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Cartoon Network's Doug (previously known as ALL Brand Spanking NEW! Doug) was an American animated television sitcom and a second sequel series to the Nickelodeon series, Doug, and is now a sequel to Disney's Doug. The series premiered on September 7, 2001 on Cartoon Network as ALL Brand Spanking NEW! Doug, as part of Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, and is the 12th series in the Cartoon Cartoons moniker. The series ended its run on May 28, 2004.
The show takes place almost a year after Disney's series finale, "Doug's Marriage Madness", where More changes in Doug's life are underway as Judy prepares to leave for college and Doug's voice begins to crack. Seventh grade is over for Doug and his friends, and to start off the summer, Mr. Mayonnaise and Ms. Krystal are getting married. The Cartoon Network incarnation's first episode is "Doug's High School Life", where a year later, Doug and all of his friends graduate from Middle School and move over to High School. Like the original Nickelodeon show, and Disney show, it deals with the everyday life of socially awkward yet warmhearted Doug Funnie, his humorous best friend Skeeter Valentine, his smart, athletic, and sweet crush and best friend, Patti Mayonnaise, his friends Beebe Bluff, Chalky Studebaker, and the Sleech brothers, and tries to stay out of the way of local bully Roger Klotz, as well as his rival for Patti's affections, Guy Graham.
Disney's Doug originally ended its run on June 26, 1999 on ABC, but concluded with Doug's Big Game, which came out on December 15, 2000. In April 2001, Jim Jinkins, the creator of Doug, gave Cartoon Network permission to purchase Doug from Disney, even though Disney originally bought it from Nickelodeon in 1996, along with the rest of Jumbo Pictures. Cartoon Network finally bought Doug in May 2001, but wanted to have help from Jim Jinkins. Even though Jinkins was currently working at Disney as the creator of Stanley and JoJo's Circus, he wanted to work at Cartoon Network for once. The Nickelodeon and Disney incarnations of Doug were produced by Jumbo Pictures (where as Nickelodeon's was produced with Ellipse Programmé and Nickelodeon Animation Studios and Disney's was produced with Disney Television Animation and Plus One Animation), but the Cartoon Network incarnation was not produced with Jumbo Pictures. Instead, the Cartoon Network incarnation of Doug was produced, as a Jim Jinkins creation, with Cartoon Pizza, Jumbo Pictures' successor, but as a Cartoon Network show, it was produced with Cartoon Network Studios and Rough Draft Studios. While Billy West still didn't want to be a part of Cartoon Network's Doug as much as Disney's Doug, Tom McHugh, who voiced Doug in the Disney incarnation also declined. Some new voice actors came, while many old voice actors returned, and while Fred Newman once again voices Porkchop and Skeeter and Chris Phillips returned as Roger and a few others, Grey DeLisle voiced Cleopatra Funnie and Bebe Bluff, when Alice Playten declined, Tom Kenny voiced Mr. Dink and a few others, and Eric Bauza became the voice for Doug in the Cartoon Network incarnation. The show premiered on September 7, 2001 on Cartoon Network as the 12th series in the Cartoon Cartoons moniker, and part of Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, originally named "ALL Brand Spanking NEW! Doug" for two seasons from 2001 to 2003. The Cartoon Network incarnation has the same amount of episodes and seasons as the Disney incarnation, but taking place in high school. The first season premiered on September 7, 2001, concluding with 26 episodes on June 7, 2002. The second season premiered on July 5, 2002, concluding with 17 more episodes on June 6, 2003. The third and final season then premiered on July 4, 2003, but because Cartoon Network was about to drop its Cartoon Cartoons moniker, "ALL Brand Spanking NEW! Doug" was renamed to simply Cartoon Network's Doug in 2003, and concluding with 22 more episodes up until May 28, 2004, with a TV movie Doug's High School Graduation.
Cartoon Network's Doug somehow got more merchandising than either Nickelodeon's Doug and Disney's Doug, even though Disney originally gave Doug more merchandise than Nickelodeon, but had the more merchandise out of the entire Cartoon Cartoon Fridays block, with Codename: Kids Next Door in second and Ed, Edd n Eddy. Products ranged from trading cards, toys, lunchboxes, clothes, and more. It spawned a few book series as well: the regular Cartoon Network's Doug series, which were chapter book adaptations of various episodes, Cartoon Network's Doug Chronicles, which were Cartoon Network's versions of Disney's unique-to-chapter book stories, and Cartoon Network's remake of Doug Mysteries, which were also unique to the book, with mystery plots not seen in the television series. Picture books were also released for younger fans. Comics appeared in Cartoon Network Block Party from 2001 to 2008. Toys of the series were given out at Jack-In-The-Box resturaunts in 2001, and then later at McDonald's in 2004 to promote the television movie's premiere. Warner Home Video released 8 VHS and DVDs of Cartoon Network's Doug from 2002 to 2005, but in 2006, they released "Doug: The Complete Cartoon Network series" on DVD. Reruns aired on Cartoon Network until 2006, when it moved to Boomerang from 2006 to 2011.
While merchandise came to a halt in 2005, t-shirts of the series have been appearing in Hot Topic stores since late 2009, though they are based on the Nickelodeon series.
Changes from the Original
There were many changes from the original, which has prompted fans of the original series to declare this version as the moment when the show "jumped the shark".
- Roger is still rich kid and rival to Beebe Bluff, but ended up poor again in "Doug's High School Graduation"
- The Honker Burger has still became Chez Honque, but Doug & friend's still didn't have to worry because in Doug's New School, Mr Swirly still has an ice cream palor which becomes the new hangout for them.
- The Beets reunited.
- Doug has turned fifteen, but turned 16 to 17 to 18 throughout some of the series.
- Most of the characters still had the same outfits.
- Bebe and Cleopatra are voiced by Grey DeLisle.
- Tom Kenny voices Mr. Dink and a few others.
- Chris Phillips still voices Roger, but Tom McHugh didn't want to be a part of Cartoon Network, because being a part of a Cartoon Network Doug would hurt his career, and Billy West agreed, even though he still didn't like the Disney version. Eric Bauza was the new voice for Doug.
- Unlike the Nickelodeon and Disney versions, Cartoon Network's Doug is not produced by Jumbo Pictures, instead was produced by Cartoon Pizza, Rough Draft Studios, and Cartoon Network Studios.
- Disney even sold their version of the Doug theme song to Cartoon Network (due to Nickelodeon having the original one under their copyright).
- The background music is still the same as Disney. The Nickelodeon series had more a cappella background music, Disney switched it to more synthesized/orchestrated music. Some pieces of Nickelodeon's background music remain, though, until Cartoon Network acquired all of Disney's Doug music.
- The characters are now attending Beebe Bluff High School, having graduated from Beebe Bluff Middle School at the beginning of the Cartoon Network series.
- The episodes consist of one 30 minute (plus commercials) story, like the Disney version, while the Nickelodeon series had episodes consisting of two 12 minute stories (with the exception of the first episode and the Halloween and Christmas specials).
- Judy's hair is somewhat a bit more longer.
- Doug has lost a slight bit more of weight.
- While Doug was in practically every scene in the Nick series, he doesn't get as much screen time and other characters are featured in sub stories of their own, due to new formats in Disney and Cartoon Network.
- Skunky Beumont, a character often mentioned but never appearing in the Nick series, becomes a major character in the show, and appeared again in the Cartoon Network.
- The show is now more digitally colored at Cartoon Pizza, Rough Draft Studios, and Cartoon Network Studios, as opposed to the hand-painted cels used for the Nickelodeon series, and smoother animation in the Disney series, and the animation is more smoother on Cartoon Network.