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''Home Movies'' is an AnimatedShow that began on Creator/{{UPN}}, then moved to Creator/AdultSwim when the block premiered in 2001. The show is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist'', which used the same "[=SquiggleVision=]",[[note]]At least in the first season. Subsequent seasons were done in UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash due to the fact the former style limited movement.[[/note]] the same "retroscripting" style of dialog, and much of the same cast. The main character is Brendon Small, and the series was created and written by [[TheDanza Brendon Small]]. As you probably already guessed, it's more or less a highly fictionalized autobiography in cartoon format. Brendon is a young aspiring filmmaker, with his cast members usually being his friends Melissa and Jason, and occasionally his mom Paula who moonlights as a creative writing teacher at a local community college ([[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity in between firings from same said college]]). When not at home making films, the show centers around the three kids at school and their interactions with Brendon's homeroom teacher Mr. Lynch and Brendon's soccer coach, John "[[{{Jerkass}} The Jerk]]" [=McGuirk=].

This occasionally surrealist, most other times quite hilarious, SliceOfLife SitCom originally aired on UPN during [[MidseasonReplacement midseason]] 1999 and was cancelled after a limited airing. Adult Swim picked it up when said programming block was just starting, and its popularity there was enough to order [[UnCanceled a full three more seasons]].

After ''Home Movies'' ended, Brendon Small went on to create ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' and Loren Bouchard went on to create ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.

Definitely not to be confused with ''Film/HomeMovie''.

!!''Home Movies'' provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Fenton becomes (a non-romantic) one to Brendon.
* AbsenteeActor: Coach [=McGuirk=] is conspicuously missing from "Brendon Gets Rabies", even though H. Jon Benjamin is still in the episode voicing Jason and the veterinarian.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Coach [=McGuirk=] buys some swords from an infomercial. He plans on returning them (since he doesn't actually have the money to buy them), but tries them out anyway. He ends up slicing the drink dispenser ''and'' the bench its sitting on in half. Accidentally.
* AccidentalMisnaming: It's Brendon folks. BREEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNN. DOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN.
* ActionGirl: Melissa in Brendon's movie about Susan B. Anthony. The B stands for [[spoiler:Bitchin']].
%%* TheAllegedCar: [=McGuirk=]'s Firebird.
* AmbiguouslyBrown:
** Melissa's family and Perry.
** Brendon's sister Josie is adopted and black. This is barely touched upon, though, so this still stands.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Walter and Perry.
-->'''Walter:''' We're hugging and we don't care!
-->'''Perry:''' We're hugging because it's cold!
* AnachronismStew:
** An in-universe example in their film ''Starboy''. It's clear that Brendan needs to study history better.
** The Medieval Faire play ''King Arthur and Robin Hood''. "Moylin has a phone! Burn him!"
* AnimationBump: The animation was always really limited in the first season, due to the squigglevision. While the show retained much of its limited animation when it switched to Flash, there were instances of more elaborate character animation that became more commonplace as the series progressed. An example is seen in "Hiatus" during the jazz fighters sequence.
* ArcWords: "It's time to pay the price."
* ArtEvolution: The switch from Squigglevision to [[UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash Flash animation]].
* ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction: Justified; they're only kids, with a limited grasp on how movies are made.
* BerserkButton: Brendon hates to be called girls names.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Melissa is the moral center of the group but as seen in "Shore Leave", "Renaissance" and "Curses", she is not one to be crossed.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Brendan decides he's had enough of making movies, and he accidentally drops his camera out of the car window, breaking it. However, everyone is having a good time, bonding more than they ever had before.]] Brendon is forced to give Honkey Magoo back to his original owners. But the dog has been such a destructive nuisance that Brendon is actually happy to see him go.
* BreakTheCutie: A lot of fun is had with [=McGuirk=] yelling at Melissa to the point of tears. Usually written well enough that these exchanges are more funny than unpleasant.
* BrickJoke: While Brendon and the band were writing music for Starboy, the latter suggested that the Captain of Outer Space be his real brother, but Brendon. Fast forward ''three episodes later'', where the movie actually debuts, and during a conversation between the two space heroes
--> '''Captain Of Outer Space''': Right you are, my brother. *{{Beat}}* My ''actual'' brother.
%%* CatsAreMean: Mr. Pants.
* CharacterDevelopment: Fenton went from being a stereotypical, one-dimensional mean kid to a clueless, lonely JerkassWoobie.
* CheerfulChild: Brendon's baby sister, Josie Small.
* ChekhovsGun: Melissa's mostly ignored rant concerning her allergy to kiwis and how, should she ingest a single one, someone must stick her with an Epi-pen. When lo and behold she eats some kiwi pie, the Epi-pen is near at hand. Averted when the pie turns out to be harmless key lime, and Junior, who has no allergic reaction to speak of, is accidentally stuck instead.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Melissa towards her Dad as she refuses to let him date and when he starts seeing a woman in his poetry writing class (well, making out in the back of a classroom because he doesn't want to stand up to Melissa, but same difference) Melissa's response to smelling this woman on him is to stay at Brendon's and ignore her father's attempts to reconcile until Brendon forges a diary entry for Eric.
* ComicBookTime: The main characters are eight years old for the entire four-year run.
* ControlFreak:
** Brendon due to being a director. At one point Dwanye actually requested him to help make a musical based on Creator/FranzKafka. You think Brendon would be honored by this, especially coming from the guy who does the music for his movies. Nope, Brendon at first dismissive of the whole idea ''since he didn't write it''. He temporarily quits halfway through when he doesn't get his way. And even when done, he trying to convince Dwanye to use a very lame part of a movie he was making for the final cut.
** In "Your Cheating Heart", everyone (Jason, Melissa, Coach Mcguirk, Brendon's Dad, Brendon's golf instructor, and Brendon's mom) tell him that just taking his film and making it run backwards is a bad idea, but he just ignore thems, and "Storm Warning" where Jason and Melissa eventually decide that they would rather make the movie within a movie in the mocukmentary their making. Brendon ends up finishing the film himself.
** Subverted with "Heart Smashers". While Jason and Melissa enjoy the changes to Brendon's film made by Fenton, whose changes involve taking out most of the script (despite the fact Fenton had read the script before taking the role and was permited to make any changes), and constantly puts the film behind schedule. It is only when Brendon turns production over to Melissa and Jason do they realize what Brendon had to deal with.
* CurseCutShort:
-->'''Couch [=McGuirk=]:''' ''(accidentally broke his pen)'' Oh, DA-- !!
* CutenessProximity: Mr. Lynch, if a cat is nearby. The time Lynch dressed up like a cat for Halloween, his fondness ventured increasingly into genuine oddness, as he began (apparently helplessly) acting more and more like a cat as the episode progressed; one suspects we'd have witnessed [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom extreme creepiness]] if the show had lasted another five minutes
%%* DemotedToExtra: Erik.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: When Paula tells Brendon to finish his oatmeal, Brendon asks why.
--> '''Paula:''' Well, oatmeal contains... oatmeal.
* DisappearedDad: Brendon's father. In ''Brendon's Choice'', Brendon comes to grips with the fact he never sees his father. However, his father calls after Brendon gets (briefly) mentioned on the news. The episode ends with Brendon picking up the phone after a long hesitation and saying, "Hello". CreditsRoll. His dad does however come back into his life in season 2, albeit bringing his annoying fiance and later wife with him.
* DistinctionWithoutADifference: In "Business and Pleasure", when Jason calls Paula in the middle of the night:
--> '''Jason:''' Did I wake you?\\
'''Paula:''' No, I was just sleeping.
* TheDividual: Walter and Perry have nearly identical personalities.
* DomesticOnlyCartoon
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing[[invoked]]: Brendon's attempt at making an educational film telling kids not to put marbles in their nose predictably backfires. It backfires to such an epic degree that even Mr. Lynch, Jason and Paula all stick marbles up their nose.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Brendon is trying to stop an older kid from beating him up, and gets him to turn placid and mellowed out. Melissa, who was harboring a crush on the guy, angrily beats up Brendon for changing him.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness / CharacterizationMarchesOn: The UPN episodes had [=McGuirk=] as an occasional character (Even missing episode 4), Jason being basically a gross out comedy generator, and Brendon as a more average every kid. But the worst of it is Paula, who is voiced by Paula Poundstone who portrays her as a more stereotypical single parent who's always on the phone with her friend, while later episodes establish she has no social life. But all of this changed by the time they got to Creator/AdultSwim.
* ExpressLaneLimit: In "Brendon's Choice", [=McGuirk=] gets irritated that the man in front of him has more than ten items. This escalates to the guy punching [=McGuirk=] in the face.
%%* FatBastard: [[spoiler:Jason, when he eats too much candy]].
* LeFilmArtistique: Some of Brendon's films ''[[ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction try]]'' to invoke this.
* FixItInPost: Brendon says this often, but as Jason points out, they never fix anything in post. Brendon just uses the term to sound like a director.
* FunWithAcronyms: Paula's boss, Mr. Lindenson, made an alternative to ASAP: ACTASAP ("as close to as soon as possible"). He also made the acronym WSGAFM ("When she gets a free minute").
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In "Brendon Gets Rabies", while Paula and Brendon are talking to the veterinarian, a lot of foam is coming out of the box where the rabid cat is in.
** In "It Was Supposed To Be Funny", Paula and Brendon are talking about fries in the parking lot of Alien Burger when a car drives up to the drive-thru window. Then a beam of light appears around the car and the car floats up.
* GarageBand: Duane's garage band, [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Scäb]]. They even do a rock opera based on Creator/FranzKafka. Not to mention winning the battle of the bands.
* HangingJudge: Brendon had been riding his bike on the wrong side of the road, and he was struck by a car, head-on, and then forced to go to court for said riding on the wrong side of the road. The judge showed no sympathy toward Brendon who was on trial over said accident, when Brendon was nearly killed.
* HappyEnding: [[spoiler:According to the newspaper in ''Improving Your Life with Improv'', Eddie, a sickly child from season 2, is revealed to have been cured in Season 3.]] Arguably for Brendon too, since the entire show is ''roughly'' autobiographical, and Brendon Small grew up to create two ridiculously popular shows as well as appear in many other shows for Adult Swim.
* TheHeart: Melissa.
* HeelRealization: Brendon is absolutely dumbfounded when he watches his film's dailies in ''Improving Your Life Through Improv'' and realizes what a jerk he was being behind the scenes.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Walter and Perry, although an episode where they wanted to see Fenton's naked mom made them come across more as straight, or at least bi.
* HiddenDepths: Shannon is a lot more complex than most schoolyard bullies.
* HypocriticalHumor: Paula tells Brendon not to swear, because it will make his vocabulary "turn to shit". [=McGuirk=] takes it a step further, telling Brendon that cursing is a sign of ignorance, just before launching into an [[ClusterFBomb expletive-laden tirade]] at a referee.
%%* IDontLikeYouAndYouDontLikeMe
* IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough: Jason with candy.
* InformedAttractiveness: Any character who's called attractive, given the art style.
%%* InstrumentalThemeTune
* IntergenerationalFriendship: [=McGuirk=], despite his unpleasantness, does actually consider Brendon to be his friend. It's the same with Melissa, depite his occasional {{Jerkass}} treatment of her. Though he barely knows Jason.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** [=McGuirk=] to a T.
** Fenton Muley.
** Brendon certainly has shades of this a good portion of the time.
* JerkJock: [=McGuirk=]. A mild subversion in that while he loves sports, he's terrible at them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [=McGuirk=] DependingOnTheWriter, but generally he does care for Lynch, Erik Paula, Brendon, Jason and Melissa from time to time.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Subverted]] in the final episode. After putting together a powerful industrial sized grill, Coach [=McGuirk=] tries to get it started by turning the gas up to the point that is blowing at him with the force of an industrial strength fan. As the grill finally ignites, an explosion covers the screen and then fades to black. [[spoiler: Then fades back in to everyone who was near the grill in a car with nothing more than a few burn marks. The scene then goes to the events listed under TearJerker]]
* KillerRabbit: 'Now I'd like to introduce you to my killing machine... who also happens to be my favorite kitty.'
* KnockKnockJoke:
** Perhaps the most epic knock-knock joke ever, ''while'' Linda gives birth to her baby:
--->'''Brendon:''' ''(shouting angrily)'' No, you know what?! Knock-knock!
--->'''Linda:''' Who's there?!
--->'''Brendon:''' [[spoiler:[[AC: FUCK YOU!]]]]
** From "It Was Supposed To Be Funny":
---> '''[=McGuirk=]''': Then thereís nice-funny, like maybe a little light sarcasm or a clever twist or a knock-knock joke. I like those. You like those?\\
'''Brendon''': Um...\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': Knock-knock.\\
'''Brendon''': Huh.\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': Brendon. Knock-knock. Iím doing a knock-knock joke. Knock-knock.\\
'''Brendon''': Uh, hello.\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': What do you mean, "hello"? You say, "Who's there?", Brendon. Do you know a knock-knock joke?\\
'''Brendon''': Yeah, uh...\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': I say "knock-knock" you say, "Who's there?"\\
'''Brendon''': Yeah, right. Iím not a big fan of...\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': You know what? Do it. Knock-knock.\\
'''Brendon''': Who's there?\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': No, wait a minute, you say knock-knock.\\
'''Brendon''': I don't... knock-knock.\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': Whoís there?\\
'''Brendon''': ...I don't know.\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': I don't know ''who''?\\
'''Brendon''': I don't know, I hate this joke.\\
'''[=McGuirk=]''': That's not funny. Itís got to be a pun or something. You know what? Forget it.
* LargeHam:
** Brendon tells Jason to be this repeatedly in one of his movies. Jason becomes such a Ham that he yells incoherently & pulls some hair out of his wig.
** Brendon when he was faking being sick, and in that same episode, [=McGuirk=] when he got liquored up on his date with the school nurse.
** The Blonde Waitress in "Psyco Delicate", as well as Brendon's grandmother.
* LastNoteNightmare: The opening to "Four's Company" starts normally but ends with a horror wail.
* LaughingMad: Andrew and Linda are stressed out during their wedding. So Andrew ends up making a joke about them getting divorced in the future. They both end up laughing hysterically in such a way where it's obviously not because of the joke itself, but the possibility of divorce and a stressful marriage.
%%* LittleProfessorDialog
* LongPants: Played with; everyone wears these full-body jumpsuits that even cover their hands to the fingertips. This, however, seems to be an intentional decision (rather than lazy animation), as we later see Brendon's room, which has several identical jumpsuits scattered all over the floor.
* MartyStu: In-Universe Example. When Fenton forces Brendon to let him be in the next film, he insists during the making of said film that ''his'' character is smart, tall, handsome, and [[GodModeSue superhuman]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Josie.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Brendon shoots a Swords and Sorcery epic entitled "Landstander". He's not a wizard, or a warrior, he just stands, on land.
* MyBelovedSmother: Paula's Mom, who refuses to let her pay for anything and re-folds her underwear. Really.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: When Melissa has balloons as GagBoobs playing a starlet, Jason can't help staring.
-->'''Melissa:''' Jason, stop looking at my fake boobs!
-->'''Jason:''' I can't. I can't. I can't move my eyes.
* NoIndoorVoice: Mr. Lindenson.
* OhCrap: Lynch utters this when he realizes he left the intercom on in the 4th season premiere.
%%* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Josie's real parents]].
* ThePigpen: Jason. Though this was largely downplayed after season 1.
* PointyHairedBoss: Mr. Lindenson.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: "Curses" where Paula sanitizes Brendon's raunchy sex comedy to an insane degree. Going so far as to telling him not to say 'Dam' even though he's referring to the actual Hoover Dam.
%% Improving Your Life Thru Improv.
* PungeonMaster: The geography teacher in "Class Trip".
* PutOnABus: Josie in Season 2 (though she had cameos in that season).
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Averted, as much of the voice acting was improvised.
* SchoolNurse: Unlike many WesternAnimation examples, the one introduced in "School Nurse" is [[HelloNurse attractive]], and many characters hit on her.
* ScoutOut: The Skunk Scouts.
* SignatureStyle: Season 3 reveals that Brendon ends all of his movies with the words, "it's time to pay the price." Subverted when it turns out that this was unintentional.
* SliceOfLife
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Surprisingly for an adult animated show, its fairly close in the middle leaning slightly more towards the optimistic end.
* SmallNameBigEgo: [=McGuirk=].
* SnarkBait: InUniverse example for the three kids was the "scared straight" program were they all thought the prisoners were trying too hard and the whole situation was ridiculous.
* SpecialGuest:
** One episode has the kids going to a performing arts camp, where their junior counselors, Michael and Miguel, are voiced by [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants two guys John.]][[note]]BilingualBonus: "Miguel" is the Spanish derivation of Michael.[[/note]]
** Creator/MitchHedberg was in several episodes and helped write the ones he was in because he liked the show so much.
* StudentTeacherRomance: In "Method Acting", Paula tries to have a one-to-one talk with a student that turns into a makeout session. Paula seems pretty ashamed of it because of how unprofessional it is, especially when she's talking to Brendon at the diner table. However, it's subverted when it's revealed he makeouts with everyone.
* StepfordSmiler: Melissa. Just watch the finale where she puts her ending to a movie they never finished.
* StylisticSuck:
** BadBadActing (in-universe): [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they're kids. Also applies to the show's animation style.
** The song "Freaky Outtie" by Jason, Brendon, and Melissa when they decide to start a band.
* SquiggleVision: One of the originals. Noticeably dropped after the first season.
* TakeThat:
** The animators' commentaries on the DVD sets called out various users on message boards who criticized the show.
** In-show example: In "Method of Acting", Brendon mentions that Creator/MartinScorsese has dabbled in acting. Melissa responds: "You call that acting?"
* ThoseTwoGuys: Walter and Perry, who become increasingly [[ThoseTwoBadGuys creepy]] as the series progresses.
* TitleDrop:
** Mr. Lynch in "Those Bitches Tried To Cheat Me" drops the episode title when he realizes that Junior, Walter and Perry tried to cheat on their test - using the wrong answers.
** Done with Coach [=McGuirk=] imitates Jimmy Stewart:
---> '''[=McGuirk=]:''' ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. Clarence, it's a wonderful life!
* TitleOnlyOpening: The show has no intro aside from "Home Movies" appearing on the Small's TV screen. Two first-season episodes did have a short intro, but it was abandoned in favor of this.
* TitlePlease
%%* TookALevelInJerkass: Melissa in "The Adventures of Cho and Amy Lee" & "Curses".
* TopHeavyGuy: [=McGuirk=]. He later becomes obsessed with developing his pectorals. It gets pretty nasty, and by that we mean they deflate and resemble breasts... Although they already resembled breasts somewhat, to the point where Brendon mocked him constantly about it.
* TranquilFury: In "Brendon's Choice" [=McQuirk=] is taking anger management and manages to keep his cool while his counselor is checking up on him and a heckler is insulting him from the stands. But after the game [[DangerTakesABackSeat when the heckler gets into his car]]...
* UnexplainedAccent: Ken Addleburg and his son Junior both speak with a ridiculously comical, and completely unexplained accent. Brendon Small has reused this voice in his portrayals of the plastic surgeon on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' and Victor Diamond on the ''[[Podcast/ComedyDeathRayRadio Comedy Bang Bang]]'' podcast.
* UnusualEuphemism: In "Brendon Gets Rabies", the veterinarian refers to euthanasia as "making cotton candy".
* VerbalTic: Brendon constantly clears his throat before speaking. Sometimes it's all he says before another character has a line.
* VillainSong: Mr. Pants' theme.
* VocalEvolution: Paula's thick accent gets toned down pretty quickly.
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Brendon.