Comedy writer Scott Gairdner's
parody of Video Brinquedo
's shameless ripoffs of Pixar
and DreamWorks Animation
movies. Tiny Fuppets
is supposed to be a Captain Ersatz
version of ''Muppet Babies''
. Characters include Kormit (Kermit, Ms. Woman (Miss Piggy), Gonzor (Gonzo), Tummi (Fozzie Bear), and Animanuel (Animal).
Tiny Fuppets provides examples of:
- And The Rest: Tummi and Animanuel. Tummi is left out of the website because it would cause the network to crash. Animanuel has to elbow his way into the opening credits.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Played for Laughs in both the "Portuguese" dialogue and the clumsy English subtitles.
- Butt Monkey: Tummi.
- Captain Ersatz: Literally every single character, including the Smorths, Gumboing, food mascots like the D&Ds and Mr. Fresh Juice, and Astro Jr..
- The Chick: Ms. Woman.
- Flat Joy: "Yay." The only exception is in the Christmas special.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: Rather than being broken-up pidgin, the dialog is needlessly flowery or stilted from one line to the next, or both at the same time.
- Large Ham: Kormit, as much as the limited animation and voice acting can allow.
- The Giant Who Is Only Legs too.
- Limited Animation
- Mentor: Senor Suco Fresco. "What a wise cup."
- Neutral Female: Ms. Woman.
- Shown Their Work: Impressively so—right down to there being two derivatives of Muppet Babies, a la Titanic: The Legend Goes On and The Legend of the Titanic. As with actual mockbusters of late, one is lower-quality yet oddly more watchable (Tiny Fuppets) and one has technically higher quality while being much more difficult to get through (Juniors Minis).
- Surreal Humor: Intensely so.
- Stylistic Suck: Parodying the shoddy quality of Video Brinquedo's output.
- Juniors Minis even moreso.
- Talking to Himself: It's obvious that one guy does all the voices.
- The Voiceless: Tummi, other than a few panicked whimpers in one episode.
Episodes of Tiny Fuppets provide examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of the Muppet Babies, at least.
- Bizarro Universe: Juniors Minis. Kremmitt is rendered helpless by a spider on his head, Grumzle is aggressive but is likewise terrified of the spider, Senor Prima Ursa Gordo speaks and is highly regarded, and the unnamed Ms. Woman analogue... is still a Neutral Female.
- Black Comedy: The Fuppets celebrating their conquest of the disease in "A Bad Cough." While Tummi suffers untreated in the "tent" behind them.
- Blatant Lies: "Milan is beautiful. There are no beaches." Though, given the universe, Gumboing might not be lying.
- Brick Joke: "I escaped an owl today!"
- Buffy Speak: In "Summer Splash." "Fish. Spider fish. Fishbag. Don't know. Aah, scary!"
- Carnivore Confusion: In "Internet Follies," Kormit eats bacon for breakfast.
- Christmas Special: "A Very Fuppets Holiday Christmas". (Dedicated to the memory of Piano Dog).
- Deconstruction: For about ten seconds in Meet The Fuppets: Kormit weeps at his father Papa Ra's grave, then tries to console himself by imagining being Sherlock Holmes. His conclusion: "My dreams exceed my real life!"
- Enforced Plug: In "A Bad Cough". Fetch all four varieties of Sumol, the titan of the beverage kingdom! You won't remember where your frowns went!
- "I Want" Song: Parodied with Kormit's "If I was Big." He only wants to be big enough to achieve modest goals, such as scissor operation and to avoid being crushed by magazines closing on him. However, he realizes he'd lose some advantages of being small. He ultimately decides there would be numerous pros and cons either way. Nothing changes at the end of the episode.
- Shout-Out: To The Room. "Everybody betray me, I'm fed up with this world!" For most viewers, this is the gag that tips the series' hand.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: MIDI-like tunes similar to "Physical" and "The Glory of Love" play during the "Party Pals" episode.
- Totem Pole Trench: It takes Kormit and hundreds of other Fuppets to mimic an adult.
- The Stinger: Most episodes.