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Cartoon version of “Little Shop of Horrors”.

This is just my opinion, but it seems like a few episodes (especially the last four), lean towards an E/I / Edutainment slant. It is possible that this may have been a deliberate direction change. Hard to say for sure without any inside information.

09/07/91 Bad Seed
09/14/91 Real Men Aren’t Made of Quiche
09/21/91 Back to the Fuchsia
09/28/91 Unfair Science
10/05/91 Stage Blight
10/12/91 I Loathe a Parade
10/19/91? Air Junior
10/26/91 Untitled Halloween Story (This is really the title)
11/02/91 It’s a Wonderful Leaf
11/09/91 Tooth or Consequences
11/16/91 Walk Like a Nerd
11/23/91? Pulp Fiction
11/30/91? Married to the Mush

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If you’ve never heard of this show, this was a Warner Bros. cartoon about that Warner Bros. crazy, spinning Tazmanian Devil named Taz.

The first episode of “Taz-Mania” aired on FOX primetime on September 1, 1991 as a special airing. The premiere on Saturday mornings was six days later on September 7th. The series was developed by Art Vitello.

65 episodes were produced in one production cycle, but the premieres were stretched out over a few years. This was planned from the beginning as part of the original contract, however.

One segment, ‘Not a Shadow of a Doubt’, was first shown in a VHS (the one titled “Taz-Maniac”) released in July 1993. This was more than a year before it aired on TV.

The initial ratings on Saturday mornings was seen as a disappointment by Fox Kids (specifically, Margaret Loesch). The reason for that was that the show placed fourth in its timeslot behind ABC, CBS and NBC. (This also happened to “Little Shop” and “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures”. Though, the latter two shows were mentioned at the time as being “good shows”, but they had “too little development time”, and needed to “get better”, which wouldn’t happen due to both shows being cancelled after that season. In contrast, she was happier with how “Taz” turned out, hence the disappointment.) By February 1993 (if not earlier), “Taz”‘s ratings would eventually increase, along with the rest of the Fox Kids block.

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