Western Animation: The Bremen Avenue Experience
The Bremen Avenue Experience
is an Animated Show
whose five episodes were made by writer Steve Patrick and director Adam Fuchs in 2008 for Cartoon Network
's "Wedgies" program. It's a modern adaptation of "The Bremen Town Musicians
", a Fairy Tale
from Germany popularized by The Brothers Grimm
The titular characters are four Funny Animals
who have formed a Garage Band
. The series revolves around the group's rehearsals, where they deal with each other's quirky personalities while trying to make music together (and sometimes succeeding). The band members are Barrett
the donkey, the keyboardist who's (more or less) in charge; Simon
the dog, the enthusiastic guitarist; Jessica
, the feline bassist who's a little more sensible than the others; and Tanner
the rooster, the lovably eccentric drummer.
Since it didn't get picked up as a series, the show remains obscure
, but thanks to its unique and heartwarming storylines, it became something of a Cult Classic
. All five episodes can be watched on the Cartoon Network
The Trope Avenue Experience:
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- All Drummers Are Animals: Literally, in Tanner's case.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: In "Tanner's Story", Tanner's dad seems to be one at first, but turns out to be a Cool Old Guy after all.
- Bare Your Midriff: Jessica.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Jessica and Tanner.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Tanner is kind of spacey.
- Control Freak: Barrett tries hard to keep the BAE focused on music—sometimes, a little too hard.
- Fake Band
- Fake Brit: Invoked in "Barrett's Story", where Barrett tries singing a ballad with a Cockney accent because "A lot of classic rock music came from England! The Beatles, The Stones...". However, the others aren't thrilled with it. As Tanner says, "English guys don't sing with that accent!"
- Flashback: Used in "Simon's Story" to illustrate that the band members have known each other since childhood.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Simon and Tanner have them. However, Jessica doesn't have thumbs, and Barrett has hooves instead of hands. How can these two play their instruments? Rule of Funny and/or Impractical Musical Instrument Skills.
- Funny Animal
- Garage Band
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The first episode is titled "Introducing The Bremen Avenue Experience." The other four are titled "Simon's Story", "Jessica's Story"...you get the idea.
- Kinda Busy Here: In "Jessica's Story", the incessant ringing of Jessica's mobile phone disrupts a rehearsal—until the band starts incorporating it into the song they're playing.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: A borderline example; the "London Town" sequence in "Barrett's Story" includes a human British Royal Guard and the human Giant Foot of Stomping from the Monty Python's Flying Circus Title Sequence. Other than that, the show takes place in a World of Funny Animals.
- Mad Artist: Simon, and it's Played for Laughs. In "Tanner's Story", he tries to get the others to wear costumes and makeup. In "Simon's Story", he attempts to put "the wow factor" in the band's act by shooting off fireworks during a rehearsal. Hilarity Ensues.
- Minimalist Cast: The series has exactly one guest star (Pete Donnelly from "Tanner's Story").
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Or sandals, in Simon's case.
- Only One Name: The entire cast, except for Tanner and his father Pete; in "Tanner's Story", their last name is revealed as Donnelly.
- Petting Zoo People: The entire cast.
- The Power of Rock
- Retired Badass: Pete Donnelly is a former roadie—and a pretty good drummer in his own right.
- Short Runners: Not only did the show last only five episodes, each episode is a little over two minutes long. You can watch the whole series in about 11-12 minutes.
- Shout-Out: Several. For starters, the band/series name is a tribute to The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
- Stock Footage: Each episode begins with the same Establishing Shot of the house where the band rehearses. Also, a shot of three of the band members as seen over Barrett's shoulder appears fairly often.
- To Be a Master: In the Pilot Episode, Barrett says he wants the BAE to become "one of the truly great bands".
- Women Are Wiser: Jessica is usually the Only Sane Woman among the group, valiantly trying to keep the peace when her bandmates argue or otherwise get out of hand.
- World Limited to the Plot: The band rehearses in a room inside a suburban house. The entire series is set within that room.