In one of Jeff Lenberg's animation books, he begins talking about the Peanuts special Snoopy, Come Home, and says the plot of the movie is Snoopy being depressed from there being too many "No Dogs Allowed" signs, and Snoopy decides to commit suicide. Um....
That's not the only error in Lenberg's book. In the Wacky Races entry, he lists the General as a character. There was no General as a recurring character (as he was on the spinoff, albeit heard and not seen), just Private Meekley and Sgt. Blast. Also: Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch! reputedly went into syndication after its CBS run under the title "The Yo-Yo Bears" (its working title). The show remained off the air until 1984 when USA Network ran it in repeats.
The desperation-born sweat from reporters trying to figure out just what the hell Aqua Teen Hunger Force is was enough to smudge the pages. Most of them came up with variations on "show about anthropomorphic food detective superheroes".
Even TV Guide's description of the show is, "Food items fight crime". You try explaining it.
Well, that was the original premise of the show. For about one episode — the whole reason the first episode portrayed them as a crime fighting team was that the creators couldn't think of a way to explain what the show really was in any way that would get it green-lighted.
It was actually stated in the show on at least one occasion: in the episode "Robositter", Shake refers to them as "detectives" (to which Frylock replies, "We haven't actually detected anything in three years").
Small potatoes given some of the other examples here, but Family Guy is sometimes called "The Family Guy".
Agent Booth called it this on an episode of Bones, which was a little odd since it was the episode that featured a well-publicized Intercontinuity Crossover appearance by Stewie.
Even odder — Stewie was a manifestation of Booth's subconscious, indicating that Booth must be at least a moderate viewer of the show for it to be on his mind. Yet he still gets the title wrong!
Time Warner Cable descriptions of Family Guy sometimes gives the vague description, "Nihilistic animated antics of the grousing Griffins."
Specific episode descriptions from other providers don't get much better, such as Comcast's insistence that Quagmire hates the title character of "Jerome is the New Black" (it's Brian who Quagmire hates), or Dish Network assuming "Lois Kills Stewie" is about Stewie auditioning for American Idol (this was a thirty-second-long Cutaway Gag).
According to audio commentary, this almost happened with a joke about JAG. Apparently the writers had never watched the show and assumed Jag was the name of a character.
The Polish video game magazine Secret Service, issue April 1998. In one article, the author claimed that Wacky Races is a crossover show where "Hanna-Barbera characters such as Yogi, Huckleberry and the Addams family" do racing. Either the author didn't see even one episode of the show, or (more likely) he has seen it, but mistook Blubber Bear for Yogi Bear and the Gruesome Twosome for the Addamses. Or maybe he just got it confused with Fender Bender 500.
Speaking of Wacky Races, Jerry Beck, a renowned animation historian, claims in his book The Hanna-Barbera Treasury that The Perils of Penelope Pitstop "featured the Ant Hill Mob as her chief rival", when everybody knows that they were in fact her protectors on the show.
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines was referred to as "Stop That Pigeon" (its theme and original working name) so frequently that Yogi's Treasure Hunt lampshades it. In the episode "Yogi's Heroes," Dick and Muttley capture Snooper and Blabber and torture them by making them watch old Dastardly & Muttley cartoons.
Snooper: Oh, no! Not "Stop That Pigeon"-type cartoons!
Blabber: Our brains will turn to mush!
The Canadian TV provider Bell ExpressVu used to describe The Venture Brothers as, "Two teens live as though it is the 1960s even though they are 21st century teens!" The only good thing about this description is that the awkwardness of the sentence structure distracts you from the head-scratching description.
That's probably because "If Arthur Schopenhauer had written Jonny Quest" wouldn't make sense to most of the viewing public.
Didn't watch the first episodes, otherwise she'd know Katara was the only Waterbender in her family.
Completely missed the episode covering Blood Bending.
Has no idea that the show develops other characters regularly.
Has never seen Zuko vulnerable before (so... she has never seen seasons 2 or 3)
Another reviewer claimed: "He's supposedly the only one skilled in manipulating all of nature's basic elements. But he isn't. A rival shares his powers."
Newspaper articles on the movie adaptation, based on the popular "anime." Jesse McCartney says it was "explosively huge in Asia." It is also not a good sign when the director of the film adaptation refers to Avatar as an "anime"...
The movie stars the eeeeeeeevil Prince Zucko, no less. The news anchor in that same video describes the show's plot as involving "the epic battle between the Fire and Air Nations." Air "nation"?
On the anime part, it has been released in parts of Asia but isn't nearly as popular there.
The movie itself can be an example of this, M. Night said he was interested in the show because his daughter loves it. Apparently he only saw season 2 and up, because the movie ended up being widely described as quite bad and the characters derailed.
Much of the print material based on Animaniacs (such as the comic books) used the show's name when directly referring to Yakko, Wakko and Dot, who were always called the Warners and never the Animaniacs in the show. Even some Kids' WB! spots (such as the preview special Welcome Home, Animaniacs!) made this mistake.
It was on Jeopardy!, too. The answer was "On the Warner Bros. lot tour you can see the water tower that this cartoon trio calls home." The contestant responded "Who are The Warner Brothers and Warner Sister?" He lost. They gave it back to him after the commercial, with Alex Trebek professing that he hadn't known that; he learns something new every day.
Another Kids' WB! thing: In a promo for "Crazy Takes" ("bloopers"), a scene from Jackie Chan Adventures showed Ratso wearing a Hsi Wu mask, but an announcer said, "Ratso, that's not your spot! That's the demon sorceror His Wu's spot!"
All of which might've been averted by using hanyu pinyin instead of Wade-Giles (though "Xi Wu" is no easier to pronounce—the X represents a sound very few Indo-European languages have—"Xi" is less likely to be mistaken for "his").
The original VHS cover of It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown stated that Charlie Brown was trying to buy a present for the little red-haired girl, when in the actual special, it was in fact for a completely different character named Peggy Jean. This was most likely caused by the fact that the special depicted Peggy Jean as a redhead rather than a brunette as she was in the strip.
A DVD bonus feature for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes says the terrorist organization HYDRA was founded shortly after World War II, instead of during the war. This feels especially jarring since the fact Captain America's first episode showed Allied soldiers fighting HYDRA agents but not Nazis became one of the show's biggest controversies, and one of the episodes on the DVD features the Avengers trying to prevent the terrorists' leader from creating an alternate universe in which they won WWII. This very same episode plays in the corner for the duration of the bonus feature.
In an animation encyclopedia's entry on The Raccoons, Cyril Sneer is called a "pink wolf." (A sidenote oddly then mentions that he "looks like an aardvark." Well duh!)
An issue of Weekend magazine said that, in The Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror X, Maggie was the daughter of Kang and Kodos rather than Kang and Marge.
Kind of a double-offender, considering not only did they get the information wrong, but the title of the episode, too. It was IX, not X.
On the subject of The Simpsons, a book about the show was full of little mistakes that most fans would have known better than to print:
Smithers' first name is Waylon but listed as Wayland in the book.
The book claims Maggie killed a man. Maggie shot a man, but Mr. Burns is still alive.
Marge's sister Patty is gay, not Selma as stated in the book.
There's an alternative ending to the first Road Runner cartoon that the Latin American press is correcaminos raving about, claiming that the ending was funded by a Japanese millionare who was tired of the Coyote always being the Butt Monkey. The framerate is obviously a drop from the real footage, the animation is basically a cut-and-paste of the Road Runner and Coyote's poses rearranged and assembled, and there's gratuitous use of O Fortuna. But the kicker has to be the Coyote holding up a sign with the name of the new ending's creator on it for absolutely no reason. How the news media have not picked up on these is inexplicable.
Translation of a Swedish TV-guide's blurb about Danny Phantom: "In the past Danny was a shy child who was hardly noticed. But suddenly one afternoon, when Danny unfortunately burned down his parents' lab, he became a super hero." Er, at least they got the name right?
Let's take a trip back to the early-to-mid 1990s, when Moral Guardians were up in arms about Beavis And Butthead. Not only did South Carolina Senator Ernest Hollings infamously refer to them as "Buffcoat and Beaver" (later referenced on the show), the three-part documentary about the series ("Taint of Greatness") revealed some parents thought there was an episode where the boys set a cat on fire. One can only assume one mother caught a glimpse of the episode where they paint Mr. Anderson's cat and set his hedges on fire, completely mis-saw what happened, and told her friends about it.
The South Park Studios synopsis for "City Sushi" claims that "The boys want to help Butters find out what's really happening to him", but the main four boys don't do anything in this episode; this episode focused solely on Butters. This is especially damning because South Park Studios is the official website for the show and its creators. Whoops.
Collider.com's review for the Blu-Ray release of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut said that it was Cartman's mom, not Kyle's, that leads a moral crusade against Canada.
Richard Dawkins commented on the episodes that featured him, saying that he wishes he had a better voice actor. Every episode of the show begins by saying that all celebrity voices were impersonated...poorly. That was obviously part of the joke. Shouldn't a scientist notice this?
Sky, a British satellite TV provider, currently claims that Flapjack was 'raised in a bubble'...right. This probably had root in an understandable typo: he was raised by a whale namedBubbie. Someone probably just misread "raised by Bubbie" as "bubble" and went from there.
A Mexican movie magazine did a report about San Diego Comic-Con, which, apart from treating the comic geeks attending it with various levels of contempt got a picture of two girls cosplaying with this caption "80's fever: Mario Bros princess, is still in fashion", the movie the girls in the picture were actually cosplaying... Enchanted. Which at the time had not even been out of theatres for a year.
"The Teen Titans are a motley crew of five teenagers, each one gifted with a superpower to put to good use. Robin the Boy Wonder is the default leader of the troupe, which roams the planet to protect it from those who aim to harm it and its citizens. But on their days off, they still have to deal with the typical problems that plague teenagers, such as making good grades and forming friendships at school!"
Really funny/sad, since there was never a single episode that showed the characters outside of their secret identities or at school. The last episode does show Terra restarting her life by going to school and making friends, but this was her first appearance in years.
Not to mention that Robin is just a well trained human. So much for "each one gifted with a superpower". (Or does "was raised by the goddamn Batman" count as a superpower? It is more useful than any radioactive spider-bite.)
Want more examples of Netflix happily screwing things up? Glad to oblige! Here is their description for Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
"Set after the events in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, these animated entries in the Star Wars sagas follow the adventures of the Jedi knights, including Anakin Skywalker — who draws ever closer to the dark side — and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. As the Jedis and Princess Padmé fight to preserve the Republic and defeat the Separatists, they face off with deadly foes such as Count Dooku and General Grievous."
First off, Jedi is both plural and singular. There is no such word as "Jedis".
Secondly, "Princess Padme"? Really, Netflix? Padme was a Queen in Episode I, but by the time of the Clone Wars she isn't even royalty anymore. She's a Senator. She's referred to as a Senator several times in the show.
Thirdly, Obi-Wan isn't Anakin's Jedi Master anymore. Although Anakin was still Obi-Wan's Padawan in Episode II.
Besides blowing things way out of proportion in regards to Disney's efforts to revamp Mickey via Epic Mickey, this New Yorker article calls Porky Pig a Disney character.
A box of Sponge Bob Square Pants-themed fruit snacks claims that Squidward plays the accordion. He plays the clarinet.
This review of a SpongeBob video game calls Sandy a chipmunk and Mr. Krabs the mayor of Bikini Bottom - respectively, they're actually a regular squirrel and the proprietor of the Krusty Krab restaurant. On a somewhat less blatant note, it indirectly calls Squidward a squid (he's actually an octopus).
The box for Kim Possible: A Sitch In Time describes a plan by "Shego and her evil henchmen". Though she's Kim's Evil Counterpart and nemesis and conquers the world in the Bad Future, making the villains work for her, Shego is the sidekick of Kim's Arch-Enemy, Dr. Drakken. Also, Drakken is even dismissive towards her in a way he usually isn't in the series.
Some sources misspell the title as A Stitch In Time, apparently unfamiliar with Kim's catchphrase.
That last bit was probably the writer's misinterpretation of the thumb-wrestling episode, where it actually is Doofenshmirtz's birthday and he invents a hypnosis machine inator.
"Doofenschmirtz" is an incredibly common misspelling, so much so that it actually appears in the official Disney encyclopedia.
Disney XD in the United Kingdom seemingly can't decide whether Phineas and Ferb are brothers or best friends.
This lyrics page for the Phineas and Ferb song Squirrels in my Pants (S.I.M.P) incorrectly states the Black Eyed Peas did the song, when it was actually 2 Guys n the Parque who did it.
Many descriptions, including the one from Netflix Instant ("Phineas and Ferb stay one step ahead in hiding their crazy inventions from their mom, and making sure their bratty sister has the worst summer ever!"), describe the boys as being a deliberate Annoying Younger Sibling to Candace or purposely hiding what they do from their mom, which is blatantly not true.
DVD Verdict's review of Bolt calls it the first computer animated movie in the Disney Animated Canon, even though two CGI movies immediately preceded it, and Disney produced a CG/live-action hybrid even earlier. Becomes even more critical by the fact the body of the review includes a link to an article about Disney's actual first all-CGI movie, Chicken Little.
The Disney XD Web site for Jimmy Two-Shoes refers to Lucius as the mayor of Miseryville. This is an understandable mistake, however, as Misery Inc. runs the town anyway.
IGN's review of the Lady and the Tramp Platinum Edition DVD lists that the DVD contains two versions of the film: one animated in CinemaScope, and one with characters and details re-arranged for Academy screens (which are shaped more like squares), offering "a sort of unofficial history lesson for folks who are interested in cinema's technological history." However, if he read the back cover more carefully, he would have noticed the DVD actually contains Lady and the Tramp in CinemaScope —its original, unedited format— and Pan and Scan. Instead of including the specially-modified version (which would have had to be restored too), Disney simply cropped the picture for people who can't tolerate black bars on 4:3 TV sets. So much for learning about technological history.
Take a look at Amazon.com's editorial review for the House of Mouse Christmas DVD, provided by Tami Horiuchi. It contains this statement: "Mickey tries to brighten Donald's glum mood by screening one of his favorite Christmas stories, Mickey's Christmas Carol. When Donald sees himself as Scrooge (literally)..." Anyone who has actually seen Mickey's Christmas Carol can immediately tell what's wrong with that sentence (it's Scrooge McDuck who's playing Scrooge, not Donald!).
You'd think that having distinct personalities and costumes would make the Toon Patrol weasels exempt from this, but apparently to some people, if it's a weasel and it's Disney, they're "the weasels from Roger Rabbit".
The Hub's facebook page called Rainbow's Shadowbolt costume a Wonderbolt costume. It's their own show!
A local news segment called In Living Glover in St. Louis has claimed that the "Bronies" are man-children who love the show so much that they collect disability payments so they can stay home and watch the show all day.
In general, a lot of news articles about bronies define them exclusively as male, when there are in fact a number of older female fans of the show who also call themselves bronies. It //started// as the male term (female being pegasister), but come on.
"An article on Monday about Jack Robinson and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children's TV show "My Little Pony" that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover."
ThisCracked article states that Duke Igthorn from Adventures of the Gummi Bears wiped the Gummis out single handedly and reduced their number to the main six. It's firmly established that the rest of the Gummis fled overseas long before the series began, the protagonists hid underground to the point where they're considered myth, and Igthorn didn't discover them until the first episode.
Whoever wrote that must have missed the episodes featuring Sir Victor Igthorn. (Duke Igthorn's good brother). There's no indication in Gummi Bears Igthorn is related to the king at all.
The same article implies that Tirek from My Little Pony was a recurring villain, despite him only appearing in the pilot, Rescue at Midnight Castle, in which he was destroyed at the end. Though this may be just a case of them not changing the subheading, "Who was he constantly losing to?" that they used for the other six. A straighter example is the sentence, "The little ponies, pegasus and unicorns make their home in a valley there called Paradise Estate." The valley is called Dream Valley, the ponies lived in Dream Castle - Paradise Estate was not introduced until the movie, and Unicorns and Pegasi are still considered ponies, just not Earth Ponies.
The official Hungarian description to BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows claimed that the villainous pair, Roodaka and Sidorak, are Makuta. While the name Makuta does refer to a whole race of beings, within the context of the movie, there was only one Makuta, with Roodaka and Sidorak being his servants. In the defense of whoever wrote or mistranslated the description, though, the movie leaves a lot of story-points horribly vague, so watching it wouldn't have helped much.
German TV programmes advertise Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Duel of the Droids" as Count Dooku having a duel with Asajj Ventress and giving her the mission to kill Anakin Skywalker. In reality this is a complete summary of a 3-minute episode from Star Wars: Clone Wars. Such summaries exist for episode 1 and 4 to 8. One wonders how they could do a false summary, two correct ones and they a bunch of false ones again.
The Sky TV guide's summary for El Tigre claims that El Tigre is Manny's secret identity. Anyone who actually watched the show would know that it's not a secret.
One of the cards in the Disney version of Trivial Pursuit shows a picture of Cinderella losing her slipper shortly after marrying Prince Charming, and asks what time it was when the scene occurred. The card says the scene occurred at midnight, even though Cinderella actually got married at noon. Apparently, someone mistook this for a picture of the ball.
Nick Jr., in its advertising for Wonder Pets, once referred to Linny as a hamster. Linny is a guinea pig and this error has itself been Lamp Shaded on the program itself. This sort of mistake isn't uncommon for eBay listings of merchandise of this character either — a couple listings even refer to her as a hedgehog.
An in show example in King of the Hill. Where Bobby is interested in reading a fantasy action book in "Full Metal Dust Jacket", Hank takes it away from him because he believes it is an effeminate book due to the main character on the cover is a woman and the line he read out of context was about dandelions and someone crafting her breast plate.
It also didn't help that Bobby has picked out effeminate things in the past. Also the random quotes he would take out of the book seriously did not help his case.
Bobby: And in the book that is called 'Justice of the Unicorns'."
On the Sky TV guide, one episode of American Dad is called "Meter Maid" instead of the actual pun title "Meter Made".
This reviewer constantly calls Kick Buttowski's mother Denise instead of Honey, even in his review of the episode where her name is revealed.
On a few TV listings for Recess, Miss Finster is described as being the gang's fourth-grade teacher. She's actually only the monitor for recess and lunch (and later becomes their fifth-grade teacher), while Miss Grotke's their fourth-grade teacher. Considering that the latter doesn't appear often in promotional material, this mistake had to be made sooner or later.
A few summaries for the series say that T.J. is "the brains" of the group. In the show, he's really only this when it comes to his schemes. Otherwise...not exactly.
A Hungarian TV guide description for the show Transformers Prime appears to be asserting that the titular Transformers are weapons used by the Autobots and Decepticons, when of course they themselves are the Transformers.
IMDb's Rated A for Awesome credits mistakenly call Mr. Twitchy "Twitchy Abby" because of a typo in the credits of one episode where the comma between Twitchy and Abby (both voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) is missing.
Some Web sites claim the Stunt Dawgs were stunt "dogs". They're actually humans with a pet dog named "Human".
A summer holidays advert ran on Cartoon Network UK in 2012 referred to Adventure Time character Lumpy Space Princess as 'Lumpy Space'. Presumably this was confusion over the title of the episode 'Trouble in Lumpy Space', which the network airs frequently. Less understandable was a promo shortly afterward for new episodes of Redakai, which called one of the main characters 'Bloomer'.
Seemingly caught later that same year when the ad was used for repeats on sibling network CN Too, with Boomer correctly said this time.
Speaking of Garfield, the Canadian Zap2It listings omit the word "The" from the title of the U.S. Acres segment "The Impractical Joker", and calls "Fortune Kooky" "Fortune Cookie". note The correct title, "Fortune Kooky", is supposed to be a misspelling of "fortune cookie"..
In-universe example in "Wanted: Wade". Wade rips the tag off Orson's couch, and for the rest of the episode, everyone says Wade ripped it off a pillow. Even Wade does this mistake at one point.
Speaking of the episode with that segment, check out this review of the episode. There's not only the "tag was removed from a pillow" mistake, there are also many other mistakes, from calling the pet talent show a "cat show", and saying that Wade ran around after pulling a tag off. He actually fell into the waller, read the tag, bit his fingers, and went to rake the leaves.
Mark Evanier himself made this mistake twice. "Temp Trouble" was about Aloysius Pig joining the cast. note The episode does involve Aloysius, but Mark forgot to mention Aloysius giving out demerits, and Roy Rooster and Wade Duck trying to get rid of him. Mark made it seem like it's all about Aloysius permanently joining them, when he was only in three episodes. and said that the whole U.S. Acres cast learned Double-Talking in "Double Trouble Talk."note Only Roy Rooster learned to do it in the actual episode.
Amazon lists "The Discount of Monte Cristo" as "The Discount of Monty Cristo" and "Kiddie Korner" as "Kiddie Corner". It's well worth noting that the latter mistake is made a lot on pages about Garfield and Friends, and those pages also sometimes spell "Kiddie" as "Kiddy".
The Big Cartoon Database is really bad about which characters appeared in U.S. Acres. They think that The Weasel, Orson's brothers Mort, Wort, Gort, Wade's cousin Fred Duck and Edward R. Furrow appear in every episode of U.S. Acres. They also think that Aloysius Pig appeared in "Thing In The Box"note He doesn't appear, however, Nermal makes a cameo, and that Imogene Coca played a character on U.S. Acres. note She played the Fairy Godmother in the Dogmother trilogy of the Garfield segments. The only episode whose cast list they got right was "Temp Trouble".
IMDB's summary of Kiddie Korner states that the cast was doing Shakespeare at the beginning of the episode. They were actually doing Doctor Zhivago, which is by Boris Pasternak, not Shakespeare!
The TV Guide description for qubo's VeggieTales is "Bob and Larry receive letters from kids". And that description is only half of what the actual show is about.
Somewhat up for debate in the first Larry Boy episode. The Fib claims to be purple in the actual episode, ("Let's see if your little purple friend can help you up here.") but on the text in the Ultimate Bumblyburg Superhero pack, it says that he is blue.
For some reason, IMDb thinks that the main voice actors in The Brothers Flub were Nick Bakay and Richard Steven Horowitz (aka Norbert and Daggett in The Angry Beavers). Neither man is in the show's credits, and anyone with a good ear could tell you that the title duo of Flub is voiced by Tom Kenny and Scott Menville. These errors also show up in Jeff Lenburg's Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons.