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4th Jan '16 3:27:30 PM Exxolon
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''What-a-Mess'' is a series of children's books written by English comedy writer and [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] radio personality Frank Muir. It was twice adapted for animation: once as a [=BBC=] miniseries which pulled stories directly from the books and again as a SaturdayMorningCartoon by Creator/DiCEntertainment.
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\n''What-a-Mess'' '''''What-a-Mess''''' is a series of children's books written by English comedy writer and [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] radio personality Frank Muir. It was twice adapted for animation: once as a [=BBC=] miniseries which pulled stories directly from the books and again as a SaturdayMorningCartoon by Creator/DiCEntertainment.
2nd Aug '15 9:29:47 PM NWolfman
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* AdaptationNameChange: WAM's best friend The Archbishop of Canterbury was renamed (and [[AdaptationDyeJob recolored]]) Norton in the [=DiC] series.
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* AdaptationNameChange: WAM's best friend The Archbishop of Canterbury was renamed (and [[AdaptationDyeJob recolored]]) Norton in the [=DiC] [=DiC=] series.
2nd Aug '15 9:29:28 PM NWolfman
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2nd Aug '15 9:29:14 PM NWolfman
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* AdaptationNameChange: WAM's best friend The Archbishop of Canterbury was renamed (and [[AdaptationDyeJob recolored]]) Norton in the [=DiC] series.
30th Jul '15 9:08:52 PM NWolfman
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* LiteralMinded: A lot of What-A-Mess's misadventures are the result of this. One cartoon had him opening all of the windows in his house because Felicia told him it would be "raining cats and dogs," resulting in the house being flooded.
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* LiteralMinded: A lot of What-A-Mess's misadventures are the result of this. One cartoon had him opening all of the windows in his house because Felicia told him he heard it would be "raining cats and dogs," dogs" and he wanted to give them all a place to stay, resulting in the house being flooded.

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* LiteralMinded: A lot of What-A-Mess's misadventures are the result of this. One cartoon had him opening all of the windows in his house because Felicia told him it would be "raining cats and dogs," resulting in the house being flooded.ThePigpen: '''JUST GUESS!'''
30th Jul '15 9:06:38 PM NWolfman
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* GRatedDrug: "Only Four More Left" presents excessive shopping as this when Felicia gets addicted to a home shopping network. What-A-Mess, in [[TookALevelInBadass a rare instance of competence]], even tries to block her from the phone by saying that it's for her own good.

* LiteralMinded: A lot of What-A-Mess's misadventures are the result of this. One cartoon had him opening all of the windows in his house because Felicia told him it would be "raining cats and dogs," resulting in the house being flooded.

* NamedByTheAdaptation: The Cat Next Door became Felicia in the TV show. The random bird in What-A-Mess's hair was not only named Baldwin, but was turned into a RunningGag ("Do you know you've got a bird living in your hair?" "That's not a bird. That's Baldwin!").
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: What-A-Mess has a moment of this in "Only Four More Left" when he realizes that introducing Felicia to home shopping inadvertently created a monster. * NamedByTheAdaptation: The Cat Next Door became Felicia in the TV show. The show. **The random bird in What-A-Mess's hair was not only named Baldwin, but was turned into a RunningGag ("Do you know you've got a bird living in your hair?" "That's not a bird. That's Baldwin!").

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: The Cat Next Door became Felicia in SarcasmBlind: What-A-Mess, thought it's probably because he's a puppy. One episode has him referring to another dog as "Mr. President" because he introduced himself as Prince Amir of Kinjan, to which the TV show. The random bird in What-A-Mess's hair was not only named Baldwin, but was turned into a RunningGag ("Do you know you've got a bird living in your hair?" "That's not a bird. That's Baldwin!").other dog replied "Yeah, [[DeadpanSnarker and I'm the president of the united states]]!"
30th Jul '15 8:55:25 PM NWolfman
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* StandardSnippit: The [=DiC=] series used a slightly out-of-key version of "Chopsticks" for scenes where characters are in hairy situations.
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* StandardSnippit: StandardSnippet: The [=DiC=] series used a slightly out-of-key version of "Chopsticks" for scenes where characters are in hairy situations.
30th Jul '15 8:55:12 PM NWolfman
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* StandardSnippit: The [=DiC=] series used a slightly out-of-key version of "Chopsticks" for scenes where characters are in hairy situations.
30th Jul '15 8:39:49 PM NWolfman
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* AllThereInTheManual: According to some versions of the books, the little creatures running about in each scene are What-A-Mess's imaginary friends.

* CrossdressingVoices: Averted with What-A-Mess, as he was voiced by (at the time) child voice actor Ryan O'Donohue.
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* CrossdressingVoices: Averted with What-A-Mess, as he was voiced by (at the time) child then-child voice actor Ryan O'Donohue.
29th Jul '15 9:37:51 PM NWolfman
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** WAM appeared in a few of [=ABC=]'s well-remembered "After These Messages" bumpers during it's initial run, the animation for which was also much cleaner and more fluid.
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** WAM appeared in a few of [=ABC=]'s well-remembered [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akVymO3GTDI "After These Messages" bumpers bumpers]] during it's initial run, the animation for which was also much cleaner and more fluid.
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