TheMidnightFrogs are a YouTube abridging team, best known for their Sgt. Frog Abridged series.The team was founded New Year's Day 2010 by Mugiwara Yoshi, ThornBrain, and DragonFatman. The members fluctuated rapidly during the first year, and in 2011 the core trio stabilized into Yoshi, Thorn and BigTUnit1/Travis. Honorary team members were voice actors LillyLivers, Revy Moonshine, codeblackhayate, Jpace92, MrVorhias, Dobuchu, TheSmashBro, and team artist Tempe. Yoshi retired from writing for SFA in 2012.Along with SFA, the team has created three Pokémon one-shot abridged videos,note one of them a remake of their first one-shot a Digimon Tamers abridged series, five April Fools' Day videos, a long-running podcast, and many supplemental videos for SFA.Other projects by TheMidnightFrogs include TheStrawhatNO!, their Let's Play channel; Jetters Abridged, Thorn, codeblackhayate and Travis' Abridged Series based on the Bomberman Jetters anime; and Thorn's music on BandCamp. The team's voice actors are also involved in many other projects: Revy Moonshine is a founding member of Gutted Wren Studios and wrote their Patlabor abridged movie, Jpace92 writes a Burst Angel Abridged series, and Vorhias is the creator of The Audio Logs Of Dr Squid. Lilly, codeblackhayate and Travis have all voice acted professionally, and their resumes are much too big to list.The team's website is here. Tropes related to the Sgt. Frog Abridged series should go on its page.
Artist Disillusionment: Thorn went through this with abridging and abridgers throughout 2012, leading him to end contact with many other abridgers, and after a year of being mildly depressed he finally decided not to continue SFA beyond Season 2. He was noticeably more bitter during the beginning-of-the-year podcasts than he was during the SFA finale podcast, which was around the point where he pulled himself out of it. He brought back SFA shortly after.
"We'll have a slumber party! We can... roast marshmallows, and... paint nails, and play vidjya games, and do each other's taxes, and eat pancakes, start a family, go to church on Sunday, go to college, eat family...!"
In their formative December 2009 days, they recorded their first song parody: "Tamama's Titties", based on The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine". It was never released, and over time they decided it was too bad to be made public. To emphasize how much of an Old Shame it is, Thorn considered uploading it to his archive channel, and Yoshi outright told him not to.
Subverted in May 2014: Thorn uploaded it to his archive channel after deciding to dissolve the team. He reversed the decision two days later but kept the song publicly available.
Fun with Acronyms: Starting with Tamers Abridged, the team sometimes use a fictional TV station, WTMF-49, as a framing device for their parodies. The TMF means TheMidnightFrogs, and the W is used as a station code in the eastern United States where most of TheMidnightFrogs are located. Thorn also likes to think that the name stands for "What the motherfuck?".
Gag Dub: Other People's Wedding Videos Abridged, of a random wedding video from YouTube.
The Fatman-era podcast, Fatty Time. One can track the decline of the original MidnightFrogs lineup just by listening to the old podcasts. The first year of TheMidnightFrogs Podcasts that came after can be pretty depressing as well.
Tempe, a young friend and fanboy of the team, was made official team artist in December 2011 and drew the artwork that made up Giroro & Dororo's wedding in SFA Episode 15, and later the team logo from November 2013 - present.
TheSmashBro (Jacob), a fanboy known for making his own Sgt Frog abridged series inspired by SFA, was inducted as a team member after SFA: Reset for his voice acting as HQ.
The Remake: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Abridged was remade for its fourth birthday as a Fire Red Version, rewritten and revoiced entirely from the ground up.
Road Trip Episode: Bosto- er... Lowell 2013, which is Thorn, Vorhias and their friends driving to an arcade a state over and goofing off. It's technically the blog for Thorn's trip to Boston that year, but as he puts it in the video:
Saved from Development Hell: Tamers Abridged. Writing progress was at a snail's pace after brainstorming began in November 2012 through to the idea being canned in early 2013. Thorn and Jpace92 revived it in October 2013 and finished the script on the 25th.
Their First Time: During the "Sadly Making Out in Boston" podcast, Thorn and his girlfriend Olivia mention how their first time having sex included Olivia kicking Thorn in the head and him knocking her head repeatedly against the wall.
Trolling Creator: Several people wanted a second episode of Other People's Wedding Videos Abridged, despite it being an April Fools' Day joke. When April Fool's 2014 rolled around and Thorn uploaded SAHNIK, he originally titled it Other Peoples' Wedding Videos Abridged - Episode 2. He changed it to the correct title the next day, long enough to allow for a few confused comments.
Visual Pun: Paper Abridged has Thorn folding a piece of paper, literally abridging it.