Western Animation: Freaky Stories

Freaky Stories is a Canadian television series. It is an animated show about urban legends, hosted by two animatronic puppets, Larry de Bug, a cockroach, and his gooey sidekick, Maurice the maggot, in Ted's Diner - a 1940s-style diner setting staffed by Rosie the waitress (who is heard but never seen).

The series, described as "a Twilight Zone for kids," centers on the kind of myths and legends that are told as scary campfire or bedtime stories. Every episode always starts with and finishes with the phrase: "This is a true story, and it happened to friend of a friend of mine." And by the words of Larry, "Just because they never happened, doesn't mean they ain't true." Animation styles and musical scoring varied within each half-hour episode, incorporating 20 different looks in the first season alone. The short stories and changing styles were specifically designed to keep viewers' attention span.

Freaky Stories contains examples of:

  • Age Without Youth: One story was about a wealthy businessman who wanted to live forever out of fear his estate would be inherited by someone who'd squander it all. Not only did his immortality cost him his wealth (he hoped to build another one - never happened), but he forgot about the trope.
  • Balloon Belly: One of the stories is about a pageant contestant who, in a desperate attempt to stay thin, takes black market diet pills. However, the pills come with a warning label saying not to drink anything with them. After going days or possibly even weeks without drinking a drop, she is obviously extremely thirsty. A fit of nervous hiccups forces her to take a small sip of water to try and remedy them, but since she's so thirsty, tasting that one sip makes her snap and start drinking all the water she can get her hands on. It's at that point that she finds out why the pill bottle told her not to drink anything: the pills are actually tiny sponges, which absorb all the water she drank and expand inside of her, making her swell up. Even her arms and legs swell up for some reason.
  • Beware Of Hitch Hiking Ghosts:
    • A man picks up a hitchhiking girl on the road; she disappears during the drive but leaves her jacket. The man goes to her house to return the jacket, but is greeted by a woman saying the girl died several years ago, wearing that same jacket.
    • Another episode (one actually set Twenty Minutes into the Future, complete with hover cars) had the teenaged hitchhiker turn out to be a (non-evil) old hag.
  • Buried Alive: One episode involved a man who was deathly afraid of being buried alive, a fact his wife learned when he had a panic attack from the rice being thrown at their wedding. She promises him that if he died, she'd install a hot line phone that linked directly to the house, where she would wait for a year so he can call her to get him out if he's still alive. The rest of the plot involves her actually going through with this promise after her husband dies suddenly. Her friends finally convince her to go out for the evening on the 365th day. Just after she leaves, the phone rings.
  • Dead Pet Sketch: An airport crew went through a lot to find a replacement for a dog believed to have died during flight, unaware that it was already dead.
  • Eyeless Face: Maurice.
  • Gasshole: Maurice the Maggot was continually farting. At one point he gets the "Maggot Flu", which is like the normal flu, except you also fart whenever you sneeze. That said, Larry the Cockroach was able to beat him at a fart-off.
    • One story revolves around a nerdy girl who scores herself a date, but is so busy arranging everything perfectly via her computer that she has nothing to eat but some nasty old chili left in the back of the fridge. Needless to say, the episode ends with her letting a monstrously foul fart during a brief moment that her date was outside of the car... and discovering, too late, that he had brought along his parents to meet her, and they were in the back of the car when she let it out.
  • Gross Out Show: Some of the stories revolve around disgusting revelations, particularly of the I Ate WHAT? variety. One of the comparatively tame example involves a delivery boy who eats all of the peanuts at an old woman's home and, when he apologises, she waves it off, explaining that with her bad teeth all she can do is suck the chocolate off them.
  • Hook Hand: The classic urban legend 'The Hook' was done as a Musical Episode.
  • I Ate WHAT?: Almost Once an Episode. Examples include a cheapskate siphoning from the wrong tank of an RV, a couple finding a corpse in their wine barrel, and an escaped convict blindly looting the contents of a fridge, which turned out to be storing things like medical waste. One story had a man visiting an elderly woman's house, and ate a jar of peanuts when she left the room, after he apologized she responded with:
    "That's alright, with teeth like mine, all I can do is suck the chocolate off of them."
  • Immortality Seeker: A wealthy old man spends his entire fortune in the search for immortality He got it, but forgot to specify he also wanted to stop aging.
  • Lonely Funeral / Unexpected Inheritance: One episode featured a wealthy man who wasn't on speaking terms with any friend or relative and made a will leaving his fortune to anyone who bothered to attend the funeral. The only person to do it was an old woman who didn't even know him. She simply needed a bathroom and crashing the funeral was the only option.
  • Missing Floor: One story story has an obsessive man trying to figure out the secret of a building's 13th floor. When he finally gets to it, he finds that the door to the 13th floor locks from the inside, trapping him with everyone else who had discovered it.
  • Musical Episode: "The Hook"
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: One story involves a boy inventing a hair tonic that, while capable of growing hair on any surface, doesn't seem to work on him. After dousing himself with it in a panic, he realize all to late that it takes longer for the tonic to grow hair on a human, and it turns him into a werewolf.
  • No Export for You: ABC Family aired each individual story as part of their Animated Anthology shows, so viewers south of the border didnít get to see Larry or Maurice. The diner did appear, but only in the title card.
  • Now Do It Again Backwards: A kid fond of making silly faces catches a trick wind which causes his face to be stuck like that. The only cure is to dangle him from a helicopter and fly it backwards hoping to catch the same wind in reverse.
  • Once an Episode: "This is a true story. It happened to a friend of a friend of mine."
  • On One Condition: See Lonely Funeral above.
  • Organ Theft: Although they moved it into the future to slightly reduce the Squick factor. Basically, the victim's heads are attached to machines that keep them alive.
  • Potty Emergency: This is what causes the woman attending the Lonely Funeral to be there at all.
  • Rules Of The Road: One of the episodes involves an incredibly picky police officer, who expects everyone to follow traffic laws EXACTLY. Naturally, once he acquires a Speed Gun, he begins pulling people over for even going 1 Km/h faster/slower than the posted speed limit.
  • Stereo Fibbing: A pair of students oversleep and miss their final exam, make up an excuse about getting a flat tire, so the teacher allows them to take a make-up exam that involves them in separate rooms with only one question to answer: "Which tire was flat?"
  • The Voice: Rosie the waitress
  • Twin Desynch: One story ends with bitter rival twin sisters eventually patching things up and dying their hair different colours.
  • Twin Switch: One story involves twin brothers who use this to live as a single person, combining their completely different interests and talents to come off as the perfect person. On said "perfect person"'s wedding day, the two of them were calmly talking to each other until they remembered at least one of them should show up. When they do, they see their bride marrying their long-lost brother. They were triplets after all.
  • Vandalism Backfire: One story featured an overjealous man whose wife was constantly receiving a male visitor who even once took her for a car ride. The husband one day covered the car with concrete. The visitor was a car salesman and the woman had just bought the car for her husband's birthday.