Western Animation / Being Ian

Being Ian is an Canadian animated series about a boy named Ian Kelley who dreams about making his own movies. His father owns a piano and organ shop called Kelley's Keyboards. He gets picked on by his older brothers. Produced by Nelvana, the show airs on Qubo's Night Owl block. It was created by voice actor Ian James Corlett.


Tropes in this series include:

  • All Just a Dream: The episode where Ian finds a cave that leads into his school principal's brain.
  • Big Brother Bully: Ian's brothers, Kyle and Korey.
  • Black Best Friend:
    • Tyrone for Ian and Sandi.
    • Nash for Kyle.
  • Blessed with Suck: When Ian gains the ability to smell the future, at first he's treated as a hero, but then everybody starts trying to take advantage of him.
  • Canada, Eh?: Set in Burnaby, British Columbia, Being Ian has lots of shout outs to Canadian culture. The kids attend Celine Dion Middle School, and another nearby school is named for William Shatner. And of course, everyone is obsessed with hockey.
  • Career Resurrection: In-universe example; Dirk Octane was a former action star who had became such a has been that he was working at Tiffany's party. While attending the party, Ian (who is a huge fan of Octane) revealed that he that he had to shave his head due to having lice and was made fun of. Defending Ian, Octane revealed that he too was bald. This move resurrected his career.
  • Companion Cube: In "Bad Day at White Rock", Ian gets stranded on a sandbar in a parody of Cast Away, and ends up talking to an old styrofoam coffee cup.
  • Conspicuous CG: Used in Ian's fantasy sequences.
  • Dreadful Musician: See Giftedly Bad.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Fricken Chicken Guy refers to Ian as "Kid".
  • Expy: Royal Stilton for Elton John, even singing a Suspiciously Similar Song called "Their Song".
  • Fanboy: Ian.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Constantly. Ian is a chronic daydreamer. He's also obsessed with movies, so these are frequently shout outs. They're also the only part of the show to use Conspicuous CG.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sandi.
  • Funny Foreigner: Odbald, the Dutch guy who works at Ian's dad's store. There's also Ian's Polish and Scottish grandmothers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • "Hockey Night in Burnaby" has former hockey star and motivational speaker Ryan Walter telling two female hot dog vendors that if they want to sell hot dogs, they first need to "sell themselves". He subsequently reassures the horrified vendors that this shouldn't be taken literally.
    • In "Being Principal Bill", Ian has a daydream where he and Sandi are literally in deep doo doo.
    • In the episode "What's Comb Over You", Ian's mom (who gets tripped up by Ian) falls flat on her face into a magazine titled "Organ Grinder". Not only that, but in the back is a picture of piano keys as well as a few kiss marks and "1-900 Hot Keys". To top it all off she reads an article in the magazine called "How to change your G-String" (while also holding the magazine side ways in mid-air), then giving it a questionable look, gasping, and backing away nervously whilst looking at the screen.
  • Giftedly Bad: Sandi doesn't know that she is a horrible singer.
  • Grumpy Old Woman: Grandma Kelley. As opposed to Ian's other grandma, who's more of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Grossup Closeup: This happens in two episodes.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: Occasionally, this is Kyle and Korey's response to something another character said.
  • How Unscientific!: Usually averted, with fantasy sequences turning out to be dreams or daydreams, but played straight in the episode where Ian can predict the future with his nose. Which itself contains a dream sequence based on "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol, of all things: Ian's magic nose pops off his face and starts living a better life without him. Ian wakes to find he still has his nose... but it can still predict the future. Naturally, he fears his dream itself is a prediction and decides I Just Want to Be Normal.
  • Idiot Hero: Ian.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Mr. Kelley is stuck in traffic with Kyle and Korey while trying to deliver a organ to a client. He yells out the window of his car:
    Mr. Kelley: Come on, get out of the way! I've got a pregnant... goat, that I need to get to... the airport! (to Kyle) Quick, make a sound like a pregnant goat!
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite the fact that Dennis mumbles, other characters can understand him.
  • Laxative Prank: Kyle and Korey does this to Ian with a chocolate bunny in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".
  • Left the Background Music On: In one episode, a piano piece plays when Ken worries about Ian finding his baby photos. Ken turns around and tells Korey to stop playing the piano.
  • Made Myself Sad: The opening of the B-plot of "The Kelleys" has Grandma Kelley attempting to brag about how much she enjoys her carefree reclining years, only to depress herself when she realizes she only has her impending death to look forward to.
  • No, You Hang Up First: Kyle does this with his girlfriend.
  • Only Sane Man: Sandi and Tyrone. This is especially the case for the former in the episode where Korey gets trapped on a stuck escalator and she's the only one to point out he can just walk up the steps.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Unlike Korey, Kyle is actually pretty smart, but he plays dumb to fit in with his friends.
  • "Risky Business" Dance: Ian does this in the beginning of "Home Alone."
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: Part of the show's art style.
  • Sand Bridge At Low Tide: A sand bridge at low tide causes Ian to get stranded on a sand spit in "Bad Day at White Rock", which causes him to start living a Cast Away parody.
  • Shout-Out: Mainly to movies in Ian's fantasy sequences.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Dennis at the end of one episode.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The principal tasks Ian with finding someone to compete in a boxing match with a rival school. The school's only good boxer turns out to be Sandi, but the principal won't let a girl compete. Cue this.
  • Those Two Guys: Sandi and Tyrone.
  • Tomboy: Sandi. She prefers to play sports.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Korey.
  • The Unintelligible: Dennis who mumbles.
  • Zany Scheme: Ian, almost Once an Episode. They usually backfire.