Western Animation / Mrs Mungers Class

Simmer! Simmer! Simmer down, students!
Simmer! Simmer! Simmer down, students!

Mrs. Munger's Class was a series of 90-second shorts directed by Tim Maloney that aired between commercial breaks on ABC's One Saturday Morning block from 1997 to 1998. It is a yearbook page of students and their exasperated teacher exchanging funny insults and dialogue. Each student had a different personality to go along with his or her portrait.

Actual school portraits were used for the characters, though distorted and manipulated to avoid clearing personality rights. Despite this, it still eventually led to a class-action lawsuit against Disney from the teacher and four of her former students whose portraits were used in the show.

After the lawsuit, Maloney created Centerville, which used the same premise of talking student photos.

Episodes from both shows can be watched here.

This show contains examples of:

  • Always Identical Twins: George and George.
  • Art Evolution: There are a few subtle improvements in season 2, including a better bus animation and full bodies for the characters. Some of the students even sport new looks, with Cissy and Lance sporting new hair and Gordon getting a new 'picture'. The outside of the school is also changed a bit, including some trees in the background and a new title card on the school sign.
  • Big Eater: Grace, who is known to barbecue in class.
  • Butt-Monkey: Grace, often because of her weight.
  • Catch-Phrase: Many characters have one.
    • Mrs. Munger: "Simmer! Simmer!", and variants thereof.
    • Grace: "Cut it out!"
    • George and George: "WE'RE NOT TWINS!"
    • Mahoot: "What?"
    • Gordon: "Olé!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Half the class.
    • Or better yet, anyone who isn't Dawn or Yvonne.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "Gerald the Gerbil", Mrs. Munger announces that Gerald has "passed away". The twins are oblivious to what this means, prompting the class to mess with their heads until Mrs. Munger finally says flat out he's dead.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Mrs. Munger is voiced by OSM executive producer Peter Hastings.
  • Early Installment Weirdness
    • In the first few episodes, Gordon is played by a guy instead of Cree Summer.
    • The Georges have deeper voices early on.
    • Mahoot's voice has a higher and raspy voice.
  • Flat "What.": Mahoot.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • In "Makeover" the class surprises Mrs. Munger with the Sven, a handsome makeup artist. Before he is properly introduced, a flustered Mrs. Munger informs Sven his "dancing" won't be needed.
    • One episode has Cissy complain to Mrs. Munger about Dawn "smoochin' patootie." In other words, she's ratting Dawn out for being a kiss-ass.
  • Goth: Karyn, complete with a morbid sense of humor.
  • Got Me Doing It: In "Spelling Bee", Mrs. Munger responds to Theodore's attempt to spell "gather" in which he lists most of the alphabet by sarcastically suggesting that he left out a letter... "Olé!"
  • Hidden Depths: The two times Mahoot said something besides "What?" During an oral report he said a complex sentence praising the diversity of America. Another time, he gave a sympathetic "Oh." when Dawn revealed her Freudian Excuse for being a perfectionist and teacher suck-up.
  • Insufferable Genius: Dawn, who constantly shows this off to Mrs. Munger, who isn't especially impressed by this.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Naturally being sued out of existence means the show can never be released officially anywhere, but fortunately Disney doesn't seem to care about keeping it off the Internet either.
  • Once per Episode: The whole series runs on running gags, but in the first season, Mahoot almost never leaves when the bell rings.
  • Only Sane Man: Gordon and Yvonne.
    • Dawn is usually portrayed as such, but still insists on sucking up to Mrs. Munger.
  • Pig Latin: Lance speaks entirely in this manner.
  • Pokémon Speak: Mahoot, though by saying "What?".
  • The Quiet One: Rock, though he eventually starts talking (and sounding a lot like Yoda). He even reveals himself to be an alien after Mrs. Munger takes a sick leave and zaps all his classmates (except Lance, who is also an alien), then invites his alien friends. This, however, turns out to be a daydream as Rock is awoken by Mrs. Munger, who is revealed to be his mom. However, this, too, is a dream as a delirious Mrs. Munger wakes up.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers / Author Existence Failure: The aforementioned lawsuit, which led to Centerville.
  • Speech Impediment: Theodore. He frequently gets called upon to answer questions regardless.
  • Straw Feminist: Yvonne.
    Mrs. Munger: Yvonne, please spell the word, "woman". "Woman".
    Yvonne: Woman. O-P-P-R-E-S-S-E-D. Woman.
  • Teacher's Pet: Dawn, who sits right next to Mrs. Munger.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Mrs. Munger ends almost every episode with one. "Oh, criminy Dutch!"
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dawn attempts to take charge of the class in "Rock's Song" when Mrs. Munger is forced to step out. This prompts Rock to end his silence and use his alien powers to zap her and anyone who questions his command until only he and Lance remain. Turns out it was all a dream though.
  • Verbal Tic: Gordon. Olé!