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Bonkers
Bonkers Titlecard.jpg
An forgotten & abandoned toon of Disney that was too bonkers for its own good
Genre: Crime-Comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: February 28, 1993 – February 23, 1994
Network(s): Disney Channel
Distributed by: Buena Vista Television
Starring: Jim Cummings
April Winchell
Earl Boen
Charlie Adler
Ron Perlman
Frank Welker
Rip Taylor
Corey Burton
Robert Ridgely
Eileen Brennan
Sherry Lynn
Karla DeVito
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 64

Bonkers is an American animated television series and a spinoff of the earlier series Raw Toonage. It aired from September 28, 1993, to February 23, 1994, in first-run syndication (after a "preview airing" on The Disney Channel in early 1995). The syndicated run was available both separately, and as part of The Disney Afternoon. Reruns of the show continued in syndication until 1995. The show was last seen on Toon Disney, but was taken off the schedule in late 2004. The show is currently available for streaming on Disney+, having been included upon its November 2019 launch. However, this only applies to US territories. Is currently available also in Europe.

Bad Qualities

  1. The whole show is a shameless Roger Rabbit wannabe that disorganizes the cleverness, believability & charm that the original movie and the Disney shorts had.
  2. Bonkers is an annoyingly forgettable & irredeemable protagonist with the overly childish, unfunny, and awkwardly emotional (or just awkward) traits that honestly shows nothing else likable about him. He makes Roger Rabbit himself look like a way more likable, less embarrassing, comedic, and more mature character.
  3. Extremely corny voice acting from the toon characters [especially Bonkers being the weirdest and most annoying], which can come from dragged out dialogue or scenes like that un-named, Glasses looking like bird & Fall Apart's wailing in the episode, "Color Me Piquel" as an example of this.
  4. There are countless, visible animation errors. Sometimes to the point that they seem like washed-out colors.
  5. Several sound effects grate on the nerves, even if there are some decent ones.
  6. The music in the opening sequence is mediocre to some degree (Especially when the outro's soundtrack is much slower).
  7. Speaking of the intro, it's very fast-paced, distracting & nonsensically forgettable, just like the show. The singers' voices sound extremely annoying & overly corny, this was because it was sped up from a black guy's voice along with other singers. So they sound like shrill vocalists because of this editing.
    • The chemistry between Bonkers and Miranda Wright doesn't communicate as off-the-wall as the intro implies.
  8. The reason why most episodes don't take time to flow & grow with their plots & story (Heck, they sometimes feel like a harmless fever-dream or just a run-of-the-mill and/or middle-of-the-road 90s episode) was due to having a messy production and were on time constraints, so episodes would usually end up feeling very underdeveloped, forgettable, mindless, repetitive or even basic {especially for 90s cartoons}.
  9. Specifically, the executions of these episodes with its concepts and everything is generally filled with so many jumbles like the fourth wall breaking episodes, Lucky or Miranda episodes, and a lot more with describing what is necessary for that certain tale or episode to have this feeling of mediocrity or unsatisfying elements to the writing about what is so special about a cartoon with what a cartoon can do with it's so-called 'capabilities' [despite the whole thing being animated, no real-life people to blend in whatsoever and don't translate well into an animated Roger Rabbit series because of this] and were more often not, rushed, plus they feel somewhat rushed in a fast-paced and harmless way as well.
  10. Every episode's focus is on the 'wacky, cartoonish' & just 'cartoony' elements of every episode whether they can be sappy, repetitive or not & has no other true substance than that, as the show never makes full use of its premise.
  11. With that said, the Miranda Wright episodes are boring & very subpar compared to the crime-related Lucky episodes that provide some interest.
  12. The writing isn't very subtle, like not explaining about their world of cartoons' structure/missing details, can have unsubtle commentary, can contain tons of padding like the logic of toons such as why toons are hunting other toon characters or even why the Roger Rabbit effect [or the story similarity] works in this show when everyone is all cartoon characters (or are hard to tell who aren't toon characters) other than jokes & gags that completely fall flat and it all just seems unoriginal & underdeveloped in hindsight, this also includes morals/etc in most of the shorts (That does include both the Raw Toonage series & the Disney Afternoon series).
  13. Speaking of morals, like in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, [in some shorts, specifically from Raw Toonage];
    • There are weird, unjustified & just, questionable morals from Bonkers like in the How to be a Deliver episode, as Bonkers tells the viewer to never deliver anything to anyone on Saturdays all because of Bonkers blundering himself with his foolish behavior on one delivery just to watch his favorite show, then mixes it up in the ending when Fawn Deer smooches him & says it can be ok, which seems very vague. It's harmless as a senseless show like this, but it can be quite questionable why you should attempt telling morals to kids that people just won't take seriously or some that many would find misleading.
  14. The humor, 'satire', slapstick & punchlines are very passé, forced, cliché & seem deficient to an incredibly unfunny degree.
  15. This may seem like a nitpick but the backgrounds are Disney styles of bland & typical for the 90s, even if they're decently well-drawn (In contrast to the Raw Toonage version, those episodes are usually looking poorly done and washed-out).
  16. A lot of the cameos don't seem to make much sense when Disney couldn't buy the rights to have some characters shown, prime examples of this is when Mickey himself was never physically shown in an appearance like when a tall & fat rat replacing his image, is in a silhouette or is in a cage in which you never see him animated in the "I Oughta Be In Toons" episode and is there for no other reason, and every cameo either serve no purpose to the plot or can be also considered to be used for filler and/or padding.
  17. Viewing episodes in chronological order isn't very easy to do since they either premiere the Raw Toonage perspective as Bonkers working at other jobs like a TV salesman/etc before he got fired or the Disney Afternoon (the so-called spinoff) perspective as his titular job as a cop at in the Toon Division of the Hollywood P.D. after he was fired, even if Bonkers was originally created by Disney & was also shown to be aired on other platforms like Kids WB. Which in other words, it is incredibly inconsistent & disordered.
  18. This was also one of those forgettable shows that started the decline of the Disney Afternoon like Shnookums & Meat.

Good Qualities

  1. The instrumental version and the early 1993 version of the intro is much more fun, consistent & relaxing to listen to.
  2. The soundtrack in the Disney Afternoon episodes is good like in Darkwing Duck. In the Raw Toonage version, it either has catchy and good classical music or retro music.
  3. Some of the ideas and concepts were interesting, unique & kinda complex, although the execution of these ideas & concepts were mainly jumbled or even hit-or-miss at best.
  4. With that said from GQ #3, some fans or viewers can even find this show passable, (compared to a certain bobcat).
  5. Bonkers, along with Freakazoid!, was seen as the most positive and underappreciated cartoon show in the Italian version as it was praised as a great cartoon.
  6. The animation is decent & the art styles are pretty good (if kinda confusing for the human characters giving you a illusion of being so-called realistic) and some of the toon characters look appealing.
  7. Quick verbal & wordplay jokes along with some occasional, good slapstick here & there.
  8. The Lucky episodes are better than the Miranda episodes.
  9. The tone of the theme songs style of a zany intro with kinetic energy was well done by how lively & well animated it all looks.
  10. The human characters [especially Lucky] are much more fun, tolerable, relatable, & far more interesting than Bonkers & the toon characters theirselves (besides the well known Disney characters that appear in cameos like Mickey, Donald & The Mad Hatter as examples).
  11. The voice acting from the human characters are tolerable.
  12. Lucky has lots of funny moments with his sarcasm and sass (even if his cartoony elements are kind of an contradiction to his character since he was supposed to be non-toony and realistic character like Roger Rabbit's Eddie compared to the toon characters in the show).
  13. Bonkers portraying Roger with his compassion, good-nature and what he knows about toons in the Lucky episodes (or just being a harmless character) are the only decent parts about him.

Reception

It was successful with video games, syndication until 2004, features Bonkers in 3 cameos, & got three VHS tapes and Betamax tapes in 1995 by Walt Disney Home Video, each containing no more than two episodes.

Due to those rushed time constraints and complications behind the production of this show, Disney tried to remove all public consciousness of Bonkers himself and scrap the show entirely.

Videos

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Note(s)

Trivia

  • Disney's Bonkers was created when reworking an attempt at making a Roger Rabbit cartoon series. Disney's Bonkers was a short-lived series about an failed cartoon star, Bonkers D. Bobcat, who becomes the "nonstop comedy toon cop."
  • Bonkers was popular in Europe, especially in Italy and Russia, and was considered one of the best shows airing.
  • WB's Animaniacs would usually poke fun, make some mean digs and have some jabs at this cartoon when rivaling (as discussed from the Cosmodore video, the Nostalgia Critic video and the podcast above) due to the fact that Bonkers was originally intended to be in Animaniacs' name.
  • Bonkers was featured in some appearances with some Disney parks featuring Mickey and his friends in 1996.

Comments


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Funny

4 months ago
Score 1
Oh... I actually thought Bonkers was pretty good.
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ExploringEditor

2 months ago
Score 0
I'm glad you enjoy this show and I respect your opinion on it.
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MarioLuigi25

20 hours 46 minutes ago
Score 0
I honestly really like this show. I wasn't aware of how hated it was until recently

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