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- In the first episode of late-90s ABC cartoon Pepper Ann, the titular character goes into Abe's Mall (with a big statue of Abraham Lincoln out front) to buy some pimple cream. The names of various shops in the mall float behind her, including "John Wilkes Photo Booth," "Getty's Burgers," "Four Score and Seven Year Pets," and "Civil Wear".
- The BBC pre-school educational programme, Numberjacks, had a rather British example when Number 4 and 6 both caught The Dreaded Lurgi.
- The Sam and Max episode "Christmas Bloody Christmas" featured Sam and Max entering a prison shower room. Max sees a bar of soap on the ground, and bends over to pick it up, with a sign saying "Do not open until Xmas" over his rear-end.
- Sam: The prison showers. If these walls could talk, eh Max?
- The Sam and Max animated series practically flipped the normal ratio of Parental Bonuses to stuff kids might actually get, understandable since it's based on a series primarily targeted toward older audiences as it is. References to Apocalypse Now, Aliens, The Thing (1982), Born Free, Moby-Dick, A Sound of Thunder, and The Man Who Would Be King are just a few of the obvious ones. If it had debuted on Comedy Central or Cartoon Network, it might well have gotten more than just one season.
- The episode "The Library Kid" featured the gang cornering said Library Kid in the Philosophy section, with Gretchen calling out "Head her towards the existentialists; there's no exit over there," a reference to Sartre's play. The actual opening looks like an elementary school version of Hogan's Heroes.
- More than half the humor in Recess requires a high-school level of education to notice, much less understand.
- The episode "Schoolworld" is a homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The titles of some episodes like "Kids in the Mist".
- Recess: School's Out has lots of references to various things. Among them, Ms. Finster yelling, "Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone!", and the song "Green Tambourine" (sung by Robert Goulet, no less) playing over the end credits while the kids danced in front of a psychedelic background.
- Ms. Grotke was reading Beowulf out loud. And just happened to be reading the part where Beowulf rips Grendel's arm off and begins beating him with it.
- "Terrifying Tales of Recess" was a outright retelling of both Christine and Maximum Overdrive, both adult horror movies.
- Kappa Mikey contained expies and parodies of anime most children would not be familiar with, such as Chobits, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Ranma ½. ...Of course, this was during the early 2000's anime bubble so more than a few kids in the target audience did recognize them. ... Even though they really usually shouldn't.
- The VeggieTales videos are chock full of the homage type of Parental Bonus:
- For instance, "Josh and the Big Wall" features peas with French accents taunting Joshua from atop the walls of Jericho, and Jonah has the Ninevites constantly slapping each other with fish. References to Madame Bovary ("I think I've seen that one. Doesn't it have Jerry Lewis in it?"), Gilligan's Island, and The Grapes of Wrath ("Once upon a time, there were some very cranky grapes...") are just as likely to go over the heads of younger viewers...
- In reference to Mr Lint being forced to play Ophelia because "in Shakespeare's time all the women were played by men!":I think we're gonna get letters about this.
- In one of his silly songs, Larry the cucumber allows both a bank robber and a viking into his house and gives them each a cookie ("Because it's Christmas!"). He slams the door in the face of the guy from the IRS, complete with a Smug Smile.
- The Powerpuff Girls:
Mojo Jojo: That's all just well enough, because in reality there is only room enough in this world for one Mojo Jojo. One shall be the number of Mojo Jojos in the world, and the number of Mojo Jojos in the world shall be one. Two Mojo Jojos is too many, and three is right out!
- The episode "Los Dos Mojos" included its own Holy Grail reference:
- "Bought and Scold" referred to The Big Lebowski, when Professor Utonium laments a rug that "really tied the room together".
- Hell, they once had The Mayor recite the "Strong Men Also Cry" speech, but replaced Bunny with Bellum.
- And The Dude, Walter, and Donny were in the background shot of an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Craig McCracken is a huge fan of the movie.
- His wife, Lauren Faust, apparently gets in on it too; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has equine versions of The Dude, Walter, Donny, and Jesus Quintana show up in the background at the local bowling alley.
- PPG did an entire episode of Beatles references, "Meet the Beat Alls", which got an Emmy nomination.
- At the end of that episode, Blossom tries out a quote of her own, fails, and dismisses it with "Oh, who cares? It's by some dumb old band anyway."
- And in the movie, references to naughty words were stuck in, including an elongated sigh of 'Fffff...'
- In the episode "Superfriends" the girls invite their new neighbor, a girl their age named Robin, over to their house, and they introduce her to Professor Utonium:Bubbles: He made us in his laboratory by accident!
Professor: Well, what can I say?
Robin: Don't worry, Professor. I was an accident, too!
[Cue surprised look on the Professor's face]
- A similar joke occurred in the episode, "Gettin Twiggy With It," when Mitch Mitchelson, who lived in a trailer park with his grandma, takes the class hamster, Twiggy home and starts playing with her violently. When the girls catch him in the act:Mitch: But it was an accident!
Blossom: You're an accident!
- Many sexual innuendo jokes relating to Ms. Bellum occur. One was when Ms. Bellum (actually Sedusa in disguise) came into the Mayor's office while he was writing something. She leaned on his desk revealing a lot of her cleavage. He looks up and breaks his pencil, and exclaims "Pencil go snap!"
- Series creator Craig McCracken was fond of classic rock references in general. Two examples: an episode entitled "Mr. Mojo's Rising", and in another Ace of The Gangrene Gang shouts "Billy! Don't be a hero!"
- This same joke was used in Dexter's Laboratory by Major Glory, the "Billy" in this case was a billy goat.
- Perhaps the most explicit example is Ms. Bellum's address: 69 Yodelinda Valley Lane. It's prominently displayed on her mailbox in several episodes.
- Someday we'll be as developed as you!
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy did an entire episode parodying God-Emperor of Dune, the fourth book in Frank Herbert's Dune series, with Mandy as the God Emperor, Grim as Moneo Atreides, and Billy as the frequently-cloned-and-replaced Duncan Idaho. Another episode featured a nod to the classic black-and-white Classic Disney Short, The Skeleton Dance. Yet a third parodies the musical Little Shop of Horrors: Billy plays Seymour, bringing victims to the singing, brain-eating alien who stands in for Audrey Two. They also had a geriatric Dracula, who was quite obviously supposed to be Blacula.note They also had an episode entitled "The Prank Call of Cthulhu."
- Another episode obviously references the Hellraiser movies with "Pinhead" who has bowling pins sticking out of his head and a rubik's cube look-a-like summoning him.
- "Butt out, Princess Wannanoke!"
- The episode with the Beauty Pageant had "gom jabbar" among the Pageant contests.Mindy: It burns! It burns!
- When Mindy pulled her hand from the pain box, the judges said something along the lines of "that will cost her." Funny, because in the book removing your hand from the pain box while it works leads to instant death by the Gom Jabbar (a poisoned needle).
- The show's full of them. Here's one where Billy reads an ad off of a cave wall.Billy: For a good time, call —
Someone else: Stop reading that!
- Valentine's Day. In general. For one, the end of Mandy's episode was apparently a Grease parody, and let's not forget Grim's.Malaria: What do you mean, you can tell when someone fakes?
- Hurter Monkey: Billy and Mandy get a helper monkey who sounds like Kevin Spacey and even paraphrases the "simple life" speech from Se7en.
- There is also the occasional visit from Hoss Delgado, a parody of both Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell's character in Escape from New York) and Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead).
- In the opening to the episode "Duck!," Grim dreams about being in his dream house with his dream wife. He suddenly realizes, and exclaims, that "this is not my beautiful house," and "you are not my beautiful wife!," and then wakes up to Billy saying "same as it ever was," repeatedly. This is a reference to the song "Once In a Lifetime" by Talking Heads, which had the lines as lyrics.
- And the theme song that plays at the beginning of his dream is similar to that of The Munsters.
- The whole show was a huge parental bonus. Heck, it's doubtful that kids would realize what happens when Grim takes people away.
- In one episode, character's were being made horribly ugly and paper bags were offered to the victims to place over their heads. The character offering the bags commented that he only had paper bags left because the plastic bags were in greater demand.
- In the episode "Wishbones", Billy wishes to be on a Jonny Quest parody. It even has the show's music playing at one point!
- Then there was the time Billy quoted Frank Booth. Yes, that Frank Booth. Former page quote originator for Cluster F-Bomb and Trope Namer of Anything That Moves.
- When Chowder learns how to write, they use a montage of pictures of him interacting with various letters. "R" is depicted as looming over him in a dark back alley, getting ready to do something that rhymes with "grape".
- Truffles' snarky remarks towards her nearly dead relationship with her husband, Mung. During Panini for President, when the two were watching her on stage:Mung: Fireworks...she used fireworks.
Truffles: Oh, I've completely forgotten fireworks existed.. (Different voice) ...in our marriage... (Normal voice, shocked) Who said that?!
This gag is repeated throughout the series, seen here in episode 103Mung: Truffles, mind the shop. We need more spice!
Truffles: Well, I'm glad one of us finally acknowledged it.
- Another one occurred at the end of an episode where Mung and Truffles rekindle their romance.Mung (to Truffles, in a suggestive voice): Let's get cooking.
(Mung and Truffles head offscreen)Chowder: Mung! Where are you going? The kitchen's that way!
- Both Animaniacs and Eek! The Cat have done parodies of Apocalypse Now. In the Animaniacs one, the Colonel Kurtz character was an out-of-control director, portrayed in No Celebrities Were Harmed style as Jerry Lewis. The episode also memorably concludes with the main characters casually running over a caterwauling Jim Morrison.
- Animaniacs also had an episode where the Warners were out to buy their psychiatrist, Dr. Scratchensnif, a birthday present. One asks about buying something from a store called Oedipus Rex, and another remarks, "Nah, his mother wouldn't like it."
- A different store sold 'Freudian Slips'. "No, he makes his own."
- Animaniacs was also famous for hiding vulgar jokes. At the beginning of the song Wakko's America, the Warner Siblings are playing a Jeopardy-style game show, wherein Wakko is asked how much he wants to wager on the daily double. He responds, "I'll blow the wad," eliciting surprised looks from Yakko and Dot.
- A running gag was Yakko lampshading a Double Entendre by implying it was enough to get the show cancelled.Teacher: Yakko, do you know how to conjugate?
Yakko: Who, me? I've never even kissed a girl!
Teacher: No, no, it's easy. Here, I'll conjugate with you.
Yakko: (to camera) Goodnight, everybody!
- The Warners open up a bust of Freud like a Pez dispenser.
Dr. Scratchensniff: Stop playing with my bust!
Yakko: ...Goodnight, everybody!
- The best Yakko lampshading has to be during "Baloney And Friends" where Yakko expresses a preference for chasing after the just-exited "cute girls" (the "Princess of Props".)Baloney: What "cute girls"? Yakko, I don't know what you mean!
Yakko: (to camera) There's a shocker!
- And let's not forget how The Brain spoke exactly like Orson Welles.
- "Yes, always."
- A writer described that cartoon as "a $900,000 inside joke."
- Not so much a parental bonus, but Maurice LaMarche (The Brain's voice actor) sent up the same famous Frozen Peas recording session in an episode of The Critic, throwing in fish stick advertisements into a videotaped living will. "They're even better when you're DEAD!"
- Also, there was a THX-1138 reference in the intro chalkboard scene.
- One episode of Pinky and the Brain was done entirely as a parody of The Third Man.
- Another episode was done as a parody of The Prisoner.
- There was actually a lot of No Celebrities Were Harmed - style casting in the show, ranging from the obvious (The Goodfeathers) to the easy-to-miss (Katie Kaboom's dad spoke like Jimmy Stewart).
- The Warners parodied a World War 2 "good citizenship" film, where ladies donated their nylon pantyhose to be made into parachutes. Who came to pick up the huge barrel of nylons? J. Edgar Hoover.
- One that surprisingly slipped past the censors:
- When Yakko becomes king of Anvilania, he tends to be more (not-so-subtly) interested in his gorgeous female Prime Minister than running the country, even when the threat of war hangs over them.Prime Minister: (impatiently) Sire!
Yakko: (suggestively) Wait 'til we're alone.
- Then there was the time the Warners met Beethoven:Beethoven: I am Ludwig von Beethoven! Vorld famous composer und pianist!
Yakko: (startled) You're a WHAT?
Beethoven: A PIANIST!
Yakko: * smooch* ...Good night everybody!
Beethoven: (confused) But that is vat I am! A pianist!
Yakko: I think we heard enough out of you.
[Yakko literally washes Beethoven's mouth with soap]
- "My bottom's all sore from romping."
- Animaniacs also had the "Rita & Runt" sketches, which often parodied Broadway musicals (but of course; Rita was played by Bernadette Peters!). These are all far funnier after having seen the musicals being parodied.
- Other characters got into the Broadway parody act. The Goodfeathers did Whole Plot References of West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof, and the Warners once harassed a diminutive, egotistical composer who was a very thinly veiled parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber, trying to put on a musical called The Cats of Phantom Boulevard.
- And then there's the Thanksgiving themed episode with a hunter and a turkey:Hunter: Give me the bird!
Yakko: We'd love to, really, but the Fox censors wouldn't allow it.
- Repeated during an extended The Maltese Falcon parody:Minerva Mink: All right. Give me the bird!
Dot: We can't. This is a children's show.
- This one predates the Animaniacs by several decades, first appearing (probably) in a Babbit and Catstello cartoon from the late 40s. "If the Hays Office would only let me, I'd give him the bird all right."
- Repeated during an extended The Maltese Falcon parody:
- Not to mention the episode devoted to a pastiche of Gilbert and Sullivan, of all things.
- There's also the episode where the trio ends up in Czarist Russia? They meet Rasputin, who has a toothache, and needs dental work. Yakko remarks, "looks like he needs a little anesthesia!" ... and the Czar's daughter comes out and hits Rasputin on the head with a mallet. Dot even says afterwards, "Obscure joke, ask your parents."
- Of course, after Anastasia, this pun isn't so obscure anymore.
- The episode "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled," where the Warners ended up in Hell (but obviously they couldn't say that). When they meet the Devil and realize where they are, Wakko dashes for a spiral staircase, comes out on Earth, gathers up a snowball, and runs back down the stairs, only to watch it melt rapidly upon setting it down on the ground. "Boy, they were right! It didn't have a chance."
- Another episode featured several references to the Swedish film The Seventh Seal, which was a bizarre enough film to insure that even if a kid tried to watch it they wouldn't understand it.
- Hey Arnold! used the phrase "Snowball's chance" repeatedly in the episode "Stinky Goes Hollywood".
- By all accounts, children shouldn't see Raging Bull or Goodfellas yet one of the recurring segments was called Goodfeathers and usually homaged those types of movies.
- One skit with the Squirrels featured a Who's On First send off referencing The Who.
- Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are themselves a parental bonus since they are basically animated versions of the Marx Brothers. Yakko especially is a homage to Groucho Marx.
- Animaniacs also had an episode where the Warners were out to buy their psychiatrist, Dr. Scratchensnif, a birthday present. One asks about buying something from a store called Oedipus Rex, and another remarks, "Nah, his mother wouldn't like it."
- Rocky and Bullwinkle did this constantly, as did Jay Ward's other animated series, Hoppity Hooper and George of the Jungle, and Ken Snyder's Roger Ramjet. At times it seems like more of the jokes are for the parents than for the kids.
- One definitely for the parents: Boris, wearing a metal mouse costume in his role as the Big Cheese, details his plan to take over whole U.S. of A. He holds up a book. The title? "Mice Kampf."
- Bullwinkle would sometimes have entire plots that were parental bonuses. An entire episode could be spent spoofing college football or modern art. Bonus points for the jokes being nowadays both mature and dated. How many modern kids are gonna get a joke about the payola scandal?
- Rugrats' popularity peak can be traced to its frequent use of the Parental Bonus.
Angelica: If you don't remember to ask for the password, anybody could just waltz right into the club. Count Draculator, Sadman Husseini or even Chuckie.
- The creepy doctor that Chuckie visits in named Dr. Lector.
- In another episode, while the children are looking for one of the children's favourite toy, they open up a drawer full of favourite things, and start pulling things out. On the screen can be seen a photograph of a woman.
- At the beginning of the home movies episode, when Stu starts showing an incredibly boring home movie, Didi's father picks up the phone and says "Hello, Dr. Kevorkian?"
- One of my favorites comes from the episode in which Dr. Lipschitz visits:
- In another episode, the babies are chased through a Multicultural Fair. Chuckie gets temporarily separated, and nearly trampled by Jewish dancers. When the others ask him what happened, all he can say is "The Hora! The Hora!". They finally make a stand with the help of some Scottish babies, who taunt the pursuers by lifting their kilts to show that they aren't wearing diapers.
- In the episode "Give and Take", Chuckie cannot stop playing with Tommy's new inflatable toy, called "Boppo". Phil says: "A kid his age should be playing with his friends, not sittin' in his room Boppin' his Boppo!"
- And the movies Grampa brought home one night, 'Reptar Come Home', 'Reptar Redux', and ... 'Lonely Space Vixens.'Grandpa: Heh, that's for after you go to bed.
- In one episode, Tommy goes through a naked phase, where he refuses to wear his clothes. After talking the twins into following suit, he looks down at Lil and says "Lil, can I ask you a question?"
- In the sequel series All Grown Up!, the episode titles were frequently references to pop-culture that was probably above the target-audience's head, but nearly all were easily relatable to the episode, anyway. The exception would be the episode "Wouldn't It Be Nice", an episode where several characters (including Susie and Angelica) pretend to be married, which only makes sense if you know the song. The odds on the target audience being familiar with the source material is slim.
- Seriously....lip schitz (the bullSHIT psychologist...is called...lipschitz...you know...as in shit comes out of his mouth.
- Another Lipschitz example: In "Naked Tommy," Didi cites him to Betty, and she snaps back with, "Don't start with that hippie Lipschitz, Didi! ... The 60's are over, and WE LOST!!!"
- Rugrats also had a scene (which might be more of a Grandparent Bonus or one for classic film lovers) that had Grandpa shout out Horsefeathers! while throwing down a handful of Animal Crackers, a reference to the titles of two Marx Brothers films.
- Episode of Angelica the Magnificent among the various magic words Angelica shouts is In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
- There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the episode "Turtle Recall" where Chaz is looking at an enormous department store directory, and you see half a word cut off by the screen, "vibra-". Take a wild guess as to what it could've been.
- In the episode "Tommy and the Secret Club", Angelica name-drops one of the most feared world leaders (at the time). While it's mispronounced, it's obvious who she meant.
- In Mommy's Little Assets Charlotte's assistant Jonathan thinks a "sweetie" directed towards Angelica is meant for him. Charlotte quickly corrects him, saying she'd never call one of her employees "sweetie," especially "after the Clarence Thomas hearings."
- Also, Charlotte mentions to get the Mapplethorpe painting off the wall. Robert Mapplethorpe is known for painting nude men, so...
- Didi liked to take dubious parenting guidance from Doctor Lipschitz. Read that again...
- In "Twins Pique" near the end the babies break into Phil and Lil's dad's office desk to get his "quackulator" (calculator) among the objects they toss out include a magazine with a woman on the cover in a Playboy Bunny outfit.
- In the Time Travel episode of The Fairly OddParents, after Fairies In Black erased everyone's memories of events, the main characters were requested not to interfere in "the re-election of President McGovern". The show as a whole was saturated with an ever-increasing amount of Parental Bonus. The very first occasion would have to be way back when it was still on Oh Yeah! Cartoons:Timmy: Oh, Magic 9-ball, when will my parents get back from the movies? "Titanic: Director's cut?!" They'll be there all night!
- One that sticks out is Dad's obsession with eggnog in every Christmas episode.
- There's an episode where Cosmo and Wanda lose their wands at the beach. In searching for them they find, among other things, Elvis and the Holy Grail.
- This exchange in the episode where Timmy wishes his parents were superheroes:Timmy's Dad: (Pushing Timmy out the door) And that's everything you need to know about where babies come from!
Timmy: But what's the machine for?
Timmy's Dad: We'll tell you when you're older, son.
- The intersections in Fairy World almost always are the names of famous magicians (like the intersection of "David" and "Copperfield")
- Adam West voices Adam West as Catman, who is obsessed with the role he played on a 60's live-action show; his attacks are punctuated with large on-screen sound effect bubbles.
- Jay Leno portrays the comic book superhero "The Crimson Chin".Cleft (Timmy): Thanks, CC! You saved me!
Chin: No, Timmy. You saved me— from myself! Boy, that was schmaltzy. Who did you say writes my comic books?
Cleft: Some 40-year-old guy who lives with his mom.
Chin: Any money in it?
Cleft: (points to his caption balloon) Lives with his mom.
- Jorgen von Strangle, the Schwarzenegger fairy (no, they didn't actually get ahold of the Governator for the role).
- Ben Stein plays a race of bland, boring, industrious pixies.
- And just general grown-up friendly silliness:Wanda (after Cosmo slightly alters her hair color in a fight): I'm not a summer, I'm a winter!
- And...Cosmo: I don't get it. If you're not married to her, why is she trying to kill you?
- And...Timmy Turner: I'm huge, I hurt people, and I'm misunderstood!
Cosmo: Just like the IRS!
- And don't forget:Wanda:Oh no, now he's evil AND a genius!
Cosmo: Just like Dr. Phil!
- Then there was the first Wishology episode, where Timmy's dad popped open his case full of "goodies".
- And in an early episode with Mr. Crocker, as he ponders a trap that will either reveal once and for all that Timmy has fairy godparents to save him, or leave them dead...Crocker: If they survive, THEY'RE FAIRIES! If they don't, I HAVE TENURE!
- The second episode with Anti-Cosmo has a Silence of the Lambs reference.Anti-Cosmo (sitting behind a glassed-in cell): Hello, Clarise!
Wanda: Who's Clarise?
Anti-Cosmo: So sorry, can't see a thing without my monocle.
- Wanda's name itself was an example, considering that the usual form the fairies disguised themselves as was fish.
- When Tootie becomes a secret source to Timmy's parents to expose Vicki as evil, her cover name is Deep Toot.
- Rocko's Modern Life was thickly saturated with these. The creators throttled things down considerably for SpongeBob SquarePants. However, the latter's popularity put it on the Media Watchdog radar and as a result, it was subject to more controversy.
- The most famous example is a restaurant called "Chokey Chicken". This one was caught, and later episodes changed the name to "Chewy Chicken".
- When Rocko and Heffer suspect Filburt of being an alien, they decide to interrogate him at Chewy Chicken (where all the aliens are supposed to meet). Heffer tries to expose Filburt's identity by saying Klaatu Barada Nikto. He explains to Rocko, "It's alien language, I heard it from a sci-fi movie." As he leaves the restaurant, he shouts, "Chewy Chicken is people! Chewy Chicken is people!"
- Before that, he even asked what Filbert was planning to do for the night, such as asking/accusing if he were going to "burst out of someone's chest?!"
- In addition to practically being an entire show's worth of homage to Transformers: Generation 1, Transformers Animated has a number of parental bonus moments.
- The Autobot science team is composed of Wheeljack, whose face greatly resembles a roboticized version of a certain walrus-faced mythbuster, and Perceptor, whose computerized voice resembles that of physicist Stephan Hawking.
- Sentinel in "Predacons Rising" - "Don't just stand there with your pistons in your servos." Really now?
- Any episode of The Tick. The show doesn't quite make sense when you watch it as a kid, but things such as the "Ottoman Empire" (a bunch of goons obsessed with furniture) work out for older audiences.
- SpongeBob SquarePants, as mentioned earlier, is a particular user of this trope, culminating in The Movie ending with SpongeBob defeating Plankton with The Power of Rock. The song? A parody of Twisted Sister's I Wanna Rock.
- The sequence includes a closeup of shapely legs in fishnets—Patrick's.
- "Do you think this is funny?" "In a cosmic sort of way, yes."
- The surprise appearance of Nosferatu, "wormsign", the titular character's trousers discarding akin to an o-ring separation before his legs erupt into rocket exhaust plumes, etc.
- Watch "Karate Island" and just try and find more than three jokes that aren't Parental Bonus.
- "Sailor Mouth" referenced George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine.Mr. Krabs: In fact, there are thirteen bad words you should never use.Squidward: Don't you mean there are only seven?Mr. Krabs: Not if you're a sailor.
- From the episode "The Secret Box", where the secret that turned out to be in the box was a string. Come on, a string in a box in a Bikini Bottom?
- Of course, though, the string opens a secret compartment in the secret box that contains an Embarrassing Old Photo of SpongeBob at a Christmas Party.
- And then there's Plankton and his reviewing of "foreign exercise videos" for his cousin.
- When Squidward has convinced SpongeBob and Patrick to wait on his every whim, they move around his sun chair to various locations— one is Too Hot, one is Too Wet, and the one with a background of cancan dancers is "Toulouse-Lautrec"
- The episode that begins with SpongeBob watching a dancing live-action sea anemone on his TV, with a goofy entranced look on his face, leaning toward the screen. When Gary comes in and meows at him, he panics and immediately changes the channel and comes up with a hasty excuse for what he was really watching.
- The episode with the squeaky boots is a parody of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Telltale Heart.
- Let's see, there's Ned and the Needlefish, an obvious reference to Hootie and the Blowfish, an episode titled "Krabby Road", like The Beatles' album Abbey Road, the episode "Lost Mattress", where, at the end of the mattress shopping montage, SpongeBob goes to reach for a switch in the dealer's hand, who closes it sharply and makes SpongeBob laugh, a reference to Pretty Woman, and some episodes which feature court cases use the theme from The People's Court.
- A musical bonus: In the episode where Patrick becomes smart when he switches his brain with brain coral, he mentions a clarinet piece by "Cornelius Bumpfish". Someone on the writing team must like Steely Dan, whose clarinetist was a man named Cornelius Bumpus.
- In one episode, Patrick dressed in drag and Squidward called 'her' "his Rubenesque beauty".
- "You're a man, SpongeBob, and it's about time you acted like one. First, puff up your chest. Then, say 'tax exemption'. Now, you must acquire a taste for free-form jazz."
- Kim Possible was fond of this, too:
- In one episode, Ron announces "the first rule of chess club is: you do not talk about chess club."
- In another...Dr. Drakken: Your Nana is one bad grand-mother—
Kim Possible: Shut your mouth!
Dr. Drakken: I'm just talking about Nana.
Sadly, Kim did not answer "I can dig it."
- The exchange was, however, played out in full in a Shaft parody episode of Dexter's Laboratory between Dee Dee and a friend.
- And in yet another:
- Kim Possible on the whole is quite fond of jokes based around older music. Such as:
- Okay kiddies, how many of you have seen Psycho? How about played Resident Evil or Splinter Cell? Because homage is paid to all of these in one episode or another.
- And then there was this:Kim Possible: Payback's the sitch!
- "Careful Bonnie, you know what they do to witches in this town." Given how she quickly hops away with a frightened look, Bonnie guessed she was being a bitch.
- How many people in Kim Possible's target demographic would recognize the character Ron is channeling in this screenshot? ◊
- Not to mention in the episode where they had to have mentors and Ron's happens to be a secret agent, Ron starts using a Scottish accent as a reference to Sean Connery as James Bond. This was exceptionally cool for older folks who always see Connery as Bond rather than the more recent actors like Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
- Yin Yang Yo! has several, not the least of which is Yang saying "Ah, pellets!" in place of stronger language.
- Paraphrased:Yin: Yang, where do you think Carl the Evil Cockroach has gone?
Yang: The Booby Trap factory, which is safe for you because you don't have bo-
Yin: Hold that insensitive remark!
- Dylan the rabbit from The Magic Roundabout was (at least in the UK Gag Dub) portrayed as an Erudite Stoner, and often said things that might have been about drugs. This gets a lot more blatant in The Movie.
- Justice League is full of these.Flash: Yep. Fastest man alive.Hawkgirl: Which might explain why you can't get a date.Flash: Yeah... hey, what's THAT supposed to mean?
- Or Hawkman's remark after Hawkgirl attacks a villain with a whip.Hawkman: You always were good with that thing!
- Interestingly, Hawkgirl seems to me involved in a lot of these:
- Another Hawkgirl example pops up when The Joker accuses her of "sublimating [her] passions with that big honkin' mace."
- Yet another Hawkgirl example is in the episode "Shadow of the Hawk"Carter Hall staring at Hawkgirl's backsideHawkgirl: What?Carter Hall: I missed the dress.Hawkgirl:*seductive voice* You didn't miss it last night.
- Possibly the most blatant example occurs in the episode where Flash and Luthor switch bodies. Tala, who had been trying to seduce Lex for a while, leads him (actually Flash) into the bedroom to "rest". Shortly after the door closes, we hear him happily chirp "Hey, that's not restful."
- How about in the episode "Epilogue"? That was a pretty impressive one.Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town.
Terry McGinnis: [raises eyebrow]
Amanda Waller: Not remotely what I meant!
- A pretty infamous one:
- And there's the episode where Flash and Wonder Woman rescue a magazine proprietor who looks a lot like Hugh Hefner (and letches on Diana). The exact nature of the magazines he publishes are unrevealed, but Wally insists he only buys them for the articles.
- Katma Tui asking John Stewart if he still snores in his sleep...
- Or Hawkman's remark after Hawkgirl attacks a villain with a whip.
- Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers had a Cargo Cult episode with a tribe of kiwi birds. The tribe's chief, for no apparent reason whatsoever, spoke in nothing but Ed Sullivan mannerisms.
- And don't forget the episode featuring a scientist named "Dr. Piltdown". Piltdown Man was, of course, one of the most well-known frauds in archaeological history.
- Let's face it, most of the shout outs in this show went well over the target audience's heads.
- My Life as a Teenage Robot was full of various pop culture references, such as a group of villains named the Lonely Hearts Club Band... with a leader named Pepper. There was also this exchange, which goes past Parental Bonus into Viewers Are Geniuses territory:Professor Wakeman: You need new eyes like Oppenheimer needed gunpowder!
- Histeria! sometimes had jokes that only the viewer's grandparents could get, such as a sketch of Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence done as an episode of The Jack Benny Program.
- Danny Phantom has its moments - Desiree and Vlad are both walking Parent Service, specifically. The eighties and college references help as well. It also has it's share of Double Entendre.
- George Shrinks has the titular character, at one point, tell a bee to go pollinate itself.
- One episode of Cow and Chicken had a gang of butch female bikers (Cow even calls one of them "sir") who crashed into people's homes and literally munched on their carpets. The episode was never aired again because the censors caught onto this.
- In the first episode of Doug, Doug is tricked by Roger into searching for fictional creatures called "neematoads". While searching in the marshland, he spots Roger laughing at him and realized he's been fooled. Doug's dog who became covered in mud approached Roger, convincing Roger that it was a neematoad. The episode ends with Roger searching in the marshland for neematoads. There is no such thing as neematoads, though there is such a thing as nematodes. And considering that both Doug and Roger were barefoot while searching, they definitely found some...
- Much of Fillmore! parodies 70s cop shows specifically, and relies heavily on Mundane Made Awesome.
- And how many kids were they expecting to get all of The Silence of the Lambs references in the episode "To Mar a Stall"?
- One episode of Arthur featured the characters all writing stories for a TV show's story contest (the stories themselves written by kids, or so it says at the end), which were then played out using the Arthur characters in the animation style of other cartoons... including South Park, Beavis And Butthead, and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
- In the episode when Buster is diagnosed with asthma, Arthur accidentally induces an asthma attack when he's reading an old, dusty joke book with Buster. The following exchange with his father ensues:Arthur: This is all my fault!
Mr. Read: How could it be your fault?
Arthur: It's because I showed him those dirty books! That's what made him sick. I just know it!
(Confused look on Mr. Read's face)
- In one episode there was a band called "Binky" that looked and sounded suspiciously like ABBA. They had the same amount of popularity and were even from Europe.
- In another episode, when The Brain and Sue Ellen are going to do a science project, Brain imagines himself explaining that he managed to resurrect a dinosaur at a science seminar. Said dinosaur turns out to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the audience is understandably scared. Brain then tells them to stay a bit. The Tyrannosaur is then given a microphone and then recites a Groucho Marx joke ("So one day, I woke up in the morning and I found an elephant in my pajamas. How the elephant got in my pajamas, I'll never know.").
- In the Opera episode Muffy is reading an Opera guide called The Barber of the Valkyries
- Arthur has had a lot of these, and a number of very subtle ones. In one episode where Sue Ellen and D.W. stumble upon Muffy's old nursery playroom, there's a sled in the background with Rosebud on it.
- In the episode when Buster is diagnosed with asthma, Arthur accidentally induces an asthma attack when he's reading an old, dusty joke book with Buster. The following exchange with his father ensues:
- Derek Blunt, in the Darkwing Duck episode "In Like Blunt" is a parody of Derek Flint (who is, in turn, a parody of James Bond). The episode title is a parody of the second Flint film In Like Flint (which is, in turn, a parody of the phrase "In Like Flynn"). It's unlikely kids would get any of these references except Bond.
- Darkwing did this all the time. Take the episode "Twin Beaks": the alien cows claim to be from the planet Larson, on "The far side of the galaxy." The Far Side was created by Gary Larson, who made more comedic use of milk cows than Earthworm Jim.
- Far Side references were used in other episodes as well. The very first episode in fact has Bushroot being harassed by two fellow scientists, "Dr. Gary" and "Dr. Larsen."
- "Trading Faces" gives us this little gem.
- Darkwing did this all the time. Take the episode "Twin Beaks": the alien cows claim to be from the planet Larson, on "The far side of the galaxy." The Far Side was created by Gary Larson, who made more comedic use of milk cows than Earthworm Jim.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. For example...
- In one episode, Mac was frustrated because Bloo left him (clearly behaving more like a husband whose wife just left him than a little boy whose BFF just left him). To make it even better, Mac goes to an ice cream parlor right afterward.... and everybody who watches the show knows that he reacts to sugar like others react to drugs. The following scene looks... ripped out of a relationship-drama movie.
- In Partying is Such a Sweet Soiree, Bloo tells Mac what they got for their party: "...and on the 6th floor, Ring around the Rosey, If you know what I mean..." Mac answers: "Not really." Bloo: "Yeah, me neither." And just a few minutes later, Mac gets into a pretty extreme form of the Mushroom Samba. Sugar seems to contain ecstasy in the FHFIF-universe, at least for Mac. "High" doesn't even come close to describing sweet little Mac's behaviour for the rest of the episode.
- In the episode Store Wars, the group passes by the window display of a store for women's underwear. Bloo walks right past it, but 8 year old Mac takes a glimpse while smiling in a pretty strange way. Adult woman Frankie and female imaginary friend Coco look at it interested and coward Eduardo covers his eyes in horror.
- That show had a Blues Brothers reference of all things. And not just any Blues Brothers reference, they almost quoted verbatim the most famous line of the movie:Bloo: It's a hundred and six blocks to Mac. I've got a full bladder, half an idea where I'm going, it's Tuesday and I'm wearing sunglasses.
Frankie: Hit it.
- A random character with Morrisey-esque hair talked entirely in altered Smith's lyrics.
- On a similar note, in the episode "Nightmare on Wilson Way", after Eduardo becomes a zombie, Bloo mutters "Well, Ed is dead." "Ed is Dead" is the name of a Pixies song.
- They also parodied the Death Star trench run. No, not Luke's, Red Leader's. And in an episode that Blu gets fantastically rich, he sails around inside the house on a tiny steamboat. It's name: The Bloosatania. And then there was Arthur Dent trying to Hitchhike to Magrathea...
- As well as two nerds named Douglas and Adam, one of which wears white shirt with a large '42' printed on it.
- Mac waking up next to Cheese and trying to 'explain' to Bloo.
- ReBoot is full of these, with constant references to pop culture (both American and British) and computer terms. Whole episodes would do this, notably the homage to The Prisoner, "Number 7". To the hordes of little kids who didn't know The Prisoner existed, the plot was a terrifying mindfuck full of creepiness. The end of Series 2 even had references to the Blitz of London; as a result of a war in the sky, the Binomes shelter in Tube stations, and Binomes resembling the Women's Auxillary Air Force are working as spotters in the War Room.
- Although Wonder Pets! is usually rather light on Parental Bonus, the episode "The Wonder Pets Save the Beetles" is filled with non-stop references to a certain rock band...
- The Beetles were voiced by two of the performers of Broadway's "Beatlemania."
- To say nothing of "The Wonder Pets save the Fiddler Crab on the roof."
- And "The Wonder Pets Save the Rat Pack. Not only are the guest characters based on Sinatra, Davis, and Martin (with dead-on voice acting), but Elvis Presley and Raoul Duke can be spotted in a crowd. They also make reference to songs like "Come Fly With Me" and "My Way". The music is also styled after them.
- The more recent episodes of Wonder Pets are chock full of Parental Bonus - Save the Vixen, a noir style episode guest starring Lauren Bacall, and full of nods to the films, Save the Skunk Rocker, full of references to classic punk and Save the Rock Lobster, a B52s inspired episode, in particular.
- Donkey Kong Country had a scene where Diddy utters the phrase "the only thing worse than a bruised banana is a bruised butt." Yeah.
- The Playhouse Disney show Special Agent Oso has episode titles like "Gold Flower" and "A View To A Kitten".
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack in the episode "Whale Times." Bubbie meets a whale named Harvey, and they like each other. Bubbie isn't that kind of whale though. Also with that comes an innocent-Flapjack comment after they realize Harvey kidnaps people from other giant creatures, "Harvey sure does get around."
- Ruby Gloom makes a rather obscure Beatles reference in the episode "Beat Goes On", when Frank cries out "I got blisters on my fingers!". Frank is quoting Ringo Starr, who says exactly the same thing (in the same tone of voice) at the end of the song "Helter Skelter".
- Codename: Kids Next Door has entire episodes based on parental bonuses. Apart from parodies of such non-kiddie friendly fare as Terminator (Operation FUTURE), Soylent Green (Operation HOME), Minority Report (Operation CRIME), Stephen King's Christine (Operation TRICYCLE) and the Alien franchise (Operation LICE), there are e.g. Operation POINT where the kids try to find out what teenage couples do to "become adults" up at "The Point" on Saturday night They roller skate together. What did you think they did? and Operation SUPPORT where Nigel and Hoagie decide that bras must be secret weapons ("Battle Ready Armor!!") and sneak into Abby's sister's bedroom to steal some for themselves. They're right.
- Then there's an episode based on Isaac Asimov's book Fantastic Voyage, in which 4 ate a brussels sprout and the rest of the team got shrunk to retrieve it (Operation SPROUT).
- And then there's Operation RECRUIT, which is more or less a direct parody of The Matrix
- And Operation ARCHIVE, which is a direct parody of the Animatrix segment "The Second Renaissance".
- Numbuh One dresses up as a Borg in the Halloween episode and even says "You will be joinified."
- Actually, Numbuh One himself is kind of a parody of Captain Picard. I mean, bald Brit who's in charge and says "Numbuh One" a lot...who does that remind you of?
- And there's Operation DUCKY that was a parody of Moby-Dick in a ginormous bathtub with a giant rubber ducky and a Captain Ahab Expy who talked like William Shatner.
- Operation COUCH- most of it, especially Emperor Dave.
- Thomas the Tank Engine has an episode titled "Escape", where Oliver is saved from scrap. The music that plays while he's being spirited away from the diesel area is clearly based on the famous tune from The Great Escape.
- As quoted above, Phineas and Ferb. Very little of what makes the show good can be properly understood by the target demographic.
Who's that tap-tap-tapping on my window? Is it that pesky raven again? Stupid raven....
- The Phineas and Ferb special "Summer Belongs to You" had the gang stop in Paris. While in it, Phineas gawks at the Moulin Rouge. What is the Moulin Rouge?
- Also, in "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" when Candace's time travel causes Doofenshmirtz to take over the world, he sings a song called, "It's a Charmed Life". One of the lyrics is "Everyone else is the proletariat and baby I'm the bourgeoisie! Look it up Joe!" Most kids, in fact quite a few adults, do not know those words.
- In one episode, when Perry tapped on Doofensmirtz's window and then disappeared offscreen, Doofenshmirtz opened up the window and made a rather fantastic literary reference...
- Not to mention that the entire "Harbor Day" episode was a giant parody of a certain story concerning a crazy captain and a whale...
- From the episode "Finding Mary MacGuffin":An adult: Aren't you a little young to know about all these old detective shows?Phineas: Yes. Yes we...*puts on sunglasses*Phineas: are.
- The most audacious example was probably in "Night of the Living Pharmacists", which had a cameo appearance from Shaun and Ed. No, not a reference to Shaun of the Dead, an appearance by the actual characters. And they even got Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to reprise the roles!
- Gravity Falls has loads of this. It's filled with numerous jokes that would go right over a kid's head (sometimes treading into Black Comedy territory) and has a bit of an 80's/90's cartoon vibe, despite being set in 2012.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius had a good number, being another Nick show. Anyone recall that episode where Cindy and her friends were having a garage sale, and Sheen finds a bra and proclaims it to be an Ultra Lord Double Barrel Slingshot?
- "I don't know, Sheen, if that's the case, then my mom has a lot of Ultra Lord Double Barrel Slingshots..."
- From The Magic School Bus:
- At one point, the bus turns into the Enterprise.
- Not to mention the Friz herself. As many a disgruntled cosplayer has noted, Ms Frizzle is stacked.
- In the episode where they go to space, they are going past Uranus. Arnold jumps into his cousin's lap, to which she says, "Uranus doesn't do a thing for me, so please get off!" Arnold replies, "Sorry, Janet, but I have to stay on top of the situation."
- In "Gets Ready, Set, Dough", while the class is stuck in an oven, Phoebe says, "At my old school, we never got baked."
- When Ms. Frizzle is put on trial for taking Keesha's cucumber ("In A Pickle"), her prisoner number is 24601.
- On an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton go on a treasure hunt. They find it buried under trees shaped like an X, and later, as they're fighting over the treasure, Plucky gets caught in a tree. As his treasure pours out of his bag into Hamton's, Hamton notes "The trickle-down theory", which would require quite a bit of knowledge of economics.
- Wallace & Gromit: Gromit has been seen reading the following books: "Electronics for Dogs", "Pluto's Republic", and (while in prison) "Crime and Punishment" by Fido Dogstoyevski. Gromit was also enrolled in Dogwarts University, but that hardly counts as Parental Bonus.
- There's also the scene in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit where Wallace's contraptions go wrong and he ends up naked except for a box around his waist. The box reads, "Caution: may contain nuts." Come to think of it, the whole film is basically a Whole Plot Reference to every cheesy low-budget British horror film trope ever, until the climax where they end up doing an extended King Kong parody.
- Most kids who don't live Oop North will probably wonder why exactly Gromit is so enthusiastic about throwing that bomb in the direction of Yorkshire, too.
- The climax of A Close Shave may or may not be an intentional homage to Terminator.
- Not really a funny one, but in one episode of Batman Beyond, Barbara Gordon comments that people finding out about her past may jeopardize her husband's run for re-election. Younger children would probably not understand that (why would anyone hate Batgirl?)
- In one episode of Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, there were a number of jokes inserted into the episode that were throwbacks to old video games. The only one the children got was "MARIO!" and the only one the adults cared about was FINAL FANTASY VII. Sucks to be you, Link and Kirby.
- Atomic Betty: In Season 2, Episode 17 "Extreme Makeover" (featuring the villain Bombshelle), Betty's mom is trying her old dancing clothes and Noah walks in. She asks him to watch her performance for a while and dances. After she finishes, there's a shot with a dumbfounded Noah at the door, looking at Betty's mom raised leg on the foreground. Noah, being a little kid, has a different reaction (he almost throws up - of course, Betty's mom choice of bright pink gym clothes might have something to do with it).
- The sketch show MAD loves this trope, having references to many things the target audience probably wouldn't know, such as CSI or The Bourne Identity, the references are usually mixed with something the target audience has seen, such as iCarly and Bob the Builder.
- There's an episode with a green Pedobear. Pedobear in a cartoon. And it's during a parody of anime and Grey's Anatomy.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold has a song from the trio of Black Canary, Huntress, and Catwoman that's not so much Parental Bonus as "Get the kids out of the room now. The song starts by listing the sexual issues of the male heroes through very poorly disguised lyrics: Green Lantern's "ring" is small but pretty strong; Blue Beetle is cute but is an inexperienced virgin; The Flash, of course, is "sometimes way too fast"; Green Arrow is a switch-hitter; Aquaman's "little fish" is unimpressive; and Plastic Man has, obviously, all sorts of interesting possibilities. And then to wind it up, they're inviting Batman to join them for a foursome.
- DuckTales (1987) is another series that frequently employed this. Some examples include one episode where Scrooge is jailed in their version of The Alcatraz, another episode has Scrooge holding a luxury blimp cruise that not only has a character based on Norma Desmond but also shoutouts to notable media figures, and another episode features Scrooge butting heads with a slimy rancher named J.R.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears had one episode that was one giant Affectionate Parody to the R-rated Dollars Trilogy.
- Adventure Time seems to be an experiment to figure out exactly how much crap one can get past the radar in 11 minutes.
- Teen Titans has the creepy Slade, whose behavior toward Robin, Terra, and Raven is vaguely pedophilic. There's a reason the Foe Yay page for Western Animation refers to this guy as "the Amber Alert from hell."
- Transformers: Rescue Bots has its share of movie references which the target audience (preschoolers) wouldn't or shouldn't be familiar with. The episode The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock for instance references Men in Black, Alien, Predator, The Blob (1958), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Fly (1958), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
- Hip-Hip and Hurra does this all the time, throwing in plenty of jokes that only an adult will appreciate, yet remains 100% child friendly and enjoyable to toddlers.
- The Monster High webisode "Witch Trials" has a blatant Shout-Out to Ringu.
- The beginning of the music video for the Trollz theme song is a shout-out to the opening of the song "Baby Got Back".
- The movie of Magic Adventures of Mumfie contains two shout-outs to H.M.S. Pinafore. Whale's first line is "Oh, joy! Oh, rapture!", referencing one of the songs "Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen" and Mumfie whistling "Nevermind the Why and Wherefore" when he meets the Secretary of Night. It also has Scarecrow mistaking "come inside" for something else, which was used again in "Pinkey's First Winter".
- The TV series' episode "Bristle's Blues" has Bristle's rule book containing rules referencing "Dancing In The Dark", "Singin' in the Rain" and "Shaking The Blues Away", all three of which are classic songs.
- A 2014 episode of Ben 10: Omniverse "Galactic Monsters" references a lesser-known scene from the 1931 Frankenstein movie, in which the creature throws a little girl into a lake. For comparison, the average Ben 10 viewer's great-grandparents probably weren't around when that film originally came out.
- Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom: In the episode Daisy and Poppy go to the Museum, when the characters see a display about Vikings, Nanny Plum says that she knows that Vikings only ever ate Spam.
- When Devin discovers that his girlfriend is in a relationship with her tennis instructor in one episode of Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race, Don has this to say:"The tennis instructor? That neeever happens."
- Rick and Morty actually inverted this trope, twice. The Mystery Shack mug, pen, and notepad from Gravity Falls that were sucked into the universe portal are briefly shown exiting one of the portals in the episode "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". In another, "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", an image of a triangle with one eye and a top hat, safely assumed to be Gravity Falls' main villain Bill Cipher, is displayed on a monitor. The "inversion" is that Rick and Morty is not a kids' show.
- In The Lion Guard pilot movie, Return of the Roar, Simba tells Kion that they need to talk (about Kion's use of the Roar of the Elders and what it means for him). Kion assumes he means The Talk, which apparently they've already had. ("We already had the talk! "Can you feel the love tonight," remember?"). It's more or less confirmation that Simba and Nala had sex and conceived Kion's older sister Kiara during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" scene in the original movie.
- Julius Jr. has these in spades. One example is how Julius' Halloween costume resembles Doc Ock's suit. Also, in the season 2 episode "Great Inventini", it turns out that the Great Inventini is actually a tiny slug creature in a humanoid-sized suit- a shoutout to Men in Black where small aliens control a similar mecha to blend into our world.
- Kaeloo is famous for Parental Bonuses. Especially the episode "Let's Play House". How many kids would understand what was happening at the end of that episode?
- G.I. Joe: Renegades: The episode "Brothers of Light," centers around a cult. When Tunnel Rat is captured he compares them to the Children of the Corn (1984). Not too many kids would be familiar with an 80s horror film.
- Teen Titans Go!: The series is very heavy on 1980s references, especially with The Golden Girls. These references are so old that they would have counted as parental bonuses with the original 2003 cartoon, nevermind Go.
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series:
- In "Purred It Through The Grape Vine", Swamp Rat tries to sell a Magazine called "Eratica", with an image of a rat model. It is a play on the term; "erotica", which is another name for a pornographic magazine.
- In "Cupid Pups", Cruella refers to some one as a; "Silicone Squeak Toy"...Which is another term for a breast job.
- The Simpsons did the stock opening line about the man from Nantucket. For the record, it's a rather infamous one.
Barney: (doing backflips) I am the very model of a modern major general! I've information vegetable animal and mineral!
Homer: That's nothing! Watch this. (doing cartwheels) There once was a man from Nantucket, who... (runs into wall) D'oh!
Homer: You know, I once knew a man from Nantucket.
- And again:
Homer: Let's just say the stories about him are greatly exaggerated.
Homer: There once was this guy from an island off the coast of Massachusetts... Nantucket, I think it was. Anyway, he had the most unusual personal characteristic, which was, um...
- And again:
- Another instance not using the man from Nantucket limerick, maybe even being a parody of its usage, comes in an episode where Krusty the Clown is giving Homer an old trampoline of his and talks about dirty limericks ("There once was a man named Enis...").
- The Captain Planet and the Planeteers episode "I Just Want to Be Your Teddy Bear" has the Planeteers attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans. At one point, Wheeler offers some beads to Linka, who is offended. After Wheeler then tries offering the beads to Gi, Gi simply takes the beads from him and states "Wheeler, you're incorrigible. But thanks for the souvenir. Children just see Wheeler offering the girls a present in the hope they might go on a date; adults will be aware that it's a Mardi Gras tradition for women to show their breasts in exchange for beads.
- In the Alvin and the Chipmunks Clip Show "Alvin in Analysis", Alvin goes to see a mental health counsellor, Rutter Wisenheimer - who is a parody of real life sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. (Don't worry, Alvin wasn't there for that kind of issue)
- The ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks episode "Knights" involved a group and song called the Knights of Boogie. A lot of "Boogie Knights" were mentioned.