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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Toontown Tuesdays: Shnookums & Meat

The initial success of Nickelodeon’s Ren and Stimpy led other animation studios to re-evaluate their television shows. Believing its content was now outdated in comparison, Disney Television decided to try its hand at a more absurdist cartoon- thus The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show was put into production. The show never caught on and was canceled after just a handful of episodes. While audiences might not have bought the weird premise, the strangest stories attached to the show lurked behind the scenes.

Best known for his crude animated show Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane is hardly the type of guy who anyone would imagine might be tied to a Disney cartoon. Now that Family Guy is part of the Disney Family after the purchase of Twentieth-Century-Fox, many have wondered what that might mean for the show. In actuality, Seth had already worked for Disney in the past- as a writer for Jungle Cubs and the voice of an ant in Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show.

But the strangest Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show crewmember would have to be Katherine Victor. Ms. Victor had been a B-List movie star, bringing actual talent and class to every film she made, even when she was forced to wear a ridiculous costume like the one shown above in The Wild World Of Batwoman. (Not associated with DC’s Bat Empire.) At Disney Animation, she served as a continuity director, making sure that the backgrounds and animation were consistent and free of errors.