Series / Little Lunch
Hey what you doing, everybody's moving,
It's time for little lunch!
is a 2015 Australian children's comedy TV series, based on a series of books by author Danny Katz. Using the mockumentary
format popularised by shows such as The Office
, the show follows the adventures a number of primary school students during their 'little lunch' (also known as recess, or snack, or morning tea, depending on where you went to school), as recounted by them. The six main characters are: Atticus, Batty, Debra Jo, Melanie, Rory and Tamara, as well as their teacher, Mrs. Goncha. The show consists of one series of 26 15-minute episodes, as well as as two specials.
This show provides examples of the following tropes
- Ambiguous Disorder: Rory's behavioural issues are reminiscent of ADHD, Batty may be somewhere on the autism spectrum as well as having a tendency toward Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!, and Debra Jo has some Super OCD traits.
- Aside Glance: all the time, as is common in the mockumentary format.
- Blind Without 'Em: Debra Jo. Most of the plot of "The Lost-And-Found Box" involves her losing her glasses and having to be guided by the rest of the kids to the lost-and-found box to look for them.
- Calvinball: In "The Oval", Rory gets all of his friends to invent games to keep him out of trouble. When everyone gets bored and starts drifting away, he desperately attempts to combine all of the games into one game, which becomes a gigantic Calvinball.
"It's not as confusing as it sounds."
"No. It's exactly as confusing as it sounds!"
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Atticus thinks he is an excellent joke-teller, and continually attempts to tell his father's golfing jokes, which he doesn't understand. In "The Joke Competition", Melanie's attempts to tell a joke fall apart because of her shyness.
- Class Clown: Rory.
- Creepy Twins: Max and Elsa, the only other students in the main characters' class given any characterisation. Also Half-Identical Twins.
- Description Cut: Lots. One example:
Tamara: [to camera] I don't act like I own the monkey bars. I don't know why anyone would say that.
- Distant Finale: Enforced. The 2016 specials take place a year after the series proper, with "The Nightmare Before Graduation", as you can possibly guess, taking place just prior to the kids graduating. According to Word of God, this was because by the time of filming the kids had all grown so much they couldn't possibly pretend they were all still in grade 5.
- The Ditz: Rory.
- Dreadful Musician: Debra Jo. Her ear-piercing and tuneless recorder recitals can clear the room. Even Mrs. Goncher has been known to snatch the recorder out of her hands to stop her playing. She falls into the Giftedly Bad category, as she is convinced she is brilliant.
- Extracurricular Enthusiast: Debra Jo, who has badges for all the extracurricular roles she holds... and ones she doesn't hold, but has made up herself since she got a badge maker for her birthday. To a lesser degree Atticus, who tends to bring up all the clubs he's a member of in a very Small Name, Big Ego manner.
- Exact Words: How Debra Jo justifies giving Mr. Haliotis a fake beep test, where the time between the beeps gets longer rather than shorter, in "The Beep Test."
Debra Jo: I never told Mr. Haliotis it was the beep test app. I said it was a beep test app.
- The Faceless: Mr Haliotis, the PE teacher, who is only ever seen from behind and wearing a large hat.
- Fear of Thunder: Atticus has a fear of thunderstorms, although he continually denies it. His attempts to tell stories about 'this kid I know who is afraid of thunderstorms' are usually interrupted by Rory going "That's you!".
- Five-Man Band:
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Three boys, three girls.
- Giftedly Bad: Debra Jo. She is convinced that she is very good at ballet, and a virtuoso on the recorder. Neither is true, with her recorder playing landing soundly in Dreadful Musician territory.
- Half-Identical Twins: Nobody knows which of Max and Elsa is which, even though they know one is male and one is female. The fact they both use the boys' toilets makes it more confusing, as does their tendency to speak simultaneously.
- Hidden Depths: Played for Laughs in "The Old Climbing Tree":
Melanie: How do you know how to knit?
...I don't. [Melanie takes her knitting back]
- I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: The episode "The Ya Ya" revolves around Atticus desperately trying to avoid eating the strange food his ya ya (grandmother) has made for him while his parents are away. Of course, once he gives in and actually eats it, he finds it absolutely delicious.
- I Have This Friend...: Atticus has a fear of thunderstorms, although he continually denies it. His attempts to tell stories about 'this kid I know who is afraid of thunderstorms' are usually interrupted by Rory going "That's you!".
- In "The Beep Test", Tamara, the only person who enjoys the Beep Test and hasn't tried to get out of it, sprains her ankle and can't compete.
- In "The Old Climbing Tree", Debra Jo wants to have the titular tree cut down so she can use the space to set up an eco-recycling megastation, and win the Green Ambassador's Award. Lampshaded by Melanie:
Melanie: She wants to cut down a tree to win an environmental award?
- I Resemble That Remark!:
Mealanie: My mum says I can be overly dramatic, but I was pretty sure both my shoulders were broken and my arms would never work again.
- It Tastes Like Feet: In "The Pavlova", Rory says that Mrs Goncha's disgusting pavlova tasted like soap. Debra Jo says she wouldn't know because she has never eaten soap.
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Mrs. Goncha's typical reward to the class, or contribution to any celebration, is a pavlova.
- Lame Excuse: In "The Beep Test", Melanie attempts to get out of the beep test by claiming to have broken her foot and stealing a walking cast off a younger boy. Mrs. Goncha doesn't buy it because her foot wasn't broken two minutes ago and makes her give the cast back. During the test, Melanie realises that she has actually injured her foot by trying to jam it into the too small cast.
- Lame Pun Reaction: In "The Kiss Chasey Oval", Atticus keeps making bad olympics puns, much to Melanie's consternation:
Atticus: And everyone went 'Ohhhh!' Because it was the 'ohhhh'-lympics!
Melanie: Please stop.
Atticus: I don't think I can.
- Loners Are Freaks: Averted. Batty might be a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander, but he's still very much one of the group even if he's the most introverted member of them. He's also often the Only Sane Man.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Tamara has elements of this, although given her athleticism she may be more of a female Jerk Jock. She has the bossiness and tendency to dictate other people's social status of the traditional alpha bitch, but she's not really a bully, and she inevitably comes around and proves herself a good friend in the end.
- Mistaken for Profound: In "The Band", everyone else in class thinks Rory is meditating and starts emulating him. He is actually suffering a Potty Emergency and is muttering "Mustn't pee my pants" to himself over and over under his breath.
- Na´ve Everygirl: Melanie.
- Nerd Glasses: Debra Jo.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Debra Jo, hoo boy. In "The Election" one of her campaign promises is an extra hour's homework.
- Not So Above It All: Debra Jo. Frequently.
- Opposites Attract: Discussed in "The Relationship", when Rory's been asked out by a girl in grade 6. Atticus, who's watched a lot of romantic comedies with his sister, claims that if he and the girl are complete opposites that means the relationship is likely to work out. He's proven right at the end, as it turns out Debra Jo and Rory both have crushes on each other.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Tamara.
- Puppy Love: the episode "The Kiss-Chasey Oval" deals with Tamara having a crush on Batty, although he's less than reciprocating - until she kisses him at the end of the episode, which he seems to suprisingly enjoy. The episode "The Relationship" deals with Rory being asked out by a girl in grade 6, who we never actually meet, but eventually it turns out the girl he really likes is Debra Jo.
- Rule #1: In "The Joke Competition", Atticus announces that the first rule of the joke competition is that everyone must tell a joke. This is also the second and third rules.
- Running Gag: A few:
- Rory's use of the word 'minkel', which he believes is a swear word.
- Stretcho, the superhero Batty invented and often dresses as.
- In "The Old Climbing Tree" Debra Jo gives monologues to the camera inside the flashbacks that highly resemble Frank Underwood's monologues to camera from House of Cards. Rory keeps asking if she's talking to him.
- The shot of Max and Elsa when Debra Jo sees them in the titular corridor in "The Corridor Outside 6E" heavily resembles the famous shot of Creepy Twins from The Shining.
- In "The Relationship" Melanie and Tamara have two mice they claim are in love, named Ross and Rachel.
- At the end of "The Nightmare Before Graduation", Rory makes the same punching-the-air gesture as at the end of The Breakfast Club.
- Slasher Smile: At the end of "The Corridor Outside 6E", Rory asks Max and Elsa if they're sure they're not killers, to which they respond by grinning to reveal their new braces (the kids having convinced themselves that Max and Elsa were missing from school because Max had killed Elsa and been arrested, when actually they had just gone to the dentist to get braces). The kids all scream in terror.
- Sore Loser:
- Atticus in "The Beep Test", who desperately tries to avoid the test purely so Tamara can't beat him. Once she sprains her ankle, he's totally enthusiastic for it.
- Debra Jo's also a pretty bad loser, as seen when she calls her mother to get her out of school when Mrs. Goncha holds a spelling test on words she doesn't know.
- Suspect Is Hatless: In "The Relationship", the boys try to identify which of the grade 6 girls sent Rory the note. They are told she is the one with the ponytail. Needless to say, all of the grade 6 girls have ponytails.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Mrs. Goncha really loves pavlova. So much so that the kids wonder if she doesn't love it a little too much in the episode "The Pavlova".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Dogs, for Batty. Heights, for Mrs. Goncha.