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There's a cartoon based off Planet of the Apes.
I remember seeing some of it on SciFi in the 90s and it was on Hulu a few years back. I miss seeing animation on channels like Sci-fi, that weren't kids channels.

I just learned about the Hot Wheels cartoon from the 60s myself, and its sort of connection to later cartoons. I didn't even know the toyline was that old.


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I learned that in the early 90s Disney animated series recorded a bunch of music, and then cut those recordings to work in an episode. Recess was their first show to use synchronized music.
 

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Truth or Consequences, NM, is the only city in America named after a game show.

In 1950, Ralph Edwards, host of the NBC radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced a contest where they would host the 10th anniversary episode in the first city that changed its name to "Truth or Consequences." The winning town was a small New Mexico community of less than 5,000 people originally named Hot Springs.

Edwards would visit that town once a year for the next fifty years.
 

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I learned that in the early 90s Disney animated series recorded a bunch of music, and then cut those recordings to work in an episode. Recess was their first show to use synchronized music.
You would know that if you were an avid watcher of any of those shows. Part of the Disney Afternoon experience was getting used to the same music cues happening every time something eventful took place on a show.
 

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I read that Josh Keaton provided vocals for one episode of Adventures From the Book of Virtues, so I tried to watch it on YouTube. However, the characters he apparently voiced sounded older (and more poorly-acted) than I expected, and I also couldn't find his name in the end credits. I also noticed some of the recurring characters sounded different than my vague memories, and that the credits listed two copyright dates. According to TV Tropes and Behind the Voice Actors, the owners of this show had the voices redubbed for DVD, to avoid paying celebrity royalties - the latter website even has samples from before and after the actors changed.
 

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The Bruce Lee flim Fist of Fury, about a Chinese martial arts student waging war against a Japanese dojo for killing his teacher in early 20th-century Shanghai, was first released in America under the title The Chinese Connection. That name was originally intended for one of his other films, The Big Boss, where his character takes on a Thailand drug operation posing as an ice factory his relatives are working at. The distributors were intending to capitalize on the popularity of the similarly drug-themed film The French Connection when the titles were accidentally switched.

The two films were not released with their proper titles until 2005, although The Big Boss was actually titled Fists of Fury.
 
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I learned that when Universal feared they'd lose Spider-Man theme park rights to Disney, they considered replacing The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man with the Transformers ride. Instead, Universal and Disney have terms where Universal can include Spidey in theme parks east of the Mississippi river, and Disney can use him in parks west of the river. So, the Spidey ride still exists, for now, and Transformers ended up in a separate building.
 

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The Bruce Lee flim Fist of Fury, about a Chinese martial arts student waging war against a Japanese dojo for killing his teacher in early 20th-century Shanghai, was first released in America under the title The Chinese Connection. That name was originally intended for one of his other films, The Big Boss, where his character takes on a Thailand drug operation posing as an ice factory his relatives are working at. The distributors were intending to capitalize on the popularity of the similarly drug-themed film The French Connection when the titles were accidentally switched.

The two films were not released with their proper titles until 2005, although The Big Boss was actually titled Fists of Fury.
I still think of the movies as The Chinese Connection and Fists of Fury, respectively, because that's how I first knew. I really like the title Fists of Fury better than The Big Boss as well. It's been my favorite of the Lee movies since I was about 12 and started seeing his flicks that weren't Enter The Dragon.

Return of the Dragon/Way of the Dragon could probably be included with the confusing Bruce Lee movie titles.

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I learned recently that the Real Ghostbusters Complete Series DVD has at least one commentary by Janine's second VA, Kath Soucie, but none from Peter Venkman's second VA, Dave Coulier. Judging from Phelous' comparison between Coulier and Lorenzo Music, though, Coulier's absence from the extras doesn't sound like a big strike against the DVD.
Incidentally, my "Wish List" of bonus features for a non-existent Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray doesn't contain any interviews or commentaries with Drake Bell, whom Marvel paid to dub over all of Spider-Man's lines before those episodes aired, even though the writers already hired Josh Keaton to voice Spidey.
 

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