Scaredy Squirrel is a 2-D animated cartoon series by Nelvana, based (very) loosely on the book series of the same name. To celebrate April Fools' Day on Friday, April 1, 2011, YTV aired a special sneak peek episode of Scaredy Squirrel in Canada. Then on Sunday, April 3, 2011, YTV officially premiered Scaredy Squirrel at 9:30 a.m. EDT. The series premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on August 9, 2011, at 7 p.m. EDT. Cartoon Network gave up on it after only a few months, but it continues to air in Canada.The show's protagonist is a Super OCD squirrel named Scaredy who works in a supermarket. His best friend is a Fat Idiot skunk named Dave.
This show provides examples of:
Adipose Rex: Scaredy turns into one of these during the nut bar episode. Even Dave admits Scaredy has got a problem.
Dave: (pointing to the camera) Uh, we all just SAW that it happened, so...
Also routinely in the Safety Corner lessons at the end of the episode.
Brick Joke: The "donkey detector" from "From Rodent With Love"
Broken Aesop: While the show is usually Aesop-rich, at least one episode (the one with the golden paddle ball) has the characters not learn the lesson obviously set up, with Dave dropping a similar but unrelated aesop, then both lessons forgotten in the next few seconds.
Cool Toy: Parodied in "Snerd Envy", where the toy everyone in town but Scaredy has is completely plain and useless. And then again when Scaredy convinces the rest of the characters that he has an invisible one. They follow him at first until he fesses up... but then wins them back when he has the cool new "Mr. Handy Hand" (just googly eyes placed on his hand). This episode also leads to a subtle Aesop about using your imagination.
Companion Cube: Scaredy has a plant named Richard whom he talks to. It might even be his pet.
Continuity Nod: In the spy parody episode, he says, "How can you know how to do all these crazy things and yet still pack the eggs on the bottom?" In an earlier episode about the suggestion box, Mildred did indeed pack the eggs on the bottom.
Scaredy: "How am I going to get to the top of that tree?"
Dave: "Maybe you could scamper up the side? You know... like a squirrel?"
Scaredy: "I think you're gonna have to launch me."
George Jetson Job Security: Scaredy's gotten fired a few times; but it's more potent among employees such as the donkey and beaver, who get fired by Nestor and his mother on a regular basis, yet show up in the next episodes as if nothing happened.
Lampshade Hanging: Scaredly likes to question some of the insanity that surrounds his life.
In Name Only: There is literally nothing in common between the books and animated series save for the character being a squirrel with fears. Granted, there was very little they could do if they played the source material straight, so Tropes Are Not Bad as well as Melanie Watts who wrote the books, directs the show.
Jerkass: Nester, the way he treated Scaredy in the nutbar epoisode won't help matters. Also his mom.
Our Zombies Are Different: Zigzagged in "Aisle of the Damned". During a heat wave, everyone who drinks the Brain Freezer turns into a zombie. Scaredy deduces that they aren't really zombies, but just hot. Turns out the Brain Freezer machine was set on zombie mode.
Satellite Love Interest: Subverted, maybe, with Sue, the "girl Scaredy". Despite appearing (briefly) in the opening credits, she has only been in one episode, and thanks to theatrical superstitions, she turned into an Abhorrent Admirer.
Toothy Bird: Nester. (And most of the other birds in town.)
The Ending Changes Everything: The ending of "Stack to School" is one big Homage to The Usual Suspects. After failing multiple times to show that he can be spontaneous, Scaredy passes his spontaneity class by racing to and performing a daring rescue at the Stash n' Hoard. It's only after Scaredy receives his diploma and leaves that his teacher realizes that Scaredy had orchestrated the entire thing (and therefore wasn't spontaneous at all).