Quotes: Mood Whiplash

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    Anime and Manga 

Sing and dance with us after the commercials!
The ending tagline for Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, which is attached to every episode, including Wham Episodes.

A previous episode of this show involved several thousand innocent people being violently murdered with machine guns. Just thought we should mention that.
— Description for the second Festival Episode of Code Geass on [adult swim].com


...there was a single moment, maybe a second after she died, in which everything was still and eerie and beautiful.
At which point her ghost ruined it by leaping out of the bathtub, soaked and spluttering and gasping for air - not that she needed to breathe anymore, but needing to and doing so out of habit are two different matters - and, upon seeing Emma's smirking and white-clothed form, screamed 'You just made me KILL MYSELF, you bitch!' and tackled her to the ground, clawing wildly and cursing in Spanish.
— The X-Men fic So, How Did You Die?

Leah vacillated between calling down curses on his head and wishing for his love again with a speed that gave Sue whiplash.
Narration, Luminosity

    Film — Live-Action 

I did not hit her. It's not true, it's bullshit, I did not hit her! I DID NOTOh hi Mark.
Johnny, The Room

Ken: What did I do to deserve this?
Captain Joe: (pensive) We don't deserve half the things we get. (laughs maniacally, then throws down his pen angrily) You're stuck here!


They ended up having kindergartners singing songs to their teddy bears followed by eighteen-year-olds doing speed metal guitar solos.
Greg, referring to his school's talent show, Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Okay, from Schindler's List to The O.C., just like that?
Mike Nelson on the X-Men movie


Choir: Saint Esther works with cripples, the sick and the abused
And then she says "tits", "bums" and "fart" to keep us all amused

Announcer: You may notice that on That's Life!, viewers are whisked from the heights of comedy to the depths of tragedy and back again, oscillating at a frequency fast enough to give most viewers the emotional bends.
Victor Lewis-Smith


Everythin' goin' on just as usual, and then, all of a sudden, before you know it, there's two people murdered.
Mrs. Jones, Street Scene

    Video Games 

You became friends with Yosuke.
Yosuke will now DIE FOR YOU!!!

    Web Animation 

Incidentally, this section contains about as jarring a shift of tone as you can get without splicing five minutes of The Human Centipede into the middle of Mallrats.

    Web Original 

"So I got it figured out guys," Nojima says, having collected himself. "There's a girl who sends people into the past and there's these two — fuck it — three witches out to get her. And there's also this high-tech country that builds a machine to make monsters fall from the Moon, And the main character is this guy from a flying school who has to battle his hated rival while playing card games... and stopping the three witches and all the moon monsters and rescuing the time girl, who's also his sister. But I think what we got here — at its heart — is a love story."

Iím not sure I want to watch Bond being tortured to a catchy Madonna beat, thank you. The fact that youíre overlaying it with CGI scorpions and the requisite beautiful silhouettes makes it even creepier — particularly if you subscribe to the rather brilliant theory that we are watching Bondís hallucinations under torture. However, as tough as the sequence is to watch, itís somewhat undermined by the way the anonymous lab technicians make quips about Bondís badly damaged liver while heís recovering.

So here the concept is that the Doctor is paralleled with Josef Mengele, only effective... The script tries to paper it over with the line about how "it would be so much simpler if I was just one thing," and this is a perfectly fair point when made at human beings, but equally, there's a perfectly reasonable response to be made, which is that, yes, it would be, because it would mean you could actually have been coherently and effectively characterized in the course of a forty-five minute story instead of just bouncing back and forth between two extremes.

Of course the Hub has a ruddy great Pterodactyl flying about the place! Fucks galore, rape allusions, throats torn outÖand Pterodactylís? You canít on the one hand shine a light on the least salubrious aspects of life on Earth and then try and suggest the wonder inherent in it too. Everything Changes inharmoniously switches its emphasis throughout, tearing me in two incompatible directions.

Billy Jack was what happened when somebody decided to make, simultaneously, a hippie film with left-wing politics riding the post-Woodstock mood, a vigilante film featuring an ex-Green Beret martial arts expert, a silly cash-in on the New Age fascination with putative Native American 'shamanism' and other pseudoscience, and improvisational street theater....everyone in the scene appears to have been winging it.
Rational Wiki on Billy Jack (1971)

Ever play with a dog thatís really happy and bouncy one minute, and the next minute heís ripping your arm off and using it as a chew toy? This movieís shifts in tone are kind of like that.

Baby's Day Out was a film about a baby crawling through a city on its own. It was a schizophrenic mess that couldn't decide whether it was a movie, a cartoon, or a snuff film for toddlers.

Matt: Itís parts like this that make me wish this whole movie was just pure farce. Jet Girlís plane having mechanical problems just seems so manufactured when Tank Girlís grilling hot dogs on top of her tank and we just had a Bugs-Bunny-style photo shoot gag.
Chris: Yeah, itís all over the map in terms of tension. Like, not ten minutes ago, we had a crazy musical number because she was holding someoneís haircut hostage, which came right after a little girl was almost molested by pedophile Iggy Pop. Itís not just inconsistent, itís bipolar.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Tank Girl

This movie canít have it both ways. Either itís a silly, trivial work where random cool-looking things can happen for no reason, or itís a modern, dark, serious, psychological take on Batman and his adversaries. Itís two totally different moods, vibes, plots, scriptsÖ just going to war, and this film was the result.
David Uzumeri on Batman Returns

(Michael) Bay decided to shoot this entire movie as some disgustingly inappropriate raunchy comedy. I have never seen a movie where the human characters were specifically written to be as aggressively annoying as possible since Freddy vs. Jason. I'm not being sarcastic when I say it's almost like Bay wants us to cheer for the Decepticons to kill everyone, and wonder why Optimus Prime is so devoted to preserving human life when every human we see is invariably a shrill, mincing little cretin. I prayed for a full twenty minutes for Optimus Prime to run over Sam's parents and back over them repeatedly when the film decided to indulge in a lengthy conversation about masturbation.

Helen tells Madea she did her best but Charles abused her both physically and mentally the past 18 years and due to the fact she signed a pre-nup she is not entitled to a dime. They go over and confront Charles and his skank and Madea chainsaws many of the pieces of furniture in half. Where Madea pulled a chainsaw out of Iíll never know... This is like watching an Ernest movie and having 10 minutes of Ernest with an hour and a half of melodrama about abortions.

You went to go see a comedy about toys. You ended up halfway through flashing back to sitting at your grandma's bedside as she passed away. NO! GRANDMA! DON'T LEAVE ME! I'M NOT READY FOR YOU TO DIE YET! NOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh look! The dinosaur toy is on roller skates! I feel better now.

CAD began in a style not too unlike newspaper comics; something trivial and amusing (well, it tried) to read at work when you were bored, have a chuckle at and move on. Most likely Buckley never put any effort into the actual art because he thought he could push this thing along on the jokes alone; a simple style is okay for a simple little gag strip that you're going to forget by the time you've had your next coffee. But at some point (the word "Ethan" appears, crossed out) Buckley broke out of his straight jacket and decided a shitty little copy-and-paste comic was the perfect medium for tragic, emotional tales of human woe. That gamers looking for a little giggle would somehow appreciate depth of plots like miscarriages, failing relationships and the like. He - for whatever reason - thought that he could trade in the randomrofllol for OHGODWHYYYY and everything would carry on as normal.

    Web Video 

It's a Comedy Of Errors with the violence of Macbeth
So cute and charming (MURDER!)
Zany, wacky, jokey (DEATH!!)
Brentalfloss, "Phoenix Wright With Lyrics"

L, why?! Why did you leave me?! Why did you leave me alone with these IDIOTS!??!? *sobbing* Aaaaand... yeah. I'm over it now.

You know, it's a very odd script that goes literally five minutes from slapstick comedy of a man bumping his head to euthanasia.

Nostalgia Critic: Actually, the funny thing is, have you watched this scene recently? I mean okay, you got the mother shot, the kid looking for her and the father saying—
Bambi's Father: Your mother can't be with you anymore.
Nostalgia Critic: But watch what comes immediately after.
(cut to birds singing a happy song)
Nostalgia Critic: What the hell? It's like, we can't let reality set in too deep, so here's some pretty birdies! Ooh, the birdies, nobody's dead, nobody's dead hey birdies, birdies!

    Western Animation 

What a trip! What a trip! Blizzards all the way! Snow 20 feet deep! But we had to get that serum through! It was mush, mush, mush all night! (Grabbing the dog and pushing him like a sled dog) Come on, mush, mush, mush, mush, mush! Suddenly, the glacier cracks! There's a roar! Tons of ice! NO ESCAPE! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! How things been with you?

Terror. Terror in the night. The whipping, howling, unforgiving winds crash into the clouds, and rain falls no matter where you turn! There is no escape... no escaping the true horror! A sudden silence, and then screaming thunder, lightning, floods, TORNADOES, FAMINE, PESTILENCE, FIRE, EARTHQUAKES! AAGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!
...giving way to hazy afternoon sunshine. I'll be back with the five-day forecast after this.

Red Mailbox: You see Harold? That man tried to put his package into that mailbox!
Blue Mailbox: Maybe he thought it was a female box?
[they laugh]
Red Mailbox: ...itís been 9 years since Judy died.

    Real Life 

At each performance the audience, which had been charmed by the precedent foolishness, grew deathly cold as the debate began: this was not what they had anticipated... and their confidence in the play was never entirely regained. A few days before we left Boston, I replaced the scene with a lighter one, involving the principals and our subtlest player, a cat. The substitute was engaging; the play moved amiably; no one was shocked (some observers in New Haven had declared the entire conception unwholesomely menacing). And by deliberately dulling the edge of the satire, the farce flourished.
Gore Vidal, preface to Visitor to a Small Planet

The series presents a whimsical fairytale world and then systematically murders the innocents while all you can do is boink random NPCs and perform fart emotes. Then at the end you get to sort of put a single bad guy down without any sense of justice or closure. It just ends. (...) Imagine if the movie Se7en had been exactly the same, except Brad Pittís character had done a bunch of screwy pratfalls and Wayans brothers style comedy.

I want somebody use his fuckin' brain to not come out of a goddamn record that's up-tempo and I gotta talk about a fuckin' dog dying!
Casey Kasem, during a rehearsal for a radio program.