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The Tijuana Toads are the main characters in a series of 17 theatrical cartoons produced by DePatie-Freleng and released through United Artists.

PlotEdit

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

# Title Date Director Story Synopsis
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

RevivalEdit

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.