Played with to the point of parody in the late 2009-early 2010 radio ads for the New York Lottery's "Sweet Million" game, which feature intentionally tooth-rotting things like kittens that meow "I love you" and puppies that croon barbershop harmonies for little old ladies.
All of the puppy-fueled Cottonelle commercials from the last few years, featuring a puppy that sounds like Zach Braff BEING THE CUTEST THING ALIVE OHMYGODOHMYGOD... So you should... buy... TOILET PAPER. Yeah.
The Pillow Pets commercial. "D'awwwwwwww!" cranked up to 11!!!
The similar Happy Nappers commercial is even WORSE!
During the early 1980s, Washington, DC. CBS affiliate WDVM (now WUSA) commissioned a tooth-rotting promo using the branding of "Ours to Share." The campaign was basically one they could have gotten away with if it was a smaller city, but certainly not in D.C., as the reaction was harsh enough for WDVM to fire their creative services director as a result. Watch and look for dentures.
The commercials for the Teddy Ruxpin bear are adorable to the point that you'll cry. Case in point: 
"CuddleUppets, CuddleUppets, the blankets that are puppets!"
During the early-1990's, there was a commercial for a mail-order children's construction set called Geerios. The set itself was actually quite nifty. It allowed children to build their own non-motorized mechanical devices (robots, etc.) without parental fear of things like electric shocks. However, the commercial for it was so sickeningly cute that it could put just about any other commercial on this list to shame. The most annoying nursery music ever played in the background, while some Hallmark-ish woman described the toy, depicting kids innocently playing with it and even parents getting a kick out of it.
Nickelodeon and one of their teen stars, Daniella Monet, managed to do this with a product called My Fruity Faces, which are edible stickers of characters from either Dora the Explorer or Sponge Bob Square Pants, which are placed on pieces of fruit or vegetables so that kids will be more likely to eat them. These kids happen to be in the demographic for Nick Jr. and pour on the saccharine.
The Oreo "Wonderfilled" advertisements. Special mention goes to this one, narrated by a girl wondering if her dad would let her stay up past bedtime if she gave him an Oreo; what really adds to the adorableness is that it's implied that she doesn't just want to avoid bedtime, but she also wants to spend time with her dad. Awww!
The Zulily commercials, specifically when a nursery rhyme song is sung by a woman in a soft voice.
So, there's a pink dog-eared princess. Who is also a pop idol songstress. Her country is embroiled in war with a rival nation... where the worst thing that can happen to you is getting turned into an adorable ball of fluff with ears and a tail.
Bonus points for nearly every character being named after something sweet. Namely, pastries.
Eureka Seven's ending is this in an overly sappy, cutesy way. A giant heart gets carved into the moon.
Sig and Izumi occasionally have moments like these in which those nearby are literally pelted with hearts and flowers.
Being exposed to the sugary images spawned from May's boy crazy imagination can make you reach for the insulin bottle in shock.
Galaxy Angel is the example that has overused this trope and cut everything uncute out of the show, including the male protagonist.
Which doesn't even make sense because not only is said male protagonist drawn to look just as cute as the girls, cutting out the romances he shares with the girls actually makes the show LESS cute. But the anime director likely did this for the sake of Pink Bishoujo Ghetto. Blargh indeed.
Hamtaro features overly cutesy hamsters and saccharine adventures, though it is quite entertaining.
The entire Hirasawa family, with the parents as Sickeningly Sweethearts and the sisters in a practically similar relationship (minus the Les Yay... maybe), your teeth will have rot before Mugi offers any cake.
Then there are the lyrics Mio wrote, if the reactions of the other club members are any indication.
The song in question, Tokimeki Sugar, has been released and is sickeningly sweet.
Yui's songs might qualify for this trope too, but most of them are more starchy than sweet.
Azunyan. When she has her cat-ears on, when she calms down for some reason (eating cake or being pet by Yui), etc. It is impossible to not love her.
Does this series really need examples? Every second of every episode qualifies for this trope really.
Kill la Kill: Nui Harime, the Grand Couturier, is a parody of this trope. She is a sickeningly cute girl with a sickeningly cute voice and a sickeningly cute demeanor who wears sickeningly cute frilly clothes that make her look like a Magical Girl. Her actions, however, will make you sick in a whole different way. She keeps up her adorable facade even as she tells the protagonist about how she murdered her father.
Kimi ni Todoke centers around teenagers who are kind and understand one another. -Gasp-!
Kin-iro Mosaic is very saccharine in a British way, especially in the first episode when Shinobu first met Alice in England.
Konata's little cousin Yutaka qualifies. From the first moment you see her, she rots your teeth—and as soon as you think it can't get any worse, just wait till you see her interaction with Iwasaki's dog in the OVA.
Hell, the entire series tastes like diabetes—or more like chocolate cornets.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was like this before the plot showed up five or so episodes in. And then again at several points through the whole series. But special mention should be made of the Vivid manga which takes it Up to Eleven.
The OP for Ore Shura is a ridiculously cutesy song played over numerous shots of the maximally cute-ified heroines in a bright-pastel-colored world overflowing with cake, candy, and flowers. And, of course, plenty of mild fanservice. It doesn't get much more sugary than this.
Some of the critters, especially those belonging to the main characters of the anime. Granted, some of these start out cute and get progressively...less so, but there are some that stay adorable. Example: Igglybuff, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff. Even their NAMES are cute!
The Chansey family also falls into this, especially Happiny, the baby form of Chansey. It has a diaper! D'awww...
The film short Pikachu and Pichu, which plays at the beginning of one of the movies, is SO cute. Heck, any time Pokémon are interacting in a friendly manner without their trainers present probably counts.
In the Diamond and Pearl episode Battling a Cute Drama! Ash and friends meet a girl who only cares for cute Pokémon. In fact, when Dawn (and Brock) battle her, she spends almost all of her time giving speeches about her cute Pokémon. Everyone else is both disgusted and annoyed. Or crosseyed.
Dawn and Piplup themselves are big offenders of this trope.
While there is some debate over whether the film as a whole qualifies (it is one of the few films from Hayao Miyazaki that is very definitely for young children), pretty much everyone agrees that the song that assaults you during the end credits of the American dub of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is... yikes. Just yikes.
"She's a little fish from the deep blue sea! / She's a little girl with a round tuh-mee!"
Intentionally evoked for parody reasons throughout the Pretty Sammy series. Sammy's "Pretty Space" turns the area around her into a diabetic coma inducing place saturated by the color piiiink and with hearts floating everywhere. This gets commented on by the other characters a few times.
The Actual Books that inspired this series are only sometimes this trope, besides there being a lot more characters then those that show up in the Anime the series did a lot of heady themes albeit in a way that children could understand like racism, domestic violence and helping the environment while the series may run on Aesops at least their good Aesops
Yui from Sword Art Online. Fans thought that she was adorable and contributed to Kirito and Asuna's relationship. Detractors on the other hand saw it as contrived and pretentious and say it contributed to the show's Seasonal Rot.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: While the anime in general is very manly, there is still one case. Nia. With Young Nia, it feels like every single pore of her body begs you with puppy eyes, "Please, love me, please love me."
Tenshi Ni Narumon. It is a shame that most people are turned off just by seeing the art (or the face of the main character), even though the series is really good and many times it was described as 'reverse Utena' (in terms of main themes and overall surrealism).
DeadpoolHangs A Lampshade on this when reminiscing about his ex-wife: "...all this 'I love you snookie pie' and 'you too honey lips face head mush mush'... go into diabetic shock just walking by the place."
Miss Martian of the DC Universe, which is especially interesting considering she's a White Martian.
Which leads to fans thinking she's cuter in her true form.
Lampshaded in Mark Waid's Empire with the line "I need insulin listening to you!"
Spoofed in the Batman/Judge Dredd crossover, where Scarecrow sprays Judge Death with his nightmare toxin, causing Judge Death to panic wildly over the sight of adorable ponies and cutesy little animals.
Carl Barks found Christmas stories with An Aesop like this. Unfortunately, he was so good at it, that he got assignment after assignment.
"Lilac, you're the most sickeningly sweet person ever to grace the planet, aren't you?" Lilac didn't seem to catch the insult, and just smiled broadly, apparently under the impression that her 'influence' had reached B as well.
This trope is invoked in the fanfic Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, when Hannah tells Neville that her Aunt has some sickeningly cute collectible china witch figurines. Apparently, "It's like trying to eat half of Honeydukes in one sitting. You can feel your teeth start to rot the second you cross the front door."
Harry Potter And The Natural 20: The hamster summoned by Milo's Christmas gift to Hannah is so adorable that "simply seeing it required a Will save, or you were compelled to want to hug it".
Sonichu's and Rosechu's children, three small, pudgy, vaguely mammalian creatures named Robbie, Cerah, and Christine. All of their dialogue is written in a sickeningly-sweet baby-talk tone with the "r"s and "l"s replaced by "w"s. Their faces forever wear grins of absent-minded, naďve bliss. These attributes have caused them to become The Scrappy in the series's "fandom," leading to an entire subgenre of fanfiction focusing around their extremely brutal, graphic, and merciless slaughter.
Turnabout Storm has this in-universe. Twilight and Spike get rather embarassed when they mention a land overseas where weird ponies and humans coexist, those being characters from previous generations of My Little Pony.
Twilight: They're not weird, Spike! They're just... Spike: They're just what? *Cut to G1/G3 ponies* Twilight: Uh... really... happy... Spike: They seem too frolicky for my taste...
Annie; "You're never fully dressed without a smile!" [UGH!]
At the beginning of Commando, when Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the daddy of a fourteen year-old Alyssa Milano. They do all kind of sugary things, like playing in the pool, learning karate, and especially feeding a goddamned deer. Get to kicking the villain's ass, already!
While still on the topic of Disney Films, Ranjan in The Jungle Book 2. To be fair, this is somewhat made up for by Shere Khan, who is even more of a menacing and dangerous character this time around (he was a serious threat in the first one, but he was also more funny and charming when he wanted to be), but it still doesn't prevent the scenes with Ranjan from being overly kid-friendly. Not only is he a Deliberately Cute Child, but he's got quite an exaggerated kiddy voice, and even more childish mannerisms such as continuously pretending to be a tiger and trying to roar like one.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids's sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Specifically, any scene with Wayne Szalinski and his two-year-old son Adam, the namesake kid. An example, where Wayne makes his voice squeaky to portray Big Bunny at Adam's bedtime:
Wayne: (holding a stuffed bunny toy) You know what I was thinking, Big Bunny? Big Bunny: What? Wayne: I'm thinking we should be nicer to our brother Nick, you know why? Big Bunny: No, why? Wayne: Well, because he's moved to a new place now, and has got to make new friends, just like you and me. Adam: Yeah? Wayne: Yeah.
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids itself could be seen as this.
Parodied in the Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers. Thelma Todd's character is going out with Groucho, in an attempt to steal some football signals for a rival college. She adopts an extremely cutesy and high pitched voice and says "If Big-Stwong-Man don't let Icky-Baby see the football signals, Icky-Baby gonna cwy!" To which Groucho somehow manages an even more cloying voice and responds "If Icky-Baby don't stop talking like that, Big-Strong-Man gonna kick all her teeth wight down her thwoat!"
The first half of the musical and film Mamma Mia!! is ridiculously cheerful. It is a musical based on ABBA songs, after all.
Parodied and lampshaded in The Naked Gun: 33 1/3 - The Final Insult, when Frank and his wife are in a marriage counseling session, they devolve into baby-talking pet names, at which point the therapist states "Mr. and Mrs. Drebin, please - I'm a diabetic."
My Neighbor Totoro: Mei, the 4-year-old girl who would often repeat the last thing her older sister Satsuki says.
Ponyo, another movie from Hayao Miyazaki, is even heavier on the cutesy stuff, and that includes the English dub's theme song.
Pretty much any Hallmark original movie shown on the Hallmark channel. All the characters (especially the CHILDREN) are so sappily unrealistic, you just may want to gag, leave the room, or both. Extra sap points when it's a Christmas movie.
Double Bonus Points when said Christmas movie features a helpful old man with a beard. Could he somehow be the really for real...?
And speaking of Christmas movies, pick one.
The movie adaptation of The Lorax has shades of this. Examples include some of the woodland critters that the Once-ler meets (especially Pipsqueak) and some of the musical numbers like "Let It Grow," which can really come across as sappy and unnecessary. However, the biggest offender has to be that little three year-old girl that gets an entire verse to herself in "Let It Grow," and is basically just there for people in and outside of the movie to adore. UGH, if that doesn't qualify for this trope, I don't know what does.
Happy Feet, to a certain extent. An entire segment of it focuses on baby penguins learning to sing (and dance in Mumble's case), so you're bound to get at least some of this. However, the sequel takes it Up to Eleven in the form of even more of a focus on baby penguins. Then there's Mumble's son Erik, who takes the cuteness factor to absolutely ridiculous heights.
The Ice Age series can sometimes get into Taste Like Diabetes territory whenever they show younger children-just look at any scene involving Roshan, Peaches as a baby or a kid, and the baby dinosaurs.
In Back To The Beach, the Big Kahuna, excited at the prospect of seeing his daughter, goes off on a sugar-ladden, sickeningly cute pet names for her. Lampshaded when his Genre Savvy son tries to stop him before...the entire rest of the airplane cabin break out the air sickness bags.
In-universe in Addams Family Values: The summer camp full of rich kids of WASPs, which of course makes it a living hell for Wednesday and Pugsley.
A little girl explaining how her mommy got a baby, invoking every trite and saccharine "where babies come from" myth of the past few centuries. And it leads to Wednesday's Crowning Moment ofDeadpan Snarkery.
Young Girl: And then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork, and the stork flew down from heaven, and left a diamond under a leaf in the cabbage patch, and the diamond turned into a baby!
Rowling sends up this trope with Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix, as she's described as having images of insipid kittens mewling on the walls of her office wherever she works and her voice is described as "high, girlish" and sounding like "poisoned honey," she wears a black hairbow, and in the movie she is seen putting loads of sugar (PINK SUGAR) in her tea (also pink). This is a subversion, because she's actually a sadistic, evil, and bigoted old hag.
Beatrix Bloxam, author of the "Toadstool Tales" book series that was banned by the Ministry of Magic because the stories caused nausea and vomiting. One would normally assume this meant the stories were scary, as exemplified in this fanfic. But in Dumbledore's notes within The Tales of Beedle the Bard, it's revealed that the child readers' negative reactions were instead due to Bloxam having re-written Beedle's and others' wizarding fairy tales so that they're sickeningly sweet. "Then the little golden pot danced with delight - hoppitty hoppitty hop! - on its tiny rosy toes! Wee Willykins had cured all the dollies of their poorly tum-tums, and the little pot was so happy that it - " *BARF*
Then there's the epilogue: "All was well" ... a bit too well for those sensitive to excessive cuteness.
Many people react in this way to the over-the-top, frequent love scenes, love phrases and love acts in the Twilight series.
The late Dorothy Parker considered the Winnie the Pooh book The House At Pooh Corner to fall into this trope: "And it is that word 'hummy', my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
How Susan's charge Twylla in Hogfathertries to act to endear people to her, but Susan will have none of it.
Susan: Real children don't go hoppity-skip unless they are on drugs.
In the words of one reviewer from Entertainment Weekly - "Not to be callous, but I've had it! I'm sure Oogy and Pukka are great pooches, but their cloyingly cute books are enough to give you a case of canine diabetes."
Lewis Carroll's lesser known duology, the Sylvie and Bruno books. The overly-cutesy perfection of the title children is probably the main reason these books are not given the same love as Alice.
In the Christmas-themed More & More & More Tales To Give You Goosebumps, one of the short stories, A Holly Jolly Holiday, dealt with a young girl whose older sister bought a video of a vomit-inducing Christmas special. The video had the power to turn those who watch it for a prolonged amount of time into near-carbon copies of the main character, Susie Snowflake.
In-universe example from The Host. Souls kept television around after taking over the planet, but every single pre-invasion show (save, briefly, for The Brady Bunch) was booted off the air and replaced with the Souls' original programs. All of them fit this trope.
Juniper by Robert Kraus. A preschool book about a bunny named Juniper, who lives in an Easter egg. He befriends a doe named Jeanette, she decides never to go home, and they play happily ever after. And one gets the depressing impression that any elil that ate them would get sick from the cloyingness.
Lampshaded in Psych when Lassiter tries to win back his estranged wife with sugary-cutesy figurines and an equally nauseating card. When she rejects him, he takes the sugary-cutesy figurines down to the shooting range and happily blows each one away.
Barney & Friends, to anyone over the age of four (and some kids younger, for that matter!). Some of these folks become parents and the "purple freak" is forgiven as being a instant thirty minute babysitter.
Oh boy Willow and Tara in the early stages of their relationship in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the episode "Family" being the sappiest episode ever. It ended with the two of them hugging while floating in the air. Thankfully they became a much more realistic couple towards the end of season 5.
Played for Laughs on Angel where a children's show is stealing souls. Watching one episode Angel hears one of the songs played, begins quivering with rage at how sappy it is before demanding they go all Jihad on the show.
The 10th Kingdom largely avoided this... an exceptional feat for a 10-hour miniseries about fairy tales. But in certain places, the sappiness factor was cranked Up to Eleven. See also: Hearts and butterflies swarming through the air in Kissing Town under a pink, heart-shaped moon. Insulin, STAT. Add in the literal Love Is in the Air, most exemplified by the massive pink heart which appears over Wolf and Virginia's head as they share their first kiss, and the little Cupid girl skipping through the streets dispensing fortunes, and... yeah.
Also from Seinfeld, a surprisingly straight example; for a show centered on four cynical Jerkasses (although Kramer and occasionally Elaine could be very well-meaning), some of the child characters who appeared now and then could be pretty sugary. One example being the boy in the hospital Kramer accidentally donated the Yankee birthday card to in the episode "The Wink."
The MTV Miley Cyrus New Year's Special A Miley-Sized Surprise: The Veronicas dressed up as fairies, a high-pitched sugary voice reading horrible poetry with the most Totally RadicalPainful Rhymes imaginable, and all the gushing about making a difference combined.
The BBC's Robin Hood occasionally strays into this sort of territory with its uplifting messages and such. Then the writers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to have an episode filling in Robin and Guy's backstory. Cue Child!Robin developing his addiction to vomit-inducingly-noble stances while throwing out tax collectors.
This trope is a staple of a video known as the Palate Cleanser on Web Soup, which immediately follows the segment "Things You Can't Un-See."
The various Star Trek spinoffs have several episodes set on the resort planet, Risa. It's supposed to be the Federation's greatest vacation place, but both the environment and the locals are sickeningly nice and hospitable. Justified in-universe by the weather being artificially controlled and the locals' hospitality expressing mainly via free love attitudes.
The Doctor's holographic family in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Real Life" start out like this, but B'Elanna tells him how unrealistic this is and he agrees to let her alter the programme to make it more realistic.
She also invokes it by first saying, "I am stopping this before my blood sugar levels overload."
Semi-parodied among The Muppets with Bean Bunny. The Muppet that Henson Studios learned to love to hate.
The 1981 episode of The Muppet Show with Linda Ronstadt, particularly the finale, where she sings "When I Grow Too Old To Dream." It's very heavily sentimentalized - resident Jerkass Rizzo the Rat is actually shedding tears as he listens to the song.
Some fans complain that the Tenth Doctor and Rose got like this.
It sort of parodied this trope in the bizarre and controversial story The Happiness Patrol, from the Classic era. Basically, the Doctor and co. travel to a society where everyone is happy, all the time. Except it's discovered later that being anything but happy is treated as a crime. The TARDIS is painted pink, and one of the villains is a "Kandyman".
In an episode of Have I Got News for You, Stephen Fry, upon seeing Victoria and David Beckhams' coat of arms (the motto being something along the lines of Love Friendship), he quipped "sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world."
He made the same joke on QI when panelist Clive Anderson's buzzer was the sickeningly saccharine "Everything I Do, I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams.
Animal Planet's Too Cute documentary series contains graphic depictions of CUTENESS.
Seasons 6, 7, and 8 toned down a bit on this, though, only having that occur whenever Nicky and Alex are involved.
On an interesting note, any moment on a show that is overly sappy (even if the show itself is not normally) is called a "Full House Moment" outside of TV Tropes.
Invoked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 with Nummymuffin Cocoabutter, an impossibly adorable pet created by Dr. Forrester so he can take over the world while everyone is preoccupied with one. He ends up getting sucked into the Cuteness Proximity himself before this can happen.
The end of the TV film of The Stand. King ended the book with a mix of light and dark,but the miniseries really turned up the sentimentality and happier stuff.
Storyteller: Rempletweezer ran the Dinky Tinky shop in the foot of the magic oak tree by the wobbly dum dum bush in the shade of the magic glade known as Dingly Dell. Here he sold contraceptives and... (turns pages anxiously) discipline?... naked?... (turns book sideways, apparently looking at an illustration) With a melon!?
"Sprout." Just,"Sprout." The fact that the main character is a baby chicken who speaks only in squeeks is only the beginning of the sugar coma!
Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds tends to evoke this in the fans, since in some episodes her cuteness can go Up to Eleven (especially in later seasons). Her wardrobe is always colourful, and her tone is extremely playful, and not just with Derek Morgan. It's Lampshaded in "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank" by her boss, Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, when he profiles the team to his boss, Erin Strauss (reviewing his conduct), saying that Garcia fills her room with cute figurines and pictures for her to "remind herself of humanity when faced with the horrors that fill her screens".
The climax of the Frasier episode with Frasier's ex-wife Nanny G. Yes...the stage show. Good grief, the stage show!!!
In one episode of Blackadder the Third, Edmund needs Prince George to marry Amy Hardwood, daughter of an industrialist, whose "nosey-wosey is so tiny, sometimes I think the pixies gave it to me!" Coincidentally, this predated by only a few years Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster having to get disengaged from Madeline Basset, who Amy might be a parody of (although Madeline lacks Amy's secret double-life as a man-voiced, squirrel-murdering highwayman.
In general, music falling under this trope (songs that make your teeth decay) is called "schmaltz."
Faster by Matt Natason. One line, sung very sweetly and softly, is "You taste like sunlight and strawberry bubblegum."
Parodied in Katy Perry's video for California Gurls. She and the other characters are pieces of a fictitious board game called Candyfornia.
If you like cute boys, there's the Lencover of PONPONPON.
Koda Kumi takes this trope on frequently when she feels like ditching her sexy image. Songs like Koi no Tsubomi, Birthday Eve, Stay, Joyful, Wonderland, Melting, Bambi, Twinkle, KAMEN... if the songs don't sound too cutesy, don't worry! The accompanying PVs will turn your blood to molasses.
The song "Honey," sung by Bobby Goldsboro. It got a lot of votes in Dave Barry's Worst Song Ever poll because, as one person put it, "Bobby never caught on that he could have drilled a hole in himself and poured the sap out."
And this being Goldsboro, that's just for starters.
Disney pop. Even the break-up songs are cute and bouncy.
Almost any song by IOSYS that has gotten an animation, several of them listed here.
There's a line of official Takoluka plushies, with seven different possible facial expressions. They have magnets on their tentacles, allowing you to stick 'em on fridges and cabinets. The end result may cause you to pass out from cuteness overload.
Cat Ear Switch is about having kitten ears and RingxRingxRing is about singing and letting the whole world know about how happy you are because if you do that then everybody else will be happy as well and you'll be one big happy family. It just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.
Unlike many of the other examples on this list, however, Swift actually has a sense of humor about this and sometimes makes fun of herself for it.
Her last album, Red, pretty much averts this trope.
Plenty of Martina McBride's material can fall into this category. If you can't stand her, you will probably puke out your guts over Taylor Swift.
"This One's for the Girls" deserves special mention. Clearly intended to be about female empowerment, this song's lyrics were notwellwritten. For example, she puts the spotlight on various walks on life, but for the 25-year-olds, she forgets to give any real encouragement.
The entire genre known as "Twee Pop," a subgenre of indie rock. Mind, some of their lyrics are biting or even angsty, but the presentation is wrapped in pink.
Michael Jackson could be awful about this when he was trying to be heartwarming and/or tearjerking: "Someone in the Dark," "Gone Too Soon," "Heal the World," "Childhood," and "The Lost Children" (the first is from the E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial Storybook Album, on which his overemoted narration ladled syrup all over a film that largely avoided this trope). After his death, the sentimentality of him and his fans was turned Up to Eleven, as the video for the posthumous single "Hold My Hand" (with Akon) proves — happy little dancing multiracial children, sparkles, balloons, hearts, angels, you name it.
In "Will You Be There," he delivers a maudlin, sobbing monologue.
Dear Lord, Justin Bieber. Only he can make a 16 year old male sound and look like a 10 year old girl. Pairing him with rappers only makes it worse.
"Hero" by Enrique Iglesias, a song so ridiculously syrupy that you can feel your teeth rotting out of your head while listening to it.
Parodied in Los Campesinos!!'s video for "Death To Los Campesinos!" - the band had been pigeon-holed as a cutesy twee-pop band and so in the video showed their frustration by having the band being killed off by kittens, rainbows, confetti, and vomiting flowers.
Anything made by Owl City. The song "Fireflies" makes insomnia sound saccharine.
It's odd for Within Temptation, but "In Perfect Harmony" creates cavities with each repeat of the chorus.
For those who can't stand Vanessa Carlton's voice, her work will occasionally fall into this, but especially the Heroes and Thieves album.
Most anything by Math The Band, a Nintendocore duo. I believe "saccharine" is the operative word.
How Much is that Doggie in the Window? — butchered by Homer And Jethro in How Much is that Hound Dog in the Window?
"Dear Mr. Jesus" by Power Source, is a hideously overwrought Christian pop/rock song about the evils of child abuse, sung by a six-year-old girl, and it somehow made it to #61 on the Billboard charts.
A Child on the Street by Philippine (now former) child idol singer, Jaymie Baby (ugh, even her name tastes like diabetes) has it singing about a child on the street, but possibly about an orphan or a young beggar too. If you're nostalgic, you'd probably say to yourself this is probably something Madeline would sing. She's more known as a rapper of children-targeted songs. If you're a Filipino (or just someone who can understand their language) the other songs can count as well because of how thematic and childish it sounds.
" Sugar Rush" by Japanese pop band: AKB48, a song for the faux video game 'Sugar Rush' in the Disney movie Wreck it Ralph. The game is a parody of children's racing games especially ones found in Japan, set in a world made of candy, with candy themed race cars and candy themed racers. The Jpop band AKB48, also filmed a music video in which they dress up in candy themed costumes likewise in a candy themed world.
"Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" sung by Lesley Gore at the end of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs fits this. It's as sweet as the lollipops in the title.
The Backstreet Boys could be seen as this back in their prime.
The more upbeat strains of Power Metal are sometimes accused of this by other metalheads. One particularly memorable review puts it thus:
Freedom Call's Crystal Empire is a shiny flurry of sparkling Carebears prancing through fields of poesies with rainbows shooting out of their asses and sunbeams shining in through one ear and out the other without obstruction, and I'll be damned if it doesn't grate on the nerves.
There's a carrot top who can barely walk, with a sippy cup of milk A little blue-eyed blonde with shoes on wrong 'cause she likes to dress herself And the most beautiful girl holding both of them Yeah, the view I love the most is my front porch looking in
Monty played with the trope, adding the alarmingly cute Giggles the Bear to the cast. The strip claims readership reached an all-time high, citing letters like "After reading today's 'Giggles' strip, I cut it out and cuddled it - signed, My Inner Child," and "When I saw your new character/product line 'Giggles,' I felt a peculiar stirring in my loins - signed, Comic Syndicate Executive."
An in-universe example in Peanuts. Before Linus was old enough to read and write, he would have Charlie Brown take down his letters to Santa Claus, and they were so overly saccharine (Linus admitted he was trying to butter him up), Charlie Brown had to quit writing, claiming he was getting nauseated.
Subverted again in Munchkin Fu with the monster card "Big Eyes, Small Mouse." Its description? "Too cute to live. Your duty is clear."
Subverted in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Veruca Salt is an adorable-looking, blonde, pink-clad, ballet-loving-down-to-the-tutu tot...and a Spoiled Brat extraordinare who's All Take and No Give to her forever-accomodating dad. Their mutual "I Am" Song "When Veruca Says" is the cutesiest-sounding number in the show, too, playing up Lyrical Dissonance. When she decides she wants one of Willy Wonka's nut-sorting squirrels though, she learns the hard way that cute is not nice...
Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn line, particularly the Love to Play Puppy and Sis plushes.
Leap Frog toys whose target audience are toddlers. Special mentions should be made for the Scout and Violet toys.
Any toy from V-Tech's Baby line.
Given that video games are generally less plot-driven and character focused than other mediums, even genuinely superb games can fall into this trope. Super Mario World, despite being an excellent game all around, succumbs to this trope with moments like the game's opening music (including the brief chime when the "Nintendo Presents" opening pops up) and the Yoshi's Island map. This is further exasperated by the fact that the (at the time) competing Sonic the Hedgehog entirely averts this trope.
It is possible to summon a love song so saccharine that it does a fairly decent amount of damage.
Iiti Kitty. During nearly all attacks, they state that it's an adorable monster. For a mummified cat trying to beat you senseless. Iiti is Ancient Egyptian for "Hello."
Hell, "cute" was added as the sixth element, though nothing actually uses it. Yet.
The redesigns of the "Littlest Pet Shop"◊ pets. They were originally just small cartoon animals, but now they're saccharine googly-eyed Animesque chibi horrors (a wee monkey shouldn't have jowls, darn it!). And you should see what they did to the Sims...
The entirety of Twinkle Star Sprites (a puzzle/shooter/fighting game) is about the same color and sweetness as a pack of Starbursts. Strangely, the game is highly enjoyable nevertheless.
Mug'gok the Ogre. Granted, most single-headed Ogres aren't exactly the brightest gemstones in the mine, but Mug'gok's childish rants and raves are kinda sappy.
Furthermore. The tauren babies in Nagrand and, I believe, Agmar's Hammer. The first time you see them, you WILL squeal so loud that your entire vocal system will splatter over the walls.
No NPC in WoW is more sickeningly adorable than Mylune. All of her quests are about saving critters in Hyjal. She says she can speak deer (It's all in the nose) and if you don't save the little fawns, she'll give you the big eyes (Yes, her eyes grow big and dewy). She's happy when you save the deer because "now they can grow up and have ADVENTURES!" P.S. She thinks you're swell for saving the critters.
Yoshi's Story takes place in a cutesy storybook world with baby Yoshis as playable characters making, well, babylike sounds trying to get back the "Super Happy Tree" from Baby Bowser. Unlike the previous Yoshi's Island, which was for all ages and featured challenging stages, this game with its saccharine world and low difficulty level was obviously targeted towards little kids.
Low difficulty, sure. Unless you're trying to get through level 6-3, that damn Ghost castle. And since it's targeted towards little kids, the precision timing and tendency of the ghosts to give chase whenever you weren't staring the bastards in the eye, this level can qualify both as That One Level and Nightmare Fuel.
4-2 could also apply because of the Blurps, right?
Yoshi's Island, while indeed more difficult, is just as adorable. You're a cute dinosaur, and you have to relay a cute baby across a colorful, crayon-drawn, (mostly) happy island environment to another cute dinosaur. Rinse and repeat until the baby is reunited with its missing twin brother.
Also from that same game, we have the Mystery Egg. You can buy it from the blue-spotted Toad in Moleville after getting the 5th Star Piece, and it can only be hatched by Peach while she's wearing the B'Tub Ring and using the Egg 10 times. Afterwards, it becomes the Lamb's Lure, in which a cute, chubby, little lamb rolls around, turns an enemy into another lamb, and they fly up into the sky. If you do that 48 times, the Lamb's Lure becomes the Sheep Attack, which summons a bunch of these cute little lambs darting across the screen turning all enemies into even more lambs. If you don't find that cute, then get help.
In the Babeland level of Duke Nukem 3D, there's these cartoon mice walking around, saying things like "We're gonna have a wonderful day!" in the most cringe-inducingly cutesy voice imaginable. No wonder that, when you shoot one, Duke says, "Damn, that was annoying."
beatmania IIDX 16: Empress is already cute and happy and pink from the get-go. Then someone goes and plays I'm Screaming LOVE and it all goes to hell. Fluffy-bears-swimming-through-candy-carrying-spoons hell.
There's plenty of precedent for this. Raspberry Heart. Sweet Lab. Romeo and Juliet. With Your Smile. Sigsig. Poodle. Silvia Drive. Eco-G. ICF 5800. Not to mention Wish, Double Loving Heart, and Sun Field...from DISTORTED.
Regina Berry in Ace Attorney: Justice for All is the sweetest sheltered little lion tamer. Half the circus is in love with her (and Even the Girls Want Her) and she thinks that when people 'go away' they go up to the sky and become stars. It's so intense that you're a little sympathetic when you find out she was the one Acro was trying to murder.
As its own official Getting Started guide puts it, "Even death is cute in Luna Online!"
Parodied in Creatures II, (and probably in Creatures I as well) where the baddies and goodies taste like diabetes but commit all sorts of bloody acts of violence on each other.
In the Dungeon Keeper games, this seems to be one of the reasons for the war against the surface, or at least so suggest the mission briefings. Eg: "Sing Song. A joyous realm, filled with life and music. Let us silence their wailing voices once and for all."
Xbox 360 Kinect launch title Kinectimals. Those cubs has to be the cutest things to ever grace Microsoft's console.
Though when it was first shown at E3, the presentation was so full of Narm that the word "Skittles" became an instant meme.
This trope has been played straight, exaggerated, lampshaded, parodied, deconstructed, exploited, and who knows what else in the Ar tonelico series. Saki from Ar Tonelico 3 even has an attack that turns enemies (including people) into cake.
A literal version in The Several Journeys of Reemus — the honey made by Sugar Bees is so potently sweet that ingesting even a small amount will cause a temporary diabetic coma while the body sorts out all this extra sugar. Injection works just as well, so any schmuck with a dart gun can weaponize the effect.
In Rod Land, absolutely everything is cute, from the characters, to the bosses, to the surrounding environment.
In the Team Fortress 2 official video "Meet The Pyro," it is revealed that the Pyro's delusional psychosis makes him/her/it perceive the world as this. For example, where Pyro is incinerating someone as they scream in agony in reality, Pyro sees it as showering them with bubbles and rainbows out of a shiny brass horn shaped and held like his/her/its flamethrower.
The Pyrovision Goggles make the game this. Everything is bright and colorful, everyone (including the player) laughs cheerfully when they die, dominating a player is perceived as becoming best friends with him, and The Pyro has some toys that can only be used in Pyroland that are perceived as lethal weapons in reality (ex. Rainblower = Flamethrower).
Mass Effect 3: Originally, the infamously awful endings of the game resulted in a massiveInferred Holocaust for all cases. This was changed in the "Extended Cut," which retconned numerous things about the endings. However, they may have gone too far in the opposite direction with the Synthesis ending: not only does everyone get along perfectly with no one caring that they've had their DNA forcibly rewritten without consent, but the organic/synthetic conflict is apparently completely over, the Reapers help rebuild the galaxy, and a bunch of dead people come back to life. Crosses over with Glurge, due to the aformentioned rewriting of everyone's DNA, because some of those dead people are Husks, a lot of which are mashed together in hideous organic constructs that would result in A Fate Worse Than Death if they were actually alive.
While the dream eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D are cute, they aren't overwhelmingly so. However, when you start playing games with them and this song accompanies it...
In Barbie Super Model, everything that Barbie owns is pink, there's bright and happy scenery everywhere, a big point of the game is dressing Barbie up in colorful outfits, and the game was made for little girls, who tend to love things that taste like diabetes.
Snowboard Kids has you play as Super-Deformed 10-11 year old children, with huge heads and huge noses. The game's levels featured props such as a gigantic snowman with a Cat Smile, really short, cute penguins, an amusement park (with a gigantic circus tent used as the skydome), and a beautiful (within N64 hardware constraints) grass-filled valley with rustic brick buildings near the finish line.
Despite the cutesy exterior, the game's difficulty level was fairly high, and the mechanics, even to this day, are very unique.
The sequel took it even further. The character designs in the sequel had things such as buck teeth, comically huge glasses, overalls, and nose band-aids. The texture art looks like it came straight from a pop-up book, and the anthropomorphic animals were much more present.
Let's not even get started on the sickeningly cute sounds some of the enemies make in the first Pandemonium.
Subverted in Conkers Bad Fur Day. The game opens with a cutesy N64 logo dancing around (complete with cliche "nursery music"), but then Conker storms in, horror movie music abruptly plays, and he proceeds to gleefully saw the N64 logo in half with a chainsaw - literally killing it.
The game itself subverted this during development, as it was originally intended to be a literal representation of this trope, until Rare decided to give it a Darker and Edgier makeover.
While we're on the topic of Rare games, Banjo-Kazooie both plays this trope straight and subverts it. Some of the enemies and especially side characters are sickeningly cute. However, Banjo and Kazooie themselves (despite their cutesy appearances) are actually pretty quippy and sarcastic, even veering into blatantly adult humor from time to time.
Sylvanian Families: Otogi no Kuni no Pendant. Cutesy little girl rabbit finds injured pastel cupid-type fairy, "bandages" it with her handkerchief, and later has to return the pendant it lost. 'Nuff said.
Slightly Damned's romance is cemented firmly in the diabetic range, which can grate against some of the less romanticly inclined chartacters.
In El Goonish Shive, Susan began physically choking after Elliot and Sarah started flirting in the same room as her.
And then there's this. Justin's response two pages later sums up everything that can be said about that...
The Perry Bible Fellowship plays with this very often: lots of strips start too sweet, but end in some horrible bloody mess. Also, in the strip Suicide Train◊ shows a character who has such an aversion to a too sweet world.
Narbonic passed into this territory for a while. It was lampshaded by the characters wondering if they were disturbing the readers by being all cutesy and flirting all the time. They then remembered that they were evil, so the readers could suck it.
At one point, the cast of The Funday Pawpet Show got annoyed with a handfull of channel dwellers who kept complaining that the show was getting too raunchy. In response they split one episode into two parts - First half was The Squeaky Clean Pawpet & Friends Show which fit this trope, followed immediatly by The Poink Show which allowed the naughty weasel to crank the raunch Up to Eleven.
Parodied in the 'Lost Notebook' episode of Stickman Exodus, as the notebook is 'borrowed' by its owner's younger sister to doodle in. Thus surrounding the PTSD-suffering stick figures with fluffy, cutesy-talking friendly flowers, bees, teddy bears, and unicorns who join everyone's hands for the We're All Friends! song. Naturally, once her brother takes it back, things go very, very wrong...
100 Ways To Love A Cat. Deliberately evokes this trope to create a horrific endurance video of epic proportions - at thirty-five minutes, someone put way too much effort into this. Look out for the key change at twenty minutes in.
Team Wondercute of the Whateley Universe. As if schoolgirls like Jade and Misty and Molly and Bunny aren't cutesy enough individually, they team up with some other students who like this stuff, and wreak havoc accordingly.
The Care Bears have a reputation for this (it's what "The Dummi Bears," a Show Within a Show on Rugrats, was inspired by) - and they are a group of pastel-colored teddy bears, but the extent of its Tastes Like Diabetes status is more a case of the Weird Al Effect.
Though the overbearing cuteness in the first two movies are thankfully eclipsed by the films' darker undertones which, like any series or movie with a Vile Villain, Saccharine Show position, pretty much kill off any chance of it being completely saccharine. Plus, in retrospect, the so-called saccharine scenes in the first two movies and the original TV series are nothing compared to the Care Bears movies and TV series of today, as well as some other kids' franchises, to say the least.
Arthur becomes this during Kate and Pal's episodes. The series could be seen as becoming something of it as a whole thanks to the new animation.
A lot of children's shows that air on PBS fall into this. Eventually the network had the sense to separate them from the ones that work into a block called "PBS Kids Go".
Dinosaur Train. Cute neon-colored child dinosaurs explore the friendliest possible universe where all species across all eras have non-stop fun. It tends to dance around the meat eating, showing Buddy eating carrion, but never mentioning the actual or potential death of a dinosaur. Armor plates, etc., are shown as protecting against "mean dinosaurs".
Pebbles: I know a way to make wishes come true/Easy as climbin' a tree/Just close your eyes and open your heart/Slowly repeat after me.../Tickle, toddle, nickel-y noddle/Toodle-a bell and a shoe/These are the magical words I say/ when I want a wish to come true
The Spinoff Babies series, Cave Kids, is this trope played straight. Techinically, it's like the Kate and Pal episodes of Arthur combined with the sweeter parts of Rugrats, with some mild magical Adventures stuff thrown in. Did I mention that the show stars baby Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm?
Lila, the "ever so" sickeningly sweet farm-girl from Hey Arnold!!, and Olga at times.
Therefore, the episode where Lila becomes Olga's "little sister" as part of a program is absolutely rife with this stuff.
The Fairly OddParents episode "So Totally Spaced Out," where little cutesy creatures that speak in Painful Rhyme known as "Giggle Pies" become a huge threat to the cuteness-hating, violence-loving inhabitants of the planet Yugopotamia.
Somewhat ironically, Giggle Pies actually taste of manure when eaten themselves.
The Pastoral Symphony segment of Fantasia. Rosey-assed cupids, simpering centaurs, and candy-colored satyrs, unicorns, and pegasi bury the viewer under an avalanche of sugar — Right up until Zeus shows up andcrashes the party.
The opening scene in the South Park episode "A Very Crappy Christmas," where Kyle and Ike wait for Mr. Hankey in the bathroom. They even left out cookies and milk for him which got eaten by a cockroach.
Parodied and subverted with the episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", where the seemingly-cute forest creatures turn out to be devil-worshipping zealots.
The pilot episode of Tiny Toon Adventures involves a cartoonist trying to come up with a cartoon about rabbits. Prior to creating Buster and Babs Bunny, one of his ideas is a cutesy-talking baby rabbit. He then scraps it, saying it will give the audience cavities.
Played straight with the recurring character Li'l Sneezer. Ironically, he's basically the above scrapped character (complete with the same voice), but he's a mouse this time.
And of course there's his little penguin, who brings out rare protective reactions from Bugs Bunny, quite against his will.
His 1950's cartoons with Pussyfoot (Feed the Kitty, Kiss Me Cat, etc.), however, beautifully avert this. They're adorable, to be sure. But their witty writing and excellent plots keep them from falling into this trope.
Hasbro's My Little Pony cartoons are famous and notorious for this, but reality is a bit murkier...
The original 1980's cartoons had this to an extent (lord knows the theme songs did), at least until the villains showed up. The Movie was probably the most diabetes-laden part of G1, even with the villains.
Unintentionally Subverted with one specific part of G3.5, Newborn Cuties, and not in a good way. They obviously try to go for this, but instead, the peculiar art style and poor animation leaves the "cuties" looking very unsettling. Behold.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, in direct response to the previous generation, largely averts this. However, it does like to play with the trope: Fluttershy's bashfulness is a source of much humour on the show, while Apple Bloom's cuteness is counterbalanced by her forceful and outgoing personality, as seen in her overbearing sales pitch for the family apple stand in "Call of the Cutie". Meanwhile, Pinkie Pie is... different.
Sweetie Belle, however, is occasionally a good source of this trope played straight. The actress's voice-cracks are a large part of the reason why.
Played straight but mocked in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles," where the excessively sweet story is deflated by Scootaloo's mockery. Spike gets in on the mockery too when he comments on Twilight's unusually corny friendship letter.
In fact, the show subverts this trope from the very start with a Title Sequence that initially begins with the standard treacly melody (still used to this day in the commercials)... until it explodes into a rock tune utilizing the sequence's fast cutting, making it clear that this incarnation is under new management.
The later seasons of Rugrats, particularly the ones with Dil and Kimi.
This promo for the show both plays straight and subverts this trope.
The direct-to-video and DVD Recess special "All Growed Down," with the main six as kindergarteners.
The Land Of Dreams in The Dreamstone is a high octane example, especially with the Noops, Rufus and Amberley. The place is perpetually cheery and cutesy, and the show's trademark slapstick violence tends to downgrade heavily whenever the town is the main focus, especially during early seasons.
Ed Otter from Brandy & Mr. Whiskers when he tells that Dougie the turtle story: "It was a misty morning in the amazon, much like today, and Dougie the turtle was wondering why his shell was so hard while his heart was so soft. Oh whiskers, you had never seen colors so bright and pretty. Dougie knew right away that this was a very special cesspool. And so the happy magic piggies laughed and danced and played until the wee-wee hours of the morning. The end!"
Played for Laughs and Exploited in the episode, Meapless In Seattle. In it, we learn that Meap's planet is dominated by cuteness to the point that it’s almost a sugar rush for your brain. The entire plot is to obtain the substance Cutonium. Mitch tries to take it to become irresistibly cute and, by effect obtain total power. Mitch and Dr. Doofenshmirtz both end up taking it and transform into some of the most utterly cute and diabetic things on the show. This was likely meant to be a parody of the various other examples on this page.
(usually) Subverted by Bubbles Utonium on The Powerpuff Girls. She can induce diabetes in one moment then kick as much ass as her sisters the next.
Winx Club has the prison of Lightrock expose the inmates to great amounts of cuteness to bring them to reform. It got mixed results with the Trix: while in prison they swore to be even more evil once they were out, but when they were about to be brought back in two seasons after breaking out they were absolutely terrified of being imprisoned there again.
Roll had this reaction in the Mega Man cartoon to a park attendant's overly sugary demeanor and voice.
Mindy from Animaniacs. Between "Wakko's Wish" and the Buttons and Mindy episode "Mindy in Wonderland," one could vomit from the sugar overdose. Especially with the line "Fuzzy Bunny," and, "'kay I love you bye bye."
The song "I'm Cute" draws this reaction from Yakko and Wakko as Dot sings about how cute she is.
A later episode has The Warners forced to see The Snugglers by the censors after the kids gave Attila The Hun a perm.
"Baloney And Kids" parodies this with the namesake Barney clone.
Lampshaded in Fillmore!; Fillmore and Ingrid need to speak to a store manager regarding a case but they are delayed by a masked assailant. By the time the get to the store, it's closed for the day. Ingrid, the team Goth, acts like a cherubic waif to convince the store owner to talk to them.
Ingrid: Stand back, I'm going to have to use my cute face. It won't be pretty.
Fillmore: You really took one for the team, Ingrid.
Parodied on an episode of Garfield and Friends. Garfield wakes up and finds himself in a Transformers-like action/adventure cartoon. He eventually manages to escape from this cartoon, only to wind up in a cartoon that is totally this trope. Naturally, he finds himself running back to the prior cartoon.
Leave us not forget the sickeningly cute Nermal. Yeah, the one Garfield is constantly trying to ship off to Abu Dhabi.
The "Buddy" series of Looney Tunes shorts in the 1930's were definitely this in many instances.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's pure concentrated cuteness should be illegal in 50 states. Actually, the whole show is pretty saccharine.
In Xiaolin Showdown, whenever Jack Spicer enters the Ying Yang World and comes out good, he is this trope Up to Eleven. The monks like him even less than they do when he's normal.
In an episode of Gravity Falls, the ditzy main character Mabel eats a very volatile sugar snack that causes her to hallucinate that she's in a Lisa Frank parody world, complete with rainbow backgrounds and giant puppies modeled after Lisa Frank's work. There's also a dolphin with quadrupled arms with faces at each end which shoot colorful beams.
Total Drama: Chris McLean has a volatile hatred for gushy nice things and an obsession with drama. Heather and Alejandro acting like Sickening Sweethearts freaked him out so much that he changed the rules to get them to turn on each other just so they would stop. He also hated Ella for all her singing.
Daria McGrain's artwork mostly shows this trope, but that doesn't excuse the fact that nearly all of her artwork is definitely NSFW.
Shimejis are those cute little desktop mascots that run around your screen being practically useless, but utterly adorable. Some of the cutest ones include Pokemon, Homestuck, Hetalia, and etc.
You would NOT expect to find this trope in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles especially not in the 2003 incarnation...But the way the Turtle Toddlers are drawn in episodes like Father and Sons, was just to sickeningly cute for some viewers to stand, baby mutant turtles should not have chipmunk like buck teeth dammit!
Disney Theme Parks are full of this. It's a Small World is the most famous example, but the general "heartwarming and magical" aesthetic of parades, live shows, and so on can be wearying after a while, even for fans of the characters being featured. Even the most adult-oriented of the parks, Epcot in Florida, is occasionally prone to a little too much sugar making the Edutainment go down, though it likely was a lot worse when the park opened (think songs like "It's Fun to Be Free", "Making Memories", "Tomorrow's Child", etc.).
There's a reason Lisa Frank is the trope illustrator. Ironically, if this article is any indication, her company was a RL example of crapsaccharine.