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Tying in with the toyline of the same name, The Grossery Gang webseries is an Animated Adaptation of the blind bagged Moose Toys line.

Taking place in the abandoned Yucky Mart convenience store in Cheap Town, the Grosseries have wild misadventures with each other through their rank home.

Starting with the third series of the toyline, "movies" (actually just shorts extended from anywhere between 18 minutes and a half hour) were created for the series, expanding on the world of the Grosseries, giving them adversaries to fight against, and giving them "Putrid Powers".

The series itself can be found on the official Moose Toys Youtube channel, and was also aired on the Australian Cartoon Network channel as interstitials.

The Grossery Gang webseries provides examples of:

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  • Aerith and Bob: Some of the names of the Grosseries in the webseries go from descriptive words like Pizza Face and Sparkles, to normal names like Ricardo.
  • Animated Adaptation: A webseries adaptation of The Grossery Gang toyline.
  • Ambiguous Robots: The Clean Team in the webseries all have flexible arms with pincer hands, wheels instead of feet, and squared-off mouths, giving them an appearance that hints they're robotic compared to the standard Grosseries.
  • Aside Comment: Ricardo gives one of "It's a living." at the end of "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous".
  • Big Fancy House: In the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Ricardo gets a gigantic private condo with his newfound wealth. Thanks to the gross nature of the Yucky Mart, along with the size of the Grosseries, it's entirely made out of two-ply toilet paper.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: A brand of hot sauce seen in the webseries (with the mascot as a crying chihuahua) is used various times, once as "liquid motivation" (by shooting it into the characters' eyes to get them to run faster) and another in a molten homemade remedy.
  • Blob Monster: The Loog, a snot-based monster created from Pizza Face and Meathead's snot being zapped by a bug zapper in the "Get Well Spewn" arc.
  • Brig Ball Bouncing: Rocky and Wet Wipes take turns bouncing a gross tennis ball while they're trapped in Vac Attack in the "Putrid Power" movie.
  • But Not Too White: In the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" arc, after winning the lottery, one of the things Ricardo is told to do by Meathead is to get a tan, because he's too pale, and "rich people love their fake tans" (though it ends up a real tan for Ricardo, albiet a very streaky one).
  • Camera Abuse: Part 1 of the "Get Well Spewn" arc has one of Pizza Face's sneezes leaving snot dripping off of the camera lens.
  • Captain's Log: Both Pizza Face and Doc Broc compile one when the expedition team gets lost on Mount Yuck in the “Mount Yuck” arc, Pizza Face on how he fears having to resort to eating his colleagues, Doc Broc on getting around the issue of telling Pizza Face that he has an unconscious fear of heights that keeps reacting in the worst times on the journey.
  • Clone Degeneration: Doc Broc's cloning machine creates clones that only last for an hour before expiring, causing them to disappear in a puff of dust.
  • Comically Inept Healing: In the "Get Well Spewn" arc, the cures that Rocky, Meathead, and Fingers try and use to help a cold-affected Pizza Face are this. These include a dunking in molten hot sauce, a slushie-and-sour-milk concoction poured through his nostrils, and attempting to roll him up to squeeze all his snot out.
  • Curse Cut Short: In the "Putrid Power" movie, when the Putrid Powered Grosseries eavesdrop on Vac Attack's plan to wipe Cheap Town clean of all life.
    Pizza Face: What the—
    Rocky: DUCK!
    (Cut to a family of ducks walking past the Clean Team, as they stare in confusion and awkward silence.)
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Meathead's ancestor was one of these. While he lacked the top hat, he had the mustache, and also swindled a much younger Stinky out of both his wealth and his girlfriend.
  • Delicious Distraction: Meathead uses a scrap of his own cheese to lure guard dog-acting Fingers away from burglary attempt in the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" arc. It works for a while, but Fingers is right back on the chase when the heist goes south and Meathead and Surge are forced to book it with the stolen goods.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: According to the "Bug Strike" movie, breaking out into spontaneous music numbers are a crime in Cheap Town. Egghead is at least his 100th strike, yet still continues to do it, regretting nothing.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: The webseries arc "A Gooey-Ful Mind" has Egghead, the resident klutzy ditz of the Grosseries, find himself super-smart (from sticking his tongue in an outlet trying to get a mint). Unfortunately, his smartness makes him realize how filthy the Yucky Mart is, causing him to campaign to shut it down. The big issue with this is that not only is the Yucky Mart the home of the Grosseries, it's the only reason they're alive. Thankfully a second electric shock is enough to bring Egghead back to normal... only to give Rocky amnesia.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: In the "Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous" arc, Ricardo ends up winning his money off of a lottery ticket, only to lose it when he invests in more, and they end up destroyed.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Parodied in the "Putrid Power" movie. When Rocky is only "mildly concerned" about Stinky's cleaned-up plight, Doc Broc still treats him as hysterical and slaps him, as Rocky still reacts how he "needed that".
  • Groin Attack:
    • Doc Broc accidentally lands doing the splits when landing from colliding from the fall from Mount Yuck in the "Mount Yuck" arc, while all he can do is twitch in pain and bite his lip for a while.
    • Meathead ends up landing splits-side attempting to do a mid-air split during grease skating in the "Get Well Spewn" arc, painfully commenting how it stings.
    • Trash Head gets kicked in the groin by a Clean Team minion during the major battle in "The Grossery Gang Movie".
  • Gross Gum Gag: Gooey Chewie is a chewed up pile of living gum, and one of the rotten objects that was turned into a Grossery by the Yucky Mart's poor condition.
  • Gross-Out Show: Like the toyline, the webseries revels in disgusting topics, and manages to be slightly grosser than that, thanks to all of the gross topics being put into motion.
  • Hair-Trigger Avalanche: Pizza Face's screaming from his unconscious fear of heights (To the point he doesn't even realize he's screaming) causes a nacho cheese avalanche in the "Mount Yuck" webseries arc.
  • How the Character Stole Christmas: The 2017 "Christmas Episode" features Vac Attack attempting to ruin "Grossmas" for the Grosseries by stealing their presents. Guest Grossery PukieHurlC plays the role of Cindy Lou.
  • Inkblot Cartoon Style: The flashbacks of the Yucky Mart in the old days, when elder Stinky was a young Grossery, are given a black and white color scheme, pie-shaped pupils, and inexplicable White Gloves to invoke this style.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: Mentions of the health inspector's rating of the Yucky Mart has been brought up in the webseries. It has an F rating.
  • In Medias Res: The "Putrid Power" movie starts in the middle of the climactic battle between the Grossery Gang and the Clean Team, thanks to how Doc Broc is telling the story. The others listening to the story angrily interrupt him and call him out for starting the story with no setup, forcing him to start from the beginning.
  • Messy Maggots: Maggots are used as a sort of "decoration" on a variety of Grosseries, being a separately-animated asset that allows the bugs to squirm and crawl on the rotten foods.
  • Monochrome Past: The old days of the Yucky Mart in the webseries are portrayed in black and white, in the style of a classic cartoon.
  • Mountain of Food: The Grosseries manage to make one in the "Mount Yuck" arc of the webseries. Being the size of food themselves, they decide that, "since it's there", they need to conquer and climb it.
  • The Movie: Starting with Series 3, extended episodes of the webseries have been released, billed as "movies" that start up the series and introduces the villains of that series.
  • The Mutiny: Happens twice during the "Crud Flood" arc, a failed one by Pizza Face (thanks to Meathead siding with Ricardo), and then a more successful second one where Meathead turns on Ricardo.

  • Naked Freak-Out:
    • In the "Mount Yuck" arc, Pizza Face is already so frozen from his newfound fear of heights, that he actually becomes naked from his freak-out, which does nothing to quell his fear that he's in.
    • In the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" arc, Ricardo freaks out after losing his peel during a clothing swap and panics about being in his "banana birthday suit".
    • In the "Get Well Spewn" arc both Pizza Face and Ricardo end up naked and panicking at some point, Pizza Face when his toppings are sneezed off of him (along with his eyes and mouth, so he can't see where he's stumbling around) and Ricardo when he's launched out of his peel and into the air by Fingers accidentally landing on him.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The webseries seems to think so, and has made multiple uses of nudity (all censored properly, though). This mainly befalls Pizza Face and Ricardo.
  • Never Win the Lottery: In the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" arc, Ricardo actually wins the lottery, which he quickly lavishly spends on, and then puts the remainder of his stock in lotto tickets, planning on at least one of them to be another big winner. They all are, but they end up destroyed or lost during a failed heist against them, leaving him broke again. One of the lost ones falls in the hands of Stinky, who previously was in a Riches to Rags plot...and wins it using the coin Ricardo carelessly flicked to him, giving him the wealth and housing that Ricardo owned.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: In the "Bug Strike" movie, Arak Attack gives off one of "You call that a knife? THIS is a knife!", while gesturing to his catapult limbs. Before Rocky can comment that it's not even a knife, the villain collapses.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: PukieHurlC, being a parody of CookieSwirlC's logo, has eyes with green sclera, large black pupils, and white highlights, instead of the standard Grossery white sclera with a black pupil dot for an eye. She also has six eyelashes per eye, rather than three like the other female Grosseries.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Pizza Face is certain this is what he'll have to resort with in the "Mount Yuck" arc if they get he imagines eating and drinking from a still-alive Doc Broc and Sparkles.
  • Palette Swap: Some of the background Grosseries in the webseries use the same food model, only with a different color, along with added details like eyelashes and facial hair.
  • Parody Assistance: YouTube toy reviewer CookieSwirlC provides the voice of the character that's a parody of her logo, PukieHurlC.
  • Pie-Eyed: The older days of the Yucky Mart gives the characters pie-shaped pupils in place of the standard round ones.
  • Pixellation:
    • Pizza Face's bottom crust is pixellated when he is "naked", even though it's already uncovered with toppings to begin with.
    • Ricardo's peel acts as clothing for him, and his bottom tip ends up pixellated when it's removed.
  • Removed from the Picture: In "Hambooger Helper", Gooey has a picture of Meathead and Ricardo, with Ricardo's half taped over by a picture of Gooey.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The others are none too happy with Meathead's mutiny once the flooding is said and done with in the "Crud Flood" arc, so he ends up walking the plank via the toilet.
  • "Risky Business" Dance: A sick Pizza Face attempts to do this during "Hambooger Helper", only to slip over his own snot that he had smeared around the Yucky Mart in rebellion.
  • Self-Parody: Fellow Moose Toys brand Shopkins is parodied as "Slopkins" during the 2016 Christmas episode.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A couple times in the webseries, Rocky has taken on the persona of "Katy Hairy".
    • The "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" arc has Ricardo dressed as Donald Trump. He loses the suit after the second episode of the arc, but keeps the hair and tan.
    • The webseries episode "Pooper Bowl" is a reference to the Super Bowl. The episode aired a week before the 52nd Super Bowl itself, the number referenced in the episode. During the same episode, Chips McGraw's halftime advertisement is a reference to The Man Your Man Could Smell Like.
    • Chips McGraw's name comes from Sgt. Chips McGraw from the 1944 Western Buffalo Bill.
  • Sick Episode:
    • The "Get Well Spewn" episode arc has Pizza Face with a cold throughout it. Meathead eventually catches the cold as well and starts a "mutiny" with Pizza Face against the other Grosseries attempting to quarantine them.
    • "Hambooger Helper" once again has Pizza Face with a cold.
  • Smart People Speak the Queen's English: Egghead gains a Received Pronunciation accent when he becomes smart in the "A Gooey-ful Mind" arc of the webseries.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Sparkles is the only major female Grossery in the webseries, the only exception being a quick cameo from Lady Cheese and various background girls.
  • Special Guest:
    • The 2016 Christmas special features special guest voice appearances by various toy reviewer accounts that have reviewed The Grossery Gang before, including CookieSwirlC, DisneyCarToys, PSToyReviews and Chad Alan.
    • CookieSwirlC returned to the franchise in the 2017 Christmas special, voicing PukeyHurlC, a parody of her logo.
  • Stealth Pun: Throughout a majority of the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" arc, Ricardo is seen wearing a Speedo. One of the slang terms for a Speedo is a "banana hammock".
  • Super Mode: Putrid Power. Given to them by the legendary Trash Can Juice, it boosts their strength and height, along with giving them special abilities. However, they have to believe they have the capabilities to use their powers, otherwise they'll fade.
  • Team Power Walk: Used in the "Putrid Power" movie by the powered up Grosseries and lampshaded, calling it "the heroic slo-mo walk".
    Ricardo: Why are we walking so slowly, my crusty friend?
    Pizza Face: I don't know, but it feels amazing! Just go with it!
  • Time Travel Episode: The "Time Wars" movie has the Grosseries travelling through various eras of history to gather allies against the evil Rotbots from the future.
  • Toxic Waste Can Do Anything: There is a toxic leak caused from the poor environment of the Yucky Mark, which is the source of life for the Grosseries.
  • Trumplica: In the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" arc, Ricardo, as part of his makeover to "look rich", is given an orange-hued tan, a bright blond toupee, and a suit, thus making him a pastiche of Donald Trump's appearance.
  • Vague Age: With the exception of Stinky and Egghead (being an elder and a very young child, respectfully), the webseries Grosseries are hard to pinpoint ages, as they work jobs at times, yet have very petty squabbles over the smallest things like young kids would.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: PukieHurlC, as mentioned in her name, has the tendency to projectile vomit.
  • White Gloves: The Grosseries in the past are given them, to give them an old-fashioned feel that hearkens back to classic cartoons.
  • We Want Our Idiot Back!: During the "A Gooey-Ful Mind" arc of the series, Egghead, the young and ditzy member of the Grosseries, sticks his tongue in an outlet to retrieve a mint. Doing so zaps his brain to a much larger size, increasing his intelligence. This also has the drawback of having him realize how disgusting the Yucky Mart truly is, causing him to set up a campaign to get it shut down. The other Grosseries, realize this would leave them without a home and without the source of their species' creation, devise a plan that culminates in him getting zapped by the hot dog rollers, bringing him back to his regular intelligence.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Cheap Town has various things that contradict its location, such as Australian-style wall outlets and snow during Christmas.
  • X-Ray Sparks: In the "Get Well Spewn" arc, the lottery scanner is used as a makeshift x-ray machine, which ends up zapping Pizza Face and a nearby Rocky and Meathead, showing off their skeletons, despite the fact that they're food.


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The Grossery Gang: Time Wars

Gooey's Ninja ancestor is not the best at actually being a ninja, but the other Grosseries don't want to hurt his feelings.

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