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Old 12-30-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default 20 years ago; 3 Disney Animated Shows Debut on Television

Hey guys,

20 years ago this fall, Walt Disney Animation Debut 3 New Series

Goof Troop, The Little Mermaid and Raw Toonage

Goof Troop was originally previewed on The Disney Channel beginning in April 1992. Like its predecessors DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin and Darkwing Duck and it successor Bonkers, Goof Troop was previewed in syndication with a pilot TV movie, which later aired as a multi-part serial during the regular run. The series aired on The Disney Afternoon block of syndicated animated series during the 1992 broadcast season; concurrent with the Disney Afternoon shows, another 13 episodes aired on Saturday mornings on ABC. Reruns of the series later aired on The Disney Channel and later on sister cable channel Toon Disney. Reruns were shown on Toon Disney until January 2005. The program made a return from September 2006 until August 2008, and the Christmas Special still aired on Christmas (although is unknown if the special will be ever shown on Toon Disney's replacement Disney XD) in the United States.

Goof Troop was adapted into the feature film A Goofy Movie (1995) and its direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000). Both films are spin-off and take place a few years after the series. The two movies featured Bill Farmer, Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings reprising their character roles from Goof Troop in these two movies, with Jason Marsden providing the voice of a now-teenager Max. Dana Hill, who provided the voice of Max, died on July 15, 1996, after suffering a massive stroke related to her diabetes.

Main cast
Goofy (voiced by Bill Farmer) is the widowed, single father of Max Goof (This is mentioned briefly in one episode, where it's said that Max's mother 'is up there amongst the stars'). He and his son, Max, move next to the Petes from their trailer home in the city. Goofy's biggest weaknesses is that he has trouble paying attention, he has a short attention span, and is scatterbrained. He is also haphazard and clumsy. He often drives his neighbor, Pete, up the wall. Goofy is laid back, and many times turns the other cheek when Pete insults him (or just doesn't realize he's been insulted), though a very few times he does get angry and gets back at Pete, when the offense goes far enough.

Pete (voiced by Jim Cummings) is a used-car salesman, who lives with his beautiful wife, Peg, and two children, son PJ and daughter Pistol. Is villanous, dishonest, abrasive, obnoxious, truculent and suspicious. They live next door to Goofy and his son, Max. He often exploits his good-hearted and somewhat addled friend, Goofy. Often his schemes backfire, or he feels guilty about his oafish behavior and works to set things right. His wife, Peg, often attempts to rid Pete of his uncouth attitude, and his son PJ is a complete opposite of his father in behavior, as he is good friends with Max, in the series and the feature film A Goofy Movie and its direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie. As for how it is in the series, it is revealed in the show's first two produced episodes ("Everything's Coming Up Goofy" and "Good Neighbor Goof") that one of the reasons why Pete dislikes Goofy so much and takes pleasure in conning or undermining him is that when Pete was a quarterback in a big high school football game, it was Goofy who accidentally caused Pete to fumble the ball and lose the game because Goofy accidentally kicked him in the face, revealing that Goofy was on the cheerleading squad in high school. In the episode "Come Fly with Me", Pete gets zapped by Hank 5000 and then turned into a fly, which parodies The Fly and The Fly. In the series, is the co-protagonist and antihero. From the beginning, viscerally hates Goofy, and tries unsuccessfully to oust him from the house where he moved, which is close to him and he wants to build a fine fishing reserve. However, Pete and Goofy are much closer pals who get a lot more along in the feature film A Goofy Movie, and its direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie.

Max Goof (voiced by the late Dana Hill), is the son and only child of Goofy. He is around 11 years old, active, nice, alert and friendly, and is in the same grade as his buddy, PJ. He loves his dad, but wishes he'd be a little more normal. He wears baggy jeans, trademark gloves, red sneakers, and a red shirt. In the feature film A Goofy Movie, and its direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie, (voiced by Jason Marsden), Max is the co-protagonist. Instead of Pete, is Max ruining his life, because, as in some episodes of the series, he hates to be embarrassed by his father, which resemble both.

Peg Pete (voiced by April Winchell of Hanna-Barbera's Swat Kats) is Pete's beautiful wife and the mother of both PJ and Pistol. In the pilot episode, it is revealed that Peg was a cheerleader in high school, where she met Goofy and Pete. When Goofy left Spoonerville for a short amount of time, Peg married Pete and settled down. Over the course of the series, she is often revealed to be quite cynical and even loudly obnoxious sometimes, especially towards her husband, Pete; in which she also tends to many times be overbearing towards, especially in defense of their neighbor, Goofy, who she yet is amiable towards, on one occasion going so far as kissing him. The reasons for her loyalty being much more towards Goofy than Pete is unknown. Peg works as an estate-agent in Spoonerville, but little is revealed of her business life in the show. She wears a pink sweater, tight white pants, pink shoes, gold hoop earrings and crimsom pumps. She's much good friends with Goofy and specially his son Max.

P.J. (voiced by Rob Paulsen of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Animaniacs) is the eldest child of Pete and Peg, Pistol's older brother and best friend of Max Goof. He is around 11 to 12 years old, and is in the same grade as his buddy, Max. He is pretty laid-back, and kind of acts and talks like he is never enthusiastic about very many things, except for his friend Max when they are working together to achieve something. He sometimes questions his dad's intelligence, whenever he gets involved in any of his plans or schemes. He wears a blue jacket, a pink turtleneck, white gloves, cerulean pants, and red sneakers.

Pistol Pete (voiced by Nancy Cartwright of Snorks and The Simpsons) is the youngest child of Pete and Peg and P.J.'s younger sister. She has long red hair in two pigtails. She is 4 1/2 years old, and is in preschool. Pistol is a very hyperactive and talkative child, where she has a tendency to shoot off her mouth and bounce up and down. She is crazy about wanting to play with everything or always be in her play area, but she can be very frank, and she wants to get her own way in a lot of things that involve her, and she sometimes gets competitive towards her brother PJ and his friend Max. Throughout the whole series, Pistol gets herself into a mess a few times, causing either PJ and Max, or even her father Pete to have to bail her out. She wears a white shirt, a yellow skirt, and white ballet shoes.
Waffles and Chainsaw (both voiced by Frank Welker) are the pet cat and dog of Goofy and Pete's families, respectively.

Other characters
Spud and Wally, are two criminals and the major antagonists who literally steal Pete's house in "A Nightmare on Goof Street", who makes off with his RV in "O, R-V, I N-V U", and hold him for a ransom in "The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy", in which they are finally incarcerated. Even though they're dimwitted, they are described in the latter of the episodes as "two of the most wanted crooks in the country".

General Robert "Bob" Sparrowhawk (voiced by William Windom) is Peg's retired uncle and great-uncle of PJ & Pistol.
Harold Hatchback (voiced by Rob Paulsen & Patrick Duffy) is the public announcing host and Pete's rival, that appeared in "Wrecks, Lies, & Videotapes", "Buddy Building", "Mrs. Spoonerville", and "Slightly Dinghy".

Coupe Hatchback (voiced by Conor Duffy) is the strongest son of Pete's rival and a public announcing host, Harold Hatchback, and he is also Max and PJ's friend (met in Buddy Building episode)
Bleach (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is the bully, criminal, and an antagonist in most of the episodes, "Buddy Building" and "Max-imum Insecurity".

The Chief of Spoonerville Police (voiced by Jack Angel) is the chief of Spoonerville Police that appears in the episodes, "In Goof We Trust", "Buddy Building", "Counterfeit Goof", & "Max-imum Insecurity".

The Mayor of Spoonervile (voiced by Frank Welker) is the Mayor of Spoonervile. He appears in "Inspector Goofy" and "A Goof of Its People".

Giblet the Clown (voiced by Frank Welker) is a red-nosed clown with red lips and hair, a party hat and tie, a car horn, and a green suit who actually works with the Ringmaster. He appears in "Hot Air", "Three Ring Bind" and "Buddy Building".

Goof History cast
Fester (Ness) Swollen, is Ancestor Goofy's partner, voiced by Michael Gough).
Goofy Knock Knees, is Goofy's first ancestor that appears in the episode, "Goofin Hood and His Melancholy Men", the first of the "Goof History" episodes. A spoof of Robin Hood.

Elliot Goof, is Goofy's second ancestor that appears in the episode, "The Ungoofables", the second of the "Goof History" episodes. A spoof of The Untouchables.

Sherlock Goof, is Goofy's third ancestor that appears in the episode, "Sherlock Goof", the third of the "Goof History" episodes. A spoof of Sherlock Holmes.
Mopalong Goofy, is Goofy's fourth ancestor that appears in the episode, "Gunfight at the Okie Dokie Corral", the fourth of the "Goof History" episodes.
Caveman Goof, is Goofy's fifth and final ancestor that appears in the last episode, "Clan of the Cave Goof", the last of the "Goof History" episodes.

Additional voice cast
Kath Soucie - Debbie, Max's cousin and Goofy's niece.
Kevin Michael Richardson
June Foray
Linda Gary
Gary Owens - Mr. Hammerhead
Andrea Martin of SCTV Fame - Mrs. Williby
Barry Gordon
Tress MacNeille - Peg (additional lines)
Hal Rayle
Tino Insana - Colonel Carter
Miriam Flynn
Charlie Adler - magician's hat, Igor, street theather teacher

The Little Mermaid (aka The New Adventures of The Little Mermaid) is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation based on the 1989 Disney film of the same name. It features the adventures of Ariel as a mermaid prior to the events of the film. This series is the first Disney television series to be spun off from a major animated film. Some of the voice actors of the film reprise their roles in the series, among them Jodi Benson as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Kenneth Mars as King Triton, and Pat Carroll as Ursula.

The Little Mermaid premiered in the fall of 1992 with the animated prime time special called "A Whale of a Tale," then moved to Saturday mornings. This series originally appeared on CBS, with an original run from 1992 to 1994. It was later shown in reruns on The Disney Channel until June 2010. Some of the episodes contain musical segments, featuring original songs written for the series. The opening theme to the show is an instrumental combination of the songs "Part of Your World", "Under the Sea", and "Kiss the Girl". The overture for the stage musical of The Little Mermaid is similar to this.


From the 1989 film

Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) – She is the seventh daughter of the sea king who loves to sing and go on adventures. She also has developed magic in season 2 (episode 9) to save her world.

Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) – A small red jamaican crab who acts as the king's adviser, court musician, and a baby-sitter-like figure for Ariel.

Flounder (voiced by Bradley Pierce and Edan Gross) – Ariel's best friend, a bright yellow and golden blue colored tropical reef fish called a juvenile blue tang who follows along on her adventures, and can be easily scared.

King Triton (voiced by Kenneth Mars) – He is Ariel's father and ruler of Atlantica who protects his kingdom with his magic trident.

Scuttle (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) – He is a seagull who is friends with Ariel. He first appears in the episode "Scuttle".

Aquata (voiced by Mona Marshall), Andrina (voiced by Catherine Cavadini), Arista (voiced by Mary Kay Bergman), Attina (voiced by Kath Soucie), Adella (voiced by Sherry Lynn) and Alana (voiced by Kimmy Robertson) are Ariel's six older sisters.

Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll) is a powerful sea witch who occasionally antagonizes Ariel.

Flotsam and Jetsam (voiced by Paddi Edwards) – They are Ursula's green moray eel henchmen who do her evil bidding for her.

Prince Eric (voiced by Jeff Bennett) – Ariel's future husband. His first appearance is in the episode "Thingamajigger" and appears occasionally throughout the seasons with his dog, Max, as a puppy. Ariel first sees him saving a dolphin from a net, which technically makes this scene the first time she has ever seen Prince Eric, but does not know who he is.

Original characters
Urchin (voiced by Danny Cooksey of Diff'rent Strokes and Salute Your Shorts) – He is an orphan young merman and Ariel's friend. He shares her love for adventure and is unofficially her adopted brother, and at one point starts to develop romantic feelings for Ariel.

The Lobster Mobster (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – A red-violet American lobster gangster following the style of the 1920s gangster stereotype and Da Shrimp (voiced by David Lander) is his sidekick.

Evil Manta (voiced by Tim Curry) – An evil man/manta ray hybrid who repeatedly tries to take over Atlantica.

Pearl (voiced by Cree Summer of Inspector Gadget and A Different World) – A spoiled, thrill-seeking mermaid whose actions often lead to Ariel, as well as herself, getting in trouble.

Spot – A killer whale calf whom Ariel adopted and secretly raised in the palace.

Gabriella – A deaf-mute Latina mermaid who dreams of becoming a singer. Gabriella's sign language is translated by her blue octopus friend Ollie (who is voiced by Gabriel Damon). This character is based on a real person who was a fan of the show and died during its first season.

Moray (voiced by Dave Coulier of Full House and America's Funniest People) – A dark green moray eel salesman and con-artist who occasionally sells items to Ariel that alternately help her or get her into trouble.

The Crabscouts (occasionally voiced by J.D. Daniels, Anndi McAfee, Bradley Pierce, Malachi Pearson, and Whitby Hertford) – They are crab children, consisting of two boys and one girl, who are under the mentorship of Sebastian in a scout-like troop.

Flo and Ebb (voiced by Kath Soucie and Jim Cummings) – Two brown chinese alligator criminals who first appear in the episode "Beached".

The Magical Wishing Starfish (voiced by Tony Jay) – A giant starfish with a
beard and crown who only appears in the episode "Wish Upon A Starfish".

Little Evil – He is the Evil Manta's son and appears in "A Little Evil".

Emperor Sharga (voiced by Jim Cummings) – Ruler of the Sharkanians, the shark-people who live in Sharkania similar to the merfolk who live in Atlantica. Sharga wishes to take over Atlantica someday.

Disney's Raw Toonage is a 30 minute Disney animated cartoon series that aired on the CBS Television Network in the fall of 1992.

The idea for the show had an unusual genesis. Disney TV was developing a 65-half hour series for their Disney Afternoon block entitled He's Bonkers D. Bobcat. The premise was similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit in that the series dealt with the lead character's adventures post-stardom. The actual production of this series was troubled, in large part because the so-called real characters in the series were also animated, only not as broadly as Bonkers and friends.

@ 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, not a proving ground for new stars. The 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 65-half hour show, thus adding some credibility to the back story.

Raw Toonage typically opened with an introduction by a famous character from Disney (such as Goofy with his Goof Troop style), who attempted to share some of their expertise with the audience; then the show had a few of the above mentioned shorts chained in a row, rounding out the half hour.
The premise of the Bonkers shorts was that Bonkers was a delivery person, usually assisted by Jitters A. Dog. Conflict was provided by Bonkers' unrequited love for Fawn Deer.

The Marsupilami cartoons took the look of the character from the Belgian comic and gave him a free-spirited personality. He was most often opposed by Foreman Norman, a building contractor.

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 was a parody of movie coming attraction trailers, followed by a spoof on the TV series Doogie Howser. One show dealt with a purposely badly animated super-hero; another was 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.

Raw Toonage had 4 segments:

Host Segment, He's Bonkers, Totally Tasteless Video and Marsupilami

Charlie Adler – Green Frog
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

Guest stars
Renι Auberjonois – Chef Louie (from The Little Mermaid)
Corey Burton – Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook (from Peter Pan)
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)

Additional voices
S. Scott Bullock
Jodi Carlisle
Brian Cummings
Pat Fraley
Tress MacNeille
Rita Moreno
Gary Owens – Badly-Animated Man
Rob Paulsen
Kath Soucie
Dave Thomas of SCTV and Grace Under Fire

and so, happy 20 to Goof Troop, The Little Mermaid and Raw Toonage

Goof Troop

The Little Mermaid: The Animated Series

Raw Toonage

and BTW, these shows were out when Full House, Family Matter and Step By Step along with Sisters were still on the air were and these shows debut with California Dreams and the PBS Series Ghostwriter and all 3 shows joined up with The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck

and now, here are the openings:

Goof Troop Opening

The Little Mermaid Opening

Raw Toonage Opening
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