Dexter's Laboratory [Animated Series] (1995)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons one-shots to become a series, Dexter's Laboratory stars the young Dexter, a diminutive genius whose passion for science has led him to create an enormous secret laboratory under his typical suburban home. There, he creates and experiments with robots, shrink rays, and bionic appendages under the adoring eye of his central computer. Or rather, that's what he would do if his older, carefree sister Dee Dee wasn't always interfering by dancing, jumping around, and just being a girl (eww!), destroying everything in sight and ruining all of his experiments. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Dexter's Laboratory shares the same production team of CalArts alumni behind 2 Stupid Dogs and The Powerpuff Girls; as such, expect the same kind of graphic design, riffs on pop culture, and homages to animé, comics, and science fiction. Dexter's Laboratory also features the "Dial M for Monkey" and "Justice Friends" as series-within-a-series. "Dial M for Money" focuses on the adventures of Dexter's lab monkey, who is secretly a super-powered agent for a government organization; the Justice Friends are a parody of Marvel Comics' Avengers, complete with all-American hero Major Glory.

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