The Cartoonstitute

The Cartoonstitute
Created by Rob Sorcher
Starring Various voice actors
Composer(s) Various
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 14 (only 4 2/3 completed)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Janet Dimon
Nate Funaro
Running time 22 minutes (3x7 minutes)
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Original network Cartoon Network Video
Original release May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07)
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The Cartoonstitute was a planned Cartoon Network project created by Cartoon Network's executive Rob Sorcher that would have been a showcase for animated shorts created without the interference of network executives and focus testing. It was headed by Craig McCracken (creator of The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and Wander Over Yonder) and Rob Renzetti (creator of My Life as a Teenage Robot).[1][2] 39 shorts for the project were in development at Cartoon Network Studios, but only 14 of these were completed. Eventually, balancing 5 upcoming shows and adding another proved difficult and the project was scrapped.[3] Of the shorts which were made, only Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa have been greenlit to become animated series (the latter was initially greenlit as Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, before becoming a series of its own).[4] On May 7, 2010, Cartoon Network uploaded nearly all of the shorts to their website. The only shorts not uploaded were Maruined, 3 Dog Band, and Joey to the World.[5]


The series was first announced on April 3, 2008, at Cartoon Network's annual upfront in New York City. The project was to be similar to The Cartoon Cartoon Show (also known as the What a Cartoon! Show) which aired on the network more than a decade earlier and gave birth to some of the channel's first animated series, such as Dexter's Laboratory and Cow and Chicken. The Cartoonstitute was to establish a think tank and create an environment in which animators can create characters and stories. A section of Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California, was set aside exclusively for the project. The "Cartoonstitute" name was imagined by Lauren Faust, the wife of Craig McCracken.

List of completed shorts

All shorts of the project were developed and produced in 2009, despite their release in 2010.[6][7]

Title Created by Synopsis
"3 Dog Band: Get It Together" Paul Rudish A trio of dogs (all interested in different genres of music) prepare for a gig at an exclusive nightclub, with some minor difficulty along the way.
"Baloobaloob's Fun Park" Aaron Springer Two human teenagers must help an extraterrestrial, Baloobaloob, come up with an extraordinary stage act, in an attempt to prevent his amusement park from closing.
"Danger Planet" Derek Drymon When a Danger Planet arcade machine and a forklift robot get stranded on an alien planet, they take it upon themselves to protect a human baby, or else a space ranger will make sure that they do not leave the planet on her watch.
Note: The short was re-released in 2016 with brighter colors.[8]
"Joey to the World" Craig Kellman Written for an older teen/adult audience, a 35-year-old kangaroo decides to move out of his mother's pouch and into the Alaskan wilderness.
"Le Door" Matt Danner An inter-dimensional explorer named Le Door (a parody of Doraemon) takes his young apprentice, Frank, on a tour through his old academy, only to enter a competition against his old sidekick/rival and his apprentice.
"Maruined" Genndy Tartakovsky Two siblings, a teen girl and her younger brother, become trapped on a deserted island full of danger, with a strange hippopotamus/dog hybrid as their pet and protector.
"Meddlen Meddows" Chris Reccardi A bug-like alien ends up being stranded on a primitive alien planet, after the power cell of his ship dies during a clash with a local monster.
"Regular Show" J. G. Quintel When two best friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby, play a game of rock, paper, scissors over a couch, it leads to dangerous results.
Note: This short was later retooled into "First Day", an episode of Regular Show that serves as the show's pilot.
"Spleenstab" Mike Bell A barbarian attempts to become a kind and gentle person with the help of a forest elf.
"Stockboys of the Apocalypse" Derek Drymon A teenage boy falls into a time machine, where he must work at a department store with his (now) elderly best friend and a mutated pig.
"The Awesome Chronicles of Manny and Khan: Lava Ball! The Ashes of Heroes" Josh Lieberman and Joey Giardina (credited as "Josh and Joey") A leprechaun with a German accent named Khan and a giant platypus named Manny attempt to retrieve a ball, pretending that the patch of grass surrounding it is lava.
"The Borneos" Chris Staples The sole normal child in a family of circus performers must undergo training to prevent the family title of the "Walla Walla Wildman" from being taken.
"Uncle Grandpa" Pete Browngardt A strange man who is the uncle and grandfather of everyone in the world, Uncle Grandpa, must do battle with a gang of mutants, after an attempt to gain the appreciation and love of a nerdy teenager goes awry.
Note 1: This short later became the pilot to both Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, as well as the show of the same name, Uncle Grandpa.
Note 2: This short also had a nomination for the Emmy Awards in 2010.[9]
"YES" Dave Smith A merman enlists a family from the country to assist him in an effort to help people realize and fulfill their dreams.


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