Most of the original production staff for this show (including producer Tom Ruegger) left the project after the first season. They went to Warner Bros. to restart their long-moribund animation department; their first project there was Tiny Toon Adventures (1990). In an interview with Nostalgia Critic (2007) in 2010, Ruegger stated that this show was what got him and his team the job.
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The character named Red Herring is a nod to the literary term of the same name. A red herring is when someone tries to distract or mislead others from the current focus at the moment. This when Fred often accuses Red Herring of being guilty, Fred is distracting the others from figuring out who the culprit really is.