History TakeThat / WesternAnimation

21st Mar '17 12:14:23 PM Vir
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** In "Sweets and Sour Marge", Chief Wiggum tosses a few Butterfingers into a candy bonfire only to see them repelled unharmed: "Even the fire doesn't want them." TakeThat, soon to be ex-endorsement! Earlier in the episode Springfield is declared America's fattest city. Homer shouts, "In your face, Milwaukee!"
** In the DVD commentary tracks for the earlier seasons, the writers and producers of that time explain TakeThat as [[MindScrew a taunt to counter unnecessary cheap shots at innocent targets]].

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** In "Sweets and Sour Marge", Chief Wiggum tosses a few Butterfingers into a candy bonfire only to see them repelled unharmed: "Even the fire doesn't want them." TakeThat, Take That, soon to be ex-endorsement! Earlier in the episode Springfield is declared America's fattest city. Homer shouts, "In your face, Milwaukee!"
** In the DVD commentary tracks for the earlier seasons, the writers and producers of that time explain TakeThat Take That as [[MindScrew a taunt to counter unnecessary cheap shots at innocent targets]].



** The show has itself been the target of a real-life TakeThat: [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George Bush Sr.]] once held a speech with the phrase "We're going to strengthen the American family to make them more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and less like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''." This was a bad, bad move on the part of the presidential speechwriters, because the show retaliated by having an episode where Bart sees the speech and remarks "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to [[TheGreatDepression the Depression]] too." The moral of the story is that you probably shouldn't pick on people who make a living out of comedy...

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** The show has itself been the target of a real-life TakeThat: Take That: [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George Bush Sr.]] once held a speech with the phrase "We're going to strengthen the American family to make them more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and less like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''." This was a bad, bad move on the part of the presidential speechwriters, because the show retaliated by having an episode where Bart sees the speech and remarks "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to [[TheGreatDepression the Depression]] too." The moral of the story is that you probably shouldn't pick on people who make a living out of comedy...



** The Comic Book Guy acts as a walking TakeThat to geeky FanDumb everywhere.

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** The Comic Book Guy acts as a walking TakeThat Take That to geeky FanDumb everywhere.



*** When telling the story of Scientology, they play it entirely straight and the TakeThat is actually them [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer adding the caption at the bottom that this is what Scientologists actually believe]]. This led to an often denied rumor that Scientologist cast member Issac Hayes left the show as a result of their parodying of his religion. The rumor is hard to deny when the writers turned Chef into a brainwashed pedophile, using spliced in voice clips of Chef from earlier episodes. Chef is then brutally killed off by a cheetah and a bear in the most gruesome way possible before the people that brainwashed Chef bring him back to life as Darth Chef. Even if Issac Hayes left the production for other reasons, it's still pretty clear they were pissed at him.

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*** When telling the story of Scientology, they play it entirely straight and the TakeThat Take That is actually them [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer adding the caption at the bottom that this is what Scientologists actually believe]]. This led to an often denied rumor that Scientologist cast member Issac Hayes left the show as a result of their parodying of his religion. The rumor is hard to deny when the writers turned Chef into a brainwashed pedophile, using spliced in voice clips of Chef from earlier episodes. Chef is then brutally killed off by a cheetah and a bear in the most gruesome way possible before the people that brainwashed Chef bring him back to life as Darth Chef. Even if Issac Hayes left the production for other reasons, it's still pretty clear they were pissed at him.



** And ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' probably got the greatest TakeThat of all time, in the episode "Boys Do Cry", where Peter concluded the episode by speaking directly to [[http://www.parentstv.org/ all the people complaining the show is encouraging children to mimic bad behavior]].

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** And ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' probably got the greatest TakeThat Take That of all time, in the episode "Boys Do Cry", where Peter concluded the episode by speaking directly to [[http://www.parentstv.org/ all the people complaining the show is encouraging children to mimic bad behavior]].



** In the same season, the original ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' series itself also provided a TakeThat directed at ''One Saturday Morning'' during its GrandFinale, the "Brainwashed" trilogy - Pinky makes a jab at Creator/{{Disney}}'s {{retool}}ing of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' by saying that the Schmarskāhnathon will mean "another preemption for ''Brand Spanking Fresh and Shiny New Doug''."

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** In the same season, the original ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' series itself also provided a TakeThat Take That directed at ''One Saturday Morning'' during its GrandFinale, the "Brainwashed" trilogy - Pinky makes a jab at Creator/{{Disney}}'s {{retool}}ing of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' by saying that the Schmarskāhnathon will mean "another preemption for ''Brand Spanking Fresh and Shiny New Doug''."



** Usually Garfield has the last word in the theme song. In one episode, he gives a TakeThat to ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}. In another episode, he says that his show has what he calls "the Garfield Guarantee", which involves a TakeThat against both [[Franchise/TheSmurfs annoying blue people]] and [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} giant robots]] at the same time. Other versions include "Maybe not as funny as pro wrestling, but a lot more realistic" and "Don't watch NBC. They don't have cartoons anymore."

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** Usually Garfield has the last word in the theme song. In one episode, he gives a TakeThat Take That to ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}. In another episode, he says that his show has what he calls "the Garfield Guarantee", which involves a TakeThat Take That against both [[Franchise/TheSmurfs annoying blue people]] and [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} giant robots]] at the same time. Other versions include "Maybe not as funny as pro wrestling, but a lot more realistic" and "Don't watch NBC. They don't have cartoons anymore."



* Christy Marx, the main writer of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}},'' did a TakeThat at her own brother, as two thirds of his name is used to name the series' BigBad, Eric Raymond.

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* Christy Marx, the main writer of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}},'' did a TakeThat Take That at her own brother, as two thirds of his name is used to name the series' BigBad, Eric Raymond.



* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' was axed because [[http://www.micahwright.com/downloads/networkslam.mp3 it explicitly slammed]] Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s re-re-re-re-rerunning practices and would have exposed them to the ignorant children. [[AdoredByTheNetwork How many slots]] do you think ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' would take on Nick's current schedule if the episode did air?

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* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' was axed because [[http://www.micahwright.com/downloads/networkslam.mp3 it explicitly slammed]] Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s re-re-re-re-rerunning practices and would have exposed them to the ignorant children. [[AdoredByTheNetwork How many slots]] do you think ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' would take on Nick's current schedule if the episode did air?



** [=SpongeBob=] had the episode "[[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/HVM4Q44uhyo/ Krabby Land]]", which was basically one long TakeThat at UsefulNotes/McDonalds.
** There's also the episode "Selling Out" which was an extended TakeThat towards TGI Friday's.

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** [=SpongeBob=] had the episode "[[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/HVM4Q44uhyo/ Krabby Land]]", which was basically one long TakeThat Take That at UsefulNotes/McDonalds.
** There's also the episode "Selling Out" which was an extended TakeThat Take That towards TGI Friday's.



** [[spoiler:Starscream's [[MesACrowd army of clones]]]] can be considered as much TakeThat as it is {{homage}} to [[spoiler:the Seekers and the idea of [[PaletteSwap redecoes]]]].

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** [[spoiler:Starscream's [[MesACrowd army of clones]]]] can be considered as much TakeThat Take That as it is {{homage}} to [[spoiler:the Seekers and the idea of [[PaletteSwap redecoes]]]].



** Emma See, the program censor from ''Talent Night'' who lambasts almost every act portrayed was a TakeThat against a specific BS&P official, called Mary, who was "not happy about it" according to the DVD commentary.

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** Emma See, the program censor from ''Talent Night'' who lambasts almost every act portrayed was a TakeThat Take That against a specific BS&P official, called Mary, who was "not happy about it" according to the DVD commentary.



** An episode has the show turned into a bad SitCom by Carl The Evil Cockroach Wizard. It's quite visibly modeled on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' with a lot of more generic elements grafted on, and is titled "The Sweetified World of Yin and Yang."
** Another episode is a whole-episode TakeThat against ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', unfortunately, it's much more [[ShallowParody shallow and poorly-done]] than the above, or their AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.

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** An episode has the show turned into a bad SitCom {{sitcom}} by Carl The the Evil Cockroach Wizard. It's quite visibly modeled on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' with a lot of more generic elements grafted on, and is titled "The Sweetified World of Yin and Yang."
** Another episode is a whole-episode TakeThat Take That against ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''; unfortunately, it's much more [[ShallowParody shallow and poorly-done]] than the above, or their AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.



** Sierra's main purpose is to show how pathetic and nucking futs Cody's legion of fangirls are. You may think [[http://antisierraclub.deviantart.com/ it backfired,]] but when you realize that there pretty much just demonizing themselves, the TakeThat is even sweeter.
** Hell, the entire first season is a parody of dangerous, dramatic teenage reality shows such as ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and Chris's arrogance and ruthlessness is the most obvious TakeThat in the season, to the producers of those shows.

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** Sierra's main purpose is to show how pathetic and nucking futs Cody's legion of fangirls are. You may think [[http://antisierraclub.deviantart.com/ it backfired,]] but when you realize that there pretty much just demonizing themselves, the TakeThat Take That is even sweeter.
** Hell, the entire first season is a parody of dangerous, dramatic teenage reality shows such as ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and Chris's arrogance and ruthlessness is the most obvious TakeThat Take That in the season, to the producers of those shows.



** There were also several Take Thats against ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', which was represented in the show as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwh_ekDGhlA ''Peabrain and Nutthead'']] several times.
--->'''Buster:''' Laugh.
--->'''Arthur:''' But I don't get it!
--->'''Buster:''' Neither do I, but they don't have to know that.
** ''Arthur'' was also on the receiving end of a TakeThat: the first episode of the Disney version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', themed around change, had Doug remembering his old pals Arthur and Buster in Bloatsburg...namely, how annoying they were. To drive the point home, the expies of the characters resembled the real thing very eerily.
** In an early episode, Sue Ellen is working with The Brain on a biology project and both of them create a model ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' skeleton. Sue Ellen's first attempt at making a skull results in a clay [[LiveActionTV/BarneyAndFriends Barney]] head. She immediately smooshes it back into a shapeless blob with an irritated look.
** D.W.'s favorite show (which Arthur hates), ''The Mary Moo Cow Show'', strongly resembles [[LiveActionTV/BarneyAndFriends Barney]], including the TastesLikeDiabetes tone and annoying songs. When it's eventually cancelled, it's replaced with ''Stock Market Today'', a parody of [[BitingTheHandHumor PBS's]] ''Nightly Business Report.''

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** There were also several Take Thats against ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', which was represented in the show as [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwh_ekDGhlA ''Peabrain Peabrain and Nutthead'']] Nutthead]]'' several times.
--->'''Buster:''' Laugh.
--->'''Arthur:'''
Laugh.\\
'''Arthur:'''
But I don't get it!
--->'''Buster:'''
it!\\
'''Buster:'''
Neither do I, but they don't have to know that.
** ''Arthur'' was also on the receiving end of a TakeThat: Take That: the first episode of the Disney version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', themed around change, had Doug remembering his old pals Arthur and Buster in Bloatsburg...namely, how annoying they were. To drive the point home, the expies of the characters resembled the real thing very eerily.
** In an early episode, Sue Ellen is working with The Brain on a biology project and both of them create a model ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' skeleton. Sue Ellen's first attempt at making a skull results in a clay [[LiveActionTV/BarneyAndFriends [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]] head. She immediately smooshes it back into a shapeless blob with an irritated look.
** D.W.'s favorite show (which Arthur hates), ''The Mary Moo Cow Show'', strongly resembles [[LiveActionTV/BarneyAndFriends [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]], including the TastesLikeDiabetes tone and annoying songs. When it's eventually cancelled, it's replaced with ''Stock Market Today'', a parody of [[BitingTheHandHumor PBS's]] ''Nightly Business Report.''



** The short "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" could be seen as a TakeThat towards over-use of LimitedAnimation and the various attempts to water down the Looney Tunes franchise. It involves Bugs Bunny's rivals being replaced by [[StepfordSmiler eerily-cheerful]], [[OffModel badly-drawn and badly-animated]] clones from the planet Nudnik (named for a Russian LimitedAnimation series), including Daffy briefly being animated in SynchroVox.

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** The short "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" could be seen as a TakeThat Take That towards over-use of LimitedAnimation and the various attempts to water down the Looney Tunes franchise. It involves Bugs Bunny's rivals being replaced by [[StepfordSmiler eerily-cheerful]], [[OffModel badly-drawn and badly-animated]] clones from the planet Nudnik (named for a Russian LimitedAnimation series), including Daffy briefly being animated in SynchroVox.



* Nearly everyone on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' gets at least one TakeThat at some point.

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* Nearly everyone on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' gets at least one TakeThat Take That at some point.



* [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead Beavis & Butt-Head's]] Spanish teacher reveals[[labelnote:*]]in "No Laughing"[[/labelnote]]that the only Spanish that the main duo knows is what they learned at Taco Bell, & seconds later that [[EpicFail even that escapes Beavis' Mexican vocabulary]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "Who Are You" is one big TakeThat to hipster culture.

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* [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead Beavis & Butt-Head's]] Spanish teacher reveals[[labelnote:*]]in "No Laughing"[[/labelnote]]that the only Spanish that the main duo knows is what they learned at Taco Bell, & and seconds later that [[EpicFail even that escapes Beavis' Mexican vocabulary]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "Who Are You" is one big TakeThat Take That to hipster culture.
9th Mar '17 11:16:49 AM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', in the soundtrack exclusive version of the "W-I-O-Wa" song from "News Flash," Uniqua delivers one at what often passes for the state of news-reporting these days:
-->'''Uniqua''': ''I'm not that sort of newswoman who sits at a desk and talks. I'm the sort who'd rather report, 'cause being a reporter '''rocks'''!''
4th Mar '17 10:20:04 PM Jatboy1000
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** The episode The Copycats was an entire episode dedicated to calling out the show's own ShoddyKnockoffProduct, even having an entire musical number about how they should try and be original.

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** The episode The Copycats was is an entire episode dedicated to calling out the show's own ShoddyKnockoffProduct, even having an entire musical number about how they should try and be original.
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** The episode The Copycats was an entire episode dedicated to calling out the show's own ShoddyKnockoffProduct, even having an entire musical number about how they should try and be original.
26th Feb '17 12:47:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' did a HUGE take that at Nickelodeon, as Zim captures a human child and implants an ENORMOUS probe in his skull that forces him to be eternally happy. The child's name? Nick. This is funny because of how Nickelodeon tried to always lighten up the plots and mood of the show, which would eventually lead to them cancelling it. To make the irony more delicious, Nick was voiced by the creator of the show and the primary victim of Nickelodeon's executive annoyance, JhonenVasquez.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' did a HUGE take that at Nickelodeon, as Zim captures a human child and implants an ENORMOUS probe in his skull that forces him to be eternally happy. The child's name? Nick. This is funny because of how Nickelodeon tried to always lighten up the plots and mood of the show, which would eventually lead to them cancelling it. To make the irony more delicious, Nick was voiced by the creator of the show and the primary victim of Nickelodeon's executive annoyance, JhonenVasquez.Creator/JhonenVasquez.
21st Feb '17 11:15:11 PM Vir
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** "Tell your father I'll be gone all night. Man, these hours are brutal. No wonder those doctors on Scrubs don't have time to be funny." (with Klaus, the show's [[ButtMonkey equivalent to Meg]] on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', pitifully commenting that he likes ''Scrubs'').

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** "Tell your father I'll be gone all night. Man, these hours are brutal. No wonder those doctors on Scrubs ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' don't have time to be funny." (with Klaus, the show's [[ButtMonkey equivalent to Meg]] on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', pitifully commenting that he likes ''Scrubs'').
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had Mr. Cat open up a fast-food restaurant which served actual trash from the dumpster as food. When everybody else starts protesting against this, he [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds offers them toys with their "food"]].
3rd Jan '17 12:50:23 PM MemeMaster
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** A rather subtle one in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before." Given all the more meaning when one considers that this was the episode before the show got cancelled.
-->Bender: Another classic science-fiction show cancelled before its time.
24th Dec '16 6:29:59 PM cheril59
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** "Weekday Afternoon Live", an episode done InTheStyleOf ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' featured an out-of-freaking-nowhere purple-skinned parody of Bart Simpson called "Blart Simpleton" as the guest host. Interestingly enough, he was voiced by Creator/NancyCartwright, Bart's actual VA. In an episode commentary for one of ''The Simpsons'' [=DVD=]s Matt Groening mentions that the producers of ''Tiny Toons'' requested permission to use ''The Simpsons'' theme song in the show and were denied. With that in mind, the bitterness makes more sense.

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** "Weekday Afternoon Live", an episode done InTheStyleOf ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' featured an out-of-freaking-nowhere purple-skinned parody of Bart Simpson called "Blart "Blard Simpleton" as the guest host. Interestingly enough, he was voiced by Creator/NancyCartwright, Bart's actual VA.host. In an episode commentary for one of ''The Simpsons'' [=DVD=]s Matt Groening mentions that the producers of ''Tiny Toons'' requested permission to use ''The Simpsons'' theme song in the show and were denied. With that in mind, the bitterness makes more sense.
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