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"Dumbland" is a crude, stupid, violent, absurd series. If it is funny, it is funny because we see the absurdity of it all."
David Lynch

Dumbland (2002) was an eight-part Flash-animated 'sitcom' written, directed, voiced and animated by David Lynch, which premiered on his official website. As the above quote points out, it is notable for being crude both in design and content.

The series follows the misadventures of a foul-tempered, foul-mouthed, violent, hard-drinking, flatulent neo-Neanderthal (known as Randy on Lynch's official page) as he lashes out at neighbours, helicopters, salesmen, electricial appliances, doctors, insects, and his own dysfunctional family in what appears to your average suburban setting.

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However, because this is a David Lynch production, weirdness ensues.

Dumbland contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Uncle Bob's bizarre mannerisms (such as vomiting, gagging himself, hitting himself and others around him) appears to show traits of Tourette's syndrome.
  • Ax-Crazy: Randy. In a rare moment of serenity in episode 4, Randy even acknowledges that he "likes to kill things".
  • Bloody Hilarious: The entirety of episode 5, where Randy tries to remove a large stick out of a guy's mouth, and brutually mutilating him in the process.
  • Broken Record: Randy's son, as he is bouncing on a trampoline, repeatedly says "My teeth are bleeding!" as, well, his teeth bleeds. He says this in a weirdly cheerful manner, mind you.
  • Gasshole: Randy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Just about everything and anybody sends Randy into a foulmouthed rage.
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  • Keet: Randy's hyperactive son, who keeps yelling the same thing over and over.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Randy's intimidating mother-in-law speaks in a deep, threatening growl.
  • Nervous Wreck: Randy's wife is in constant fear of her abusive husband, her dialogue consisting mainly of yammering and shrieking.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Virtually all of Randy's dialogue consists of obscenities.
  • Stylistic Suck: The animation consists entirely of sketchy line drawings. Case in point: Randy's son is essentially just an outline of a body with a face.
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