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A Canadian/German animated series by Nelvana.When young Ned Flemkin scraped enough money to buy a pet - a newt (the only animal he could afford) he called Newton, he did not expect that the special "Zippo" newt food he fed it would cause Newton to grow regularly, if temporarily into a humanoid, 6-foot-tall friendly trickster with a penchant for humorous Shapeshifting.The series follows Ned's life in his school (where he deals with his Love Interest Linda, ditzy best friend Doogle, and local Rich Bitch Rusty) and in his everyday life, focusing on the zany misadventures he gets through with (and usually because of) Newton to help him.
Arbitrary Skepticism: The Halloween episode, when Ned is home alone and the Frankenstein's monster suddenly shows up at his doorstep (in reality his uncle who's coming by to check on him. He's on his way to a Halloween party, and can't get off his costume on his own).
Ned: It looks like Frankenstein! But he doesn't really exist, does he? Newton: Hey, you're talking to a six-foot newt that can do this: (Newton unhinges his upper jaw, causing a weasel in a harlequin costume to pop out of his lower jaw and juggle) Newton: Face it: The reality level here is a mite thin!
Big Applesauce: The episode "Newt York, Newt York". Ned is excited to go to New York City for the weekend because an xylophone note is on sale there, but his parents cancel it after hearing the urban legend that alligators live in the sewers. Ned and Newton go to NYC anyway, and try to "blend in with the locals" (e.g. when Newton turns into a shady watch seller, see Coat Full of Contraband below) until they fall into a manhole by accident that leads to the sewers. Soon they find the alligators (again by accident), who are actually wanting to perform a musical on stage. They help the alligators exit New York in order to perform the musical, and one week later Ned finally gets the xylophone note that he wanted.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Newton suffers a fate like this after hearing a group of sirens in "The Man Who Would Be Flemking". He then rows the boat from day until night when the boat crashes. Afterwards, this is what happens:
One of the sirens: We just gotta learn a number that makes people applaud instead of rowing to their death.
Expository Theme Tune: "There once was a boy who wanted a pet / When he got to the store a newt was all he could get / Brought it home but to his surprise / The newt just laid there, he was barely alive / The pet store owner knew what to do / He gave the boy a can of Zippo Newt Food!"
Gainax Ending: In one episode, Ned and his family go on a cruise, and Ned and Newton supposedly get lost at sea, surrounded by icebergs. The episode ends with them turning out to be in the icemaker on the ship.
Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The old guy from the pet store seems to work everywhere else in the city. Sometimes there's more than one of him. His "official" name, in fact, is simply "The Usual Guy".
Limited Wardrobe: Everyone. One episode lampshades this by having Mrs. Flemkin tell Ned to change his clothes; he proceeds to pull his orange shirt and blue pants inside out, somehow turning them into a blue shirt and orange pants, and wears them for the rest of the episode.
Paper-Thin Disguise: As long as Newton is wearing human clothes, no one seems to notice that he's a 6-foot tall, blue-skinned freak.
Plot Hole: In the pilot, Ned pays exactly $1.65 (all of the change in his piggy bank) for Newton; the pet store owner actually rips him off, because the price list said $1.49. However, in a later episode, Ned loses his "lucky penny", described as such because it was his change when he bought Newton, even though we were explicitly shown the original transaction.
Prank Call: Demonstrated in the first episode. After Newton breaks Ned's parents' juicer by accident, Ned attempts to call (presumably) the pet store owner that he has to return Newton, by which the latter overhears and attempts to prank call people while shapeshifting into various characters; however, after he morphs into a refrigerator repairman Ned hangs the phone.
Basically, it involves a vehicle on a racetrack, which takes a pair of scissors with it. The vehicle then reaches a rope that the scissors cut, causing a toy dog tied to a balloon to start floating. The balloon then gets popped by a drawing pin, making the dog fall and trigger its parachute, but not before finally landing on a bucket of water.
Running Gag: These gags span the episodes of all three seasons.
Mrs. Flemkin finding (and shooing) a crow in the kitchen (or any other room in their house).
Newton's solution to various problems involving a rubber duck and bicycle pump (which he never gets to use).
Quahogs in a barrel (or other container) which sing M-O-T-H-E-R by Howard Johnson. Sometimes Newton will interact with them, saying later or not by the time.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Rusty. The town mayor is his parents' old friend, and is more than eager to bend the rules of the great city scavenger hunt in his favor ("Remote Possibility"). Same happens when he takes Linda for a date to an amusement park owned by his parents, and inexplicably seems to win all the time. ("Carnival Knowledge")
Spoof Aesop: Ned and Newton build a gigantic corporation by acquisitions and then let it collapse in on itself when they tire of it. As Ned enters his house:
Dad: I hope you've learned your lesson from this.
Ned: I sure have, Dad. Never buy a company on leveraged credit.
As shown in "The Show Must Go Off", the ENTIRE TOWN thinks this.
Two-Timer Date: One episode has Ned inadvertently find himself on a date to practically every girl in the school (largely because of Newton). Newton is little help, since he just cites the example of the "sea newt" which mates with hundreds of females before they gang up and eat him.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A Running Gag is for Ned's parents to enter his room just as he's talking to Newton, upon which Newton quickly transforms into something supposedly innocuous... like the Venus of Milo, or "the big metal thingy for affixing a ship." Ned's parents comment on this, but never seem to mind.