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From left to right: Slim Doc, Lamput, Fat Doc.

Lamput is a Cartoon Network India animated series created by Vaibhav Kumaresh. It began as a series of 15-second micro-shorts before it was expanded into longer 2-minute and 5-minute episodes. It's one of the few Indian animated series with any international succcess.

When the creature Lamput escapes from a lab, Slim Doc and Fat Doc try to catch him. Thanks to Lamput's trickery and Voluntary Shapeshifting, the doctors always fail in the end, and Lamput always escapes.


Lamput provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The docs go into a noticeably roomy sewer in one episode to locate Lamput. They think they've caught him in their net, only to realize they've caught a sewer rat instead and have angered it and the other rats.
  • Alien Episode: The episode "Alien" has Lamput and the docs accidentally find their way into a spaceship that an alien was trying to repair.
  • All There in the Script: As no dialogue is spoken in this show, the names "Fat Doc" and "Slim Doc" are only known through supporting materials such as the various international Cartoon Network websites (including the one for Southeast Asia, which instead calls them "Shades Doc" and "Skinny Doc" for some reason).
  • Balloonacy: In one episode, Slim Doc attempts to trade a big balloon for a smaller one a kid is holding, which is actually Lamput in disguise. Lamput inflates himself bigger, making the kid decline the offer and causing Slim Doc to return with a balloon that's so big that it makes him float into the air.
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  • Beat: In "Fracture", Lamput goes off free and the docs chase him about a beat later.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One episode has Fat Doc scour a patch of carrots on a farm to find Lamput. The farm's owner attacks Fat Doc for picking his carrots without permission, producing a cloud of smoke that obscures the two from sight.
  • Bilingual Bonus: One of Fat Doc's lines of gibberish in "Martial Art" is accompanied by Chinese subtitles. The line means, "We're talking nonsense."
  • Bland-Name Product: In "Diet Doc", Fat Doc gets fit and tries to avoid fried chicken since it'll ruin his diet, but Lamput manages to distract him into visiting a fried chicken restaurant anyway. The restaurant he visits is called "MFC", a reference to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chain of fast food restaurants.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Fat Doc needs to wear glasses to see clearly. Lamput uses this to his advantage in one episode by repeatedly taking off Fat Doc's glasses and putting them back on to distract him.
  • The Boxing Episode: In the episode "Boxing", the docs chase Lamput into a boxing arena. Lamput morphs into a pair of boxing gloves around Slim Doc's hands, dragging him into a boxing match with a much stronger boxer.
  • Call-Back: Several quick clips from earlier episodes showing the docs catching Lamput play in quick succession at the beginning of "Fracture". All the times they caught him ultimately culminated in him fracturing the one bone in his skeleton.
  • Character in the Logo: Lamput is in the show's logo. Specifically, he's the "T" in the word "Lamput".
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: The episode "Fracture" ends with the docs chasing Lamput.
  • Circling Birdies: In "Alien", when the alien accidentally destroys the control panel of his ship, it goes flying right up into space and bounces off of several planets. All of the planets except for Saturn get a visible ring of circling stars around them upon being hit, the joke being that Saturn already had a ring.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In "Diet Doc", as Fat Doc is driving, he tries not to let nearby fast food restaurants ruin his diet. Lamput, in a move that only he would have seen coming, abuses this to his advantage by shapeshifting into a chicken drumstick. Sure enough, Fat Doc finds himself unable to resist some fried chicken seconds later.
  • Cranial Eruption: In the episode "Flicker", Fat Doc hits Slim Doc on the head with the gun containing the color-changing serum when the latter accidentally squirts the former's eyes with it. The resulting bump on Slim Doc's head constantly changes color due to being hit with the serum.
  • Cross-Popping Veins: In "Martial Art", Lamput briefly gets a cross-popping vein on his face as he gets angry at the docs for destroying his popcorn.
  • Delayed Reaction: In "Fracture", it takes a few seconds before the docs realize that they let Lamput get away.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The episode "Houdini" has the docs come up with various plans to catch Lamput and putting them to good use, only for all of them to fall flat. First, they place a cage over Lamput, who, being a little blob and all, can easily slide through the gaps and escape. Then they lock him in a chest, but he shapeshifts into a key to free himself. After that, they throw him into a sack, and he gets out by morphing into a pair of scissors and cutting through the sack. It's only after they trap him in a jar that they finally have him... but even then the jar doesn't have air holes, so Lamput seemingly dies of suffocation, thus getting the docs arrested for hurting someone. Though Lamput turns out perfectly fine seconds later after he's out of the jar, thankfully.
  • Diet Episode: "Diet Doc" is about Fat Doc getting fit and going on a diet.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Literally. In "Doc Dog", Fat Doc and Slim Doc train a big dog to go after Lamput, which gets distracted when Lamput disguises himself as a female dog. Then the docs try to get his attention by grabbing his love interest, causing Lamput the "dog" to pretend to cry. The big dog gets angry at the docs for messing with his crush and chases after them for it.
  • Escaped from the Lab: Lamput escaped from a laboratory, and the two docs are trying to capture him so that they can return him to the lab.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Fat Doc and Slim Doc are only known by their profession of being doctors.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The opening, as short as it is, still visually conveys the most important information about the show. You see an orange blob who shapeshifts to avoid being captured by two scientists.
  • Extremely Short Intro Sequence: The intro lasts about 3 seconds before the episode begins.
  • Eye Glasses: Fat Doc's pupils and sclerae are seemingly contained within the lenses of his glasses. Whenever he is not wearing his glasses, his pupils are the only part of his eyes that are visible.
  • Failed a Spot Check: One episode has Fat Doc pop a balloon decoy set up by Lamput, which leads him to believe he's accidentally killed him. Lamput himself appears to give the crying Fat Doc a handkerchief, but Fat Doc fails to notice who gives it to him.
  • Fainting: Slim Doc faints upon seeing a muscular Fat Doc in "Diet Doc".
  • False Camera Effects: The montage in the beginning of "Fracture" uses film grain.
  • Fat and Skinny: Slim Doc is thin and Fat Doc is fat, and they work together to try to catch Lamput.
  • Flowers of Romance: In one episode, Lamput morphs into a flower while he is held by Slim Doc, who is standing right next to a pretty woman. The woman thinks Slim Doc is offering the flower out of an affection for her and accepts the gift.
  • Flying Saucer: Lamput and the scientists find themselves in one in "Alien".
  • Gasp!: In "Fracture", the docs gasp after they realize they let Lamput go off free.
  • Giant Spider: Among Lamput's transformations in "Shape Shift" is a giant spider. The docs turn into a fly swatter afterwards to squash him.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: One of Fat Doc's lines of gibberish in "Martial Art" is accompanied by Chinese subtitles.
  • Grocery Store Episode: The episode "Superstore" takes place in a supermarket and is about Fat Doc trying to purchase a bottle of fuel, which is Lamput in disguise. Lamput keeps making himself bigger to amp up his price and eventually cause Fat Doc to not have enough money to buy him.
  • Haunted House: The docs go to a haunted house on their search for Lamput in the appropriately-titled episode "Haunted House". Lamput creeps out the docs by making several ominous distractions to keep with the theme of the location, such as making fake walking sounds to make it sound like someone else is in the house with them.
  • Hypno Pendulum: In the episode "Hypnosis", Fat Doc sees a hypnotist use a swinging pocket watch to hypnotize someone in a TV show, and he and Slim Doc use this idea to hypnotize Lamput into doing their bidding.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The short theme song has no vocals.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The docs are constantly chasing after Lamput and being a jerk to him, but they still somehow genuinely care about him on occasion. The episode "Fracture" in particular has them outright help Lamput for once when he gets a fracture and can't shapeshift properly.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of Fat Doc's lines of gibberish in "Martial Art" is accompanied by Chinese subtitles. The line means, "We're talking nonsense." This lampshades how all of their dialogue is Speaking Simlish.
  • Little Green Men: The alien in the episode "Alien" is a light green, one-eyed alien who owns a Flying Saucer.
  • Logo Joke: One episode has a joke about Lamput hiding in the logo in the intro. Fat Doc tries to find Lamput, but he destroys everything but the creature.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: No actual dialogue besides Speaking Simlish.
  • Mistaken for Exhibit: In "Art Gallery", Fat Doc and Slim Doc, while at an art gallery, are compressed into each other and land in a room full of visitors in this state. The visitors immediately take a liking to their abstract shape and snap pictures of them.
  • Movie Theater Episode:
    • The episode "Martial Art" is about Slim Doc and Fat Doc encountering Lamput in a theater while he's watching a martial arts film. He ends up fighting the two docs in the same style as the film.
    • An earlier 15-second episode features the docs watching a film at a movie theater. Lamput surprises them by mimicking the spooky sounds made in the film, causing Fat Doc to scream and get shushed by the other theatergoers.
  • Near-Villain Victory: One episode has Fat Doc in the laboratory, storing the newly-captured Lamput away in a room that's mostly empty save for the presence of a cardboard box. Lamput hides himself by sticking to Fat Doc's bottom as he walks away, thus narrowly escaping from losing to the docs.
  • No Title: None of the early 15-second episodes have titles.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: Played with. In one episode, Lamput creates a decoy of himself using a balloon that Fat Doc accidentally pops, and he thinks he accidentally killed Lamput and starts crying. Lamput himself shows up to give him a handkerchief to use; Fat Doc is too busy mourning his "death" to notice who gave him the handkerchief.
  • One-Word Title: Lamput is only one word.
  • Paper People: In "Shape Shift", Lamput gets the docs to transform into a flat sheet resembling a crosswalk, getting them walked on by multiple people crossing the street at once. A few seconds later, it skips to nighttime where they shapeshift out of that form, revealing those people left them flattened.
  • Person with the Clothing: Fat Doc is sometimes named Shades Doc. The doc with the shades.
  • Protagonist Title: The show's title refers to the main character, Lamput.
  • Road Runner vs. Coyote: The docs constantly chase after and attempt to catch Lamput, only to fail every time.
  • Second Episode Introduction: The first episode, where Lamput morphs into a pumpkin to hide from Fat Doc, does not feature Slim Doc. The second episode is about Slim Doc offering a kid some balloons that are bigger than the one he is holding, which happens to be Lamput in disguise and keeps inflating to avoid Slim Doc.
  • Sequel Escalation: The expanded element is the length, in this case. Season 1 has 15-second microshorts, season 2 introduces 2-minute episodes, and season 3 introduces 5-minute episodes.
  • Series Goal: The docs' goal is to capture Lamput and return him to the lab.
  • Shape Shifter Showdown: In "Shape Shift", the docs give themselves the ability to shapeshift and do their best to outmatch Lamput in his transformations. A downplayed example as no physical combat is involved.
  • Shout-Out: The episode "Fracture" features a song which sounds extremely similar to "Eye of the Tiger" during the montage where the docs help get the fractured Lamput back into good condition.
  • Speaking Simlish: Used in a few episodes as opposed to a real language.
  • Splash of Color: The clips from earlier episodes shown at the beginning of "Fracture" are all presented in black and white, save for Lamput who is still orange as well as all other objects that were originally orange in those episodes.
  • Status Quo Is God: "Fracture" has the docs outright help Lamput when he gets a fracture and can't shapeshift properly. Any compassion the docs have for Lamput is gone by the end of the episode and they go back to chasing him.
  • Stock Femur Bone: Lamput morphs into the shape of a stock femur bone in one episode while he is being held by Fat Doc right next to a dog. Predictably, the dog starts to chase after Fat Doc thinking Lamput is a real bone.
  • Title Theme Drop: The melody of what little there is of a theme song shows up as background music in a few episodes, usually at the end of the episode.
  • Training Montage: Much of "Fracture" is built around the docs training Lamput back into health when he gets a fracture, which is presented as a montage complete with a song that sounds like "Eye of the Tiger" playing in the background.
  • Trash Can Band: One episode consists almost entirely of the docs banging on trash cans in a music-like rhythm trying to catch Lamput.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Lamput and the docs both transform into T-rexes in "Shape Shift".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Lamput encounters a monster hiding in a coffin in "Haunted House". He's scared of it, but the docs are too busy searching for him to even notice and be scared as well.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting:
    • Lamput can change the shape of his body to escape from the scientists.
    • The scientists themselves create and use a liquid that gives them this same shapeshifting ability in the episode "Shape Shift".
  • Wingding Eyes:
    • In one episode, Fat Doc's eyes become X's when Slim Doc hits him with a bat, mistaking him for Lamput since he accidentally covered himself in orange paint.
    • In another episode, Lamput's eyes are represented as heart shapes as he is admiring a woman sitting in front of him on the bus.


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Lamput morphs into a flower while he is held by Slim Doc, who is standing right next to a pretty woman. The woman thinks Slim Doc is offering the flower out of an affection for her and accepts the gift.

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