Western Animation / The Brothers Flub

The two brothers; Guapo (left) and Fraz

One of the most obscure cartoons ever. It never seemed to catch on, lasting a full 26 episodes from January 1999 to January 2000 on Nickelodeon note . The show focused on a pair of blue alien brothers named Guapo and Fraz Flub, both different shades of blue. Guapo is fat and eager, while Fraz is skinny and panicky. The two worked as couriers for a company called Retrograde and traveled to various worlds with unusual quirks. These included a planet so small that one of them swallowed it, one that featured a lifesize pinball machine, and one inhabited by beatnik aliens.

Although it was met with a decent amount of commercial tie-ins, including toys at fast food chains and appearances in ads for Macy's, the show never caught on. What few critics paid it any mind didn't think that it was anything good.

Not to be confused with The Brothers Grunt.


  • 1 Million B.C.: One of the planets the brothers visit is a prehistoric world.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The entire cast.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Guapo and Fraz are shades of blue. Their boss, Tarara Boomdeyay, is green. Other characters include the purple Valerina and the orange Squish.
  • Amnesia Episode: "Thanks for the Memories", which revolves around Fraz losing his memory by exposing himself to a strange gas, forcing Guapo to show him some old pictures of them in a photo album to revive his memory.
  • Break the Cutie: Fraz.
  • Butt-Monkey: Fraz, whose mindset of "pretty much anything could be your doom" leads to him being this.
  • Catch-Phrase: Fraz. "It's all part of my master plan."
  • Cowardly Lion: Fraz.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Fraz used the word "doom" in nearly every episode. One of the show's video collections is titled "Doom Wears Funny Tights!"
  • Fat and Skinny: The titular brothers.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Guapo sometimes lapses into this. Heck, his name is Spanish for "handsome".
  • Human Sacrifice: Fraz nearly falls victim to this trope in "Heads Up" when the people of the Land of Easter Island Head People try to send him to the "Land of Happiness and Bliss"... which apparently happens to be right at the top of a nearby volcano.
  • Kill the Cutie: Mr. Doom tries to do this to Fraz in "Paradise Shmaradise".
  • "King Kong" Climb: In the episode "Cookie Crumbles", the cookie king that the brothers bake ends up climbing a skyscraper with Guapo in his hand.
  • Living Ship: The Hoog, the spaceship that the Flubs drive, is addressed as a living being. It even has a tongue for a bay door.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: The credits list the voice actors, but don't say who voiced which character.
  • Off-Model: The show is quite infamous for this trope. The animation itself is rather... indescribably strange. The character movement is pretty bouncy and awkward, and there are some instances where the voices don't sync up perfectly with the mouth movements.
  • Planet of Hats: Every planet that Retrograde makes deliveries to is a particular hat planet. For example:
  • Punny Name: Tarara Boomdeyay is named for a kids' novelty song.
  • Shout-Out: The episode "Shrinky Dinky" featured a Show Within a Show called "Desperate Hospital".
  • Surreal Theme Tune: The theme song is nothing but off-key "na na na"s with an occasional "flub" thrown in.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Guacamole for Guapo.
  • Two Shorts
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Bejabbers!", which caught a second life on the also short-lived but much better regarded Dave the Barbarian.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: The episode "A Courier's Carol".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or in the case of the Flub brothers, blue fur.