Web Video / Gritty Reboots

Gritty Reboots is a series of videos where various stories are re-imagined in the style of Darker and Edgier movie trailers.

So far, Gritty Reboots has done:

These videos provide examples of:

  • Actionized Sequel: More like an Actionized Adaptation, if the Pokemon Snap trailer was actually the movie of the game as the trailer implies, it is a lot more action-filled than Pokémon Snap was.
    • Ditto for Adventure Time.
  • Anyone Can Die: Given the series' premise, this isn't surprising, but Adventure Time is especially noteworthy; Lady Rainicorn, Lumpy Space Princess and Peppermint Butler are Dead to Begin With, Princess Bubblegum is slowly dying and Lemongrab is killed onscreen by Finn.
  • Ascended Meme: The PBS trailer focuses on some of their central TV personalities teaming up to combat reality TV and give kids some real education. Shortly afterwards, PBS station Thirteen put up a series of subway ads deriding reality television and telling viewers to support quality TV. Coincidence? We think NOT!
  • Darker and Edgier: The central premise.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Karen from Harvest Moon hates milk enough to smash it against the ground when she gets it as a gift.
  • Fly-at-the-Camera Ending:Charizard smashes through the Pokemon Snap logo in its trailer, as it flies.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: What Finn intends to do in the "Adventure Time" trailer—detonating the Mushroom Bomb to bring the magic back, knowing full well that it will kill him and everyone else in the process.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Hobbes tells Calvin this when they wonder if the Devil is real.
  • Human Popsicle: Marceline is frozen in the Ice King's fortress in the Adventure Time trailer, with the implication that Ice King put her there himself for some reason.
  • It Can Think: Calvin's imagination in Calvin and Hobbes. It has gotten so powerful that it's basically alive—not only that, but it knows Calvin's growing out of it...and it's mad.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: What Calvin and Susie have to do to get Hobbes back in the "Calvin and Hobbes" trailer.
  • The Magic Goes Away: The main conflict of the Adventure Time adaptation—the magic is fading from Ooo and in the process all the magical people are dying.
  • Milestone Celebration: Parodied in the Pokemon Snap trailer with "Celebrate the 14th anniversary"!
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin makes good on his promise to torch the monsters.
    Calvin: (Summons a green fireball) Close enough. (Torches the monsters.)
  • The Oner: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mineral Town's Mayor seems to be this in the Harvest Moon trailer.
  • Visual Pun: "What do they got in there? A Rhydon?" The protagonist of Pokemon Snap says this as he rides into the Pokelogical Reserve.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Xbox One" is this for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Calvin has trouble with this, in the Calvin and Hobbes trailer. But as Suzy points out, maybe he wants what he imagines to be real...