Oh Yeah! Cartoons
Oh Yeah! Cartoons is an American animation showcase that appeared on the Nickelodeon cable network, which was created and guided by Fred Seibert, former Creative Director of MTV Networks and President of Hanna-Barbera. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Frederator Incorporated, it ran as part of Nickelodeon's Nicktoons lineup. In the show's first season, it was hosted by a variety of school kids, and the second season was hosted by Kenan Thompson of All That and Kenan & Kel, and later Josh Server of All That in the third and final season. Bill Burnett composed the show's theme music.
|Oh Yeah! Cartoons|
|Created by||Fred Seibert|
|Directed by||Jessica Thompson|
|Presented by||Various school kids (1998)|
Kenan Thompson (1999–2000)
Josh Server (2000–2001)
|Theme music composer||Bill Burnett|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||32 (96 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Fred Seibert|
|Running time||23 mins approx.|
|Production companies||Frederator Incorporated|
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
|Original network||Nickelodeon (USA)|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||July 18, 1998 –|
July 19, 2002
|Followed by||Random! Cartoons|
|Related shows||The Fairly OddParents|
My Life as a Teenage Robot
In terms of sheer volume, Oh Yeah! Cartoons remains TV's biggest animation development program ever. Giving several dozen filmmakers the opportunity to create 96 seven-minute cartoons, the series eventually yielded three dedicated half-hour spin-off shows produced by Frederator: The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone, and My Life as a Teenage Robot.
Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! featured in its first season a total of 39 brand new seven-minute cartoons, surpassing the number of new cartoons and characters on any other single network. In its full run, Oh Yeah! Cartoons featured and produced 96 cartoons.
Many of the animated shorts were created by cartoonists who later became more prominent, including Bob Boyle, Thomas R. Fitzgerald, Bill Burnett, Jaime Diaz, Greg Emison, John Eng, John Fountain, Antoine Guilbaud, Butch Hartman, Larry Huber, Steve Marmel, Zac Moncrief, Ken Kessel, Alex Kirwan, Seth MacFarlane, Carlos Ramos, Rob Renzetti, C. Miles Thompson, Byron Vaughns, Pat Ventura, Vincent Waller, and Dave Wasson. Many of its animators featured had worked two years earlier on Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon!, produced in the same concept by Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios, which was also created by Seibert while he was president of that historical studio.
Oh Yeah! Cartoons is the second Frederator short cartoon incubator. Frederator Studios has persisted in the tradition of surfacing new talent, characters, and series with several cartoon shorts "incubators," including (as of 2016): What A Cartoon! (Cartoon Network, 1995), The Meth Minute 39 (Channel Frederator, 2008), Random! Cartoons (Nickelodeon/Nicktoons, 2008), Too Cool! Cartoons (Cartoon Hangover, 2012), and GO! Cartoons (Cartoon Hangover, 2016). These laboratories have spun off notable series like: Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Chalk Zone, Johnny Bravo, Cow & Chicken, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Fairly OddParents, Nite Fite, Fanboy & Chum Chum, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Rocket Dog, and Bee and PuppyCat.
- Random! Cartoons (Nicktoons)
- Raw Toonage (Disney/CBS)
- What a Cartoon! (Cartoon Network)
- Sunday Pants (Cartoon Network)
- Shorty McShorts' Shorts (Disney Channel/Jetix)
- KaBlam! (Nickelodeon)
- Short Circutz (YTV)
- The Cartoonstitute (Cartoon Network)
- DC Nation Shorts (Cartoon Network)
- Liquid Television (MTV)
- Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation
- Liquid Television
- Raw Toonage
- What a Cartoon!
- Cartoon Sushi
- Eye Drops
- VH1 ILL-ustrated
- Nicktoons Film Festival
- Sunday Pants
- Shorty McShorts' Shorts
- Shorts in a Bunch
- Random Cartoons
- The Cartoonstitute
- Off the Air
- Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program
- Too Cool! Cartoons
- Cartoon Network Shorts Department
- Disney XD Shortstop
- Go! Cartoons
- Love, Death & Robots
- "New Cartoons Are Draw On Some Old Animation Traditions" By Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times, July 17, 1998
- Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 436. ISBN 978-1538103739.
- "Frederator Studios, TV Series, "Oh Yeah! Cartoons"
- The Meth Minute 39 on YouTube
- Sony, Channel Frederator Launch Online Animation Incubator, by David Bloom, Deadline Hollywood, November 3, 2014
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