Sunday, December 25, 2011

Of Flying Reindeer, Talking Snowmen, and the World's Greatest Toymaker: The Rankin-Bass Universe Timeline


Previously, in the TVCU...

In our celebration of the TVCU's fourth anniversary, I have been sharing my thoughts on some of my favorite posts of the past four years.  So far I have talked about my Law & Order post, James Bojaciuk's Wonderland post, and Brad Mengel's Knight Rider post, and now, it's time to discuss Gordon Long's Rankin-Bass Timeline.

This is one of my favorites.  I feel this to be one of the best posts on this website.  Sadly, it only seems to spike up in viewership in December.  (I wonder why.)  This post is planned to be reprinted in the upcoming TELEVISION CROSSOVER UNIVERSE:  WORLDS AND MYTHOLOGY VOLUME II, which will likely be published in late 2015.


The Rankin-Bass Universe Interconnected Tales Timeline

We grew up with these specials; our children (for those of us who have them) will too. But they were presented to us originally in a hap-hazard fashion: we met Rudolph in Animagic form and Frosty in cel animation before we were told of Santa’s origin. We had a few sequels over the years during the Rankin-Bass heyday in the 1970s, and more recently we were gifted with sequels by people who were fans of the original works. So it makes sense to try and figure out the true order of events of these beloved specials, which amazingly enough, do have a large amount of crossovers. While many of the specials were based on existing songs and stories, the specials do have an interlocking chronology. As such, these should be considered the true events in the TVCU and the Toobverse. Many of these events take place in a pocket universe called ‘North Pole’ by its inhabitants. It resembles Northern Europe in its landforms and climate, with lots of free-standing snow all year-round. Some places do, however, experience a melt-off towards the borders of the pocket universe.  The timeline will probably have adjustments made in the future.

Circa 1800 Tanta was born in a small German principality, a tiny place consisting of little more than a small town and its outlying areas. At this time, there is no unified Germany, merely a bunch of principalities and larger kingdoms. (1)

Early 1820s Tanta married a man named Kringle, a toymaker. She joined him in his toy making. Kringle claimed to be an elf and lived with several dwarves (in order of appearance, Dingle, Wingle, Bingle, Tingle, Zingle) who assisted him in his work. Kringle and his friends the dwarves were not from Earth, but from different dimensions. Kringle was actually born in a pocket universe called Alfheim, and he knew of other pocket universes as well. His dwarven friends were actually Munchkins who were originally from one of the several Oz pocket universes. Rumor has it that these dwarves were related to seven that once worked in a diamond mine and had befriended a beautiful princess who had fled an evil stepmother/queen.  (Whether or not the rumor is true, the diamond miners had clearly built themselves a lovely hand-crafted home that showed the same skills that Kringle’s friends did.) Tanta became jokingly known as the ‘Queen of the Elves’. (1)

Early 1840s The Kringles were appointed Royal Toymakers to the Prince of the principality they lived in. (1)

1864 The Danish-Prussian War. Prussia and Austria defeated Denmark and took over the provinces of Schleswig and Holstein. The principality of the Kringles is absorbed into Prussia at this time, and the Prince deposed. The Kringles lost their position as Royal Toymakers. A Prussian Junker named Meisterburger was appointed Burgermeister of the town and immediately began making a number of harsh laws. Among them was the outlawing of bright colored clothing, and a high tax on toys. Sales of toys dropped dramatically, and the Kringles were forced out of town. They moved through a dimensional portal on the Mountain of the Whispering Winds, which was the home of an evil wizard known as the Winter Warlock, into a pocket universe which climatically resembled Northern Europe. The place they settled in was nicknamed Rainbow River Valley. After building up a nice stock of toys to take back to their town, which was now being referred to as the German equivalent of Sombertown, Kringle prepared to go through the portal and over the Mountain of the Whispering Winds. Confronted by the Winter Warlock, Kringle defied him, and the wizard killed Kringle. Not knowing what to do, the Tanta and the Kringle elves kept making toys. (1)

1865 A baby boy was born to the widow of a soldier named Claus who had died in the Danish-Prussian war. An attempt to leave him with the Burgermeister Meisterburger failed, and while being sent to an orphanage, the baby boy somehow went through the dimensional portal to Rainbow River Valley, where the Kringles found him. Tanta, who was childless, decided to raise him as her own. She decided to give him the name Kris Kringle. (1)

1885 Now of age, Kris decided to take toys through the dimensional portal, over the mountain, and to Sombertown. Coincidentally, the Burgermeister had decided to outlaw toys because he was injured by one. Before he went through the portal, he befriended a lost penguin, which became his best friend.  (Later versions of the story named the penguin Topper, but that is likely due to the influence of Popper’s Performing Penguin Troop. See story by  x.) Escaping the wizard, Kris made it to Sombertown. Kris met some kids, and gave away the toys, running afoul of the local laws and meeting the schoolteacher, befriending her. (Again, later versions of the story named her Miss Jessica.) Escaping the Burgermeister’s soldiers, Kris encountered the wizard before he could return through the portal. Kris befriended the wizard, who moved to live in Rainbow River Valley with the Kringle clan. Burgermeister ordered the destruction of the toys. Kris brought more, earning the Burgermeister’s wrath. He eventually had to enter homes by the dead of night to drop off toys in the children’s stockings. The Burgermeister finally captured Kris, and sent his forces through the dimensional portal to capture everyone at the Kringle home. The schoolteacher was the only friend of Kris who was still free, and she tried to get the Burgermeister to release them. Using some of the wizard’s magic feed corn (he himself was captured by a wizard who worked for the Burgermeister), she freed them all with the help of several reindeer that Kris had befriended (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen) who could now fly thanks to the magic feed corn. The Kringles fled back into the pocket verse, and Kris married the schoolteacher.  He adopted the name Santa Claus because he was considered an outlaw. (1)

1886 While preparing an invasion army to go into the pocket universe and put an end to the Kringles for good, Meisterburger the Burgermeister passed away. His replacement as Burgermeister was a kinder person, and changed the laws. Toys became legal again, the taxes on toys were dropped, and the harsh laws against brightly colored clothing were dropped. Meanwhile, Kris had fled farther into the pocket universe, setting up shop in a valley euphemistically called the North Pole. Eventually, the Kringle clan discovered they weren’t outlaws anymore, and Kris began bringing toys to children on Christmas Eve/early Christmas morning. Thanks to the efforts of the wizard, he was able to keep up with the children’s requests for quite some time. The wizard returned to his castle on the Mountain of the Whispering Winds to safeguard the entrance to the pocket universe. Kris expanded his operations to include a castle and a toy factory. (1)

Circa late 1880s-1890s An evil wizard who had previously ruled the pocket universe called North Pole named Winterbolt harassed Kris and the other Kringles. Eventually, Lady Boreal, a fairy, put him to sleep. (12)

Circa 1900 Birth of S.D. Kluger and Prince Bruce in small German towns near the so-called ‘Sombertown‘.  (2)

Circa 1900 Birth of Ignatius Thistlewhite in the southern United States.  (6)

Circa 1910 Prince Bruce’s parents passed away. Bruce inherited the throne and became known as ‘King Bruce the Frail’, although he really wasn’t a king, merely a German prince. A regency is set up under his maternal aunt, Duchess Lily (nicknamed Lily Longtooth in some versions of the story). The same illness that killed Prince Bruce’s parents also sickened a number of adults in the town were S.D. lived.  For a brief while, the children performed the duties of the community; S.D. became the postman. (2)

Spring 1910 The children encounter a talking rabbit from the pocket universe where the Kringles live. Following in Kris’ shoes (or boots), the talking rabbit (nicknamed ‘Sunny’ in later versions of the story) befriended Prince Bruce and enabled him to assert his authority from the tyrannical Duchess Lily. The talking rabbit later returned to the pocket universe and became a Chief Easter Bunny. (2)

Circa 1910 A young child became sick. All of their possessions had to be burned to disinfect the playroom. A beloved stuffed rabbit named Stuffy is brought to life by a fairy, inspiring the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. (The fairy may or may not be the fairy that brought Pinocchio to life, and may or may not be one of the witches named Glinda from the various Oz verses.) Stuffy is sent to a place near Kris’ North Pole community (named Easter Valley or April Valley in later retellings). The Miser Brother called Snow (here called Zero) tried to freeze Easter Valley/April Valley but was defeated by Stuffy. Stuffy is declared the first Chief Easter Bunny. (1, 2, 3)

Circa 1910 The Tramp is in the Southern United States when Kris Kringle visited, looking for some Christmas spirit. Kris met young Ignatius Thistlewhite and Iggy‘s family.. Kris was going to have a holiday from being Santa Claus this year, but later changes his mind after a little girl sends him a heartfelt letter. Two of Kringle’s elves, who actually appear more human than other elves, Jingle and Jangle, also wound up in the same community on a similar mission for Kris’ wife. (The behavior of Jingle and Jangle, as well as their physical appearances, are highly reminiscent of the Immortal Bumblers. If they aren’t elves but are human, that could be explained by their being Olla and Buszla, in yet another job in another part of the world. Alternatively, this could be explained by a story of Olla and Buszla as being apprentice toymakers--but definitely not working for Santa!---being slipped into the special.) Jingle and Jangle, and Kris’ wife, get tangled up with the Miser Brothers , Heat and Snow. (6)

Circa 1920 Inspired by his youthful job, S.D. Kluger becomes a real postman. He is approached by Kris Kringle, and becomes the official postman of the pocket universe. (1, 2)

Circa 1920 Stuffy retired from being the Chief Easter Bunny. Sunny took over, adopting the name Colonel Wellington B. Bunny. He greatly organized and expanded the production of Easter products ranging from eggs to jelly beans and bonnets, as well as setting up a constitution for the operations of the valley‘s government serving the vastly increased population.  (2, 3, 4)

Circa 1950 Wellington B. Bunny retired from being the Chief Easter Bunny. A competition between young Peter Cottontail and evil rabbit January Q. Irontail to follow W.B. Bunny by giving away the most Easter eggs sees Peter using the Yestermorrowmobile, the time machine piloted by Antoine the Caterpillar and owned by Seymour S. Sassafras (obviously a pseudonym). Eventually, over the course of a year, Peter succeeds and becomes the Chief Easter Bunny. (4)

1960 Winterbolt awakens from his sleep (12).

1960 Rudolph is born to the reindeer Donner and his wife. (By now, Santa’s community is occasionally called Christmastown.) He has a glowing red nose that Rudolph is sometimes able to control., especially when he concentrates. Lady Boreal transferred the last of her magic into his red nose, which will glow as long as he does not use it for evil. (8, 12)

Spring 1961 When Rudolph is about a year old, he attends the yearling reindeer games, designed to allow them to someday pull Santa’s sleigh. The games are led by Coach Comet. Rudolph meets Dasher’s son, and he befriends another buck named Fireball, and a doe named Clarice. Rudolph is outed and runs away. His mother and Clarice follow him. Rudolph meets another runaway, an elf named Hermey who wants to be a dentist. The misfits team up and encounter a goofy prospector named Yukon Cornelius, who vacillates between searching for silver and gold. They travel for a time, sometimes running into the Abominable Snow Monster of the North (aka the Bumble), a giant yeti/bear/ape/kong creature who is all white. They escaped the Bumble once by using an ice floe as a raft. After that, they visited the Island of Misfit Toys and were rejected for citizenship by King Moonracer himself, Rudolph decides to go back to Christmastown because he is tired of the roaming. He started the return trip by using an ice floe as a raft. (8)

December 24, 1961 Rudolph got back to Christmastown as a humongous storm hit. A talking snowman named Sam sent Rudolph out to find his mother and Clarice. As it turned out, they have been captured by the Abominable. The Bumble knocks Rudolph out, and it looked like the deer were going to be eaten by the Bumble. However, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius show up and create a distraction. After knocking the Bumble out, Hermey removes the Bumbles teeth. Everybody goes back to Christmastown, despite the storm. Rudolph and Hermey actually get a warm welcome, and Hermey was allowed to set up a dentist’s office after New Year’s. Santa’s weather forecasting elves give him gloomy information, and he was about to cancel the holiday, when Rudolph’s nose flared up. This gave him the idea to let Rudolph lead his team through the horrible weather, and so Christmas was saved. The first stop was the Island of Misfit Toys. All those toys were delivered by Santa that Christmas Eve. (8)

Early January, 1962 Hermey opens up shop as a dentist and has as his first appointment, the Head Elf. (8)

Circa 1965 Hermey, now a DDS, paid a house call to King Moonracer of the Island of Misfit Toys. The king needed a root canal. Rudolph went with him. A villain called the Evil Toy Taker was stealing all of the toys from the island. He was defeated by Rudolph, Clarice, Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, and the Bumble. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Coach Comet, and Charlie-in-the-Box appeared as well. A talking snowman named Scoop knew the story. (15)

Circa 1966 Walter Hobbs and Susan Wells conceived a boy. (16)

Circa 1967 Susan Wells gave birth to a boy. He was named William but was given up for adoption. (16)

Circa December 24, 1967 A baby named William crawled into Santa’s bag at an orphanage. He was found after Santa returned to North Pole. They renamed him Buddy and raised him as an elf. (16)

Circa December 24, 1968 Through the use of a magic hat (which was not previously known to be magical), a snowman named Frosty (built by several kids, including one from the Tinkerton family) came to life. A young American girl named Karen and a magician’s rabbit named Hocus Pocus (who, like the hat, used to belong to an incompetent stage magician named Professor Hinkle) accompany Frosty in an attempt to get him to the North Pole. Hinkle forced Frosty to melt, but Santa arrived and restored Frosty. Hinkle is defeated. Santa gave Karen a ride home in his sleigh and then took Frosty to live with him at the North Pole. (10, 14)

Circa December, 1969 Frosty returned to life. A wife was created for him with some kids’ help, and after she was named Crystal, she came to life as well after Frosty gave her a bouquet of snowflowers. Frosty’s young friend Karen appears in a cameo. A kiss from Crystal allows Frosty to live without his hat. Jack Frost bedeviled Frosty and Crystal for a time before they befriended him. (11)

Circa July 4, 1970 Winterbolt decided to make his revenge on Lady Boreal and the citizens of North Pole by tricking Rudolph, Frosty, Crystal, and the children of Frosty and Crystal. His plans included a dumb, evil reindeer named Scratcher. His ultimate goal was to acquire Frosty’s hat to create an army of evil snowmen., while the snow family was attending a Fourth of July Circus. After the tricks have been revealed, the tables were turned on Winterbolt. The circus owner, whose daughter is in love with an ice-cream vending friend of Rudolph’s, destroyed Winterbolt’s scepter.  Frosty, Crystal, and the kids were about to melt, but in the nick of time, Jack Frost arrived with Big Ben and prevented the snow family from melting. Santa arrived and took them back home to the North Pole. Rudolph stayed behind to help the circus get out of debt. (12)

Circa December 24, 1970 Father Time requested Rudolph’s help to find the baby New Year named Happy.  He crossed a desert called the Sands of Time to reach Father Time’s castle. After receiving the important information, Rudolph sailed the Archipelago of Last Years, which is described as ‘due north of the North Pole’. He visits numerous islands with settlements tied to specific years in the past with several residents of the islands and Big Ben, a whale with a clock on his tail. He eventually gets Happy back to Father Time’s castle with the assistance of Santa Claus just in the nick of time to prevent time from standing still. During the New Year‘s celebration, one of the celebrants is shown to be the mother of Ignatius Thistlewhite, who has not aged in 60 years. Presumably she moved to Father Time‘s castle not long after she met Santa Claus. (9)

Circa December 1971 Frosty visited a town called Beansboro. He met a young girl named Holly DeCarlo. The inventor of a product called ‘Summer Wheeze’ (which makes snow instantly disappear), one Mr. Twitchell, attempted to con the citizens of Beansboro into making him the king of their winter carnival. Holly and her geek friend Charles team with Frosty to defeat Twitchell. (13)

Circa 1978 The boy from the Tinkerton family who helped build Frosty has grown up, and no longer believed in magic. Frosty’s hat is now locked in a trunk. A son was born to him now, named Tommy. (14)

Circa 1980 Chief Easter Bunny Peter Cottontail’s son, Peter Cottontail Jr., is Nougat Supervisor at the Candy Factory. Junior would prefer to be an inventor. Irontail teamed up with Jackie Frost, the so-called ‘Queen of Winter’ (and probably a daughter of Jack Frost), in an attempt to take over the Valley. Junior managed to defeat Irontail. (5)

Circa 1988 Frosty’s hat escaped from a locked trunk in an attic. It landed in a town called Evergreen. Tommy’s father is the Mayor.  Frosty wanted to befriend Tommy, but Tommy was afraid of disappointing his father, and so he did not play with Frosty. Tommy’s best friend Walter Wader did start playing with Frosty. One by one, all of the children in town befriended Frosty--Sara Simple, Tommy‘s brother Charlie, and Sonny, Sully, and Simon Sklarew.  The school principal, Principal Pankley, does not believe in magic or talking snowmen and so he attempts to drive a wedge between the Mayor and the townspeople to take over the community himself. Pankley tricked Frosty into skating on thin ice, and after he fell into the water and melted, stole Frosty’s hat. Tommy discovered a magic comic book underneath the school library. He learned Frosty’s secrets, including his first visit where he met Karen and the adventure with Professor Hinkle---and that his dad knew Frosty. But Pankley stole the hat and locked it in the trunk, and Tinkerton lost his belief in magic. The kids steal the hat back, returning Frosty to life. Mayor Tinkerton met Frosty again, and believed again. All the parents discovered Frosty and magic, and even Pankley became a believer. (14)

Circa 2000 Tinsel, the Chief Sleigh Mechanic, constructs a Super-Sleigh for Kris/Santa. During a test flight, he is injured during a fight between Heat Miser and Snow Miser. Eventually, it is discovered that another brother of theirs, North Wind, attempted to sabotage the sleigh so he could take over Christmas. Heat and Snow overcame their differences to save Christmas. (7)

Circa 2000 The elf named Buddy learned he is really a human. He left North Pole to seek out his human father, Walter Hobbs, who lived in New York City. As he left North Pole, he spoke to a talking snowman named Leon. He used an ice floe to leave North Pole and emerged through a dimensional portal on Earth, then made his way to New York City. He met Walter Hobbs and his family, and after a series of misadventures, successfully united with him. Buddy also met a nice girl named Jovie. They fell in love. Buddy, Walter, Jovie, and Walter’s family helped to save Christmas. Buddy became a writer, eventually married Jovie and had a daughter, and occasionally visited back to North Pole. (16)

Circa 2003 Tommy Tinkerton has married Sara Simple, an urban planner. (14)

1. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town. Santa’s origin story. Kris Kringle/Santa Claus voiced by Mickey Rooney, S.D. Kluger voiced by Fred Astaire. First aired 1970.

2. The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ To Town. Origin of the Easter Bunny. S.D. Kluger voiced by Fred Astaire
First aired in 1977.

3. The First Easter Rabbit. Origin of the Easter Bunny. Santa Claus voiced by Paul Frees. First aired in 1976.

4. Here Comes Peter Cottontail. Transition of Chief Easter Bunny. Santa Claus voiced by Paul Frees. First aired in 1971.

5. Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie. Adventures of the Chief Easter Bunny’s son. First released in 2005.

6. The Year Without a Santa Claus. Kris Kringle/Santa Claus voiced by Mickey Rooney, Heat Miser voiced by George S. Irving. First aired 1974.

7. The Miser Brother’s Christmas Special. Another adventure of Kris and the Miser Brothers. Kris Kringle/Santa Claus voiced by Mickey Rooney, Heat Miser voiced by George S. Irving. First aired 2008.

8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. How Rudolph joined Santa‘s team. Rudolph voiced by Billie Richards. First aired in 1964.

9. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. Another adventure of Rudolph. Rudolph voiced by Billie Richards, Santa Claus voiced by Paul Frees, Big Ben voiced by Billie Richards, Big Ben voiced by Harold Peary. First aired in 1976.

10. Frosty the Snowman. Origin of Frosty the Snowman.  Frosty voiced by Jackie Vernon, Santa Claus voiced by Paul Frees. First aired in 1969.

11. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: Origin of Frosty’s wife, Crystal. Frosty voiced by Jackie Vernon, Crystal voiced by Shelley Winters, Jack Frost voiced by Paul Frees. First aired in 1976.

12. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July. Another adventure of Rudolph, crossing over with Frosty and Crystal. Other characters are involved in cameos. Rudolph voiced by Billie Richards, Santa Claus voiced by Mickey Rooney, Frosty voiced by Jackie Vernon, Crystal voiced by Shelley Winters, Big Ben voiced by Harold Peary, Jack Frost voiced by Paul Frees. First aired in 1979.

13. Frosty Returns. Another adventure of Frosty. First released in 1993.

14. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman. Another adventure of Frosty.  First released in 2004.

15. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys. Another adventure of Rudolph. First released in 2001.

16. Elf. A human is raised by the elves of North Pole and believes he is an elf. First released in 2003.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blogging 'bout the Beaver

After having spent some time talking about comics and cartoons, it's time to return to some core TV blogs, and Toby's recent blog has once again inspired my own blog topic, in the classic television series, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.

1956 to 1957--THE BEAVER PAPERS--A book comprised of 23 "episodes" from a "lost season" of the series, written in the original style of the series.  Since there is no season gaps during the run of the series, and the series ends with Wally heading to college, this must occur the year before the series started.

1957--LEAVE IT TO BEAVER--The feature film, which though debuting in 1997, follows the classic formula and doesn't contradict the series, so as with other film remakes, I'm placing this before the series as an "untold pilot".

1957 to 1963--LEAVE IT TO BEAVER--The story of Ward and June Cleaver, and their children, Wally and Theodore (aka the Beaver, or just the Beav.)  Click here for a good description of the original series and its revival.

1958 to 1962--LEAVE IT TO BEAVER--Dell Comics series.

1959--LEAVE IT TO BEAVER--A Little Golden Book.

1959--BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES--"Leave It to Bill & Ted"--The duo wander into the adventures of Leave it to Beaver, though names have been altered for legal reasons.

1960--BEAVER AND WALLY--Written by Beverly Cleary!!!

1960--LEAVE IT TO BEAVER--Written by Beverly Cleary!!!

1961--HERE'S BEAVER--Written by Beverly Cleary!!!

1962--LEAVE IT TO BEAVER:  FIRE!--A hardcover novel.

1983--STILL THE BEAVER--A look into what became of the characters twenty years after the series ended.

1984--MOVIE MACABRE--"The Human Duplicators"--June Cleaver meets ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK.

1985--AMAZING STORIES--"Remote Control Man"--A man on Earth-Prime gains a magical remote control and temporarily teleports June Cleaver to his reality.

1985 to 1986--STILL THE BEAVER--A look at the characters of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER all grown up.

1986 to 1989--THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER--The same revival series with a different name.

1987--THE LOVE BOAT--"Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?"--June and Beaver Cleaver take a cruise aboard the Love Boat.

1988--BABY BOOM--"Guilt"--J.C. gets some advice on mothering from June Cleaver.

1991--PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE--"Father Knows Less"--Eddie Haskell, Wally Cleaver's best friend, makes an appearance in one episode of this series.

1991 to 1992--HI HONEY, I'M HOME--This series involves a family moving to a new town where only a child neighbor realizes this family was featured on an old TV show.  In fact (from the TVCU point of view), this family had been the focus of an early reality show, and were now trying to live a quiet life.  June Clever and Eddie Haskell have made appearance on this show.  Other former reality show stars appear on this series, including Alice and Trixie of THE HONEYMOONERS, Granpa of THE MUNSTERS, Alice the maid from THE BRADY BUNCH, Sally Rogers of THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, Mr. Mooney of THE LUCY SHOW, and GOMER PYLE of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW (and his own series.)

2003--DEAD LIKE ME--"Pilot"--A June Cleaver type apparently appears, but I don't know the circumstances.  I don't know if she appears as a fictional character.  Or if she's real, if she is alive or dead.  If it is June Cleaver, then it would bring this series in, but if it's just a fictional depiction, then this series isn't in yet.


Looniverse:  PINKY AND THE BRAIN encounter the Looniverse counterpart of Beaver Cleaver.

SKITLANDIA:  (Note, Skitlandia may exist on the far side of the Live Action Forest located in the Looniverse.)  June Cleaver and Eddie Haskell have appeared on Saturday Night Live.  Eddie Haskell has also appeared on THE CARIBOU SHOW.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crisis in Riverdale

A while back I did a blog on JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, which led to a flood of comments on THE CROSSOVERS FORUM, especially from James and Ivan, my Spock and Bones, on theories regarding Archie.  Not all the theories presented worked together, but I spent a long time taking everything into account and have hopefully come up with something that has taken the best elements of everyone's ideas.

Perhaps once I write this blog, I'll have the cartoon/comic writing out of my system for a while, and I can tackle another sitcom or cop drama.



52,000 B.C.--ARCHIE 1--Thousands of years before recorded history, the ancestors Archie and the gang live as cavemen, interacting with dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. The characters generally make discoveries that will not be considered significant for centuries later, and there is often irony in the characters denouncing as impractical wheelshouses, and so forth.

Approximately 1492 to 1974--U.S. OF ARCHIE--Ancestors of Archie and friends tend to show up at the most important points in U.S. History.  (I couldn't find a decent episode guide so I was unable to go into more detail.)

1862—Jughead’s Time Police #5
Jughead’s Time Police revealed that Jughead was, by some accident or mistake, the ace agent of the Time Police—and that his seeming lack of interest in girls was because he was secretly dating his partner, January McAndrews (Archie’s great-great-great granddaughter).

As for this issue, “Jughead has been studying the history of the American Civil War (1861 - 1865). He is particularly interested in the Battle of Riverdale. A Union force defending the city was about to fall to a Confederate invasion force. But a mysterious Colonel Pickens appeared from nowhere, led a successful counterattack, before dissappearing. Modern Riverdale honors him as a hero. Studying images of the man, Jughead realized why he looked familiar: Pickens was Jughead in disguise. Time to travel back towards the War and play his part in the battlefield. Or else the Confederates will capture a guest to Riverdale, Abraham Lincoln, and the War will take a different course.” Summary by Comic Vine

1934--LITTLE ARCHIE--All of the stories of Archie's younger years are compressed to occur at this time.  THE ARCHIES band would be formed at this time, but would really reach popularity in the 1960 and 1970s.  The band has recently had a come-back.

1941--Riverdale and the surrounding towns are caught in some sort of time stop.  Everyone stops aging, with only some local witches being aware of this.

May 31, 1943 to September 5, 1953--ARCHIE ANDREWS--Radio adaption of the popular comic.

1962--LIFE WITH ARCHIE--The first of two failed live action pilots.

1964--ARCHIE--Unaired pilot that brings some legitimacy to having Archie in a TV blog.

1968--ARCHIE'S PALS'N'GALS # 23--Josie's first appearance.

1968 to 1969--THE ARCHIE SHOW--A continuation of the comic.

1969--JOSIE--The series was renamed in 1965.  Note that beside it's own title, Josie also was featured in other MLJ/Archie Comics titles.

1969 to 1970--THE ARCHIE COMEDY HOUR--The same show as the previous year, but now an hour long with Sabrina segments added.  Note that Archie, Sabrina, and Josie live in different towns, but all go to Riverdale High.  This isn't any different than my high school, which was in my home town, but which was attended by students from four different towns.

1969--ARCHIE AND HIS NEW PALS--Animated special spun off of the animated series and is actually a crossover with characters that appear in the form of vitamins called PALS.  Apparently no longer sold.

1970--JOSIE # 42--Little known fact.  The idea to change Josie to Josie and the Pussycats was in pitching the idea of turning the comic into a cartoon.  This followed the success of making animated version of ARCHIE and SABRINA.  So in preparation, the comic started making the conversion to match the new upcoming cartoon.  In this issue, Josie meets Alan M.

1970 to 2009--JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (COMICS)--The continuing series whether in their own title or in other titles, ran off and on from 1970 to 2009. Because Riverdale and the surrounding communities are in a time anomaly, the character don't age yet aren't aware that they don't age.  Note that even though the film says they are in Riverdale, actually, Josie lives in Midvale, while Sabrina lives in Greendale.  My thoughts is that Riverdale is the largest of the towns.  It's like how people in Cambridge say they are from Boston.  Archie, Josie, and Sabrina interacted from time to time, and they also interacted with MLJ super-heroes.  Interestingly, time passes for the MLJ super-heroes but not the humor characters. 

1970 to 1971--ARCHIE'S FUN HOUSE--The Archies are starting to make it as a band.

1971 to 1973--ARCHIE'S TV FUNNIES--Archie and the gang run a TV station that shows cartoons based on comic strips.  The cartoons they show are Dick Tracy, Nancy and Sluggo, Broom Hilda, and more, but there is no actual crossover here.

1977--THE NEW ARCHIE/SABRINA HOUR--It's new.  It's Archie.  It's Sabrina.  It's an hour.

1978--ABC SATURDAY COMEDY SPECIAL--"Archie"--Pilot for a new animated series.

1978--THE ARCHIE SITUATION COMEDY MUSICAL VARIETY SHOW--Was a pilot for another animated series which didn't' do to well.  Apparently the Archies' fame was fading.

1987--THE NEW ARCHIES--They are still the same Archies, just trending to new styles and lingo.  Which is interesting.  Everyone physically stopped aging, but trends from the outside world still affected Riverdale.

1989—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meets Archie
This one is only slightly more insane than Archie Meets the Punisher. Here, the Ninja Turtles are brought back to earth from a meeting with aliens to score some pizza—of course they land in Riverdale. And this being an Archie crossover, Josie and the Pussycats are stopping there on their tour.

Shortly after the turtles arrive in town, Veronica is kidnapped by kidnappers (who else?), and Archie, Betty, Jughead, and the Turtles team up to save her! 

NOTE: I place these two stories together because the Power Rangers in Space episodes send the TMNT to outer space, where the Archie comic begins with the Turtles being unceremoniously dropped, by aliens, on the outskirts of Riverdale. The tales fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

1990--ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE--The case Fairlane is on involves rock bands, or somesuch, but one of the bands mentioned is The Pussycats, which has the lead singer Josie.

That would be interesting enough, but the movie drops a large number of other music based crossovers. Ellen Aim and the Attackers is from the Diane Lane flick Streets of Fire (1984); Nakatomi Boys Choir is a reference to the first Die Hard movie, which took place in the Nakatomi building in Nakatomi Plaza (perhaps Mr. Nakatomi was also a boy's choir bandleader--billionares have had stranger hobbies); The Nine Sisters is a band referenced in the film Xanadu.

Another band is named Alba Varden after the bad guy's ship in Lethal Weapon 2. Perhaps the bad was inspired by newspaper reports of Riggs and Murtaugh's adventures.

1994--ARCHIE MEETS THE PUNISHER--The Punisher comes to Riverdale.  Josie and the Pussycats perform at a dance.  Besides the title crossover, Dino Manelli (from Sgt. Fury's Howling Commandos) Josie and the Pussycats, and Gotham City all appear. 

Dino Manelli is an interesting one. As his name implies, he's based on Dean Martin; but instead of being a look-alike analogue for Martin, Manelli is literally Martin with a lawyer friendly name. Both had hit film careers, record deals and such. The final evidence is that when Martin had the hit Dean Martin Show, Manelli had The Dino Show. Since they are one and the same (at least for TVCU purposes), Archie Meets the Punisher would have to take place before Martin's death in 1995.

October 1994--SIMPSONS--"Sideshow Bob Roberts"--Archie, Reggie, Moose, and Jughead make a brief cameo; they pull up to the Simpson's house tossing Homer Simpson out of Archie's car as Moose warns Homer, 'Duh, stay out of Riverdale!'. Later in the episode, Homer is seen reading Archie Comics, plotting revenge on 'those Riverdale punks.'"

Of course, Homer is from a seperate universe.  However, there are various locations in the TVCU that have portals to the Looniverse.  Likely Riverdale, being in a time lock as is, is one of those portals.  Other crossovers:  
Millie the Model, Katy Keene, Patsy Walker (the Hellcat!), Hedy Wolfe, That Wilkin Boy (Jughead's cousin) and Sabrina the Teenaged Witch. At one point Sabrina apparently comments: "So I asked the Doctor if the Hosts of Hoggoth were really hoary," which means at least once she's consulted with Dr. Strange.

This link shows that Red was probably the one-time star of Freckles and His Friends--an Archie rip-off. Also it reveals that all of his thugs were one-time stars of Teen Humor comics. There are a number of other obsecure crossovers mentioned that I didn't catch when I read Archie Meets the Punisher.

2001--Archie's Weird Mysteries--"Scarlet Night" and "I Was a Teenaged Vampire,"--James Bojaciuk 
I have one final Archie crossover for you, Robert

In the two-parter episode of Archie's Weird Mysteries "Scarlet Night" and "I Was a Teenaged Vampire," the Riverdale Gang is attacked by a teenaged vampire named Scarlet Van Helsing. It seems in life she was a member of the famous vampire hunting clan. Perhaps a vampire turned her as a personal trophy.

The henchman vampires are visually identical to Morbius the Living Vampire. Since there are two seeming Morbiuses, it's strongly possible that these two bloodsuckers are the result of Morbius' failed experiment in the production of soul-clones.

That is enough of a crossover in and of itself. But if we peel back the layers of the story, there is enough evidence to make a case that the story connects to Buffy mythology. The "Big Bad" of the episode is Count Medlock, a master-vampire visually identical to The Master, arch-villain from the first few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He intends to fulfill a prophecy that will bring about eternal night (which, if I'm not hopelessly confused in my Buffy mythology, is what the Master was trying to do in the first season of Buffy). Interestingly, Veronica is revealed to be the latest in a long line of vampire-slaying young women.

Yes, you read that right, Veronica Lodge is a Slayer.

Both "Scarlet Night" and "I Was a Teenaged Vampire" can easily be found on Youtube.

2003--THE ARCHIES IN JUGMAN--The Jughead from ARCHIE 1 is unthawed in the present.

2004--HACK/SLASH # 6-- A much more conventional Archie story--with only a normal slasher attacking the gang--is told

October 31, 2004--HACK/SLASH # 28/ARCHIE MEETS KISS--James Bojaciuk
So...Since this comic has Riverdale covered with zombies, vampires, and such because of one of Sabrina's misfired spells; so this must happen at the same time as the Hack/Slash storyline where Riverdale was freed from the timelock spell.

Yep. That's another sentence I never expected to type.

After that--Hack/Slash Trailers #2--But...Hack/Slash Trailers #2 has a bizarre short story that opens with a normally drawn Archie trying to buy beer--and then being attacked by Great Old Ones. The rest of the story has Cassie and Vlad at a camp where girls keep being killed--but Cassie and Vlad don't seem to be too concerned. Perhaps the story was exaggerated for "comedic" effect.

On the plus side, that story does give some level of evidence that the timelock spell was restored.

February 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree"--
  • Captain Hero's secret identity, Tim Tommerson, has a relationship with Xandir, which Captain Hero does not approve of.
  • PLUTO holds GOOFY hostage because he wants to wear pants.  This takes place in Toon Town, apparently not demolished for a freeway after the events of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
  • There is a crime scene at THE FAMILY CIRCUS home.
  • ELMER FUDD and Tantor from DISNEY'S TARZAN appear in a street scene in Toon Town.
  • ARCHIE ANDREWS is seen at an arcade.  Archie comes from the TVCU.  The town of Riverdale and surrounding communities caught in a time anomoly.  Perhaps this is how residents manage to visit the Looniverse.
  • DILBERT is seen at the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY office.  Also at the office are EWOKS.
  • Foxxy is in possession of a Starfleet tricorder.  It seems that the events of Star Trek seems to take place in the Looniverse in the 20th to 21st centuries and the Enterprise is always visiting Earth.

May 2010--ARCHIE # 608--Archie begins dating Valerie of JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS when their two bands are touring together.

At some point in the future--The time stop is broken.  Archie and his gang graduate from high school.  Everyone in Riverdale begins to age normally.

15 years after the time stop ends--ARCHIE:  TO RIVERDALE AND BACK AGAIN--As the gang prepare for their 15th high school reunion, their teenage years are only memories. Archie is an attorney engaged to image-conscious Pam, while Jughead (Sam Whipple) is a neurotic psychiatrist with a troublemaking son (dubbed "Jughead Junior" by Archie). An elementary school teacher and aspiring novelist, Betty is engaged to Robert Miller, who is jealous of Archie. Living in France, Veronica charters a Concorde to attend the reunion. She remains in love with Archie, who still has divided feelings for Betty and Veronica.
Moose Mason (Jeff Hochendoner) and Midge Klump (Debi Derryberry) are married chiropractors, while Big Ethel (Cindy Ambuehl) is a beautiful model. Having worked for Mr. Lodge (James Noble), Reggie (Gary Kroeger) owns several businesses. Reggie plans to demolish Pop Tate's to gain extra space for his gym, which Archie contests in court. In the end, Archie breaks up with Pam, Jughead moves back to Riverdale to open a practice, and Betty plans to teach in Riverdale High. Veronica stays for a while before going back to Paris, and Reggie is forgiven. Panned by both fans and critics, this pilot film was not picked up for a series run.

About 17 years after the time stop ends--ARCHIE # 600 to 606--Archie marries Veronica, and ends up with twins, a boy and a girl.  Note the boy is named Archie, and looks like his dad, following the tradition of the Archies of the past and future.  In the mirror universe, Archie marries Betty.

About 19 years after the time stop ends--CRIME:  THE LAST OF THE INNOCENT--Archie decides he has to murder his wife, Veronica.

Late 22nd century?--ARCHIE'S FUTURE FUN--Originally known as Archie 2001, this mini-series is a partial opposite to Archie 1, in that it involves the gang's presumed descendants living in the 22nd century, with technology such as robots, "futuristic" clothes and domed buildings, yet it is not as advanced as Archie 3000. Some examples of stories include Archie and Jughead using a studying machine at school to "absorb knowledge" of non-school-subjects, Archie constantly scattering Mr. Lodge's grass seeds with his UFO vehicle, and robots taking over people's lives until Jughead programs them to behave like him. This series is not to be confused with Starship Rivda or Archie 3000.

3000--ARCHIE 3000--The complete opposite of Archie B.C. (A.K.A. Archie 1), Archie 3000 displays the (presumed) descendants of Archie and the gang living in the year 3000, which is realized as a 1950s-style art deco world of flying cars, moving sidewalks, domed houses, and gaudy "futuristic" hairstyles and clothes (similar to The Jetsons). Despite the many new breakthroughs in technology, life for Archie and the gang notably hasn't changed much.

32nd century--STARSHIP RIVDA--A spoof of Battlestar Galactica and other such programs, Starship Rivda involved Archie, Betty, Jughead and Veronica as explorers of uncharted galaxies in the titular Starship Rivda. Not to be confused with Archie 3000.


Well, that's it.  I'm gong to throw down some comments here that don't really fit into the timeline.  There is a Robot Chicken appearance which I haven't been able to find to see if it fits.  There is also a softcore porn (it was rated R) about Archie.  But I couldn't find it to verify if it fits.  

It should be noted that Archie regularly crosses with (and thus not worth noting above) SABRINA, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, THAT WILKIN BOY, KATY KEENE, and the MLJ super-heroes.  Additionally, Archie and his supporting cast have appeared in hundreds of different comic titles, which you can find anywhere.

A great resource for that sort of thing is MIKE'S AMAZING WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS.  

I will be updating the Josie blog to adjust for the time stop theory, and will create a separate Sabrina blog.  The other Archie characters are not really worthy of their own blog as they don't have any real solo television presence.


Monday, November 14, 2011

The Looniverse Grows Up: The Drawn Together Blog: The Blog!



From WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, we learned that most of the cartoons of the 1940s coexisted.  In the series DRAWN TOGETHER, we once again see that indeed cartoons of all sorts exist in that same reality, which DC COMICS dubbed the Looniverse, a name I've adopted for this blog.

By covering this completely not serious animated series, I will take a very serious look at the cartoon reality.  But first, let's take a look at the characters.

Captain Hero--Captain Leslie Hero was from the planet Zebulon. As a fetus, he was aborted, and blasted to Earth.  He was found by Popeye and Olive Oyle, who named him Popeye Junior, but usually called him Swee'Pea.  As a teen, he moved from Sweet Haven to Small Town.  As an adult, his power developed, and he changed his name to Captain Leslie Hero (and a secret identity of Tim Tommerson).  He was a member of the League of Heroes.

Foxxy Love--Foxxy was in the 1980s the leader of a music group called the Foxxy Five for a few weeks, and is a mystery solving detective.  She is a grandmother, but never sees her kids or grandkids.

Ling-Ling--Ling-Ling seems to be a Pokemon, having been captured as a youth by a young Pokemon master, he later turned on his master, freeing himself.

Princess Clara--Princess Clara lives within a gated community called Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

Spanky Ham--Spanky is an internet download who is married and has one living child.

Toot Braunstein--Toot was a toon in the 1920s.  She time traveled to the 21st century to be part of the cast.  Later, she will travel back in time to Bedrock and become the mother of Bam-Bam Rubble.

Wooldoor Sockbat--Wooldoor lives to entertain.  His people were wiped out in a holocaust by the Sweetcake people.

Xandir P. Whifflebottom--Xandir was a video game hero on a never ending quest to save a princess.

Munchkin Mouse--He was in every episode. Really, he was always there.  You must have just missed him.  He was in every episode as a member of the house cast.

October 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Hot Tub"--

  • The pilot episode.  Nine cartoon archtype parodies are staying in a house together with a thousand cameras, on the first animated reality show.  
  • Toot dies four times in this episode, but since she is a toon, she is naturally reinstated to the idealized image of her, as is part of the nature of this tulpa reality.
  • Two Smurfs appear at the house party fighting each other.  Smurf Village must be part of the Looniverse.
  • Fred Flintstone's car drives by the house as George Jetson's space car flies over head.  Even though these two are from the stone age and the future, they often time travel to the present, as time is more like a where than a when in the Looniverse.  Note that this Fred is not Ollu.  In the Immortal Befuddled blog I said that the Fred and Barney interacting in the Looniverse was the TVCU Ollu and Buzsla, but I retract that and have decided each reality has it's own variants.  The Jetsons, however, come from the TVCU. In the far future, interdimensional and intertime travel are normal.
November 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Clara's Dirty Little Secret"--
  • In this one, we learn that Clara's step-mother cursed her so that her vagina has become a giant tentacled monster.
  • Prince Charming, after kissing Clara, ends up with his private area also cursed in the same manner, and commits suicide.  But we know that this likely just caused him to be resurrected without the curse.
  • Foxxy listens to a book on tape recorded by DROOPY DOG.
November 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Gay Bash"--
  • Xandir comes out as being gay.
  • There is a Bizarro Captain Hero, and a Bizarro World.  When the SUPER FRIENDS were killed during the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, their essences were transported to the Looniverse, with all of their friends, enemies, and locations being duplicated by the tulpa reality.
  • Pac Man seems to appear, but in fact it is Ms. Pac Man without her ribbon.  This means that Pac Land is part of the Looniverse.
  • Elmer Fudd appears at the party and is revealed to be gay.  Snagglepuss is also there and also gay.
  • The record player in the house is a Bedrock model complete with talking tiny pteradactyl as the needle.
  • Xandir takes an ACME gay test kit.
  • The genie appearing in this episode seems to be related to the one from ALADDIN.
November 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Requiem for a Reality Show"--
  • The house is divided into two teams, with the winner getting to eat for the next week.
  • Lakitu from SUPER MARIO CART appears, which places Mario's world, Sonic, Donkey Kong, ect. in the Looniverse, though Mario and Luigi may have come originally from the TVCU, which is where Sonic later migrates to.
  • Charlie Brown becomes Foxxy's slave.  (Yes, I imagine some will completely dismiss this entire blog because of this.  
  • Natasha Fatale becomes Captain Hero's dominatrix.  Boris and Natasha are in Crossovers, but most appearances show that they are part of the Looniverse.  I had made assumptions for a while that Rocky and Bullwinkle were in the TVCU, perhaps like Howard the Duck trapped in a world they never made.  And it may be that at some point they went home, and Boris and Natasha followed.
  • Toots mentions that her fingers had been in Pepe le Pew, but not in THE Pepe le Pew.
  • Toot uses ACME liposuction.
December 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"The Other Cousin"--
  • Clara's mentally challenged cousin Bleh comes to visit, and ends up in a relationship with Captain Hero, despite Clara's objections.  
  • The "Monkey Man" from THE LOST WORLD has somehow made it to the Live Action Forest just outside the house's yard.  He will appear often.
  • At the amusement park, on a roller coaster are a Jakovasaur and Kyle from SOUTH PARK, and THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN and Ookla the Mok.  This series has made me accept that the Bongo Universe and Looniverse are one and the same.  Thundarr's future didn't seem to be part of the Looniverse, but it's own reality, but perhaps after the series (during the Crisis?) they were transported to the Looniverse.
  • Homer Simpson appears in the background.
  • Bam-Bam Rubble appears as a baby.  This is the biggest clue that there is time travel going on in the Looniverse frequently.  Later, Toots will give birth to Bam-Bam, thus the appearances of the Flintstones aren't necessarily in chronological order.
  • Foxxy appears to be in possession of the Looniverse counterpart of the the "one ring to rule them all" from Middle Earth.  Eventually Clara will steal the ring.
December 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Dirty Pranking No. 2"--
  • Clara is brought to the dark side when she starts playing gross pranks.  This angers her father, who tries to bring her home.
  • Ling-Ling dies twice.
  • A villain named Aladdin is bombing Israel from a magic carpet.  He is not seen.  Since he's not seen, I'm gong to say he's a super-villain not related to DISNEY'S ALADDIN.
December 2004--DRAWN TOGETHER--"The One Wherein There is a Big Twist"--
  • The cast decides to quit.  The network won't allow it.  Eventually the house is blown up and the cast crashes on a desert island.
  • Wooldoor uses a Needler weapon from HALO.
  • The character Bucky Buck is not RICHIE RICH and does not bring in Richie Rich, though that character may already be in.  In fact, it's revealed Bucky Buck is really Jew Producer.  (That's his real name.  Honest.)
  • Clara uses her ring of invisibility.
  • Wooldoor talks to someone named Tank on the phone to download information into his brain.  This is a MATRIX reference but could be a clue to how these characters are often on some level aware they are fictional.
October 2005--DRAWN TOGETHER--"The One Wherein There is a Big Twist Part 2"--
  • The cast has been trapped on a desert island for apparently 10 months.  Toots is lost at sea.  Eventually Jeff Probst (his Looniverse counterpart) shows up to do a SURVIVOR type season but the cast, realizing they are next to an airport, quit and go to Hollywood to cash in on their stardom, only to realize reality show stars are has beens 15 minutes after the show ends.
  • They return to a redrawn house, and get a new cast mate to replace Toots, though she eventually returns.  The new castmate is Strawberry Sweetcake, whose people had turned all of Wooldoor's people into food a long time ago.  She tries to do the same to Wooldoor but is found out.
  • Among those interviewing to be the new cast member are SPEEDY GONZALES, WILMA FLINTSTONE, the animated giant foot from MONTY PYTHON and MORTAL COMBAT's Scorpion.  Also seen are resumes of Blossom and Buttercup of THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, Ookla the Mok from THUDARR THE BARBARIAN, and Tommy Pickles from RUGRATS.
  • When Wooldoor is writing a suicide note, the MICROSOFT OFFICE paperclip tries to help him.
  • Wooldoor wears the same pajamas as the BANANAS IN PAJAMAS.
  • MICKEY MOUSE, CHARLIE BROWN, and WILE E. COYOTE are seen dead on the beach.  Of course, I don't have to reiterate my view on death in the Looniverse.
October 2005--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Foxxy vs. the Board of Education"--
  • Spanky downloads a virus but has no health insurance, so he marries Xandir, whose insurance covers spouses.  Meanwhile, Foxxy is trying to take the SAT and uncovers a conspiracy.
  • Foxxy finds the conspiracy is run by THE BOARD OF EDUCATION from SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK.
  • At a hospital waiting room, Bubbles of THE POWERPUFF GIRLS is pregant, Ariel THE LITTLE MERMAID is being choked by having one of those soda six pack plastic containers around her neck,  BAMBI accompanying his wounded mother (who died decades ago, which implies more time travel...note that most of Bambi's appearances are before he grew up in the Looniverse meaning perhaps the movie's ending hasn't happened yet), BULLWINKLE with ROCKY stuck up his rear end, SONNY for being too cuckoo for COCOA PUFFS, and JOE CAMEL in an iron lung.
  • Elroy Jetson is abducted.
  • Josie (from JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS) and Daphne (of SCOOBY-DOO) are seen solving mysteries.  Both are from the TVCU, but have found ways to access the Looniverse, which helps stop their aging.
  • PARAPPA THE RAPPER, (MY NEIGHBOR) TOTORO, Usagi Tsukini (SAILOR MOON), VOLTRON, ASTRO BOY, Joe Jitsu (from THE DICK TRACY SHOW), No Face (from SPIRITED AWAY), HAMPTON THE HAMSTER and HELLO KITTY are seen taking the SAT.  The teacher is an anthromorphic talking dog species common in Duckberg.
  • When a magic top hat lands on a pile of junk, it turns into Dumpy the Waste Man.  This hat is exactly the same hat that brought FROSTY THE SNOWMAN to life, which may then bring the entire Rank Bassman series of holiday specials into the Looniverse.
  • A rancour beast appears.  There is a version of STAR WARS in the Looniverse, where all the character exist in the present, on Earth and in space near Earth.
November 2005--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Little Orphan Hero"--
  • Captain Hero learns that his planet wasn't destroyed, but that his parents aborted him.  He ends up destroying the planet except for his parents who are on Earth at the time.
  • Batman and Robin appear in a flashback.  This is the essences of the deceased TVCU Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.
  • Baby Kermit, Fonzie, Gonzo, and Scooter appear from MUPPET BABIES giving me an excuse to place the cartoon here and making my Muppet continuity a little cleaner now.
Late December 2005 to Early January 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Captain Hero's Marriage Pact"--
  • Hero and Wooldoor fight over the same girl, a super hero called Unusually Flexible Girl.
  • Meanwhile, Foxy tries to reunite the Foxxy Five.
January 2006-DRAWN TOGETHER--"Clum Babies"--
  • Yeah, Wooldoor's sperm is sentient and has the power to heal.
  • THE VEGGIETALES appear as extreme Christian zealots.
  • When the VeggieTales kill everyone in the house, this includes Farmer Al Falfa, though the clum babies revive all of them.
  • SYLVESTER THE CAT seeks out the clum babies to cure his broken leg.
  • Foxxy has a lightsaber which she uses as a sexual device.
January2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Ghostesses in the Slot Machine"--
  • It turns out the house is on an Indian burial ground, and the ghosts open up a casino.
  • Some of the mice who associate with SPEEDY GONZALES take a job shaving Toot's back.
  • Marge Simpson is playing the slots at the casino.  Marge has a gambling addiction as seen in THE SIMPSONS.  Meanwhile, Homer Simpson is at the strip club that Foxxy opens.
  • Ling-Ling is pulling a rickshaw with FAT ALBERT as his passenger.
  • Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter ego THE HULK are accountants.  This is not the TVCU or Marvel versions.  I believe that the Marvel cartoons of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s are all in the Looniverse.
  • Captain Hero's team, the League of Heroes, appear.  One member is Ethan Hawkman.  I believe this was the Looniverse counterpart of Ethan Hawke who somehow merged with the essence of the TVCU Hawkman during the Crisis.
  • MARMADUKE is mentioned in a newspaper headline.
January 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Super Nanny"--
  • Captain Hero feels threatened by the Looniverse counterpart of SUPER NANNY.
  • The animated Godzilla appears, which places the original cartoon in the Looniverse.  Crazy Ivan said...
    The Loonieverse already has a version of Godzilla, as seen in the old Hanna-Barbara series (w/ Godzooky, the Jar Jar Binks of dai kaiju) and an episode of Drawn Together. In the movie Godzilla vs Hedorah, the Big G dances, flies, and generally acts like a dilweed in light of the awful majesty that IS the King of Monsters in every other G-flick (except maybe the one that's just a dream sequence in which a kid thinks Minya can talk and change his size). I'll point out that the movie ALSO has animated sequences, which is why I feel justified in thinking this is a live movie of the Looneyverse Godzilla, rather than, say, the lame-o-verse version of Godzilla.
January 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Terms of Endearment"--
  • Foxxy gets a brain tumor from all the times Captain Hero uses his X-ray vision on her.
  • MICKEY MOUSE is shown to be leading a crusade to eliminate all politically incorrect cartoon characters.
  • Foxxy is rounded up by Mickey's crusaders, along with SPEEDY GONZALES, the Eskimo from the LOONEY TUNES short "Frigid Hare", FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, AUNT JEMINA, Native Americans from LOONEY TUNES and PETER PAN, and Asians from LOONEY TUNES and World War II propaganda films.
February 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Captain Girl"--
  • Captain Hero takes on Wooldoor as a sidekick to defeat the Mad Libber.
  • Bikini Bottom, home of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, is seen, with the cast house being located on the island often seen in that show.
February 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"A Tale of Two Cows"--
  • It's discovered that there is a live action portion of the Looniverse, something I've already theorized in my Bugs Bunny blog.
  • The skeletons of Bart and Lisa SIMPSON are seen in a crawlspace in the house.  Obviously, they got better.
  • A live action cow gets mad cow disease and goes on a rampage through the country, including Springfield (drawn in SIMPSONS style and revealed to actually be in Conneticutt), SOUTH PARK Colorodo, BEDROCK South Dakota, and the future city of the JETSONS.
  • Toots attends a fat camp reunion with FAT ALBERT and LITTLE LOTTA.
  • LIVE ACTION SQUIRREL WITH BIG BALLS aka CAPE GROUND SQUIRREL is a semi-famous internet sensation that appears in the Live Action Forest.
February 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree"--
  • Captain Hero's secret identity, Tim Tommerson, has a relationship with Xandir, which Captain Hero does not approve of.
  • PLUTO holds GOOFY hostage because he wants to wear pants.  This takes place in Toon Town, apparently not demolished for a freeway after the events of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
  • There is a crime scene at THE FAMILY CIRCUS home.
  • ELMER FUDD and Tantor from DISNEY'S TARZAN appear in a street scene in Toon Town.
  • ARCHIE ANDREWS is seen at an arcade.  Archie comes from the TVCU.  The town of Riverdale and surrounding communities caught in a time anomoly.  Perhaps this is how residents manage to visit the Looniverse.
  • DILBERT is seen at the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY office.  Also at the office are EWOKS.
  • Foxxy is in possession of a Starfleet tricorder.  It seems that the events of Star Trek seems to take place in the Looniverse in the 20th to 21st centuries and the Enterprise is always visiting Earth.
February 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"The Lemon-AIDS Walk"--
  • Captain Hero references that Popeye is his father.  Of course, we not that's not possible as his father was an alien scientist.  But we do know that Hero was abandoned at birth, and Popeye found an abandoned baby that became Swee'Pea, thus, Captain Hero was Swee'Pea.
  • The cast plays badminton against another team of celebrities, which are THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, the creature from WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, STIMPY (of REN & STIMPY), THE HAMBURGER HELPER HELPING HAND, and old political cartoon, and a TRANSFORMER.  I place the TRANSFORMERS in the TVCU, but it could be the events of the 80s cartoon also happened in the Looniverse.
  • In a scene in a gym are THE THING, HE-MAN, PANTHRO from THUNDERCATS, SHE-RA, SPIDER-MAN, and THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT.  The Thing may be from the animated Marvel cartoons of the 1960s to 1980s, or the teenage Thing from FRED AND BARNEY MEET THE THING.  He-Man and She-Ra are from Eternia and Etheria, which are alternate realities to Earth according to DC COMICS.  But since He-Man and crew have interacted with Earth-1 and Earth-Prime, it's easy to imagine them visiting the Looniverse. 
  • Lois and Peter Griffin from FAMILY GUY appear walking down the street, more evidence that the BONGO UNIVERSE and LOONIVERSE are the same.
  • At the mall is the ACME Medical Supply Store.
  • Popeye dies of AIDS, but due to the rules of the reality, he appears again alive and well.
March 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"A Very Special Afterschool Special"--
  • Xandir is planning on coming out to his parents, and the cast does a role playing exercise to help him rehearse, which goes a little to far.
  • This is a very special episode.
  • Many Pokemon appear as Japanese businessmen.  (MY NEIGHBOR) TOTORO also appears.
  • Despite appearing in the credits, Meredith Baxter-Birney did not actually appear.
  • Spanky attends the opera from WHAT'S OPERA, DOC? Coming home, he is singing "Kill the Wabbit...'"
March 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Alzheimer's That Ends Well"--
  • Clara has an operation to have the squid monster removed from her vagina.
  • A group of angry seniors hire BOBA FETT to kill Toots.
  • Ty Pennington appears.
  • The Squid Monster marries Unusually Flexible Girl.
  • Both the squeaking shoes Toots wears and the fact that seniors can be killed by laughing to death implies a connection to WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
  • Apparently Toots was in the Vietnam Conflict.
March 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"The Drawn Together Clip Show"--
  • End of season live audience interview, as often seen on reality shows.
  • The MONKEY MAN appears.
October 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Freaks & Greeks"--
  • When Captain Hero learn there are Greeks next door, he wants to join the fraternity.  Only they aren't college kids.  They are a family from Greece.
  • Smurf village seems to be located in the cast house's front yard.  Since the real Smurf village seems to be a mideival forest, either that took place a long time ago, and these Smurfs are descendants, or else there are more than one colony of Smurfs.
  • Toot is marrying Ling-Ling's father.  At the wedding is (MY NEIGHBOR) TOTORO.
  • Goerge Takei, who may actually be Sulu in this reality, beams down, breaks up the wedding, then beams back up with Ling-Ling's father.
  • Oompa Loompas appear.  I believe the original film version, WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, may actually be in the Looniverse.
October 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!"--
  • Wooldoor finally gets a kids show.
  • The U.S. Senate seems to have a meeting place set up like the Galactic Senate from the STAR WARS PREQUEL TRILOGY.
  • Xandir reveals he's from the future, because video games are the future.
  • Wooldoor's show ends up making the country almost entirely gay within a five year period.  Thus the few remaining heterosexuals create a TERMINATOR to go back and kill Wooldoor.
  • Foxxy and Ling-Ling watch a porno with TRANSFORMERS.
  • Princess Clara's attorney is HARVEY BIRDMAN.
  • At the hearing to ban Wooldoor's show, the VEGGIETALES and DAVEY AND GOLIATH are attending.  Ned Flanders (neighbor of THE SIMPSONS) also appears. Tinky Winky of THE TELETUBBIES is also there.
  • STUART LITTLE is crushed in his little car by THE TERMINATOR and Captain Hero.
  • Senator Sith Lord (R-Michigan) is clearly Palpatine.
  • Senator Ted Kennedy is also present.
October 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Spelling Applebee's"--
  • Foxxy's dark spelling bee past comes back to haunt her.
  • The cast has to compete against the PEANUTS gang in a spelling bee.
  • Hadji, friend of JOHNNY QUEST, is a spelling bee champ and has taken to dressing like Mr. T.  Note that Hadji existed in the TVCU where his life took a completely different route than his Looniverse counterpart.
  • Keith Franklin appears in a scene where he is a waiter who ends up making out with Captain Hero.  This is the Looniverse counterpart of an Earth-Prime Comedy Central fan who won a contest to be drawn into the show.
October 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Unrestrainable Trainable"--
  • This episode reveals that Captain Hero has a sister.
  • Her name is Captain She-Ro.
  • She survived the planet's destruction and came to Earth.
  • He donated sperm.
  • She went to a sperm bank.
  • She had his child.
  • That child is a giant mentally challenged boy.
  • The Nestle Quick Rabbit is part of an orgy with Foxxy, Spanky, and Toots.  He was only there because he though Foxxy's breasts could produce chocolate milk.
  • Bill Cosby appears weeping over the loss of JELL-O PUDDING.
  • JESUS appears.  This is the Looniverse Jesus.
  • The STAR TREK II ear worms appear, being kept ina container labeled "Star Trek II ear worms".
November 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"N.R.A. Y RAY"--
  • Foxxy's grandson hides out at the house.
  • It turns out that Captain Hero had gone back in time and killed Bambi's mother.  Bambi convinces Hero that guns are bad. Hero rounds up all the weapons on Earth and flushes them down a toilet, at which the deer reveal they have weapons and seek revenge on humanity.
  • Hero also killed JOE CAMEL on his hunting trip.
  • Later, in the battle against Bambi's army, Hero shoots RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.  (Sorry, Jessica. But refer to my rules on death in the Looniverse.)
  • Captain Hero uses a Needler gun from HALO.
  • Hero also shoots an AT-AT from EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
November 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Mexican't Buy Me Love"--
  • Toots and Ling-Ling go to Mexico on vacation.
  • Mexico is a monarchy in the Looniverse. Their castle is a Home Depot.  Mexico's Mount Rushmore counterpart has the faces of Speedy Gonzales, the TACO BELL dog, Jose Leno (Mexican late night talk show host), and a donkey.
  • Spanky is aware that he is voiced by Adam Carolla.
September 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Lost in Parking Space"--
  • When the gang go the mall without Clara, she thinks the Rapture has come and she was left behind. She abandons her Christian beliefs to follow Satan.  Meanwhile, the gang get their car pinned in the mall parking lot, so they can't open the doors and are all stuck. Foxxy discovers at the mall that the Hot Topic abducts cartoon characters for customers to come and torture.
  • In one of the reality show confessionals, Hero chops off his own head to demonstrate that Toons can't really die.
  • Seen at the mall parking lot are SPEED RACER in the Mach-5, HE-MAN on his Battle Cat, and WONDER WOMAN in her invisible jet.
  • Kirk Cameron's Looniverse counterpart appears.
  • Mufasa THE LION KING's ghost appears to inspire Xandir.
  • Wooldoor has a lightsaber.
  • (FINDING) NEMO and other fish from that film are in a tank that is drank by Toots.  (I still believe Finding Nemo is in the TVCU.  This must be a counterpart.)
  • Among those tortured at Hot Topic are Fred Flintstone, Wish Bear (of the CARE BEARS), DARIA, DAVEY AND GOLIATH, Homer Simpson, POPEYE and Scrappy-Doo (originally from the TVCU).
  • It's revealed that if you give up on imagination, "the Nothing" will come, bringing in THE NEVERENDING STORY.  Probably only the fantasy parts are in the Looniverse with the boy being from Earth-Prime or the TVCU.
October 2007--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Charlotte's Web of Lies"--
  • Spanky gets a spider stalker, who seems to be Charlotte of CHARLOTTE'S WEB, but I doubt it.
  • Spanky hires Boba Fett to exterminate his stalker.
  • Ling-Ling attends anger management with the HULK, Skeletor (enemy of HE-MAN), YOSEMITE SAM, and MARVIN THE MARTIAN.
  • The animated version of King Kong appears playing in a Broadway musical version of Drawn Together.
  • Keith Franklin appears again, still a waiter.
  • In flashback, Ling-Ling battles another Pokemon.
October 2007--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Breakfast Food Killer"--
  • Wooldoor is hired to be a breakfast cereal mascot.
  • Appearing to audition as a mascot are the Looniverse counterpart of Andrew Koenig, a TRANSFORMER, Bender (from FUTURAMA, somehow brought through time and from the TVCU), Harley Quinn (apparently the essence of the golden age TVCU version), MICKEY MOUSE, HE-MAN, Baba Looey (sidekick of QUICK DRAW MCGRAW), and Speedy Gonzales.
  • It's revealed that Franken Berry is really named FRANKENSTEIN, but changed it to not be labeled as a Jew when he went Hollywood.
November 2007--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care"--
  • Child services takes Ling-Ling away and places him in the care of UNCLE BEN, who turns out to be Foxxy's father.
  • Odie (from GARFIELD) appears in one of the scenes in the house.
  • Foxxy visits several foster homes looking for Ling-Ling.  One is the home of LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE and Daddy Warbucks.  This Annie is not the TVCU version.  
  • Another foster parent she visits is Megatron (leader of the Decepticons.)
  • The third home is actually a blank slate, where Foxxy is tormented by the animator, who turns out to be BUGS BUNNY.
  • Aunt Jemima's signature is seen on an award that Uncle Ben has in his closet.
  • At a diner is BOY GEORGE and Devo in 1980s Small Town.
November 2007--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Toot Goes Bollywood"--
  • Toot is mistaken for a cow in India and gets worshiped as a god.
  • Foxxy has sex with the Looniverse counterparts of Denzel Washington, Magic Johnson, Forest Whitaker, Al Roker, SCOOBY-DOO, and MARVIN THE MARTIAN.
  • Foxxy believes that she was raped by FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, but these were false memories implanted by Wooldoor, her therapist, because apparently that's what therapists do.
  • Replacing Bill Cosby at the junkyard is Otis Day (from Animal House, and if I can't find anything to connect Animal House to the TVCU, then Animal House will end up in the Looniverse.)
  • COLONEL SANDERS appears.
November 2007--DRAWN TOGETHER--"American Idol Parody Clip Show"--
  • Another clip show before a live studio audience, this time with a musical competition thrown in.
  • For the first time, a house member is evicted. Munchkin Mouse is evicted after losing the singing contest.
  • At the end, the show seems to have been cancelled.
  • MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO appears yet again.
  • The housemates have been living in the house for two and a half years.  They haven't been aware the show was cancelled.  The Jew Producer has been continuing a charade.  It turns out there is a conspiracy and the cast are led to believe that they were created for the show and their memories before the show were implanted and all of their people they've met from their lives before the show were also created for the show.  Clara and friends go to DISNEYLAND, her home, to find another copy of her and a father who thinks Clara is fake.  It's my belief that in fact the cast aren't fake, but they are led to believe so.  The network head has an agenda to destroy the cast, and we know that MICKEY MOUSE also has an agenda against the cast, and could have created the doubles of Clara and her father.
  • Meanwhile, in an attempt to get back on the air, the cast realize their show needs a point, and goes to seek one out.
  • While hiding from the network's assassin, Toot goes back in time to Bedrock, where she has an affair with BARNEY RUBBLE and becomes the mother of BAMM-BAMM.
  • While on the road, the cast runs over the ROAD RUNNER.  Seeing he no longer has meaning in his life, WILE E. COYOTE takes his life.
  • Papa Smurf has died.  The others are at his funeral.  This implies that the Smurfs do indeed live now in the present in Toon Town.  Perhaps they migrated long ago from mideivel France.
  • Molly, a dead corpse that Captain Hero is dating, is shown to have been sexually involved with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Doctor Manhatten (!!!), the Wonder Twins, Gleek, He-Man, Orko, Battle Cat, Batman, and Robin.  So it seems that the heroes from Watchmen are in the Looniverse, but obviously the events of Watchmen didn't happen.
  • Tinkerbell, the rhino guards from DISNEY'S ROBIN HOOD, a doorknob like the type in DISNEY'S WONDERLAND, and the Atlantis and Sebastian from LITTLE MERMAID are seen as Disneyland.
  • The show that replaces DRAWN TOGETHER is SUCK MY TAINT.  The Suck My Taint Girl seems to be from South Park.  She has a picture of Eric Cartman's cat in her dressing room.
  • The cast travels to MAKE A POINT LAND, which may be yet another strange part of the overall Looniverse.


DRAWN TOGETHER BABIES--One episode parodies shows like MUPPET BABIES, but the show contradicts the canon of the remainder of the series.  This reality has a version of FLIPPER.