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Classic 'toons get documentary treatment.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Depends on the cartoon -- some include now-dated stereotypes.

Violence & scariness

Depends on the cartoon being featured -- many have their fair share of animated slapstick violence (falls, anvils falling on characters, etc.).

Sexy stuff

Depends on the cartoon -- some include relatively mild innuendo.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Depends on the cartoon -- older toons may have some smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary-style series provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at some of the world's most iconic cartoons. With topics that range from the evolution of Elmer Fudd to the million voices of Don Messick, the series is both engaging and educational. The fact that it's a documentary may turn off kids who are expecting straight-up cartoon wackiness, but those who are really interested in animation will be fascinated. One caution: Some of the featured 'toons -- in addition to being brilliant and hysterical -- have a fair share of violence, now-dated stereotypes, and innuendo.

What's the story?

TOONHEADS is a documentary-style series that offers audiences an inside look at pop culture's most famous cartoons. Topics range from the creation of Bugs Bunny to the lives and voices of the producers and actors who bring the 'toons to life. Each episode (narrated by Leslie Fram and Don Kennedy) typically focuses on a specific cartoon history topic -- such as "How Elmer Fudd Got Fat" -- running cartoon clips that highlight the progression of that topic. Vintage Warner Brothers, MGM, and Paramount cartoons are all featured regularly.

Is it any good?


The cartoon segments featured in ToonHeads are lifted as-is from their original series/context. In other words, the slapsticky violence, innuendo, and other sometimes-iffy elements of series like Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes are here, too.

That said, ToonHeads is a definite winner for cartoon aficionados and curious kids. The narrated sections are so short that most kids can sit through them as easily as a regular cartoon segment, and the clips themselves are -- of course -- classics.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how cartoons are created. How does a simple drawing become animated? How do cartoons talk? What can 'toons do that real people can't? What's your favorite cartoon?

TV details

Premiere date:October 2, 1992
Cast:Don Kennedy, Leslie Fram
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-G

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Teen, 13 years old Written byYlndgomez June 30, 2009


What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byD LEVVY December 1, 2011

Toonheads is................

one of the best shoes from cartoon network that needs to be put back on the air!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much consumerism