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"They stylized down the characters, which is ok—I actually used to watch the cartoons to figure out what not to do—how not to time, how not to handle the different levels of cels, don't cut that corner because it's gonna be too obvious, 'cause the corners they cut were unbelievable."
— Animator Frank Gladstone on the 1960's made-for-TV Al Brodax Popeye cartoons

Even Western Animation has its hilarious bummers.


  • A Kitten Named Bow, which was very obviously dubbed for English-speaking audiences due to completely non-existent lip sync. Characters tend to point out the obvious, especially in the first cartoon; they go out of their way to explain what is happening on-screen, even when they're not supposed to speak. The dialogue only consists of slow line delivery and "Bow wow!" But the horrible dubbing somehow makes it entertaining, albeit for all the wrong reasons.
  • The Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past" is arguably one of the darkest and most depressing in the series... but it starts out with one of the most ridiculously-goofy examples of Stylistic Suck in a cartoon. Complete with a lampshade from Bruce.
    Bruce: You hate me, don't you?
  • The Beatles. There's a lot of Off-Model, especially with John Lennon. Ringo's the incompetent, bumbling Butt-Monkey, and John sounds American. None of the voice actors are played by actual Beatles, no matter what the credits may tell you. The cartoon feels wrong, and that is why it rules.
    • It's also the reason the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein ordered the cartoons never be shown in England, even though Apple—the group's corporate entity—now owns them.
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    • In fact, George Harrison used the phrase "so bad it's good" almost verbatim when discussing the show in an interview.
    Harrison: I always kind of liked them. They were so bad or silly they were good, if you know what I mean. And I think the passage of time might make them more fun now.
  • Beverly Hills Teens: It's the embodiment of every cheesy thing about the 80's, has no idea of what target audience it wants to appeal to, every episode is packed with clichés, and most characters tend to be one-dimensional (but kind of likable). Still it manages to somehow be very charming, and is quite funny when watched with the right mindset.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers. A show about an earth spirit who gives five teenagers mystical rings that gives (four of) them badass Elemental Powers (and the fifth one gets something else) should make for some quality entertainment, but we get preachy aesops about environmentalism and why white Americans suck. We also get idiotic villains who pollute the earth just for the sake of polluting it half the time and when the heroes combine their rings' power, we get a green-mullet-headed, blue-skinned superhero who spouts terrible puns every other second. A deep, rich source of Narm. But this ludicrous premise and execution has made it the reason to watch and has created many forum-based memes. Plus, despite not using real guns, drugs and deaths, it remains the only children's cartoon in history to have an episode about AIDS.
    "AIDS is the best thing to come along since the black plague!"
    "NO WAY! AIDS stinks!"
    • Linka. If she's not your type, you can always laugh at the combination of tsundere and Strawman Political.
    • The fact that Ma-Ti technically has the best superpower of the five but still manages to be the most useless is simultaneously frustrating and hilarious.
    • And there's a part where Adolf Hitler manages to weaken Captain Planet by staring at him because his hatred acts as a form of pollution, which Captain Planet is weak to.
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    • One of the few actually-good parts of the series was the decent soundtrack. The credits theme starts to veer into so-bad-it's-good-ness by being cheesy but catchy, and even the opening title sequence did a pretty good job of establishing the series in a tasteful, even somewhat dignified manner. Then season 6 changed the intro to this. It consists of scary green goblin lips atonally "singing" a bizarre rap song which calls Captain Planet a "Mega Mac Daddy of Ecology" backed up with comedy wah-wah saxophones, one-key-at-a-time piano playing and what sounds like a morse code machine. It's ironic that this gloriously terrible intro was introduced late in the series when the show's animation improved. It probably helps that the rapper in question is Fred Schneider, whose band could be quite cheesy on their own.
  • The two animated Chick Tracts adaptations by 3D animation outfit Littleshots: the Chick Brand™ Easy Evangelism and dubious Biblical accuracy of "The Sissy" and the Shaggy Dog-shooting "Tiny Shoes". The combination of already SBIG nature of the source material, CGI that makes Boys of Valor look like Big Hero 6 and zero-budget sound and voice acting form a hypnotically bad whole. Both are available in their entirety on YouTube, in addition to reviews by The Bible Reloaded (available here and here).
  • Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos. Hilarious, at least the opening. But it has So Bad It's Good Moments with the zany fight scenes, horrible acting, and Super Ninja's effeminate voice. Here are some of the "best" moments.
  • Dennis the Menace has an in-universe example. In "The Price of Stardom", Dennis becomes the prop man for a Heidi-esque play starring Margaret and Mr. Wilson. During the performance, Dennis turns on a giant fan, has Mr. Wilson dress in a swimsuit for a costume change, drops a bag of fake snow on Margaret and opens a trap door that Mr. Wilson happens to be standing on at the time. The audience laughs throughout the entire performance and cheers when the play ends.
  • Dinofroz is blatantly trying to follow trends certain other shows like Ben 10 and especially Digimon Frontier did, there are clichés all around, the voice acting for the dubbing is hilarious, the show is clearly Merchandise-Driven, and animation sequences and shots are often reused. And yet, one can only admire the creators for fully committing to the show's absurd premise. On top of that, nothing about the show is outright offensive, some of the subplots actually work when executed properly, and the voice actors sound like they're having a ball. Also, dinosaurs. And dragons.
  • The 1960's made-for-TV Popeye cartoons, produced by Al Brodax, amounts to almost 230 episodes of animation hastily produced on a shoestring budget, and at a breakneck pace of almost two years, and was farmed out to a variety of studios across the earth—and it shows in every episode. They have abysmal animation, countless animation goofs and suffer from inane story ideas, stilted scripts, humor more stale than sawdust bread, and downright boneheaded filmmaking choices—"Popeye and the Giant" stands out as being one of the worst of them, due to its incomprehensible plot (Bluto makes Wimpy grow giant by sneaking grow pills in his burgers so he can sell him to a circus, that backfires so he teams up with the Sea Hag to...deliver the Giant Wimpy as a doorstop baby to Popeye, who cures him with essence of hamburgers), animation that varies between sloppy to just plain bizarre, bloopers that you don't even need to freeze frame to see (such as a plate of burgers inexplicably being suspended on a flat colored background in the middle of nowhere), and some of the worst editing ever committed to a cartoon (the first minute with Popeye walking and Wimpy saying his trademark line have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the cartoon).
  • An in-universe one happens in Rocko's Modern Life in the form of Wacky Delly.
  • Sidekick is best known to fans for its Toilet Humor, cruelty to Eric (one of the main characters), the stupidity of the characters except for Kitty and Mandy and some rather dumb plot elements. However, that doesn't stop people from liking the show thanks to its strong humor, great character designs and romantic relationships between the characters.
  • The 1960s Spider-Man cartoon counts. While the show did have many genuine fans, it also has a large So Bad, It's Good fandom. All the camp of the Adam West Batman show (being as it, like the Batman show, crawled out of the goldmine of So Bad It's Good that was the Silver Age) add to that the most unsuitable voice ever for the guy who plays Spider-Man, low budget animation, and stock footage used over and over again, and it's very difficult for most viewers not to laugh at the hideous result.
  • Superfriends is Super cheesy! It really hasn't aged well! And yet you can't stop watching — especially due to the camp!
  • Tiny Toon Adventures had an in-universe example when Buster, Babs and Plucky decided to make a non-comedy film. One of the studio's heads actually mentioned the trope. He didn't like it enough to the point of giving them other serious roles but enough to readmit them in comedy.
  • Gene Deitch was quite brilliant in his 1950s stylized modern work; he took the stodgy, flagging Terrytoons in an interesting direction. But when he took on the Tom and Jerry franchise in the early 1960s, it went in a whole weird Eastern European-filtered direction.
  • Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Sabotage. The villain is a demented circus ringmaster, and his dragon is a vicious, snarling midget pirate; they have many Ho Yay moments. The heroes consist of five teenage skateboarders and Distressed Dude Tony Hawk. The storyline is utterly disturbed and often takes a backseat to skateboarding sequences, the subtitles often render dialogue as 'unintelligible', and the animation... is satisfactory. Only because of all this is it worth seeing (with the subtitles on for maximum amusement).
  • Toxic Crusaders, which ditched the R-rated qualities of The Toxic Avenger and replaced them with hilariously ridiculous dialogue, plots, and animation. Many things made no sense whatsoever: Toxie went to live in the town dump after his mom suggested it, even though she had no problem in later episodes visiting him or boasting that he's her son. He also mentions later that he and his friends need to "pay rent" — to the dump?! All the mutants were called, every single time, "hideously deformed mutants of superhuman size and strength." There were constant ass pulls: when a Mad Scientist creates french fries that turn anyone who eats them into nearsighted, forgetful old people - his own words - it turns out that putting pepper on them turns the mutagen chemicals into bubble gum, which negates the process. There is also a Running Gag in which the Big Bad's main henchperson Psycho will predict, with eerie accuracy, exactly how their plans will be foiled. The Big Bad never listens; once, he tells Psycho to stop spoiling things for him. There's also lampshade-hanging galore.
    Junkyard: Do we have time for a flashback?
    Toxie: Oh sure! It'll probably take Killemoff some time to come up with a new plan to destroy us.
    • After Killemoff loads a giant monster truck on a barge which predictably (Psycho said it would) sinks the whole thing to the bottom of the river:
  • This is what most animated adaptions of video games tend to be.
    Sonic: Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like. But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes YOU feel uncomfortable? That's NO GOOD!
    • The second Sonic cartoon, SatAM, is actually considered pretty good, even if it has little to do with the games. Is considered this by some people due to it trying to be serious and falling flat as a result. Awkward voice acting (Jim Cummings tried too hard to act evil, for example). The third cartoon, Sonic Underground, however, is either this or just plain bad depending on who you ask.
    • The 90's Street Fighter cartoon has an almost completely ironic fandom and is a veritable Fountain of Memes thanks to its lamentable animation, hammy acting (especially Richard Newman's M. Bison, who steal every scene he's in) and often stupid and strange writing.
  • This would also apply for most of Italian company Mondo TV's collaborative efforts with North Korea's SEK Studio when it came to certain shows.
    • Their poster child of how absolutely insane things could possibly get with their TV shows (meaning it's connected and expanded upon in future outings) is with Simba the King Lion. What started out as a sort of rip-off of The Lion King (1994) if it were presented as a TV show instead of a movie (not unlike Timon & Pumbaa in a way) evolves into something where Simba gains strange powers that came through staring at the Sun, including shooting light out of one of his paws and the eventual power of seeing through time, with a final battle involving Shere Khan after Simba learns he commanded the humans to kill Simba's father, as well as killed Simba's mother himself. Oh yeah, and one of the episodes there was pretty much nothing more than a dance party. After that, it then evolves into...
    • Simba Jr. to the World Cup, a successor of Simba the King Lion where a dog named Winner gets kidnapped by someone and is taken away to New York City, and Simba recruits a bunch of animals, including a couple of anthropomorphic mice and a dinosaur for some reason, to travel to New York City (by entering a tree that's somehow a warp zone of sorts from the jungle to New York City) to find Winner and bring him back home. As you probably could tell, the insanity ramps up pretty quickly, and gets even weirder with the animals getting into a gang war with rats that have flamethrowers, tanks, and roller blades, to the point where a cat enters the fray... by having astral projection as a spirit. After Simba Jr. and his young friends help save Simba's own crew, they eventually find Winner... and it turns out he's actually a head coach for the animal World Cup for some unknown reason! And yet as weird as that gets, it only gets even weirder entering...
    • Winner and the Golden Child, which opens with a weird, cheap looking intro, but after that segues into where the last episode of the previous series left off, which revolved around a vision of the Land of Dinosaurs (which also includes things like golem people that literally look like huge clumps of shit and knockoff Power Rangers) involving the reveal of a prophet boy named Ari that's presumed to be the future king there. Ari ends up being raised into the same jungle as a means to save both worlds in the "Great Dinosaur War," which involves a great witch and the return of Shere Khan. Along the way, weird subplots come up like interspecies pedophilia between Fox the dog and a young lioness, as well as implied racism, before Simba's daughter is considered something along the lines of a goddess in the other land by the end of it. And guess what? Somehow, that main story that has a genuine war going on ends with a soccer match of sorts against Shere Khan and his side, which includes the great witch choking on a soccer ball that Ari kicks into her mouth before he hits her with a magic spell he learned along the way. Saberspark tries covering all aspects of each series to the best of his abilities, especially the last one before being at a loss for words on that one, here. Arguably, one of the weirdest things about this show is that its characters were involved with a movie called "Christmas In New York". Well, that and the fact that it's a crossover show between what happened with "Simba the King Lion" and a show they did earlier called "The Legend of Snow White".
  • Wild Grinders has awful animation, cliched plots that make no sense, and pretty much should be called teen stereotype TV. It has gotten to the point to where everyone who watches it watches it to laugh at how bad it is.


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