Examples of Cartoons Creating Cartoons?
April 24, 2010 10:41 PM   Subscribe

Examples of cartoon characters making cartoons?

I’m watching the Wacky Deli episode of Rocko’s Modern Life. In this episode, the characters become animators. Ren & Stimpy also did this in Stimpy’s Cartoon Show. Have other animated shows had a “making an animated show” episode?
posted by dogmom to Media & Arts (28 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Strong Bad making Teen Girl Squad.

So good!

posted by mondaygreens at 10:47 PM on April 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Doug of Doug drew a Quailman comic which may or may not have been animated at one point in the show.
posted by joan cusack the second at 10:49 PM on April 24, 2010

There is a SpongeBob episode where SpongeBob and Patrick find a pencil that was dropped in the ocean... whatever they draw with it comes to life. SpongeBob draws himself and names the character DoodleBob, but then DoodleBob turns evil. The episode was called Frankendoodle.

It doesn't quite fit because SpongeBob and Patrick weren't planning to make an animated show, but it was the first thing that came to mind. FWIW, the creator of SpongeBob worked on Rocko's Modern Life and is listed as doing "additional writing" on the Wacky Deli episode.
posted by scarnato at 10:52 PM on April 24, 2010

Best answer: The classic Duck Amuck, kind of.

There is a South Park episode where the boys make a cartoon, in much the same way as they are made.
posted by Ljubljana at 11:00 PM on April 24, 2010

It's a little meta, but I'd argue for Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 11:29 PM on April 24, 2010 [2 favorites]

Not precisely what you're asking about, but there are several anime series in which the characters create mangas. "Comic Party", and "Genshiken", for instance.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:30 PM on April 24, 2010

There's a Simpsons episode where Marge becomes a writer for Itchy and Scratchy; also, all instances of Itchy and Scratchy throughout that series.
posted by nonspecialist at 11:40 PM on April 24, 2010

More Simpsons: the Poochie episode from season 8 is solid gold.

"The name's Poochie D.
And I rock the telly.
I'm half Joe Camel
and a third Fonzarelli.
I'm the kung-fu hippie.
From gangsta city.
I'm a rappin' surfer.
You the fool I pity."
posted by migurski at 12:08 AM on April 25, 2010

Similar to Duck Amuck, there's Rabbit Rampage
posted by radicarian at 1:01 AM on April 25, 2010

Still more Simpsons: the episode where Bart and Lisa write for Itchy and Scratchy (submitting their scripts under Abe Simpson's name).
posted by pemberkins at 3:36 AM on April 25, 2010

"Harold and the Purple Crayon," though what he draws comes to life.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:58 AM on April 25, 2010

Doug, in addition to Quailman, also does some of the animation for the opening credits.
posted by amicamentis at 6:10 AM on April 25, 2010

Best answer: Out of Toon, an episode of Phineas and Ferb.
posted by Lucinda at 6:37 AM on April 25, 2010

I'm really having trouble placing this, but I remember a Simpsons episode where there was some sort of super-dog, and all the kids in class were trying to draw the dog doing superhero things. Ralph Wiggum is putting the marker all over his face and says, "I'm drawing me!"

(Someone else please verify? - very vague memory but I love this Ralph quote!)
posted by belau at 6:46 AM on April 25, 2010

The Sega Genesis game Comix Zone.
posted by hermitosis at 6:59 AM on April 25, 2010

Billy, from The Family Circus, occasionally fills in on Sundays as the cartoonist.

(Please do not take this as fact that I read The Family Circus)
posted by banannafish at 7:13 AM on April 25, 2010

Best answer: The Simpsons "Angry Dad" episode.
posted by scatter gather at 7:18 AM on April 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

Rat from Pearls Before Swine created two comic strip caracters Dickie the Cockroach and Bildert (a rip-off of Dilbert).
posted by Nolechick11 at 7:54 AM on April 25, 2010

Not exactly what you asked, but a popular manga series "Bakuman" is the story about a team of two young manga artists (mangaka). So you get to see a lot of mangas created by different mangakas in that series.


It's very well-drawn and a refreshing change from other common manga themes.
posted by jstarlee at 9:28 AM on April 25, 2010

It's a stand-alone film rather than an episode of a show, but Animation Runner Kuromi tells the story of a girl who's trying her best to keep an animation studio from running itself into the ground.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 9:33 AM on April 25, 2010

In the episode of Ren & Stimpy entitled Stimpy's Cartoon Show, our two titular heroes create magic.
posted by dephlogisticated at 11:57 AM on April 25, 2010

Dammit. Probably should have fully read your post.
posted by dephlogisticated at 12:01 PM on April 25, 2010

Best answer: Beavis and Butthead - Animation Sucks
posted by Jawn at 12:47 PM on April 25, 2010

Response by poster: For some reason, I assumed there would be more of these. I guess parodying your own work is easier to resist than I thought.
posted by dogmom at 2:10 PM on April 25, 2010

Response by poster: Forgot to add:
thank you for your responses!
Especially scatter gather - I knew the Simpsons must have done one of these, but I forgot about Angry Dad.
posted by dogmom at 2:14 PM on April 25, 2010

Out of the Inkwell.
posted by brujita at 8:55 PM on April 25, 2010

Family Guy did this -- Peter, Chris, and Meg created a cartoon about ducks with disabilities called Handiquacks.
posted by citywolf at 8:00 AM on April 26, 2010

The first episode of Tiny Toons Adventures (episode guide) has Babs and Buster taking over an animator's work while he is out of his studio.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 12:36 PM on April 26, 2010

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