Western Animation: Crash Canyon

Crash Canyon is a Canadian animated show aimed at adults that debuted on Teletoon September 2011. The show is about the Wendells, a dysfuntional family who, after an uneventful beginning to their vacation, end up plummeting into a two-mile deep canyon. After coming out alive and unscathed, they realize they are not alone as the canyon is full of a small community of strange and quirky people who all have suffered the exact same fate. With little hope of escape, the Wendells decide to make the best of their new home... and maybe create the occasional escape plan here and there.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Abusive Parents: Played for laughs with Pristine Manderbelt, who is the unfavorite in her family.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Invoked by Jake when Brianna starts bullying the boys. He gets Hoshi to teach him karate. Whether he actually knew any martial arts, or just used Jake for free labour is never really elaborated, especially as Brianna still beats him up.
  • Artistic License – Geography: Alberta (where the show is taking place) is mountainous in some parts, but still lacking in absurdly deep canyons, especially ones far larger than the Grand Canyon. It is also completely Played for Laughs.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Sheila admits in episode 4 that she was touched by a clergyman... although it turns out they were just playing tag.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Roxy.
  • Bumbling Dad: Norm. He's by no means stupid like Peter Griffin or Homer Simpson, but he has no idea how to relate to his children and has very little social skills.
  • Camp Gay: Stéphanel.
    Sheila: Is he your boyfriend?
    Angel: Oh, no. Stefan prefers his women to have a penis.
  • Canada, Eh?
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first season sets Norm up to be the primary focus. Later episodes shift the focus to Jake.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Sid's wife and kids are stereotypical hillbillies who always go barefoot.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: They are never getting out of the canyon.
  • Fat and Proud: Vernon, who will chew you out if you suggest that being fat is bad for his health... despite the fact that he had an onscreen heart attack Played for Laughs.
  • Fat Bastard: Vernon.
  • Flat Characters
  • Follow the Leader: The style of this show (right down to the animation) is quite similar to a Seth MacFarlane cartoon, albeit slightly less raunchy. Funny to think about, as this show was launched by a former The Simpsons writer and a show that is sometimes viewed as a knock-off is Family Guy.
    • Also that of Gilligan's Island (Premise of a bunch of characters trapped, spend most episodes with hairbrained schemes to get out which some "almost" work, but foiled usually by a very unlucky/inconvenient circumstance.)
  • Genre Blindness: In his cold open trying to build a lemming powered escape mechanism, Norm fails to notice the obvious Wile E. Coyote style dooming him to fail.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Sheila and Norm.
  • Gosh Hornet: In "Sid Our Hero," Roxy gets attacked and stung by a swarm of bees.
  • Goth: Roxy looks like one.
  • Hartman Hips: Sheila.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Norm.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Justified, since they're in a canyon. Lampshaded in "Hex Marks the Spot".
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Sheila views Third Cousin Vernon as a disgusting nuisance, and he isn't exactly popular with anyone else in the canyon although he doesn't seem to care. Then there's Pristine Manderbelt, who is the unfavorite in her family and viewed as "hideous" by them.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: When Sid gulps down the century old brain tonic / axel lubricant, he learns to speak French in this manner. Viewers who speak French will be delighted by Sid's statements of "requiring a hat at the library" and the like.
  • Oedipus Complex: Inverted. Beverly Manderbelt has a not-so-subtle crush on her own teenage son, and bitterly snipes at her husband.
  • Parental Incest: Beverly Manderbelt has a not-so-subtle crush on her eldest son. She even bathes him. Uggghh...
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: The restaurant owner will put on the menu any vermin she can catch. It makes sense as this is the only meat they'll get (short of a cattle truck crashing in) and no customer seem to complain, so presumably she can cook them up decently.
  • Rich Bitch: Beverly Manderbelt.
  • Status Quo Is God
  • The Magic Poker Equation: Averted when Norm is convinced that being good at math will guarantee him a big win at a poker game. He gets wiped out because he lacks all the skills that make a good poker player: he doesn't know how to read other players' tells, bluff or keep a poker face, sweating like crazy anytime he has good cards.
  • The Unfavorite: Pristine Manderbelt.
  • Weird Currency: Golf tees, because the Manderbelts wished it so.
  • Women Are Wiser: Averted, unusually for an animated Dom Com. Shelia isn't stupid but she's very hot tempered and capable of making bad decisions.