Western Animation: Gravedale High
Well it's just like any other high school You've got the same problems in your head except their lockers are coffins And the teachers... Are the undead
— Theme song
This short-lived Hanna-Barbera
cartoon premiered in 1990 on NBC
, with the full title of Rick Moranis in Gravedale High
, featuring teacher Max Schneider (as the title suggests, played
by Rick Moranis
) as the sole human teacher in an All-Ghouls School
, teaching a class of misfit students who, according to the headmistress, otherwise would have been booted out from the school (despite none of them showing any outrageously bad or different behavior, aside being maybe lazy and distracted).
His class includes a greaser vampire, nerdy werewolf, fat mummy, surfer fishboy, valley girl gorgon
and other stereotypical teenager versions (and adult, for the teachers) of classic horror movie monsters
Many of the 13 episodes featured some sort of problem caused by immature or stupid actions of a student and were usually solved by teamwork or some other Aesop-heavy
answer, making some of the episodes rather Anvilicious
This show provides examples of:
- The Alleged Steed: In "Frankenjockey", a race horse named Hoover, who has never won a single race, escapes and befriends Frankentyke, who is annoyed at first, but warms up to him. However, when Max calls a hotline and reports Hoover's escape, Liverpool (Hoover's trainer)'s, true colors are shown, and the bet is that if Hoover wins the race, he's set free. Unfortunately, Hoover and Frankentyke lose by mugging in the photo finish, but Sid points out that the rival horse switched jockeys, which means Hoover wins in the end.
- All-Ghouls School
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Duzer is implied to have a crush on Vinnie Stoker, but she vehemently denies this.
- And a Diet Coke: A fat guy orders a lot of snacks with that at a movie theater that Duzer was working at in "The Dress-Up Mess-Up".
- Animals Hate Him: Frankentyke feels the same way, but in one episode, a horse takes a liking to him, but that's because Frankentyke's hair is made of horse hair.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Reggie. Especially during the climax of "Monster on Trial."
- Beach Episode: "Do The Rad Thing"
- Big Eater: Cleofatra
- Gill, too. Especially if pizza is involved.
- Butt Monkey: The fly kid. Most of the time, he says "Help me!" as he is getting attacked by someone.
- Celeb Crush: Cleofatra has one on werewolf actor Billy Headstone from the soap opera "Trudy and the Beast".
- Celebrity Toons
- Class Trip: Taken almost anytime or anywhere when plot demands.
- Cool Teacher: Max Schneider
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In "Save Our School", a hotel owner who calls herself The Empress wants to put a chain of her hotel where the school is, and even hires a health inspector in order to condemn it so she can have it torn down.
- Cute Monster Girl: Duzer, Blanche, and especially Cleofatra all fit this trope.
- Dean Bitterman: More or less subverted, as Headmistress Crone is still quite lenient and pretty encouraging both to students and teachers.
- Earworm: The theme song, and some background music.
- Extreme Omnivore: Gill
- Fantastic Racism: The monsters usually refer to non-monsters as "human dweebs." Though it could just be due to the fact that non-monsters have their own biases towards them.
- Fish out of Water: Averted as Max has little to no trouble fitting in or teaching.
- Fish People: Gill
- Frankenstein's Monster: Frankentyke and his brother Big Frankie
- Friendly Bad Boy Neighbourhood Vampire: Vinnie.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Duzer
- Head Desk: In "Monster on Trial", Max does this when the judge declares him guilty in favor of old lady Fresno, who faked whiplash after Reggie accidentally bumps into her while taking Driver's Ed.
- Heroic BSOD: In "Fear of Flying", Vinnie gets a pretty bad one after being struck by lightning while retrieving Reggie's science project, and has trouble trying to fly again. Made worse by the fact that he was challenged to a flying match called "Fly or Splat" against Jerk Jock gargoyle Nardo at 3:00 PM.
- Ill Girl: Blanche died in a hospital, which is why she's a zombie.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Max is basically Rick, but with red hair.
- Invisibility: Sid
- Invisible Streaker: Apparently, Sid is not wearing any pants.
- It Runs in the Family: In "Night of the Living Dad", Sid takes after both of his parents, and not just in invisibility. Subverted with Frankentyke, who was created by a human scientist.
- It's All My Fault: Reggie keeps saying this throughout "Monster on Trial".
- Jerk Jock: Nardo the gargoyle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most of the teenage monsters, but Frankentyke and Duzer both take the cake.
- Lethal Chef: Sal.
- Meganekko: Cleofatra.
- Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Duzer manages to do this since she is a Gorgon, but to the audience, she isn't drawn to look really ugly aesthetically.
- Monster Mash
- Off Model: This is a Hanna-Barbera series from the 80's and 90's after all. And especially bad in "Frankenjockey", where Hoover the horse switches between white (his actual color) and brown.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Reggie
- Perky Goth: Vinnie
- Playing Cyrano: A variation in "Cleo's Pen Pal", where Cleofatra asks Duzer to pose as her on a date with werewolf actor Billy Headstone, who Cleo has a crush on.
- Punny Name: Cleofatra the fat mummy girl, Seymour the cyclops, etc...
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Reggie
- Shout-Out: Several, but the one that stands out is a fly monster kid getting taken by Giant Ants while shouting "Help meeee! Help meeeee!
- Soap Within a Show: "Trudy and the Beast"
- Southern Belle: Blanche
- Surfer Dude: Gill
- Token Human: Max
- True Companions
- Unfortunate Names: Cleofatra? Really?
- Valley Girl: Duzer
- Verbal Tic:
- Hey yo, Vinnie has one!
- Frankentyke also has one, man!
- Reggie's "Mr. Schneider, sir". The tic was even written down in one episode.
- Wacky Homeroom