Originally, the program was a showcase for The Cartoon Network's massive vault of toons old and new, including shorts from Popeye, Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, and 2 Stupid Dogs. Space Ghost, mean-spirited giant praying mantis Zorak, and dumb space pirate Brak acted as hosts, introducing the show and providing comedy bits in between the shorts.
That was the original idea, but soon the "filler" material became so popular it took over the show. Like Space Ghost Coast To Coast, the animation primarily came from old Space Ghost and Dino Boy cartoons, clipped out of the space setting and placed in a Ghost Planet television studio. With such limited movement from the characters, the writers had to make the dialogue and situations even more ludicrous, and so they did. Segments ranged from "Brak's Cartoon Planet Monday Ratings Report" to poetry readings to impromptu sing-alongs to cooking lessons to messages from Space Ghost's imaginary friend, Mr. Blinky. It was always unpredictable, and audiences loved it.
The vault cartoons were dropped, and the show focused entirely on the comedy sketches. At the same time, Cartoon Planet changed from a daily to a weekly program, and from a full hour to half an hour. Eventually, the comedy bits were edited into 22 half-hour episodes, with titles like "Forbidden Socks" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad." These episodes, the new official Cartoon Planet, became cult classics, spawning a string of CD compilations and years of perpetual reruns on The Cartoon Network and sister station TBS.
Tom Foolery Production Information
If you know of more people who worked on this cartoon, or want to submit additional production information about Tom Foolery, please submit your information here.
Return To Tom Foolery...
"Tom Foolery" has not yet received enough votes to be rated. Vote Now!
This page has been viewed 68 times this month, and 379 times total.