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Hal Roach created this series of short comedy films in the 1920s. During the silent years (192228), Roach tried such titles as ''Hal Roach's Rascals'' and ''The Terrible Ten'', but since the first short was titled ''Our Gang'', moviegoers started calling them the "Our Gang Comedies". The child cast changed almost annually until the series ended in 1944.

It is said that Hal Roach [[InspirationForTheWork got the idea]] for the comedies that revealed the world as seen from a child's point of view when he heard through his office window a conversation among some children in a lot next door arguing over discarded scraps of wood they were trying to split up for salvage;

In 1949, Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, which had purchased the series from Roach in 1938, sold the films back to him but retained the rights to the ''Our Gang'' name. When Roach packaged the films for television syndication in the mid-'50s, the series was retitled ''The Little Rascals'', leading to a certain amount of TitleConfusion over the years.

A revolving cast of child stars came and went throughout the course of the series. Among the better-known personalities were George "Spanky" [=McFarland=], Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Eugene "Porky" Lee, Tommy "Butch" Bond and Darla Hood.

!!!Derivative works:
* The earliest issues of ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' in the late 1930s featured a ComicBookAdaptation of ''Our Gang'', drawn by legendary comics artist Dudley Watkins.
* A series of clay-animated ''Little Rascals Color Specials'', produced for television in the 1960s, presumably by Bura and Hardwick, the British studio responsible for ''WesternAnimation/CamberwickGreen''.
* A 1979 animated ChristmasSpecial on Creator/{{NBC}}, whose voice cast included Matthew "Stymie" Beard and Darla Hood.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals A Saturday morning cartoon]] produced in the 1980s by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{ABC}}, as part of a 90-minute block with ''WesternAnimation/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Its voice cast included Creator/PeterCullen, PattyMaloney, [[JulieMcWhirter Julie McWhirter Dees]], Creator/ScottMenville, [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Shavar Ross]] and Creator/BJWard.
* A 1994 feature film, directed by Penelope Spheeris and released by Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures. It won Young Artist awards for no fewer than six members of the cast: Ross Bagley, Juliette Brewer, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Travis Tedford and Kevin Jamal Woods.
* A 2013 direct-to-video sequel, ''The Little Rascals Save the Day'', directed by Alex Zamm.
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[[AC:Contains examples of:]]
* AnimalReactionShot: Pete's specialty.
* AnimalsHateHim: In "Dogs is Dogs," Wheezer and Dorothy's spoiled, whiny stepbrother is pushed into a well by his own dog.
* BigFriendlyDog: Pete the Pup
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Several examples, usually involving a character secretly spiking the food of another for revenge. Dickie does this to Spanky in "Birthday Blues" and Weezer does this to his spoilt stepbrother Sherwood in "Dogs is Dogs."
* {{Bowdlerized}}: A lot of the shorts have had scissors taken to them to remove scenes which have negative racial overtones.
* BrattyHalfPint
* TheBully: Butch, but in the shorts ''For the Love of Pete'' and ''The Lucky Corner'', the bully was played by Sidney Kibrick, who would later play Butch's toady, Woim.
* BumblingDad: Mr. Hood, Darla's father, in particular.
* TheChick: Darla from the later, better-known shorts. In the earlier films, this role was filled by Mary Kornman and then by Mary Ann Jackson.
* CoolTeacher: Miss Crabtree with her fashionable looks, roadster and generally liberal approach to teaching.
* CrosscastRole: The character of Buckwheat was originally Stymie's little sister, played by Matthew Beard's real-life sister Carlena. Even after male actor Billie Thomas inherited the role, Buckwheat continued to be portrayed as a girl for several shorts. This has led to no small amount of ViewerGenderConfusion over the years.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Several examples. They usually involve stern or bumbling fathers, but even Miss Crabtree loses her temper with the kids on one occasion (for giving her ridiculous answers in class) and threatens them with a good "trouncing" in "School's Out".
* FollowTheLeader: The shorts spawned a few imitators.
* FreeRangeChildren
* HeManWomanHater: TropeNamer, though '''NOT''' an actual example of the trope.
** GirlsHaveCooties: They actually fit under this trope.
* HeroicBSOD: Jackie at the end of ''Teacher's Pet''.
* HeyLetsPutOnAShow: Several examples. Sometimes goes awry, as when Spanky and the guys tried to stand in for the 'Flory Dory' girls.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Alfalfa, to the point that it became a BerserkButton during public appearances, when fans asked him to sing off key.
* IdiotHair: Alfalfa's trademark.
* IGotBigger: Porky, hired to play Spanky's little brother, eventually grew taller than Spanky.
* MenaceDecay: Partially averted, even then the earliest stories have some kind of "shouldn't they be at school" undertone.
* MotivationOnAStick: In one short, ''Free Wheeling'', the boys have a "taxi" powered by a mule/donkey pushing from the back and a carrot on a stick in front of it that's used to make it push.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jackie, at the end of ''Teacher's Pet''.
* NiceHat: Stymie's [[DashinglyDapperDerby derby]] (given to him by [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]]), Spanky's striped beanie.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Most of the child actors.
* PantyShot: A few in some early 1940a ''Our Gang'' shorts that involved music and dancing. Even Darla had a few panty shots in a few of the shorts.
* PrecociousCrush: Jackie Cooper for Miss Crabtree.
* PrinceAndPauper: ''Alfalfa's Double''
* [[RevolvingDoorBand Revolving Door Cast]]: Used to keep the group young.
* {{Schoolmarm}}: Miss Crabtree
* RegalRinglets: Dorothy.
* ShoutOut: The 1960s singing group Spanky and Our Gang, which derived its name from lead singer Elaine "Spanky" [=McFarlane=]'s facial resemblance to George "Spanky" [=McFarland=] (as well as their similar surnames).
* SquirrelsInMyPants: In "Framing Youth", Alfalfa gets a frog stuck in his tuxedo while he is performing at a talent show
** In the 1994 movie, Alfalfa and Spanky were hiding from a group of bullies, but get stuck performing in a ballet. Throughout the ballet, Spanky made Alfalfa hide a frog in his tutu.
* StageMom: Spanky has one in ''Beginner's Luck''.
* {{Tomboy}}: Mary Ann was the closest thing to this in the series.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: Darla has a tonsillectomy in "Men in Fright", and Mickey has one in "No Noise".
* WackySoundEffect: The moaning noises coming from the cake filled with household items (thanks to Spanky) in "Birthday Blues".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Among the child actors who auditioned for roles in the series, but were rejected, were Mickey Rooney and ShirleyTemple.
** Hal Roach toyed with the idea of keeping the original kids and following them through their teen years, but ultimately decided that the series should focus on young children, and wound up replacing the cast every few years. However, a remnant of the idea ''did'' remain in that a teenage Joe Cobb and Farina Hoskins showed up once during the Spanky era to give the younger kids some well-intentioned, but comically bad, advice.
** Roach also considered a series featuring [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] as the father of Spanky; presumably to involve family hijinks.
* WomenAreWiser: The adult women in this series (usually mothers or teachers) tend to be kinder and more grounded than the men, who are often bumbling or pompous at best and downright abusive at worst.
** One notable exception is Weezer and Dorothy's wicked stepmother in "Dogs is Dogs".

[[AC:Tropes specific to the 1994 movie:]]
* AllStarCast: Well, not the main characters, but there are a lot of familiar faces that show up as supporting or cameo characters.
* CashLure: The old "buck and a duck" trick.
* CatchPhrase: "Oooh-taaay!", "Uh-huh".
* ChekhovsSkill: Or lack there of. Buckwheat and Porky can't read and Alfalfa uses this to trick them into taking a love note to Darla, telling them it's a hate note. [[spoiler: It backfires when Porky destroys the note and Buckwheat tells Darla what it said from memory.]]
* ColonelBogeyMarch: Courtesy of a marching band at the fair; this establishes the mood for the club's money-earning mission.
* CoveredInMud: [[spoiler:At the end, Butch and Woim end up in a pig pen. Alfalfa punched Butch into it, and then Woim jumped in himself to ''avoid'' being punched.]]
* CrossDressingVoices[=/=]LarynxDissonance: Elizabeth Daily dubbed Froggy's voice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Stymie, though mostly with eye rolling and vocal intonation.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During Alfalfa and Darla's first meeting with Waldo:
-->'''Darla:''' I'll be appearing in the talent show coming up.\\
'''Alfalfa:''' Yeah! The two of us will both be singing a duet. Together.\\
'''Waldo:''' [[LampshadeHanging How redundant.]]
* DisguisedInDrag: Alfalfa and Spanky in ballerina drags. Bullies Butch and Woim [[AttractiveBentGender find them quite attractive]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Alfalfa gets "excited", his IdiotHair spikes up.
* DontAsk: Alfalfa. He runs up to Porky wearing nothing but socks and underwear, prompting Porky to ask if he had a rough day.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Elmer
* FeudEpisode: "Love Has No Pride" by Rosanne Cash
* GenderScoff: The tent/sleepover scene, after Alfalfa and Darla break up.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "I whipped out my lizard!"
* HilariousOuttakes: Indeed, they are!
** FullyAutomaticClipShow: "Brittany, stop looking at the camera!"
* ICanExplain: See DontAsk.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Spanky:''' All the money in the world is no substitute for hard work and ingenuity.\\
'''Waldo:''' You lead a rich fantasy life.\\
'''Spanky:''' Thank you.\\
'''Waldo:''' Moron.
* JerkAss[=/=]SpoiledBrat[=/=]TheRival: Waldo.
* LintValue: The gang tries to buy materials from the lumber yard to rebuild the clubhouse. They ask the guy working there about how much they can get...for a little over three or four dollars (they took up a collection). The man holds up a single hinge and asks, "Paper or plastic?"
* MythologyGag: The movie borrows gags and situations from the original shorts:
** ''Three Smart Guys'' (1943): Porky and Buckwheat unknowingly reeling each other in while fishing.
** ''Anniversary Trouble'' (1935): The gang and the "hi/high-sign".
** ''Hearts are Thumps'' (1937): The gang spiking Alfalfa & Darla's lunch.
** ''Hook and Ladder'' (1932): The gang as firefighters.
** ''Teacher's Beau'' (1935): Spanky and Stymie imitating adults by [[TotemPoleTrench sitting on each other's shoulders in order to appear taller]]
** ''Mail and Female'' (1937): Porky and Buckwheat as messengers for Alfalfa's love letter
** ''Rushin' Ballet'' (1937): Alfalfa and Spanky in drag at a ballet recital
** ''Hearts are Thumps'' (1937): Alfalfa's "bubble song" (during the talent show)
** ''Hi'-Neighbor!'' (1934): building the go-kart (a fire engine in the original)
** ''Auto Antics'' (1939): the go-kart race
** ''Hi'-Neighbor!'' (1934) and ''Divot Diggers'' (1936): knocking over pedestrians in the go-kart
* NumberedSequels: Parodied; The go-kart that Alfalfa ends up driving is called "The Blur 2: The Sequel".
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Alfalfa and Darla have one.
* ReCut: The film on DVD and VHS was actually trimmed ''down'' for time and content from the original theatrical release (Universal had done this to other films, including Ghost Dad and Problem Child 2). The extended edit on TV is actually the original theatrical cut with the scenes that were taken out for the home video release, although that version also edits a few scenes out for content or language (the girls referencing that boys like "farting and farting" as an example of grossness is one bit trimmed from TV airings).
* RoadSignReversal: While on their way to the race, Porky pushed the race track arrow from right to straight ahead. Three go-karts (Alfalfa/Spanky, Waldo/Darla, and Butch/Woim) follow that direction. A guy assigned by the arrow quickly moved the check back to right as the other go-karts were coming.
* SadTimesMontage: Occurs after Alfalfa tells off Spanky for ruining his chances of making up with Darla at the talent show.
* SamusIsAGirl: A.J. Ferguson
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Waldo did this a lot, as did [[spoiler: Uh-huh]], as revealed at the end of the movie, though [[spoiler: Uh-huh]] is actually a case of BrilliantButLazy, as he explains that while he may have an extensive vocabulary, he just chooses not to use it.
* SettingUpdate: A subtle variant. Waldo has a boom box, and the original "Our Gang" shorts predate the songs used in the talent show.
* SmugSnake: Waldo.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Darla flattens Alfalfa's hair point and then gives him a kiss, causing his hair to spring right back up again.
* SpikedWheels: It happens during the go-kart race scene. The resident SpoiledBrat [[MoralEventHorizon uses his money-fueled rocket car to take out Alfalfa's new MacGyvered car.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: Alfalfa and Darla
* TemptingFate: While running around town in his underwear, Alfalfa says, "Things couldn't possibly get any worse!", just before running straight into Butch and Woim.
** He even lampshades it
-->'''Alfalfa''': (After the above happens) And then the clouds opened up and God said "I Hate You Alfalfa".
* TitleDrop: "''YOU LITTLE RASCALS!''"
* TookALevelInBadass: Alfalfa, when he punches Butch into the pig pen after the race, and threatens to do the same thing to Woim, who just jumps into the mud with Butch.
* TwoScenesOneDialouge: The boys and girls complain simultaneously about their troubles with the opposite sex, with the camera constantly switching between the boys' tent and the girls' SlumberParty.
--> '''Spanky and Darla''': Why do they have to be so different?
* VerbalTicName: Uh-huh is named that because it's the only thing he (usually) says.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The surviving ''Our Gang'' cast making cameos or asked to be consultants in the making of the movie.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: This might be justified, because Buckwheat is 5 years old.
--> '''Buckwheat:''' Quick! What's the number for 911?
* [[YourOtherLeft Your Other Right Hand]]
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Hal Roach created this series of short comedy films in the 1920s. During the silent years (192228), Roach tried such titles as ''Hal Roach's Rascals'' and ''The Terrible Ten'', but since the first short was titled ''Our Gang'', moviegoers started calling them the "Our Gang Comedies". The child cast changed almost annually until the series ended in 1944.

It is said that Hal Roach [[InspirationForTheWork got the idea]] for the comedies that revealed the world as seen from a child's point of view when he heard through his office window a conversation among some children in a lot next door arguing over discarded scraps of wood they were trying to split up for salvage;

In 1949, Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, which had purchased the series from Roach in 1938, sold the films back to him but retained the rights to the ''Our Gang'' name. When Roach packaged the films for television syndication in the mid-'50s, the series was retitled ''The Little Rascals'', leading to a certain amount of TitleConfusion over the years.

A revolving cast of child stars came and went throughout the course of the series. Among the better-known personalities were George "Spanky" [=McFarland=], Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Eugene "Porky" Lee, Tommy "Butch" Bond and Darla Hood.

!!!Derivative works:
* The earliest issues of ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' in the late 1930s featured a ComicBookAdaptation of ''Our Gang'', drawn by legendary comics artist Dudley Watkins.
* A series of clay-animated ''Little Rascals Color Specials'', produced for television in the 1960s, presumably by Bura and Hardwick, the British studio responsible for ''WesternAnimation/CamberwickGreen''.
* A 1979 animated ChristmasSpecial on Creator/{{NBC}}, whose voice cast included Matthew "Stymie" Beard and Darla Hood.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals A Saturday morning cartoon]] produced in the 1980s by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{ABC}}, as part of a 90-minute block with ''WesternAnimation/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Its voice cast included Creator/PeterCullen, PattyMaloney, [[JulieMcWhirter Julie McWhirter Dees]], Creator/ScottMenville, [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Shavar Ross]] and Creator/BJWard.
* A 1994 feature film, directed by Penelope Spheeris and released by Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures. It won Young Artist awards for no fewer than six members of the cast: Ross Bagley, Juliette Brewer, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Travis Tedford and Kevin Jamal Woods.
* A 2013 direct-to-video sequel, ''The Little Rascals Save the Day'', directed by Alex Zamm.
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[[AC:Contains examples of:]]
* AnimalReactionShot: Pete's specialty.
* AnimalsHateHim: In "Dogs is Dogs," Wheezer and Dorothy's spoiled, whiny stepbrother is pushed into a well by his own dog.
* BigFriendlyDog: Pete the Pup
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Several examples, usually involving a character secretly spiking the food of another for revenge. Dickie does this to Spanky in "Birthday Blues" and Weezer does this to his spoilt stepbrother Sherwood in "Dogs is Dogs."
* {{Bowdlerized}}: A lot of the shorts have had scissors taken to them to remove scenes which have negative racial overtones.
* BrattyHalfPint
* TheBully: Butch, but in the shorts ''For the Love of Pete'' and ''The Lucky Corner'', the bully was played by Sidney Kibrick, who would later play Butch's toady, Woim.
* BumblingDad: Mr. Hood, Darla's father, in particular.
* TheChick: Darla from the later, better-known shorts. In the earlier films, this role was filled by Mary Kornman and then by Mary Ann Jackson.
* CoolTeacher: Miss Crabtree with her fashionable looks, roadster and generally liberal approach to teaching.
* CrosscastRole: The character of Buckwheat was originally Stymie's little sister, played by Matthew Beard's real-life sister Carlena. Even after male actor Billie Thomas inherited the role, Buckwheat continued to be portrayed as a girl for several shorts. This has led to no small amount of ViewerGenderConfusion over the years.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Several examples. They usually involve stern or bumbling fathers, but even Miss Crabtree loses her temper with the kids on one occasion (for giving her ridiculous answers in class) and threatens them with a good "trouncing" in "School's Out".
* FollowTheLeader: The shorts spawned a few imitators.
* FreeRangeChildren
* HeManWomanHater: TropeNamer, though '''NOT''' an actual example of the trope.
** GirlsHaveCooties: They actually fit under this trope.
* HeroicBSOD: Jackie at the end of ''Teacher's Pet''.
* HeyLetsPutOnAShow: Several examples. Sometimes goes awry, as when Spanky and the guys tried to stand in for the 'Flory Dory' girls.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Alfalfa, to the point that it became a BerserkButton during public appearances, when fans asked him to sing off key.
* IdiotHair: Alfalfa's trademark.
* IGotBigger: Porky, hired to play Spanky's little brother, eventually grew taller than Spanky.
* MenaceDecay: Partially averted, even then the earliest stories have some kind of "shouldn't they be at school" undertone.
* MotivationOnAStick: In one short, ''Free Wheeling'', the boys have a "taxi" powered by a mule/donkey pushing from the back and a carrot on a stick in front of it that's used to make it push.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jackie, at the end of ''Teacher's Pet''.
* NiceHat: Stymie's [[DashinglyDapperDerby derby]] (given to him by [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]]), Spanky's striped beanie.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Most of the child actors.
* PantyShot: A few in some early 1940a ''Our Gang'' shorts that involved music and dancing. Even Darla had a few panty shots in a few of the shorts.
* PrecociousCrush: Jackie Cooper for Miss Crabtree.
* PrinceAndPauper: ''Alfalfa's Double''
* [[RevolvingDoorBand Revolving Door Cast]]: Used to keep the group young.
* {{Schoolmarm}}: Miss Crabtree
* RegalRinglets: Dorothy.
* ShoutOut: The 1960s singing group Spanky and Our Gang, which derived its name from lead singer Elaine "Spanky" [=McFarlane=]'s facial resemblance to George "Spanky" [=McFarland=] (as well as their similar surnames).
* SquirrelsInMyPants: In "Framing Youth", Alfalfa gets a frog stuck in his tuxedo while he is performing at a talent show
** In the 1994 movie, Alfalfa and Spanky were hiding from a group of bullies, but get stuck performing in a ballet. Throughout the ballet, Spanky made Alfalfa hide a frog in his tutu.
* StageMom: Spanky has one in ''Beginner's Luck''.
* {{Tomboy}}: Mary Ann was the closest thing to this in the series.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: Darla has a tonsillectomy in "Men in Fright", and Mickey has one in "No Noise".
* WackySoundEffect: The moaning noises coming from the cake filled with household items (thanks to Spanky) in "Birthday Blues".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Among the child actors who auditioned for roles in the series, but were rejected, were Mickey Rooney and ShirleyTemple.
** Hal Roach toyed with the idea of keeping the original kids and following them through their teen years, but ultimately decided that the series should focus on young children, and wound up replacing the cast every few years. However, a remnant of the idea ''did'' remain in that a teenage Joe Cobb and Farina Hoskins showed up once during the Spanky era to give the younger kids some well-intentioned, but comically bad, advice.
** Roach also considered a series featuring [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] as the father of Spanky; presumably to involve family hijinks.
* WomenAreWiser: The adult women in this series (usually mothers or teachers) tend to be kinder and more grounded than the men, who are often bumbling or pompous at best and downright abusive at worst.
** One notable exception is Weezer and Dorothy's wicked stepmother in "Dogs is Dogs".

[[AC:Tropes specific to the 1994 movie:]]
* AllStarCast: Well, not the main characters, but there are a lot of familiar faces that show up as supporting or cameo characters.
* CashLure: The old "buck and a duck" trick.
* CatchPhrase: "Oooh-taaay!", "Uh-huh".
* ChekhovsSkill: Or lack there of. Buckwheat and Porky can't read and Alfalfa uses this to trick them into taking a love note to Darla, telling them it's a hate note. [[spoiler: It backfires when Porky destroys the note and Buckwheat tells Darla what it said from memory.]]
* ColonelBogeyMarch: Courtesy of a marching band at the fair; this establishes the mood for the club's money-earning mission.
* CoveredInMud: [[spoiler:At the end, Butch and Woim end up in a pig pen. Alfalfa punched Butch into it, and then Woim jumped in himself to ''avoid'' being punched.]]
* CrossDressingVoices[=/=]LarynxDissonance: Elizabeth Daily dubbed Froggy's voice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Stymie, though mostly with eye rolling and vocal intonation.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During Alfalfa and Darla's first meeting with Waldo:
-->'''Darla:''' I'll be appearing in the talent show coming up.\\
'''Alfalfa:''' Yeah! The two of us will both be singing a duet. Together.\\
'''Waldo:''' [[LampshadeHanging How redundant.]]
* DisguisedInDrag: Alfalfa and Spanky in ballerina drags. Bullies Butch and Woim [[AttractiveBentGender find them quite attractive]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Alfalfa gets "excited", his IdiotHair spikes up.
* DontAsk: Alfalfa. He runs up to Porky wearing nothing but socks and underwear, prompting Porky to ask if he had a rough day.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Elmer
* FeudEpisode: "Love Has No Pride" by Rosanne Cash
* GenderScoff: The tent/sleepover scene, after Alfalfa and Darla break up.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "I whipped out my lizard!"
* HilariousOuttakes: Indeed, they are!
** FullyAutomaticClipShow: "Brittany, stop looking at the camera!"
* ICanExplain: See DontAsk.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Spanky:''' All the money in the world is no substitute for hard work and ingenuity.\\
'''Waldo:''' You lead a rich fantasy life.\\
'''Spanky:''' Thank you.\\
'''Waldo:''' Moron.
* JerkAss[=/=]SpoiledBrat[=/=]TheRival: Waldo.
* LintValue: The gang tries to buy materials from the lumber yard to rebuild the clubhouse. They ask the guy working there about how much they can get...for a little over three or four dollars (they took up a collection). The man holds up a single hinge and asks, "Paper or plastic?"
* MythologyGag: The movie borrows gags and situations from the original shorts:
** ''Three Smart Guys'' (1943): Porky and Buckwheat unknowingly reeling each other in while fishing.
** ''Anniversary Trouble'' (1935): The gang and the "hi/high-sign".
** ''Hearts are Thumps'' (1937): The gang spiking Alfalfa & Darla's lunch.
** ''Hook and Ladder'' (1932): The gang as firefighters.
** ''Teacher's Beau'' (1935): Spanky and Stymie imitating adults by [[TotemPoleTrench sitting on each other's shoulders in order to appear taller]]
** ''Mail and Female'' (1937): Porky and Buckwheat as messengers for Alfalfa's love letter
** ''Rushin' Ballet'' (1937): Alfalfa and Spanky in drag at a ballet recital
** ''Hearts are Thumps'' (1937): Alfalfa's "bubble song" (during the talent show)
** ''Hi'-Neighbor!'' (1934): building the go-kart (a fire engine in the original)
** ''Auto Antics'' (1939): the go-kart race
** ''Hi'-Neighbor!'' (1934) and ''Divot Diggers'' (1936): knocking over pedestrians in the go-kart
* NumberedSequels: Parodied; The go-kart that Alfalfa ends up driving is called "The Blur 2: The Sequel".
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Alfalfa and Darla have one.
* ReCut: The film on DVD and VHS was actually trimmed ''down'' for time and content from the original theatrical release (Universal had done this to other films, including Ghost Dad and Problem Child 2). The extended edit on TV is actually the original theatrical cut with the scenes that were taken out for the home video release, although that version also edits a few scenes out for content or language (the girls referencing that boys like "farting and farting" as an example of grossness is one bit trimmed from TV airings).
* RoadSignReversal: While on their way to the race, Porky pushed the race track arrow from right to straight ahead. Three go-karts (Alfalfa/Spanky, Waldo/Darla, and Butch/Woim) follow that direction. A guy assigned by the arrow quickly moved the check back to right as the other go-karts were coming.
* SadTimesMontage: Occurs after Alfalfa tells off Spanky for ruining his chances of making up with Darla at the talent show.
* SamusIsAGirl: A.J. Ferguson
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Waldo did this a lot, as did [[spoiler: Uh-huh]], as revealed at the end of the movie, though [[spoiler: Uh-huh]] is actually a case of BrilliantButLazy, as he explains that while he may have an extensive vocabulary, he just chooses not to use it.
* SettingUpdate: A subtle variant. Waldo has a boom box, and the original "Our Gang" shorts predate the songs used in the talent show.
* SmugSnake: Waldo.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Darla flattens Alfalfa's hair point and then gives him a kiss, causing his hair to spring right back up again.
* SpikedWheels: It happens during the go-kart race scene. The resident SpoiledBrat [[MoralEventHorizon uses his money-fueled rocket car to take out Alfalfa's new MacGyvered car.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: Alfalfa and Darla
* TemptingFate: While running around town in his underwear, Alfalfa says, "Things couldn't possibly get any worse!", just before running straight into Butch and Woim.
** He even lampshades it
-->'''Alfalfa''': (After the above happens) And then the clouds opened up and God said "I Hate You Alfalfa".
* TitleDrop: "''YOU LITTLE RASCALS!''"
* TookALevelInBadass: Alfalfa, when he punches Butch into the pig pen after the race, and threatens to do the same thing to Woim, who just jumps into the mud with Butch.
* TwoScenesOneDialouge: The boys and girls complain simultaneously about their troubles with the opposite sex, with the camera constantly switching between the boys' tent and the girls' SlumberParty.
--> '''Spanky and Darla''': Why do they have to be so different?
* VerbalTicName: Uh-huh is named that because it's the only thing he (usually) says.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The surviving ''Our Gang'' cast making cameos or asked to be consultants in the making of the movie.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: This might be justified, because Buckwheat is 5 years old.
--> '''Buckwheat:''' Quick! What's the number for 911?
* [[YourOtherLeft Your Other Right Hand]]
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* A Saturday morning cartoon produced in the 1980s by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{ABC}}, as part of a 90-minute block with ''WesternAnimation/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Its voice cast included Creator/PeterCullen, Creator/PattyMaloney, [[Creator/JulieMcWhirter Julie McWhirter Dees]], Creator/ScottMenville, [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Shavar Ross]] and Creator/BJWard.

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals A Saturday morning cartoon cartoon]] produced in the 1980s by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{ABC}}, as part of a 90-minute block with ''WesternAnimation/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Its voice cast included Creator/PeterCullen, Creator/PattyMaloney, [[Creator/JulieMcWhirter PattyMaloney, [[JulieMcWhirter Julie McWhirter Dees]], Creator/ScottMenville, [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Shavar Ross]] and Creator/BJWard.



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* AccidentalMisnaming: In "The Zero Hero", when Darla finally goes on the date she won with her favorite TV superhero, Captain Muscles:
-->'''Captain Muscles:''' And so I saved the universe once again. I'm pretty terrific, eh, Delilah?
-->'''Darla:''' ''(no longer impressed)'' The name is Darla!
* AmbiguousTimePeriod: The cartoon is supposedly set in the late 1930s, but it includes microcomputers and commercial television. "Pete's Big Break" features a black man who owns a TV station, and in "The Zero Hero", Spanky and Buckwheat mention push-button traffic controls.
* BabysittingEpisode: The animated short "Tiny Terror" has Butch leave his baby brother with the Rascals so he can run an errand for his mother. Among other things, the baby climbs a tree and bombards Alfalfa and Spanky with apples.
* BambooTechnology: Used in Buckwheat's HomemadeInventions.
* BeachEpisode: "The Irate Pirates". As viewers might expect, Darla wears a bikini here.
* BigEater: Porky
* BindleStick: Darla carries one in "Beauty Queen for a Day", and Porky carries one in "King of the Hobos".
* BlackAndNerdy: Buckwheat
* ComplainingAboutThingsYouHaventPaidFor: The "Big Top Rascals" episode sees Butch complain about the makeshift circus and ask for a refund. When Spanky says, "But we let you in for free," Butch suggests that everyone's money be refunded.
* CowboyEpisode: "Showdown at the Rascal Corral" wasn't set in the Old West as such, but Alfalfa did play cowboy.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: In "Beauty Queen for a Day", the boys compete for the affections of their new neighbor, Dolly Van Dumpling, all but forgetting about Darla.
* FiveManBand
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Consider yourself lucky if you owned a VCR in 1982 and had the foresight to record the ABC broadcasts, or you recorded the more recent showings on Creator/CartoonNetwork UK & Ireland, on Australia's Creator/SevenNetwork or on Singapore's [=MediaCorp=] Channel 5.
* MirrorRoutine: Butch does it to Alfalfa in "Rascals' Revenge".
* MotivationOnAStick: Their wooden car had Pete hitched in front, with a bone suspended above him.
* QuarterHourShort: Each of the cartoons ran slightly over 11 minutes.
* StageMagician: Spanky is this in "Alfalfakazam!".
* StolenGoodReturnedBetter: This happened to Darla's doll in "The Case of the Puzzled Pals".
-->'''Darla:''' Jennifer! And she's wearing a new dress!
-->'''Spanky:''' I needed the doll for measurements.
* SuperheroEpisode: In "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa becomes Alpha-Man in hope of persuading Darla to cancel her date with Captain Muscles.
* TranslatorBuddy: Buckwheat is this to Porky.
* TVHeadRobot: Buckwheat built one in "Science Fair and Foul", which later became a merry-go-round.
* TheUnintelligible: Nobody could understand what Porky is saying... unless Buckwheat was around to translate.
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* GenderScoff: The tent/sleepover scene, after Alfalfa and Darla break up.


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* TwoScenesOneDialouge: The boys and girls complain simultaneously about their troubles with the opposite sex, with the camera constantly switching between the boys' tent and the girls' SlumberParty.
--> '''Spanky and Darla''': Why do they have to be so different?
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* SadTimesMontage: Occurs after Alfalfa tells off Spanky for ruining his chances of making up with Darla at the talent show.
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* A series of clay-animated ''Little Rascals Color Specials'', produced for television in the 1960s, presumably by Bura and Hardwick, the British studio responsible for ''CamberwickGreen''.

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* A series of clay-animated ''Little Rascals Color Specials'', produced for television in the 1960s, presumably by Bura and Hardwick, the British studio responsible for ''CamberwickGreen''.''WesternAnimation/CamberwickGreen''.



* A Saturday morning cartoon produced in the 1980s by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{ABC}}, as part of a 90-minute block with ''WesternAnimation/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Its voice cast included Creator/PeterCullen, PattyMaloney, [[JulieMcWhirter Julie McWhirter Dees]], Creator/ScottMenville, [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Shavar Ross]] and Creator/BJWard.

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* A Saturday morning cartoon produced in the 1980s by Creator/HannaBarbera for Creator/{{ABC}}, as part of a 90-minute block with ''WesternAnimation/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Its voice cast included Creator/PeterCullen, PattyMaloney, [[JulieMcWhirter Creator/PattyMaloney, [[Creator/JulieMcWhirter Julie McWhirter Dees]], Creator/ScottMenville, [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Shavar Ross]] and Creator/BJWard.
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* TranslatorBuddy: Buckwheat is this to Porky.



* AllStarCast: Well not the main characters but there are a lot of familiar faces that show up as supporting or cameo characters.

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* AllStarCast: Well Well, not the main characters characters, but there are a lot of familiar faces that show up as supporting or cameo characters.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During Alfalfa and Darla's 1st meeting with Waldo:

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During Alfalfa and Darla's 1st first meeting with Waldo:



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Alfalfa gets "excited" his IdiotHair spikes up.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Alfalfa gets "excited" "excited", his IdiotHair spikes up.



* JerkAss / SpoiledBrat / TheRival: Waldo.

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* JerkAss / SpoiledBrat / TheRival: JerkAss[=/=]SpoiledBrat[=/=]TheRival: Waldo.



--> '''Alfalfa''': (After the above happens) And then the clouds opened up and God said "I Hate You Alfalfa".

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--> '''Alfalfa''': -->'''Alfalfa''': (After the above happens) And then the clouds opened up and God said "I Hate You Alfalfa".
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* MirrorRoutine: Butch does it to Alfalfa in "Rascals' Revenge".
25th Oct '13 5:22:35 PM CorahsUncle
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In 1949 Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, which had purchased the series from Roach in 1938, sold the films back to him but retained the rights to the ''Our Gang'' name. When Roach packaged the films for television syndication in the mid-'50s, the series was retitled ''The Little Rascals'', leading to a certain amount of TitleConfusion over the years.

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In 1949 1949, Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, which had purchased the series from Roach in 1938, sold the films back to him but retained the rights to the ''Our Gang'' name. When Roach packaged the films for television syndication in the mid-'50s, the series was retitled ''The Little Rascals'', leading to a certain amount of TitleConfusion over the years.



-->'''Captain Muscles:''' And so I saved the universe once again. I'm pretty special, eh, Delilah?

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-->'''Captain Muscles:''' And so I saved the universe once again. I'm pretty special, terrific, eh, Delilah?



* AmbiguousTimePeriod: The cartoon is supposedly set in the late 1930s, but it includes microcomputers and commercial television.
* BabysittingEpisode: The animated short "Tiny Terror" has Butch leave his baby brother with the Rascals so he can run an errand for his mother. Among other things, the baby climbs a tree and bombards Alfalfa and Spanky with apples.

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* AmbiguousTimePeriod: The cartoon is supposedly set in the late 1930s, but it includes microcomputers and commercial television.
television. "Pete's Big Break" features a black man who owns a TV station, and in "The Zero Hero", Spanky and Buckwheat mention push-button traffic controls.
* BabysittingEpisode: The animated short "Tiny Terror" has Butch leave his baby brother with the Rascals so he can run an errand for his mother. Among other things, the baby climbs a tree and bombards Alfalfa and Spanky with apples.


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* StageMagician: Spanky is this in "Alfalfakazam!".


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* SuperheroEpisode: In "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa becomes Alpha-Man in hope of persuading Darla to cancel her date with Captain Muscles.
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During Alfalfa and Darla's 1st meeting with Waldo:
-->'''Darla:''' I'll be appearing in the talent show coming up.\\
'''Alfalfa:''' Yeah! The two of us will both be singing a duet. Together.\\
'''Waldo:''' [[LampshadeHanging How redundant.]]
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