YMMV / What-a-Mess

  • Adaptation Distillation: The show is much more popular than the books they're based on, which is saying something when the show itself is pretty obscure.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: A lot of British fans really hate the DiC series, particularly the characters' loud voices and broader humor.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Trash to an extent. On one hand, he's part of the DiC Entertainment series that Brits generally despise and acts like a Jerk Ass for the most part. On the other hand, he has his share of fans who love him for his funny, sarcastic lines and see him as an Ugly Cute Jerkass Woobie.
  • Ear Worm: The reggae-tinged theme song from the American series, which was often used as a Leitmotif.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Trash from the adaptation of the series is a "mean pitbull" stereotype with a reputation as a sarcastic bully but he's been tricked into eating fertilizer to cure a cold, nearly run over by a train, had his birthday forgotten and his owner apparently lives in squalor. Also, in one episode, he and Whatamess are captured by a dog catcher and sent to a pound. When Trash finds out that all his usual escape exits are sealed, he breaks down into a fit of tears, thinking he'll be left to die in the pound. Also, his Ugly Cute character design only serves to amplify his "woobie" factor.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: What-a-Mess's voice is not extremely indicative of either gender, and since he's not a Funny Animal, he lacks any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics as well. On top of that, the natural traits of Afghan Hounds tend to make them look rather feminine by default. When What-a-Mess is clean and groomed (a rare occurrence) one could easily be forgiven for mistaking him as a girl.
  • The Woobie: Whatamess himself in quite a few episodes.