Western Animation / Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids

A Space Whale Aesop-tastic horror anthology kid's show adapted from a series of books, depicting the terrifying consequences of behaving badly. Similar to Tales from the Crypt each episode is a self-contained story with stop-motion animated introduction and ending segments featuring the host, Uncle Grizzly.

Grizzly Tales contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: One reason that the kids need such an extreme and often deadly punishment, is because their parents don't even try to discipline them, and when they do, they make a very poor job of it. Special mention goes to Araminta's parents in "Superstitious Nonsense", as they blatantly fall for pretty much every fake superstition she tells them (even though, she lies the way most kids her age would - very badly)
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of Thomas Ratchet in the episode "Sweets." he gets turned into a paper mache statue at the end of the episode. He can only move his eyes. Even more suited to the fate of the ever-talkative Jack in "Jack In The Box", who - at the end of his tale - is turned by a magician/ventriloquist into a dummy...with a zipped-shut mouth.
  • Asshole Victim: Every kid a story centered around is an obnoxious Bratty Half-Pint with next to no redeeming aspects, ignores warning and dismiss repeated chances to avoid their grislynote  fate, not to say the large majority of their fates aren't completely disproportionate.
    • There are aversions however for both the asshole and the victim part. In "The Wooden Hill" eg a boy named Jack learns to overcome his childhood fears.
      • The Chipper Chums are by far the biggest aversion. Ironically, they get the darkest fate out of all the show's victims, just for stealing a few apples.
    • And some kids even learn their lesson. Terry the thief is covered in tags that cannot get taken off, but when he returns the stolen gym bag, the tags vanish and he never steals again.
  • The Butcher: "The Butcher Boy"
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Benjamin in "The Top Hat" steals a magician's top hat, which can grant wishes, and he soon abuses its power to get everything he wants, but when he's cornered by the magician and his parents he wishes that he "wasn't here" - so a hand pulls him into the hat, and he vanishes inside it (but is hinted to still be in there, somewhere).
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': "The Chipper Chums Go Scrumping" makes it explicitly clear that the Chipper Chums are overall nice kids, but when they decide to steal a few apples the farmer shoots their dog dead note  and then after they die from eating pesticide-covered apples he makes them into cider.
  • The Chew Toy: Uncle Grizzly's spider Spindleshanks would usually be abused and mistreated in the stop-motion segments.
  • Dead All Along: "Grandmother's Footsteps"
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Uncle Grizzly.
  • Disproportionate Retribution
  • Eaten Alive: The fate of various kids at the end of various episodes. Some such as Nobby in "Nobby's Nightmare" are clearly shown to be Swallowed Whole.
  • Eye Scream
  • Foreshadowing: Several episodes will tend to have a recurring scene, which lasts for only a second or so, which foreshadows the final fate of the kid in today's story.
  • Green Aesop: The episode "Burgerskip" focus on a CEO destroying a forest to feed his cattle. But keeping on the nature of the show, the moral is if you kill the forest your burgers will grow tiny trees, your restaurants will then be destroyed by bigger ones, and you will be snatched by the ghost of the tree spirit you killed previously.
  • Hell Hotel: The Hotnote elnote  Darkness, which was the Storyteller's setting in the later episodes.
  • Homage: "The Chipper Chums Go Scrumping" is an obvious parody of Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels. A rather dark one, this show being what it is.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted, really averted.
  • Jerk Ass: Most of the kids.
    • Averted with "Chipper Chums" - none of them fit this trope at all, perhaps making it feel kind of bad when the Mood Whiplash kicks in.
  • Kids Are Cruel: It's justification for having them eaten by trolls, being trapped inside a photo or turning them into a gold statue, or even turning into a Chocolate-fly.
  • Karma Houdini: Adults who enact Disproportionate Retribution on kids tend to get away scot-free.
  • Karmic Transformation
  • Large Ham: Uncle Grizzly
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Nigel Planer voices all of the characters. Even the women.
  • Mood Whiplash: "The Chipper Chums Go Scrumping" starts as a campy story about a group of friends, not far outside what you might read in a Dick And Jane book...and then comes the ending...
  • Nightmare Fuel:invoked Intentional.
  • No Sympathy: Truffles from "The cloths pigs" takes the cake. He treats his parents like slaves. His mother breaks her leg. His response? Demand she make his dinner, then when its apparent she's in too much pain to. Rather than call an ambulance, he mockingly 'calls her an ambulance' and leaves to get a take away leaving the poor woman to suffer until her husband comes in.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: "Doctor Moribundus;" whatever it was he did to Lorelei Lee to cure her of "No-School-itis."
    "Long into the night, Doctor Moribundus performed a surgical procedure so revolutionary, so secret, and so like eating a soft-boiled egg that I can't possibly tell you what it was..."
  • Scare 'em Straight
  • Space Whale Aesop
  • Stock Footage: Frequently the show would repeat the same chunks of animation in a story, and other times whole backgrounds and settings would be lifted from other episodes.
  • Stop Motion: The introuduction and ending segments featuring Uncle Grizzly are animated in stop-motion whereas the stories themselves are in 2D animation. In later episodes the stop-motion segments were cut shorter before being scrapped altogether.
  • Villain Protagonist: Many of the kids and those are the ones who generally become Asshole Victims
  • Widget Series: Pretty much a wabbit.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "Goblin Mountain" ends with the ordeal being All Just a Dream...only for the boy to turn into a tree after all when he wakes up the NEXT morning.