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Baman Piderman is a Web Animation by Alex Butera and Lindsay Small, featured on Mondo Media. It follows the lives of Baman, Piderman, and several others who inhabit a white, empty landscape while having surreal adventures. New episodes were sometimes featured on Attack of the Show!.Baman and Piderman are basically crudely-drawn Batman and Spider-Man knock-offs with weight gain and toddler-like intelligence. They live in separate houses, with Baman coming over to Piderman's house in nearly every episode. Their two friends, Pumkin and Tuba, live in Piderman and Baman's houses, respectively. Later episodes introduce characters like Dese Guys (off-color versions of Baman and Piderman with deeper voices who live in Piderman's basement), Baman's boss (a giant, yellow cat-like thing that comes and goes as it pleases), and Squib (a mass of green tentacles that acts like a Tsundere towards Pumkin). The show is mostly absurd humor wrapped around occasional hints at a much darker subtext... which usually turns out to be more absurd humor. Unfortunately, the series was Cut Short, with "Play Da Concert" being the final episode to be featured on the Mondo Media Youtube channel in 2012. In more recent development news, however, the creators (now Lindsay and Alex Small-Butera) began a Kickstarter to fund the final 5 episodes planned out for the second season to give the series some closure. It reached its target funding in two days, and will have an additional two episodes, an arthouse film directed by Dose Guys, a Film Noir starring Baman, and a music video by Neil Cicierega.
This series provides examples of:
Acrofatic: The leads are pretty hefty, but at least Baman runs (or rolls) fast. Piderman can walk on walls.
Art Evolution: The first couple of episodes featured art that was a bit more crude than it is now. Piderman gains more weight over the course of the series, his head becomes more triangular, and his eyes go from vaguely resembling Spiderman's mask to elongated elipses. At the beginning, he actually looks like Spiderman.
Bizarrchitecture: Baman is able to drive his house using a ship's steering wheel. It has no wheels, tracks, or any other plausible way of moving- although it does sprout legs (briefly) in the "I've Got A Feeling" episode.
Piderman's house is two stories, but the top story has at least five stories worth of stairs up to it.
There's a floor under that one that can only be accessed through a trap door in Pumkin's bedroom, and the only exit is through a hallway too long to exist inside the house that leads to a laundry chute to the basement.
The Blank: Pumkin. And, technically, Squib and the Tubas.
Blank White Eyes: Baman, Piderman, and the Dese Guys have these all the time. Judging by Baman's eyes, they aren't caused by their masks.
When Baman got pupils he gained telepathic powers.
Blush Stickers: Pumkin has some for a moment in Revealations (Part 1) when he thinks Piderman might read his diary.
And again in "Squib Week" when Squib kisses him on the cheek.
All over the place once Wanda, the Ghost of the Happy Winter Friends Wish is allowed to move in.
Book Ends: "Squib Week" begins with Pumkin hiding in his bed sheets because he's afraid of the ghost that's haunting the house. The episode ends with him, a week later, once again hiding in his bed sheets, only this time it's because of Squib kissing him on the cheek.
Even in-universe. During a tea party, they offer Baman some stew.
Baman: What kind of stew?
That guy:BLOOD stew.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Make Da Cards, a Youtube ad appears at the bottom of the screen. They both stare at it until Piderman clicks to close it with his hand.
Subverted in "In Da Basement". We are made to believe at first that Dese Guys are speaking to the viewer, but they are actually speaking to Pumkin, who they have tied up in a chair.
Brick Joke: In "Frow Da Party", Baman sings about a thing in the corner. Piderman askes "Baman, what is that thing?!" to which Baman quickly responds "I don't know." The thing shows up again on Ghost night, and the same exchange is repeated line by line.
The exchange shows up again in the Season 3 Opener.
Butt Monkey: Pumkin got carved (seemingly painfully), rotted, and is always tossed around (even after getting his body).
Baman's started to go toward this. Boss kicked his house, Tuba's Dad makes him uncomfortable, a giant snowflake destroyed his house, and then he lost his job to Squib.
And "Play da Concert". Explanation included this time.
Cerebus Syndrome: Happy Winter Friends is Darker and Edgier than the preceding animations. Although that really isn't saying a lot considering how light the show is.
It gets better again afterward.
Chekhov's Skill: Subverted with Pumkin's origami skills...when almost everyone's entangled in red squib in "Play Da Song", Pumkin quickly folds two tentacles into an oragami crane to save them. It doesn't stop the squib, but Piderman and Baman thought it looked nice!
Chest Insignia: Piderman's is real a spider, though. Baman uses his as a storage shelf.
Continuity Porn: Virtually everything that happens has lingering effects and consequences, even the smallest of things, and the show retains pretty much perfect continuity.
For example, since Make da Cards Piderman's door has been shattered from when Baman came inside.
There have been tracks in the dirt where Baman drove his house ever since Pwactice Da Counting.
Looks like Baman's living with Piderman now, since his house got destroyed by that giant snowflake.
Piderman's spider always has only 5 legs, both the one on his chest and on his back.
When Piderman is writing a letter to Baman and is finished, he drops a pen into his leg and his leg absorbs it. In the first episode of season 2, he ejects the same pen from his hand and writes with it.
The cereal that turns you green makes a reappearance in Happy Winter Friends (Part 2).
The two thought bubbles containing Baman that Piderman makes in Revealations stay around for subsequent episodes and there is even a tiny subplot with sofa-Baman refusing to eat and becoming thinner as a result, which Wanda fixes in Play Da Concert.
The ghost that appears at the end of Weirdy Feeling came out of Baman's wish wand when Red Squib broke it in Play Da Song.
When Pumkin walks past the spooky mirror that shows everyone's skeletons in "Ghost Night", his skull resembles the face that the Dese Guys carved into him at the end of "Guess da Number".
A recent twitter post suggests they may have worked something out, considering Lindsay's excitement. No promises at this point, though.
The above text was posted in December 2012, so whatever it was obviously fell through. Alex and Lindsay own the rights to the show, so it was likely a failed attempt at getting funding. In April 2014, however, they came over to Kickstarter.
Cute Ghost Girl: The specter that was haunting Piderman is revealed to be this in "Ghost Night." She's called Wanda.
Depth Deception: Happy Winter Friends starts with a traditional opening credits set on a closeup of falling snowflakes... until you realize this isn't a close up, they're actually giant snowflakes.
Evil Counterpart: Dese Guys. They differ in that they are colored differently, and their costumes are switched except for the masks. The mask shows who they're the counterpart for. More mischievous than evil though.
Dese Guys get one as well. Less catchy than the original, but funnier.
Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Baman and Piderman's costumes - as they appear to be similar to the superhero costumes by which they're inspired. Exaggerated however once we find out that the ears on Baman's cowl are shaped exactly the same as his horns underneath, and the blue in Piderman's costume is actually a vest.
For the Evulz: Dese Guys. Although they mostly prank the other characters, there's always something very unsettling about their shenanigans. Also, they enjoy the taste of blood.
For Doom the Bell Tolls: In "Ghost Night", right when the digital clock changes to 7 PM and the outside world goes pitch black.
Funny Background Event: In "Frow Da Party", Tuba is seen near the beginning jumping into the pie-pizza-portal-thing, and later one of the doors in the background of Piderman's house mysteriously has a new sticky note attached to it in every shot.
After hatching from a tree in "Happy Winter Friends: Part 2", a green mass of tentacles comes to live with Baman and Piderman under the name of Squib, takes Baman's job, and becomes a love interest for Pumkin.
Hostile Show Takeover: Dese Guys want to sing their theme song instead of the shows in the beginning of "Weirdy Feeling."
Hypocritical Humor: After Squib tears up Pumkin's Feets Day card, Baman complains that Squib doesn't do anything, that he's just fat and lazy and sits at the house all day. Cue Pumkin motioning towards both Baman and Piderman who have both fallen asleep on the floor, with their fat bellies sticking up in the air.
Tuba's Dad:*in subtitles* Say Baman... when are you going to make my little princess... an honest tuba?
Left the Background Music On: The spooky theremin-sounding music at the beginning of "Ghost Night" turns out to be Baman just making weird noises.
Leitmotif: Sometimes when Dese Guys are nearby/appear a faint creepy Drone of Dread can be heard in the background. It's the only real instance of music in the series aside from the Christmas specials and Feets Day song.
There's one that plays during Squib's interactions with Pumkin.
Mundane Utility: Piderman has the same abilities as Spider-Man, such as walking on walls and the ability to shoot webs out of his wrists. He uses these for unnecessary purposes, such as grabbing small objects or dragging himself along the ground instead of walking.
No Mouth: Piderman, That Guy, Tuba, Tuba's Dad, and Pumkin
Not What It Looks Like: In "Play Da Concert", Squib sees Wanda and Pumkin holding hands. He's just thankful that she saved him from rotting and gave him a body.
Only Sane Man: Pumkin, as he appears to be the only one who acknowledges just how strange the rest of the cast's antics are.
Our Monsters Are Different: The two leads. They may look like two certain comic book superheroes, but Word of God says they're actually a white monster in purple clothes and a red monster in blue clothes, respectively.
Pointy Ears: When Baman takes off his mask, it's revealed that those pointy things really are his ears... or horns... or something else. They do perk up when he's surprised/in danger/excited and do the opposite appropriately. "Ghost Night" shows us that there are bones inside them.
Stylistic Suck: The whole show is done in Flash animation with copious Squiggle Vision. But the animation itself is incredibly smooth, cute, and at times utterly gorgeous (such as when Wanda transforms in "Ghost Night")
Except they aren't. According to Word of God, Baman and Piderman are actually monsters who happen to look like two certain comic book characters. Piderman is actually a red creature who wears a blue vest. Baman's is a WCR as he's really a white monster who wears purple clothes.