"We're Just Like You!"Greg The Bunny
was a Sitcom
set in a world where humans and puppets coexist as sentient races and interact freely. Greg the Bunny is the starring puppet of a Alternate Company Equivalent
to Sesame Street
; the show focused on back-stage shenanigans. In this case, Greg and the others in the cast are much less innocent offstage than on, contrasting with both The Muppet Show
and other puppet shows fully on the cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism
. (The series was something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Extra drama was created because Greg is a relative newcomer to the cast - he replaced another rabbit because he was much cuter.
Despite the relative cynicism, this show did have heartwarming moments and good spoofs thereof.
This show was greatly respected by critics, but didn't get enough of an audience. It did one season on FOX
and two on the Independent Film Channel...
Greg and the crew return in the new MTV
show Warren The Ape
- Affectionate Parody: Made up almost the entirety of the IFC series.
- The Alcoholic: Warren is not shy about his drinking, and Rochester hits the bottle hard when he reappears. In the latter case, it turned his wake into a landlocked version of a Viking funeral.
- Alternate Company Equivalent
- Buried Alive: Greg gets nightmares about Rochester burning him alive in his on-set rabbit hole after replacing him.
- Captain Ersatz: Several, the most obvious being Count Blah, a parody of the Count from Sesame Street (whom Blah accuses of stealing his act and his chance to be a regular on Sesame Street).
- In the first episode Alison lampshades Greg's parallel role on Sweetknuckle Junction to Elmo's on Sesame Street, hoping to garner similar appeal when hiring him.
- Chekhov's Gun: Sammy Davis Jr.'s eyeballs in "The Jewel Heist."
- Chekhov's Gunman: In one episode, Gil tells a songwriter that Allison had him fire him (in actuality, Gil hated the song). This leads to that songwriter stalking Allison, who had thought Jack was stalking her over not allowing him to appear in a movie that would damage the shows reputation.
- Classically Trained Extra: In-Universe, Warren the Ape, who isn't particularly fond of being second banana on a children's show.
- Dirty Old Man: Count Blah.
- The Ditz: Tardy the Turtle. So much so that you can say Tardy the Turtle's non sequiturs in Ralph Wiggum's voice and it wouldn't seem out of character.
Tardy: Crayons taste like purple.
- Dumb Blonde: Dottie is viewed as this, to her great frustration, but the trope is subverted — while she's not the brainy girl she sometimes tries to present herself as, she is a lot smarter than she's given credit for.
- Engineered Public Confession
- Executive Meddling: Both In-Universe and out. The network insisted on toning down the show's edgier aspects, making it much more "sitcommy" than the creators wanted.
- Fake Nationality: In-universe, Count Blah accuses Count von Count of posing as a Romanian.
Count Blah: He's not even Romanian, he's freaking Italian, and he knows it, blah!
- Fanservice: Dottie in her new outfit in "SK 2.0".
- Fantastic Racism: Greg the Bunny mentions in the first episode that puppets ("Fabricated-Americans") have trouble finding work and dating outside of their species because of their appearance. In fact, a lot of episodes (particularly "Sock Like Me" and "Greg Gets Puppish" on the FOX series) hammer this point home.
- Fantastic Slur: "Sock" has the same racially offensive weight as, say, the n-word for black people. Greg at one point explicitly compares his usage of it to Richard Pryor's usage of the n-word.
- Freudian Excuse: Junction Jack's mild anti-puppet prejudice comes from his mother running out on his father and abandoning him for another man... who was a puppet. Notably, the character in question acts like it's an explanation but not a justification.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Count Blah, though his vampirism is brought up about as often as Count von Count's.
- Furry Confusion
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Greg and Jimmy are roommates who do pretty much everything together.
- Human-Focused Adaptation: The FOX series, thanks to Executive Meddling.
- Hypocritical Humor: When a mediator asks Jimmy to name a stereotype about puppets, he says "You all like tartar sauce," which all of the puppets object to... before every single one admits that they do. As a Brick Joke, the fake PSA for puppet-human acceptance at the end of that episode gives a website that mentions this as well.
- Jerk Ass: Warren
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's buried in there, but the actor for Junction Jack has his nice points - in fact, he can act like a mentor for Greg at points.
- Loud of War: When Jimmy refuses to use his connections to help Greg get a job on the set of Sweetknuckle Junction, Greg says, "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy" incessantly until Jimmy relents.
- Man Child: Dottie's public persona; Her actual personality bounces between this and an average girl frustrated by Type Casting due to uneven characterization.
- Mooning: Count Blah moons his boss in a clip shown as part of the opening credits.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Both Junction Jack and Warren have traits of this, being friendly and jovial on-screen but being far less so off-screen.
- Nice Guy: Greg, while not as sweet and innocent as his Sweetknuckle Junction on-screen persona, is still the nicest, least cynical person on the show, bordering on Wide-Eyed Idealist at times.
- Noodle Incident: Several with Greg and Jimmy. Frequent references and flashbacks only giving snippets of what might have happened to their lives before and even during the show.
Jimmy: You're the king of phases, Greg. Remember that time you tried Bhuddism?
Greg: I achieved enlightenment, didn't I?
Jimmy: Yeah. And then you traded it. For a clarinet.
- On the episode featuring Guest Star Corey Feldman, upon discovering himself chased by cops in Warren's car, he panics and states "I cannot be caught with puppet porn again!"
- Oh, Crap: The look on Warren's face when he bends over and hears the distinct sound of tearing.
- Operation Jealousy: Jimmy attempts this by flirting with Susan (while female, similar in build and voice to Sweetums from the Muppets) to hopefully get Alison's attention. It doesn't work quite like he expected.
- Paint Ball Episode: "The Jewel Heist"
- Paste Eater: Tardy the Turtle has eaten everything from crayons, to drumsticks (the musical kind), to paintballs.
Tardy: "The green ones make me horny!"
- Really Gets Around: Dottie certainly has this reputation, though it's probably exaggerated.
- Real Men Wear Pink: on the episode, "Surprise!" Junction Jack comes to his own surprise party dressed as a woman after a fellow member of his gun club recommends cross-dressing to him as a way to be a better gunman.
- The Roast: Rochester gets roasted, in all senses of the word, at his funeral. The planned roast that actually fits the trope includes a blooper reel "starring" him.
- Shout-Out: By the truckload, but most notable is the Reservoir Dogs bit in "The Singing Mailman".
- Show Within a Show: Sweet Knuckle Junction. We don't see much of it, but we're not missing much; it's just a saccharine kiddie show.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Warren DeMontague, due in no small part to being a frustrated classical actor.
- Smelly Skunk: In the episode "Father & Son Reunion", Blah gets sprayed by a puppet skunk.
- Speech Impediment: Greg speaks with a slight lisp that makes his "esses" sound more like "eshesh," and that accents his youthful character.
- Verbal Tic:
- Count Blah typically ends his sentences, with "blah".
- Not quite verbal, but Tardy usually makes a squeaking sound at the end of his sentences.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Jimmy shows shades of this in his more vulnerable moments.
- Younger and Hipper: Alison wants to make Sweetknuckle Junction this, and part of her reason for hiring Greg is to "appeal to a younger audience." Gil points out that the show's already targeted at four-year-olds.