The Tijuana Toads are the main characters in a series of 17 theatrical cartoons produced by DePatie-Freleng and released through United Artists.
The series was about two toads, Toro and Pancho, who live in the Mexican city of Tijuana. Throughout the cartoon they try to eat their prey, but always get outsmarted. 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.
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.
When series began airing in 1976 as part of The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half-Hour-and-a-Half Show, NBC redubbed Tijuana Toads and renamed it Texas Toads to make the series less offensive. A laugh track was added to the new soundtrack, and the toads were given the new names of Fatso and Banjo. 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 down. 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."
List of CartoonsEdit
|01||Tijuana Toads||August 6, 1969||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|02||A Pair of Greenbacks||December 16, 1969||Art Davis||John W. Dunn|| |
|03||Go for Croak||December 25, 1969||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|04||The Froggy Froggy Duo||March 15, 1970||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|05||Hop and Chop||June 17, 1970||Grant Simmons||Dale Hale|| |
|06||Never on Thirsty||August 5, 1970||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|07||A Dopey Hacienda||December 6, 1970||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|08||Snake in the Gracias||January 24, 1971||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|09||Two Jumps and a Chump||March 28, 1971||Gerry Chiniquy||John W. Dunn|| |
|10||Mud Squad||April 28, 1971||Art Davis||John W. Dunn|| |
|11||The Egg and Ay-Yi-Yi!||June 6, 1971||Gerry Chiniquy||Dale Hale|| |
|12||Fastest Tongue in the West||June 20, 1971||Gerry Chiniquy||Larz Bourne|| |
|13||A Leap in the Deep||June 20, 1971||Hawley Pratt||John W. Dunn|| |
|14||Croakus Pocus||December 26, 1971||Art Davis||John W. Dunn|| |
|15||Serape Happy||December 26, 1971||Gerry Chiniquy||John W. Dunn|| |
|16||Frog Jog||April 23, 1972||Gerry Chiniquy||John W. Dunn|| |
|17||Flight to the Finish||April 30, 1972||Art Davis||John W. Dunn|| |
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.