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D'Myna Leagues (2000-2003) was a little-known Canadian television show about a team of baseball-playing birds, the Mynaville Mynas. Their main opposition comes from the commissioner, a cat named Radcliff. His goal is to ruin the Mynas' games and sabotage their careers, driving down public interest in baseball and making the stadium unprofitable - thus convincing the owner to let him buy it, so he could demolish it and make his own amusement park on the property. The show ran for 2 seasons, with 27 episodes.

Ironically, the show is probably most famous for how obscure it is. It received little promotion while it was still airing, and only the first season was put out on DVD.note  Season 2 was never put out on DVD, and since these episodes can't even be found online, one can't even Keep Circulating the Tapes on this one. This has lead to multiple sources and websites claiming that only the first season exists.

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D'Myna Tropes:

  • Baseball Episode: Surprisingly, not as many as you'd think. Baseball is a very integral part of the series, but many episodes are focused on the characters' lives off the field.
  • Cats Are Mean: Radcliff and his minions are the main antagonists. Averted with Divinity - she's tough on her employees, but otherwise fair and doesn't engage in any unfair business practices.
  • Conflict Ball: Rip steals a motorcycle in order to get Lucinda and Nikki out of jail, apparently the team's tour bus that was right in front of him. This starts the chase scene, where he is pursued by the bike's owner (a pig in a biker gang), who are pursued themselves by the tour bus. This was mostly for jokes, though.
  • Deep South: Mudflap is from the bayou, and it shows in his stereotypical behavior.
  • Dreadful Musician: Jackie Mungo plays the saxophone, but it's very clear that he hasn't taken any lessons despite his passion for it.
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  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The entire cast.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • One episode implies that chicken is a food source in this world.
    • There are both anthropomorphic dogs and real dogs.
  • Implied Love Interest: Ebbet and Nikki are shown to not only be great friends, but are implied to have feelings. They both have episodes involving them becoming jealous in the other's love interest of the week. However, the idea of romance between the two is never actually brought up during the series.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Most of the characters (including the main cast).
  • Local Hangout: The main characters often hang out at a diner called D'Joint.
  • Manchild: A downplayed example in Rip. While he's the team's leader, takes games seriously and can is generally a respectable and mature character on the field, he can be one of the most immature characters off the field. "Joke's on You" shows him taking a prank war too far for the sake of winning, and refuses to pay respects to Divinity for ruining her event, getting him fired.
  • Origins Episode: "Birth of D'Birds" covers how the team was first formed, and also explains why the team's quality varied so wildly; some were picked by Radcliff (who wanted losers to ruin the team), some by Divinity (who went for big names), and some by Rip (who went after old teammates.)
  • Out of Focus: Outside of the main characters (Rip, Lucinda, Ebbet and Nikki) and some supporting characters (the Mungo brothers and Reg), the other members of the team lose prominence over the series. Some members go long stretches of episodes without being seen.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Nikki.
  • Shout-Out: Characters can be seen watching Yvon of the Yukon in one episode.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Rip is basically absent from all the DVD covers, which primarily feature Ebbet, Nikki and the Mungo brothers.
  • Team Mom: While Rip is the leader and manager of the team, Lucinda usually provides the motherly, comforting role for the rest of the team. She's usually quick to identify when others aren't happy.
  • World of Funny Animals

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