Cartoon Dump is a web series created by animation historian Jerry Beck and Frank Conniff of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame.The show is a Saturday Morning Kids Show parody set in a garbage dump. Excited Kids' Show Host Compost Brite and her friends, usually Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl, present an obscure and terrible cartoon. The web series has been put on hold after six episodes. However, the cast do live performances.
This provides examples of:
- Berserk Button: Buff hates being called Buffy and mentioning her father.
- Hollywood Pudgy: Compost Brite calls herself fat despite being skinny.
- Minimalist Cast: The only characters shown on screen are Compost Brite, Moodsy and Buff Badger the Rageaholic Animation Historian. The live shows add Dumpster Diver Dan.
- No Title: The episodes have no title. Instead, they tend to identified by the cartoon played in them.
- Recovered Addict: Moodsy mentions going to AA meetings.
- Stepford Smiler: Compost Brite acts like an Excited Kids' Show Host but suffers from depression and body issues.
- Strictly Formula: Each episode has the same formula:
- Spoof Aesop: Some of the lessons taught include mediocrity pays off in the end and starve yourself even if you haven't eaten in days.
- Subverted Kids Show: The show constantly employs Black Comedy most notably Moodsy's depression being Played for Laughs.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Apparently, Moodsy told kids, at one point, to disembowel themselves so they can send him their liver. He got a lot of letters from angry parents.