Web Video: Horndog TV
aka: Comix From The Underground
HorndogTV is the Web Video channel of Horndog Studios.Content producers for the site include:
- Isaac Baranoff, who produces Comix from the Underground, a series in which he plays the Comix Scrutinizer, a snobby comics critic who prefers "arty", pretentious comics (like Alan Moore's work), but is instead forced to review trashy, exploitative horror, independent, pornographic and Underground Comics, and Punkinhed Reviews, in which a floating pumpkin head reviews grindhouse flicks. Former series include "Lucifer Reviews", in which Baranoff plays a profane clown reviewing exploitation/horror/cult films, and "The Metal Critic", which only lasted one episode.
- Matt Hays, whose show Angered Beast Reviewer debuted on Horndog's site on January 20, 2015. The Vanilla Gorilla Beast reviews shitty horror movies.
- Morgan Leger, whose show Vaulting debuted on Horndog TV January 21, 2015.
- Robbie Allen, whose show Arcade Funhouse debuted on Horndog TV January 22, 2015.
Horndog TV provides examples of the following tropes:
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Angered Beast Reviewer
Comix from the Underground
- Affectionate Parody: Of Underground Comics. Comix Scrutinizer is played by a real-life Underground Cartoonist and enjoys many of the comics he pans on the show. And even in cases where he does dislike the comics he reviews, he admits that he's not as extreme about his views as his character is.
- Anachronism Stew: Comix Scrutinizer suggests that The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood is this, due to one of the characters being named Pablo.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked While reading Kit N Kay Boodle, the Scrutinizer suspects that the title characters are not married (they actually are), but have the same last name, and proceeds to dub the comic "Furry Incest Porn".
- Anthology Comic: Several of the comics the Scrutinizer reviews are this.
- April Fools' Day: The joke review was Horndog, a comic written, drawn and created by Isaac Baranoff, the guy who plays the Comix Scrutinizer character.
- Author Tract: Baranoff breaks character in the Life & Death of Fritz the Cat and Battle Pope videos when he expresses atheist, libertarian and capitalist views which contrast significantly with Comix Scrutinizer's views (Scrutinizer is offended by the anti-religion slant in Battle Pope).
- Baleful Polymorph: Transgender Pablo.
- Brain Bleach: Scrutinizer's reaction to Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, The Unfunnies, and Robert Crumb's drawing of Fritz's genitals in Fritz the Cat.
- Caustic Critic: Comix Scrutinizer. Averted in the Omaha the Cat Dancer episode, as Comix Scrutinizer likes this comic because it's "intellectual".
- Comically Missing the Point: This appears to be the main joke in the series, that the Comix Scrutinizer doesn't understand that the things he's complaining about are often the purpose of the work he's reviewing. The Scrutinizer remarks, in regards to The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood, "it's like this comic was written for members of some subculture with drastically different values." And in response to Kit n Kay Boodle: "I am shocked and appalled that this porn comic doesn't have a plot." Conversely, while the Scrutinizer is offended by all the actual pornographic comics he's reviewed, he treats the non-pornographic Junior Jackalope as if it were a pornographic comic.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Invoked in Kit n Kay Boodle, for reasons noted above.
- Cutaway Gag: While reviewing Skull #1, Comix Scrutinizer is so unpleased with the outcome of a horror story that he asks that the person who wrote the story be slapped. It cuts to a scene from Big Money Rustlas.
- Ear Worm: Invoked After explaining that the word "Clan" is not connected to the Wu-Tang Clan, Scrutinizer speaks a few lines from their song "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' To Fuck Wit"
- Fan Nickname: The Comix Scrutinizer calls Jay Naylor's Huckleberry Ann "Hillbilly Jane", and Ann's friends "Young Foxy Brown" and "Irish Ass". He freely admits to inventing new names for these characters because he has no idea who any of them are.
- Fetish Retardant: Invoked The Scrutinizer says that no one would find Jay Naylor's The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood arousing, as no matter how good looking the human characters are, the wolf genitalia will automatically serve as a turn-off. And the busty nurses in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. They're DEAD. Kit n Kay Boodle. As the Scrutinizer notes, it looks like something that "the Care Bears would beat off to". Even if you are a furry, would you find Tastes Like Diabetes cartoon characters having sex arousing? This may be an example of the Comix Scrutinizer Comically Missing the Point, though, as this aspect of the comic may have been played for laughs.
- Funny Animal: Quite a few of these comics could qualify as this, although not so much on the "funny" side, but same area. Examples include Air Pirates, The Unfunnies, and the first comic in Death Rattle.
- Gag Penis: Binky Brown's. A ray of light comes out of it. And he sees his fingers and feet as penises with rays of light coming out of them, too.
- In Kit n Kay Boodle, Kit Boodle has a penis that's half the size of his leg when it's not erect. As the Scrutinizer notes, this somehow doesn't cause Kit to pass out from most of the blood in his body going to his penis, because "the author doesn't know how biology works".
- Halloween Special: The first Comix Scrutinizer Halloween special appeared in 2012, a review of Jack. The second Comix Scrutinizer Halloween special, Witch Doctor, killed off the character. He came back for a review of The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, though.
- In-Joke: In Amputee Love, the Scrutinizer says that Bob the Dog would have sex with an amputee. He should know—the actor playing him is that comic's creator. And in The Life & Death of Fritz the Cat, Scrutinizer refers to "a cat named Charlene", and an image of Charlene Kat from Bob the Dog appears.
- Interspecies Romance: The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood is said to be this, but it comes across as rape to the Comix Scrutinizer. Especially considering that the wolves drug Red and Pablo.
- Mind Screw: The Scrutinizer finds Bogeyman to be this, due to the use of teddy bear characters in several of its stories.
- Beware of the roller skating gorilla.
- The Funny Animal story that opens up Death Rattle. It involves a cartoon character murdering his creator.
- Meaningful Name: Bogeyman features a character named Pooh Rass. Who is a teddy bear.
- Mushroom Samba: Some of the weird imagery in Bogeyman makes the Scrutinizer wonder if the comic is just incomprehensible, or if it's meant to look like the reader is stoned.
- Nazisploitation: American Icon #3.
- Nightmare Fuel: Invoked The whole plot of The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood involves a tribe of wolves kidnapping, drugging, raping and impregnating human women so that they can destroy the human race and take over the world. Which they ultimately succeed in doing. And this is supposed to be pornography.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Part of the reason why the Scrutinizer considers The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood to be Fetish Retardant.
- Shout-Out: The Scrutinizer refers to Frank Miller's Batman (I.E. the All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder one) as Crazy Steve. He also calls one of the characters in Red Riding Hood "Young Foxy Brown". The Scrutinizer says that if Bogeyman featured Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg, it would make $200 million at the box office. And that the first story in Death Rattle looks like the movie Cool World.
- Theme Tune: "Real Underground Baby" by Insane Clown Posse.
- Surprise Incest: The Scrutinizer assumes that Kit n Kay Boodle are a married couple, due to having the same last name, but jokes that they might be brother and sister. He later learns that they're not married (due to a panel revealing that they are sending out invitations to their wedding), and suggests that the comic actually does depict Brother-Sister Incest. Also may count as a research failure — one of the earlier strips makes it very clear that Kit and Kay have been married for years.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Comix Scrutinizer repeatedly denies that Omaha the Cat Dancer is pornography.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Invoked by Comix Scrutinizer in the Dirty Duck episode, saying "remember, it's not art unless it's incomprehensible!"
- Underground Comics: Main focus, though some of the independent comics featured may not necessarily be considered "underground" by some viewers.
- Unusual Euphemism: The Scrutinizer refers to his own genitalia as "the circus tent".
- Wall of Text: The Scrutinizer complains about this in one episode.
- White Sheep: In contrast to Horndog Studios' most notorious title, Horndog, Comix from the Underground has been fairly well received, in spite of both being written by the same person.
- Write What You Know: The Scrutinizer is actually an underground cartoonist in real life.
- Bad Santa: The main character in Christmas Evil.
- Catch Phrase: "You can call me Lucifer, just like yo momma"
- Exploitation Film: The typical focus of Lucifer.
- Eye Scream: The eye-poke scene from Christmas Evil is shown twice in that review: Once during the opening credits sequence, and then during the review proper.
- Juggalo: Isaac Baranoff is a Juggalo in real life and plays a clown in the Lucifer videos.
- Santa Claus: Discussed, deconstructed and joked about in the Christmas Evil review.
- Theme Tune: "Dog Breath" by Frank Zappa.
- Catch Phrase: "See You Next Thursday, when our movie will be See You Next Thursday.
- Exploitation Film: The typical focus of Punkinhed.
- Theme Tune: Not obvious, but the music playing under Punkinhed's quoting of Caligula is "Punkinhed" by Boondox, from which Baranoff took the character name from. The song and album, however, are taken from the film Pumpkinhead.