Western Animation: The Mr. Men Show
The Mr. Men, the Mr. Men, the Mr. Men, the Mr. Men!note The Mr. Men Show
is an animated television series adapted from the original Mr. Men animated shows of the 1970s
, which were based on Roger Hargreaves' book series, Mr. Men
and Little Misses
. The Mr. Men Show
, however, differs from the older versions in that it takes a sketch comedy approach to the characters. Each episode features short comedy sketches, dance numbers and music videos.The Mr. Men Show
is produced in Glendale, California, by Renegade Animation. The series is directed by Mark Risley; executive producers are Eyrk Casemiro and Kate Boutilier.
The show originally aired on February 4, 2008, in the United States and February 25, 2008, in the United Kingdom. It can currently be viewed on Cartoon Network
in the United States and Five
in the United Kingdom.
Each episode is made up of two 11-minute shorts. There have been two seasons, each with 26 episodes.
Tropes in this series:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: More like Accessory-Wearing Living Polyhedron.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Mr. Quiet was brown in the original books; in the show, he is pale blue.
- Also, Mr. Lazy was pink in the original books; in the show, he is green.
- Miss Magic was light brown in the original books; in the show, she is orange.
- Adobe Flash: Used to animate the series.
- Animesque: This series feels a bit like an anime, especially with the typical Anime sound effects put to use. It also helps that the slight feel of it (ala twinkle eye and pupils disappearing when feared sometimes) is done also by Renegade Animation, the studio behind Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
- Anachronism Stew: According to the play seen in "Dillydale Day", the city of Dillydale was founded by Viking settlers who enacted a sort of Thanksgiving with the local caveman population. Also, this city was ruled by a Marie Antoinette-esque queen at some point, who was deposed in a revolution.
- Animals Hate Him: Mr. Bump. Animals always attack him first even though there are other Mr. Men or Little Misses who are much closer to reach. This ranges from bees to reptiles, and even fish.
- Beach Episode: Three of them, actually!note
- Big Ol' Unibrow:
- Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Stubborn are Type I. They are two of the more negative personality characters, and the only two to have big unibrows.
- Suprisingly Mr. Quiet, Mr. Scatterbrain, and Mr. Messy are Type II.
- The other characters also have Type II ones on occasion.
- Black Bead Eyes
- Blatant Lies: "Oh sure, I'm a trained professional."
- Blind Without 'Em: Miss Whoops.
- Book Ends: Most episodes starts with the narrator saying 'Ah, [subject matter for this episode]', then repeating it at the end.
- Bowties Are Cool: Mr. Fussy and Mr. Funny.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Mr. Lazy would rather build a fully-functioning machine to do his work than do the work himself.
- British Accents: The UK dub features a variety of British accents for the cast, including Scottish (Mr. Stubborn), Welsh (Little Miss Whoops), Scouse (Mr. Messy), West Country (Mr. Grumpy), and Received Pronunciation (Mr. Small).
- Mr. Fussy in the U.S. dub has one.
- Broken Smile: Mr. Happy gets that more then once. C'mon, you didn't think he was REALLY happy when he was running for his life (like everyone else) in the ship from "Boats" did'ja?
- Butt Monkey: Mr. Bump, Miss Calamity, Mr. Grumpy, Mr. Quiet and Mr. Fuss/Persnickety.
- Catch Phrase: Everyone has one:
- "Crooked cucumbers!" for Mr Grumpy. One time it sounded more like something cucumbers.
- '"I CAN'T HEAR YOU! NEXT PLEASE!"' But Mr. Noisy often tells others to be quiet. The one he uses the most is "It's SUPER!".
- "Yo, [insert a Mr Men or Little Miss name here]" and "Aw pickles" and also "Aw pickles, I hardly touched it." for Mr. Strong.
- "I love chocolate cake. I love pencil erasers/rubbers too." could come off as Little Miss Chatterbox's Catch Phrase sometimes.
- And "Where is my head?" for Mr Scatterbrain.
- "This (x) is Cheap!" for Mr Stubborn.
- "Wonderful!!!" for Mr Happy.
- "I THINK SOMEBODY NEEDS A TICKLE!" for (who else?) Mr Tickle.
- "I'll give you (x)", followed by a fart, for Mr. Rude.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Little Miss Calamity, and (possibly) to a lesser extent, Mr. Noisy.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mr. Scatterbrain, as befits his name. In "Airports", when he can concentrate long enough to print off two tickets and two luggage tags for Mr. Happy and Mr. Rude, he puts the tag on Mr. Happy and puts him on the conveyor belt, and gives the ticket to his suitcase.
Mr. Happy: I've never boarded a plane flight like this before!
Mr. Scatterbrain: Your suitcase will be in seat 22B, if you need it!
- Continuity Nod: In a episode called "Bad Weather", when Mr. Strong is going to fix Mr. Fussy's leaky ceiling, Mr. Fussy mentions about the last time that happened when Mr. Strong tried to fix it, which happened during a Season 1 episode. And what do ya know? Mr. Strong does the same exact thing as before!
- Deadpan Snarker: Mr. Grumpy and Mr Rude.
- The Ditz:
- Miss Sunshine. She's sweet and adorable, sure. But she hasn't enough brains to fill an eggcup.
- Miss Chatterbox is frequently too busy talking to pay much attention to anything else she is doing.
- Mr. Scatterbrain has the attention span of a goldfish; at one point in "Airports", he almost staples his own nose while distracted.
- Little Miss Whoops is blissfully unaware of the chaos she causes everywhere she goes until it is too late.
- Miss Helpful is anything but, generally leaving the people she tries to help more lost or frustrated than ever.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Mr. Strong. Most of his appearances involve something breaking, which leads to his Catch Phrase. "Aw, pickles. I hardly touched it."
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: You wanna get that milk? You gotta tickle it out!
- Dressed to Heal: As part of its sketch comedy nature, any time the characters are portrayed as doctors, they'll have the the headband with mirror and stethoscope.
- Drop-In Character: Mr. Nosy (unsurprisingly) and Mr. Small. Miss Chatterbox also has no problems inviting herself in.
- Dropped Glasses: In one part of the episode "Eyeglasses," Miss Whoops, as a flight attendant, accidentally loses her glasses when a pile of carry-on luggage falls on her. She attempts to carry on with her duties regardless, but since she's Blind Without 'Em, the usual ensues. At one point, Mr. Nervous gives her his own glasses, telling her she needs them more than he does. This doesn't help, since they have different prescriptions.
- Embarrassing Slide: In one sketch from the episode "Eyeglasses", Mr. Stubborn (as an eye doctor) is showing slides of various objects to test Mr. Happy's eyesight. After pictures of a windmill and a zebra, the slides suddenly show Embarrassing Old Photos of him before showing a picture of a chicken.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Miss Sunshine with red ribbons for her braids, Miss Giggles with yellow bows for her pigtails, Miss Curious with a blue bow for her ponytail, Miss Helpful with green bows for her pigtails, Miss Naughty with a green bow on her head, and Miss Whoops with a pink bow on her head (she doesn't have hair).
- Face Palm: Mr. Bump, Mr. Quiet, and Mr. Grumpy did this a couple times in the series' run.
- Four-Fingered Hands: The entire cast of this series.
- French Jerk: Mr Rude in both the UK and US versions.
- Friend to All Living Things: Mr. Scatterbrain, who has an entire menagerie of animals that he seems to pull out of nowhere.
- Gag Series
- Gasshole: Mr. Rude.
- Genki Girl:
- Miss Daredevil.
- Miss Bossy is a more negative version.
- In fact, pretty much all the Little Misses have traits of this.
- Germanic Efficiency: The very particular and efficient Mr. Persnickety/Mr. Fussy has a German accent in the UK dub.
- Girlish Pigtails: Miss Sunshine, Miss Giggles, Miss Naughty (2008 version) and Miss Helpful (2008 version).
- Great Gazoo: Miss Magic.
- Grumpy Bear: Mr Grumpy. If it wasn't for that bad-tempered Care Bear, he'd be the trope's name. He also seems to be the only character in Dillydale with a brain...in his opinion, anyway.
- He Who Must Not Be Heard: Mr. Funny, who is inspired by Harpo Marx of the Marx Brothers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mr Small and Mr Nosy.
- The Hyena: Variant. Little Miss Giggles has something in her head that makes her laugh all the time.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Mr. Noisy telling others to be quiet, which has been spread on the Mr. Men Wiki. Accidentally clicking on an area of volume to make an instrument quieter instead of louder in MIDI2WAV Recorder would make you not stop thinking of this!
- Mr. Stubborn told Little Miss Chatterbox to stop talking, but apparently, he goes on and on and on.
- Speaking of Mr. Stubborn, there's this line from him: "Some people think they know everything!"
- Also Mr. Rude: "Some people have no manners."
- Inept Mage: It usually takes Miss Magic several tries to get the results people want from her.
- Inevitable Waterfall: In one sketch, Mr. Stubborn goes over a waterfall while going to a calm stream.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: If Mr. Bump saying "The Mr. Men Show" at the end, as well as all the characters saying "The Mr. Men" four times at the beginning, doesn't count.
- Jerkass: Most negative personality characters have traits of this, particularly Mr. Rude.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, Mr. Grumpy tends to treat people (and animals) with a reasonable degree of politeness and civility, even if he's rather brusque with them and and quite vocal about his opinions.
- Keet: Mr. Tickle and to a lesser extent Mr. Bump.
- Large Ham: Mr. Bump and Mr. Persnickety at times.
- Leitmotif: Mr. Funny has one.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: The tune first appeared in the episode "Yard Work" from season 1, when Mr. Funny was not even on the show!
- Living Shadow: In the episode "Sun and Moon," this is shown to be the case with Mr. Funny's shadow.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Mr. Stubborn has one: "This X is CHEAP!"
- "I'll give you X." (honk)
- Made Out to Be a Jerkass: In "Restaurants", when Mr. Persnickety calls Mr. Rude out on his behavior at a place they're dining at, naturally the former gets thrown out by Miss. Helpful.
- Man-Eating Plant: The chef in Mr. Scatterbrain's restuarant was a man-eating plant. It tried to eat Mr. Grumpy.
- Also, in the beginning of the episode "Science." The plant tried to eat Mr. Bump.
- Meaningful Name: Most of the characters' names describe their basic personalities, although Miss Helpful is an inversion; her attempts to help the other cast members generally leave them worse off than before.
- Messy Hair: One way Mr. Messy's scribbles can be interpreted as.
- Minimalist Cast
- Mister Descriptor
- Motor Mouth: Miss Chatterbox.
- Nice Hat: Lots of characters wear hats. Miss Daredevil even wears a helmet!
- Nightmare Fetishist: Miss Scary.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Little Miss Scary.
- No Indoor Voice: Mr Noisy. His name flat out says that of him.
- Noodle Incident: Mr. Grumpy's memoirs apparently make for riveting reading, according to Mr. Small.
- Odango: Miss Chatterbox wear buns in her hair, So did Miss Helpful in the book version.
- Odd Couple: Mr. Fussy and Mr. Messy. Miss Daredevil and Mr. Quiet. Mr. Rude and Miss Chatterbox too.
- Only Sane Man: Mr Grumpy, Mr Quiet and Mr Fussy (Mr Persnickety in the 1st season). Mr. Happy could also count, but he's too busy being the Stepford Smiler.
- The Pigpen: Mr Messy.
- Pool Scene: The episodes Hotel and Travel both have segments that take place at a pool.
- Put on a Bus:
- Miss Calamity in Season 2. According to the director, she was Put on a Bus because Chorion wanted the show to focus more on the actual book characters (although Miss Daredevil is still around...)
- Mr. Noisy got turned into a whale by Little Miss Magic and we don't see him again, even in the bumpers, musical numbers, his own songs, but for some reason, he made a speaking appearance in Bad Weather, and that is the first appearance of Mr. Noisy after he was supposedly Put on a Bus. There were only two episodes after his transformation, though, so it may have been a coincidence that he didn't appear.
- Rubber Man: Mr Tickle. His arms can stretch to any length to reach any Mr Man or Little Miss to give that character, as his name suggests, a tickle. (The original cartoon had his arms extra-long the entire time, but the animators found this too hard to animate in the new version.) This also fits Mr Bounce, who's known for bouncing around the place, like a giant yellow ball.
- Say My Name: "MR. RUDE!!!"
- Shout-Out: "Wait! You forgot your propeller!"
- Stepford Smiler: Mr. Happy (Type A)
- Stock Footage: Done on some scenes.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Mr. Grumpy and Mr Rude.
- Thick-Line Animation
- Those Two Guys: Mr Nosy and Mr Small.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Mr. Strong, in the 2008 TV series.
- Those Two Guys: Mr. Small and Mr. Nosy often hang out together.
- Vague Age: Everyone, though Mr. Grumpy, Mr. Stubborn, and Mr. Fussy seem a bit older than the others.
- Walking Tech Bane: Miss Calamity, whenever she uses any form of machinery it takes a life of its own and starts attacking her.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In different sketches, various characters will have different jobs. The episode "Jobs" reveals that this is actually a way of life in Dillydale, as everyone gets a new job on Tuesday that lasts for a week.
- It would seem necessary for them to keep changing jobs - if a certain Mr. Men or Little Miss stayed in one job all the time (such as Mr. Scatterbrain or Little Miss Whoops), they would run the business to the ground or cause lots of destruction with it.
- Wingding Eyes: Miss Chatterbox gets these in "Dance".
- World's Strongest Man: Mr. Strong, obviously.
- Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Mr. Scatterbrain in the episode "Boats".
Mr. Scatterbrain: I guess I took a wrong turn at Tahiti.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair- Miss Naughty has pink hair, and Mr. Fussy has green hair.
- Mr. Messy apparently has pink hair as well.
- You Need To Get Tickled More Often: Mr. Tickle thinks this of Mr. Nervous after he has a panic attack about there being an olive in his sprouts at the salad bar. Without even noticing the plastic bug Miss Naughty had put in the sprouts.
- Your Answer to Everything: When Mr. Tickle sees a problem, the only solution he can think of is tickling.
- "I'll give you an answer (honk)"