I am indebted to continuous efforts of several people who have been gracious
enough to inform me of plot details, items left out of my original list and where to get some of them.
It concerned the adventures of a superhero, the Blue Falcon, and his robotic dog sidekick, Dynomutt. In episode 15, the heroes go up against a villain called the Blimp: an enormously fat guy who hovers over the city in a blimp. Part of his plan is to fatten up the entire population of the city by weird radiation transferred via television sets. There's a scene that shows several families suddenly become huge while watching TV. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), our heroes also get affected. There's some great sequences of a 500-pound Blue Falcon trying to run through the city streets to find a cure.
Disneys Buena Vista group has a toon called The Shnookums And Meat Funny Cartoon Show. It presently shows on Toon Disney on weekends at 8:30 AM and 11:00 PM. Only 13 episodes were made so chances of finding this one with a VCR search are great. The episode is called "Weight For Me" Shnookums the dog and Meat the cat are laying around the house with huge, bulging, jiggling bellies (think Templeton the rat in Charlotte's web). Their owners threaten to boot them out if they don't loose weight. The rest of the episode, they use automated exercise chairs, which pumps them up with so much muscle, they can barely move. They then retreat to a steam room, which reduces them to skinny strands of spaghetti. The owns come home, shocked at their appearance, proceed to stuff them full of food, fattening them up to their previous size, then even bigger as the screen is obliterated by their huge guts.
Nickelodeons Catdog has an episode where he (it? they?) gets invited to an all-you-can-eat by a friendly rabbit. Naturally he gorges himself to the point of becoming rather fat. The rabbit then presents a bill for $34,000. Catdog refuses to pay and employing his now-increased size, approaches threateningly on the rabbit, who removes a corset and explodes into fatness. Realizing hes outgunned, Catdog eats more and gets even bigger, thereby dispatching the rabbit.
Johnny Bravo: Is the cartoon character running on this cable channel based on Graduate Gut? You'll have to wonder after seeing some of his 'et-ventures'.... The story line is that he goes into the gym and a doctor talks him into taking a meal supplement called Uber-mass. He's only supposed to take one a day and in 6 weeks see results. Well, he of course wants results faster, so he drinks the whole case and goes to bed. The next more he wakes up and is a ball of blubber and everytime he exerts energy, he grows bigger. He becomes this 50' tall guy in a homage to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
The second cartoon for Johnny is called The Man with the Golden Gut. In this one he tries to put together a new exercise machine which of course fails, but when he goes to the beach, he ends up with Mt Rushmore on his belly. (Flat and muscular now) He becomes popular and rich and as he enjoys his life, he gets fat. At the end he shows up to show off his belly, which is now a beachball, and Mt Rushmore is gone.
The other series that might be of interest is called Ed,
Edd, and Eddy, 3 kids that hang out together (now how 3 guys
named Ed would come to know each other is not for us to question).
First off, 2 of the guys are rather chunky to begin with. One
particular episode (name unknown) one of the guys begins "sleep-eating".
Every morning the other guys find him bigger and he doesn't know
why. There is one point in the cartoon where they have the guy
tied down, and one of the others is sitting on top of his belly
as he tries to keep him from getting up and eating. There is mention
of him being "whale-sized". By the end, he is cured,
but still as big as a house, but the others begin making money
by selling the stuff he ate out of his mouth.
A memorable 1937 short, Pigs Is Pigs, has influenced gainer and encouragers to a remarkable degree who have been lucky enough to have seen it . Piggie (a character concurrent with but separate from Porky Pig, appeared in a small handful of Warner cartoons), is shown constantly eating and sneaking food when he can. That night, he dreams he is invited in a kindly old man's house to eat. As soon as he enters and sits down, the man turns into some sort of mad scientist, who straps him down and says, You want to eat? I'll give you food, lots of food! The pig is carried around via mechanical chair and fed sandwiches the size of kitchen tables, bananas squirted out of their skins and pies spun on a spindle. After quite a bit of this business, the pig is brought back to the mad scientist. He's bulging out of the restraints and once he's set free wobbles his way out. But he can't resist eating some more. He picks up a drumstick and after taking a bite, explodes. He wakes up and hears his mother calling him to breakfast. He rushes downstairs and shovels food into his mouth nonstop. The animation is crude by later Warner standards, but I have been informed that this was not a Looney Tunes which was filmed in black & white until 1941, but rather part of the Merrie Melodies series, which had been filmed in color since 1934. Later was informed via email that a viewer of these pages had actually seen this toon on The Cartoon Network and apparently the print was decent. Apparently this is the only way most viewers will ever see this inspirational short. A 1954 Disney animated short that goes by the same name and has absolutely nothing to do with weight-gain.
In Holiday for Drumsticks (1949), a hillbilly couple
is fattening up a turkey for Thanksgiving. Daffy Duck happens
along and cons the unsuspecting bird out of all his food. He grows
much fatter in the process and there's a lot of eating activity.
Available on the video Stars of Space Jam - Daffy Duck
(1996). The short is apparently available separately on American
VHS only through The Internet Movie Database. Click here to visit the site.
Yet another well-known Warners' short, 1951s Chow Hound, concerns a cat, dog and mouse (I think) who are involved in scamming food out of quite a few people. Everytime the greedy dog gets a steak or something, he says you forgot the gravy, and slaps the unfortunate cat silly. Eventually, the dog figures theres a better living to be made from having the cat not make the rounds for a while. Rewards are paid to the dog for returning the cat to many grateful owners. The dog absconds with the cash and purchases a butcher shop. The scene cuts to sometime later, when the dog is in the hospital. He is enormously fat. A vet's voice is heard saying Its the worst case of overeating I've ever seen. Enter the cat and mouse. They are carrying a large can. This time, We remembered the gravy! says one of the visiting characters as they pour the can's contents into a funnel attached to the dog's mouth. A casual internet search has not revealed this short on video. It may be shown occasionally on the Cartoon Network.
Bye Bye Bluebeard, available on the video Porky Pig - Days of Swine and Roses (1992) Another 1950's Warners short features an exercise program with the instructor counting off. Porky Pig is shown eating in time to the instructor's direction. The plot concerns stuttering pigs being plagued by a pesty mouse who insists on stealing his food. Eventually, they make peace by the films conclusion: now both are eating to the exercise program, lifting up a tablecloth to reveal sizeable bellies. Sylvester the cat does the same in another short at the conclusion of one of his unsuccessful attempts to consume Tweety Bird.
Cracked Quack Available on the video Warner Bros. Cartoons Golden Jubilee 24 Karat Collection-Porky Pig's Screwball Comedies (1985) This Warner's short features a similar plotline: 1. Daffy Duck tries the same ploy on either Porky Pig or Elmer Fudd, and stuffs himself at night and gets quite fat in the process. 2. A more-frequently seen short involves Daffy taking the place of stuffed bird on Porky Pig's mantlepiece. Porky's dog isn't as easily fooled and often roughs up Daffy. Porky frequently 'restuffs' Daffy throughout the episode, resulting in a somewhat wider 'stuffed bird'.