Web Video / Golden Book Video Killers
Golden Book Video Killers
is a web series created in December 2007 by YouTube
. This series features plush toy versions of Grumpy the dwarf
and Daffy Duck
, who serve as the hosts of the show, where they take a look at a videotape from the Golden Book Video
series and point out the differences and similarities between the video and book versions, while also poking fun at them in a style similar to that of Mystery Science Theater 3000
In some episodes, they are even joined by a plush toy version of Yoshi
, played by Doughnutser256
, another YouTube user. Throughout the series, Grumpy and Daffy have also covered Golden Book Video versions of franchises, including Masters of the Universe
, Pound Puppies
, Care Bears
(much to Daffy's chagrin) and Sesame Street
. Also, since the series is sort of a Crossover
, with the characters being plushies, they will also bring in their fellow cartoon characters from their respective studios (Disney and Warner Bros.) to cameo or otherwise serve as guest hosts.
Season 3 is currently in production.
Also spawned dozens of snow clones, including Manafichu Video Adventures
and Mimitchilove 33 Video Killers
Golden Book Video Killers provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Figure Speech
- An Aesop: Parodied whenever a story in one of the videos features one of these.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: At the beginning of "Golden Book Video Killers XVI", since they were covering the Golden Book Video version of Bible stories (Noah, David and Goliath, and Jonah), Grumpy tied up Daffy, for fear that Daffy would make fun of the biblical lessons.
- Bound and Gagged: Happened to Daffy in "Golden Book Video Killers XVI", by Grumpy. This also happens to Grumpy in the episode where Si and Am Take Over!
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: This creeps out Daffy during "What Was That" in "Golden Book Video Killers VIII".
- The Cameo: Lots of plush toy versions of characters from different studios (Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Jay Ward, etc) have made cameo appearances throughout the series. The following characters have made cameos and served as guest hosts; Bolt, Stitch, Dopey, Dug, Ludwig Von Drake, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, Lady and Tramp and Si and Am, Marie and O'Malley, Ben Ali Gator, Mushu, Tito, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Piglet, Banzai the hyena, Timothy Mouse, the Big Bad Wolf, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Henery Hawk, Marvin the Martian, K-9, Gossamer, Porky Pig, the New Daffy Duck, Wakko Warner, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Mewtwo, Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, My Pet Monster and Odie.
- Catch Phrase
- "Greetings, and welcome to Golden Book Video Killers"
- "Greetings, Golden Book Video Killers fans!"
- "Awwww, that's CUTE!"
- "Hey kids, it's Comparison Time!"
- "Well, that's all for now."
- "Aw man/crap/nuts/darn it! This one doesn't have the space logo (either)! That's lame/stupid/dumb!/What a rip-off!/That's just DreamWorks territory!/Duck Dodgers disapproves!"
- "AHHHH! The white screen of death!"
- Crossover: It's a web series with a bunch of puppet and plush toy versions of famous cartoon characters interacting with each other, so it's pretty much unavoidable.
- Dramatic Thunder: Spoofed in "Golden Book Video Killers VIII" when Daffy is introducing the story "What Was That," which he claims to be incredibly spooky.
- Fantastic Racism: Daffy is often complaining about his popularity being ruined by Disney (most notably by Pixar).
- Follow the Bouncing Ball: Parodied in the Golden Book Music Videos or whenever sing-along lyrics appear on a Golden Book Video, in which Daffy Duck would act as the "bouncing duck" on the lyrics.
- Hypocritical Humor
- Daffy often expresses his dislike of Pixar killing the Looney Tunes' popularity, despite the fact that his co-host and friend is a Disney character, while Disney owns Pixar.
- Also, at the end of "Golden Book Video Killers IX", Bugs Bunny managed to scare Grumpy and Daffy with the white screen of death, before being chewed out for it by Mushu, despite the fact that Mushu himself was the one who first utilized the gag back in "Golden Book Video Killers VI".
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Happens in "A Golden Book Video Killers Quickie." It was originally going to be another musical edition, poking fun at "A Child's First Nursery Songs," but the creators discovered the VHS tape was too worn to be presented in the episode, and just went along with it and resulted in it being a quickie showing a disadvantage of using VHS tapes on their series. Then during production, they learned of the death of musician Prince (which happened that very day), and decided to include a segment at the end where Grumpy and Daffy react to the news.
- Running Gag
- Daffy often hurling himself into the air while yelling "CHUCKIMATION!" (as a reference to a similar "animation" style utilized on Kablam's "Action League NOW!"
- Daffy saying "Awwww that's cute!" at some adorable illustration (such as the Ugly Duckling curled up and sleeping in the grass, or Scuppers of The Sailor Dog sleeping.)
- When a character on the video "slides" past on screen (due to the Limited Animation effects utilized), Grumpy and Daffy say "They're sliding!" and often mimic them.
- Whenever a Hanna-Barbera Stock Sound Effect shows up in a video they're reviewing, Daffy will say "Hanna-Barbera!"
- Daffy and Grumpy pointing out familiar stock music cues from The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, Spongebob Squarepants or previous Golden Book Videos.
- Daffy complaining about a Golden Book Video not having the space logo at the end of the tape.
- And if it DOES have the space logo, Daffy Duck will usually do his Duck Dodgers act, only to collide with the comet!
- Grumpy and Daffy freaking out and running away in fear when the aptly named white screen of death comes up at the end of a tape when it's left running.
- Shout-Out: So many to name;
- There are numerous references to TV shows and movies such as Mission: Impossible, James Bond, I Love Lucy, Dumbo, GIJoe, etc.
- There's also a 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' moment in "Golden Book Video Killers XVIII"; at one point during the Golden Goose story, Daffy is heard saying, "Slippin'-rippin'-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!"
- In "Golden Book Video Killers - Si And Am's Edition", during the "Old McDonald's Farm" segment, Daffy, Mushu, and Si and Am do another reference to Calvin and Hobbes during the bathtime scene by reenacting the comic strip where Calvin splashes water out of the tub, to which Daffy then comments, "Maybe the seal around the tub leaks".
- "Golden Book Video Killers XVII" and "Si and Am's Edition" both start off with Daffy saying "Hel-lo I'm Daffy Duck, we review it so YOU don't have to!"
- "Golden Book Video Killers XVII" also ends with a parody of the Looney Tunes short Duck Amuck (as Daffy is featured in the series, anyway).
- In "Golden Book Video Killers XX", after the first act, due to there being a song about turtles at the end of said act, Daffy says "Am I not turtle enough for the Turtle Club? Turtle! Turtle! Turtle!"
- In "Golden Book Video Killers II" and "Si and Am's Edition," Daffy accompanies the Wolf's little poem about catching the young goats with playing bongo drums. After his poem finishes, Daffy (and whoever else is there, like Grumpy or the cats) say "Snappy snappy!" and snap their fingers rhythmically, to which Daffy says "Groov-i-tacious!" and gets the response, "You said it, duck!"
- Stock Sound Effects: Daffy loves pointing out whenever some of Hanna-Barbera's famous sound effects show up in the videos (most notably in "Five Sesame Street Stories," "Golden Jungle Tales" and any of the "Pound Puppies" videos.
- Totem Pole Trench: Daffy and Mushu both do this during the Giraffe song in "Golden Book Video Killers XX".
- Vanity Plate: The opening logo for Golden Book Video is used as the series title card, complete with Grumpy and Daffy singing along with the theme.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Grumpy and Daffy do get seasick quite easily during storms at sea, or after some other crazy spin shot or gory scene (like the wolf being murdered in "Little Red Riding Hood."