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The Top 5: Celebrity Cartoon Crapfests Ever Created for Television

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The Top 5: Celebrity Cartoon Crapfests Ever Created for Television

A thought occurred to me the other day. There seems to be a certain point in every pop culture icon’s career when their interest to stay relevant to fans intersects with a desperate TV exec looking for “next big thing.” Whether this means retooling a tired concept or tossing a bunch of random, “hip” ideas together, this situation never ends well for either the celebrity or the television audience. Trust me, there’s a ton a stinky turd muffins out there… here’s our Top 5 picks for Crapiest Cartoon Series Ever Created for Television.

5) Mister T

God bless Mister T. You gotta love the man… I mean just look at him in his prime! He was the pimp daddy of pop culture icons, quick to pity the fool who didn’t jive with the wholesome family values of early 80s America. His cartoon though – teaming up with gymnast kids to solve mysteries – was a little too far out even for me. I would’ve preferred Mr. T in a tank, saving the world one “sucka” at a time. Now there’s a series with potential!

4) Super Globe Trotters

The world famous Globetrotters had several cartoon cameos, but Super Globetrotters takes the cake as the most bizarre of them all. Essentially the Fantastic Four meets the Globetrotters, the show was conceived as a spin-off to the original Harlem Globetrotters series and featured the core team with superpowers foiling the schemes of THE lamest villains ever created. It’s funny… until you realize kids actually grew up watching it.

3) The Robonic Stooges

Continuing the superhero theme, The Robonic Stooges recast the comedic trio as bionic heroes, sorta like multiple, bumbling versions of Inspector Gadget with capes. At least the Stooges had villains who were sort of interesting; like the evil a giant octopus, a two-faced Dr. Jeckyll (literally two-faced) and Dr. Crackula (seriously!).

2) Hammerman

Oh, MC Hammer… you were just “too legit” for your own good. When it takes over a full minute to explain the premise of your show (which is really just about “magical shoes”) it’s time to throw in the towel. Of all the series on our list this one makes the least amount of sense no matter how you slice it (and it’s not even #1!). Hammer tried to change things up a bit with a live action intro, along with the obligatory moral lesson, but it just turns creepy (fast).

1) New Kids on the Block

Like I said, there are plenty of terrible toons to fill this list. So what did we crown as king(s) of this crapfest? Years before bands like N’Sync and Big Time Rush were churned out with amazingly mathematical precision, New Kids on the Block were the golden boys of the “pop” universe. They had their own line of dolls, posters, magazines… oh yeah, and they made music. Interspersed with live concert footage and video messages from the kids themselves, the entire series revolved around the groups attempt to be “normal.” It lasted one entire season (of skull-smashing boredom).


What’s the worst animated abomination starring a celebrity you’ve ever laid eyes on? Leave a comment below and share your horror stories!

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Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

  • supervillain

    holy shit….that is all i can say

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Well said. :)

  • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com Dex (@Dex1138)

    Laverne & Shirley in the Army, Gilligan’s Planet, Happy Days in Space, the list could go on and on and on…lol

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Happy Days in Space? Really?! *hahaha* I guess it couldn’t have been much worse than Mork and Mindy TAS.

      • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com Dex (@Dex1138)

        Ok I misremembered. It was actually Fonz and the Happy Days Gang…but they did have a time travelling UFO.
        http://youtu.be/WtW6wS3z97Q

        • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

          I think that makes it even weirder! :D

      • PAB

        Mork & Mindy? How about that with Layern & Shirley…

        http://youtu.be/NnuUvfrC3Qc

  • Joanna

    The one based on J-pop duo Puffy was way better than NKOTB. Maybe because it was intentionally humorous.

    Surprisingly enough, “Wish Kid” starring Macauley Culkin was pretty good.

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Yeah, Puffy Ami Yumi was actually a pretty fun show! Can’t remember Wish Kid too well… Bobby’s World was another one that was “ok” (Howie Mandell, right?).

      • Joanna

        It was definitely Howie’s pet project, but it did develop into something that stands by its own.

  • http://www.rqarcade.com The Rube

    ah, I’m a big fan of the Robonic Stooges

  • http://jasonvorhees.wordpress.com Jason

    Perfect list! As far as worst cartoons I have ever seen…besides the ones listed above, I’d have to go with Rubik – The Amazing Cube(really?!).

  • http://www.reframedmemo.com/ Gabi

    And so, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling remains the undisputed world heavyweight champ of god-awful celebrity cartoons:

    http://youtu.be/fu9TbilwhOw

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      As a former Hulkamaniac, I have to admit I consider Rock N Wrestling a guilty pleasure. But yeah, seeing that footage again… it was pretty bad. *haha*

  • mitch

    Little Rosey… the Roseanne Barr cartoon. was like, way awful.

  • http://goodwillhunting4geeks.blogspot.com The Goodwill Geek

    I never understood why the show Gravedale High randomly shoe-horned in Rick Moranis. I think I thought it was a cool show as a kid, because I loved monsters, but even as a child I wondered what the hell he was doing in there. Honestly, when you have 6 year olds questioning the logic of having a celebrity on your cartoon, things are going to go downhill fast.

    Also Camp Candy. I remember being bored with that show before the opening theme was even done.

  • PAB

    Um, Gary Coleman Show anyone?

    http://youtu.be/iZQSPfTq42M

    • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

      Whatchu talkin bout PAB? *hahaha*