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Web Animation: Jerry

Jerry is a 2007-2009 series by HotDiggedyDemon told over the course of 5 Flash shorts thematically centered around helplessness, poverty, and the inability of the characters to handle the world around them.

The first cartoon was about Jerry's life as a young bachelor, the monotony of his day-to-day life and the birth of his child. Two of the other shorts dealt with his childhood, and the other two with the people whose lives were affected by Jerry. All in no particular order.

Despite its crude animation and short running time, Jerry manages to weave a web of complicated, rounded characters and events.

The whole series is about a half hour and is available on YouTube here.

These are tropes.

  • Abusive Parents: Jason was emotionally abusive to his son, doing little to hide his contempt, and showing absolutely no emotional support whatsoever.
  • Anachronic Order
  • Alcoholic Parent
  • Alliterative Name: Jerry, Jackie, Jason, Junior, Joann (Jerry's mom)
  • All Men Are Perverts: Just about every male Jackie encounters in her short attempts to have their way with her (and gets beat up for the trouble). Even Jerry, who's a lot less malicious about it, can't help but cop a feel on her when they're making out.
  • Arc Words: The final few sentences of The Shining are read by Jason to his son, and later to his grandson.
  • Art Evolution: The animation becomes a lot smoother by the end.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Strongly averted when Jerry finds out the girl he had a one-nighter with has had his child. Life only seems to get worse for him from there.
  • Black Comedy: Holy Sweet HELL.
  • Book Ends: Jerry staring in to the moon in the original short. In the first shot, he's smiling. At the end, he's not.
    • The first short ends with Jerry burning in Hell. The last one ends with him playing a harp in Heaven.
  • Break the Cutie: The original short is about the weight of the world being too much for the sensitive, passive Jerry.
  • Brick Joke: Inverted. At the end of the first short, we see Jerry burning in Hell. This is explained in the second short, and it was because Jerry opened the Closet of Unimaginable Horrors which, as his dad said, would cause a person to go to Hell when the died.
  • But We Used a Condom: Jerry uses one when he's about to do the Mexican chick... and then some time later, that chick comes back with their infant son.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Junior breaking his grandfather's nose after comparing him to his father.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series never become deadpan serious, but the earlier installments are lighter in tone, and by the last installment all the humor has been replaced by Jason's deliberately Dude, Not Funny! snarks.
  • Character Title
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Subverted with Jerry and Jackie. They first met when they were young, hit off immediately, and it's implied that Jackie seems to harbor some feelings for him as an adult...but she never commits, opting instead to take his money and sneak away after every one-night stand.
  • Classical Antihero: Jerry. He works a dead-end job, takes absolutely no control in his life, lets people walk all over him, and eventually kills himself.
  • Crapsack World: Everyone's unpleasant, selfish, perverse, and unhappy.
  • Doting Parent: While not quite this Joann, Jerry's mother, makes it entirely clear that she loves her son more than anything else about ten minutes before she dies.
  • Driven to Suicide: Our protagonist.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Apparently, Jason ends up adopting Junior and letting his teenaged asian hooker move in with them.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Although Young Jerry is initially traumatized when he opens up the Closet of Unimaginable Psychological Horror (to the point where his hair turns white on the spot), he soon enough gets amused with opening and closing the door just to hear and see the unimaginable horrors within.
  • Gag Dub: sort of...
  • Grandparental Obliviousness: Junior sits in his grandfather's house for about two weeks without him noticing.
  • Green Eyes: Jackie.
  • Heroic Mime: Jerry and Jackie.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood
  • I Have No Son: Jason initially refuses to acknowledge that he ever had a son.
  • It's All About Me: Jerry's father is completely indifferent about his son and only concerns himself with his own pain and suffering.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Jackie.
  • Jump Scare: The "Closet of Unimaginable Psychological Torment" is filled with screamers.
  • Karma Houdini: Only the more jerkish characters get happy endings. "Jackie" even ends with her strolling down the street into sun while The Salteens' "Nice Day" plays.
  • Luke You Are My Grandfather
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Jackie's masculine girl to Jerry's feminine boy.
  • Melancholy Moon: A recuring motiff.
  • No Name Given: Junior's mom or the policeman Jackie was married to.
  • Not So Different
    • Jerry's dad, Jason, starts taking to Junior after the latter punches him in the face, proving to be the "little me" he always wanted in a son.
    • Jason works at a crummy job he hates, gets his money stolen by every woman he sleeps with, and he keeps forgetting to find a different place to hide his wallet. He's a lot more like his son than he realizes.
  • Overly Long Gag: The first short uses an incredible amount of repetition to emphasize the monotony of Jerry's life. It works well enough that many viewers get bored or frustrated, thus feeling Jerry's pain.
  • Parental Abandonment: Junior's mom ditches him forever.
    ''Junior, Went to Reno, be back never. Have a nice life. -Mom P.S. Happy 6th birthday.
  • Parental Issues: Jerry's dad Jason is basically an angry man with big dreams that never came to pass and has emotionally detached himself from the world. It also doesn't help that Jerry's mom died right in front of him and Jason blames him for it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jerry's son Junior has red eyes and he's a total brat. Kinda odd seeing that his father had blue eyes and his mother and grandfather had Brown Eyes.
  • Parental Neglect
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Life only gets progressively worse for Jerry. And then he hangs himself.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: The original short.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Young Jerry in The End.
    • Also adult Jerry in the noncanon, Seinfeld parody Jerry 2
    • Jackie has one line in her titular short.
    "Uh oh..."
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Jackie's short shows us her side of the story. Turns out her life isn't much better than Jerry's.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Jerry: The End ends with a shot of Jerry living it up in Heaven.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different??: Jason's got this on a huge level for his meek son Jerry. He eventually gets along better with Junior since he's a vicious brat, differing him from his "loser" father.
  • Yawn and Reach: Jason does this to the title character in Jackie. She beats the crap out of him.

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