Tijuana Toads

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Tijuana Toads is a series of 17 theatrical cartoons produced by DePatie–Freleng and released through United Artists. [1]



The series was about two toads, El Toro and Pancho, who live in the Mexican city of Tijuana. Throughout the cartoon they try to eat their prey, but always get outsmarted. [2] They would sometimes themselves be targeted by a bird, Crazylegs Crane, and would in turn always outsmart him.

The series introduced two characters who later got their own series. The Blue Racer first appeared in "Snake in the Gracias" before getting his own series in 1972. Crazylegs Crane also spun off to his own series for television in 1978 on ABC. Both characters were voiced by Larry D. Mann, except in "Flight to the Finish" where Bob Holt voiced Crazylegs Crane. [3] [4]

El Toro was voiced by actor Don Diamond and Pancho voiced by Tom Holland. Crazylegs Crane was voiced by Larry D. Mann. Directorial duties were split between Hawley Pratt, Art Davis, Grant Simmons, and Gerry Chiniquy. [3]

When the series began airing in 1976 as part of The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show , it was re-dubbed and renamed Texas Toads to make the series less offensive. [3] A laugh track was added to the new soundtrack, and the toads were given the new names of Fatso and Banjo. [3] Producer David H. DePatie later commented on the process:

"When they (Tijuana Toads) went on television, we had to completely change them around and the series became known as the Texas Toads, and we had to redo all of the tracks that had any type of ethnic content and it really watered down the series. We all thought it was a hell of a lot more funny when it was the Tijuana Toads, but at the time we had to do it in order to bring the thing on television". [5]


TitleDirected by:Story by:Release date
1Tijuana Toads (TV title: "Tall in the Grass")Friz FrelengJohn W. DunnAugust 6, 1969 (1969-08-06)
2A Pair of GreenbacksArt DavisJohn W. DunnDecember 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
3Go for CroakHawley PrattJohn W. DunnDecember 25, 1969 (1969-12-25)
4The Froggy Froggy DuoHawley PrattJohn W. DunnMarch 15, 1970 (1970-03-15)
5Hop and ChopGrant SimmonsDale HaleJune 17, 1970 (1970-06-17)
6Never on ThirstyHawley PrattJohn W. DunnAugust 5, 1970 (1970-08-05)
7A Dopey HaciendaHawley PrattJohn W. DunnDecember 6, 1970 (1970-12-06)
8Snake in the GraciasHawley PrattJohn W. DunnJanuary 24, 1971 (1971-01-24)
9Two Jumps and a Chump Gerry Chiniquy John W. DunnMarch 28, 1971 (1971-03-28)
10Mud SquadArt DavisJohn W. DunnApril 28, 1971 (1971-04-28)
11The Egg and Ay-Yi-Yi!Gerry ChiniquyDale HaleJune 6, 1971 (1971-06-06)
12Fastest Tongue in the WestGerry Chiniquy Larz Bourne June 20, 1971 (1971-06-20)
13A Leap in the DeepHawley PrattJohn W. DunnJune 20, 1971 (1971-06-20)
14Croakus PocusArt DavisJohn W. DunnDecember 26, 1971 (1971-12-26)
15Serape HappyGerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnDecember 26, 1971 (1971-12-26)
16Frog JogGerry ChiniquyJohn W. DunnApril 23, 1972 (1972-04-23)
17Flight to the FinishArt DavisJohn W. DunnApril 30, 1972 (1972-04-30)


Tijuana Toads shorts aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Remade and reused scenes and plots


The characters were resurrected for the 1993 TV series The Pink Panther . As the case when the original shorts were shown on TV, they were rebranded as the Texas Toads. The toads were redesigned as western sheriffs with oversized cowboy hats replacing their sombreros. [3] [6]

Home video


In 1987, Go for Croak was released on VHS as part of Cartoon Festival.

DVD and Blu-ray

In 2016, Kino Lorber released the complete series with the original soundtrack, digitally remastered from the original negatives and in the original ratio.

A restaurant dubbed under the name Pancho i Toro - Pizza & Grill Sesvete is located in Sesvete, Croatia. [7]

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