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Western Animation: Bump in the Night
Bump in the Night was a Stop Motion animated series, lasting from September, 1994 to December, 1995. It covers the adventures of Mr. Bumpy (Jim Cummings), a small green monster living under the bed of a 10 year old boy, and his friends Squishington (Rob Paulsen), a blue monster that lives in the bathroom's toilet tank, and Miss Molly Coddle (former Saturday Night Live cast member Gail Matthius), the comfort doll who belongs to the boy's sister.

The development of the series began as a series of bumpers for ABC's Saturday morning lineup in 1993, possibly, the reason he's called Mr. Bumpy is because he was originally used as a character for bumpers. The series lasted for two seasons, and concluded with a 90 minute long Christmas Special. The format of a usual episode included two cartoons and a "Karaoke Cafe" segment where the characters sung a song about the episodes' lesson.

Bump in the Night provides examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Destructo.
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Phil Silverfish, who has no Jewish characteristics besides a heavy Yiddish accent. Later, it becomes not-so-ambiguous as he gets the only Hanukkah-themed song in the Christmas special, where he sings about his turbo-powered dreidel.
  • Anvil on Head: The humor is there, though bowling balls and safes are more often used than actual anvils.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Destructo and the Closet Monster are both threats to Mr. Bumpy and his friends, but they seldom work together and have different methods - Destructo only harms those that break the rules and the Closet Monster is just a mindless beast. There were also some episodes where Bumpy and friends were menaced by alien duo Sleemoth and Gloog, who tried to conquer Earth in each of their appearances.
  • Big Eater / Extreme Omnivore: Bumpy. He can eat literally anything, and most often eats something implausible for comedic effect. He's known for randomly eating some inocuous object in some scenes, and in an episode where he's forced to hide from the closet monster, he eats an entire emergency stockpile of socks within seconds.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In "Made in Japan", Squishington is unable to understand Turbo Totrenoid, who only speaks Japanese... until he realizes there are subtitles.
  • The Bus Came Back: Little Robot in the episode "Made In Japan II".
  • Call Back: Oh so many. Every character in the first season gets at least one re-appearance in season 2. The cast of the entire run of the show appears as audience members in the karaoke segments. Also, every character gets a small part in the Christmas special as part of Molly's Christmas pageant. Possibly this was as a result of the need to re-use puppets for budget reasons.
  • Child Hater: Bumpy is one, but changes his tune in both "Baby Snail" and "Baby Jail."
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: The episodes "Made in Japan" and "Made in Japan II" feature a cute toy robot shipped from Japan, who speaks Japanese and doubles in size not unlike a Transformer.
  • Christmas Episode: An hour-long Christmas special was made at the end of the series' run.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The three main characters were used in the commercial bumpers for ABC's Saturday morning line-up a year before a show was created for them.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Closet Monster, which is a living pile of clothes, would be this from the characters' point of view.
  • Expository Theme Song: "I'm a wild green guy livin' under the bed, I'll gobble up a sock before you turn your head..."
  • The Faceless: We never see the faces of the family of four that lives in the house the series takes place, even when Bumpy and friends directly interact with them.
    • In a more literal sense, there was also an episode where Squishington lost his face after scrubbing it with the bathroom towel.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Molly.
  • Fountain of Youth: Not good for a baby hater.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "I Got Needs", after encountering a trio of rhyming Vikings, Squishington asks them if they "knew the one about the man from Nantucket".
    • There were also some occasions where Mr. Bumpy would use the word "bump" as an expletive.
    • On "Dr. Coddle, MD," The first thing Squishington says when he wakes up from being given mouth-to-mouth by Molly Coddle: "Doctor Molly, Not here...there are people watching."
    • In another episode, Squishington appears to grab his crotch in the middle of some wild dancing, then becomes shy and says "I hope nobody saw me..."
    • In "Party Poopers", Sexophone plays while Molly removes the dress the Cute Dolls gave her. Granted, she was wearing her normal attire underneath, but the scene could not have been any less risque.
  • Human Popsicle: Subverted
  • Interspecies Adoption: Bumpy has one in the episode "Baby Snail." There's a minor resemblance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Bumpy can be greedy and selfish at times, but he always shows remorse when his actions cause harm to his friends and wishes for them to be happy. One episode even had him trying to find a bunny to cheer up a sick Squishington and is so upset by his repeated failures to acquire one that he tries to get himself eaten by the Closet Monster even as Squishington tells him that it's okay he let him down.
  • Knight Templar: Destructo, who goes to extreme lengths to keep everyone from breaking the rules.
  • Living Toys: Molly
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Aside from the main cast of Mr. Bumpy, Squishington, and Molly Coddle, there's also Destructo, the Closet Monster, the Cute Dolls, Germ Girl, aliens Sleemoth and Gloog, Little Robot, Phil Silverfish, Odiferous J. Stench, etc.
  • Medium Awareness: Bumpy often expresses how he knows he's in a cartoon.
    • Goes into No Fourth Wall territory in "Night of the Living Bread," when Bumpy finds out the show's started after hearing the title card's music cue.
  • Lovable Coward: Squishington. He even gets a Karaoke song about how to tell monsters to go away and don't come back.
  • Mundane Solution: In "Comforting the Uncomfortable" Bumpy and Squishy bring a stop to the Closet Monster (who's made entirely out of dirty clothing) by spraying him with starch.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Bumpy is ruled by greed. Greed over what? That changes from episode to episode.
  • Neat Freak: Squishington. Wouldn't you love to have a little blue monster keeping your toilet neat?
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Mr. Bumpy has used a few of these before. He once messed with Destructo by disguising himself as Molly Coddle (who Destructo had a crush on at the time). On another occasion, Bumpy tried to avoid being punished for allegedly stealing Molly's feet by disguising himself as Squishington's "Cousin Bela".
  • Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: change "Red" to "Green" and you have Bumpy and Squishy.
    • In one of the karaoke segments, they even appear together in a yin-yang.
  • Reset Button Ending: Despite learning a lesson in about every episode, Bumpy always goes back to being, greedy, selfish and impulsive by the start of the next episode.
  • Rule of Cool: Often evoked by Bumpy in order to rationalize any of the, quite frequently, absurd things he does.
  • Schmuck Bait: The closet monster repeatedly uses dirty socks to bait Mr. Bumpy into his range and eat him. He always falls for it by pulling off a narrow escape.
  • Shout-Out: The episode "Night of the Living Bread", whose title is a Shout-Out to Night of the Living Dead. At the end of the episode, they list a number of sequels, all of which are bread-based puns on other horror film titles. There were also many other nods in the series, such as Bumpy referencing Mortal Kombat in one episode.
    • There was also a particular love of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" song. It was used in two episodes and a Karaoke segment.
  • Stable Time Loop: In TWO episodes of the first season: "A Sneeze in Time" where Bumpy learns to travel back in time by sneezing, runs into multiple time clones of himself, but finds he can't undo the nasty thing he said to Squishy, and in "Gum Trouble" where his attempt to steal chewing gum from his own stomach causes a temporal loop that could destroy the world.
  • Stock Footage: Not a single episode doesn't use footage from another. Hell, some even use footage from episodes that don't air until later, which makes it confusing as to what was done first in the show's production.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Most obviously evoked by Bumpy in "Baby Snail," where he curses the fact he's saddled with a dumb baby in the most cooing and loving way possible.
  • Take That: In one episode, Squishington loses his face. While drawing a new face as a temporary replacement, Mr. Bumpy says to him that if he makes one small mistake, he'll look like Ross Perot. Incidentally, the replacement face drawn is a simple smiley face.
  • Team Mom: Molly, as a comfort doll, gets a lot of her enjoyment out of comforting the various inhabitants of the room.
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: In "Farewell, 2 Arms" Molly goes mad with power and replaces all her parts. Soon Squishington finds Molly's original parts and puts them back together, bringing back the normal Molly. So in the end there are two dolls that both have Molly's mind at the same time.
  • Think of the Censors: In "Adventures in Microbia," when Squishington gets kissed by Germ Girl, Bumpy blocks them from the viewers' eyes and says, "Hey, you can't do that on TV."
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Socks for Mr Bumpy.
  • Urban Legend: in Bumpy's world, the ones aimed at kids are always true. You shouldn't eat cherries and milk together, swinging over the bar will turn you inside-out, bread always lands peanut-butter side down, oh and there's a monster both under your bed and in your closet.
  • Villain Song: "I'm Bigger Than You", a song by Destructo in one of the Karaoke Cafe segments.
  • Why Am I Ticking?
  • Wild Take: A staple of the show, especially from Bumpy.

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