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The [adult swim] short

  • Big Name Fan: Many popular comedians praised it, and Rian Johnson stated in complete seriousness that it deserved the Best Live-Action Short Oscar.
  • The Danza:
    • According to the end credits, Jennifer Giles as Capt. Jen Simmer.
    • In IMDB, William Tokarsky as the Killer is credited as "Bill".
    • In a meta-sense, almost all the actors' names given throughout the short are their own, not made up ones. Yes, even Gwydion Lashlee-Walton's.
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  • Deleted Role: Comparing the end credits with the rest of the short reveals a handful of missing characters such as Jonathan Jackson as Juggler Cook, Rachel DeJulio as Chloe Bush, etc.
  • No Budget: Possibly, and probably part of the joke. [adult swim] has not divulged the full budget, but it's known that it was five figures and equal to that of their other parody infomercials. Almost all of the actors were from Atlanta, Georgia and paid the bare minimum. A lot of the scoring, editing, and FX were done as favors to the creator. Several of the sets, like the hospital set or police briefing room set, consisted of just a wall with props set up on it.
  • Shrug of God: On his Reddit AMA, the director of Too Many Cooks was just as uncertain about what the short means, and also left it vague whether Smarf managed to push the Big Red Button before he died.
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  • Spoiled by the Format: While much of the short's popularity has come from being viewed on the Internet, knowing in advance from the playback bar how long it's going to last does lessen the effect of some of the jokes, especially the very brief appearance of actual show before the sudden appearance of the end credits. On the other hand, the original TV run put a pretty major spoiler right at the beginning: TV-MA V.
  • Throw It In!: The looping mansion-to-falcon clip originated from a playback error, which the creators decided to just leave in.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Due to uncertainty about how many people would see this (remember, this short was scheduled to play at 4 am), the director considered putting in arrows to point out the Freeze Frame Bonuses of the Killer in the background.
    • There was more of the last scene filmed, but the creators decided abruptly cutting to the end credits was funnier.
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    • The actors' names were originally going to be made up ones, but they ended up just posting their real ones.
    • There was going to be a Stinger with a promo for a different show, Two in the Bush starring Chloe Bush, but it too was cut.
    • Juggler Cook was going to be a Cook who is juggling while ON FIRE, but was decided to be too wacky.
    • The Roseanne table homage could have kept going. Smarf would have replaced Alex Cook for the second lap.
    • There was discussion about shooting the short on old equipment in a 4:3 aspect ratio to make it look more aged, but the short was ultimately left in widescreen and "aged" from high-res footage.
    • Casper Kelly says that it was planned to be just be an Overly Long Gag, but this wasn't deemed interesting enough, so the surreal humor, the Killer, and creepier elements were added in.
    • Other deleted scenes included more of the killer's Hostile Show Takeover, where he would imitate the grandma with the magazine and the cool kid coming through the door.
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