Web Animation: Retarded Animal Babies
A Flash series created by David C. Lovelace, hosted on Newgrounds
. Started out as a single short with the titular babies trying to teach the alphabet (similar to a Sesame Street
spot, if the Sesame Street
writers all did crack
), and veered off into a series with the characters as actual characters, with actual storylines and dialog and stuff... sort of. Definitely not safe for work, or anyone who has problems with Funny Animals
in sexual situations. Has also spawned a webcomic
See it here
Provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Cat's stepdad.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Happens on numerous occasions.
- Anything That Moves: Puppy is, if allegedly straight, willing to screw just about anyone and anything, up to and including himself and a computer's floppy drive.
- Artifact Title: The Retarded Animal Babies haven't actually been babies since the first episode.
- BFG: Puppy's solution to his marital difficulties.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: For the Show and Tell, Donkey brought three potaters, a bucket full of pelicans and Satan (who brought a snow globe).
- Brick Joke: Episode 18 has puppy (albeit unintentionally) pissing in Cat's face, something he said he would "try again later" in episode 3.
- Call Back: In Episdoe 20, Puppy calls Donkey "Cap'n Pants", which was the latter's Superhero persona from episode 4.
- Celeb Crush: Hamster is obsessed with Bruce Willis in all the ways. Including that way.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Hamster and Donkey.
- Cyberspace/Down the Rabbit Hole: The characters get sucked into the Internet in episode 10. Everyone is dressed like the Programs in TRON.
- The Chew Toy: Bunny usually gets killed or at least seriously injured.
- Death by Childbirth: Puppy's mother, and he did not take it well when this particular memory resurfaced.
- The Ditz: Donkey is the least intelligent of the bunch, and that's saying a lot.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Satan doesn't do anything particularly evil, he's terrified of doom, and in one episode Bunny kills him. He's not even very good at playing hackey-sack.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first two episodes don't have a plot, and Hamster is the main character instead of Cat. In the first one, Puppy wasn't in the part with the naked chick.
- Easter Egg: The episode titles are all clickable.
- Eldritch Abomination: Bunny.
- Famous Ancestor: It's revealed that Puppy is Sean Connery's son.
- Genius Ditz: Donkey may be the most retarded of the retarded animal babies, but he's an ace at playing skee-ball.
- Henpecked Husband: Puppy for a short time after getting married.
- The Internet Is for Porn:
Cat: I don't know about any vaginas, but my stepdad just got a cable modem.
Puppy: It'll have to do.
- Kissing Cousins: Puppy eventually marries his own cousin.
- Mondegreen: In one episode the gang sings/lip synchs "Rammstein" by Rammstein with the lyrics mondegreened.
I menched Brent
Flies stir rocks and I laughed
I'd flum in there
- Lighter and Softer: The "Magic Animal Babies" short.
- The spin-off strip "Friendly Animal Babies" also counts.
- Literal-Minded: Double subverted when Hamster brings a wild stag film to Puppy's bachelor's party. The film starts as if it's a nature documentary about a literal wild stag. Then Puppy freaks out, and Hamster stops the movie a split second after the topless woman appears.
- Negative Continuity: Justified. They grew up, and they realized how screwed up their world really is. Cat, who became a Mad Scientist of sorts, took them to a place outside normal time and space where they could spend all eternity blissfully ignorant and optimistic.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted like a motherfucker. Matt Groening appears in several episodes, one episode features Kurt Cobain accidentally blowing his head off, and one episode features Lindsey Lohan having sex with Puppy and paying him for the privilege.
- No More for Me: Donkey's reaction to seeing his future self.
- Number of the Beast: In Episode 4, tapping 666 into the remote shows Satan eating children from a bowl. 999 gets you the same image upside-down.
- Overly Long Gag: The phone call at the end of episode 21.
- Rule of Funny: A donkey can shit lightning!
- Satan: A recurring character.
- Screw Yourself: Puppy's totally unsurprising reaction to seeing his future self.
- Shout-Out: "Splunge" is a reference to a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Hamster is saving himself for Bruce Willis.
- Six Is Nine: Episode 4 features a fake TV screen as a bonus feature. Selecting Channel 666 leads to a video of Satan eating children from a bowl. Channel 999 is the same thing upside down.
- Something Completely Different: Episode 4, which featured a TV remote control system to get to all sorts of extras.
- Straight Man: Cat
- Subverted Kids Show: The original short, and the hidden mini-episode in 4.
- Take That: Pico (Newgrounds' mascot) watching the cartoon (captioned in AOL-speak): "I watched this on Newgrounds, and I hated it. It rips off Happy Tree Friends. Blam this piece of shit!" (viewer then gets an anvil dropped on his head)
- They Killed Kenny Again: As noted above, Bunny dies in (almost) every episode. The others sometimes die too (and the whole universe was even destroyed a couple times).
- Bunny even turned into a giant Cosmic Horror and attempted to end it all himself. His exact words, upon the "opening" of episode "21"(see the end of episode 20)? "Son of a bitch." "Kenny" was trying to stay dead, that time.
- Tron Lines: The characters are depicted in Tron suits when they get sucked onto the Internet.
- You Are What You Hate: Cat's openly homophobic, "queer"-bashing stepdad is gay. Cat's mom is actually a man in a wig.