Western Animation: Hammerman
U gotta B kidding!
Oft-used nickname of MC Hammer
, also known as Stanley Kirk Burrell.Hammerman
was also a cartoon produced by DiC Entertainment
where MC Hammer was a superhero. He used rap music, dancing, and a pair of magical shoes that he had inherited from another musical superhero who had just recently retired. Ah, the Celebrity Toons
of the early 90s
. This one debuted in 1991, lasting for 13 episodes.
Really, just watching the introduction
should do. Honestly, the cartoon isn't terrible
and the graffiti-inspired art direction is kinda fun.
Not to be confused with the animesque Korean animated film Hammerboy
This here show contained the following tropes:
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: MC Hammer introduced every episode and called special attention to its lesson (don't make fun of short people; don't paint all over the wall unless an adult says it's okay; and so on). Seems the show was directed at very young children.
- For all that Hammerman's one of the only forms of children's entertainment with the moral that too much work and studying is bad too, and it's also important to make time for play and doing creative things.
- Space Whale Aesop: Did we mention that it would be more accurate to say, "Don't make fun of short people because they may shrink everyone so now they will be tallest" and "Don't paint all over the wall because someone might make a spray that makes graffiti come to life and Kill All Humans"?
- Band Toon: Real Musical Person Toon, in any case.
- City in a Bottle: Rapoleon does this to Oaktown after he shrinks it.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Specifically, talking shoes.
- Cool Old Guy: Gramps, also an Expy of James Brown.
- Expository Theme Tune: Filled with Painful Rhyme after painful, painful rhyme.
- Limited Animation: Very much so.
- The Napoleon: Rapoleon. He tries to find a way to make himself larger, but settles on making everything else smaller.
- Not Quite Starring: Especially odd, given how few episodes were made.
- Passing the Torch: How Stanley becomes Hammerman in the first place.
- The Power of Hammertime!
- In one episode, the old man dons the shoes again, and it becomes "The Power of Soul".
- Rhymes on a Dime: Stanley speaks like this when he's Hammerman.