Bruno the Kid is a cartoon starring Bruce Willis as the voice of an 11-year old boy who becomes a top spy for a secret espionage organization. The organization, named Globe, contacts Bruno via his computer and a special gadget watch, and are completely unaware of their top spy's young age as he hides behind a computer simulated avatar of a full grown man (in the image of Bruce Willis).The members of Globe that Bruno works with in person, such as Jarlesburg (voiced by Tony Jay) and Harris (Mark Hamill), are unaware that Globe do not know Bruno's actual age, and assume that the organization must know what they are doing sending the boy into dangerous situations.The episodes consist of Bruno managing to live a double-life without his parents' or friends' knowledge. In one episode, he tells his parents that he is camping in the garden and he sets up a torch to project a fake silhouette of himself onto the side of the tent so that it looks like he is inside it. Meanwhile, with an alibi set up, Bruno will be out saving the world or foiling a major heist with the aid of his British spy partner Jarlesburg. Along the way they usually meet Harris (a spoof of the character 'Q' in the James Bond books and films) who supplies Bruno with gadgets which Bruno usually finds a use for later on in the episode. As well as voicing the title character, Willis was one of the executive producers and also co-wrote and sang the theme song for the show with backing singers.If your having trouble remembering it, don't be surprised. The show was syndicated and one of the lesser known ones of its time, having only lasted one season and 39 episodes. It had a few VHS releases which of course are out of print now.
This series provides examples of:
- Celebrity Toons: Starring Bruce Willis!
- Child Prodigy: Despite being a 11-years-old kid, Bruno is smart and skilled enough to create an adult avatar of himself, fight various criminals, pilot jets and save the world on daily basis. This is in large part the reason Jarlesburg and Harris are willing to swallow he was recruited in Globe.
- The Comically Serious: A big part of Jarlesburg's humor comes from how he keeps acting serious even in all the absurd situations he and Bruno go through.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Bruce Willis again.
- Egopolis: Parodied; in one episode, Bruno and Jarlesburg, looking for a dictator known as El Presidente, ask to someone where they can find him. The man then starts to list all the places named "El Presidente" in the town, much to Bruno's confusion.
- The Faceless: Bruno's bosses' faces are never actually shown onscreen; whenever they appear, they always are in a dark room obscuring their faces.
- Hindenburg Incendiary Principle: In one episode, during a firefight, the villain turns to his henchman and carefully asks if their zeppelin is filled with helium or hydrogen. In answer, the zeppelin explodes.
- Never Say "Die": Averted. Despite it being a kids show, words like "kill" and "die" are thrown around casually, and the villains have zero qualms about explicitly trying to kill an 11 year old boy, often in very gruesome ways. Several of their villainous schemes are also confirmed to threaten millions of people and these too are shrugged off as irrelevant.
- Teen Superspy: Bruno (although, okay, technically not a teen).