The starring character, Bonkers D. Bobcat, first appeared in a series of shorts originally airing as a cornerstone of anthology series Raw Toonage. These shorts were eventually also included in the second season of Bonkers, creating four half-hour episodes.
However, the Bonkers series had been in production prior to the conception of Raw Toonage – its concept was similar to that of feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, with Bonkers D. Bobcat, a cartoon character (a ”toon”), working alongside a human character. However - unlike the Roger Rabbit movie, the humans of Bonkers were also animated, although in a slightly less colorfull manner, in order to distinguish them from the ”toons”.
Bonkers began to air on Disney Channel in the spring of 1993, with episodes starring Bonkers as a police officer, working with Officer Miranda Wright. Due to creative difficulties, the original pairing of Bonkers and Wright was however halted after 9 episodes had aired and 10 more had been produced. These 19 episodes are here referred to as season 1.
In the fall of 1993, a re-worked Bonkers premiered on The Disney Afternoon. The two-part pilot tells the story of how Bonkers was fired as a cartoon actor, and got to work with the Hollywood Police Department, paired with Officer Lucky Piquel. After 21 ”Piquel episodes” having aired, the episode New Partners on the Block told the story of how Piquel is transfered to FBI, and Miranda Wright becoming Bonkers new partner. Then followed the "season 1" episodes. With all 19 Wright episodes aired, the series closed with 20 unaired episodes starring Piquel.
Thus, while the Wright episodes were the first to be produced, within the chronology of the series, they take place after the Piquel episodes (i.e. "season 1" occurs after "season 2" within the series fictional universe).
The original concept, the Miranda Wright episodes/"season 1", were created and produced by Duane Capizzi & Robert Hathcock, and the 42 Lucky Piquel episodes ("season 2") were produced by Robert Taylor. The 12 shorts (airing as 4 episodes, mixed into the Piquel range) were produced by Larry Latham.
|Season One||February 28, 1993||October 29, 1993||19|
|Season Two||September 4, 1993||February 23, 1994||46|
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