Gerard Way’s first cartoon pitch The Breakfast Monkey is one trippy experience

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Gerard Way's first cartoon pitch The Breakfast Monkey is one trippy experience



Gerard Way’s first cartoon pitch The Breakfast Monkey is one heck of a trippy experience (Picture: WENN)Gerard Way sure wants you to know the importance of eating your breakfast with his trippy cartoon: The Breakfast Monkey.
Back in 2001, the 41-year-old co-created the animation with his pal Joe Boyle, and even used the opening line of The Black Parade in the clip.
Despite being rockers, the singer wanted to convey the importance of having breakfast – and told the message through a cartoon Scandinavian monkey.
You have to see it to believe it…
Suggesting pancakes, grilled cheese and waffles as all good meal options to feast upon in the morning, the monkey makes it rain cereal so everyone can enjoy their breakfast.

He sure wants you to know the importance of eating your breakfast (Picture: Gerard Way)But even though the clip puts across a very important message, it seems Cartoon Network weren’t all that convinced by the cartoon and ended up turning down Gerard’s pitch.
Rumour has it, the show was too similar to the already popular children’s programme Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
However, part of us is pretty pleased The Breakfast Monkey never saw the light of day though, as we might never have had My Chemical Romance if it had.
Since then, the I’m Not Okay hitmaker has gone on to fulfil his animation dreams, as he has written his own comic book The Umbrella Academy.
The story has now been turned into a Netflix series, and it seems the showrunner has high hopes for the new show.
Speaking to Collider about the possibility of The Umbrella Academy’s future, Steve Blackman teased: ‘I know Gerard has eight volumes in his mind so whether that translates to eight seasons, I don’t know.

‘We combine certain seasons, and bits and pieces. It would be lovely to have four or five years of this show. That would be wonderful.’
The Umbrella Academy follows seven children who were bred with the sole purpose of saving the world from an unknown threat.
It boasts a star-studded cast with the likes of Ellen Page, Mary J Blige, Robert Sheehan and Tom Hopper fronting the series.
Chatting about his inspiration behind the plot, Way told Newsweek: ‘One of the biggest reasons I started My Chemical Romance was because I was one of the people to witness 9/11 in New York City. That felt like the end of the world. It felt like the apocalypse.
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‘I was surrounded by hundreds of people on a dock on the Hudson River, and we watched the buildings go down, and there was this wave of human anguish that I’ve never felt before.’
He added: ‘Since then, I’ve continued to think about what we would do at the end of the world if we knew we only had a little time left.’
The Umbrella Academy is available to stream on Netflix now. 

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