Raw Toonage

Disney's Raw Toonage is a half-hour Disney animated series that aired on CBS on September 19, 1992. The show was cancelled on December 5 after 12 episodes had been broadcast.

Disney's Raw Toonage
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Also known asRaw Toonage
GenreAnthology
Comedy
Slapstick
Written byLaraine Arkow
Shari Goodhartz
Ralph Sanchez
Robert Schechter
Gary Sperling
Voices ofJeff Bennett
Rodger Bumpass
Nancy Cartwright
Jim Cummings
Steve Mackall
Theme music composerPatrick DeRemer
Opening themeRaw Toonage Theme Song
Ending themeRaw Toonage Theme Song (Short Version)
ComposersStephen James Taylor
Mark Watters
Eric Schmidt
Jerry Grant
Walter Murphy
Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (39 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersLarry Latham (He's Bonkers, host and parody segments only)
Ed Wexler (Marsupilami segments only)
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatSD: 4:3
Audio formatCBS StereoSound
Original releaseSeptember 19 (1992-09-19) –
December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)
Chronology
Preceded byWho Framed Roger Rabbit
Followed byBonkers
Marsupilami

Bonkers and Marsupilami were spun off from this series in 1993.

CastEdit

MainEdit

Guest starsEdit

CrewEdit

Segment seriesEdit

  • Hosting: A host segment which serves as a wraparound for other cartoons. (9 segments)
  • HB: A He's Bonkers segment series, starring Bonkers D. Bobcat. (11 segments)
  • M: A Marsupilami segment series. (16 segments)
  • TTV: Each of which is either a parody or a music video. (10 segments)
  • Goofy starred in "Goofy's Guide to the Olympics" in the sixth episode.
No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Spatula Party / Doggie Schnauzer / Marsupilami Meets Dr. Normanstein"September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)

  • Hosting: Ludwig Von Drake demonstrates various principals of toon physics.
  • HB — Spatula Party: Fawn wants to borrow a spatula, so Bonkers scurries all around the neighborhood trying to get one.
  • TTV — Doggie Schnauzer: The life of a man who swallowed a washing machine depends on Doggie Schnauzer.
  • M — Marsupilami Meets Dr. Normanstein: Marsupilami and Maurice stumble onto the laboratory of Dr. Normanstein, who happens to be looking for a brain for his new monster, Apenstein.
2"Sheerluck Bonkers / All Potato Network / The Puck Stops Here"September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)

  • Hosting: Don Karnage shows us how to look for treasure, with mixed results.
  • HB — Sheerluck Bonkers: Sheerluck Bonkers tries to find out who's stolen a priceless pendant from Princess Fawn.
  • TTV — All Potato Network: This channel features programming of shows and specials, like All My Spuds and Spudsky & Hutch.
  • M - The Puck Stops Here: Norman uses the hotel air conditioning system to freeze the lake and challenge Mars to a game of hockey.
3"Bonkers in Space / Cro-Magnum PI / The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre"October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)

  • Hosting: Scrooge McDuck demonstrates the new security system he's installed in his money bin, by trying to break in.
  • HB — Bonkers in Space: In the future, Bonkers and Jitters work at a spaceship-wash outfit in a space station. But Jitters accidentally gets cast into space while Bonkers puts the moves on Fawn.
  • TTV — Cro-Magnum PI: A Stone Age gumshoe investigates Rock Doo-Wop's theft of ideas for new inventions from other cavepeople like the wheel and fire.
  • M — The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre: Norman spies on Mars and Maurice planning to go on a treasure hunt and worms his way into joining them.
4"Draining Cats and Dogs / Mars vs. Man"October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)

  • Hosting: Sebastian tries to get to the Mervin Peevish Convention Center in time to host a variety show, avoiding being caught by Chef Louie along the way.
  • HB — Draining Cats and Dogs: Bonkers and Jitters rescue Fawn when her pipes burst and flood her house.
  • M — Mars vs. Man: Foreman Norman uproots Mars' tree to make space for his condominiums. But Mars squats in one of them.
5"Get Me to the Church on Time / So You Think You Know Everything, Do You? / Someone's in the Kitchen with Mars"October 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)

  • Hosting: Jitters does stunt work for four Disney shows.
  • HB — Get Me to the Church on Time: Bonkers and Jitters have a difficult time getting to Jitters' wedding with Tanya in time.
  • TTV — So You Think You Know Everything, Don't You?: Two certified geniuses compete on a game show with each other and a dog.
  • M — Someone's in the Kitchen with Mars: Chef Norman steals Mars and Maurice's big basket of fruit. But Mars and Maurice track him to the hotel kitchen.
6"Ski Patrol / Poultrygeist / Romancing the Clone / Goofy's Guide to the Olympics"October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)

  • Hosting: Bonkers tries to deliver a TV to Fawn's house.
  • HB — Ski Patrol: Bonkers and Jitters rush to help Grumbles, who's injured on the slopes.
  • TTV — Poultrygeist: A family is alarmed to find out that their house was built on the site of a fast-food chicken restaurant, and now the poltergeists of the chickens eaten there terrorize them until an exorchicken arrives.
  • M — Romancing the Clone: Norman dresses up as a female marsupilami to deceive a tourist that's trying to take a picture of a marsupilami. But Mars falls in love with Norman.
  • Goofy's Guide to the Olympics: Goofy demonstrates various track and field events.
7"Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield) / Nightmare on Rocky Road / Wannabe Ruler? / The Porker's Court"October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)

  • HB — Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield): A black-and-white newsreel tells of how Bonkers bravely delivered pizzas to our boys in the front.
  • TTV — Nightmare on Rocky Road: A boy who loves ice cream gets his wish when the whole world turns to ice cream. But now he must face Freddy Scooper.
  • M — Wannabe Ruler?: Mars and Norman compete for the title of ruler of the Wannabe tribe, and the treasure that comes with it.
  • TTV — The Porker's Court: The Three Pigs take the Big Bad Wolf to the Porker's Court over the shoddy conditions of the houses that he's leased to them.
8"Dogzapoppin' / Bathtime for Maurice / A Fear of Kites"November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)

  • Hosting: Launchpad gives lessons in flying.
  • HB — Dogzapoppin': Bonkers has to get an important package to his boss, Grumbles, but he can't get past Grumbles' nasty dog.
  • M — Bathtime for Maurice: Mars has to go through a lot of trouble to get filthy Maurice to take a bath.
  • M — A Fear of Kites: Mars and Maurice's kite gets tangled up on the hotel rooftop. But Bellhop Norman won't let them inside to retrieve it.
9"Trailmix Bonkers / The Young and the Nestless / Coming Attractions / Jungle Fever"November 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)

  • HB — Trailmix Bonkers: Bonkers delivers two money plates to California and fights the Grumbles Kid.
  • M — The Young and the Nestless: Mars reminisces about a time when a young Mars and Maurice fought a kid-age Norman over Mars's comic book collection.
  • TTV — Coming Attractions: The snack bar where you can get popcorn, hot dogs, nachos with cheese and drinks and see movies like Totzilla and Rambones.
  • M — Jungle Fever: Mars tries to cure Maurice. But Maurice keeps sneezing into the way of a refined lion named Leonardo.
10"Witch Doctor Is Which? / Robin Hoof / The Hairy Ape"November 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)

  • Hosting: Gosalyn enthusiastically eggs on Ludwig Von Drake to build a monster for her.
  • M — Witch Doctor Is Which?: Witch Doctor Norman places a series of curses on Mars so that he instead of Mars will be the happiest person in the jungle.
  • TTV — Robin Hoof: Robin Hoof and his sidekick Milk Maid Marion protect the people of Sherman Forest from the evil king and his men.
  • M — The Hairy Ape: Norman traps Maurice to take to the zoo, telling Mars that he's taking him to a party. But now, Mars wants to go, too.
11"Quest for Firewood / Badly Animated Man / Safari So Good"November 28, 1992 (1992-11-28)

  • Hosting: Marsupilami teaches Maurice how to defend himself against a bully.
  • HB — Quest for Firewood: In prehistoric times, Bonkers searches for firewood to bring back to his freezing tribe.
  • TTV — Badly Animated Man: Meet Badly Animated Man, the superhero who can leap over a tall building with a single drawing, and who wields a Two-Frame-a-Minute Punch.
  • M — Safari So Good: Mindy pays a visit and takes an immediate liking to Mars.
12"Gobble Gobble Bonkers / Hot Spots / My New Shoes / Prime Mates Forever"December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)

  • HB — Gobble Gobble Bonkers: Jitters lets Bonkers take one of his beloved turkeys to Grumbles for Thanksgiving dinner, not realizing that it's dinner.
  • M — Hot Spots: A heat wave, a watering hole and Norman all combine to make trouble for the jungle residents.
  • TTV — My New Shoes: A kid raps about all the cool things he can do with his new shoes.
  • M — Prime Mates Forever: Mars helps Maurice try to romance a tough female gorilla.

History and productionEdit

The idea for the show had an unusual genesis. Walt Disney Television Animation was developing a 65 episode half hour series for their Disney Afternoon block entitled He's Bonkers D. Bobcat. The premise was similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as the series dealt with the lead character's adventures post-stardom. The actual production of this series was troubled. At the same time, Michael Eisner had purchased the rights to the popular Belgian comic strip Marsupilami. At some point, someone had the post-modern idea to actually make the cartoons that Bonkers had starred in before becoming a policeman, and Disney's Raw Toonage was born. Totally Tasteless Video was intended as a satire of popular culture. A host was added to give the show the familiar feel of the World of Disney show.

Due to the shorter production schedule, Disney's Raw Toonage was on the air before the above-mentioned half-hour show, thus adding some credibility to the back story. The show typically opens with an introduction by a famous character from Disney (such as Goofy with his style from Disney's Goof Troop), who attempts to share some of their expertise with the audience; then the show has a few of the above-mentioned shorts chained in a row, rounding out the half hour.[2]

The premise of the Bonkers segments is that Bonkers is a delivery person, usually assisted by Jitters A. Dog. Conflict is provided by Bonkers' unrequited love for Fawn Deer. Each of the Bonkers segments were eventually included in the half-hour "Bonkers" series, while every one but three ("Wannabe Ruler?", "The Young and the Nestless", and "Hot Spots") of the Marsupilami segments were not included in the half-hour "Marsupilami" series. The Marsupilami segments took the look of the character from the Belgian comic, but the characterization differs significantly; Marsupilami is more anthropomorphized, and speaks the language of the human characters fluently, Marsupilami in the comics can only say variations of "houba" and mimic sounds like a parrot. The secondary characters in Disney's Marsupilami series are completely different to those of the comics; in the Disney cartoons, Marsupilami is most often opposed by Norman, who appears in various different roles.

Totally Tasteless Video did each show in a different style. They were story edited by Tom Minton, who later write Pinky and the Brain at Warner Bros. The first Totally Tasteless Video segment is a parody of movie coming attraction trailers, followed by a spoof on Doogie Howser, M.D. Other notable segments involve a badly animated superhero, a prehistoric spoof of Magnum, P.I., an exorchicken fighting chicken ghosts that haunt a family, and a Robin Hood twist in the Jay Ward style of cartoons. Larry Latham produced and directed the Bonkers, Totally Tasteless Video, and host segments; Ed Wexler produced and directed Marsupilami. At least one of the Marsupilami cartoons was produced with the idea of a theatrical run in mind.

Reruns of the show were aired on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and Disney Junior. Disney's Raw Toonage was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of outstanding writing in an animated program and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition in 1993. Music composed by Stephen James Taylor (character themes and underscore), Mark Watters, Eric Schmidt, Jerry Grant, Walter Murphy, and Craig Stuart Garfinkle.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2011). Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7864-8694-6. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 652–653. ISBN 978-1476665993.

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