Ain't no burger stands, ain't no disco bands, on the island where nobody goes.
— Opening theme
A Cartoon Networkoriginal 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 and Peanuts 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 keeps Lancelot on a leash and makes yelping sounds when trying to communicate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Humble Beginnings: The show's beginnings trace toward Mikhail Aladhin's short films "Poumse" and "The Hunter" (the former looking much closer to the show). The execs at Cartoon Network saw them as came up with the idea to make a show based on them while at the same time, veteran director Charles Swenson came up with the idea of a spunky, redheaded tomboy. The two ideas were combined and the rest was history.
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".
Screwed by the Network: Cartoon Network canceled the series after two season, despite it still having a rather significant fanbase (the series was never given its an adaptation in the Cartoon Cartoons comic books, even though many fans kept writing in and requesting it).
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.
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".
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.
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.