|Disney's Raw Toonage|
|Also known as||Raw Toonage|
|Written by||Laraine Arkow|
|Voices of||Jeff Bennett|
|Theme music composer||Patrick DeRemer|
|Opening theme||Raw Toonage Theme Song|
|Ending theme||Raw Toonage Theme Song (Short Version)|
|Composers||Stephen James Taylor|
Craig Stuart Garfinkle
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (39 segments)|
|Producers||Larry Latham (He's Bonkers, host and parody segments only)|
Ed Wexler (Marsupilami segments only)
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Picture format||SD: 4:3|
|Audio format||CBS StereoSound|
|Original release||September 19 -|
December 5, 1992
|Preceded by||Who Framed Roger Rabbit|
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Spatula Party / Doggie Schnauzer / Marsupilami Meets Dr. Normanstein"||September 19, 1992|
|2||"Sheerluck Bonkers / All Potato Network / The Puck Stops Here"||September 26, 1992|
|3||"Bonkers in Space / Cro-Magnum PI / The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre"||October 3, 1992|
|4||"Draining Cats and Dogs / Mars vs. Man"||October 10, 1992|
|5||"Get Me to the Church on Time / So You Think You Know Everything, Do You? / Someone's in the Kitchen with Mars"||October 17, 1992|
|6||"Ski Patrol / Poultrygeist / Romancing the Clone / Goofy's Guide to the Olympics"||October 24, 1992|
|7||"Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield) / Nightmare on Rocky Road / Wannabe Ruler? / The Porker's Court"||October 31, 1992|
|8||"Dogzapoppin' / Bathtime for Maurice / A Fear of Kites"||November 7, 1992|
|9||"Trailmix Bonkers / The Young and the Nestless / Coming Attractions / Jungle Fever"||November 14, 1992|
|10||"Witch Doctor Is Which? / Robin Hoof / The Hairy Ape"||November 21, 1992|
|11||"Quest for Firewood / Badly Animated Man / Safari So Good"||November 28, 1992|
|12||"Gobble Gobble Bonkers / Hot Spots / My New Shoes / Prime Mates Forever"||December 5, 1992|
The idea for the show had an unusual genesis. Walt Disney Television Animation was developing a 65 episode half hour series for their Disney Afternoon block entitled He's Bonkers D. Bobcat. The premise was similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as the series dealt with the lead character's adventures post-stardom. The actual production of this series was troubled.
At the same time, Michael Eisner had purchased the rights to the popular Belgian comic strip Marsupilami. At some point, someone had the post-modern idea to actually make the cartoons that Bonkers had starred in before becoming a policeman, and Disney's Raw Toonage was born. Totally Tasteless Video was intended as a satire of popular culture. A host was added to give the show the familiar feel of the World of Disney show.
Due to the shorter production schedule, Disney's Raw Toonage was on the air before the above-mentioned half-hour show, thus adding some credibility to the back story.
Disney's Raw Toonage typically opens with an introduction by a famous character from Disney (such as Goofy with his style from Disney's Goof Troop), who attempts to share some of their expertise with the audience; then the show has a few of the above-mentioned shorts chained in a row, rounding out the half hour.
The premise of the Bonkers segments is that Bonkers is a delivery person, usually assisted by Jitters A. Dog. Conflict is provided by Bonkers' unrequited love for Fawn Deer.
The Marsupilami segments took the look of the character from the Belgian comic, but the characterization differs significantly; Marsupilami is more anthropomorphized, and speaks the language of the human characters fluently, Marsupilami in the comics can only say variations of "houba" and mimic sounds like a parrot. The secondary characters in Disney's Marsupilami series are completely different to those of the comics; in the Disney cartoons, Marsupilami is most often opposed by Norman, who appears in various different roles.
Totally Tasteless Video did each show in a different style. They were story edited by Tom Minton, who later write Pinky and the Brain at Warner Bros. The first Totally Tasteless Video segment is a parody of movie coming attraction trailers, followed by a spoof on Doogie Howser, M.D. Other notable segments involve badly animated superhero, a prehistoric spoof of Magnum, P.I., an exorchicken fighting chicken ghosts that haunt a family, and a Robin Hood twist in the Jay Ward style.
Larry Latham produced and directed the Bonkers, Totally Tasteless Video, and host segments; Ed Wexler produced and directed Marsupilami. At least one of the Marsupilami cartoons was produced with the idea of a theatrical run in mind.
Reruns of the show were aired on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and Disney Junior. Disney's Raw Toonage was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of outstanding writing in an animated program and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition in 1993. Music composed by Stephen James Taylor (character themes and underscore), Mark Watters, Eric Schmidt, Jerry Grant, Walter Murphy, and Craig Stuart Garfinkle.
Disney's Raw Toonage was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of outstanding writing in an animated program and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition in 1993.
Each of the Bonkers segments were eventually included in the half-hour "Bonkers" series, while every one but three ("Wannabe Ruler?", "The Young and the Nestless", and "Hot Spots") of the Marsupilami segments were not included in the half-hour "Marsupilami" series.