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Brandy & Mr. Whiskers was an American animated television series that aired from August 2004 to August 2006 on Disney Channel, with concurrent reruns on Toon Disney.

Brandy and Mr. Whiskers follows the titular duo: a literal Alpha Bitch from Palm Beach, Florida and a Genius Ditz rabbit. After getting ejected from the cargo hold of a plane (Brandy was on her way to a spa, while Mr. Whiskers was going to be sold to a Paraguayan zoo for 39 cents), the two animals are forced to live together and strike up a friendship in the Amazon Rainforest, living in a treehouse built from the debris that fell out with them.

As time goes on, the dog and rabbit befriend the locals: Brandy makes attempts to get the jungle to become a civilized society by introducing elements such as fashion, hygiene, and currency (in the form of "shiny rocks"), while Mr. Whiskers revels in making all sorts of odd inventions. As a result, by the second season, the native animals have become as anthropomorphic as our main characters: a new market economy has been established, they have developed clothing, consumer products, restaurants, theme parks, TV commercials, a boy band called Sugartoad, and a shopping mall. By this point, Brandy has also lost her desire to return home, something that was a major motivating force in the first season.


This Disney Channel Original animated series contains examples of:

  • Accidental Athlete
  • Adorkable: Ed certainly qualifies.
  • Alpha Bitch: Brandy Harrington, of the Florida Harringtons, and Margo the Stick Bug.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mr. Whiskers is a surrogate one for Brandy.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From I am Rainfo.
    *Lola breaks in*
    Whiskers: "AAAH! The boa constrictor! It squeezes the life out of it's prey!"
    *Cheryl and Meryl break in*
    Whiskers: "AAAH! Toucans! they use their beaks to crush fruits, nuts, and defenseless animals!"
    *Ed breaks in*
    Whiskers: "AAAH! The river otter! It tells long, boring stories and has a very weak bladder!"
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • In "A Bunny On My Back", Whiskers claims that rabbits are part of the order Rodentia. They're actually part of the order Lagomorpha, and contrary to popular belief, not true rodents.
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    • Whiskers is also shown to have pads on the bottom of his feet, which real rabbits do not have.
    • In "The Monkey's Paw", Ed gets in danger of getting eaten by piranhas. In real life, giant otters are predators of piranhas.
    • In "I am Rainfo", Whiskers claims toucans use their beaks to "crush fruits and defenseless animals". In reality, toucan bills are too weak to crush even a grape.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Obviously Brandy, but also Tiffany.
  • Big Bad: Gaspar. Almost every episode he appears in shows him as the main antagonist, and anything that isn't caused by either Brandy's selfishness or Whiskers' stupidity is usually caused by him.
  • Bloodsucking Bats: Double subverted where they meet a bat named Vlad. Whiskers is scared because "bats suck blood" but he says he is a fruit bat. After some shenanigans we discover that Vlad is indeed a blood bat, but that he specifically drinks only cows and horses blood and that he hides it because people are always to scared to hear any explanation.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A lot.
    Lola: "Brandy, this isn't a cartoon! This is real life!"
    Brandy: (a beat, then she turns to the camera) "I don't have the heart to tell her."
  • Broken Aesop: Invoked in one episode. Whiskers had just gotten over his Compressed Vice of video game addiction and takes the lesson that people should do more than spend hours staring at a screen. He and Brandy then remember they're cartoon characters and very quickly try to claim television is the exception to the rule right before the viewer turns them off.
  • Butt-Monkey: Both Brandy and Mr. Whiskers are put through hell quite frequently.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Whiskers and Gina after being eaten in “Cyranosaurus Rex”, Whiskers, Brandy, Melvin and some tigers inside a cave in “Time for Waffles” and most of the cast in “The Vampire Bat”.
  • Chained Heat: Brandy and Whiskers spend an episode glued together back to back.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Mr. Whiskers and Ed.
  • Crack Defeat: Subverted. In "Pop Goes the Jungle" Brandy wins the singing contest because the judges are howler monkeys.
  • Credit Card Plot: The second half of "Trouble in Store" centers around this with Gaspar duping Mr. Whiskers into it.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In "A Bunny On My Back", Whiskers' assumptions about Arturo the ocelot secretly wanting to eat Brandy for dinner turned out to be true.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Radio Free Bunny
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Brandy reinvented currency so she would regain her Rich Bitch status. What she didn't realize is the way money works; While the more intelligent animals followed up by constructing official buildings and workplaces to earn money, Brandy just sat there waiting. As a result, Gaspar ended up as a millionaire (even before tricking Mr. Whiskers into a huge credit card debt although it sure helped). Brandy on the other hand had to work on a fast food restaurant just to make a living. A job that she was too lazy to keep nevertheless.
    • The fact that she knows nothing about earning money means she would have been forced into bankruptcy soon enough. But even then she could have had a nice living at the beginning since she suggested to use an specific kind of shiny rocks as currency...but she never thought of stockpiling said rocks before making the suggestion.
  • The Dinnermobile: One episode sees Whiskers invent his own car made out of fruit, and he bets he can actually make it work. Subverted in that Brandy filled it with rodents to actually make it move. And Double Subverted when its revealed that each rodent decided to just let the rest do the work, meaning the car actually moved by itself.
  • Even the Rats Won't Touch It: Even flies can't stand Mr. Whiskers's stench.
    Fly 1: You know, I'll eat a lot of stinky stuff. But this? This is killing me?
    Fly 2: You've said it!
  • Exact Words: In "A Bunny On My Back", Arturo says to Brandy he wants to "bring her home for dinner", or in this case, eat her alive.
  • Exposed Animal Belly Button: Brandy and Tiffany.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Formally Named Animal: Mr. Whiskers
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Lame Boy", when in a collapsing cave, Whiskers has to rescue either the game he's obsessed with, or Brandy. He chose the latter.
  • Genre Shift: The first season revolved around the two main characters adapting and surviving in the Jungle with a heavy emphasis on Brandy's desire to go home. The second season features a far more civilized jungle with Slice of Life plots nearly indistinguishable from what would happen in a city, with Brandy no longer desiring to go home.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In "Two Heads are Not Better Than One", Brandy, dressed in only a grass skirt together with her traditional pink shirt, is getting the treehouse ready for a party when Whiskers comes back having grown a second head. Upon thinking she 'should be more freaked out' she learns the second head can talk which causes Brandy to go into a Wild Take. During this, we see the underside of Brandy's grass skirt (she's wearing panties underneath, but still one wonders how that got past Standards and Practices)!
    • In another episode, Mr. Whiskers' brain throws a party and everyone is dancing. Everyone except Ed who appears to be passed out over a piano.
    • In "Where Everybody Knows Your Shame", while desperately looking for something useful that can help Brandy with her hair troubles, Whiskers manages to bring back a lemur's heart. Said heart is dripping with blood when he presents it to Brandy.
  • Heroic BSoD
  • Hidden Depths: Mr. Whiskers is a highly skilled magician.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Brandy in "Pop Goes the Jungle".
  • I Choose to Stay: There are a few moments were Brandy is given the chance of leaving the jungle but ultimately stays out of friendship to Whiskers.
  • I Owe You My Life: The episode "Payback". Also hangs a lampshade on what normally happens in that sort of situation:
    Brandy: "This isn't that 'I saved your life so you become hopelessly annoyingly devoted to me' plot, is it?"
    Whiskers: "It is. Sorry, we had to do it sooner or later."
  • Keet: Mr. Whiskers. Dear lord, Mr. Whiskers.
  • Like Brother and Sister: The theme song states the title characters are "like a dysfunctional brother and sister."
  • Male Gaze: There are quite a lot of shots that focus on Brandy's rear.
  • The Minnesota Fats: Sandy and Mr. Frisky.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: South American tapirs are brown, not black and white (they live in Asia).
    • Geckos don't live in the Americas.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: In "Big Girls Don't Body Slam" Brandy becomes a pro wrestler and despite keeping her usual slim figure she defeats many really buff opponents.
  • Name and Name
  • Nice Guy: Ed the otter is pretty much this.
  • No Ending:
    • We'll just assume they never go home.
    • After finding that giant shopping mall, it's likely that Brandy just stopped wanting to go back.
  • No Fourth Wall
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: In the episode "Wolfie: Prince of the Jungle" Brandy has a bunch of fashion magazines on the floor. One of them has a literal skeleton on it.
  • Obsessive Hobby Episode: In one episode, Brandy finds a video game and gives it to Whiskers so that Whiskers won't bother him. However, Whiskers becomes obsessed with it and annoys Brandy. He then sacrifices the game for Brandy and tells the audience not to spend too much time in front of a screen... before remembering he's on TV.
  • Odd Couple: The show's premise.
  • Organ Autonomy: Mr. Whiskers' brain.
  • Potty Emergency: Happens to Whiskers in "Tree Huggin' Bunny", as part of Brandy's plan to incapacitate Whiskers long enough to tear down a tree. She even pulls out the old water imagery trick—mentioning walking pass the waterfall, stopping by the bathroom, and even saying "oui, oui"—all in the hopes of making Whiskers snap. Thankfully, it doesn't result in Potty Failure, as he manages to relieve himself in a nearby pile of bushes while his friends defend the tree for him.
    • Ed also suffers from a mild case of this in "I Am Rainfo", needing to desperately use Brandy and Mr. Whiskers' bathroom.
  • Rabbit Magician: In the episode "The Magic Hour", it is revealed that not only was Mr. Whiskers a Magician's rabbit, but that he was also a very accomplished magician before a mishap left his assistant's legs magically separated. When Brandy asks how he was able to accomplish his tricks (which border on legitimate sorcery), he just says that it came naturally to him since he is a bunny.
    Brandy: "Mr. Whiskers, that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! How did you do it?"
    Mr. Whiskers: "Eh, I honestly do not know. I'm a rabbit, magic just comes naturally."
  • Raised by Wolves: Wolfie was raised by monkeys. Ed hangs a lampshade on the fact that the monkeys in the rainforest act much more civilised than him and it's handwaved by saying his adoptive father was raised by a panther and the panther was raised by a palm tree.
  • Reality Ensues: The episode "Auntie Dote" features the obligatory "House Keeper Equals Parental Substitute" plot. It ends with said house keeper revealing that she holds absolutely no maternal love for either of them; taking care of them was her job, she wasn't doing it out of love no matter how much the two wanted to believe otherwise.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Parodied in "You've Got Snail" with Mr. Cantarious. He claims to have always lived in Brandy and Whiskers' tree, but the characters say they have never heard of or met him. To prove his point, he cues a montage of old clips, but it's overlaid with a cardboard cutout held by a live-action hand.
  • Reset Button: One episode involved a wish-granting monkey's paw. After the inevitable chaos of badly phrased and poorly thought-out wishes, Mr. Whiskers makes the old wish that they never found it and sets things back to the way they were.
  • Rich Bitch: Brandy (Literally!). Eventually subverted: She invented currency in the form of shiny rocks... Only to realize she know nothing about EARNING money.
  • Saving Christmas: "On Whiskers, on Lola, on Cheryl, on Meryl"
  • Shout-Out: In the first episode as Brandy and Mr. Whiskers fall from the plane into the Amazon, there's a shot of them clutching each other as the fall screaming toward the earth that mirrors a scene from a Bugs Bunny cartoon, Heckling Hare.
  • Smug Snake: Gaspar Gecko. Not Lola Boa.
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: Subverted in Rip Van Whiskers.
  • "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder: In Dog Play Afternoon, Gaspar and Brandy are understudies for the main leads of the play. Gaspar suggests Brandy to play dirty:
    Brandy: "Come on! If something happens to the stars, It would be obvious we did it!"
    Gaspar: "Ah, what if I took care of your problem, and you take care of my problem. If anyone asks, we both would have alibis. [Breaking the Fourth Wall]: It is a totally original idea, nobody has ever thought to use it in a movie plot."
  • Swallowed Whole: This happens to Mr. Whiskers on several occasions.
  • Talking Animal
  • Unexplained Accent: Lola is the only Amazonian with a South American accent.
    • Mr. Whiskers' brain has a Yiddish accent, despite Whiskers himself having an American accent.
  • Weird Currency: Brandy establishes a market economy based on the exchange of shiny rocks.
  • Word Schmord: An episode is titled "Pedigree Schmedigree".
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Mr. Whiskers' brain.


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