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There are some Looney Tunes shorts that fit this trope, by sheer dint of how many were made:
The Tom Palmer-directed Looney Tunes Buddy cartoons, the first batch of cartoons rushed out of the Leon Schlesinger cartoon studio after Harman And Ising left in 1933, were so sloppily done and devoid of humor that Jack Warner himself rejected the cartoons on sight. Had Friz Freleng not returned to the studio in time to rework these Buddy cartoons into one somewhat coherent but still lousy cartoon ("Buddy's Day Out") the Looney Tunes studio as we know it would've been killed in its infancy!
"The Larriva Eleven", a series of Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoons made by former Warner Bros. animator Rudy Larriva in 1965-66 after Warner closed its original cartoon studio. There are some potentially good gags here, but they're ruined by Larriva's abysmal sense of timing and the cheap animation. Case in point — while Acme products had simply been there as needed for the gags before, one cartoon used lots of time showing the Coyote writing out an order form and mailing it without a trace of funny. They were so bad, only one more Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner was made in '66 before the duo were given a Mercy Kill until 1979.
Whether the "Daffy vs. Speedy" series of cartoons, which pits Speedy Gonzales against a Daffy Duck who is reduced to a grouchy humorless foil with none of the humorous shadings of Chuck Jones' Jerkass portrayal, completely falls under this trope is debatable. However, almost everybody unanimously agrees that their final cartoon together, 1968's "See Ya Later, Gladiator", is horrible beyond belief. The cartoon is riddled with half-assed animation (even going so far as to reuse the exact same animation sequence twice for Daffy looking out of a window, even though he was in a completely different room both times), bad music, lame and/or borderline non-existent gags, etc.
The Larry Doyle-produced Looney Tunes shorts (2003-04) were so bad they were never released in theaters. The cartoons suffered from unfunny and often (even for the series they were based on) mean-spirited gags, superficial characterizations, and a general tone that bore little resemblance to the classic Looney Tunes shorts.
Many of the syndicated cartoons produced by Sam Singer (called "the Ed Wood of animation" by Animatio Magazine) were notoriously shoddy.
Most animation buffs consider Bucky and Pepito the worst of the lot and frequently cite it as one of the worst cartoons ever made. Set against a bleak but beautifully-painted desert backdrop were the crudely-animated and thoroughly-unlikable title characters — an Anglo kid in a cowboy costume and his lazy Mexican sidekick. The plots often involved annoying animal pests and a tedious procession of contrived visual gags.
Spark Plug Entertainment, the American equivalent of Video Brinquedo (see below). Exactly which one is worse is up for debate.
For example, if you watch the first few minutes of Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale, you get assaulted by: a heavy-handed Aesop, characterization which only serves to make it more shallow , a nonsensical story, subpar acting, some absolutely shitty animation, a lot of repetition before anything happens (think of Goldilocks and the Three Bears), and some stupid songs with talentless singers and a rhyme scheme that makes your ears hurt. This probably isn't even the worst thing they've done.
Then there's their Up ripoff, What's Up? Balloon to the Rescue! Not only are the plot, animation, and voice acting all terrible, but their only attempts at being funny are racist jokes.
Even the naming of the films is horrible. When not going for some obvious ripoff of the movie they are trying to rip off, they usually just go with the diminutive form of whatever creature the movie's about (which translates to English as "The Little [creature]".)
Allen Gregory, a short-lived FOX animated series co-created by and starring Jonah Hill as the voice of the titular character Allen Gregory De Longpre, a nerdy, pretentious seven-year-old who's forced to attend elementary school in the face of the recession when his gay parents' finances are hit hard, principally those of his CEO father Richard. Allen has a very warped view of the world and can't socialize with kids of age. What makes the series so bad, you ask? Dull and unfunny jokes (almost all of them Dude, Not Funny!, including jokes about AIDS and date rape), bland animation (with downright HIDEOUS character designs), some of the most off-putting homophobia in all of television, and unlikable characters who are some combination of idiots, whiny Butt Monkeys, and/or complete jerkasses. The Jerkass characters from other FOX shows are at least funny withtheir asshole-ism most of the time. Plus, there's the ongoing subplot involving Allen's crush on his 70-year-old principal, played out in the most disturbingly sexual way possible. The pilot received mostly negative reviews, and the show itself was canned after only 7 episodes in late 2011/early 2012.
Let's not forget to mention the gay parents as main characters. Richard's just as selfish and childish as his son, and Jeremy (one of the few decent characters aside from his adopted daughter Julie, although they're both boring and forgettable) used to be a straight man with a wife and kids before he met Richard. Unfortunate Implications, indeed.
After the Sputnik launch, there seemed to be a push for "educational" TV cartoons to raise kids' intellects, and they were generally awful. One, The Big World of Little Adam, was nothing but a still shot of two kids' heads behind a book, conveniently covering the mouths to avoid animating speech — the only movement was their pupils darting back and forth. This "action" framed montages of still pictures of the subject at hand. On a whole other level of awful, one installment dealing with missiles praised the V-1 and V-2 rockets (who cares where they come down?).
Chip and Pepper's Cartoon Madness. Not to be confused with Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Cartoon Madness was an affront to animation with its badly-animated surfer bulldogs pasted against the kind of computer-rendered animation you'd expect from the early 1990s. It was like a bloody collision between a bad Flash cartoon and a computer science student's D- project, with no survivors.
The live-action segments take place in "The Chillin' Shack", a set basically ripped off from Pee-Wee's Playhouse except with a crowd full of cheering kids in sunglasses who clearly don't want to be there, a butler(?) with a crappy Russian(?) accent, and hands sticking out of the walls which they high-five with whenever they pass them, but pay no attention to for the rest of the show.
Of course, this is probably to be expected when you make a show starring a pair of jeans designers.
Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series is regarded by many as one of the worst Animated Adaptations of all time, and easily the worst of the 2000s. Noted for its awful production, unlikable characterization, and a plot that continues upon a wildly-despised comic arc. The Stock Footage is okay, but takes up at least half an episode. Nothing else is even excusable. The voice acting's poorly done, cheaply recorded, and so badly edited that speech commonly starts and stops partway through a line. The animation wouldn't pass on Newgrounds — it's jerky, wholly unnatural and rarely doesn't use 3/4 profile. The series itself was so unpopular that over the course of two seasons (2006 and 2008), it almost cost Blind Ferret Entertainment their jobs (and they have since gone on record as saying they'll never produce another season). TV Trash riffed it in a crossover with The Cartoon Hero, and Rowdy C declared that it was one of the few shows that he felt had no redeeming qualities. Animated Atrocitiestore into the pilot, too.
Da Boom Crew (2004) was played on Kids' WB! on Saturday mornings for four weeks at one new episode per week, like any new show. Problem was, the creators had recorded 13 episodes. The network canned it after four, but reran those four... The show had Totally Radical speech, traveling through a video game world with generic characters, and other unneeded things made this show not worth the timeslot it took up. Thankfully, a second Pokémon: Advanced Challenge episode dominated its time slot after episode 4. Watch The Cartoon Hero review it here.
Baffingly, this thing was dubbed into Spanish and inflicted on Latin American kids via the Fox Kids/Jetix channel on its full glory. Sometimes mediocre series have been rescued by the Spanish dub, but sadly this was not the case.
Lazer Tag Academy was a 1986-87 show on NBC trying to sell Lazer Tag, despite having almost nothing to do with it. The gear is actually used as Reality Warper devices only certain people from a specific bloodline can use. The animation and voice acting suck. It ignores all the potential time paradoxes (Time Squad did this too, but it at least made sure history happened and it was funny), and there are massivePlot Holes! The main villain's plan will essentially erase him from existence if he succeeds, but he's completely oblivious to it even though it's Time Travel 101. TJOmega had some things to say about it.
Mega Babies was a cartoon made by Christian and Yvon Tremblay (yes the guys who made SWAT Kats) that was about a trio of superpowered infants who fought crime with assistance from their nurse. The jarring character designs and grating theme song (an annoying, warped version of "Rock-a-bye Baby") aside, to say that this cartoon is heavy on gross-out humor is an understatement. Watch it here, but only if you have a stomach of iron.
Mirthworms, a show about two-inch worms in a tiny town. Seriously insipid acting, horrid character designs, and Anvilicious aesops... it's not surprising how obscure it is, considering only three Very Special Episodes were made. Read Platypus Comix tear it to shreds.
My Little Pony: Newborn Cuties was a Flash-animated adaptation of My Little Pony and was thankfully the last series of the slightly-less dreadful third generation of the franchise. The animation's horrible, the character designs are all pretty much the same ugly models, and the writing's completely juvenile and insulting.
The New Adventures of Beany And Cecil was a disastrous attempt at reviving the classic Bob Clampett TV show. Although spearheaded by the Clampett family and Bob's apprentice John Kricfalusi (who left Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures to run the series), the show suffered from horrible writing and uneven animation quality due to nightmarish amounts of Executive Meddling from ABC. John soon quit the show in frustration, and poor ratings sank it after just five episodes with three more being left off the air.
These were based on real athletes. Bo Jackson's career didn't last much longer than the show, but Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan were active in their sports and had active fanbases well into the 2000s. If this show had been any good, then fans of these people would defend it.
Note: the basketball superhero here would, in real life, be Michael "Air" Jordan, the man who would lead the Chicago Bulls to numerous championships and sell millions of sneakers. He was, in Real Life, media-genic. If his character here had been more like his character in Space Jam, then this show wouldn't be listed here.
Linkara even saw ProStars as partially being the reason NBC's Saturday-morning block was cancelled.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s a TV cartoon series was made in Flanders, based on the popular comic strip Suske en Wiske. The only positive aspect was that the design of the characters looked okay and even resembled the comic strip... but these cartoons were so cheaply made that almost every scene was stock footage. For instance, whenever a specific character was walking from one point to another, they always played the same clip. The animators also animated only one expression of a certain emotion for each main cast member. If for instance a specific character became angry, it was always the same scene without any sort of variation. As one can imagine, watching these cartoons can become rather tedious after a while, especially since they follow the stories of the comic book albums almost frame-by-frame in extremely slow pacing.
Time Travel Academy (aka Learn Our History), a series of educational CGI cartoons produced by Mike Huckabee to educate kids on the "history that schools are afraid to tell". Let's put it this way — you know you've got a real stinker on your hands when you can't even make the trailers look good. Its flaws include as follows; amateurish CGI work (it looks like it was done half-heartily on Daz Studio and cel-shaded to cover up the fact); cardboard cut-out characters, coupled with wooden dialogue and completely phoned in voice acting, moments of Critical Research Failure (i.e., the scene in the World War II trailer where a modern-day black girl appears, praising Rosie the Riveter, inexcusably ignorant of the rampant racism that went on during the time), not to mention its shameless abuse of Hollywood History, featuring a woefully dishonest Theme Park version of the 1970s-80s, blatant plagiarism (early copies of one episode had a character wearing a helmet from Warhammer 40,000; fortunately for them, this was removed from later copies); and to top it all off, a political Bias Steamroller, despite the show's claim to "teach history without bias".
Tex Avery is one of the greatest names in animation history, practically inventing the modern idea of what a cartoon is. But in 1997, 17 years after his death, a show called The Wacky World of Tex Avery came to redefine In Name Only. This "homage" to Avery's work starred a cowboy named Tex Avery, allowing them to get away with the name, and featured an ensemble cast of "original" cartoon characters done "in the style of" Avery's works. The animation stunk, the characters were all ripoffs of better WB or MGM properties, and close to none of the jokes were actually funny. The real Avery's doing Wild Takes in his grave — in fact, according to animator Andrew Gothicson, everyone who worked on the show (including himself) hated working on it. See Peter Paltridge's review for Toon Zone here.. Lesson learned: Executive meddling will only get you so far as the nostalgia filter is the ONLY thing this show had going for it.
Not to mention that some of the crew are teens (Yogi, Boo Boo, Huck, Cindy, etc.) while other characters, like Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy or Snooper and Blabber are the same age as they are when interacting with the grown-up Yogi. How does that even work?
Not to mention a rather blatant example of Critical Research Failure and/or They Just Didn't Care in the designs. The griffin looks like a dragon. People, griffins are not dragons. It's even worse for the poor Dodo and Eaglet (both of whom are Demoted to Extra in favor of the Lory, for some reason); the Dodo looks more like a pelican and the Eaglet barely resembles a bird at all.
Of course, you do NOT want to waste your money on buying the DVD! So here it is! Remember, curiosity killed the cat...
Bolívar El Héroe ("Bolívar the Hero"), a 2003 Colombian "animated" movie about Simón Bolívar (who would most likely be spinning in his grave right now if Hugo Chavez hadn't had him exhumed), featuring barely-animated, terribly-drawn Animesque versions of Bolívar and his allies and enemies, MS Paint-worthy special effects, ridiculously-bombastic acting, and generally pathetically-low production "values". You can look at the thing yourself... or just look at the IMDB reviews.
Chop Kick Panda, a blatant rip-off of Kung Fu Panda that only lasts forty minutes, has horrible and cheap animation, bad voice acting, unfunny jokes (most of the "humor" involves the main character trying to do a move, only to break his back), and jokes that have been used in over a million other cartoons. Three-fourths of the cartoon is taken up by these unfunny, repetitious gags (that is, if you could even call them gags), so then the last ten minutes finally have the main character fighting the villain... but all he does is continuously hit the villain in the face with a mop over and over. Netflix tries to claim that this isn't a rip-off, but anyone with at least half a brain knows that it is.
The Christmas Tree is a 1991 animated film with abysmal Limited Animation that falls head-first into the Uncanny Valley, filled with ugly character designs, awkward voice acting where voice actors that sound like they're half brain dead (including a little girl who sounds like an 18 year old woman), and at times there is no pause between sentences, leading to awkward tone-shifts when characters speak. And then there's the editing, which includes scenes that cut into other scenes randomly and without warning. Top it off with an Idiot Plot, various plot-holes, and a botched up black and white moral at the end. Many consider this to be The Room of Christmas specials. The Nostalgia Critic has torn it apart, and has labeled it "The WORST Christmas special ever!"
There's a reason that Delgo is one of the biggest bombs in movie history. It's displeasing, boring and unimaginably ugly. The art and animation are significantly worse here than in many 1990s cartoons. There are a couple of famous-though-you-will-never-hear-from-them-again voices (like Freddie Prinze Jr, who used to have a career, sorta) who phone it in so badly their consciousness can be called into question. The film has a really bad case of The Scrappy, loads of clichés, and a tendency to treat the audience like idiots. At times, it resembles a Video Brinquedo knockoff of Avatar, even though it was released first and had a budget; the producers even unsuccessfully tried to sue Fox and James Cameron. Infamous Animation did a review of Delgohere.
The 1966 release of The Hobbit. The story goes that someone (William L. Snyder, whose other claim to fame is producing the Gene Deitch-directed Tom and Jerry shorts) got the film rights to The Hobbit very cheaply because it was still largely unknown at the time, but a use-it-or-lose-it clause meant he had to release "a full-color movie" in order to extend the contract. He planned a full-length film, but after that project fell apart with only a month remaining on his option, he realized nothing in the contract specified how long the movie had to be. So he quickly threw together and released this, exercised the option to extend his rights, and then sold them for $100,000. It's 12 minutes long, composed entirely of crude drawings filmed in The Ken Burns Effect, and it would probably be quicker to list the things it has in common with the novel than the differences.
This animated adaptation of the story of Joshua, Moses' apprentice, titled "Joshua and the Promised Land." The character designs, which are supposed to be bipedal lions, are stiff and uninspired (and includes a female lion with a mane), the animation looks like it was done by a sixth grader using Autodesk Maya for the first time (faces hardly show good expression, mouth movements are nonexistent, it's impossible to tell what various objects are at times due to horrid texturing), and the voices sound bored and sometimes fail to grasp the concept of audio levels (the kid who played the titular Joshua sometimes shouts his lines to the point of distortion). And then there's the story itself, which has its own slew of problems, including one of the most annoying examples of Mr. Exposition ever put to film.
Kis Vuk, titled A Fox's Tale for the English market, is a dreadful CGI-animated sequel to and cash-in on the classic 1981 Hungarian animated film Vuk The Little Fox. The CGI work with its awkward, choppy animation, bizarre character designs and amateurish rendering would have looked, let's say, passable in a cheap-o, late-nineties TV cartoon, but this was made in 2008, and screened in cinemas. The staggeringly cliché- and Plot Hole-ridden plot, utter lack of likable or original characters, gruesome scenes of animal cruelty, an anticlimactic Ass Pull of a climax and a total shift in tone compared to the original led to the movie becoming a failure that screened to almost empty theaters (a major Schedule Slip also helped in this). Fans of the original work, critics, and reportedly even some little kids left screenings disgusted, and upon release, it went straight to the bottom of IMDb's movie list, where it lingered on for a good couple of weeks. Currently holds a rating of 1.6 as the fifth worst animated movie ever.
How bad is The Magic of Oz (an animated short based upon The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)? Nobody knows anything about it whatsoever. Nothing. A Google search for almost all the names featured at the beginning will bring up nothing, and the cartoon studio that produced it is never stated — all it says at the end is "a cartoon film presentation". No date is even known for when this cartoon was released; the only approximate guess is about the early '60s according to this Tumblr post. It might as well be an anomaly, a mysterious sort of glitch in reality that manifested itself as an Oz product that should even exist. Spooky. What's actually wrong with it? It suffers from such horrible Limited Animation that it could almost be considered a predecessor to the Dingo Pictures studio — incredibly long periods of time, for a 6-minute cartoon, are spent with the characters walking or watching their faces twitch or their eyes roll. Then there's just a completely random three-second shot of Dorothy bending down that's done in Rotoscope (very badly, too) despite the fact that the rest of the cartoon has none of it at all — clearly, just drawing Dorothy performing the action would've been too difficult. To add insult to injury, the sound quality's flat-out awful despite not seeming to be that old. You'll need to turn the volume on YouTube and your computer all the way up, and it'll still be difficult to make out.
The behind-the-scenes look at the movie at the end is interesting, but it's not worth watching the whole tape for. In fact, the only part of the animated movie alone worth watching is the "Meet the Mortal Kombatants" segment. The main reason to watch that was for the "hidden clues" for Mortal Kombat 3 at the end. Even then, the code was something of a fraud because one of the symbols used isn't in any version of the game.
This movie was such a huge flop at the box office that TriStar would not produce their next animated feature until 2001, 13 years after this movie was released. It was also the only animated feature produced by Carolco Pictures.
Just slightly ahead of Delgo in terms of box office is an animated version of The Ten Commandments. With outdated CGI, art designs that would look at home with the original PlayStation, and dull voice acting from a talented cast that somehow includes Ben Kingsley and Christian Slater, one would have to wonder how this film made more money than Delgo. Compared to the 1956 classic (91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.8 on IMDb), this 2007 movie bombed critically as well, earning a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and a paltry 2.8 on IMDb. You can see Infamous Animation rip this film to shreds here.
The original uncut version of Titanic: The Legend Goes On. Practically everything is plagiarized, and not just from Titanic. The animation and sound editing are grievously mishandled, with frequent and blatant recycling and obvious mess-ups kept in. The voice acting borders on text-to-speech at points, and the music is cheap and obnoxious. The writing is loaded with plotholes and pandering, the plot is basically one giant Cliché Storm, and the script bears little-to-no resemblance to actual human speech. The ending in particular is incredibly disrespectful. There's a revised cut that took out or dubbed over some of the worst parts (even gaining a Signature Scene in the process), but even that's So Bad, It's Good at best. ShogunGin0provides his thoughts toward the matter. You can also watch it yourself (with an optional MST) here.