Mr. Bogus was an animated Saturday morning series that aired in the US in 1991. It is based on a series of Belgian Claymation-animated shorts featuring the titular character. These shorts serve as tie-ins to commercial breaks or returns from commercial breaks.The series followed the adventures and misadventures of the eponymous character, Bogus, a tiny yellow-skinned gremlin who lives in the house of Tommy Anybody, a young boy who lives in a suburban neighborhood. Besides his adventures in Tommy's house, Bogus also went on various adventures in his native homeland called Bogusland, in which he came from by use of a bathroom mirror. During these adventures, Bogus was also occasionally joined up by his bratty younger cousin, appropriately named Brattus. Throughout the series, Bogus is best known for his clumsiness, his humongous appetite, and his penchant for doing good deeds.The series was created by Calico Entertainment and Zodiac Entertainment, the same two companies that created Widget The World Watcher.Recap page here.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
Amazing Technicolor Population: Besides the fact that Bogus and his relatives, Brattus, Bogunda, and Bogetta, all have yellow skin, other denizens of Bogusland also have different radiant skin colors, ranging from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. This also does not exclude Baddus, who may not look like all the other Bogusland citizens, but would certainly qualify, with his emerald green skin.
Angrish: Bogus will very often indulge in this when really angry.
Balloon Belly: Happened several times to Bogus, whenever he ate a lot.
Big Eater: Despite his diminutive size, Bogus can actually pack away foodstuffs that are bigger than he is.
Couch Gag: This show, of all others, actually does not avoid this! During the opening credits, after it gets through the part with Bogus eating the ice cream, it will then segue into a different claymation vignette before being followed by another one after the first one has played out. And after the second vignette has played, it then cuts to Bogus doing his trademark dance, before the "Mr. Bogus" logo comes up at the end.
Cowardly Lion / Lovable Coward: Bogus isn't exactly the bravest one around, but when the chips are down, he will do whatever he can to make everything right again.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: In one of the rare cases that Bogus and Brattus get paired up with Ratty and Mole (usually in an Enemy Mine moment), it goes like this: Bogus is Melancholic, Brattus is Sanguine, Ratty is Choleric, and Mole is Phlegmatic.
In the first act of the episode "Shop Around The Clock", Bogus sets up a series of tactics and scenarios in order to stop Jake and Butch from stealing a priceless crown from the department store. These include controlling a pair of fishing pants, dressing himself up as a conductor to use music instruments to attack Butch, and controlling a fisherman dummy to chase away the two baddies.
Used again in the first act of the episode "Bogunda, Bogetta & Bogus", this time in the Anybody residence when Jake and Butch return. This time, Bogus is able to keep them deterred by firing light bulbs from a lamp, using a toy mouse to grab them on the nose, and using his shadow projected on the wall to scare them out of the house.
This happens in the second act of the episode "Meet Mr. Bogus" during a wrestling match on TV that Bogus has engaged in. The behemoth that Bogus is fighting against just easily grabs him by the arms and ties him up before using a belly flop on him.
This was also used in the first act of the episode "Museum Madness". Bogus finds himself facing off against the pharaoh's pet cobra, before fighting the cobra in a Big Ball of Violence. After the fight ends, Bogus is victorious, with the cobra all tied up in knots.
In the first act of the episode "Babysitting Bogus", the baby does this to Bogus at the start of the match when Bogus tries to pull off some karate moves against the baby. This leads to Bogus getting tied up to one of the crib's bars.
The Hyena: Bogus will occasionally laugh maniacally when giddy or otherwise embarrassed.
Hyperaffixation: Due to the fact that he often speaks with a slight Speech Impediment (Not unlike that of a 5-year-old), Bogus will often use the word "mondo" before adding the letter 'o' at the end of a word used after it in his sentences. Examples include, "Mondo coolo", "Mondo safe-o", etc.
Sewer Gator: One episode had Bogus and Brattus get eaten by an alligator while they are in the sewer, but escape, before calling on the help of this gator in order to help them stop Ratty, Mole, and a trio of biker rats.
Shameful Shrinking: Believe it or not, this actually happened to the already-tiny Bogus once.