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|Disney's Raw Toonage|
|Voices of||Jeff Bennett|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12 (48 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||September 19 –|
December 5, 1992
|Preceded by||Who Framed Roger Rabbit|
History and production
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 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 the show that would become Raw Toonage was born. The additional segment, 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, Raw Toonage, with its Bonkers shorts, was on the air before the above mentioned half hour show, thus adding some credibility to the back story.
Raw Toonage typically opens with an introduction by a famous character from Disney (such as Goofy with his Goof Troop style), 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.
The premise of the Bonkers shorts is that Bonkers is a delivery person, usually assisted by Jitters A. Dog. Conflict is provided by Bonkers' unrequited love for Fawn Deer.
The Marsupilami cartoons took the look of the character from the Belgian comic, but the characterization differs significantly; the Marsupilami in this cartoon is more anthropomorphized, and speaks the language of the human characters fluently - the 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 Disney's cartoons, Marsupilami is most often opposed by the human 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 would write many Pinky and the Brain episodes at Warner Bros.. The first Totally Tasteless Video segment is a parody of movie coming attraction trailers, followed by a spoof on the TV series Doogie Howser, M.D. Other notable cartoons involve 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.
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.
Music composed by Stephen James Taylor (character themes and underscore), Mark Watters, Eric Schmidt, Jerry Grant, Walter Murphy, and Craig Stuart Garfinkle.
Reruns of the show were aired on both Disney Channel and Toon Disney. 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.
Each of the Bonkers shorts were eventually included in the half-hour "Bonkers" series, while every one but three ("Wanna Be Ruler", "The Young and the Nestless", and "Hot Spots") of the Marsupilami shorts were included in the half-hour "Marsupilami" series.
- Hosting: A "host" segment which serves as a wraparound for the other cartoons. (9 segments)
- HB: A "He's Bonkers" cartoon, starring Bonkers D. Bobcat. (11 segments)
- M: A Marsupilami cartoon. (16 segments)
- TTV: "Totally Tasteless Video," each of which is either a parody or a music video. (11 segments)
- Goofy also starred in the short, "Goofy's Guide to the Olympics."
|Nº||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Spatula Party / Doggie Schnauzer / Marsupilami Meets Dr. Normanstein"||September 19, 1992|
|2||"Sheerluck Bonkers / All Potato Network / The Puck Stops Here"||September 26, 1992|
|3||"Bonkers in Space / Cro-Magnum PI / The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre"||October 3, 1992|
|4||"Draining Cats and Dogs / Mars vs. Man"||October 10, 1992|
|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|
|6||"Ski Patrol / Poultrygeist / Romancing the Clone / Goofy's Guide to the Olympics"||October 24, 1992|
|7||"Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield) / Nightmare on Rocky Road / Wannabe Ruler? / The Porker's Court"||October 31, 1992|
|8||"Dogzapoppin' / Bathtime for Maurice / A Fear of Kites"||November 7, 1992|
|9||"Trailmix Bonkers / The Young and the Nestless / Refreshment Stand, Rambones, Totzilla, Blammo! / Jungle Fever"||November 14, 1992|
|10||"Witch Doctor Is Which? / Robin Hoof / The Hairy Ape"||November 21, 1992|
|11||"Quest for Firewood / Badly Animated Man / Safari So Good"||November 28, 1992|
|12||"Gobble Gobble Bonkers / Hot Spots / My New Shoes / Prime Mates Forever"||December 5, 1992|
- Jeff Bennett – Jitters A. Dog
- Rodger Bumpass – Grumbles the Grizzly
- Nancy Cartwright – Fawn Deer, Windy
- Jim Cummings – Bonkers D. Bobcat, Maurice, Norman, Don Karnage (guest star from TaleSpin)
- Steve Mackall – Marsupilami
- René Auberjonois – Chef Louie (from The Little Mermaid)
- Corey Burton – Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook (from Peter Pan), Robin Hoof (in "Robin Hoof")
- Christine Cavanaugh – Gosalyn Mallard (from Darkwing Duck)
- Bill Farmer – Goofy (with his Goof Troop style)
- Terry McGovern – Launchpad McQuack (from DuckTales and Darkwing Duck)
- Russi Taylor – Webby Vanderquack (from DuckTales)
- Samuel E. Wright – Sebastian the Crab (from The Little Mermaid)
- Alan Young – Scrooge McDuck (from DuckTales)
- Jack Angel - Cro-Magnum PI (in "Cro-Magnum PI")
- Gregg Berger - Rock Doo-Wop (in "Cro-Magnum PI"), Caveman Security Guard (in "Cro-Magnum PI"), Caveman Police Officer (in "Cro-Magnum PI")
- S. Scott Bullock –
- Jodi Carlisle –
- Brian Cummings – Mel Cranium (in "So You Think You Know Everything, Don't You?") Narrator (in "Robin Hoof"), Various Announcers
- June Foray - Milkmaid Marian (in "Robin Hoof"), Aunt Mindy (in "Safari So Good")
- Pat Fraley –
- Teresa Ganzel - Patty the Cavewoman (in "Cro-Magnum PI")
- Tress MacNeille – Carrot Wife (in "All Potato Network")
- Rita Moreno – Tanya Trunk
- Gary Owens – Badly-Animated Man (in "Badly-Animated Man")
- Rob Paulsen – Doggie Schnauzer, Husband (in "Poultrygeist"), Exorchicken (in "Poultrygeist")
- Hal Rayle -
- Kath Soucie – Wife (in "Poultrygeist"), Son (in "Poultrygeist"), Baby (in "Poultrygeist")
- Dave Thomas –
- Marcia Wallace - Female Tourist (in "A Fear of Kites")
- Frank Welker -
- Ginny McSwain – Dialogue Director
- Jamie Thomason – Talent Coordinator
- Cotter, Bill (1997). The Wonderful World of Disney Television : A Complete History'. Disney Editions. ISBN 978-0-7868-6359-4.
- The Wonderful World of Disney Television by Bill Cotter
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