Guy in Blue Chair: I think it is.
Guy in Green Chair: Then why are we watching it?
Guy in Blue Chair: I don't know. I think we're watching it because it doesn't make any sense.
Guy in Green Chair: Oh... Well it doesn't change the fact that this is crap.
Guy in Blue Chair: Nope.
Guy in Green Chair: You wanna watch some more?
Guy in Blue Chair: Yep.
The Demented Cartoon Movie! is a 2001 Flash cartoon written, directed, drawn, animated, created, recorded, conceived of, responsibility claimed, filmed, edited, converted to standard transport elephant zucchini format and back again by Brian Kendall.
It features a trailernote , opening credits, stick figuresnote , green and blue chairs, Qrrbrbirlbel, a kamikaze watermelonnote , a production of Romeo and Julietnote , a tidal wavenote , nucularnote explosions, a rocket to Marsnote , a car race, a superhero, a villain and an ending, among other things. If you have thirty minutes of your life to waste, you ought to check it out.
I know, let's play Toss the Trope-Bomb!
- Angrish: As Juliet keeps murdering Romeo, the director can no longer put his criticisms into words and starts stammering before running off to find another actor.
- Anvil on Head: Mr. Weight On Head, rather. It and Mr. Big Shoe often come in with an uncanny comedic timing to put an unexpected end to a number of characters.
- Ax-Crazy: Juliet can't keep herself from killing Romeo. The one time she tries to defy this trope, as per the director's instructions, she loses it and throws the bomb anyway.
- Balcony Wooing Scene: The crew attempt to recreate the Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet, but they can't quite seem to pull off the whole "Romeo woos Juliet from her window" thing, because of Juliet's compulsive urge to kill the Romeos.
- Big Red Button: A few gags revolve around a big red button that characters can't seem to help but pressing. Big red buttons are also seen on the Auto Romeo Maker and the Auto Damsel Maker.
- Blah, Blah, Blah: Aside from the multitude of characters with "blah" either in or as their name, the second version of the intro uses placeholder words as it retreads stuff seen in the first intro, such as "Brian Ken- Blah, blah, blah".
- BFG: Mr. Blaster Ray Gun, which Evil Blah uses to shoot the origin of the music that keeps annoying him.
- Bile Fascination: In-Universe, the Chair Guys call the movie crap, wondering why they're watching a movie that makes no sense, but keep watching anyway, because it makes no sense.
- Bomb Whistle: Followed by *BOOM* - you guessed that, right? A long whistle comes between a curious stickman's examination of a marking on the ground and the bomb landing on it.
- Brick Joke: "Blah" causing head explosions. It's mostly been left behind by the time of Evil Blah and Super Blah's confrontation, but then Evil Blah kills Super Blah by having him read a sign that says "Blah."
- Buffy Speak: The "evil process" Evil Blah is undertaking is described as "Operation Something-Thingy".
- The Cape: Super Blah, hero of Blah guys everywhere, with a costume consisting of a cape and a "B" logo on the chest, and powers including super strength and flight.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Evil Blah. "Hahahaha! I feel very evil today!"
- Cartoon Bomb: Zeeky H. Bomb is a round, black, fused bomb with a face.
- The Chew Toy: Bloing Gloing! is almost always getting destroyed for whatever reason, and is always fine the next time they appear.
- Cloudcuckooland: Qrrbrbirlbel has various nonsensical happenings, often involving explosions, giant weights falling on people, and kamikaze watermelons, not to mention the crazy citizens.
- Colony Drop: The earth falls into the sun too many times to count.
- Clone Degeneration: While the Auto Damsel Maker has always had problems with the damsels' heads falling off, the last damsel created proves to be a complete nutcase.
- Creating Life: The Auto Romeo Maker is used to create a new actor when Juliet keeps killing them. The Auto Damsel Maker is later used by Evil Blah to lure Super Blah into his lair.
- Curse Cut Short: "And furthermore whoever made this movie is a complete jacka—" BOOM
- Damsel in Distress: The generic damsel, used by Evil Blah to lure Super Blah into his lair.
- Deadline News: When Zeeky H. Bomb says the Zeeky Words, he blows up the news crew at the scene. Then the anchor realizes: "Oh, Crap!, that's going to be broadcast all over the world!"
- The Ditherer: The car driver, who doesn't want to crash, but is reluctant to steer either, to the point of being Too Dumb to Live.
- Doing In the Wizard: When the two Blah Guys go to Mars to find the secret of why the Zeeky Words cause explosions, it turns out it's not a random occurrence, but a bomb launcher that senses whenever the Zeeky Words are said. Subverted; after they destroy the bomb launcher with its own H-Bomb, the Zeeky Words still blow the Blah Guys up.
- Drop the Cow: Or Mr. Weight. Or Mr. Big Shoe. These two objects are often used to suddenly end a predictable running gag via crush.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: It's fun to count the number of times this happens.note
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Invoked with "HAPPY END!".Guy in Green Chair: "Happy end"? What the hell is "happy end"?
- Every Car Is a Pinto: A huge explosion occurs every time a car slams into a wall.
- Everything Explodes Ending: It ends with those two stick figures on the chairs being stuck to their faces and their chairs falling apart, causing their city to collapse, and finally unleashing a missile that knocks the Moon out of the sky, which destroys the Earth.
- Everything Makes a Mushroom: There are a lot of mushroom-generating explosions in this movie, either because of random H-bombs or someone saying "the Zeeky Words".
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
- Fooby the Kamikaze Watermelon, Auto Romeo Maker, Auto Damsel Maker, Make the World Blow Up Button, brick wall and Fooby Buttons, Mr. Blaster Ray Gun... practically everything.
- Don't forget the Crash Yourself Into a Brick Wall Race.
- Hell, the movie itself. Self-explanatory title indeed.
- Fast-Forward Gag: When the one Blah guy fast-forwards through the whole Failure Montage, he "fast-forwards wrong" and ends up in a pile of bombs that poof into existence and blow up Mars.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the end of the bad dance act segment, just before the guy gets blown up, a long thought bubble appears for a split second.
- Gasp!: At the climactic moments when the Blah guys find out what actually causes the Zeeky Words to blow stuff up, and when Super Blah is defeated by Evil Blah, everyone present, including an unseen character accompanied by plain text, says "gasp".
- Gilligan Cut: As soon as the one chair guy expresses relief that there are no words to make the world blow up, it cuts to a character saying words that cause that exact thing.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Mr. Big Shoe, who stomps various character with a "pfft".
- Go Wait Outside: A rare non-video game use. Super Blah arrived to save the day too early, so Evil Blah tells him to come back in a few minutes.
- Greek Chorus: The two stick figures sitting in the chairs watch, comment on, and criticize various aspects of the movie.
- The Igor: Several of Evil Blah's Nondescript Henchmen, who have hunchbacks and carry out his every whim.
- Inherently Funny Words: We repeat: Zeeky Boogy Doog. Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelon. Blah.
- Well at least there isn't any words to make the world blow up.
Gleeg Snag Zip! *BOOM!!!*
I stand thoroughly corrected.
- Inventional Wisdom:
- "Oops! I accidentally pressed the H-Bomb button!" "Wait, why the hell would there just happen to be an H-Bomb—" *BOOM*
- "Hey, you just pushed the Make-The-World-Blow-Up button!" "You know what, this movie sucks, I don't get it...."
- Kryptonite Factor: Super Blah, like many of the other Blah Guys, is prone to having his head blown off if he ever says the word "Blah".
- Lampshade Hanging: After the Earth blows up the second time, a guy watching it says, "How many times has the Earth blown up?".
- Lazy Artist: Complete with an arrow noting this when the guy complaining about the movie moves between only two frames of animation.
- Left the Background Music On: The Ominous Pipe Organ used as a Leitmotif for Evil Blah, which Evil Blah himself takes care of by shooting a laser at it.
- Leitmotif: Evil Blah has an Ominous Pipe Organ piece that plays for him...to his annoyance.
- Letting the Air out of the Band: Brian Kendall seems to love this effect, as the slowdown effect happens in many pieces of music during the movie:
- At the end of the "trailer".
- During the opening and end credits, to end both of them.
- The theme music for the news report trails off like this.
- Both times Evil Blah stops the Ominous Pipe Organ from playing.
- Made of Explodium: Many objects explode for seemingly no reason, in particular Blah guys, who explode when they say "blah" and the world, which explodes when the words "gleeg snag zip" are said.
- Made of Indestructium: The Zeeky Causer is a tiny robot that is absolutely impervious to Zeeky explosions.
- Made of Plasticine: The typical Blah Guy can be decapitated by getting kicked in the head with a shoe.
- Mad Scientist: Crazy Scientist Blah looks like the typical mad scientist, with his wild hair and such, and works for Evil Blah in his lab to assist in the latter's evildoings.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Any words that cause things to happen will behave the exact same way most of the time.
- Medium Awareness: One stickman takes advantage of the fast forward function to skip the long journey to Mars. The first attempt doesn't go so well, however, as they're met with a multitude of bombs, with the other stickman saying, "You fast-forwarded it wrong!"
- Minsky Pickup: The melody is the intro to the Zeeky Boogy Doog/Gleeg Snag Zip song.
- Missing Episode: The supposed "introduction sequence" has been "lost" which probably means it was never made. According to the animator, it was supposed to involve a spinning office chair.
- Mock Cousteau: The underwater scenes, in which the host speaks with a Jacques Cousteau-esque French accent.
- Negative Continuity:
- Most notably, the Earth explodes eleven times.
- There are also many characters who die and appear alive afterwards, notably Bloing Gloing!
- No Fourth Wall:
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now! - Evil Blah says that now nothing can stop him after defeating Super Blah, seconds before Zeeky H. Bomb appears and blows him up.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The actual appearance of The Dreaded Bubblefish is unknown, mainly because it lives deep in the ocean, where no light shines, and because both times they attempted to show the appearance of the Bubblefish, it turned out to be the Zeeky H. Bomb.
- Off with His Head!: Many of the characters lose their head to ridiculously easy decapitation by several means, including getting their head kicked off by a shoe.
- Oh, Crap!Scientist: Now it seems as though we have found ze bubblefish. We are close now. When we shine ze light on it—
Zeeky H. Bomb: ZEEKY BOOGY DOOG!
Scientist: Oh Crap.
- When Zeeky is being interviewed:Interviewer: What do you have to say in your defense?
Zeeky H. Bomb: Ah... ZEEKY BOOGY DOOG!
Anchor: Oh, Crap!, that's going to be broadcast all over the world!
Cut to Earth which becomes covered in explosions
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Parodied! Evil Blah demanded one of his minions to shut off the organ, and proceeds to shoot the organ when it plays again because it annoyed him.
- Operation: [Blank]: "Begin Operation: Something-Thingy!"
- Overly-Long Gag:
- The trip to Mars, with multiple attempts going the same way until one character decides to fast forward through it. Conversed by the characters watching it.
- The bad dance act, with the orthogonal stickman starting from the top every time he accidentally knocks his head off.
- The movie overall is half an hour long, which is miraculous considering that it doesn't take particularly long to load on most connections.
- Rage Against the Author: The guy who steps on the Make-The-World-Blow-Up button starts to single out the author specifically when he's cut off by the world blowing up.
- Random Events Plot: Few scenes are related beyond a few common running gags.
- Retroactive Wish: Someone said, "It would suck if an airplane randomly flew out of the sky and crashed into us." which is exactly what happened. His friend then said, "It would suck if a large, generic wad of cash randomly appeared in front of me that I could do whatever I wanted with." A shoe kicked his head off.
- Rule of Funny: Few events have any reason to occur except for laughs.
- Running Gag: 90% of the movie. The Zeeky words; the Kamikaze Watermelon; the rocket trip to Mars, "blah", the giant boot... all repeated multiple times.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud:
- The "poof" and "splash" sound effects are also said out loud.
- The Scottish Trope:
- A nuclear explosion happens every time someone says "zeeky boogy doog" *BOOM* As a result everybody calls the phrase "the Zeeky Words".
- And the entire world breaks in half whenever anyone says "Gleeg snag zip". *World breaks in half*
- And if a Blah guy says "Blah"— *head pop*
- Or if someone mentions Fooby the Kamikaze Watermelon— *charge fanfare* "Wheeee" *splat*
- Screaming Woman: The Generic Damsel, who has to be replaced every time her head falls off. The first one even says she's screaming because her head's about to fall off.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Early and often. Lampshaded after the Mars scenes, with the green chair guy frustrated that, despite the explorers having removed the machine causing explosions when the Zeeky Words are uttered, saying the words still causes an explosion.
- Simpleton Voice: The guy driving to Qrrbrbirlbel speaks slowly in a low-pitched voice. He happens to think that driving into a brick wall is more efficient than steering away from it.
- Speak of the Devil: Anytime someone mentions Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelonó
- *fanfare* WHEEEEEEEEE! *splat*Guy in Chair: At least there aren't any words that make the whole world blow up.
[Another guy appears on TV, holding a cannon to his grinning face, and stays perfectly still for several seconds, until:]
Guy on TV: Gleeg snag zip!
[The Earth immediately explodes.]
Guy in Chair: I stand thoroughly corrected.
- *fanfare* WHEEEEEEEEE! *splat*
- Stock Footage: You are going to see the same H-bomb explosion nearly twice a minute. With the movie going on for half an hour, that is a lot.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Nearly everything in the movie explodes, sometimes more than once.
- Surreal Humor: Just about every single thing about this cartoon is nonsensical and played for laughs.
- Tempting Fate: Evil Blah says that now nothing can stop him after defeating Super Blah, seconds before Zeeky H. Bomb appears and blows him up.
- That's No Moon: Inverted. A stickman sees an ant, only to realize that it's not an ant, but Zeeky H. Bomb, who proceeds to say his explosive catchphrase.
- The End of the World as We Know It: The world is blown up or otherwise destroyed 14 times.
- Too Dumb to Live:
On-Board Computer System: This is your on-board computer system. We are about to crash. What do you want to do?
- The guy who presses the various buttons, knowing fully well that the last one is labelled with a picture of the world exploding.
- The driver of a gray car, who declines to steer away from a brick wall because "I'm baaad at thaaat!"
Driver: Uhh... mmuuuuh... I can't decide.
On-Board Computer System: Steering prevents accidents.
Driver: Well, yeah, but umm...
On-Board Computer System: Do you want to crash?
Driver: Well, not really...
On-Board Computer System: Then maybe you should steer.
Driver: But I'm baaaad at thaaaat!
- "Eeeeh, I'm bored." "Me too." "Eh-what are we going to do?" "I dunno." "Wanna play a game?" "Sure, what game?" "I dunno." "...Oh I know! Let's play catch the H-Bomb!" "Yeah!" "WHEEE!" BOOM
- Heck, virtually everyone in this movie.
- [Trope Name]: The final skit between the two "bubblefish" scenes is simply the text "<INSERT ZEEKY BOOGY DOOG HERE>" followed by a nuclear explosion.
- The Unintelligible: Bloing Gloing! speaks only in noises similar to his name. This is dragged out so much that after a while, he just gets crushed by Mr. Weight as soon as he starts speaking.
- Unreadably Fast Text: Two-thirds into the animation, a dancing stick-figure that tries to do his jig gets a bomb thrown at him, with the many-sentence-long speech bubble lasting for one whole second before blowing up. Fortunately for those viewing in the original Flash format, the cartoon has a pause button built-in.
- Verbal Tic: Various characters talk about "nucular" explosions.note
- What Does This Button Do?:
- Within the first few segments, we see a guy walk up to a wall which has a big red button marked "!!!!!!!!" He looks at it while making curious noises, then pushes it, only to be crushed by Mr. Weight. Quickly followed by another guy showing up, pointing and laughing, only to get his head kicked off by a shoe on a stick.
- A later scene involves another "Hmm Guy" pressing a series of buttons. One causes a brick wall to pop up on the nearby road, causing several cars to crash behind him. The second causes Fooby the kamikaze watermelon to make an appearance. The last one causes the world to blow up.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: When the guy steps on the Make-The-World-Blow-Up button, he starts a rant about how the movie sucks and makes no sense. Before he can really lay into the author, the world blows up.
- Your Head A-Splode: Every time a stick guy says "Blah!", their head pops off explosively.
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