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 Gays Are Pedophiles: The Fricken Chicken Guy from "Truth in Advertising".
- All Just a Dream: The episode where Ian finds a cave that leads into his school principal's brain.
- All Men Are Perverts: Fricken Chicken Guy.
- Ambiguously Gay: Fricken Chicken Guy.
- Big Brother Bully: Ian's brothers, Kyle and Korey.
- Black Best Friend: Tyrone.
- 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, with 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.
- Casting Gag: Ian James Corlett also voices a creepy man who hangs out with kids in Yakkity Yak.
- 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.
- Crapsack World
- Deranged Animation
- 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".
- Fan Boy: 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. Also Ian's Polish and Scottish grandmothers.
- Grumpy Old Woman: Grandma Kelly. As opposed to Ian's other grandma, who's more of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
- Grossup Closeup: This happens in two episodes.
- Heh Heh, You Said X: This is Kyle and Korey's respond to certain things near the end of "Health Nut."
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Nightmare Face
- Noodle People
- 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.
- Playing Dumb: Unlike Korey, Kyle is actually pretty smart, but he plays dumb to fit in with his friends.
- Rubber Hose Limbs
- Shout-Out: Mainly to movies in Ian's fantasy sequences.
- Surreal Humor: It's that kind of show.
- 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: Korey.
- The Unintelligible: Dennis.
- Viewers Are Goldfish: Despite not being educational, some people would say it's an E/I type show. Just because Qubo airs it.
- Widget Series
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the episode where Ian wants to look at his baby photos, he got scared when he didn't have anything.
Ian's Teacher: Ian, your report.
Ian: (got scared and ran away).
- Zany Scheme: Ian, almost Once an Episode. They usually backfire.