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Thu, Apr. 3rd, 2008, 11:52 am
Ya can't pick your family...

But you CAN pick your shows!

Or at least ya could once or twice...

A long time ago, in a galaxy called Atlanta, the folks at Cartoon Network decided to let the viewers pick which of the networks pilots would become a series. The first time they did, there were only three to choose from:

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
Whatever Happened to Robot Jones
Longhair and Doubledome

And vote the viewers did!

Billy and Mandy, as you know, won and went on to make 6 seasons... but Robot Jones got one season of love, and Longhair and Doubledone got a 2nd try at a pilot.

A couple years later, Cartoon Network decided to do it again... this time with ten (count 'em) TEN sooper huge pilots:

Kids Next Door
Captain Sturdy
A Kitty Bobo Show
Ferret and Parrot
My Freaky Family
Yee Haw and Doo Dah
Imp, Inc.
Utica Cartoon
Major Flake

And in the spirit of competition... we were asked to make campaign posters. Here's mine:

I don't think we ever were able to clean up all the glitter and gold spray paint i got all over the apartment.

But like the spaz I am... I had to take it even further. I made up these postcards:

(don't bother sending anything to that address... i don't live there anymore!)

I sent 'em EVERYWHERE. I dropped off piles in comic shops, toy stores, pizza parlors, schools, and snuck them into people's bags when they weren't looking.

I posted on all sorts of internet animation forums, chats, message boards, pokemon trading card game websites, etc screaming 'VOTE FOR MY CARTOON!'

And when the Big Pick Weekend FINALLY came, I had to find out who won JUUUUUUST like everyone else. By watching it on TV.

First they showed the 2nd runner up...

I was THISCLOSE to the TV...

"pleeeeeeease don't be my cartoon please don't be my cartoon..."

It was My Freaky Family...

I breathed a sigh of relief and sat through the 7 minutes of my friend John Macintyre's cartoon and then a 17 hour commercial break (of what felt like 17 hours).

And then they aired the first runner up...

My face WAS even closer to the TV screen than before, if that's possible....


It was 'kitty bobo'.

So i sit through 7 minutes of my friend Kevin Kaliher's cartoon... who helped me do layouts for KND, no less! And then there's ANOTHER 32 year commercial break before they show the winner of the Big Pick Weekend...

My nose is smooshed against the TV... my wife has me in a headlock...

We wait...

Not breathing...

Now, for those of you intimate with the KND pilot, 'No P in the Ool', it starts with a black screen. After a second or two you hear a phone ring.

All I needed to hear was half a beat of that phone ring and I knew.

My wife screamed and started running around the apartment like a lunatic.

I just put my head down on the floor and exhaled.

Then the phone rang all night.


Final tally:

Kids Next Door 60,631 27.4 percent

A Kitty Bobo Show 28,770 13.0 percent

My Freaky Family 25,022 11.3 percent

You can read more about the Big Pick Weekend over at the ever informative Toon Zone:


Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Cards rock, Long day!

Love the post cards! That must have been a tough day for you Mr. Warburton. Waiting to see who won 3rd & 2nd, hopping it wasn't your show, the phone ringing, waiting through the commericals...

Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): X3 Yay!

That's so awesum! How it all started, huh? I wonder what kind of a world it would be if those guys DIDN'T vote for KND...o.o I don't even wanna THINK about that. A world without KND is like...childhood without cartoons.

...aw geez now I'm scared summore.

Anyway, I'm SO GLAD IT WON! X3

Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)

Ah, that episode. They aired it on Cartoon Network Australia after Op: ZERO, along with Kenny & the Chimp.

Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)

I don't believe the Uk got any of those,I've only heard about KND. Oh well, I'm so happy that it won, I don't think I'd be the person I am without that show!

Speaking of which I hope you don't mind being pelted with fan art, because I haven't been able to stop doodling the stuff!

Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Sweet...

I remember when KND first started out... and I remember hearing about the big pick weekend... but I have to admit that somehow I have never managed to actually see the pilot episode... *sob* how much i've missed!! :)
That's an awesome story, though... it send shivers down my spine. (or maybe that was the snow cone that Professor XXXL just gave me...) It's really crazy to think about, though... what would we have done in a world without KND? ;)
-Numbuh 514

Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): The pilot that started it all...

That's so cool... "The Seven Minute Episode That Launched Six Seasons, a Movie, and Two TV Specials". The seven minutes that started it all; that started all the laughter, fun, and excitement, plus reminded the world how important it is to always be young at heart.

Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)

Me oh my! I remember tht happening in Australia when I was ... 10? 11? Well around then, I knew I wanted KND to win, it really caught my attention. Sadly by the time the series came around I was about 2 months from 13, when I heard the KND hated teenagers I was crushed! But never the less I loved KND all those years! This brings back such memories! Haha, wow... such memories indeed. I'm 17 now. Not as scared to be an adult now, but still, the KND will always hold a place in my heart.

Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): You had it in the bag...

Dude, I remember the contest vividly and glad to assist in bringing you a vote or two during the contest. Nice reflection. Congratulations again on a successful run w/KND. We eagerly await your next creations. - Peck