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The Incredible World of DIC

DIC Entertainment (pronounced "deek", rendered "DiC" and also known as, The Incredible World of DIC) was an international film and television production company. In 2008, the studio closed its doors, and was reallocated to Cookie Jar Entertainment.

The partnership between Disney and DIC started in 1991, when DIC signed a deal with Buena Vista Home Video to release their shows onto VHS. This partnership would eventually lead into the creation of the DIC Toon-Time Video label in 1994.

In 1993, DIC Animation City and Capital Cities/ABC formed a joint venture called DIC Entertainment L.P. (also known as DIC Productions L.P.) and in 1996, when Capital Cities/ABC and Disney merged, DIC became a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. Many of DiC's shows aired on Toon Disney during this time, and also produced two movies starring their mascot, Inspector Gadget.

Even though the company was owned by Disney in the 90's, it still retained a form of independence from them, with some projects being produced outside Disney (for example, the Direct-to-Video release My Friend, Martin was produced for CBS/Fox Video).

In 2000, with an investment by Bain Capital, Andy Heyward re-purchased DIC Entertainment from Disney, but DIC and Disney still maintaned a partnership with each other. The company renewed DIC's Sabrina: The Animated Series on ABC, and ordered 26 new episodes of The New Adventures of Madeline for Disney Channel, as well as Two animated direct-to-video films that would be released through Buena Vista Home Video, as well as international broadcasting rights to future DIC shows in some regions.

Eventually, Andy Heyward purchased Bain Capital's interest in 2004 and took the company public the following year. However by 2008, DIC was purchased and absorbed by Cookie Jar Entertainment. Cookie Jar themselves would be purchased in 2012 by Canadian company DHX Media, who own all the DIC programming with a few exceptions.

Disney had more plans for new DIC shows (mainly Inspector Gadget) but since Andy Heyward repurchased the company, all productions on future Gadget projects were cancelled.

Connections

Many of Disney's voice actors have also provided voice work on television cartoon produced by DIC. Among them:

  • Don Adams was the original voice of Inspector Gadget.
  • Voice acting legend Mel Blanc voiced Heathcliff in Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats and Heathcliff: The Movie.
  • Christine Cavanaugh voiced Bunnie Rabbot in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Bradley Pierce voices Miles "Tails" Prower in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Disney veteran Jim Cummings voiced Mr. Bumpy in Bump in the Night and Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon. He is voiced Goliath and the third Fox Soldier in The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure. He also notably voiced Robotnik and Scratch in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog pilot.
  • Jeannie Elias voiced Princess Peach in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and Marcy in Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.
  • Maurice LaMarche voiced Chief Quimby in the original Inspector Gadget animated series. He also portrayed Gadget himself in a live-action segment on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and eventually became the character's official voice actor in 2002, starting with the 2002 revival, Inspector Gadget and the Gadgetinis. He voiced Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbsters, also Sleet in Sonic Underground and Salem in Sabrina's Secret Life.
  • Scott Menville voiced Little David in The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure.
  • Townsend Coleman voiced Corporal Capeman in the original Inspector Gadget animated series. He also voiced Eliab and the second Fox Soldier in The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure.
  • Phil Proctor voiced Frog Servant, the first Fox Soldier and Rat Soldier in The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure.
  • Rob Paulsen voiced Antoine in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Tabitha St. Germain voiced Wendy O. Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons.
  • Kath Soucie voiced Princess Sally in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Tara Strong voiced Iggy and Lemmy Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons.
  • Cree Summer voiced Penny in the original Inspector Gadget animated series.
  • Voice acting legend Frank Welker voiced Brain and Dr. Claw in the original Inspector Gadget animated series, also Ray Santz and Slimer in The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Emily Hart and Melissa Joan Hart voiced Sabrina, Hilda, and Zelda Spellman in Sabrina the Animated Series.

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