''Mother Goose and Grimm'' is a comic strip begun in 1984 by Mike Peters. The strip centralizes on its title characters: an anthropomorphic goose named MotherGoose, and her dog, Grimm. Except when it chooses to be a one-shot, gag-a-day strip in the vein of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''. Other main characters include Atilla the Cat and Ralph the Boston Terrier.

The comic strip takes place in a world filled with {{funny animal}}s. At the start of the series, Grimmy and Attila were [[AnthropomorphicShift noticeably less anthropomorphic than they are now]], and communicated through thought bubbles as opposed to the speech bubbles they use now.

CBS had an animated series based on the comic back in 1991 as part of its Saturday morning line-up. While it did a great job preserving the style and character personalities, it was criticized for having such weak humor and mediocre direction. The show, like many other Saturday morning shows, only lasted 13 episodes and now only lives on as a faded memory.

Visit the strip's website [[http://www.grimmy.com/ here]].


* AnthropomorphicShift: Grimmy and Atilla started out noticeably less humanoid than they are now. One of the most notable changes is that they now speak normally instead of via thought bubbles á la ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''.
* ArtEvolution: The art was much more lumpy and scratchy in the first years. Sometime around 1988, it was streamlined, and the art has stayed the same since.
* BitingTheHandHumor: There's a string of strips in summer 2008 where Grimm and his friend Ralph receive some letters from their newspaper syndicate and discuss them. Ralph even mentions ''ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon'' (another comic strip distributed by the syndicate) at one point in the arc.
* ButtSticker: A very large friend of Mother Goose's visits and is disappointed not to see Grimm, and is told that she even sat in his favorite chair. As she stands, we see Grimm embedded in her.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ham the pig, who was portrayed as Goose's roommate, has been long gone from the strip. Sumo the Cat seemed to have disappeared as well until a December 2011 story arc.
** Atilla seems to be on his way to this as well, with the introduction of Ralph.
* ConeOfShame: Worn by Grimmy briefly.
* DrenchCelebration: In [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2000/MGG-2000-03-04.gif this]] strip, Grimm and Attila do this to Mother Goose, after she was able to finish her crossword puzzles in record time.
* ElvishPresley: One SundayStrip has SantaClaus on the telephone, multiple Elvises behind him. Caption: "No, I said send me fifty ''elves''."
* ExpressLaneLimit: One strip had Mother Goose at a "10 items or less" line. The cashier asks Mother Goose to move to a different lane, claiming she has a bag of 10 apples, a carton of 12 eggs, a bunch of 39 grapes, and a box of 1500 Cheerios. She decides just to buy a quart of milk... but the cashier says there are 32 ounces in the quart.
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: There was one of Amelia Earhart...
* FatAndSkinny: Sumo and Atilla, respectively.
* FollowTheLeader: The animated series came not long after ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', another (far more successful) AnimatedAdaptation of a comic strip. Not only that, it was on the same network, made by the same studio, and even had Creator/MarkEvanier as the head writer.
* FurryConfusion: Grimm and Atilla look like a normal dog and cat, while Mother Goose is far more humanoid. However, Grimm and Atilla act no less human than Goose.
* HelloNurse: The one from [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/grimmy_and_the_doc_456.PNG this strip]] is pretty easy on the eyes.
* HurricaneOfPuns
* MayanDoomsday: One story arc talks about Ralph's Mayan girlfriend who panics about the supposed "end of the world" and wants him to [[LikeYouWereDying make a bucket list of what to do before the world ends]]. This arc, of course, [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-27.gif ran]] [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-28.gif for]] [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-29.gif five]] [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-30.gif whole]] [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-12-01.gif days]] on the week of November 27, 2012. The aftermath did not occur until [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-12-30.gif December 30]], the day before New Year's Eve, and only nine days after the supposed "Mayan Doomsday".
* MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty: The strip for [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-05-19.gif May 19th, 2012]]. Literature/TheCatInTheHat and [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas The Grinch]] are in a bar. The Cat in the Hat holds up his fists in a threatening manner and says "Oh yeah? You want to meet Thing 1 and Thing 2?"
* MurderByCremation: [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2008/MGG-2008-01-27.gif This]] strip had Grimm's TooDumbToLive friend, Ralph the Boston Terrier, giving a testimony of the death of a possum who had apparently died, so they cremated him and placed his ashes in an urn. [[spoiler: However, the possum's wife shows up, demanding to know where her husband is. When Ralph explains to her what happened, the female possum becomes angry, saying that her husband did not die, but was actually playing possum, [[CaptainObvious like all possums are wont to do]], then starts ranting that her husband is dead and questions about what she'll do now.]]
* NameAndName
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: The cartoon has a hair tonic which could grow hair on billiard balls, as advertised...but it can't grow hair on anything else.
* NonMammalMammaries: Averted with Mz. Goose. Also played with in one strip where Ham asks Goose why she has a bikini top. She actually straps it over her eyes at night to keep the light out.
* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: The [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-16.gif strip for November 16, 2012]]. Grimm is at a bar where the bartender is cleaning a glass with a cloth.
* PettingZooPerson: Mother Goose, [[FurryConfusion which is strange.]]
* PlungerDetonator
* PrintLongRunners: 25 years in 2009.
* {{Pun}}: Whether verbal or {{visual|Pun}}, one of the strip's specialties.
* RedundantParody: More than once.
** One had a man watching TV with a woman behind him looking shocked, and the caption, "Scully discovers the XXX Files." Which wasn't actually funny if you had any knowledge of ''Series/TheXFiles'', since it was well-established that Mulder really did stash porn all over the office, and that Scully was perfectly aware of it and didn't care.
** Another strip had Film/EdwardScissorhands constantly losing at RockPaperScissors...which is, in fact, already used as a RunningGag in the movie.
* RunningGag: Grimm getting kicked out the house by Mother Goose.
** Grimm being forced by Mother Goose to go to obedience school, one of the things he hates the most.
* ShoutOut
** To ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
*** There's one in a strip during a 2004 story arc where Grimm goes to a veterinarian. While the vet was talking to Mother Goose, he briefly morphs into Garfield but still wears the doctor clothes, prompting Grimm to cry out, "NURSE!"
*** Another version:
--->'''Grimmy''': What are you watching?
--->'''Mother Goose''': A history channel show about presidents.
--->'''Grimmy''': [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} When did he grow that ugly beard? Did they serve lasagna at his inauguration? Was Odie his vice president?]]
--->'''Mother Goose''': Grimm, president Garfield and the cat are two different people.
** In the strip for [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2013/MGG-2013-09-06.gif September 6th 2013]], there's a Siamese cat and Grimm is looking for "the other one", a reference to Disney's ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' which featured a pair of sly and nasty Siamese cats.
*** It could also be interpreted as a reference to Siamese twins.
* SpeciesSurname: Mother Goose is referred to as "Mz. Goose" by others.
* SphereEyes: The main characters.
* TakeThat: In one June 2006 strip, Grimm is told by Ralph that a commercial for the Tim Allen remake of ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' is on TV and was then asked if he'd like to go see it. Grimm then declines, stating that "Tim Allen is no shaggy dog."
* TalkingAnimal: Entire cast at some point. Grimm and Atilla used to speak via thought bubbles á la Garfield, but now are full-on talking animals.
* ThemeNaming: The title characters are named for popular fairy tale writers.
* UnexpectedGenreChange: Every now and then, Peters will set up a one-panel gag involving none of the cast whatsoever, or just Grimmy staring blankly off to the side.
* VolumetricMouth: Sometimes used.
* WheelOFeet: Often done whenever the characters run.
* XRaySparks: This happened to Grimm in the [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-07-14.gif July 14th 2012 strip]] when he was zapped by a lightning bug.