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Lava!
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Title card for Lava!'s appearances on KaBlam!.
Segments: 50 (Original run), 5 (KaBlam!)
Date Ran: 1991 (Original run), 1996-1997 (KaBlam!)
First KaBlam! Appearance: Comics for Tomorrow Today!
Last KaBlam! Appearance: Better Than A Poke In The Eye!
Directed/Written/Created By: Federico Vitali
Produced By: Canal+/Studio La Fabrique


Lava! is a traditional animation segment by French writer and director Federico Vitali, seen on the first two seasons of the Nickelodeon animated sketch comedy series KaBlam!. In the first season, it is introduced as part of the show's Surprising Shorts feature, but introduced normally in the second season.

The series originally aired on Canal+ in 1991 under its original title Guano! with a total of 50 short films (it was later broadcast for syndication in other European countries under the same name). Each short film features different animals in a distinctive, hand-drawn style.

Trivia

  • Due to the rights expiring after originally airing on Nickelodeon, Lava! was cut from later reruns of KaBlam!. Some episodes in the United States could not rerun as a whole because of this.
    • However, it can still be seen in the credits in United States airings.
    • The KaBlam! episodes with Lava! on Henry and June segment creator Mark Marek's website are left intact, as they are digital Betacam tape copies.
  • Lava! and The Adventures of Patchhead are the only non-regular segments to cross two seasons.
  • Lava! was shown during commercial breaks of international Nickelodeon broadcasts, such as Germany in 1997. The short film was one not shown on KaBlam!.
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