"Tijuana Toads" was DePatie-Freleng's fifth theatrical cartoon, which was released from August 6, 1969, thru April 30, 1972, with total of 17 six and a half minutes cartoons. The series revolved around two toads, who is trying to live like toads, but was difficult because of location where they live (the title itself tells you where they live). Although they live in southern part of North America, they still manage to live like toads (catching flies, trying to escape from danger, etc.), but in humerous way.
The series was also became a ticket for other DFE cartoons. In "Hop and Chop", the two toads started chasing around a Japanese Beetle, who later became a character in DFE's 6th theatrical series "The Blue Racer", and speaking of the fast blue snake, the Blue Racer also first appeared in TT in the episode "A Snake in the Gracias". Crazylegs Crane spunoff to his own series after appearing in several toads episodes.
Orginally, they were going to be a one-shot cartoon characters, but audienced loved those toads, and United Artists, Toads' distributor, commissioned DePatie-Freleng to make 16 more shorts. "Tijuana Toads" was also the last theatrical DFE series to use "Mirish-DePatie-Freleng Productions" in the credits.
The toads came back to TV in 1976 to be the part of "The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show", but their only problem was that they thought these jokes were un-PC and they were forced to re-title and re-dubb the toon to "Texas Toads" where the toads were renamed "Fatso" and "Banjo", and the settings were changed to Texas. Although there were no new episodes, they still created several new 30 second bridge played during the show.
Although there were only 17 shorts, they still managed to become one of the top DFE cartoons.
Well, although I didn't see enough episodes to know much about it, I managed to still know about it from many fans who watched more than I did. And I actually liked these two toads from Mexico. To bad they only lasted 17 episodes. I wish they at least made it thru 50, but theatrical cartoons was getting rare anyway, but I highly reccommend to any DePatie-Freleng fans to watch them, 'cause you won't regret it.
- Charles Brubaker