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Archibald's Next Big Thing is a 2019 animated series produced by Dreamworks Animation. It's based on a childrens' book by Tony Hale, who voices the titular character.

Tropes in this series include:

  • Adaptational Villainy: In-Universe: In "The Compost Elf", after Archibald creates a mascot for Loy's Compost Day called the Compost Elf, but accidentally convinces the town to use any kind of garbage to make compost (save for a biologist and her son), Loy starts a musical play to rewrite the Compost Elf into the Garbage Elf, creating an antagonist for the citizens to chase out of town for tradition.
  • Brick Joke: In "The Keymaster" (the second episode), Officer Jones complains that the Strutters' corn muffins are dry. As the first episode implied, the Strutters prefer their food to be dry.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In "The Chicken Has Landed", after a desperate Archibald mistakes a space rocket as a toilet and suddenly makes it blast off...
    Archibald: Good news - I no longer have to go to the bathroom!
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  • Interactive Narrator: The Narrator often corrects Archibald on various topics and he even starts questioning her on the whereabouts of a stolen recipe.
  • Irony: Claire is afraid of space despite being an astronaut stationed aboard a space station. As such, she's only there to test out devices in the environment of space as opposed to actually going out into space.
  • Five-Man Band: If you count Bea in the group, you get five.
  • Furry Reminder: When Archibald gets his hands on a large pile of food, he starts pecking at it, much like a real chicken.
  • Karma Houdini: In Madame Baroness's debut episode, we learn that she's a fluke at her musical career since she uses her frog friend to amplify her voice, and although she deservingly didn't get last year's Beltie (in spite of people not knowing the truth anyways), Archibald doesn't see what's wrong with it and becomes their Secret Keeper.
  • Literal-Minded: Archibald.
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    • After Archibald shows off some slick breakdancing moves in the first episode, someone compliments him by saying that he has some "fly" moves. Archibald thinks he's asking him if he can fly and proceeds to explain that he can only do it for about ten seconds until he gets tired.
    • While trying to shut off the sewer leak, Archibald remembers that Officer Jones advised him to "use his head" if he ever got into any trouble, which leads to Archibald blocking the leak with his head.
  • Parental Bonus: After the citizens of Crackridge angrily storm off after learning that their newest attraction; a giant potato is actually just a painted rock, one of them calls it "[[Scandalgate Potatogate]]".
  • Punny Name: Hugh and Stan are workers at a space program's mission control.
  • Running Gag: In the first and last episodes of Season 1, Archibald gets separated from his siblings without them noticing. When they feel that something might be off, they do a headcount and mistake a lizard in a chicken suit for him until much later.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Water bears are not often seen in fiction, but a whole group of them appear in the episode where Archibald goes to space as having been a part of a space experiment.
  • Status Quo Is God: Officer Jones decides to announce his retirement in his second episode, but decides to continue working at the end of the episode.
  • Unicorn: It's a Running Gag that Roxlyn being a unicorn is neat... and then she adjusts her horn at the end of her debut episode, suggesting that she's faking it.

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