Web Animation / Camp Camp

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/camp_camp_sticker_logo_large.jpg
And More

Camp Camp is an animated comedy from Rooster Teeth, about the exploits of a group of children and their counsellors during their stay at the horribly run-down Camp Campbell.

For Max, an unwilling resident of the camp, it seems far more like a prison than a summer camp, and the only thing that keeps him going is the idea of escape. He is quickly joined by two new kids, Neil (who thought he was going to science camp), and Nikki, a self-described "agent of chaos". They are supervised by David, the overly cheery head counsellor who seems oblivious to the fact that the camp is a run-down craphole, and his far more cynical assistant Gwen.

The first episode aired for sponsors on the 10th of June, 2016. There are also a couple of trailers, and a faux-advertising reel for the camp.

Camp Camp contains examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: The Flower Scouts became drug kingpins without realizing it.
  • Adult Fear: While exchanging spooky stories, Max freaks out Gwen by asking her to contemplate the job market she'll enter once Camp Campbell shuts down.
    • Near the end of the episode "Mind Freakers" Neil almost asphyxiates Nikki by shoving a bunch of scarves (and a live rabbit!) down her throat. The other kids are horrified by this and don't know what to do as Nikki starts foaming out the mouth as she seemed to be on the verge of death. Meanwhile, David and Gwen are distracted watching Bob Ross on television to notice what is happening.
  • Aerith and Bob: Out of the campers, the main trio are Max, Neil, and Nikki. Then there are the rest of the campers, Harrison, Dolph, Nerris, Ered, Nurf, Preston, and Space Kid.
  • Alliterative Name: Cameron Campbell's Camp Campbell.
  • All Just a Dream: Season 2, Episode 3 is about Neil, Nikki, Nerris, and Harrison going on a quest to stop dark forces from making a volcano erupt. The ending reveals that this "quest" was just them playing pretend.
  • All Periods Are PMS: Towards the end of Episode 2, after witnessing the Quartermaster ride into view on the squirrel king's throne, Gwen grumbles that she "needs more Midol" before walking off.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: David and Max, especially Max.
  • Badass Gay: Ered's cool gay dads are also badass FBI agents.
  • Big Brother Mentor: What David tries to be with Max.
    • He finally succeeds by the Season 2 finale.
  • Break the Cutie: David in The Order of the Sparrow.
  • Call-Back: The "FUCK THE POLICE" rock Max launches at the beginning of Episode 2 shows up on the island in Episode 5.
    • The brochures in the bar in episode 8 include Camp Campbell, of course, but also the Wood Scouts and Flower Scouts seen in Episode 3.
    • In the Halloween special, Max and Nikki reference a certain scene from the Season 2 finale: "Man, this cold is spreading faster than your mom's legs on Parents' Day!" "If not faster!"
  • Chekhov's Volcano: The volcano outside of camp, Sleepy Peak Peak, was first seen in the background of Nerris' challenge during "Camporee", and preventing it's impending eruption becomes the plot of "Quest to Sleepy Peak Peak". It finally blows at the end of the episode.
  • Christmas Episode: After Season 2 ended, a Christmas special titled “A Camp Camp Christmas, or Whatever” was released. It still takes place in the summer, but after it starts snowing, the cast decides to pretend that it’s the holiday season.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The Flower Scouts follow a red/blue/yellow scheme, with their eyes and hair colors matching their assigned color.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: During the first season, additional campers can occasionally be seen in background scenes, and in "David Gets Hard", a camper named Scotty, present for "visual comedy camp" makes a brief appearance as if he has always been at the camp. By the end of the first season, the main campers introduced in the first episode appear to be camp's entire roster.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: There's huge amounts of needless violence in this show, much of it directed towards David. Examples from the first episode alone include David being run over by the bus (twice!), David being bitten by Nikki, David being assaulted by a guitar-wielding Gwen and Space Kid being used as a Human Shield.
  • Comically Missing the Point: "Oh, come on Gwen! Look at the bright side: Max made not one, not three, but two new friends today!"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cameron Campbell, if the fact that he's on the run from the authorities is any indication.
  • Country Matters: Neil calls the girls at Flower Scout summer camp "some ignorant fucking cunts".
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits for Space Camp Was a Hoax feature Space Kid's head photoshopped over that of an astronaut from real moon landing footage in the background.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Inverted. In "Camporee", Gwen gets the campers to model Camp Campbell's challenges after their "niche talents and ridiculously specific skillsets", because they have no chemistry in regards to working together at all. It ends up bringing in their victory.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: In "Night of the Living Ill" Space Kid saves the camp of their cold induced zombie sickness by giving them penicillin. However, its revealed he was infected just as the last of the drug was consumed. Subverted, by the fact that this is only a cruel twist for Space Kid, as his suit prevents him from infecting anyone else.
  • Curse Cut Short: David interrupts Max telling him to eat a dick.
  • A Day in the Limelight: All of the non-main campers, as well as the Quartermaster, Gwen, and the Flower Scouts, have at least one episode that primarily focuses on them and, for most part, their interactions with the main three.
    • Ered has "Camp Cool Kidz".
    • Dolph has "Reigny Day".
    • Preston has "Romeo & Juliet II: Love Resurrected".
    • Nurf has "David Gets Hard".
    • Harrison has "Mind Freakers" and shares "Quest to Sleepy Peak Peak" with Nerris.
    • Nerris, as mentioned above, has "Quest to Sleepy Peak Peak" together with Harrison.
    • The Quartermaster has "Quartermaster Appreciation Day".
    • Gwen has "Gwen Gets a Job".
    • Space Kid has "Space Camp was a Hoax".
    • The Flower Scouts have "Cookin' Cookies".
  • Damned by Faint Praise: "You have two acceptable camp counselors..."
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: All of the Flower Scouts are stuck with very strict gender roles; they think girls should only be concerned with looks and boys, while guys should be rugged and manly. This also serves as the reason why they ran Nikki out of the group. Neil goes so far as to call them "ignorant, fucking cunts" before storming out.
  • Discriminate and Switch: The bartender in town doesn't serve people like Max...because he's a kid who can't drink yet.
  • Drinking the Kool-Aid: Daniel, after brainwashing all the campers, intends to sacrifice them by... well, take a guess. He ends up drinking it by accident due to being too caught in his Villain Song.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The main trio seem to have messed up home lives. Max outright states his parents left him at camp so they wouldn't have to deal with them, Nikki offhandedly says that her mom regularly lies to her, and Neil plans on lying to his father about his time at camp so his mother will try to buy back his love. Nurf, another one of the campers, claims that society made him a monster because he was suspended after he chewed a pop-tart into the shape of a gun and is also implied to have a messed-up home life. The camp staff aren't much better, the owner is of dubious moral character to put it lightly (He's on the run for offences bad enough for shoot on sight to be a reasonable response, and his summer home includes a lab full of sickening experiments and a torture sex dungeon), David can't or won't accept reality, Gwen appears to have had all her spirit crushed out of her by the weight of the world and the Quartermaster is... um, well, it says a lot when "being the bad guy from every horror movie ever" is the most normal thing about him.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • David with his first dialogue exposes how cheerful and optimistic he is no matter how mundane the situation is. In fact, once an episode there is a moment dedicated to reminding the audience how overly cheerful and optimistic David is.
      David: Can you believe it Max? We're getting not ONE, not THREE, but TWO new campers today!
    • David and Gwen are both summed up pretty much perfectly with their first dialogue together.
      David: Good morning, Gwen!
      Gwen: MOTHERFUCKER!
    • Five seconds into Nikki and Neil's arrival at camp, Nikki bites David's hand to 'assert dominance' and Neil timidly asks if they're at science camp.
    • When the camp counselors are talking about the variety of their curriculum, each of the other campers are shown, and it explains exactly what they're all there for and what their shtick is. Furthermore, in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, the camper struck by Nerris' "lightning bolt" is Harrison, establishing their rivalry.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The first shot of the series shows a cute bunny hopping across the screen, only to be swooped up by an eagle. This quickly sets the tone for the rest of the show.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: Done for parody in Episode 4 when they start 'partying'.
  • Everything's Better with Platypi: The new camp mascot.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The ending credits of every episode feature a unique rap song about the events of the episode.
  • Frame-Up: In episode 7, Max swipes David's phone and searches for some stuff that nearly gets David arrested by the feds. Namely, "How to blow up a summer camp", "Super murder plot", and "What do boobies look like?"
  • Foil: David and Gwen act as foils for one another: She's pretty down to earth, he's got his head in the clouds. Neil and Nikki also serve as one to each other, where Neil is generally shy and dweebish but is prone to pretty severe Breaking Speeches when he gets his dander up, while Nikki is boisterous and wears her heart on her sleeve but has some hinted at familial and social issues due to her personality and outlook on life.
  • Foreshadowing: In season 2, David shows a surprising amount of emotional maturity twice, first by coolly accepting that as heartbroken as he is that Bonquisha broke up with him the relationship wasn't working for her and he wants the best for her (although he undermines it by attacking her boyfriend afterwards), and second by supporting Gwen finding other work outside Camp Campbell even if he'll miss her. In the season finale, he realizes that the play is just making Max upset and so ditches it to go get him some pizza, telling him that even if the camp makes him happy it doesn't work for everyone and he cares more about Max being happy than following the camp rules.
    • Despite what you might expect, most of the campers' parenting styles in "Eggs Benefits" don't foreshadow their parents' personalities in the season 2 finale, with one notable exception: Max pointedly does not care about the egg at all.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The official Youtube subtitles often include commentary and creative descriptions of actions.
  • Gilligan Cut: The climax of the escape in episode 1.
    Max: Take a look at this face, for it's the last time you'll see it! (Cut to David picking up the kids from the cops after they wrecked the bus.)
  • Green Aesop: The holiday special breaks the fourth wall at the end to discuss climate change, as it turns out that's the reason why it started snowing at a summer camp.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: A variant, in that it's through skills he likely learned at Camp Campbell that Max torments David and attempts various escapes.
  • Halloween Episode: After Season 2, a Halloween special titled “Night of the Living Ill” was released. It doesn’t take place on Halloween, but still has the elements of one, including a zombie-esque outbreak and a return to Spooky Island.
  • Haunted House: Cameron Campbell's Old Summer Home in "Journey to Spooky Island," complete with a Mad Scientist Laboratory, a Torture Cellar (which scares the hell out of Nikki), and a Sex Dungeon being used by the Quartermaster and several other old people, which manages to be the only thing that can make Max scream.
    • In the Halloween special, we also learn of a wine cellar, ("The Art of the Steal"), more of Quartermaster's odd private tendencies, and more questionable things of Campbell's. Go figure.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Ered, when she's first introduced in the background, is completely ignoring the chaos in the mess hall while listening to music on her headphones.
  • Hero of Another Story: Cookin' Cookies ends with The Gang crashing a biplane into the Flower Scouts camp. Nikki's at the controls while Max and Neil are carrying various historic artifacts. No explanation is ever given.
  • Hero Worship: David considers Cameron Campbell to be a man among men; the truth is that his boss is on the lam from the federal government for as-yet unknown reasons.
  • Hidden Depths: Nurf the bully has proven to be astonishingly self-aware and understanding of the circumstances that turned him into a bully in the first place, especially in "David Gets Hard" where he gives this speech:
    Nurf: Assuming I've always been bad is pretty narrow-minded of you, David. Did it ever occur to you that maybe I'm just a product of a judgmental, overprotective society? I mean, you chew one pop-tart into the shape of a gun and BAM! In-school suspension! Suddenly you're labelled a Problem Child: You're not like the other kids; you're bad. So then you get sent to a place where other kids perpetuate the same negative mentality, making you worse so that by the time you return to normal school life, you actually are bad, thus continuing the endless cycle of crime and punishment until all that's left is a little boy. A little boy who only believes he can be what the world tells him he is: A loser. A lost cause. A bully.
    • Of course, he stabs David through the hand immediately after finishing this, so it's unclear how much is legitimate and how much is just fucking with people.
  • Human Shield: When the Feds begin firing at Cameron Campbell, he grabs the Space Kid camper to block the bullets. Thankfully, the boy's helmet deflected the shots.
  • Jerkass: Definitely Max.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Again Max, in The Order of the Sparrow when he fixes David's staff and has the other Campers dress up for the bonfire.
  • Informed Flaw: It's repeatedly brought up that Camp Campbell is underfunded but aside from quick gags (the science camp part has wooden beakers for example), this doesn't really show up as the staff and campers are seen to have whatever resources they need on hand for activities.
  • Irony: Max scoffs at David's suggestion that he make friends with the new campers. Yet, at the end of the episode that's exactly what happens.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
    • Cameron Campbell complaining about the influences of Video Games, The Internet, and The Affordable Care Act making kids not interested in summer camp.
    • The theme song mentions catching "fish, bugs, bears, and honeybees".
  • Literal Metaphor: When a storm hits the camp, a dog and a cat fall to the ground with the first downpour, and one more of each as it continues.
  • Long List: The tacked on additional activities in the in-universe camp ad.
    • The show's theme song ends on one, partially based on the list from the above ad.
  • Magic Realism: Downplayed, but there's an animal paradise with a squirrel king that the Quartermaster kills, ghosts on Spooky Island, Harrison seems to have actual magic powers, and the characters are turned into zombies in the Halloween special. Basically, if you can make a good joke out of it, it exists.
  • Miss Conception: Tabii at the Flower Scout camp thinks that you can get pregnant if a guy pees in you. Apparently her sister told her.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: David's attempts to sing the theme song in the first episode are repeatedly cut short by Gwen's objections. When he finally does get to sing due to Gwen's suffering a nervous breakdown, he doesn't even get through the first verse before Gwen bluntly informs him that Max, Neil and Nikki have run off. The next time he pulls out a guitar, she grabs it out of his hands and beats him with it until it breaks.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Cameron Campbell can never seem to remember Gwen's name, continually calling her by other names that start with G.
    • Does it to the Flower Scouts later, and while there could be the excuse that he barely knows them, he gets the names of the boys of the Woodscouts just fine.
  • Mythology Gag: The big black woman (Bonquisha) who thinks that David (in reality Max) was chatting with on Tinder was most likely a reference to the story of the big black stripper that the gang set on Miles during a trip to a strip club.
  • Nazi Gold: As shown in Episode 4, it's among the possessions in Cameron Campbell's safe, along with jewels and money.
  • Ninja Log: Max leaves a knitted effigy of himself behind during his first escape attempt. He leaves dummies of all three of them when he tries to escape again with Nikki and Neil.
  • Negative Continuity: Played with. On one hand, the status quo generally returns by the next episode. On the other hand, the show has its fair share of Call Backs, Call Forwards, and Continuity Nods, and some things do carry over (for example, Jermy is shown to be part of the Wood Scouts after he's taken by them, and after Tabii gets herself stabbed in the eye, she's wearing an eyepatch).
  • Noodle Incident: David's dialog with the sheriff at the end of the first episode indicates that visiting the camp is a regular event.
    • The Quartermaster having a hook in place of one of his hands. It apparently has something to do with "the Jews" but not much else is elaborated upon.
    • One year prior to the events episode six, something terrible happened involving a camper named Chuckie. Although, technically, according to David, he did survive... physically.
  • Parental Neglect: Max claims the only reason he's at Camp Campbell is because his parents didn't want to deal with him for the summer. Though considering his attitude it's not that surprising. Played much more seriously in the Season 2 finale.
    • Neil is planning to invoke this trope by running home to his dad and telling him that his mother sent him to an abusive summer camp in order to get his mother to try and buy back his love.
  • Pet the Dog: After spending the entire first season trying, and finally succeeding, in breaking David, The Campers and Staff realize how much he actually cares and tries on their behalf. Remorseful, everyone finally puts half an effort into trying for his benefit.
  • Precision F-Strike: David in The Order of the Sparrow.
  • Produce Pelting: Nurf throws tomatoes at some of the kids on stage.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: At the start of Season 2 Episode 3, the Quartermaster tells of a prophecy that dark forces within Sleepy Peak Peak will cause it to erupt, and someone with a magical spirit has to rebalance the magic sealing the evil. Everyone thinks it's a joke or the ravings of a crazy old man. The volcano erupts at the end of the episode.
    Quartermaster: Hmph. End times.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Both Max and David in the season 1 finale, Max finally breaks David causing David to show how sad and depressed about his life he really is. Upon finally breaking David, Max actually feels bad, breaks his cynical persona, and repairs the damage he's done because he realizes he's either pushing David to suicide or mass murder.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Space Kid in Preston's play.
  • Reality Ensues: Max and co. manage to successfully hijack the bus and escape from David and Gwen, only to be caught shortly thereafter when they crash the bus because none of them actually know how to drive.
    • Losing Jermy to the Wood Scouts ends up getting Cameron Campbell into more more trouble with Ered's dads when Jermy's parents show up in the season two finale and Gwen has to give them the news.
  • Red Herring: Viewers were expecting that the campers' parenting styles in "Eggs Benefits" mirrored their own home lives, but in most cases it appears to be quite the opposite.
    • While Neil is a Hover Parent, Neil's dad just wants to connect with him.
    • Nikki panics about not having a plan for her egg's future, while it's clear her mother cares more about her own future.
    • While Nurf claims he comes from a broken home and terrifies his egg into running away, it's clear he and his mother have a very close relationship even though she's in prison and she tries to be better for her son.
    • Preston's parenting is overshadowed by Nurf's Domestic Abuse, but it appears he was raised alone by his gentle, elderly grandmother.
    • Nerris wants her egg to grow up to be a dungeon master like her; while her dad supports and shares her interest in LARPing, he defers to her uninitiated mother's more responsible style of parenting.
    • Harrison is proud to teach his egg to be a magician, while both of his parents are terrified of his powers.
    • Dolph wants his egg (shared with Ered) to be "the coolest artist-slash-pro skater who ever lived" and responds well to his egg's fashion sense. His own father wishes he had more "manly" interests than art.
    • Ered throws her egg into dangerous stunts, while her own parents are FBI agents who express concern over a dangerous animal eating at the table with the children and arrest Cameron Campbell when he proves neglectful of the campers' safety.
  • Rube Goldberg Contraption: Max builds a ridiculously complex contraption to operate his catapult.
    • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Invoked. Max states that the contraption was supposed to kill David, but the final shot hit Larry the Hamster instead.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: David. And under the right circumstances, Max.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: When the campers are supposed to take care of platypus eggs until they hatch, Nurf decides that his and Preston's egg shouldn't have to live in a broken family like he did. His idea of making sure Preston properly fills his parental role is beating him into submission, in a way that's played just like domestic abuse. This results in the egg running away from its "parents".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Nikki undergoes one during Episode 8. First her hairdo gets replaced with Girlish Pigtails, then her overalls get replaced by a dress with a flower on the front, both during scene switches. Her outfit reverts to normal in a matter of seconds at the end of the episode
  • Signs of Disrepair: The Camp Campbell sign has sustained damage to the "bell" part.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped : Parodied, and deconstructed (See Spoof Aesop below). There are times when the situations encountered by the campers really shouldn't be taken as an aesop, and when the Anvil really shouldn't be dropped and rather tucked away in a closet and never talked about ever again, Max will kindly drop it for you.
    Max: Well, turns out at the end of the day, sometimes you just gotta hit a kid.
  • Spoof Aesop:
    • Episode 4 where Neil says that the main lesson is "never try to change anything, because someone more powerful than you will always get in the way and keep you down."
    • Episode 5 has one about how there are some things in life more horrifying than ghosts, namely old people having sick pervy sex.
    • Episode 9: Sometimes you've just got to hit kids.
    • Episode 11: Never work together! or One skilled individual will trump teamwork by unskilled individuals.
    • Season 2, Episode 10: As long as your heart is in the right place, it's okay if you fib a little.
  • Strange Salute: The Camp Campbell salute uses the same finger configuration as the shocker.
  • Stealth Pun: In "Bonjour Bonquisha", Tabii gets a fork in her left eye after trying to attack someone, making her "Tabii with one eye".
    • Nikki's full name is Nicolette, which is just one letter off from Nicorette, a product to help people stop smoking. Smoking during pregnancy is dangerous to the baby and mother. Considering her personality, it seems entirely likely that Nikki's mother might have quit smoking because of a pregnancy, and then named the resulting daughter after that.
  • The Stinger: Episode 10 of Season 2 has a brief one. Space Kid looks up at the moon, happy that he got to live his dream, when he comes to a realization:
    Space Kid: Now What?
  • Stylistic Suck: The preview aired just before the premiere was presented as an ad for the camp, taking an already low-quality 15-year-old ad, and adding obvious overdubs, and the list of activities goes from the original text (featuring classic camp activities) to a second part with completely different formatting and glaring spelling errors.
  • Summer Campy
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Max makes one when David asks him a perfectly innocent question. David seems completely oblivious to his response, though.
      David: Wait a sec, what are you even doing out here?
      Max: Well it's definitely not because the bus only comes in from the city to drop off and pick up campers and so far seems to be my only reasonable method of escaping this fuckin' nightmare of a camp. Definitely not that.
      David: Hey... language.
    • We get another one from Cameron Campbell a little later, again directed at David.
      Campbell: Well I'm certainly not hiding out from any authorities, if that's what you're thinking!
  • Take That!: There's a diagram of Nurf on the blackboard in Episode 9. In this diagram his fists are labelled "Chris Browns".
  • Team Pet: The second episode revolves around a search for one of these after Max accidentally launches the original one, Larry the Hamster (XI, according to the plaque on his cage) across the lake. The eventual replacement ends up being a wild platypus that Neil and Nikki find in a bear's cave. For a brief moment, Larry returns from across the lake before the platypus eats him whole.
  • Title Drop: In the very first episode, courtesy of Nikki:
    Nikki: So, what? It's just some sort of Camp Camp?
    Cameron: Well, I mean, I wouldn't exactly call it out like that, but yes!
    • The Camp Campbell sign has also either been neglected or deliberately vandalised to read "Camp Camp"
  • Two Decades Behind: The camp still shows an introductory video on LaserDisc.
    • Jasper constantly uses slang and makes pop cultural references that are two decades behind because he's the ghost of a kid who probably died in the late Eighties/early Nineties
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Happens in Episode Six when David makes Dolph camp counselor for the day. His "reign" over the camp draws many parallels to the Nazi regime (what with Dolph being portrayed as a young version of Adolf Hitler), although much of it is downplayed since he is still a child.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It is not explained how Max escaped the Wood Scouts camp in between Episodes 3 and 4.
  • Valley Girl: The Flower Scouts are all characterized this way, vocal affectation and all.
  • Villain Song: The amazing duet "Better Than You" sung by David and Daniel.
  • Vocal Evolution: While most of the voices have been pretty consistent since day one, Max's voice is noticeably more understated in the earlier episodes.
  • Weather Dissonance: In the Christmas special, it starts snowing out of nowhere in the middle of summer. Gwen chalks this up to climate change.
  • Wham Shot: Max's sign-up form in "Parents' Day." It has no activity on it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "Jasper Dies at the End", Campbell silently prepares to literally stab David in the back when they both think that they just saw Jasper die. Thankfully for David, Jasper survived.
    David: He's dead. He's dead and we witnessed it.
    Campbell: We didn't witness anything, and we'll testify to that...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WebAnimation/CampCamp