The Moxy Show

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The Moxy Show
The Moxy Show (logo).jpg
Created byBrad DeGraf[1]
Written by
Directed byGeorge Evelyn
Greg Harrison
Voices of
Composer(s)David Wayne Powers (The Moxy & Flea Show only)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes24 (2 found)
Executive producer(s)
  • The Moxy Show: Margo de la Cruz
  • The Moxy & Flea Show: Tammy Walters
Editor(s)Lili Cunningham (The Moxy Show only)
Running time22 minutes approx.
Production company(s)
DistributorTurner Broadcasting System
Original network
Original releaseNovember 26, 1993 (1993-11-26) –
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)

The Moxy Show (also known as The Moxy Pirate Show and The Moxy & Flea Show) is an American animated anthology television series produced by Turner Production for Cartoon Network. The show ran on November 26, 1993, originally as The Moxy Pirate Show,[2] and consisted of classic cartoons divided by 3-D animated interstitials featuring Moxy and Flea, respectively a dog and a flea. The show ran on Cartoon Network from November 26, 1993 until November 9, 1995, where its finale was the sole episode for The Moxy & Flea Show. Reruns lasted until April 1, 2000. It is considered the first original series on Cartoon Network, but due to the production style Space Ghost Coast to Coast is considered Cartoon Network's first fully produced series.


The series was originally titled The Moxy Pirate Show and only featured Moxy. In 1994, Moxy's sidekick Flea was added to the series and the series was retitled simply as The Moxy Show, and in 1995, it was renamed again to The Moxy & Flea Show with major changes for a single episode:

  • Moxy's design has changed a lot. As opposed to wearing his usual yellow shirt with red/black checkerboard pants, and palette-swapped black and white sneakers; both of which resemble the likeness of Cartoon Network's traditional checkerboard logo, he is seen wearing a longer sleeved, green/black striped shirt and black jeans, complete with non palette-swapped sneakers, which seem to resemble those of Converse All-Stars. In addition, his eyes have become much smaller, with heterochromic green (left) and light blue (right) eyes complete with pupils, whereas they were previously red (left) and dark blue (right), sans pupils. His yellow whiskers and freckles have disappeared in his new design, his nose changed from the color purple to black, and his fur was changed to a darker shade of orange.
  • Flea's design was changed only slightly. Flea wore a blue fez instead of a propellor beanie, his height grew massive making him half as high as Moxy, and comedian Chris Rock replaced illusionist Penn Jillette as the voice of the character. Also, his eye color changed from blue and yellow to just yellow eyes with red pupils.
  • The opening sequence has changed a lot featuring a new theme song composed by Ben Friedman, Moxy and Flea dancing new moves and they do not speak at all (although in one part, Moxy says "Come on!").
  • There is no pre-existing cartoon footage as the entire 17-minute "pilot" is completely original animation.

The pilot didn't test well enough to allow more episodes to be produced, as revealed by Frank Gresham who worked on the pilot. Reruns were supposedly removed completely on April 1, 2000, the same day where most of the classical cartoon programming were moved to Boomerang except for this show.

The CGI Moxy is considered the first real-time[3] (sometimes called a "live") cartoon,[4] though only broadcast live through the "Great International Toon-In". A puppeteer wearing a motion capture apparatus would act out Moxy's motions, while Goldthwait provided the voice, and a technician would control facial expressions.

The show is considered to be a lost television series since it was never to be found anywhere because it was never picked up by Boomerang and it was never released in home media.

This is the only Cartoon Network original series to be animated with computer animation as all of the other programs featuring CGI are acquired animated programming and not Cartoon Network originals with the exception of co-productions. It's the first CN show to be animated with cartoon animation as well, making The Moxy Show the first Cartoon Network original series to feature a hybrid of different animation styles (Courage the Cowardly Dog would be the second, and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Chowder and The Amazing World of Gumball following). The show is also the first to use stock footage from classical shows (second is Space Ghost Coast to Coast, the second CN series to air).

Although this is the only Cartoon Network original series produced and animated in the United States with computer animation, the second Cartoon Network original series animated with computer animation was the network's first European original series Youri, the Spaceman, produced by Sparx Animation Studios, who originally produced Rolie Polie Olie for Disney Channel.

To this day, only a handful of clips, plus various segments of the "Great International Toon-In", a Spanish airing from the Moxy Show era,[5] a Spanish airing from the Moxy Pirate Show era,[6] a promotional VHS containing the Only Found Episode Of the Moxy Show era[7] and the only episode to the Moxy & Flea Show era[8] .

There was also an online comic made called "What Ever Happened to Moxy?" that may have wrapped up the story but only the first panel of it is currently visible to the public.[9]

Moxy made brief cameos in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus", along with other characters from animated Cartoon Network original shows.



Moxy (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait impersonating Cheech Marin) is a 3-D animated dog who liked to spend time goofing off and having fun with his sidekick, Flea, and also has a crush on Melody from Josie and the Pussycats. Although he never made it big in the cartoon industry, and usually auditioned for a number of roles on the network without making a call back,[10] he was given the opportunity to work as the janitor at Cartoon Network, and usually 'jammed the signal' once a week during the days when he flew solo before Flea was introduced.[11]

His first appearance on television were during the live commercial segments that aired simultaneously during a multi-channel cartoon broadcast on three of the main Turner-owned networks at the time; TNT, TBS, and Cartoon Network. His catchphrase is a lip-flapping sound, barking and a fart sound, stating that he just made it up.


Flea (voiced by Penn Jillette and Chris Rock) is Moxy's sidekick, and usually the man of the duo, who enjoyed spending time and watching television with Moxy. He helps a monkey king get a new set of hair to hide his bald skin causing him to rise through fame. In "Abducted", it has been revealed that he has a card, and his name was "Flealonius A. Flea".


The Moxy Show era[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date
11"Television"[7]November 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)
Moxy gets a chance to star in an episode of "The Flintstones" but eventually gets cut from the episode entirely.

The Moxy & Flea Show era[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date
11"Abducted"[8]November 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)
While driving down the road, Moxy and Flea get abducted by monkey aliens.


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  3. ^ Ramirez, Anthony (September 29, 1993). "Cartooning Is All Set To Go Live". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  4. ^ P., Ken (November 18, 2003). "An Interview with Andy Merrill". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  5. ^ The Collective Animation Archive (3 April 2016). "The Moxy Show {Spanish 1995 Airing} [Missing cartoons, truncated]" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ The Collective Animation Archive (21 March 2016). "The Moxy Pirate Show {Spanish June 1994 Airing} [Missing cartoons]" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ a b Wiki, The Lost Media (3 December 2015). "Moxy_Show_WorldPremiere01_VHSRIP" – via Vimeo.
  8. ^ a b The Collective Animation Archive (21 March 2016). "The Moxy & Flea Show Pilot {VHS} [Segmented]" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-03-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Cartoon Network: Favorites". 8 May 1999. Archived from the original on 8 May 1999. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ DeRosa, Robin (November 24, 1993). "Moxy's dog moves dictated by real life". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2012-11-29.

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