History BLAM / WesternAnimation

12th May '16 12:00:01 PM DaveE
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** InUniverse this special is a musical Christmas play Mr. Magoo happens to be starring in, so the sequence fits if only because there hasn't been a song for awhile. But television airings of the cartoon tend to cut out the entire "it's a play" framework for time, leaving viewers wondering what the hell the point was.
4th May '16 8:00:27 AM Cavery210
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*** Although that one is called back later.
24th Apr '16 8:46:05 PM Zeoj99
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Though I'll probably lose consciousness in seventeen seconds.

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Though I'll probably lose consciousness in seventeen seconds. [[note]]He does actually lose consciousness 17 seconds later.[[/note]]
5th Apr '16 3:43:49 PM maxwellsilver
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* The end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Burns, Baby Burns". Homer and Larry have just been caught staging a kidnapping, when suddenly the whole scene turns into a party. Lampshaded when Marge asks where the music and liquor is coming from, and Homer replies, "It's a party, Marge. It doesn't have to make sense." Although this can be seen as a jab at how many of Rodney Dangerfield's (who was voicing Larry Burns) movies seem to end with a spontaneous party. Specifically, it's referencing his spontaneous party in ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', which even had the same Journey song "Any Way You Want It." It was something of a BLAM in that movie, too.

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* The end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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"Burns, Baby Burns". Homer and Larry have just been caught staging a kidnapping, when suddenly the whole scene turns into a party. Lampshaded when Marge asks where the music and liquor is coming from, and Homer replies, "It's a party, Marge. It doesn't have to make sense." Although this can be seen as a jab at how many of Rodney Dangerfield's (who was voicing Larry Burns) movies seem to end with a spontaneous party. Specifically, it's referencing his spontaneous party in ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', which even had the same Journey song "Any Way You Want It." It was something of a BLAM in that movie, too.
22nd Mar '16 4:51:11 PM Everdream
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard:''The song "Tonight We Strike." In it, the hyena Janja outlines his plan to attack the Pride Lands at night and kill all the animals while they're sleeping. What actually happens is that the hyenas sneak in to the Pride Lands during the day and cause a gazelle stampede. Most likely what happened is the song was not revised after the plot for the episode was rewritten, probably due to time or budget constraints, causing the song to not mesh well with the rest of the episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard:''The ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard: ''The song "Tonight We Strike." In it, the hyena Janja outlines his plan to attack the Pride Lands at night and kill all the animals while they're sleeping. What actually happens is that the hyenas sneak in to the Pride Lands during the day and cause a gazelle stampede. Most likely what happened is the song was not revised after the plot for the episode was rewritten, probably due to time or budget constraints, causing the song to not mesh well with the rest of the episode.
22nd Mar '16 4:50:55 PM Everdream
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard:''The song "Tonight We Strike." In it, the hyena Janja outlines his plan to attack the Pride Lands at night and kill all the animals while they're sleeping. What actually happens is that the hyenas sneak in to the Pride Lands during the day and cause a gazelle stampede. Most likely what happened is the song was not revised after the plot for the episode was rewritten, probably due to time or budget constraints, causing the song to not mesh well with the rest of the episode.
5th Mar '16 4:31:33 AM Andyroid
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-->'''Volcano Sauce Drop''': Mwahahahaha! By the powers of moltiness, I command this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, '''''REALLY''''' hot!

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-->'''Volcano Sauce Drop''': Mwahahahaha! By the powers of moltiness, naughtiness, I command this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, '''''REALLY''''' hot!
15th Feb '16 7:02:42 AM forthur
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** Made very literal with Gummy's InnerMonologue in "Slice of Life". Probably intentional, as the whole episode contained similar trope-inspired scenes (including a literal [[JumpingTheShark jump over a shark]]).
7th Feb '16 2:17:47 PM maxwellsilver
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** That is nothing however, compared to the things that happen in the episode ‘Cartoon Canines’.\\
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In this episode, the dogs are recruited into a boot camp that trains cartoon characters to become hard-core animation icons.\\
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What follows includes a moment where the two dogs try to get into character, and struggle for a while about which genre the sergeant means by ‘funny/classic cartoons’. This is shown as the two dogs appearing in numerous scenes that have nothing to do with the plot and are never spoken of again; including the dogs posing in a scene stolen from''[Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and then another scene where they pose as Leader caricatures of [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]; before the dogs finally dress up appropriately as classic cartoons to the sergeant’s approval.\\
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Then later on (after the dogs refused to act together in a cartoon because of friendship pacifism) we see Little Dog in his own cartoon where he is the size of a mouse and tries to escape from -and eventually defeats- a carnivorous house-cat by rising from the dead as a canine ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk and hurling the cat into a toaster; which then launches the cat into little dog's 'bird cage' (look at them smoken' buns!).\\
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But for all the weirdness in this whole episode, there is no stranger moment than that at the end of Big Dog’s own cartoon where he is trying to escape from a fat, purple-skinned woman (actually the sergeant) who has some sort of loving crush on big dog and hugs him like a teddy bear.\\
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As soon as Big Dog manages to slip out of the woman’s grasp (and has her smooch her own dress off her backside) she starts to get really pissed, Big Dog runs off the set, and just when it seems that she is going to explode in a furious rampage in front of a terrified mission control, [[spoiler:she suddenly stops, pulls a stupefied look and suddenly cracks down the middle before she breaks in half; now suddenly a lifeless mannequin shell. From inside of the ‘shell’ now stands a small monkey in a dress and some sort of floating energy orb shaped like a group of sub-atomic particles just over the monkey’s head. In front of a mission control as completely stunned as the audience, we then see the orb start to float around the monkey now saying “I’m free! I’m Free!” It then lands into the monkey’s hands followed by the monkey making two 'oohs' of approval. The scene then cuts to a balcony-view of the studio camber of the orb now lifting off with the monkey, saying "We’re free-e-e!!" before both the monkey and the orb zap-vanish into thin air leaving no trace of their existence behind.]]\\
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Big Dog, Little Dog and Lady stand in total awe and silence before what just happened, until Little Dog shrugs it off by turning to Lady and asks "say do you want to come out for a sandwich sometime?" To which Lady replies "Sure!" (Cue 'oh well' jingle and FadeToBlack as the episode ends!)\\
7th Feb '16 1:49:21 PM maxwellsilver
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*** I guess this is just LampshadeHanging, but in the episode where they were digging under Mung's rival's house to steal a hoard of gems, they encountered... a big alligator.



* The episode "Day of the Larrys" of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''. After Larry builds heaps of clones of himself to minimize his amount of housework to do, the episode promptly moves on from a plot-related scene to a completely unrelevant montage in [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a place that can be only described as, well, a gay nightclub for robots.]] Not only are we unnecessarily exposed to dancing Larry clones (which is still pretty damn funny), [[HoYay one of them explictly flirting with Tuddrussell]], but it isn't at all explained [[FridgeLogic how in the world Otto and Tuddrussell got into that club if there's a bouncer at the door who kicks out anyone that isn't on the list.]] The amusing factor of the scene kind of justifies the BLAM, but it still has '''nothing''' to do with the plot.

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* The episode "Day of the Larrys" of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''. After Larry builds heaps of clones of himself to minimize his amount of housework to do, the episode promptly moves on from a plot-related scene to a completely unrelevant irrelevant montage in [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a place that can be only described as, well, a gay nightclub for robots.]] robots. Not only are we unnecessarily exposed to dancing Larry clones (which is still pretty damn funny), [[HoYay one of them explictly explicitly flirting with Tuddrussell]], Tuddrussel, but it isn't at all explained [[FridgeLogic how in the world Otto and Tuddrussell Tuddrussel got into that club if there's a bouncer at the door who kicks out anyone that isn't on the list.]] list. The amusing factor of the scene kind of justifies the BLAM, but it still has '''nothing''' to do with the plot.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse Mickey Mouse Works]]'' had a sequence in the DonaldDuck episode "computer.don" where Donald gets [[TheInternetIsForPorn sucked into his computer]] while trying to fill out his personal information, and is left at the mercy of a cursor that mostly pokes his ass until eventually being printed back out. This has no bearing on the rest of the episode apart from an excuse to throw in an ArtShift to [=CGI=]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bjPR9KmxnY#t=4m50s Watch the BLAM here]].

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse Mickey Mouse Works]]'' had a sequence in the DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck episode "computer.don" where Donald gets [[TheInternetIsForPorn sucked into his computer]] while trying to fill out his personal information, and is left at the mercy of a cursor that mostly pokes his ass until eventually being printed back out. This has no bearing on the rest of the episode apart from an excuse to throw in an ArtShift to [=CGI=]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bjPR9KmxnY#t=4m50s Watch the BLAM here]].



* In an episode of ''Westernanimation/TwoStupidDogs'', the dogs get stuck in a science museum, and the little dog fools around with a plasma ball at an exhibit about how "Electricity is Your Friend". His fooling around leads to him getting a nasty electric shock, causing him to hallucinate a creepy blue-and-yellow tiki-mask face who sneers "FOOLISH CANINE! ''I'' AM NOT ''YOUR'' FRIEND! [[EvilLaugh MUA HA HA HA HA HA HA!]]"

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* In an episode of ''Westernanimation/TwoStupidDogs'', the dogs get stuck in a science museum, and the little dog fools around with a plasma ball at an exhibit about how "Electricity is Your Friend". His fooling around leads to him getting a nasty electric shock, causing him to hallucinate a creepy blue-and-yellow tiki-mask face who sneers "FOOLISH CANINE! ''I'' AM NOT ''YOUR'' FRIEND! [[EvilLaugh MUA HA HA HA HA HA HA!]]"HA!"



What follows includes a moment where the two dogs try to get into character, and struggle for a while about which genre the sergeant means by ‘funny/classic cartoons’. This is shown as the two dogs appearing in numerous scenes that have nothing to do with the plot and are never spoken of again; including the dogs posing in a scene stolen from [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Disney’s The Little Mermaid]] and then another scene where they pose as [[Main/FollowTheLeader caricatures of]] [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]; before the dogs finally dress up appropriately as classic cartoons to the sergeant’s approval.\\

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What follows includes a moment where the two dogs try to get into character, and struggle for a while about which genre the sergeant means by ‘funny/classic cartoons’. This is shown as the two dogs appearing in numerous scenes that have nothing to do with the plot and are never spoken of again; including the dogs posing in a scene stolen from [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Disney’s The Little Mermaid]] from''[Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and then another scene where they pose as [[Main/FollowTheLeader Leader caricatures of]] of [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]; before the dogs finally dress up appropriately as classic cartoons to the sergeant’s approval.\\



Then later on (after the dogs refused to act together in a cartoon because of friendship pacifism) we see Little Dog in his own cartoon where [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry he is the size of a mouse and tries to escape from -and eventually defeats- a carnivorous house-cat]] by [[Main/CameBackStrong rising from the dead]] as a canine [[Main/TheIncredibleHulk Incredible Hulk]] and hurling the cat into a toaster; which then launches the cat into little dog’s ‘bird cage’ ([[Main/TheNarrator look at them]] [[Main/VisualPun smoken’]] [[Main/GettingCrapPastTheRadar buns!]]).\\

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Then later on (after the dogs refused to act together in a cartoon because of friendship pacifism) we see Little Dog in his own cartoon where [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry he is the size of a mouse and tries to escape from -and eventually defeats- a carnivorous house-cat]] house-cat by [[Main/CameBackStrong rising from the dead]] dead as a canine [[Main/TheIncredibleHulk Incredible Hulk]] ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk and hurling the cat into a toaster; which then launches the cat into little dog’s ‘bird cage’ ([[Main/TheNarrator look dog's 'bird cage' (look at them]] [[Main/VisualPun smoken’]] [[Main/GettingCrapPastTheRadar buns!]]).them smoken' buns!).\\



As soon as Big Dog manages to slip out of the woman’s grasp (and has her smooch her own dress off her backside) she starts to get really pissed, Big Dog runs off the set, and just when it seems that she is going to explode in a furious rampage in front of a terrified mission control, [[spoiler:she suddenly stops, pulls a stupefied look and suddenly cracks down the middle before she breaks in half; now suddenly a lifeless mannequin shell. From inside of the ‘shell’ now stands a small monkey in a dress and some sort of floating energy orb shaped like a group of sub-atomic particles just over the monkey’s head. In front of a mission control [[Main/LampshadeHanging as completely stunned as the audience,]] we then see the orb start to float around the monkey now saying “I’m free! I’m Free!” It then lands into the monkey’s hands followed by the monkey making two ‘oohs’ of approval. The scene then cuts to a balcony-view of the studio camber of the orb now lifting off with the monkey, saying “We’re free-e-e!!” before both the monkey and the orb zap-vanish into thin air leaving no trace of their existence behind.]]\\

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As soon as Big Dog manages to slip out of the woman’s grasp (and has her smooch her own dress off her backside) she starts to get really pissed, Big Dog runs off the set, and just when it seems that she is going to explode in a furious rampage in front of a terrified mission control, [[spoiler:she suddenly stops, pulls a stupefied look and suddenly cracks down the middle before she breaks in half; now suddenly a lifeless mannequin shell. From inside of the ‘shell’ now stands a small monkey in a dress and some sort of floating energy orb shaped like a group of sub-atomic particles just over the monkey’s head. In front of a mission control [[Main/LampshadeHanging as completely stunned as the audience,]] audience, we then see the orb start to float around the monkey now saying “I’m free! I’m Free!” It then lands into the monkey’s hands followed by the monkey making two ‘oohs’ 'oohs' of approval. The scene then cuts to a balcony-view of the studio camber of the orb now lifting off with the monkey, saying “We’re free-e-e!!” "We’re free-e-e!!" before both the monkey and the orb zap-vanish into thin air leaving no trace of their existence behind.]]\\



Big Dog, Little Dog and [[Main/EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Lady]] stand in total awe and silence before what just happened, until Little Dog shrugs it off by turning to Lady and asks “say do you want to come out for a sandwich sometime?” To which Lady replies “Sure!” (Cue ‘oh well’ jingle and [[Main/FadeToBlack Fade to black]] as the episode ends!)\\

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Big Dog, Little Dog and [[Main/EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Lady]] Lady stand in total awe and silence before what just happened, until Little Dog shrugs it off by turning to Lady and asks “say "say do you want to come out for a sandwich sometime?” sometime?" To which Lady replies “Sure!” "Sure!" (Cue ‘oh well’ 'oh well' jingle and [[Main/FadeToBlack Fade to black]] FadeToBlack as the episode ends!)\\



** It was pretty common to see Ralph the security guard chasing Yakko, Wakko and Dot through one random scene in at least one cartoon per episode that the Warner Brothers [[InsistentTerminology (and Sister)]] weren't supposed to be appearing in. It was quite literally a RunningGag, and would usually culminate at the very end of the episode with the siblings scampering back into the water tower and Ralph shaking his fist at them.

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** It was pretty common to see Ralph the security guard chasing Yakko, Wakko and Dot through one random scene in at least one cartoon per episode that the Warner Brothers [[InsistentTerminology (and Sister)]] the Warner Sister Dot) weren't supposed to be appearing in. It was quite literally a RunningGag, and would usually culminate at the very end of the episode with the siblings scampering back into the water tower and Ralph shaking his fist at them.



* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the popularity of the "Gitchie Gitchie Goo" song in one episode [[ExecutiveMeddling led the higher ups to decide]] to make the musical segways OnceAnEpisode. That includes when it really doesn't make any sense to have a musical number whatsoever. The writers do their best of course, but sometimes there's just no way to work a song into the plot of an episode. And yet there's one there anyway.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the popularity of the "Gitchie Gitchie Goo" song in one episode [[ExecutiveMeddling led the higher ups to decide]] decide to make the musical segways OnceAnEpisode. That includes when it really doesn't make any sense to have a musical number whatsoever. The writers do their best of course, but sometimes there's just no way to work a song into the plot of an episode. And yet there's one there anyway.



** The episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" has a minor one. The family is taking a stroll through the neighborhood when they catch sight of some kind of big public event happening just down the street. Marge wants to continue on her walk, but the others run off to check out the event, so Marge reluctantly tags along. The event in question is the grand opening of a new shopping mall, which isn't a BLAM ''per se'' as the mall is owned by young, charismatic Australian billionaire who makes Monty Burns envious, thus setting the main plot in motion. But as the family is waiting to be let into the mall along with the rest of the crowd, Marge notices Homer mysteriously sipping champagne from an elegant glass. "Homer, where'd you get that champagne?" she asks. Homer simply points to his right and says "Clown" - at which point a stereotypical NonIronicClown named Noodles appears beside Homer literally from out of nowhere holding a champagne bottle, and refills Homer's glass. ("Thanks, Noodles.") Although an earlier shot of the event had made clear that there were indeed circus clowns on hand to entertain the crowd, the last time we see Homer before that one sequence (and that had been only ''seconds'' before) the only person standing beside him had been Bart. One commentator on the episode sarcastically wondered if Bart had suddenly disappeared, only to be replaced by a clown.
** In "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk", Homer meets with the German investors who bought the power plant. One of them says they're from the Land of Chocolate and Homer has an ImagineSpot where he pictures himself in said place, eating as much as he can as fantasy music plays. When he snaps into reality, he asks the investors if they were talking about chocolate only to be told [[LampshadeHanging they only mentioned it ten minutes ago.]]

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** The episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" has a minor one. The family is taking a stroll through the neighborhood when they catch sight of some kind of big public event happening just down the street. Marge wants to continue on her walk, but the others run off to check out the event, so Marge reluctantly tags along. The event in question is the grand opening of a new shopping mall, which isn't a BLAM ''per se'' as the mall is owned by young, charismatic Australian billionaire who makes Monty Burns envious, thus setting the main plot in motion. But as the family is waiting to be let into the mall along with the rest of the crowd, Marge notices Homer mysteriously sipping champagne from an elegant glass. "Homer, where'd you get that champagne?" she asks. Homer simply points to his right and says "Clown" - at which point a stereotypical NonIronicClown named Noodles appears beside Homer literally from out of nowhere holding a champagne bottle, and refills Homer's glass. ("Thanks, Noodles.") Although an earlier shot of the event had made clear that there were indeed circus clowns on hand to entertain the crowd, the last time we see Homer before that one sequence (and that had been only ''seconds'' before) the only person standing beside him had been Bart. One commentator on the episode sarcastically wondered if Bart had suddenly disappeared, only to be replaced by a clown.
** In "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk", Homer meets with the German investors who bought the power plant. One of them says they're from the Land of Chocolate and Homer has an ImagineSpot where he pictures himself in said place, eating as much as he can as fantasy music plays. When he snaps into reality, he asks the investors if they were talking about chocolate only to be told [[LampshadeHanging they only mentioned it ten minutes ago.]]



** Cartman's head exploding in the episode "Medicinal Fried Chicken". It didn't happen in a DreamSequence or an ImagineSpot, [[YourHeadAsplode his head really did blow up]]. But he's not KilledOffForReal [[DroppedABridgeOnHim out of the blue]] -- the next time he's seen, he is relatively fine, and the head explosion is never mentioned throughout the rest of the episode. What makes this especially strange is this happened in season ''fourteen'', after the surreal elements of the show had mostly died off.
** In the episode "Eek! A Penis!", during Mrs. Garrison's chase to find his "penis" (a white experimental mouse with a human penis surgically grafted onto it), the "penis" stops fleeing at one point after glimpsing at the moon, and begins to have a duet with itself (the mouse and the penis, which can talk now) in the vein of "Somewhere Out There" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''. They are stopped midsong by Mrs. Garrison, and the "penis" never sings, or talks, again.

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** Cartman's head exploding in the episode "Medicinal Fried Chicken". It didn't happen in a DreamSequence or an ImagineSpot, [[YourHeadAsplode his head really did blow up]]. up. But he's not KilledOffForReal [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed out of the blue]] blue -- the next time he's seen, he is relatively fine, and the head explosion is never mentioned throughout the rest of the episode. What makes this especially strange is this happened in season ''fourteen'', after the surreal elements of the show had mostly died off.
** In the episode "Eek! A Penis!", during Mrs. Garrison's chase to find his "penis" (a white experimental mouse with a human penis surgically grafted onto it), the "penis" stops fleeing at one point after glimpsing at the moon, and begins to have a duet with itself (the mouse and the penis, which can talk now) in the vein of "Somewhere Out There" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''. They are stopped midsong mid-song by Mrs. Garrison, and the "penis" never sings, or talks, again.



** in the the first episode 'Cartman Gets an Anal Probe' Cartman yells that he did not have a probe then all of a sudden the vistors zap him and he starts singing [[WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga 'I love to singa!']] before being zapped back to normal, the boys are speechless.
*** After the credits, cows are seen using a device given to them by the aliens on Officer Barbrady, who starts singing the same thing Cartman did.
** At one point in 'Tweek x Craig' a faux-Japanese song starts in the background, and then it's revealed as being sung by a stereotypical {{salaryman}} at the karaoke. All the sequences seen during the song (including a [[MediumBlending live-action one]] with two people cosplaying as Tweek and Craig) are revealed as the video clip for the song. Actually the whole episode, centered around {{Yaoi}} fanarts made by the [[RememberTheNewGuy never-before seen]] Asian students at SP Elementary, can count as a BLAM for people not familiar with the subject.

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** in In the the first episode 'Cartman Gets an Anal Probe' Cartman yells that he did not have a probe then all of a sudden the vistors visitors zap him and he starts singing [[WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga 'I love to singa!']] 'WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga!' before being zapped back to normal, the boys are speechless.
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speechless. After the credits, cows are seen using a device given to them by the aliens on Officer Barbrady, who starts singing the same thing Cartman did.
** At one point in 'Tweek x Craig' a faux-Japanese song starts in the background, and then it's revealed as being sung by a stereotypical {{salaryman}} at the karaoke. All the sequences seen during the song (including a [[MediumBlending live-action one]] with two people cosplaying as Tweek and Craig) are revealed as the video clip for the song. Actually the whole episode, centered around {{Yaoi}} fanarts made by the [[RememberTheNewGuy never-before seen]] seen Asian students at SP Elementary, can count as a BLAM for people not familiar with the subject.
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