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Freakazoid! is an American animated television series, produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation that aired for two seasons from 1995 to 1997. Then, after cancellation, reruns aired on Cartoon Network until early 2003. Bruce Timm, best known as a major principal of the DC animated universe, originally intended it to be a straightforward superhero action-adventure cartoon with comic overtones, but executive producer Steven Spielberg asked series producer/writer Tom Ruegger and the Animaniacs team to turn Freakazoid! into a flat-out comedy.
The show chronicles the adventures of the title character, Freakazoid, a manic, insane superhero who battles with an array of super villains. The show also features mini-episodes of adventures of other bizarre superheroes.
Dexter Douglas (Freakazoid's alter ego) gained his superhero abilities from a computer bug, which zapped him into cyberspace and the Internet (similar to digitization in TRON). References to TRON and other sci-fi movies were scattered throughout the show's two season run. Freakazoid's arch-nemesis, Armando Gutierrez, also gains his powers this way. After his first defeat, Gutierrez has half of his body covered in circuit-like glowing lines, like a TRON-inspired Two-Face.