Western Animation: The Cramp Twins
The Cramp Twins is an animated series created by cartoonist Brian Wood. The show was produced in association with Cartoon Network
Europe. It is about Lucien Cramp (Kath Soucie
) and Wayne Cramp (Tom Kenny
), not-so identical twins who live with their hygiene-obsessed mother (Nicole Oliver
) and their Western-obsessed father (Ian James Corlett
) in the fictional town of Soap City, where cleanliness is a way of life and any concern about nature will make you a pariah. Sadly, but obviously, neither get along. Wayne's friend is Dirty Joe (Lee Tockar
) and the girl that has a crush on him is Wendy Winkle (Jayne Paterson), though he hates her. His enemies are Miss. Hillary Hissy (Cathy Weseluck
, who also plays Tony's mom, Lily, and Mrs. Winkle) and Lucien's friends are Tony Parsons (Terry Klassen who also plays Tony's dad, Seth) and Mari and Luke Harrison (Adam Little).
The series is notable for being one of the few cartoons to mix familiar Los Angeles voice actors (Tom Kenny, Kath Soucie) with Canadian actors from The Ocean Group
(Ian James Corlett, Nicole Oliver, Lee Tockar).
The series season one premiered in the UK in September 2001 on Cartoon Network
(UK) and on February 2, 2002 on CBBC on BBC One
respectively and has reached high popularity with children. Season one ended on 21 June 2002. A second season premiered in Autumn 2003. Season 2 finished in 2003. Season 3 started in 2004 and ended in 2005. Season 4 began in 2006 and ended that same year. A fifth season is upcoming. The show is currently licensed to Cartoon Network
- Abusive Parents: Mr and Mrs Cramp are not what you would call the world's best parents. They are often at odds with their sons and tend to neglect Lucien (though this usually due to their polarized views on nature and cleanliness causing a rift between them), an example example being the episode where Wayne has a harp and constantly praising him while for the most part ignoring Lucien. Oddly enough, Lucien recognised what was happening but it's never brought up again and never dealt with.
- Mrs Cramp has a habit of whipping up dangerous cleansers which she often tries to test on the children, one of them was powerful enough to burn through Lucien's jumper.
- Adults Are Useless: All Wayne has to do to convince anyone that he's 'a good boy' or get his brother into trouble (sometimes both) is put on a sweet voice, Which is made worse by the fact that everybody knows and has seen time and time again just how rotten Wayne is but they continue to fall for it.
- Subverted with Mr Parsons who is probably the only consistently capable adult in town. When Wayne steals his spitting geese he doesn't fall for Waynes good boy act, unfortunatly his idiot father shows us just how incapable he is by delivering this memorable line.
Mr. Cramp: Thats his good boy voice so I know he's telling the truth.
- Subverted in one episode where his mother actually does not fall for it.
Wayne: (Fake voice) Please, mommy? I'm a good boy.
Mrs. Cramp: No, Wayne, you're not!
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Wendy Winkle...
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Other than regular white and black skin tones, characters can also have blue/purple, yellow or green skin...
- Berserk Button: For Mrs. Cramp, pretty much any dirt or mess of any sort is enough to set her off. To a lesser extent, Rodeo Rita.
- Her mother is apparently allowed to insult her family and cooking though, they don't matter.
- Cain and Abel: Wayne and Lucien Cramp, and how.
- Child Hater: Miss Hissy isn't subtle about her contempt for children. A notable example happens when she narrates some footage about children working in the past, talking about the "good days" and trying to have the projector shut off before the film reveals itself to be a documentary about the horrors of child labor.
- Comically Missing the Point: In the episode where Lucien has to use the bathroom but can't because of Wayne, he walks in on a cleaning club meeting that his mother is in and tells her that Wayne is fishing in the toilet. After her friends leave she gets mad...because Lucien embarrassed her in front of the cleaning club.
- Continuity Nod: One episode has the rest of the kids in school following Wayne's trends, to the point where they call Lucien names. One calls him 'Worm Features', prompting interest from Wayne, who adds it to his list of names in later episodes.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Winkle
- Crapsaccharine World: The world looks all colorful, but there's a lot of unpleasant people living in it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Mr Winkle is formerly a swamp person, an embarrassing secret his former friends are willing to blackmail with whenever he tries to screw them over.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In one episode, Tony's small bride-to-be is revealed to be a serial kidnapper who entraps other small husbands in a chest. Even Wayne, who regularly abuses Tony and has even tried to kill him a few times, is disturbed by this revelation.
- In "Bully for Wayne" even Wendy gets absolutely annoyed at Brick.
- Evil Twin: Wayne Cramp.
- Fan Disservice: Miss Hissy's overly large butt, which gets the occasional Panty Shot.
- G-Rated Drug: Fizz Bombers candy. It was banned from school, was being pulled from stores before the consumers burst in and tried to outright steal it, and many of those who ate them ended up in hospital seemingly to be treated for addiction. Side effects may include hearing the candy talking to you, seeing green mist faces and being willing to do disgusting things to get more.
- Gross Out Show: The episode, Spit Collector, is a stand-out example.
- Growing Up Sucks: The first episode involves Lucien making Wayne think he's a man (It Makes Sense in Context). Initially, he enjoys it, but by the end of the episode he's desperate to become a 'kid' again.
- Hair-Raising Hare: One is the focus of the episode "Hankenstein" where Wayne becomes fond of the titular rabbit that wrecks everything in its path and attacks several characters until the rabbit is seemingly pacified for good. At the end, he discovers that "Hankenstein" has feral offspring and promptly gets attacked.
- Henpecked Husband: Mr Cramp, at times. Concerning cleanliness and potential filth, he can be outright terrified of Mrs Cramp.
- He has little if any backbone in general.
- Mr Winkle may well be this, certainly to a lesser degree than Cramp, but there are signs.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lucien and Tony.
- Insufferable Genius: Lucien Cramp is a good deal smarter than most other residents of Soap City, but knows it all too well and can be rather obnoxious and self serving on occasion.
- It really backfired on him when he thought Mari's parents were behind a terrorist plot to sell glasses by causing carcrashers It was his own complaint after an embaressing afternoon that made everything that happened possible.
- Ironic Echo: In one episode, Wayne influences a bunch of little kids to be vandals and assailants. When approached by the cops, the little kids use Wayne's usual "I'm a good boy" line that results in Wayne getting arrested.
- Jerkass: Wayne Cramp.
- A good portion of the cast fit this trope: Mr/Mrs Cramp, Miss Hissy, Wendy Winkle (she once stole Tony's sister's doll just cause, among other things.), Rodeo Rita.
- Special notice goes to the Twins' grandmother who, while under the impression that she was being targeted by wolves, tried to set up Lucien and Wayne as bait, risking their lives to save her own. After she believes they were eaten (it's revealed that the "wolves" were just sounds made by their grandfather so that he could have a poker night to himself), she delivers the news to the parents. Her response to their shock and worry? "Life's rough!" and demands that they give her food as a guest.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr and Mrs Cramp, despite their stupidity and inconsiderate treatment, do seem to care about their two children deep down. Wayne on rarer occasions shows some care towards Lucien. Keeping in mind Lucien isn't exactly a saint himself, the whole Cramp Family may count as this trope.
- Laughably Evil: Wayne Cramp.
- Mama Bear: When she's not obsessing over keeping the house clean, Mrs. Cramp is often a kind and protective mother.
- Mega Corp.: Hazcam has it's own police force which can be dispatched to steal away children's toys, or even arrest people for not being obsessed with cleaning, and take them away to be 're-educated' in the ways of cleanliness.
- Nobody Poops: Completely averted. In fact, one episode is centered around Lucien desperately needing the bathroom, but being unable to go because Wayne is fishing in the toilet. However, they never actually mention the word 'poop':
Lucien: Oooh... he's been fishing in there all morning!
Tony: So? Go pee behind a bush. What's the big deal?
Lucien: I... don't... want... to pee...
Tony: So there's no problem.
Lucien: Yes there is!
Tony: Oh, you want to...
- Tony proved quite slow in that scene.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Wayne and Lucien.
- Premiseville: The series takes place in Soap City, which is fitting for two reasons. First, there's a soap factory there. Second, many of the residents (but particularly Mrs. Cramp) are obsessed with cleanliness.
- Rich Bitch: Both Mr. Winkle and Wendy, must run in the Winkle family genes.
- Pet the Dog: surprisingly, Mr Winkle does love his daughter, though then again, Wendy is just as bad as he is
- Promotion to Parent: Lucian is left in charge of Wayne.....and his father, by his mom when she starts working, because without someone to look after them Mr Cramp doesn't even know where his cloths are and Wayne goes to school in his nightwear.
- Slasher Smile: Wayne's default expression - particularly on the occasion where he had Lucien believe that he'd killed a bug by accident.
- Soapbox Sadie: Lucien at his worst. At one point he attempts to make a convoluted deduction about a scam concerning neighbourhood fence positioning, only to find out it was in fact due to a previous Soapbox Sadie incident where he complained that their previous structure could trap kids heads.
- Spoiled Brat: Wendy Winkle, oh so much.
- Stalker with a Crush: Again, Wendy Winkle towards Wayne.
- Super OCD: Mrs Cramp, with her hygiene obsession.
- Teens Are Short: OK, the main characters aren't actually teens: they're ten-year-olds. Still, the kids are WAY shorter than they should be when compared to the adults. For example, Lucien and Wayne are literally half their parents' height.
- The Dog Bites Back: When Wendy receives a pony, she starts to mistreat it, and then Tony uses it Ventriloquism to convince them that it can talk. He then starts to use it to boss Wendy around.
- Too Dumb to Live: Mr/Mrs Cramp, Wendy and Miss Hissy all manage this in one episode. Wayne manages to convince them that Lucien sent him to another dimension in a botched magic act.
- Two-Teacher School: Only a few teachers are seen.
- The Unfavorite: Played with. Since both twins have quirks that both please and repulse their parents (Lucien is smart and gifted but also a nature lover, while Wayne is a deranged and obsessed with garbage but favors their industrial ways), both of them seem to take turns as the favorite and unfavorite.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Wayne. Lucien in some of his more self righteous bouts can act as one too.
- Villain Protagonist: Wayne in episodes that focus on him.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Mr. Cramp is the wacky parent to Lucien's serious child
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Wayne. In one episode a gang of girl bullies take advantage of this and gang up on him knowing he won't fight back.