Sylvester Stallone, Guy Fieri, and Al Pacino sometimes enjoy food together. Does this sound to you like the beginning of a very interesting story? No doubt. A video on Sly’s Twitter feed, published on January 10, 2020, shows the very moment of the first meet-up of Al and Guy. The two legends got introduced to each other and it was captured in a 30-second video with 1.7M views.
A Surprising Friendship
The friendship between Sylvester Stallone and Guy Fieri came as a surprise, but apparently the actor and the culinary guru are good friends. The video could have been taken in Sylvester Stallone’s house and judging by the decorations, it must have been around Christmas time. We can only imagine the scrumptious goodness that Guy must have prepared to tickle their taste palettes.
Looks like Rocky got sick of his staple only-eggs morning punch and called and made friends with a professional chef. All jokes aside, Sly seems to share much more than Italian heritage with the New York Times best-selling author, chef, and restaurateur. In another video of the two hanging out, Sly takes a taste of the “best burger ever” and seconds later jokingly says “Everyone in here is fired” turning the camera to the whole kitchen staff.
Al Pacino: “I’m Always Hungry”
One of the facts we learned from this recent meet-up between the three titans is that Pacino’s always hungry and frankly, there is no better person to say it to than Guy Fieri. Unfortunately, we have no further footage of what happened next, what they gorged on or if there was a particular reason that made Sylvester Stallone introduce Guy to Al Pacino.
As much as people would love to know all about how the trio came to be and what they were treated to, the trip to Flavortown must have been truly amazing. Who knows, maybe someday Sly will give us a peek into them actually hanging out for more than 30 seconds.
30+ Things No One Noticed or Knew About Cartoon Network Shows
Cartoon Network was founded in 1992, which has given it plenty of time to accumulate enough interesting stories that would keep you scrolling all the way to the bottom. This is exactly why we’ve prepared this list for you. Read on and find out more…
This was absolutely one of Cartoon Network’s weirdest shows. Not many know this but the show intended to be a parody. The result was a half-action and half-reality talk show. The show was based on the original animated series Space Ghost from the ’60s.
One episode of Dexter’s Laboratory, called “Silver Spooner”, was taken off the air since it supposedly featured a queer character. The character — who bears the same name as the episode — had a rather flashy appearance, impressive physique, and a crush on Judy Garland.
However, the truth is that he closely resembled a Marvel Comics character, and Marvel threatened to sue Cartoon Network over potential copyrights violations. For this reason, Cartoon Network was forced to take it off the air.
The Szechuan Sauce
In the premiere of the third season of Rick and Morty, the creators made sure to include a joke about searching for Szechuan Sauce. Now, in 1998, just before Mulan was released, Mcdonald’s included the sauce as a dip for its nuggets — but only for a short while, since it was meant to promote the movie.
Following an uproar by Rick and Morty ardent fans who remembered the food chain’s promotional stunt, Mcdonald’s offered the sauce, but only for one day. The results were messy.
Adventure Time: Apocalypse
Not many have noticed, but one of your favorite childhood TV shows features a post-apocalyptic future. The Land of Ooo is a post-apocalyptic Earth. You can now guess what the Mushroom War stands for.
This also explains all the scattered pieces of modern technology that you can see in the background. When you think of it, it’s a pretty dark theme to include in a children’s TV show. Also, it took a while for the producers to admit that it was, in fact, a post-apocalyptic world.
The Regular Show
The two funny gatekeepers from the show have a surprising little secret to them. The creators of the show have no pre-written script. The actors are simply told, in general lines, what are they expected to do and they just go with it.
Maybe that’s why every time they try to solve a problem, it ends up being surreal or just plain weird. Honestly, we never liked this show. But, that’s just us.
Samurai Jack is perhaps one of the most favorite and memorable childhood TV shows that ever aired on Cartoon Network. Many kids avidly waited for each new episode to find out more about the adventure of Samurai Jack.
However, the show abruptly ended after only four seasons. Its creator later confessed that Genndy Tartakovsky simply didn’t know how to give it a proper ending. We think it’s just a sad excuse.
The Amazing World of Gumball
The show that featured a blue cat called Gumball Waterson, and his best buddy, a goldfish named Darwin, was actually based on all kinds of rejected characters.
It was created by Benjamin Bocquelet who simply amassed together all the characters he developed during his years in the industry, but never got a chance to see the light of day. And so, this is how The Amazing World of Gumball was born.
Cow and Chicken
It appears that Cow and Chicken was created by accident. It started as a bedtime story that the creator of the show, David Feiss, used to tell his daughter before she went to bed.
Later on, when Feiss presented his ideas to Cartoon Network, they requested a more detailed plot. One thing led to another (as often happens in such cases), and Cartoon Network had a full-blown show on its hands.
Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! is loosely based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team. However, the writers of the series didn’t trust the voice actors to make the show as good as the original.
When something like this happens, it could pretty much ruin the show for good. Surprisingly, the show did gain popularity. We guess that a small intrigue like this won’t stop the fans from liking it, right?
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa
Remember the trio called the Powerpuff Girls? You know, spice and everything nice until chemical X was added to the mixture? So, apparently, they were originally called the The Whoopass Stew Girls, and you can probably guess from the name that they were meant for a more mature audience, so to speak.
The original show was created by Craig McCracken who offered it to Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network did buy the rights for the show, but made some significant changes to it.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
The show is set in an imaginary world, in which imaginary friends co-exist with humans, and follows a boy named Mac. His mother pressures him into abandoning his imaginary friend. Luckily, they discover a foster home for imaginary friends.
The show is actually based on the struggles and hopes of adopted dogs. When you think of it, there are clear similarities between the stories of adopted dogs and abandoned imaginary friends.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
This was perhaps one of the most, if not the, scariest shows that ever aired on Cartoon Network. What’s even scarier is that it’s based on a very frightening story as well. The Middle of Nowhere is based on an actual farm in New Mexico.
An elderly couple who lived on that farm supposedly vanished after encountering a skin-walker (a type of an evil spirit), leaving only their poor dog behind. Of course, this could be just an urban legend, but it’s still scary.
Johnny Bravo was not an easy show to swallow, and it’s not because it was too greasy. After all, the resemblance to Elvis Presley is quite obvious. What’s even more surprising is that Warner Brothers wanted to make a live-action adaption of the animated TV series.
They even hand an actor in mind — Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Surprisingly, Johnson is a huge fan of the show, which explains his enthusiasm. However, that never came to be.
Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy
The iconic show, which centers on three characters — called Ed, Edd, and Eddy — first aired in January 1999. While it finally concluded in 2009, after no less than six seasons and a television film, it’s still considered to be the longest-running original series on Cartoon Network.
We’re not surprised actually. We always considered this show to be special, albeit some dark fan conspiracy theories placed the show during The Great Depression of 1929.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
This hilarious show has a weird twist to it. The show follows a rather silly boy named Billy and his cynical sister Mandy — both of whom become best friends with the Grim Reaper. Now, no one ever stays to watch the end credits, because you know, why would you waste your time on that?
But, the fans who did it report that, if you listen carefully, you can actually hear the creator of the show saying — “No, no. This is the end of the show. You’re watching it backwards!” Kinda cool, no?
Samurai Jack’s Theme Song
Another surprising fact about Samurai Jack pertains to its theme song. Its composer is the famous William James Adam Jr. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, then we can tell you that it’s the lead singer of Black Eyed Peas — will.i.am.
In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t the only time the singer worked with Cartoon Network. Back in 2002, Adam recorded the song “Secrets” from Dexter’s Labaoroty. Isn’t that interesting?
Courage (Almost) Takes an Oscar
While Courage the Cowardly Dog isn’t exactly the kind of a show that you’d expect to win a nomination for anything, it did. To be even more precise, its pilot episode was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 68th Academy Awards.
However, it didn’t win the golden statuette. We still think it’s a great show, though. The show won other awards, such as the Golden Reel and the Annie Award.
The First Cartoon
Up until 1995, Cartoon Network used to broadcast old MGM and Warner Brothers films. At some point, the channel realized that this cannot go on forever. If they didn’t start creating original content, their days would be numbered.
That’s how Dexter’s Laboratory was born. It was the network’s first original cartoon production. To prepare the audience for the change, the network launched “What a Cartoon!” — which showcased the upcoming changes. We’re glad they made this change and switched to original content.
The Three Women of Johnny Bravo
This might come as a shock to many fans of the cartoon, given the fact that it depicts a rather misogynist character, but if it hadn’t been for three women, Johnny Bravo wouldn’t have aired.
Ellen Cockrill, Juli Kane-Ritsch, and Janet Mazotti insisted that Cartoon Network pick it up. At first, the network refused but after enough pressure, the executives caved and agreed to produce it.
Inaccurate Teen Titans
Not many know this, but Teen Titans Go! was supposedly based on a 1964 comic called The Brave and the Bold. While most fans have gained their knowledge about the adventures of the titans from the animated series alone, those who have read the book know that the original titans are different from the ones depicted in the show.
The original group featured Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and Speedy. But, we guess it didn’t matter to those who watched Cartoon Network’s version as it was still very exciting.
The Marvelous Adventures of Flapjack
The creator of the show has an interesting life story, which relates to how he got the idea for the show. Van Orman was born in Florida. As a kid, he always enjoyed thinking about living by the docks and going on adventures.
When he was 13, his family moved to Utah, a landlocked state. As an adult, he saved enough money and moved back to Flordia. Later, he got to Shell Island, intending to live off the sea. He later moved to Mexico and lived on whatever he picked up from the street.
Triple Dog Dare You
Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy has perhaps the funniest reason behind its creation. The creator of this animated TV series, Danny Antonucci, was designing commercials when he was dared by a friend to create a cartoon for children.
Antonucci was not accustomed to creating anything for children — until that very moment. However, he picked the gauntlet and began crafting an animated series for children. The result was Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy.
Kids Next Door
This is yet another weird fact about Cartoon Network. The series Codename: Kids Next Door actually started as an entirely different show. Tom Warburton actually created a pilot episode, “Diseasy Does It,” for a show called Kenny and the Chimp.
Hanna-Barbera Studios was meant to produce the show, which would have included a group of kids nicknamed “those kids next door.” However, one thing led to another and these minor characters somehow became the focus of the show. And that’s how Kids Next Door was born.
Seven Years of Chowder
Some shows take years to produce and it’s not because they’re difficult to create, but simply because other things get in the way. C.H. Greenblatt began developing the show in the early 2000s, but it was not until 2007 that he got to see the fruits of his labor.
Greenblatt also worked on Spongbob Square Pants and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. It simply took the network a couple of years to approve his idea.
DC Universe Collapsed Into Itself
Young Justice was based on a DC comic book that shared the same name. It focused, as you can infer from the name, on young superheroes in the original DC universe. Basically, these were young superheroes who dealt with adult problems.
At the end of the second season, Cartoon Network decided to terminate it. With this happening, DC universe scrapped its plan to produce an animated version of its superhero universe.
Nickelodeon Said No
The network actually said “no” twice to Pendelton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time. To be more precise, Nickelodeon decided to give it a try. A short premiere aired on Nicktoons and even became a hit.
However, the network ultimately decided that the concept was too weird for a children’s show. Frankly, we don’t blame them. Ward tried again later, but got the same answer. Ultimately, Cartoon Network picked it up and the rest is history.
Camp Lazlo’s Complications
It’s never fun to get a “yes” which later changes into a “no.” This is exactly what happened to Camp Lazlo! The show originally got a green light for production that was later revoked.
Joe Murray first came with a different name for the show, 3 Beans, which was rejected by the network. He swapped it for Camp Lazlo and was approved for production. But, someone in upper management wasn’t entirely convinced. Nonetheless, he somehow managed to produce the show.
Low-Key Animation Technique
There isn’t a single thing today that’s done without some involvement of computer technology. This is especially true in the animation industry. However, this isn’t the case with Cartoon Network’s The Regular Show.
The creator, J.G. Quintel, prefers doing things the old-fashioned way. Everything begins with hand-drawn images. After approval, they’re sent to an animation studio in Korea where they’re scanned and digitally modified. Perhaps the end result has more quality to it.
The Surprising Origins of Ben 10
Although Ben 10 isn’t based on any known comic book, it still has some relation to comic books. In fact, some ardent fans of the show reported that something about the show reminded them of comic books.
This isn’t without a reason. The creators of the show — including Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle, and Joe Kelly — are long-term comic book creators. So, there’s no wonder that something about the show reminds one of comic books.
A Dexter’s Laboratory episode, called “Dexter’s Rue Removal,” was banned by Cartoon Network because of problematic langue and profanity. This was back in 1998. For years, the forbidden episode gathered dust on the shelves, deep in the network archives.
However, in 2013, the decision was reversed and the episode aired — albeit some parts were censored because certain things are still considered unsuitable for young audiences. We’d love to see the episode!
No One Liked Space Ghost
For those of you who had the pleasure of watching the show, this might come as no surprise. It appears that no one liked the idea behind it and that’s why Cartoon Network almost didn’t fund it.
The creators of the show just used original material and made things up as they went along. It’s no wonder why this show doesn’t make sense. It has no plotline!
Steven Universe Goes Dark
Cartoon Network’s first animated TV show that was created by a non-binary person has a dark twist to it. The show features complex topics and “adult questions” in increasing numbers on purpose.
The show’s creator, Rebecca Sugar, said that this was her intention all along. As the fan base grew, the show became darker and darker, bit by bit. This was done, supposedly, to prepare children for the real world.
We Three Bears
Remember Grizzly, Panada, and Ice Bear? The three bears from the show We Three Bears who are trying to integrate into the human world in the San Francisco Bay Area? So, apparently, Ice Bear is a totally made-up character.
What we mean by this is that he doesn’t have a script. It’s all impromptu. We guess that’s easy since he doesn’t get to talk much anyway. Perhaps he’s just a filler-in type of a character?
Australia Censored Cartoon Networks
While Cartoon Network’s target audience is primary children, sometimes the creators of the various shows sneak in some dirty jokes and a good measure of adult references. This is tolerable in the US, since, technically, there’s nothing wrong with referencing adult topics as long as it’s not too overt.
However, this is not the case in Australia. While Australia has always been known for its no-nonsense policy, this is a bit extreme. The country censored many of Cartoon Network’s shows left, right, and square.
The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack
This sounds like a weird cross-over, but please bear with us on this one. Many might have missed that, but some sharp-eyed viewers noticed that in the pilot episode of Samurai Jack, the decimated city bears a close resemblance to Townsville.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s the same town that the Powerpuff Girls protect from monsters in every episode. This leads to one logical conclusion — The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack share the same universe.
Adult Humor in Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy
This might have passed over your head if you were watching Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy as a kid. The show has some pretty overt adult references. The same was attributed to Spongbob by the way.
In any case, just to give you an example of this — in one of the episodes, the boys are shown to peruse a particular journal, featuring the letter “X” three times over on the cover. We’ll leave it to you to figure the rest out.
Suing the Regular Show
While we simply believe that shows that represent lowlife characters should be made illegal because c’mon, kids are watching it, the show was actually sued for a very weird reason.
It appears that the creators of the show included a vague reference to The King of Kong, which is a documentary about Billy Mitchell, a famous video gamer from the ‘80s. However, a federal judge decided that there’s no legal basis for a lawsuit and the case was dismissed.
LGBTQ+ in Adventure Time
Adventure Time has a very pro LGBTQ+ stance, which is kinda cool. In fact, we’re all for shows that are inclusive and representative of a variety of characters.
However, some didn’t like it. In a promo for the episode “What Was Missing,” it was heavily implied that two female characters had an affair in the past. These would be Princesses Bubblegum and Marceline. Due to negative responses, the promo was discontinued.
What could be described as a Christian-themed animated show has, apparently, some interesting and rather dark aspects to it. The show first had a light and humorous vibe, however, it became darker as time went on.
While the show was canceled after its third season, creator Dino Stamatopoulos claimed that a few episodes never aired. These are rumored to be pretty dark and controversial. We’re not sure we want to know why, though.
Cartoon Network’s Accidental Creation
For those of you who didn’t know, Cartoon Network was created in 1992. But, how exactly it was created merits an item. Ted Turner, a media tycoon and the owner of Turner Broadcasting Company, decided to acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
74 days later, he regretted his decision. He made a deal with MGM — selling it back to them, but getting the right to keep all media rights for films and TV shows produced prior to 1984. He later went on to purchase Hanna-Barbera Studios. With so many cartoons in hand, he founded Cartoon Network.
Adventure Time Banned in Africa
We already mentioned the fact that Adventure Time is quite pro-LGBTQ+. Now, since Cartoon Network broadcasts practically all over the world or to be more exact — in over 50 countries and in over 30 languages — it’s obvious that certain content may not be country-appropriate.
In this case, Adventure Time is not broadcasted in South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries because of its pro-LGBTQ+ themes. We guess you can’t expect everyone to understand it.
Gumball vs. Tumbler
The Amazing World of Gumball is probably one of Cartoon Network’s best shows, and not only because of Gumball’s character. The topics and problems that are presented and dealt with are just so relevant to real life.
In one episode called “The Best,” however, Gumball seems to have picked a bone with Tumbler — sorry, we meant Ramblr. But, you get it, don’t you? This episode is rather controversial since it targets Social Justice Warriors.
In the deep entrails of Cartoon Network, which are actually MGM’s historical bowels, there are crates upon crates of old cartoons. Some of these are dated back to the WWII era.
While Cartoon Network usually doesn’t air cartoons that might be controversial or offensive, some of these materials might be of academic or historic value. Some of these cartoons, in particular those featuring Bugs Bunny in them, supposedly portray Japanese people in a stereotypical way.
Pokémon’s Banned Episode
You could hardly say that there’s anything wrong with Pokémon. The Japanese show was (and perhaps still is) quite popular among children around the world. However, one episode turned out to be quite problematic and Cartoon Network couldn’t broadcast it in the United States.
Electric Soldier Porygon was banned from being aired in the United States since it was deemed medically unsafe. Some 700 children in Japan were hospitalized after watching the episode, leading to a wide ban on the episode in the United States.
No June Bugs
A Bugs Bunny marathon sounds like a good idea, right? We mean, what could be possibly wrong with Looney Tunes? Well, as it turns out, a lot. Cartoon Network planned to air cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny for the entire month of June, hence the name June Bugs.
However, they quickly realized that their old stash of Bug Bunny cartoons is inappropriate or simply too controversial. These cartoons belonged to a different era — before PC was really a thing.