History WesternAnimation / Battletoads

23rd Aug '16 6:31:50 PM AjWargo
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The pilot bombed spectacularly. The aborted series is a textbook example of a StillbornFranchise: a niche work being rammed into another medium, adaptation changes alienating the existing fans, critical panning, and a failure to capture a new mainstream audience. No further episodes were broadcast, and it likely destroyed any chance of a good ''Battletoads'' series ever being made.

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The pilot bombed spectacularly. The aborted series is a textbook example of a StillbornFranchise: a niche work being rammed into another medium, adaptation changes alienating the existing fans, critical panning, and a failure to capture a new mainstream audience. No further episodes were broadcast, and it likely destroyed any chance of a good ''Battletoads'' series ever being made.
made, and it is now often compared to the Bubsy pilot.


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** The only boss who does have a line is General Slaughter, and even then, it's just one.
20th Jul '16 3:50:51 PM AndyLA
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* DeadpanSnarker: Morgan/Zits. After he and the others reveal their form as the Battletoads to their school and the principal orders for the police to be called:
--> '''Zits''': [[DudeWheresMyRespect So...no standing ovation?]]

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* DeadpanSnarker: Morgan/Zits.Morgan/Zitz. After he and the others reveal their form as the Battletoads to their school and the principal orders for the police to be called:
--> '''Zits''': '''Zitz''': [[DudeWheresMyRespect So...no standing ovation?]]



* EpicFail: Morgan/Zits making a computer monitor explode just by pressing a few keys and Princess Angelica making a jelly doughnut explode by gently pinching it. Though the latter might have been an animation error.

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* EpicFail: Morgan/Zits Morgan/Zitz making a computer monitor explode just by pressing a few keys and Princess Angelica making a jelly doughnut explode by gently pinching it. Though the latter might have been an animation error.



* ThemeNaming: Morgan ''Zi''egler becomes Zits, George ''Pi''e becomes Pimple, and Dave ''Shar'' becomes [[SdrawkcabAlias Rash]].

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* ThemeNaming: Morgan ''Zi''egler becomes Zits, Zitz, George ''Pi''e becomes Pimple, and Dave ''Shar'' becomes [[SdrawkcabAlias Rash]].
11th Jun '16 10:15:30 AM Odd1
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Much of the show's background music consists of genericized versions of old surf rock tunes (e.g. one of the battle scenes has a song that is clearly trying to sound like Music/DickDale's version of "Hava Nagila" of all things).
11th Jun '16 10:11:22 AM Odd1
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Much of the show's background music consists of genericized versions of old surf rock tunes (e.g. one of the battle scenes has a song that is clearly trying to sound like Music/DickDale's version of "Hava Nagila" of all things).



* TitleThemeTune

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* TitleThemeTuneTitleThemeTune: A surf pop song announcing that "here we come" and that "we're the Battletoads!"
19th Mar '16 1:54:26 PM Inspeps
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*** "Let's get ''[[{{Mondegreen}} horny!]]''"
19th Mar '16 1:51:01 PM Inspeps
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* {{Acrofatic}}: George is by far the largest of the main trio but is actually able to move pretty quickly around a basketball court and even manages to jump high enough to do a slam dunk. (Though ends up going through the hoop himself in the process.)
5th Jun '15 7:57:55 PM dinner101
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* StillbornFranchise: Never got past the pilot, no plans for additional animated adaptations despite the cult status of the original game. A good example of how attempts to leverage popularity in one genre to another can go awry.
6th Jul '14 3:32:54 PM starofjusticev21
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* DemotedToExtra: Boss enemies from the games like Big Blag and General Vermin appear in the show, but only as no-dialogue background characters.



* HowDoIShotWeb: The Battletoads have to find out how to use Smash Hits.

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* HowDoIShotWeb: The Battletoads have to find out how to use In the course of their first fight Rash activates a Smash Hits.Hit attack by accident. As soon as the professor tells them to "think with your hands" to do so in the future, [[InstantExpert they pretty much master it right away]].
25th Feb '14 4:46:00 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: One part of the episode has a surf-style version of "Havah Negilah" playing over a fight sequence.
22nd Apr '13 11:04:13 PM UltramarineAlizarin
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For many years it was nearly forgotten (though it was released on VHS in 1994), buried in the wasteland alongside hundreds of other failed TV pilots, until rediscovered by the Internet. See it in its 30 minutes of glory [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df5UEKxHQ3U here]]. An {{MST}}-style version by WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'s Diabetus is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKkL-e5FfEA here]]. TheAnnotatedSeries has also covered it.

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For many years it was nearly forgotten (though it was released on VHS in 1994), buried in the wasteland alongside hundreds of other failed TV pilots, until rediscovered by the Internet. See it in its 30 minutes of glory [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df5UEKxHQ3U here]]. An {{MST}}-style version by WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'s Diabetus is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKkL-e5FfEA here]]. TheAnnotatedSeries WebVideo/TheAnnotatedSeries has also covered it.
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