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Clockwise beginning left: Cupcake, Hugo, Mayor Vicky, Dino, Grandma Steak, and Uncle Chance.
Cupcake & Dino: General Services is a Brazilian-Canadian animated series on Netflix and Teletoon created by Pedro Eboli. The show follows the titular duo, Cupcake, a little pink cupcake with big dreams, and Dino, his excitable brother. They currently run a "general services" business, in which they can be hired for any kind of work by the people of Big City so their client doesn't have to do it themselves.

The series was released on Netflix on July 27th, 2018, and Teletoon on September 4th, 2018. A second season debuted on May 3, 2019.

Cupcake & Dino: General Services contains examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: Cupcake has a lot of phobias in general, and some of them fall into this practically by default. Two known ones are bicycles and anchovies. Dino is also afraid of olives. Cupcake's fear of Santa Claus appears to be this, but it's revealed eventually that this one has a rather rational basis - when Cupcake was younger, he tried to wait up all night for Santa. However, he fell asleep, and Santa thought Cupcake was just a non-sentient foodstuff... and tried to eat Cupcake.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Dino’s headband qualifies him as one of these.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": You're never gonna mistake the main characters for each other, that much is certain. This is also true of Grandma Steak, who is indeed a kindly sentient slab of meat.
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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Angles from the episode "Mi Casa, Robo Casa" is the A.I. of a house Hugh designed and asked Cupcake and Dino to look after. When Dino ends up introducing the concept of friendship to her, she takes to it instantly. She likes it so much, in fact, that she utterly refuses to let Cupcake and Dino leave her.
  • Alliterative Name: Sneaky Stan.
  • Ambiguously Human: Vicky and Hugo, and the news reporter appear to be the Token Humans of the show, but it's never confirmed outright if they're human or not, leaving it ambiguous as to whether they're a Token Human or Human Alien.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Cupcake and Grandma Steak. "Cupcake Days" shows that there are quite a few, enough that being a cupcake apparently counts as an ethnic group.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Cupcake sports one.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Cupcake has these.
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  • Compressed Hair: That bag that Uncle Chance constantly wears on his head? It hides a truly epic amount of beautiful wavy hair.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Steak plays high-stakes Mozoko, continues to date in her older years, keeps up with modern slang and drives a dune buggy.
    • Uncle Chance doesn’t quite qualify as much as his mother, but he was a Fabio-esque “book hunk” in his youth and can still dramatically ride horses into the sunset without missing a beat.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Performed by Mark Little (Dino) and Justin Collette (Cupcake) themselves.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Dino, obviously.
  • Harmless Villain: Peetree the Third poses no real threat to the protagonists, often being the victim of his own schemes and being more driven by ego than any grand plan. At best, he falls into Poke the Poodle territory when he does antagonize the protagonists.
  • Hates Being Called Cute: Cupcake hates himself and other living baked goods only being noticed for their cuteness.
  • Hate Sink: Peetree the Third, a Southern-accented rooster, is a Jerkass with virtually no redeeming features, and not even a Pet the Dog moment. He's not evil, but he's hated In-Universe and out as well. He's treated more as a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis than a true villain, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The two leads are bros in both the literal and figurative sense.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In-universe, Dino's singing is portrayed as annoying (particularly to Cupcake), in large part because of this trope being in effect.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Hugo fills this role with gusto. As evidenced by his meticulously crafted schedules and compulsive urges to answer the office phone, the odds are good that there would be no Cupcake and Dino General Services without him.
  • Jerkass: Peetree, to a large extent. While yes, he is a professional rival to Cupcake and Dino, he frequently will go out to antagonize the two just for the sake of it.
  • Klingon Promotion: The plot of “Everybody Loves Kattycorn” sees the title character make a go at pulling one of these off. Interestingly enough, it only becomes clear towards the end who he wants to replace; originally it looks like he’s out to replace Cupcake, but what he’s really after is taking over Dino’s spot.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Kattycorn from "Everybody Loves Kattycorn" is one part cat, one part unicorn.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Many of the general services that the titular duo get hired for start simply enough, but they quickly escalate into ridiculous levels of action. In particular, the episode "The Pizza Man Always Rings 6000 Times" features this all over the place - a pizza place's guarantee to give a free pizza if the delivery takes more than 30 minutes has escalated in people setting all sorts of ridiculous traps to delay delivery, which results in the pizzeria hiring Cupcake and Dino to be new delivery boys and take even more ridiculous steps to evade them. It ends with Cupcake riding a bicycle off of a skyscraper to throw a pizza to a helicopter-riding Peetree before the latter can escape. Cupcake succeeds.
  • Nephewism: Cupcake and Dino live with their uncle Chance, helping him to run his grocery store.
  • Sick Episode: "Everybody Loves Kattycorn", Cupcake spends the episode sick with a cold. By the end, he's passed it on to Dino.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Two.
    • Peetree is this for Cupcake and Dino.
    • Sneaky Stan is this for Chance.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Cupcake apparently has a lot of fears, and Peetree attempts to invoke three of them (heights, bicylces, and anchovies) to force Cupcake and Dino to take more than 30 minutes to deliver his pizza to force them to follow up on their claims to pay for a delivery over that time themselves. Peetree didn't count on Cupcake's biggest fear, though - failing a general service.
  • The Wonka: Cup and Dino themselves are both immeasurably quirky (the latter in a more immediately noticeable way) and don’t take themselves seriously at all, but they’re good enough at adapting to whatever odd jobs they get that they can keep their business afloat with little trouble.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mayor Vicky.

Alternative Title(s): Cupcake And Dino


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