1. The Powerpuff Girls were originally called the Whoopass Girls.
Animator Craig McCracken first developed the show as a cartoon short called Whoopass Stew! When Cartoon Network picket up the show, they wanted to… tone things down a bit.
2. Sesame Street has won more Daytime Emmys than any other show.
Sesame Street’s been around since 1969 and in that time, it’s managed to haul in 108 Daytime Emmys and be nominated for 15 Primetime Emmys. That’s quite a lot of Emmys…
3. Oskar Kokoschka from Hey Arnold shares a name with a turn of the 20th century Viennese painter.
Though their personalities are very much opposite, which is probably a good thing…
4. Muriel and Eustace are the names of two characters from Courage the Cowardly Dog. They are also the middle names of Chandler and Ross from Friends.
Yes Chandler’s middle name is in fact Muriel.
5. There was a controversy in 1999 over whether Tinky Winky was gay.
The rumors became so widespread that creators made official statements including “The fact that he carries a magic bag doesn’t make him gay.” — Steve Rice (spokesperson for Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co.)
6. The main dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer.
Keeping in mind the location of many of his adventures, perhaps he should have been called football. Soccer was also known for a lot of commercial work with companies such as Nike. How very sporting.
7. The Magic School Bus theme song was performed by Little Richard.
8. As of 2012, there’s an app version of Reading Rainbow.
Host LaVar Burton spent 18 months acquiring all the rights to the show in order to create the app with business partner, Mark Wolfe. The app has been widely successful.
9. It’s been suggested that Krabby Patties may be vegetarian.
The Krabby Patty recipe is a well-kept secret, however, rumor has it that Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg has suggested that the special burgers might be meat-free, otherwise some residents of Bikini Bottom would be cannibals.
10. Scooby Doo’s original name was “Too Much”.
Before production for the show began, a creator heard Frank Sinatra’s “Stranger’s in the Night” and liked the sound of the refrain “dooby-dooby-do.”
11. Sheen from Jimmy Neutron’s last name is Estevez.
He was named in honor of the Sheen/Estevez acting family. Interesting choice of character…
12. Bob the Builder did a cover of “Mambo No.5” which reached #1 on UK charts.
It includes the lyrics “A little bit of tiling on the roof, a little bit of making waterproof, a little bit of concrete mixed with sand, a little bit of Bob, the builder man.” But you can hear the whole glorious thing for yourself here.
13. Barney was not originally a dinosaur.
Creator Cheryl Leach has stated, “My idea was that generally preschoolers go to sleep with a snuggly like a teddy bear, and I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if the thing I loved so much could come to life and interact with me?’”. Can you imagine Barney as a bear rather than the dinosaur we all have nightmares about? (Just kidding. A bit.)