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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ned's family and classmates from the TV show to the game.
  • Downer Ending: In the show, all the nightmares of course end this way.
    • Of course, Ned wakes up.
  • George Washington: Or at least, a talking version of him on a quarter in one episode.
  • Homage: The Willie Trout episode was a play on Pinocchio, with Geppetto himself, and Cicero as Figaro.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Sequence: The entire premise.
  • "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.
  • Potty Emergency: In an episode where two tall girls keep Ned as a pet and force feed him water.