Western Animation / King Arthur's Disasters

In a minute or two, something is going to go very wrong, possibly bursting into flames.

King Arthur's Disasters (2005-2006) is a British cartoon about King Arthur but having very little to do with actual Arthurian Legend, it features the voices of Rik "The Young Ones" Mayall, Matt "Little Britain" Lucas, Phil "Saturday Night Live" Cornwell, and Morwenna "Reeves and Mortimer" Banks. It airs on children's channel CITV and Nickelodeon UK.

King Arthur loves Princess Guinevere, unfortunately she's a Rich Bitch and he's a complete moron (in fact no one in this show is very bright). His attempts to woo her (usually by being sent on some deadly Fetch Quest by her) are aided by Merlin, a nervous wizard who tries in vain to stop Arthur from going through with these promises. Arthur is opposed by two wayward Knights, Lancelot and Martyn and eternally cheerful but dim Robin Hood and his ever suffering Merry Men and Women (well, Woman).

Of course even if Arthur gets the item Guinevere requested she never returns his affections. The show is Strictly Formula but the gags are good enough to maintain it anyway.

King Arthur's Disasters provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Asian - Sir Martyn is portrayed as being a Japanese samurai. Then again, his full name is Sir Martyn the May Tin Gong which sounds Chinese.
    • Phonetically at least, it sounds a lot like Sir Martyn's calling himself "Before the Sky's Bright".
    • Exactly.
  • Anachronism Stew - Played for humor; for example, in one episode King Arthur and Merlin land on the moon.
  • Artistic License - Biology - In one episode, Petal's sister Tatiana shows a deep concern for her apes. Yeah, Tatiana? APES DON'T HAVE TAILS!
    • Lampshaded when King Arthur states that whales aren't fish- they're mammals.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign - Arthur speaks fake Japanese to Sir Martin, much to his dismay.
  • Estrogen Brigade - An in-universe example: Lancelot has his own little group of fangirls following him around in "Mission: Implausable" and "The Yodeling Dolphin of Kirkwall."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar - Lancelot's catchphrase "Oh Blow" would do the trick for American viewers.
    • The scene where The French Fashion Designer peeks up Merlin's robe may count, but it's done in a silly non-sexual way.....
    • A more firmer example would be in the final episode where right after Lancelot flirts with Lady M. Martyn says "We're here to marry Princess Guinevere" to which Lancelot replies "Yes, but it wouldn't hurt to have a backup plan." Hmmmmm.....
  • Gonk - Petal, Lady Griselda and one time character Rachel. Morgan Le Fay certainly counts. Also the old lady seen flirting with Lancelot at the beginning of "The Yodeling Dolphin of Kirkwall."
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have! - wizard spa worker Wanda (Safe For Work)
  • No Export for You - Kinda subverted as anyone can order the DVDs (as long as you have an all regions DVD player), but as of now, it has been aired only in England, Australia, France, Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Italy, and Spain, thus contributing to its lack of love.
  • Only Sane Man: Merlin, not that Merlin is particularly sane. He's just more sensible than everyone else.
  • Second Law of Gender Bending - Shades of this in "King Guinevere". When Arthur and Guinevere swap bodies, Guinevere hates every moment in his body while Arthur doesn't seem to mind being her (though in fairness he clearly got the better deal in that exchange.)
    Merlin: 'Unless we return to Camelot immediately you will have to wear dresses, high heels and makeup FOREVER!'
    Arthur-in-Guinevere: 'And that's a problem?'
  • Secret Identity - 'Sir Margaret', the most capable knight (indeed most capable character generally) is clearly really Lady M, Arthur's sister. Naturally, no one ever realises this.
  • Shout-Out - More than a few. Not least of which, a Donkey seller dressed like Super Mario selling a Donkey named Kong. Rik Mayall actually did a couple of adverts for Nintendo back in the Snes era.
  • William Telling - King Arthur becomes the target for one of these in "The Ice Palace". He has to stand with an apple on his head and be shot at in turn by Robin Hood, William Tell and Sir Maragaret.