Western Animation / Eight Crazy Nights

It's naughty. It's nice. It's animated.

Eight Crazy Nights is a heartwarming family holiday movie that will bring joy and laughter to people of all ages... yeah, right. It's actually about a Jewish drunk in his early thirties (voiced by Adam Sandler) who learns not to be such an asshole to everyone. Why should (or why shouldn't) you check it out? Well, it involves rocket farts, snowman killing, old lady melon squeezing (not what it sounds like), and that's just the first five minutes.

Tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Whitey is based on a one-shot character from Sandler's album Stan and Judy's Kid. (He also appears in Little Nicky, played by Dana Carvey.)
  • Alter Kocker: Eleanore.
  • Animated Musical: Duh.
  • Anti-Christmas Song: "Davey's Song".
  • Art-Style Dissonance: It looks like a Disney movie, but it's incredibly vulgar and mean-spirited.
  • Brick Joke: Davey picks on the fat kid in his team, telling him to wear a bra next time he comes on the court. We next see him at the mall trying on a bra in a changing stall.
  • Butt Monkey: Whitey, until the ending.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eleanore is ten pounds of ass-kicking in a five-pound bag. See the part when she's confronted by the man who stole her Liz Taylor wig as a child.
  • But Thou Must: A rare non-videogame example. Before Davey could leave the city on the bus all of the tires pop right in front of the place where the patch ceremony is being held.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Whitey isn't exactly normal, but his sister Eleanore makes him look sane.
    Ahh, a burglar! Take what you want, but please don't chop my legs off!
  • Clueless Aesop: The best way to get a selfish, destructive drunk to stop terrorizing innocent citizens is to feel bad for his unwillingness to mourn his parents.
  • Cool Old Guy: Whitey.
  • Covers Always Lie: Somewhat; the DVD cover for the 2-Disc Special Edition features Davey throwing a snowball at the... well, at you, as Whitey, Eleanore, Jennifer and her (Jennifer's) son Austin, stand by him, smiling over it (except for Eleanore, who reacts as you'd expect her to). Jennifer is most certainly not shown smiling or otherwise approving of any of Davey's antics or Jerkass behavior in the actual film.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: The deer.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Had Davey not got the town to acknowledge of how much of a jerk they've been to Whitey and what a service he did to the town, they wouldn't have given Whitey the recognition he deserved and Davey wouldn't be off the hook for the break-in.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason why Davey is such a Jerkass, especially during the winter holidays is that his parents were killed in a car crash during that time.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Combined with Mushroom Samba in "Intervention Song" (Davey's broken into the mall, drunk off his sorry jerk ass) and done by product placement of all things.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: From "Technical Foul."
    Davey: Ohhhh, this is such bull-shit!
    Whitey: In this house, we say bull spit!

    Davey (singing): I was such as shiiiiiiitheeeeeead....
    Flashback!Whitey: Feces!
  • Hook Hand: "I wonder if that guy ever wiped his ass, with the wrong hand?!" "Yes..."
  • "I Am" Song: The first song in the movie, "Davey's Song" has Davey singing about how much he hates the holidays while causing mischief through the town.
  • I Got Bigger: One of the awards at the All-Star Banquet is for the biggest growth spurt, from 4 foot 2 inches to six foot five.
  • Informed Attribute: Whitey's been coaching youth basketball for over fifty years, but the one time we see him in action, he's constantly out of breath and disoriented as if he's never stepped on a court in his life.
  • In the Style of...: The film's animation design is amazingly similar to that of The Iron Giant, as most of the animation crew had recently been laid off from Warner Bros. now-defunct feature animation unit.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Adam Sandler... ANIMATED!
    • Specifically, they based Davey off of pictures of Sandler when he was in his (very early) twenties.
    • Most, if not all, of the characters played by fellow SNL alumni are this.
  • "I Want" Song: The second song, where Whitey sings about his hopes for the All-Star Banquet.
  • Jerkass: Davey is incredibly sexist and antagonistic during the first half of the film.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Davey starts to become this in the second half where he warms up to Jennifer's son, Benjamin, and starts treating Whitey and Eleanore better. Then in the end, he calls out the townspeople for taking advantage of Whitey.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Davey repeatedly says he doesn't want to talk about the night his parents died, but they go ahead and discuss it right in front of him regardless. Can you blame him for snapping at them afterwards?
  • Jerkass Realization: During Davey's What the Hell, Townspeople? speech, the folks realize how mean they've been by taking advantage of Whitey and try to repent.
  • Karma Houdini: The basketball player who sets Davy's trailer on fire as revenge for beating him in a game of basketball.
  • Multi Boobage: "Even Mrs. Selman with the one extra breast!"
  • Musicalis Interruptus: "And my trailer's caught on fire... FIRE?!"
  • My God, What Have I Done?: All of the townspeople. IN SONG!
  • Produce Pelting: Working as a youth basketball referee, Davey challenges the crowd to throw things at him and he gets his wish. The court becomes littered with concessions in no time.
  • Product Placement: Easily one of the most notorious examples of this for an Adam Sander film. Not only do we get an entire subplot about Whitey's love of the shopping mall, introduced with his poem that name-drops every conceivable popular brand, as well as Davey's intervention from store logos who come to life, but none of the brands in question were asked to help fund the film for these plugs. To some, this came off as free advertisement, but it's actually pretty gutsy since that's illegal.
  • Shirtless Scene: Davey has one during a basketball game. For a man who's supposed to look like Adam Sandler, he's pretty darn ripped.
    • According to the lead animator for Davey, he was designed to look like "an Adam Sandler action figure," with all that that implied.
  • Singing Simlish: The chorus to the song "Bum Biddy," which is a parody of nigunim, a series of melodies accompanied by nonsense syllables sung in Jewish religious services.
  • So Unfunny It's Funny: "Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "Dontcha." "Dontcha who?" "Don'tcha wish I wouldn't have gone to the hardware store so that I could've come up with a better joke this year?"
  • Spontaneous Choreography: It's to be expected from a movie that's basically a series of musicals.
  • Start of Darkness: Davey's descent to a life of drinking and jerkassery began because his parents died on Hanukkah.
  • Toilet Humor: A fair bit throughout. For instance, a deer "projectile shits" from laughing so hard. There's also Whitey's port-a-potty ride. And when he gets frozen just afterward by Davey hosing him down, he's cleaned up by the deer... and one turns to grin at the camera with crap in its teeth.
  • Transsexual: The mayor's wife. Though she looks more like a very obvious Crossdresser.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Or in this case, multiple scenes all singing in chorus.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Davey discovers his Childhood Friend and sweetheart, Jennifer, got married (though now divorced) and had a son that he bonds with.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: "See anything?" "Just some deer doing a pyramid."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Said several times about Davey.
  • Villain Protagonist: Davey. He gets better by the end.
  • Visual Pun: Davey squeezes an old woman's (water)melons.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no indication that Davey does the time in jail he earned after the events of the film. To elaborate, that night, the judge said that Davey's sentence starts now. However, we don't ever see if he decided to drop that or not. Did Davey end up going to jail or not?
    • Also, the basketball player who sets Davy's trailer on fire as revenge for beating him in a game of basketball. He just disappears and isn't mentioned again.
  • What the Hell, Townspeople?: During the All-Star Banquet, the Dukesbury All-Star Patch goes to Tom Balthazar for his generous donation for a new scoreboard. Davey goes into song how Whitey should have won for his dedication to the community.
    • Throughout the awards, the town's behavior is appealing. When a tall kid with unnaturally thick underarm hair wins an award, the mayor loudly jokes that the kid should buy a weed-wacker for his pits. The town laughs along with this, showing that they have all the tact and maturity of middle-school delinquents.
  • X-Ray Sparks: In the song where everyone is singing about how mean they've been to Whitey throughout the years, this happened to Whitey when he opted to be the TV antenna during a thunderstorm.