It seems that Gerard Way has always wanted to be in TV, with the revelation that The Umbrella Academy creator had pitched another TV show 18 years ago.

Earlier this month, Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy made its debut on streaming services. An adaptation of Way’s comic book series of the same name, it’s been a long-awaited release from the former frontman of My Chemical Romance.

However, while Way had made his directorial debut with an episode of The Aquabats! Super Show! in 2013, it turns out that his desires to be on TV actually pre-date his iconic band.

As some fans have been pointing out recently, Gerard Way had actually pitched an animated series to Cartoon Network back in 2001. Working as an intern with the company at the time, Way teamed up with Joe Boyle to create The Breakfast Monkey.

Apparently, the titular character was a Scandinavian monkey chef that attempted to teach just how important the concept of breakfast was.

With whimsical character design, an outlandish sense of humour, and even early lyrics from ‘The Black Parade’ being used, Cartoon Network ultimate turned down the project, claiming it was too similar to their other show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Despite this rejection, it seems that Gerard Way actually ended up channelling his creative energy into a different venture, forming My Chemical Romance just months later and going on to create musical history.

In related news, Way noted that the “dysfunctional family” dynamic in The Umbrella Academy was in fact inspired by My Chemical Romance.

“Being in a band is like being in a dysfunctional family and all these personalities are really distinct and really big, not just the people in your band, but the people you meet on the road or the crew that you work with and all this stuff,” Way explained in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“A band especially is a dysfunctional family, so there’s little bits of me in all the characters, there’s bits of some of the guys in some of those characters and the different roles that we would play in the band and how those roles would change sometimes.”

Check out Gerard Way’s The Breakfast Monkey:

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