Airs

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.

katie kaboo

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

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.

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This Day in Television History – September 9th, 1995 – Pinky & The Brain Debuts

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.

pinky and the brain animated series

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

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.

This Day in Television History – September 9th, 1995 – Freakazoid! Debuts

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.

freakazoid animated series

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

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.

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.