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DEXTER’S LABORATORY

ELEV: Popa Diana Cristina CLASA: a XII-a C PROF. COORDINATOR: Bucioc Adriana

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1 DIAL M FOR MONKEY…………………………………………………………...7 2.3.1.6 2..2 OTHER CHARACTERS…………………………………………………………………….2 PLOT…………………………………………………………………………………....…..3.2 THE JUSTICE FRIENDS……………………………………………………….1 EPISODES………………………………………………………………………………….1 MEMORABLE QUOTES…………………………………………………………10 3.1 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………..….…..2 REVIEW………………………………………………………………………………….…7 CHAPTER III OVERVIEW 3..3 PRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………….…..…7 2..3 1.11 BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………………….10 3..13 3 .……2 1..…………4 CHAPTER II THE CHARACTERS 2.1 MAIN CHARACTERS………………………………………………………………………5 2..CONTENTS CHAPTER I DEXTER’S LABORATORY 1.3 BACKUP SEGMENTS…………………………………………………………………….

As of March 30. 4 . 2012. Cartoon Planet. Dexter's Laboratory had moved to Teletoon. Each 22-minute episode consists of two to three segments (with the exception of the initial series finale). 2012. The show is about a boy named Dexter who has an enormous secret laboratory filled with an endless collection of his inventions. 1996. airing Saturdays at 12:30PM ET. Butch Hartman. Dexter's Laboratory originally ended in 1998 after 52 episodes. and Rob Renzetti. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on April 27. As of 2006. in favor of the launch of Cartoon Network Canada. Seth MacFarlane. and. but it was later revived for a TV movie. Dexter's Laboratory is notable for helping launch the careers of several cartoon creators such as Craig McCracken. the series has returned to Cartoon Network on the revived block. The series originally aired on YTV in Canada. two more seasons featuring a different production team. Bob Boyle. Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang has also been airing the series. Scott Fellows. even later.CHAPTER I DEXTER’S LABORATORY INTRODUCTION Dexter's Laboratory (commonly abbreviated as Dexter's Lab) is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Cartoon Network Studios (also co-produced with Hanna-Barbera from 1996–2001). The series initially debuted on the What A Cartoon! Show as a cartoon short and later became the first of said program to be adapted into its own series. As of May 5.

Dee Dee eludes all manner of security and. Despite the fact that almost all of his inventions have highly sophisticated computer and electronic components. his laboratory darker-looking. Both of these characters were often associated with a superhero team called The Justice Friends. once inside. delights in playing in the lab. which included the superheroes Major Glory. and Dexter's favorite superhero.PLOT The series revolves around Dexter. Despite her hyperactive personality. often destroying all of his creations and often by pushing the wrong button(s) on an invention. The final component of most inventions is a hand-held remote control with a large red button and radio antenna. but Mandark tries to make up for this by stealing Dexter's inventions. without waiting for an answer.). though she prefers to ignore him and never returns his affections. Dexter has an arch-nemesis. Dexter is turned into a sandwich. Valhallen and The Infraggable Krunk. though highly intelligent. Dee Dee. who amusingly never notice any evidence of the laboratory. the entire lab is completely destroyed. Access to this never-ending laboratory is usually achieved by speaking various passwords or by activating hidden switches on his bookcase (such as pulling out a specific book). and many episodes are self-contained or leave characters in predicaments that are left unresolved and never referenced afterward (e. This is often preceded by Dee Dee asking "Oooooh. in contrast to his original brightly-lit lab which had more rounded features. He manages to keep the lab a secret from his clueless. Dexter. Dexter usually fails at what he has set out to do with Dee Dee often besting him. etc. luh-BOAR-uh-tor-ee) filled with highly advanced equipment hidden behind a bookshelf in his bedroom. Mandark's schemes are generally evil and are designed to gain power for himself while downplaying or destroying Dexter's accomplishments. Mandark is also in love with Dee Dee. Major Glory. Dexter often makes better inventions than Mandark. Dee Dee sometimes makes more logical decisions than Dexter. or even gives him helpful advice. the assembly of the devices usually involves tightening a large nut with a wrench and/or pouring green and purple chemical liquids into each other.g. Chief among these were Dexter's pet monkey. an eight-year-old genius boy. Dee Dee. PRODUCTION Dexter's Laboratory was inspired by one of Genndy Tartakovsky's drawings of a ballerina. cheerful parents. what does this button do?". a boy from his school named Susan Astronomonov who dubs himself "Mandark". even when it was right before their eyes. Continuity is not generally an aspect of the show. Mandark's schemes became significantly more evil. Most episodes end in disaster because of a flaw in Dexter's logic or in his inventions. who lives down the block from Dexter and has a secret laboratory of his own. Monkey (who secretly lived a double life as a crime-fighting super-powered secret agent). often fails at what he has set out to do when he becomes overexcited and makes careless choices. After drawing her tall and thin shape. he decided to pair her with a short and blocky opposite. As the series progressed.. who has a secret laboratory (which he pronounces with a stress on the second syllable. Dexter is normally in conflict with his ditzy older sister. and Mandark. who always mysteriously gains access to his lab no matter what he does to try to keep her out. 5 . industrial and angular. The shorts occasionally chronicle the adventures of other characters besides Dexter.

then-head of programming for the network. the first to earn that vote of approval was “Dexter's Laboratory”. though the character and setting designs were subtly altered. This second line of episodes featured noticeably different visual designs. and Christine Cavanaugh. Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker. Butch Hartman. said that the short was his favorite of the 48 shorts. directed. Tartakovsky wrote. Christine Cavanaugh later won an Annie Award for her performance as Dexter in "Ego Trip" for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting By a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production". The show debuted as a half-hour series on April 27. Paul Rudish. “Dexter's Laboratory” ended its initial run in 1998. minor inconsistencies with the original episodes both in storyline and in visuals. The series was picked up for a season of 13 episodes in August 1995. In 1999 Tartakovsky returned to direct "Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip". The special was hand-animated. and Chris Savino. the show's first special episode. animated.Dexter (inspired by Tartakovsky's older brother Alex). but was a single 25-minute episode. After enrolling at CalArts in 1990 to study animation. 1996. The series re-entered production in 2001. having created several new musical themes exclusively for "Ego Trip". the original voice for Dexter was replaced with Candi Milo for most of these episodes (as Cavanaugh had retired from voice acting in 2001 for personal reasons. promoted as a World Premiere Toons on February 26. The plot follows Dexter on a quest through time as he finds out his future triumphs. with further promotion by its broadcast on both TNT and TBS as well as the Cartoon Network. In this episode Dexter was forced to reveal the lab to his parents. Craig McCracken. though it ended with their memories being wiped clear of the experience. Viewers worldwide voted on what series should be given a full-time slot. This was the last “Dexter's Laboratory” production that Tartakovsky was involved with and was originally intended to be the series finale. respectively). Seth MacFarlane. different sound effects. The new episodes. had a different production team than the originals since Genndy Tartakovsky was busy working on “Samurai Jack” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars” (MacFarlane and Hartman had left Time Warner altogether at this point. CHAPTER II THE CHARACTERS 6 . John McIntyre. Rumen Petkov. and produced two cartoon shorts that would become the basis for the series. focusing on “Family Guy” and “The Fairly OddParents”. who were known for scoring many cartoons including the “Dexter's Laboratory” series. Dexter's Laboratory was then made into a short film as a part of Cartoon Network's “What A Cartoon!” project. which is currently the only “Dexter's Laboratory” television movie. commenting "We all loved the humor in brother-versus-sister relationship". which differed from the format of the other episodes in that it was not a collection of cartoon shorts.Directors and writers on the series included Genndy Tartakovsky. The special was also released on VHS and VCD. 1995. Rob Renzetti. The series finale was "Last But Not Beast". provided the musical score. which ran for two more seasons. though she still voiced Dexter for the first few episodes of Season 3). Mike Lazzo.

He manages to keep the lab a secret from his clueless. Mendark Susan Astronominov (born September 9. who amusingly never notice any evidence of the laboratory. who seems to have total control over him. it is revealed that he has a sister named Olga Astronominov. simple-minded. is the main antagonist in the Cartoon Network animated series Dexter's Laboratory. He was originally referred to as "Mandark" though his true name was revealed to be "Susan". messing around in Dexter's laboratory. a name which humiliated him in his early phases in life and a case of horrible parenting. although she hasn't been seen or heard of since. though highly intelligent. often fails at what he has set out to do when he becomes overexcited and makes careless choices. 1983). She usually. even though she seems to show care or love for her brother. Dee Dee also loves ballet. brightly lit building before it was rebuilt) and may be organic-based. he too possesses his own laboratory. or commonly known as Mandark. 14 year old sister. who has a secret laboratory and is the main character of Dexter's Laboratory. Dee Dee is Dexter's extremely ditzy. but developed an easier relationship with him in the later series. Mandark has a crush on Dee Dee. sabotages his experiments and destroys the lab in every episode of the show. Dexter. Dexter's arch-nemesis. unicorns. OTHER CHARACTERS Mom 7 . cheerful parents. in one way or another.MAIN CHARACTERS Dexter Dexter is a ten-year-old genius boy. a reference to Tartakovsky's own accent that he spoke with during childhood. which has a very red-and-black color scheme (although it was a normal shaped. also called Lalavava. and generally depicts all the stereotypes concerning normal girl activities. In spite of her role in his setbacks. puppies. Despite coming from a typical all-American family. who initially resented the attention. Dee Dee Dee Dee (born July 6 1997) is a main character. in the animated series Dexter's Laboratory. even when it was right before their eyes. Dexter's favorite superhero is Major Glory. In one episode called Dee Dee's Rival. Approximately equal in intelligence to Dexter. Dexter is normally in conflict with his ditzy older sister Dee Dee. Dexter speaks with an accent.

Or play with the ponies they love so much! Lee Lee and Mee Mee are shown to be nearly identical to Dee Dee. BACKUP SEGMENTS In season 1 of Dexter's Laboratory (and a few episodes of season 2). Mee Mee is African-American while Lee Lee is Asian. as shown quite a few times. and. naivite and blonde hair. as shown in one episode when she openly calls him cute. Even though Dexter's Mom was smart. a few episodes imply most of Dexter's personality comes from her. Two kinds of these segments were shown. Dee Dee's traits inherited from Dad include his innocence. She speaks in a kind of Minnesotan accent. etc. though Dexter has inherited his need for glasses and obsession over petty things from him as well. starts to go insane (as in she starts having nightmarish hallucinations. Dexter's mom has been shown to be nowhere near as moronic as her husband. However. Lee Lee & Mee Mee Lee Lee (born October 26. primarily during the first season. His workplace may also be in an office as when Dee Dee takes pictures of him dressed as mom and she says "Wait till the boys at the office see these" in "The Muffin King “The only thing close to being named was in the episode "Bad Cable Manners" where everyone refers to him as "Mr. fishing. Mee Mee has a bit of an attitude. should she happen to lose them.when they have gone missing from her nightstand. 1984) are two of Dee Dee's friends. the middle segment would have centered around characters from the Dexter's Laboratory universe other than Dexter's family. While Lee Lee seems to have possible feelings for Dexter.Mom (born September 13. They like the same things that she does and often cause havoc in Dexter's lab with her when they come for a visit. his real name has not been revealed and he is referred to as "dear". 1984) and Mee Mee (born February 20. cluelessness. and has an unnatural affinity for his wife's muffins. Loves bowling. a Mysophobe who has trouble being around the rest of the family without her rubber gloves. 1957) is Dexter's and Dee Dee's red-haired mother. She is rarely seen without her gloves. Like his wife. Dexter's Dad". Dial M for Monkey appeared in the first half of the first season. In fact sometimes she has been shown to be very smart."Pslightly Psycho" to be exact . 1956) is Dexter and Dee Dee's blond-haired father is the stereotypical husband and head of the household. of which she can expertly create. "honey". running during 22-minute slots: Dial M for Monkey and The Justice Friends. red hair. and her penchant for dramatics. featuring oversized bugs and germs) in an episode . golf. including her perfectionist streaks. Although a stereotype housewife. intelligence. while The Justice Friends appeared in the second half of the first 8 . falling directly above his wife in authority. Dad Dad (born May 4.

2012. to a bounty hunter who wants to kill Monkey for use as a hunting trophy. he is the nephew of Uncle Sam (currently a hippie). patriotic dialogue. Valhallen can also fly on his guitar. Val Hallen's guitar is his source of divine power. "Cartoon Planet". similar to the chariot used by Thor in Norse mythology which is pulled by two goats. He is voiced by Rob Paulsen. as seen in the episode "Val Hallen's Room" where he was reduced to a nerd having lost it. It's also powered by static electricity as well. such as a cross between a Viking long ship and a jeep. However. it seems that the guitar itself does not supply an infinite amount of energy as he had to retrieve his power when Mental Mouse claimed it in the episode "Can't Nap". unknown to Dexter. Val Hallen is a guitar-wielding Viking god of rock with Southern Californian mannerisms. has superpowers and fights evil with his lovely secret agent and a team of superhero partners. having teamed with his fellow superheroes while Dexter and Dee Dee sometimes appeared in the Monkey segments. or a chariot pulled by a goat (named Billy). and he is allergic to cats. Monkey (vocal effects by Frank Welker). He is an obvious parody of both Captain America and Superman. Monkey often appeared in the Justice Friends segments and vice versa. He is voiced by Tom Kenny. The Justice Friends The Justice Friends are a group of superheroes who exist in the "universe" of Dexter's Laboratory and occasionally appeared in back-up segments of that show.an opposite to the 9 . His love for publicity and of the paparazzi can often present more harm than good. Villains range from a cranky and irritable lava monster that just wants silence because it needs to sleep. He has been seen using various means of transportation throughout the series. Major Stars: Major Glory is a semi-effective. caped American hero given to over-dramatic. The Infraggable Krunk (or Krunk for short) is an overgrown muscle-man with arrested mental development. His secret identity is concealed by several masks instead of just one. Upon finding it. It can be noted that his guitar bears resemblance to the Gibson "Flying" V (Most likely an inside joke for guitar players). the power of the guitar restored him to his true form. He is a parody of both the Mighty Thor and rock music guitarist Eddie Van Halen. this segment will return to Cartoon Network to show re-runs on the revived block. The Justice Friends is considered to be a spoof or a parody for DC Comics' Justice League and Super Friends. to a woman obsessed with making fur coats from endangered species across the universe. Dial M for Monkey The Dial M for Monkey shorts feature Dexter's pet lab monkey. He obviously parodies both the Incredible Hulk and The Thing. much the same way Mjolnir grants Thor the ability of flight in the Marvel Universe. although Dexter's memories are erased shortly afterward. who.season. He wears green pants and has purple skin . and Marvel Comics' Avengers. Monkey's true identity is revealed to Dexter in the episode "Last But Not Beast". On April 13.

Human Torch and Shaman He is a tiki-themed Polynesian superhero and his interests are fighting crime and making drinks. He is the fastest member of the The Justice Friends. and/or Colossus superhero who can move at the speed of a bullet." he acts more like a common house cat. Batman (with Spider-Man's Rat Man is a pudgy. Scarlet Witch She is a superhero sorceress who fights using her magical spells. He is voiced by Frank Welker. Silver Samurai Sam-R-I is a samurai-themed superhero and his interests are fighting crime and his honor. Vision Phan Tone is a musical and paranormal themed superhero.Hulk's purple pants and green skin. Nick Fury The Commander is the head of Global Security whose main 10 . Iron Man. short and personality) near sighted member of The Justice Friends who mainly acts as the team's repairman due to his extensive knowledge of household electronics and plumbing. Her name is a play on "Miss Spell". His favorite television show is TV Puppet Pals. The Living Bullet is an armored Flash. which Major Glory calls the "'lil copperheads'". List of Other Justice Friends Justice Friend White Tiger Counterpart Black Panther Description Sam-R-I Living Bullet Phan Tone Rat Man iki Torch Miss Pell Commander White Tiger is the feline superhero member of The Justice Friends. She is the only female member. Quicksilver. He has children. Despite being called "White Tiger.

Dexter! Now there's an idea. but I'm driving. Notably. Dexter? Sorry to wake you. Dexter.” Dexter: “You mean like you did the last 20 times?” Dee Dee: “Well. all you mortals. Due to network standards. I can read your thoughts. 2003. not including the "Ego Trip" TV special. or Capital G has the ability to Apache Chief change the size of his body by growing or shrinking. the episode has never been broadcast on television. MEMORABLE QUOTES [whenever his mother calls him] Dexter: “What do you want. CHAPTER III OVERVIEW EPISODES As of November 20. he's "trapped" inside the TV since he's never seen outside of it. see? And I pushed a button. Black Goliath.. Three hip hop music videos were also aired on Cartoon Network beginning in fall 2002 as a promotion for the music CD Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment. In 2012. and behold the fury that you cannot deny! And you won't be disappointed. one episode made intentionally for adults entitled "Dexter's Rude Removal" features excessive use of profane language (albeit censored) and was only screened at certain animation conventions. blast Dexter!” Dee Dee: “Uh. I went into your lab.” Mandark: “Gather round.” Mandark: “Excellent! My sneaky ways have put me in the lead! I'd give myself a pat on the back. new episodes will return with a 5th season (and probably a sixth one too) and will air the 100th episode of the series. Apparently. so I'll have to do it later!” Mandark: “Blast you. and I am smarter than you. blast Dexter....Capital G duty is to monitor the Earth for any signs of danger.” 11 . Yes. there is a total of 78 half-hour episodes of Dexter's Laboratory produced. woman?” [repeated line] Dee Dee: “Oooh! What does THAT button do?” Mandark: “Yes. Giant Man.. either..

you mean like you did the last 20 MILLION times?” Dexter: “So what kind of stuff do you like?” Girl: “Oh. which makes him even more fun. I'm a large fan of animation. and especially solitude!” Dexter: “We'll call you!” Dexter: “Omlette du fromage. but the ratio of quality stuff to filler has grown considerably in recent years.” Dexter: “You fool! Mothers do not get sick. Together they form a sort of ying and yang. the assistant says. I heard this great joke! Okay. I grew up on Scooby Doo.” Dexter: “[laughing] Dee Dee. While being smart. Dee Dee is the free spirited spoil to Dexter's scientific rationalism with blond hair and gigantic blue eyes. As a case in point there is Dexter's Laboratory. large rubber gloves and boots. they take care of the sickly!” REVIEW Still being a kid at heart. while Dee Dee is unimpressed]. crashing through the scenery. just terribly curious.Dexter: “Oh. while mostly being background scenery. that's my wife!" [He breaks into hysterical laughter. The Simpsons really led the way for intelligent cartoons that can appeal to adults without forgetting that animation should be a playground for the imagination. "That's no hydroxyl ion. His normal attire is a white lab coat. and the original Tom and Jerry and can remember a time before so many cartoons were just toy advertisements or committee-designed slush meant for mass appeal or message preaching that wound up completely lacking in passion. He has a gigantic laboratory filled with incredible technology that. and he speaks in a quasiGerman accent. he can't seem to keep anything safe from his sister. Dexter is a red headed third grader with a super keen intelligence that allows him to build devices quite fantastic by our 21st century standards. who are replicas of the 1950's sitcom blissfully married perfect couple. It's the best thing I've seen come out of Cartoon Network's originally produced efforts so far. His dress and accent are no doubt homage to the super intelligent "mad genius" character popularized by so many horror and b-films over the years. and prone to all of the problems that would plague your average third grader. when all of a sudden. he is still very much a child. professor. there's still plenty of slush out there. what if the salicylic acids do not accept the hydroxyl ions?" And the professor responds. and he somehow manages to keep his fantastic playground hidden from his parents. She's not the least bit malicious. Looney Tunes. "Wait. While he keeps his lab hidden from his parents. and fits his character perfectly. Certainly. All of this is hidden in and under his house. quiet. looks the part perfectly (think Frankenstein's lab). 12 . I like peace. but all still firmly grounded in our science fiction culture that began in the 1950's (and this is sure to appeal to any fan of sci-fi who can appreciate humor). Artists with the same sense of nostalgia as I have seen to it that animation began a slow revival in the 1990's. here it goes: A physics professor and his assistant are working on liberating negatively-charged hydroxyl ions. She always seems to inadvertently foil Dexter's latest grand invention or scheme with her obsession to press every button she sees or randomly dance about.

and sibling rivalries are constant. yet human enough (they all have theirs flaws and foibles) that you will want to see how they act and react to the latest crisis. From giant monsters to fighting robots and even to an episode dedicated to spoofing Dungeons and Dragons which is quite funny. much like watching an old Looney Tune or Tom and Jerry short. The show abounds with references to popular culture any child of the 80's will be familiar with. it would still be pretty stale without such well fleshed out characters to enjoy. emotions are never handled in a sappy or overly sentimental manner. he still cares for her and never fails to bail her out of a tight spot. you probably haven't learned any great lesson. The ability to display heart so subtly without having to hit audiences over the head with it is difficult and rarely done so well. the father arm wrestles truckers to defend family honor). When an episode is done. They are all caricaturistic enough to be funny. typically brought on by Dexter's dabbling with science. you've just had a good time. The episodes are out of production. While the show does have plenty of action. While the characters might occasionally display fondness through their actions (Dexter builds a robotic likeness of his mother.their differences in nature successfully driving many stories along. 13 . and fantastic gadgets. To sum it up. but hilarious against the backdrop of sci-fi plots the two are thrown into. however. adventures. which is a shame. While Dexter may deeply resent his sister's habit for unintentional destruction and her "older sibling" status. I sincerely hope that Dexter and Dee Dee get to make a comeback someday. the series really just aims to entertain against a sci-fi backdrop. And in that respect it succeeds greatly. They're still very much brother and sister.

org http://www. Amy Keating Rogers.wikipedia. Chris Savino • The Cartoon Network Book by Wikipedia Internet sources: http://en.com/ 14 .wikia.com/Wikia http://www.imdb.BIBLIOGRAPHY • Dexter's Ink(Dexter's Laboratory Chapter Books) [Mass Market Paperback] By Howie Dewin.

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