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Web Video: Cartoon Drive Thru
Cartoon Drive-Thru, formerly known as Cartoon Death Zone, is a comedy animation YouTube channel from Matt Wilson, the creator of Bonus Stage.

Its main series is Deadly Space Action!, a show about a dysfunctional crew with its captain, Lemarion the Space Barbarian trying to conquer the galaxy. Joining him is Orton, a web designer and resident Only Sane Man; Saige, Orton's wife, who has various odd hobbies; Bestus, a green "jerk with a heart of fist" and brute; and Madison, an ex-Apathetic Teacher and the most optimistic of the bunch, acting as the ship's (terrible) mechanic.

Most other videos are from pilots that didn't grow any further. If a trope isn't from a specified work, assume it's from Deadly Space Action.

Cartoon Drive-Thru can be found here. The original channel, which is as of writing the only place to watch older videos, can be found here.

This channel provides examples of...

  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Lemarion T. Barbarian and Bestus Crash-Boom.
  • Big Eater: Lemarion orders 30 shipments a tacos a day, which no one else on the ship seems to eat.
  • Cool Starship: The rattlesnake-shaped Rattleship, Lemarion's vessel of choice.
    • Which is replaced with the more practically shaped (but still quite cool) Antship at the end of season one.
  • Characterization Marches On: Orton is an apathetic Straight Man for the first few episodes, but by Season Two he's just as odd as Saige.
    • Likewise, Madison spends her first few appearances as a serious-minded Apathetic Teacher, but becomes an incompetent cutie the moment she joins the crew.
  • Crazy Awesome: Saige.
  • Couch Gag: Early episodes of Deadly Space Action! consist of the same beginning, "In the future, space consists of eight hexagons...", with a witty ending.
    • Season two's gag has a newspaper with differing amusing headlines.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lemarion's reaction to a poorly-spelt insult on the internet is to have the crew duel to the death. Which turns out to just be a game of laser tag
  • Expospeak Gag: In the second episode of Deadly Space Action!, as Lemarion is recruiting crew members:
    Lemarion: "Have you activated the job application transference device?"
    Orton: "Yeah, I opened Gmail."
  • Failed a Spot Check: At one point Lemarion misses a sign the size of a moon. Said sign had an important warning restricting pasta-based imports.
  • Happily Married: Orton and Saige.
  • Identical Grandfather / Identical Stranger: Gregarion the Sea Barbarian is one of these to Lemarion.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The first season episodes are of the form Extreme ______. Dropped by the second season.
  • On the Next: Parodied in season two; the episodes end with an "On the Next" with a horribly inaccurate description.
  • Planet of Hats: The only planet Lemarion has managed to conquer so far is Tutorialis, a planet inhabited entirely by video game tutorial NPCs.
  • Previously On: Also parodied, with an episode that begins with a normal one, until a Wham Line is said that definitely never happened.
    Saige: There's a werewolf on the ship!
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Saige's secret fetish is being partially digested before being eaten, apparently.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Deadly Space Action features only minor character deaths, is a comedy series with not that much action, and a few episodes and a whole arc aren't even set in space.
  • Seen It All: Apparently Lemarion.
    It's just time travel, no offense.
  • Talking to Himself: Every character is voiced by Matt, across all works.
  • Theremin: Used in the season 1 title sequence, for the sci-fi feel.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Dice-Roy has died at least four times over the course of the series.
  • This Is a Work of Fiction: Yet another parody, at the end-of-the-episode copyright disclaimer for season two:
    Any similarity to future historical events is entirely intentional, because we totally called it.
  • Villain Protagonist: Considering they're trying to conquer the galaxy.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Saige

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