|Toon In with Me|
|Genre|| Comedy |
|Created by||Neal Sabin|
|Written by||Brent DiCrescenzo|
Leila Gorstein (Seasons 1-2)
|Directed by||Mike Schmiedeler|
Leila Gorstein (Seasons 1-2)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||407 (1 pilot) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Neal Sabin|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network|| MeTV |
|Original release||January 1, 2021 –|
|Related shows||Sventoonie (2022–present)|
Toon In with Me is an American live-action/animated anthology television series created by Neal Sabin for MeTV and MeTV Plus.A special preview episode aired on January 1, 2021, with the main series officially debuting on January 4, 2021.
The show is hosted in live-action segments by Bill, MeTV's "cartoon curator", along with his puppet friend, Toony the Tuna. Each episode contains five animated shorts taken from classic series (with properties from entertainment conglomerates such as Paramount, Sony, WildBrain, MGM, and WBD) including Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies , Tom and Jerry , Betty Boop , Popeye , The Pink Panther, The Inspector , Color Rhapsodies, and many others.
Toon In with Me harkens back to locally produced children's programs that aired from the 1930s through the 1990s, with a live-action host, comedy and puppet segments in between classic cartoons.
The show is hosted from the MeTV studios by Bill the Cartoon Curator (played by Bill Leff).
His co-host is Toony (puppeteered by Kevin Fleming), a cartoon-loving tuna puppet, whom Bill has to take care of while Toony's owner, Goldie Fisher (Leila Gorstein) (Seasons 1-2), is away on a world tour. As they present all of the cartoons, Bill and Toony deal with various issues in the studio, video chat with Goldie and receive useful information from game show host Mr. Quizzer (also played by Fleming). Fleming and Gorstein also play many other characters.
Each episode (except for "MeTV’s Cartoon Kick-Off Show") contains five classic animated shorts, and ends with Bill and Toony showing off drawings and photos sent in by fans via the show's website.
On Friday, June 24, 2022, Leila Gorstein left the show in the episode "Farewell Goldie", and as Leila left the show, so did a number of her characters such as Boxcar, Lorna Green and others.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||235||January 1, 2021||December 29, 2021|
|2||TBA||January 3, 2022||TBA|
Sventoonie, a spin-off television series of Toon In with Me as well as the Me TV hosted horror movie series Svengoolie, premiered on Me TV on March 26, 2022. Sventoonie is also by hosted Toony (voiced and performed by Kevin Fleming). His co-hosts are Blob E. Blob, a puppet blob fish DJ who speaks in sound effects, and Trevor Ground, an undead video store clerk (performed by Steven Fleming)In the series, Sventoonie and his guests provide breakdowns and commentary of a condensed edit of a horror movie from the set of Svengoolie.
On July 16th 2022, MeTV announced that Sventoonie would be renewed for a second season beginning in October 2022.
Toon-In With Me showcases classic animated theatrical shorts from the Golden Age of American Animation. Most of the cartoons shown are from Warner Bros. or subsidiaries owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, such as Turner Entertainment. This includes the original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons made by Warner Bros. cartoons, cartoons originally made by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio (ie. Tom and Jerry , Droopy , Barney Bear , Screwy Squirrel , George and Junior , and Happy Harmonies ) as well as the Popeye the Sailor and Superman shorts from Fleischer and Famous Studios originally released by Paramount Pictures.
Outside of Warner Bros, Toon in with Me also showcases cartoons owned by other studios such as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (ie. DePatie-Freleng cartoons: The Pink Panther , The Inspector and Roland and Rattfink ), Sony Pictures (Screen Gems' Color Rhapsodies ), Paramount Pictures (Max Fleischer's Betty Boop and Color Classics ) and NBCUniversal (Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker ).
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