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Cartoon Sushi was a half-hour animated anthology that aired on MTV from 1997 to 1998. It was a spiritual successor to Liquid Television. Most of the shorts were domestically-produced in the U.S., though a few were imported from other countries like Sweden ("Robin") or the U.K. ("Pariah the Red Man"). It even featured Japanese animation, albeit in Gag Dub form.

Tropes featured in the various shorts:

  • Accidental Pervert / Not What It Looks Like: In the "Robin" short "Uncle Harry", Harry was cleaning his glasses underneath his barber apron, but the barber thought he was masturbating.
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  • All-CGI Cartoon: One "Nanna and Lil' Puss Puss" short, "Gabola the Great", "Walking Around".
  • Animation Bump: "The Champ: Snapper Bob", animated by Natterjack Animation in Canada, was basically Walt Disney Television Australia quality.
    • Also "Casting Call", animated by Dominic M. Carola, a Disney animator.
  • Animesque: The Speed Racer parody "Fast Driver".
  • Art Evolution: "Nanna and Lil' Puss Puss", which was presented in both 2D animation and, later, CGI.
  • Art Shift: Unavoidable, due to being an anthology show.
  • Born Lucky: Heinz is "Killing Heinz" somehow manages to avoid all sorts of deadly calamities throughout the whole short, at least until the ending.
  • Credits Gag: The animators for "Fast Driver" (a Speed Racer parody) were mostly puns.
  • Deranged Animation: In many of the shorts.
  • Domestic-Only Cartoon: Pretty much all of the shorts were produced entirely in their country of origin.
  • Downer Ending: "Death Wears a Plush Jacket". The bear is impaled by a giant needle.
    • "Killing Heinz" ends with Heinz being shot through the head.
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    • The 1992 The Sandman short that was featured in the Halloween episode.
    • Pariah the Red Man, since the unnamed man must apparently drag a chattering boulder on a mobius strp for all eternity.
  • Gag Dub: "Ultracity 6060", which lampooned such anime as Genocyber and IRIA: Zeiram the Animation.
  • Insane Proprietor: Seen in "Billy Ray Shyster's House of Discount Special Effects".
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: A fast-paced jazz piece.
  • Jingle: "Voice B Gone" has one.
  • Limited Animation: Certain shorts, such as "Fast Driver" (though it was done intentionally there, being a parody of old anime).
  • Medium Blending: "Billy Ray Shyster's House of Discount Special Effects", "Dream Date" (a live action short with animated fantasy sequences).
  • Mooning: The Running Gag of "The Dirdy Birdy".
  • Mouth Flaps: Parodied in a "Ultracity 6060" short when, due to a limited budget, the characters deliberately didn't face the camera so they didn't have to deal with synchronizing mouth flaps to the dialog.
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  • Narrator: Used in "Robin".
  • Negative Continuity: "The Many Deaths of Norman Spittal", which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Pilot: "The Untalkative Bunny" became a full-fledged series later.
  • Puppet Shows: "Chunks of Life".
  • Sadist Show: Some of the shorts certainly fell into this.
  • Signature Style: The intro sequence is animated by Danny Antonucci and definitely carries his style, which would later be used in Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • Skewed Priorities: One Bill Plympton short was about this: A man and woman are having sex, but the man feels something stuck in his teeth so he stops to floss.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Used extensively in the "Ultracity 6060" short "Bleep".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "Death Wears a Plush Jacket", which has fairly upbeat music, despite the main character being impaled by a giant needle.
  • Stick Figure Animation: "Genre", "Call Me Fishmael", and "Stick Figure Theater".
  • Stop Motion: The animated portions of "Dream Date"; "Rip-n-Glide", "The Sandman".
  • Tar and Feathers: Done to three characters in the "Robin" short "The Film Buff".
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Seen in "Science Facts!: Broccoli Has an I.Q. of 10" when the broccoli goes berserk.
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