Western Animation / Moville Mysteries
Tommy "Hitch" Hitchcock, Mosley "Mo" Moville and Mimi Valentine
"Here is where it gets weird."
—Mo in the intro of every chapter
is a Canadian animated TV series starring Frankie Muniz
as the main character, Moville. The show is on YTV
in Canada and Jetix in Latin America. It was originally an Oh Yeah! Cartoon
, making it the only short to be adapated to a TV series by a network other than Nickelodeon.
The series was about the short guy Mosley Moville, better known just as Mo, and his friends Hitch and Mimi living a normal and peaceful life in Ouigee Falls, if your definition of normal and peaceful includes chilling mysteries every day — including weekends — and ...well, I think that now you have the idea.
Moville Mysteries provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: The coach's dad was a total jerk.
- Absentee Actor: Hitch and Mimi don't appear in Curse of the Mommies, The Night And Day of The Hunter, and Sold Your Soul For... What? In these episodes, Mo just appears as a narrator to isolated incidents that happened with other citizens of Ouigee Falls. Mimi doesn't appear in The Good Old Days, but she and hitch get old-timey versions of themselves.
- Hitch and Mimi are absent from Something Fishy In The Lake Gimme-Gimme-Itchee-Owee.
- Agent Mulder: B.B. Boon. Mo is like this as well, though he is more normal and common-sensed than Boon.
- All Animals Are Dogs: In "Goo On You" with that blot-like green slime.
- It end up revelating that it was actually the pet of a bigger alien
- All Myths Are True: And you are only starting.
- Almighty Janitor: Mr. Cistern was some kind of former Indiana Jones in his ol' good days.
- Badass Family: Mo has a ancestor that was a witch hunter and his grandma makes her tea with roots from the cemetary and Mo himself fights monsters and ghosts every week.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Matilda and probably the old lady of the garden gnomes.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Even the main character was part of this one.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the episode "So You Sell Your Soul for... What?", we learn that Rodney's gifted and charismatic sister Matilda actually sold her soul for Satan so she could impress her father and make her brother jealous. Not bad enough? When Satan came to claim her soul, she tried to pull a Kansas City Shuffle on him and give her own brother's soul instead hers.
- Cool Old Guy: Mr. Cistern
- Cool Old Lady: Mo's grandma is kinda interesting for an old lady.
- The Chosen Mo: In "Follow That Mo"
- Crazy Jealous Guy: The viking boyfriend of Hitch's guardian angel in episode 15.
- A Day in the Limelight: Pretty much a lot of episodes were about mostly other people than Mo, Hitch and Mimi, showing sometimes Mo at the end only to probably exchange some words with the character.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mimi.
- Deal with the Devil: The main plot of the episode "So You Sold Your Soul For ... What?", with a small reference to the urban legend that famous blues guitarrist Robert Johnson had sold his soul to the Devil in exchange to become talented.
- Eldritch Abomination: Boon accidentally summons one in episode 21.
- Expy: B.B. Boon seems like a less psychotic (but still highly paranoid) version of Dib from Invader Zim.
- Evil Chef: Boon thought in this in "How Green Was My Lunch Meat" with a lot of Conspiracy Kitchen Sink
- The Fair Folk: The last episodes of the series featured a group of mean-spirited gnomes who schemed to turn all the humans in statues and a selfish leprechaun who tried to rid off of Mo and his friends from finding his gold.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "Curse Of The Mommies" not directly body swap, but the moms act exactly like their daughters.
- Free-Range Children: Mo and his friends (always ending up at the cemetery is not normal for kids of their ages)!
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The vampire family from the episode "The Creep Next Door".
- Not so friendly with the pizza guy.
- Future Badass: Boon.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When the vampiric mosquito exterminator is Eaten Alive by frogs.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A major motivator for the protagonist of Sold Your Soul For... What?, as well as a mix of "Well Done, Son!" Guy. He's jealous of how much attention his father throws onto his twin sister and blatantly ignores him. He sees all his sister's attempts to help him as her trying to just look good in front of their father.
- Headless Horseman: Episode 7 features Pumpkin Reaper, an urban legend that seemed to exist in Ouigee Falls when Mo's grandmother was younger. Mo comes face to face with the monster itself when he experiences a weird time travel phenomenon, made worse by the fact someone brought a weed-whacker along, and he stole it. However, it turns out the whole episode was a dream, until the Pumpkin Reaper pops in the last scene.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Coach Konkout. His father was so obsessed on him being a great coach he actually named him "Coach".
- Jerk Jock: Averted, Rico is extremely talented and very popular (and dumb as a sack of bricks), but he's also one of the nicest guys in town!
- Jimbo "Crazy Legs" Walker was really one and Hitch becomes in one in the same episode.
- The Men in Black: Hilariously subverted in episode 4 where they turn out to be men dressed in green suits.
- A MIB-like character appears in episode 21, though it is then revealed that he is actually an older Boon from the future who is trying to prevent Mo going crazy for a mistake he was responsible of.
- Leprechaun: "Scarin' O' The" Green episode.
- Limited Wardrobe: There were rare occasions in where the characters din't use their normal clothes.
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday/Bazaar of the Bizarre: In "The Pet Shop Of No Return" with the title little shop of creepy pets
- Mix-and-Match Critters: In "How Now Meowing Cow?", with some cute killer wolverine-bunnies even there.
- Monster of the Week
- Mystery Meat: One episode was about the local Conspiracy Theorist dragging Mo into investigating what the deal is with the new Mystery Meat at the cafeteria... since it's really tasty, everyone keeps buying it and it glows in the dark. After hinting that it's of extraterrestrial origin, they find out it's actually made of tofu, which causes all the kids to be disgusted that they've been eating something that's good for them. Since the kids refuse to eat it anymore, the manufacturers cancel their deal with the cafeteria. Then Mo asks the lunch lady why the meat glowed in the dark, and she says that she didn't know it did that. Turns out the manufacturers were aliens after all.
- Occult Detective
- Only Sane Girl: Mimi.
- Or Was It a Dream?: Multiple episodes ostensibly show the creepy supernatural events plaguing the characters as a bad dream, only for the ending to call that very strongly into question.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The vampiric villain from episode 6 has traits of a blood-sucking mosquito.
- Parental Abandonment: Other than Hitch's mom, who worries about him for hang out so much with his weird friend Mo, their parents don't seem to have any problems with the children running around after midnight.
- Power Trio:
- Mo: idealistic, curious to the point to put himself in danger (Superego)
- Mimi: rational, the most common-sensed of the group (Ego)
- Hitch: impulsive, adventure lover, naive (Id)
- Tempting Fate: Kinda almost every episode.
- Time Travel: Hitch in episode 23.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Showed in "Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall" with the girl.
- Weirdness Magnet: Ouigee Falls, of course.