Western Animation: Mike, Lu & Og
Ain't no burger stands, ain't no disco bands, on the island where nobody goes.
— Opening theme
A Cartoon Network original
from back in 1999. Set on a desert island, it revolved around the three titular characters : Mike, a foreign exchange student from Manhattan; Lu, a self-appointed princess; and Og, a boy genius. Secondary characters include the rest of the native tribe (who, perplexingly, speak with British accents) and Lu's long-suffering pet turtle, Lancelot. Its basically Gilligan's Island
in a blender (with just a hint of Rugrats
The show lasted for only two seasons, with 26 episodes created.
- Accidental Public Confession: Lu purposely spread a cold to the islanders that Mike caught in a plot to get her blamed and kicked off the island. However, when Og created a cure for the cold, she lost her temper and accidentally revealed that she spread the cold.
"There wouldn't have been a cure if I hadn't spread the cold".
- All Animals Are Dogs: Lu treats Lancelot like a dog, even keeping him on a leash.
- All Balloons Have Helium: In the opening sequence, Lu tries to blow up an Action Guy balloon, but the air shoots back into her, causing her to inflate.
- Amusing Injuries: Occasionally.
- And Your Little Dog Too: "Give me my jujubombs OR THE TURTLE PAYS."
- Anachronism Stew: Invoked. Og creates many modern necessities at Mike's request...with Bamboo Technology of course.
- Plus Lu and Hermione are dressed in modern pajamas in "The Three Amigas"...on an island where all clothing is made of grass or fur.
- And I Must Scream: Lu being encased in hard candy mold at the end of "Jujubombs". Not that she didn't like it.
- Authority in Name Only: Nobody takes Wendell, the governor seriously, mostly because he really does not have any politics to do. Ditto for "Princess" Lu.
- Bamboo Technology: Og's inventions.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Berserk Button: Don't call Mike by her real name (Michelanne).
- Big Eater: Wendell. In the episode "Fitness Fever", after exercising and developing a buff physique, he gorged on chocolates and went back to his old self in a matter of hours.
- Lu eats at least 5 candies each about the size of her head. What's more, she swallows them whole.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: in "Nobody's Nose", Mike, thanks to Queeks, is chased by a thundercloud until she fufils her durty as the "nose" of the First Day Of Spring Festival.
- Queeks himself revieves one at the end of "Flustering Footwear Flotsam".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: At the end of "Giant Steps"
Mike: You didn't expect a happy ending, did you?
- Bumbling Dad: Alfred and Wendell.
- Butt Monkey: Lancelot suffers countless abuse at the hands of Lu.
- Lu herself has had her fair share of indignities as well, though most of the time, she deserves it.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Kierkegaard Kick!"
- Cave Behind the Falls: Lampshaded in "Brave Sir Lancelot"
Og: Why does it always have to be behind the waterfall?
- Child Prodigy: Og.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Mike (red), Lu (green), and Og (blue).
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Everyone sans Mike.
- Companion Cube: Petey (a palm tree) from "Palm Pet".
- Cool Big Sis: Hermione of the Cuzzlewit clan is notably smarter and saner than her two brothers.
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Some articles state that Mike is from the Bronx instead of Manhattan.
- Credits Gag: Episodes from the second season credit the songs as being performed by the Albonquetine National Orchestra and Chorus.
- Culture Clash
- Deadpan Snarker: Mike to a T.
Mike: He's just coming here to deliver the mail. He'll be gone before you know it.
Lu: That's what they said about you.
- The Determinator: Floyd from "Scooba Doobie Doo".
- Deranged Animation: Lu's Nightmare Sequence from "The Three Amigas".
- A Dog Named Dog: Goat and Pig.
- Averted with Spiney (a porcupine).
- Does Not Like Shoes: In one episode, a cargo box of shoes washes ashore. While Mike (who hates shoes) could care less, the islanders go nuts for them. It doesn't work out so well.
- Drop-In Character: The Cuzzlewitz clan.
- Eagleland: Type 2 tourists visit the island in "Crowded House".
- Eldritch Abomination: The germ monster from "Sneeze Please".
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Alfred. Bonus points for the fact he's a hunter.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Lu definitely thinks so. Mike, not so much.
- Expository Hairstyle Change : Everyone at the end of "Repeat After Me".
- Expy: The designs of the characters were based on co-creator Mikhail Aldashin's shorts by Pilot Moscow in the early 90s ("Poumse" and "The Hunter").
- Fangirl: Mike with Action Guy. She even dresses up as him and lip-synchs to audio tapes to ward off the pirates!
- Fantastic Racism: The Albonquetine and the Cuzzlewitz clans live on opposite sides of the island and have strong animosity. Though it is implied it is just for show.
- Fish out of Water: Mike.
- Flash Back: In "Flustrering Footwear Flotsam", Mike relates to the horrors of shoe shopping when she lived in New York told through still pictures. There is even a picture of her as a toddler crying.
MOMMY!!! JUST LET ME GO HOME!!!
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Freudian Couch: In "Flustering Footwear Flotsam", everyone came to Queeks when their new shoes started disrupting their lives (Alfred feels he has no purpose after catching the wombat, Margery obsessed with creating "shoe portraits", etc.).
- Funny Animal: The goat, the pig, and the porcupine are rather fond of discussing philosophy.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar
- In "Losing Lancelot", Margery expresses worry over the fact that Mike and Og are "out on a boat alone".
- And then there's the Philosophical Society's discussion on suicide...
Drinking hemlock indeed. I say Socrates
was a fool! It's bad enough the stuff will kill you, but it tasted bad. Surely there are other ways to do oneself in.
Goat: No there's not.
Spiney: You blasphemer!
- Gilligan Cut: In "A Freudian Split", Og urges Mike to dress up as Sigmund Freud to settle Goat and Pig's feud, but she says there's no way she'll "wear a fake beard and mustache to talk to a goat and a pig". No points for guessing what happens in the next scene.
- G-Rated Drug: Jujubombs are this to Lu.
- Also in "Hot Dog" where everyone got addicted to hot dogs. There was even an A.A.-esque meeting about their problems.
- Grumpy Old Man: Queeks.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: In "Losing Lancelot", while Lu is running, we're treated to a closeup of her feet to see ants running away screaming.
- I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Lu when it comes to a new modern fad. Take "Jujubombs" for example.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The pirates.
- Intellectual Animal: The goat, the pig, and the porcupine.
- Jerkass: Lu.
- Just One More Level: In "A Boy's Game", Og creates a Game Boy out of Bamboo Technology and gets hooked on it to the point of playing it out during a hurricane and neglecting the island's defenses.
- Kick The Turtle: Lu does this a lot.
- The Kids Are American: While the adults have British accents, Lu and Og speak with clear American accents.
- Limited Wardrobe: At one point, Mike is shown to own several identical pairs of red sneakers - the kind she wears all the time.
- Multi-Character Title
- Mythology Gag: Co-creator Mikhail Aldahin's film "Poumse", the partial inspiration for the show, was about a salesman who came to sell his items to a group of island natives. This was eventually reworked as "The King Of Curtains".
- National Anthem: "Island Paradise".
- Not in Front of the Parrot: "Repeat After Me".
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Mike. A rare human example.
- Off Model: Sometimes, Mike is drawn with buck teeth like the other islanders. Other times a character's eyebrows may be thicker for one shot.
- Sometimes, Mike's pigtails vary in size.
- The animation in the pilot short was a little choppier than the series.
- Only Sane Man: Mike.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: The island has a trio of pirates who are the shipwrecked descendants of the pirates who shipwrecked the island's other inhabitants.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation
- Right Behind Me: In "Night Of The Living Ancestors", Lu is badmouthing her deceased Aunt Lulu, calling her a "self-centered, old hag". Guess whose ghost was behind her.
- Royal Brat: Lu, oh sweet god, Lu.
- Say My Name: LANCELOOOOOOOOT!!!!
- Sanity Slippage: Mike in "Sultans Of Swat".
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Queeks.
- Seldom Seen Species: You don't see Wombats that much outside of Australian Media.
- Serious Business: Mike with baseball.
Og: Hey, it's only a game.
Mike: Only a game? ONLY A GAME?!? Baseball is not only a game! Baseball is THE game!
- Shaggy Dog Story: "Giant Steps".
- To elaborate, Wendell told everyone that a giant is on an annual rampage and Queeks gets Mike to fetch three things (a shark's tooth, a spider web, and and egg shell) to keep the "giant" away. However, it turned out that the giant story was metaphorical for the rainy season and that Margery had the objects the whole time, revealing that Mike had to go get those things for nothing.
- Short Runner: By any standard, but also for a cable cartoon series.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Lu
- SMURFING: When Mike starts hallucinating from lack of hot dogs. "We can get along just hot-dog without hot-dog."
- Springtime for Hitler: In "For The Love Of Mike", the Cuzzlewitz boys go crazy for Mike and her attempts to drive them away get them even more attracted to her. And that included cooking terrible food and covering herself with bat guano! She finally gets them away by wearing a dress and putting on perfume.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The Ablonquetines (sans Margery) all have buck teeth. Likewise, the Cuzzlewitz have buck teeth from the bottom set.
- The ghosts from "Night Of The Living Ancestors" looks like older versions of the islanders.
- Sudden Anatomy: In "The Three Amigas", Mike suggests that she, Lu, and Hermione paint their nails. In the next scene, they suddenly have visible and painted nails.
- Same goes for Lu when she told Mike to trim her toenails in "To Serve Lu"
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Taken for Granite: While planning a party Lu gets coated with hard candy by Mike and Og (since they're sick of her jujubomb addiction), and becomes her own centerpiece.
- A nice aspect is that she doesn't really mind, licking her own lips to taste all the candy she wants.
- Theme Initials: Mike's former friends from New York are named Melissa and Max.
- Through a Face Full of Fur: Og's face turns bright red with anger in "Hot Dog".
- Tomboyish Name: Mike
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mike and Lu.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hot dogs for Mike (and in one episode, everyone else), Jujubombs (basically jawbreakers) for Lu and turtle soup for the pirates
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The three pirates never really do anything pirate-like, due to no longer having a ship. The closest would be their attempts at stealing Lancelot to make turtle soup from him.
- Unstoppable Mailman: Floyd from "Scuba Doobie Doo", despite being a ditz.
- Use Your Head: When Lu tries to think of a plan to put her face on the island's new currency in "Money", she says to herself "Use your head", giving her the idea to ram her head into the printing press.
- Vague Age: We don't know Mike's age, but most articles say she's around 11 or 12. Subverted with Lu and Og; Lu is revealed to be 10 in "High Rise", while Og turns 7 in "The Great Snipe Hunt".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Alfred and the wombat have their moments.
- Vocal Dissonance: The Albonquetines dress in faux-Polynesian attire, but speak in proper British accents. Justified, as their ancestors were British. Strangely, Lu and Og speak with more American dialects.
- Averted with most of the Cuzzlewit clan.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Unusually, the tribe is actually European, being the descendants of the survivors of the British ship Betty Anne that ran aground outside the island in the 19th century.
- Walk This Way: In "Yo Ho Who", the captain leads the kids to treasure and as the captain follows what the map says, the kids follow what he says.
- Wild Child: The Cuzzlewitz kids, Haggis and Baggis. Subverted with their sister, Hermione.
- With Friends Like These...: Mike says this at the end of "Scuba Doobie Doo".