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Dear Tim and Moby,Could you describe Brainpop here?From, troperGreat question, troper! Well, Brainpop is an educational website that uses numerous web cartoon series to teach children (Grade school through high school) different concepts ranging from the Pythagorean theorem to Martin Luther King to The Beatles to the urinary system.The most prominent, and likewise popular, of these series is the "Mysteries of Life" cartoons, which follow Tim and Moby as they answer fan-mail, explaining a different educational concept with each one. Tim is a teenage boy and the main character of the series. Moby is his orange robot.Other recurring characters are Cassie and Rita, two of Tim's friends who appear in many "Mysteries of Life" videos, along with having a series of their own. There is also Bob, a lab rat who appears in several shorts.There is a Brainpop Jr. section, which is for younger children, and features many expies of the main site's characters. Instead of Tim, the main character of the series is a young girl named Annie. Instead of answering letters of a topic, she asks questions about the topic, and, obviously, she answers them herself! Oh, and Moby appears there too with a slightly different personality. Moby's alternate continuities can probably be chalked up to Rule of Funny.Oh, yeah. And it costs money.
Continuity Nod: In the Fractions episode, many of the robots from other videos on the site, such as Little Jimmy and the Cycloids from the Capitalization video and the Hillbot from the Country Music video, show up at Moby's birthday party.
Distaff Counterpart: Cassie and Rita would be this to Tim and Moby. Cassie is more like Moby, with Rita being more of the Tim.
Double Take: At the beginning of one video, Tim has one when he sees a portrait of Moby wearing a suit, only to discover that Moby was actually imitating it.
Five-Episode Pilot: 3 pilot episodes were animated by Jack Zander in late-1997, before the show came in 1998.
Four-Fingered Hands: Lampshaded at the end of the "Metric vs Imperial" movie. Tim explains that we use the decimal system because we have ten fingers and raises both hands up to show ten... only to realize that he's missing two.
Iris Out: Done at the end of the episode about The Beatles, when Tim covers his ears after he, Moby and a Captain Ersatz robot band called The Robots were about to play a song, but all the robots start playing horribly once again. The camera iris stops to allow Tim to say "Oh forget it!" and then closes entirely.
Medium Blending: The early episodes made common use of oil pastels, and crayons during scenes that didn't show Tim & Moby, rather than cut-out animation (which was used for the first 3 seasons).
Mood Whiplash: In the midst of all of the quirky and amusing Brainpop videos are ones that deal with subjects like death, mourning, and extinction. The mourning episode is the biggest Tear Jerker of all, as it ends with a long, silent tribute to Naomi Kadar, who was a very essential member of the Brainpop crew.
Whole Episode Flashback: In the "Back to School" episode, Tim slides away many props from earlier episodes such as a breast pad from the "Period" episode, 3D glasses from the "Vision" episode, a mask from the "Skeleton" episode, a letter from the "Heart" episode, and the hat from the "Hair" episode. (Hence, this episode is from 1999).
Writing Lines: Tim does this at detention at the end of the "Daylight Saving Time" video.