The Big Pick was an annual competition in which a series of animated pilots would be chosen by the viewing audience to become a new Cartoon Network series. The audience could vote either by calling a special phone number or voting online at


During Cartoon Cartoon Weekend, lasting from August 25-27, 2000, the audience would vote from three of the top-rated pilots that debuted during the summer, either by phone or online at

  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (57%)
  • Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? (23%)
  • Lost Cat (20%)

On August 27, 2000, the Mayor of Townsville announced that The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy got the most votes and will become a new series. The new series of shorts debuted within the series Grim & Evil on August 24, 2001.

Despite not winning, Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? would also premiere as a series a year later, albeit short lived and with little to no support from Cartoon Network.


During the Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Big Pick Weekend, lasting from August 24-26, 2001, the audience would choose from one out of ten pilots and whichever gets the most votes would become a series.

  • Captain Sturdy (Pick by Mike, Blossom, Dee-Dee, Courage, and Carl)
  • Yee-Haw and Doo-Dah (Pick by Larry 3000, Muriel and Eustace)
  • Imp, Inc. (Pick by Mayor of Townsville, Lu, Flem and Earl)
  • My Freaky Family (pick by Johnny Bravo and Cow)
  • Major Flake (Pick by Dexter and Sarah)
  • Utica Cartoon (Pick by Ed, Eddy and Chicken)
  • The Kids Next Door (Pick by Edd and Suzy)
  • Swaroop (Pick by Mandark, Buck Tuddrussel and Baboon)
  • Ferret and Parrot (Pick by Otto Osworth and Buttercup)
  • Kitty Bobo (Pick by Bubbles and Rolf )

A total of 221,218 votes were cast throughout the weekend, including more than 50,000 on, nearly doubling the votes cast last year. On August 26, 2001, the votes were tallied and I.M. Weasel announced that The Kids Next Door had won by a landslide. The series Codename: Kids Next Door premiered on December 6, 2002. Here are the top contenders:

  • The Kids Next Door: 60,631 votes (27.4%)
  • Kitty Bobo: 28,770 votes (13%)
  • My Freaky Family: 25,022 votes (11.3%)