Butch Hartman Has Left Nickelodeon After 20 Years

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For those of us who grew up watching Nickelodeon and are still devoted fans, we all know that shows such as Fairly OddParents & Danny Phantom reigned supreme at one point in time and we can all thank the man behind the shows as well. Butch Hartman has announced that he has left Nickelodeon after 20 years of animation gold. It is a rather bitter-sweet moment, because while most may be shambles because our childhoods are in a uproar, we should also wish Butch the best of luck in his future endeavors.

His career started with a short cartoon that ran on Fred Seibert’s cartoon incubator show Oh Yeah! Cartoons, which turned into a very successful full series that went on to be one of Nickelodeon’s longest-running series. That cartoon just happens to be Fairly OddParents, and later Butch Hartman went on to create other series on the network such as Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen is a Beast. Hartman announced his departure from Nickelodeon via a video from his evergrowing YouTube channel. He has already made it clear that there is no bad blood between him and the network and that his time working there has been fantastic.

“I must tell you, I have had the time of my life at Nickelodeon. I have never been disappointed. I have never been let down. I have been treated extremely well by everybody there…”

Of course he did explain that these type of things do eventually happen in a career, especially in Hollywood. It is totally understandable and I fully respect his decision. What a relief to learn that Butch’s departure wasn’t under bad circumstances. I reached out to Nickelodeon for a statement and here’s what I got:

“We are grateful for all the stories and characters Butch Hartman brought to fans for the past 20 years and wish him the best. He will always be a part of the Nickelodeon family.”

Hartman also announced the decision to end Bunsen is a Beast and his plans to self-release a new project called Elf Detective and several other projects that have not been announced yet. It is unknown right now what will happen with Fairly OddParents, though we already know it and Hartman’s other shows are property of Nickelodeon’s parent company Viacom. It will be interesting to see what direction that will go in. But for now, I think I can speak for many of us when I say: thank you Butch Hartman. Thank you for 20 years of animation gold and memories from our childhood that we can look back at with joy. Once again, good luck to Butch Hartman and we will be covering & supporting your future projects here at Cartoon Buzz.

 

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10 Nostalgic Nickelodeon Christmas Specials

Growing up can be a drag when you realize that some things will just never be the same. No more waking up to brand new toys under the tree and spending the entire day happy, cheerful, and responsibility-free. But… something that will always remain no matter how old you get is the cartoons! Nickelodeon had some of the best animated Christmas specials ever to air on television. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, you just need a little reminder of the episodes that made Christmas time excitable.

1. Fairly OddParents “Christmas Every Day” (2001)

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As Christmas approaches, which is Timmy’s favorite holiday, he makes the ultimate wish in hopes it will remain Christmas every day. It seemed like the perfect wish for a 10-year-old kid until it wasn’t.

2. SpongeBob Squarepants “Christmas Who?” (2000)

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SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom residents learn the true meaning of Christmas. Well, sorta. It has a catchy musical number that we all know the words to so there’s that!

3. Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas” (1994)

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Rocko tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but when there’s no snow outside and his party invitees are no-shows, it becomes rather difficult.

4. Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (1996)

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Arnold is destined to find the Christmas miracle that Mr. Hyunh is longing for, his long-lost daughter.

5. Rugrats “The Santa Experience” (1992)

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The adults take the babies up to the mountain cabin for a Christmas celebration. Angelica’s devious ways may have earned her a big lump of coal and a spot on Santa’s naughty list.

6. Danny Phantom “The Fright Before Christmas” (2005)

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When it comes to Christmas, Danny isn’t having any of it. When his friends call him out on it, he attempts to destroy anything Christmas-related in Ghost World to relieve his stress, which he soon learns was a mistake.

7. As Told by Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special” (2001)

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When Ginger learns that she is part Jewish, she decides to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem to best friend Dodie, who insists that she is abandoning Christmas.

8. Jimmy Neutron “Holly Jolly Jimmy” (2003)

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After Jimmy tells his friends that he doesn’t believe him Santa, it leads the crew to the North Pole to get answers.

9. Invader Zim “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever” (2002)

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Being amazed at how much power Santa has over humans during Christmas time, Zim creates a Santa suit and pretends to be him to gain control.

10. Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story” (1993)

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Porkchop is accused of attacking Beebe, which puts his life on the line and Doug’s Christmas spirit is in shambles.

 

 

 

Seth MacFarlane and Butch Hartman Once Worked Together on an Animated Short

Before there was Family Guy or Fairly Oddparents, there was a Polar Bear, Alligator, and Ostrich trying to make it in the human world. Seth MacFarlane & Butch Hartman have always been close friends with successful shows in the animation industry. The recurring Family Guy character Dr. Elmer Hartman was inspired by Butch’s birth name, which is Elmer Earl “Butch” Hartman IV. Another interesting fact layed on you! The animation duo also worked on the Johnny Bravo staff together at Cartoon Network, until the entire cast including them were let go after the first season.

 

“…it was October 1997 and I was working on Johnny Bravo at Cartoon Network with a guy named Seth MacFarlane. The first season of Johnny Bravo was over and it was unclear whether there would be a 2nd season so we –the entire staff – were let go.

– Butch Hartman told OtakusandGeeks.com, April 2013

It’s great to know Butch and Seth formed a bond, and ended up working on an animated short for Oh Yeah! Cartoons together the following year.

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Zoo Mates was created and written by Seth MacFarlane, and animated and drawn by Butch Hartman. It debuted in September 1998 and it’s not like other animated shorts. It features a laugh track, which is so unfitting for a cartoon by the way. I guess ideas seem good until you hear them out loud? Unlike the laugh track, the plot is very entertaining and so are the characters. An animal activist named Helen is calling for the Zoo to be shutdown, because her animal rights group believes they are cruel and inhumane. The Zookeeper makes her an offer she can’t refuse, which is that if she can take in three animals and prove that they are fit to live in human society, then the zoo will be shutting down. Helen is up for the offer and meets Mark the Polar Bear, Paul the Alligator, and Warren Ostrich. She takes them back to her home and tests their human living. Are they up for the challenge?

It’s unknown whether this was a pilot pitch or just a one-time project, but it sure is worth the watch. Knowing that both Hartman and MacFarlane went on and created bigger and more famous cartoons just proves that you don’t have to start at the top, but it’s where you go from there.

 

Will We Ever See a Danny Phantom Reboot?

In the midst of few Nickelodeon reboots already happening or likely in the works, will we ever see our favorite ghost-human hybrid make a comeback?

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It’s a show that thousands or possibly millions of people are petitioning for. Danny Phantom was a Nickelodeon show created by Butch Hartman that aired from 2004 to 2007. Hartman is known for creating other series – Fairly OddParents, Tuff Puppy, and his newest being Bunsen Is a Beast. Danny Phantom takes place in the life of Danny Fenton, a boy who became half-human, half-ghost after entering his parent’s portal invention. Think of him as a shadowy version of Superman, due to him possessing many ghostly abilities that help him save his hometown of Amity Park from the villainous ghosts. Danny is always accompanied by his best friends Sam and Tucker, and sometimes his big sister Jazz is even in for the adventure.  One character that has been extremely popular in Danny Phantom’s fandom is Ember McLain, a ghost villainess who has a dark backstory and sings a pretty catchy song titled “Remember”.

For a show that had such an interesting plot, it’s unfortunate that we haven’t heard anything about a reboot. Last year, Butch Hartman himself expressed how he was all for a Danny Phantom comeback, but there is a major question that we should be asking ourselves. Nickelodeon has been in reboot-mode for the past couple of years, but they have been TV movie reboots. Will Danny Phantom’s revival be in the form of a TV movie or full series? Whichever it is, surely fans will appreciate it. There are tons of petitions out there for this show to come back and fans have started a hashtag called #GoGhostAgain.

Cartoon Halloween Playlist: 20+ Animated Halloween Specials You Should Watch This Year

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Happy Halloween! Finally, it’s the spookiest & most candy-filled time of the year. A time where we can dress up as someone or something else & be a kid again. Whether you’re going out this year or staying home, it’s a must that you engage in some new or nostalgic animated Halloween specials. In fact, add it to your everlasting list of traditions. If you’re having trouble putting together some Halloween specials don’t worry another second, because Cartoon Buzz has got you covered this year with a special playlist, listing over 20 cartoon Halloween specials!

DISCLAIMER(S): This list is not ranked from “best” to “worst” or visa versa. Some of the animated series listed are intended for mature audiences only. Cartoon Buzz does not support piracy so there will not be any illegal download links to any of these episodes. Please respect this disclaimer and have a happy Halloween!

1. SpongeBob Squarepants: Scaredy Pants (Season 1, Episode 13a)

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2. Hey Arnold: Arnold’s Halloween (Season 2, Episode 11)

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3. Powerpuff Girls: Boogie Frights (Season 1, Episode 5)

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4. Rocko’s Modern Life: Sugar Frosted Frights (Season 3, Episode 3A)

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5. Recess: A Recess Halloween (Part 3 of movie)

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6. Fairly OddParents: Scary Godparents (Season 2, Episode 12)

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7. As Told By Ginger: I Spy a Witch (Season 1, Episode 13)

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8. What’s New, Scooby-Doo?: A Scooby-Doo Halloween (Season 2, Episode 6)

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9. Doug: Doug’s Halloween Adventure (Season 4, Episode 4)

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10. Kim Possible: October 31st (Season 1, Episode 14)

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11. Wild Thornberrys: Blood Sisters (Season 1, Episode 13)

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12. Family Guy: Halloween on Spooner Street (Season 9, Episode 5)

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13. SpongeBob Squarepants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom (Season 10, Episode 16)

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14. The Loud House: Tricked (Season 2, Episode 24)

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15. We Bare Bears: Charlie’s Halloween Thing (Season 3, Episode 29)

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16. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror series

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17. South Park: Hell on Earth 2006 (Season 10, Episode 11)

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18. Bunsen Is a Beast: Beast Halloween Ever (Season 1, Episode 16)

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19. Bob’s Burgers: The Wolf of Wharf Street (Season 8, Episode 3)

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20. Danny Phantom: Fright Knight (Season 1, Episode 13)

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21. The Weekenders: Nevermore (Season 4, Episode 1)

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22. CatDog: CatDogula (Season 3, Episode 5)

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23. Invader Zim: Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom (Season 1, Episode 14)

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24. The Cleveland Show: It’s the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown (Season 2, Episode 4)

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