Western Animation / Nightmare Ned


Yet another animated series from Disney, premiering on April 19, 1997. Ned Needlemeyer is a nervous 8 year old with several intense fears, which play themselves out in exaggerated fashions in his dreams. Each episode is basically one long Nightmare Sequence of Ned facing a different fear. The show lasted for 25 episodes.

This TV show contained examples of the following tropes:

  • Chess with Death: One sequence has Ned playing checkers with the Tooth Fairy over his teeth.
  • Defanged Horrors: The nightmares Ned comes across...for the most part.
  • Downer Ending: In the show, all the nightmares end this way. Of course, Ned wakes up and depending on the episode it might have a positive or negative influence on him. It is averted thankfully in the "Abduction" since it was the only real one.
  • Face Your Fears: In the dreams Ned attempts to do that though usually he still fails. In the game however....
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Dream!Frank Grimes seems to treat clinics like magic shows.
  • Mutagenic Food: Ned is tricked into eating dog food by Conrad and Vernon in one episode, and naturally winds up dreaming that he's transformed into a dog. He gets his revenge on the bullies (in the dream, anyway) by tricking them into eating cat food, then chasing them down when they turn into cats.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Dream!Frank Grimes is a doctor... who's also a magician.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: One episode's nightmare is about Ned forgetting to put his clothes on and arriving to school wearing nothing but a raincoat, which he's forced to abandon before class. The episode's end has the same nightmare happen to his father.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The zombies preparing Ned and the zombie girl's wedding in "Until Undeath Do Us Apart."
  • Potty Emergency: In an episode where two tall girls keep Ned as a pet and force feed him water.
  • Twist Ending: "Headless Lester": Ned isn't the one with nightmares this time around. Also in "Abduction," Ned isn't having dreams this time.