'''''Bump in the Night''''' was a StopMotion animated series, lasting from September, 1994 to December, 1995. It covers the adventures of Mr. Bumpy (Creator/JimCummings), a small green monster living under the bed of a 10 year old boy, and his friends Squishington (Creator/RobPaulsen), a blue monster that lives in the bathroom's toilet tank, and Miss Molly Coddle (former ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' cast member Gail Matthius[[labelnote:*]]Matthius was a member of the notoriously awful sixth season, which lasted from November 1980 to March 1981[[/labelnote]]), the comfort doll who belongs to the boy's sister.
The development of the series began as a series of bumpers for ABC's Saturday morning lineup in 1993, possibly, the reason he's called Mr. Bumpy is because he was originally used as a character for bumpers. The series lasted for two seasons, and concluded with a 90 minute long Christmas Special. The format of a usual episode included two cartoons and a "Karaoke Cafe" segment where the characters sung a song about the episodes' lesson.
!!''Bump in the Night'' provides examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: Destructo.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Phil Silverfish, who has no jewish characteristics besides a heavy yiddish accent. Later, it becomes not-so-ambiguous as he gets the only Hanukkah-themed song in the Christmas special, where he sings about his turbo-powered dreidel.
* AnvilOnHead: The humor is there, though bowling balls and safes are more often used than actual anvils.
* BigBadEnsemble: Destructo and the Closet Monster are both threats to Mr. Bumpy and his friends, but they seldom work together and have different methods - Destructo only harms those that break the rules and the Closet Monster is just a mindless beast. There were also some episodes where Bumpy and friends were menaced by alien duo Sleemoth and Gloog, who tried to conquer Earth in each of their appearances.
* BigEater / ExtremeOmnivore: Bumpy. He can eat literally anything, and most often eats something implausible for comedic effect. He's known for randomly eating some inocuous object in some scenes, and in an episode where he's forced to hide from the closet monster, he eats an entire emergency stockpile of socks within seconds.
* TheBusCameBack: Little Robot in the episode "Made In Japan II".
* CallBack: Oh so many. Every character in the first season gets at least one re-appearance in season 2. The cast of the entire run of the show appears as audience members in the karaoke segments. Also, every character gets a small part in the Christmas special as part of Molly's Christmas pageant. Possibly this was as a result of the need to re-use puppets for budget reasons.
* ChildHater: Bumpy is one, but changes his tune in both "Baby Snail" and "Baby Jail."
* CulturalCrossReference: The episodes "Made in Japan" and "Made in Japan II" feature a cute toy robot shipped from Japan, who speaks Japanese and doubles in size not unlike a Transformer.
* ChristmasEpisode: An hour-long Christmas special was made at the end of the series' run.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The three main characters were used in the commercial bumpers for ABC's Saturday morning line-up a year before a show was created for them.
* EldritchAbomination: The Closet Monster, which is a living pile of clothes, would be this from the characters' point of view.
* ExpositoryThemeSong: "I'm a wild green guy livin' under the bed, I'll gobble up a sock before you turn your head..."
* TheFaceless: We never see the faces of the family of four that lives in the house the series takes place, even when Bumpy and friends directly interact with them.
** In a more literal sense, there was also an episode where Squishington lost his face after scrubbing it with the bathroom towel.
* FluffyTamer: Molly.
* FountainOfYouth: Not good for a [[ChildHater baby hater]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "I Got Needs", after encountering a trio of rhyming Vikings, Squishington asks them if they "knew the one about the man from Nantucket".
** There were also some occasions where Mr. Bumpy would use the word "bump" as an expletive.
** On "Dr. Coddle, MD," The first thing Squishington says when he wakes up from being given mouth-to-mouth by Molly Coddle: "Doctor Molly, Not here...there are people ''watching''."
** In another episode, Squishington appears to grab his crotch in the middle of some wild dancing, then becomes shy and says "I hope nobody saw me..."
* HumanPopsicle: Subverted
* InterspeciesAdoption: Bumpy has one in the episode "Baby Snail." There's a minor resemblance.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Bumpy can be greedy and selfish at times, but he always shows remorse when his actions cause harm to his friends and wishes for them to be happy. One episode even had him trying to find a bunny to cheer up a sick Squishington and is so upset by his repeated failures to acquire one that he tries to get himself eaten by the Closet Monster even as Squishington tells him that it's okay he let him down.
* LivingToys: Molly
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Aside from the main cast of Mr. Bumpy, Squishington, and Molly Coddle, there's also Destructo, the Closet Monster, the Cute Dolls, Germ Girl, aliens Sleemoth and Gloog, Little Robot, Phil Silverfish, Odiferous J. Stench, etc.
* MediumAwareness: Bumpy often expresses how he knows he's in a cartoon.
** Goes into NoFourthWall territory in "Night of the Living Bread," when Bumpy finds out the show's started after hearing the title card's music cue.
* LovableCoward: Squishington. He even gets a Karaoke song about how to tell monsters to go away and don't come back.
* MindScrew: In "Farewell, 2 Arms" Molly goes mad with power and replaces all her parts. Soon Squishington finds Molly's original parts and puts them back together, bringing back the normal Molly. So in the end there are two dolls that both have Molly's mind at the same time.
* MundaneSolution: In "Comforting the Uncomfortable" Bumpy and Squishy bring a stop to the Closet Monster (who's made entirely out of dirty clothing) by spraying him with starch.
* MrViceGuy: Bumpy is ruled by greed. Greed over what? That changes from episode to episode.
* NeatFreak: Squishington. Wouldn't you love to have a little blue monster keeping your toilet neat?
* PaperThinDisguise: Mr. Bumpy has used a few of these before. He once messed with Destructo by disguising himself as Molly Coddle (who Destructo had a crush on at the time). On another occasion, Bumpy tried to avoid being punished for allegedly stealing Molly's feet by disguising himself as Squishington's "Cousin Bela".
* RedOniBlueOni: change "Red" to "Green" and you have Bumpy and Squishy.
** In one of the karaoke segments, they even appear together in a yin-yang.
* ResetButtonEnding: Despite learning a lesson in about every episode, Bumpy always goes back to being, greedy, selfish and impulsive by the start of the next episode.
* RuleOfCool: Often evoked by Bumpy in order to rationalize any of the, quite frequently, absurd things he does.
* SchmuckBait: The closet monster repeatedly uses dirty socks to bait Mr. Bumpy into his range and eat him. He ''always'' falls for it by pulling off a narrow escape.
* ShoutOut: The episode "Night of the Living Bread", whose title is a ShoutOut to ''NightOfTheLivingDead''. At the end of the episode, they list a number of sequels, all of which are bread-based puns on other horror film titles. There were also many other nods in the series, such as Bumpy referencing MortalKombat in one episode.
** There was also a particular love of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" song. It was used in two episodes and a Karaoke segment.
* StableTimeLoop: In TWO episodes of the first season: "A Sneeze in Time" where Bumpy learns to travel back in time by sneezing, runs into multiple time clones of himself, but finds he can't undo the nasty thing he said to Squishy, and in "Gum Trouble" where his attempt to steal chewing gum from his own stomach causes a temporal loop that could destroy the world.
* StockFootage: Not a single episode doesn't use footage from another. Hell, some even use footage from episodes that don't air until later, which makes it confusing as to what was done first in the show's production.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Most obviously evoked by Bumpy in "Baby Snail," where he curses the fact he's saddled with a dumb baby in the most cooing and loving way possible.
* TakeThat: In one episode, Squishington loses his face. While drawing a new face as a temporary replacement, Mr. Bumpy says to him that if he makes one small mistake, he'll look like Ross Perot. Incidentally, the replacement face drawn is a simple smiley face.
* TalkingToHimself: Jim Cummings (who voices both Mr. Bumpy and Destructo).
* TeamMom: Molly, as a comfort doll, gets a lot of her enjoyment out of comforting the various inhabitants of the room.
* ThinkOfTheCensors: In "Adventures in Microbia," when Squishington gets kissed by Germ Girl, Bumpy [[SceneryCensor blocks them from the viewers' eyes]] and says, "Hey, you can't do that on TV."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Socks for Mr Bumpy.
* UrbanLegend: in Bumpy's world, the ones aimed at kids are always true. You shouldn't eat cherries and milk together, swinging over the bar will turn you inside-out, bread always lands peanut-butter side down, oh and there's a monster both under your bed and in your closet.
* VillainSong: "I'm Bigger Than You", a song by Destructo in one of the Karaoke Cafe segments.
* WildTake: A staple of the show, especially from Bumpy.