YMMV / Camp Lazlo

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The events of the finale (namely, his nonchalance when finding out that his scoutmaster is actually a deranged lunatic) has made some see Lazlo as a massive Stepford Smiler with an "I Reject Your Reality" kind of mindset.
  • Bizarro Episode: The final episode itself, "Lumpus' Last Stand." Lumpus discovers how to turn paint into a cheap alternative for clothes, making him a hero of society. Two green moose travel back in time to see him be honored for his wonderful invention, bringing a statue made of all the world's dirty laundry. Then... it rains... washing off everyone's painted clothes. The future changes- the moose lose their antlers and body fat, and the Lumpus statue reverts back to a mountain of filthy clothes. Prickly Pines's people scramble to cover up in said clothes, then form an angry mob to attack Lumpus. However... a policeman shows up with a cow... and it's an older Heffer! Heffer says he's the actual Camp Kidney scoutmaster and Lumpus is an impersonator who locked him up from the very start of the show. Lumpus gets put in a straightjacket and hauled off to prison. Despite this, Lazlo somehow sees a bright side, though Edward immediately calls him out for it. Finally, the campers, stuck in the buff, all walk offscreen, while Sampson gets the last line of the show, where he lampshades the whole ordeal and pretty much sums up why this is the last episode:
    Samson: It's official. Things can't get any weirder around here.
  • Crack Ship: Lazlo/Edward.
  • Crazy Awesome: Clam. It's like The Ace and a Cloudcuckoolander combined. When Clam attempts anything, it tends to be very weird, but always successful. He does not swim; he walks on water.
  • Creator's Favorite: Edward is one for the writers....
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • ...and the fans like him, too!
    • Many of the minor Squirrel Scouts, most notably Amber the bunny scout and Almondine the owl scout. A number of the Bean Scout extras also count.
    • Slinkman is easily the most popular character in the fanbase though. Even people who don't like the show admit to liking him. It's not hard to see why either. He's a very friendly and good-hearted fellow as well as one of the very few examples of Only Sane Man that isn't a Deadpan Snarker or a Butt Monkey.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "The Big Cheese", a police officer describes Scoutmaster Lumpus, who's driven off in Commander Hoo-Ha's jeep, as "A bloated escapee from some asylum". Cue Grand Finale.
  • Ho Yay: Irreconcilable Dungferences
    • In one episode, the scouts are going camping, and Edward had his sleeping bag destroyed by a beaver, so he tries sharing a sleeping bag with every other camper. Not enough? When he tries Lazlo's, Edward feels Lazlo's PJs and asks what they're made of. Lazlo replies that he sleeps in the nude.
  • Moe This show provides one of the few furry examples of this trope due to the adorkable nature of many of the characters.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The episode "Creepy Crawly Campy" could be considered Nightmare Fuel, since it was most likely intended to be scary. The fact that it's a kid's show is the only thing holding it back.
    • "Meatman", especially the ending.
    • The yetis breaking into the radio station in "Radio Free Edward". It veers into Nightmare Retardant once you find out that the yetis are a nice, intellectual couple of guys, but Edward's terror is infectious.
    • At the end of "My Brother's Eater", Skip tries shoving Edward face first down Chip to retrieve a flashlight. Edward's muffled screams of anger are enough.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Although it's not as funny as most of its contemporary Cartoon Network shows, and doesn't dodge the Radar as much as Joe Murray's previous show, it's still an altogether decent show with more than a few Funny Moments. It did win an Emmy after all.
    • It doesn't help that the show aired around the time Cartoon Network went into Network Decay by airing live-action shows and movies and the few cartoons it had were initially brushed off as anywhere from awful to fairly mediocre (this show, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Chowder, and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), but now are considered cult classics (or are now regarded as the only good things that aired when Cartoon Network went into Network Decay).
  • Tear Jerker: In "Livin' La Vida Lumpus", the normally eager and optimistic Lazlo falling into a deep depression after hearing one too many of Lumpus's complaints about the camp.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Some feel that a lot of Internet criticism towards the show simply comes from how many viewers were expecting a Cartoon Network version of Rocko's Modern Life instead of a more Spongebob-esque show. This can be seen as rather unfair since unlike Camp Lazlo, Rocko's Modern Life was never intended primarily for children (it was aiming for a general audience similar to that of The Simpsons, but execs decided it was for kids anyways).
  • Toy Ship: Anything between the Squirrel Scout and Bean Scouts.
  • Ugly Cute: The Dung Beetles, Gretchen, and Scoutmaster Lumpus.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Edward is not very well-liked In-Universe, to say the least. In real life, he was one of Joe Murray and the crew's favourite characters to write for.
  • The Woobie: Samson.
    • Slinkman. He has to put up with a disgusting, childish Scoutmaster for every day of each summer until the Grand Finale.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Edward is this at times, especially given how badly he's treated by his older brothers. In "O Brother Who Art Thou" he gets punched by a boxing glove on a spring, then turned into a tether ball and sent flying way out into the woods.