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Daft Planet is a Canadian cartoon from Cin├ęGroupe that first aired on Teletoon on September 2nd, 2002 as part of its Detour block (basically, the Canadian version of [adult swim] until the official version arrived in 2012).

The show follows the lives of two teenagers in Maple City. Ched Harley, the son of a taxidermist, and Hudson Stiles, the son of a network executive. Despite their class differences, the two are very close friends.

The show only lasted for thirteen episodes, having production cut short when funding ran out due to cuts to the Canadian Television Fund program (one of the major Canadian Content funding organizations of the time, now succeeded by the Canadian Media Fund).

Daft Planet contains examples of:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Hudson has a younger brother who's a real terror.
  • Black and Nerdy: Iggy is a tech whiz.
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: In "The New Me-Kinda", Ched accidentally sneezes into a petri dish that apparently contains a cloning formula, and then mistakenly pockets it. The next day, he discovers a baby version of him in Hudson's living room.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Hudson wears one.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Ched and Harley experience one in "Trading Faces", and end up learning what the other's life is like.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In "Karmacade", Ched and Hudson's respective angels and demons play an arcade game where they encourage the boys to make all the right/wrong decisions. Obviously, the devils steer Ched and Hudson down the wrong path, which ends up screwing them over; the angels scold the devils for doing it wrong, play the scenario over, and get the boys a karmically satisfying ending instead.
  • How We Got Here: "Requiem for a Game" begins with Ched and Harley being chased down a street. Ched runs past a car, which stops before Ched can get around, causing him to get tackled to the ground. Then it flashes back two weeks.
  • Imaginary Friend: Hudson's older brother, Albert, had one when he was a kid. His name was Nanigans.
  • Invisible Anatomy: The people of this world don't have necks. Rather, their heads just float above their shoulders.
  • Lethal Eatery: In "Snitchy and the Phobe", several restaurants in Maple City are this, from waiters spilling meals on the floor and discreetly scooping it back into the trays, to restaurants serving food contaminated with various disgusting things.
  • Lethal Chef: In "Snitchy and the Phobe", Ched and Hudson start exposing the chefs of several restaurants in Maple City as this. Notable ones include the chef at a Mexican restaurant who was smoking while stirring a pot of chili, causing some of the ashes from what he was smoking to fall into said chili, and finally allowing his bird to poop in it. There's also Il Giovanni's Ristorante, whose parmigiana was really baked sock scum.
  • MegaCorp: GigantiCorp.
  • Rapid Aging: Ched's clone in "The New Me-Kinda" has a lifespan of about a week. He goes on a date with a girl as a teenager, and is an adult by the time the movie they're watching ends.
  • Terrified of Germs: Hudson's Compressed Vice in "Snitchy and the Phobe". After going through countless kitchens in restaurants across Maple City and discovering chefs with absolutely no regard for health and safety protocols, he starts wearing a surgical mask. It ultimately culminates in him getting glasses that allow him to see all the germs around him. He passes out from anxiety, then wakes up in a hospital bed to a video about the dangers of being overly clean.