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A Canadian/German animated series by Nelvana; aired on Teletoon and briefly on Fox Kids and now Qubo in the US.
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The series follows Ned Flemkin, a young kid whose pet and best friend is a newt (the only animal he could afford) called Newton. Whenever he's fed the special "Zippo" newt food, Newton temporarily grows into a humanoid, 6-foot-tall friendly trickster with a penchant for Shapeshifting into pop-culture references.

The series follows Ned's life in his school (where he deals with his Love Interest Linda, ditzy best friend Doogle, and local Rich Bitch Rusty) and in his everyday life, focusing on the zany misadventures he gets through with (and usually because of) Newton to help him.


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Tropes exhibited by this series:

  • Animation Bump: The second and third seasons are much better animated and colourful than the first season. (However, the third season's colours are about the same as the first season.) Also, the pilot uses scenes from the title sequence, but were apparently reanimated, as the title sequence animation looks like something out of Ren & Stimpy.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The Halloween episode, when Ned is home alone and the Frankenstein's monster suddenly shows up at his doorstep (in reality his uncle who's coming by to check on him. He's on his way to a Halloween party, and can't get off his costume on his own).
    Ned: It looks like Frankenstein! But he doesn't really exist, does he?
    Newton: Hey, you're talking to a six-foot newt that can do this:
    (Newton unhinges his upper jaw, causing a weasel in a harlequin costume to pop out of his lower jaw and juggle)
    Newton: Face it: The reality level here is a mite thin!
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  • Beneath the Earth: ...live the malevolent trolls with the ambition to Take Over the World.
  • New Year Has Come: "New Year's Ned", where Ned tries to find a baby to replace his position as New Year's Baby.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Miss Bunn, Ned's schoolteacher, has her voice based on Greta Garbo.
  • No Ending: One episode ends this way while Newton is complaining about episodes that end early in favor of more advertising time.
  • Noodle Implements: A bicycle pump and a rubber duck can allegedly solve all problems. Newton never got the chance to use the method, though.
  • Official Couple: Ned and Linda.
  • Only Child Syndrome: All of the kids seem to be only children.
  • Only Sane Man: Ned, very much so.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Ned wears a bright orange shirt; Newton is entirely blue.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Newton, when he's a small newt.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As long as Newton is wearing human clothes, no one seems to notice that he's a 6-foot tall, blue-skinned freak.
  • Parental Bonus: The vast majority of Newton's transformations, as it's highly doubtful kids would recognize any of them.
  • Plot Hole: In the pilot, Ned pays exactly $1.65 (all of the change in his piggy bank) for Newton; the pet store owner actually rips him off, because the price list said $1.49. However, in a later episode, Ned loses his "lucky penny", described as such because it was his change when he bought Newton, even though we were explicitly shown the original transaction.
    • Actually, it was his "lucky penny" because it inexplicably possesses a picture of Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor on it, for some reason.
  • Prank Call: Demonstrated in the first episode. After Newton breaks Ned's parents' juicer by accident, Ned attempts to call (presumably) the pet store owner that he has to return Newton, by which the latter overhears and attempts to prank call people while shapeshifting into various characters; however, after he morphs into a refrigerator repairman Ned hangs the phone.
  • Quirky Town: Friendly Falls, the show's setting.
  • Rich Bitch: Rusty McCabe, a rare male example.
  • Rube Goldberg Machine: Ned and Newton do a short one at the start of "Jurassic Joyride".
    • Basically, it involves a vehicle on a racetrack, which takes a pair of scissors with it. The vehicle then reaches a rope that the scissors cut, causing a toy dog tied to a balloon to start floating. The balloon then gets popped by a drawing pin, making the dog fall and trigger its parachute, but not before finally landing on a bucket of water.
  • Running Gag: These gags span the episodes of all three seasons.
    • Mrs. Flemkin finding (and shooing) a crow in the kitchen (or any other room in their house).
    • See Unusually Uninteresting Sight, below.
    • Newton's solution to various problems involving a rubber duck and bicycle pump (which he never gets to use).
    • Quahogs note  in a barrel (or other container) which sing M-O-T-H-E-R by Howard Johnson. Sometimes Newton will interact with them, saying later or it's not the time.
    • Newton suddenly blanking out for a good few seconds, just standing there and blinking (sometimes followed by a quiet fart sound.)
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Rusty. The town mayor is his parents' old friend, and is more than eager to bend the rules of the great city scavenger hunt in his favor ("Remote Possibility"). Same happens when he takes Linda for a date to an amusement park owned by his parents, and inexplicably seems to win all the time. ("Carnival Knowledge")
  • Sewer Gator: In the episode "Newt York, Newt York", Ned is excited to go to New York City for the weekend because an xylophone note is on sale there, but his parents cancel it after hearing the urban legend that alligators live in the sewers. Ned and Newton go to NYC anyway, and try to "blend in with the locals" until they fall into a manhole by accident that leads to the sewers. Soon they come across the alligators that lived in the sewers ever since their musical on Broadway closed down. They help the alligators find a pipe that leads back to their home in Florida, and one week later Ned finally gets the xylophone note that he wanted.
  • Shipper on Deck: Obviously Newton supports Ned/Linda, and will do whatever he can to help Ned woo her. This is most obvious in "Nedding Bells are Ringing," when, due to some Out-of-Context Eavesdropping that leads him to believe Ned is getting married to someone else note  he does everything he can to sabotage it.
  • Spoof Aesop: Ned and Newton build a gigantic corporation by acquisitions and then let it collapse in on itself when they tire of it. As Ned enters his house:
    Dad: I hope you've learned your lesson from this.
    Ned: I sure have, Dad. Never buy a company on leveraged credit.
  • Straight Man: Ned, to Newton.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Newton, when he's impersonating a human, will often describe himself as "not a newt at all".
    • Well people in the town aren't really all that bright, so if he says he's not a newt, of course they'd believe him.
  • Talking Animal: Newton.
  • Take That!: "What Big Rewrite Notes You Have" & "312 Angry Women" both rip into Executive Meddling and how it tends to ruin movies.
    • Newton will also occasionally mock films that are bombs or known to be critically unpopular.
    Newton: (as Michael Douglas) Greed is good. A Perfect Murder, not so good.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The ending of the episode "Happy Blood Altar Ring To You".
  • They Just Dont Get It: When Mr and Mrs Flemkin get an idea in their head no amount of proof will convince them otherwise.
  • TV Never Lies: Ned's parents believe this.
    • As shown in "The Show Must Go Off", the ENTIRE TOWN thinks this.
  • Two-Timer Date: One episode has Ned inadvertently find himself on a date to practically every girl in the school (largely because of Newton). Newton is little help, since he just cites the example of the "sea newt" which mates with hundreds of females before they gang up and eat him.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Linda filled this role in some of the later episodes, having dimension-hopped to find her Ned and doesn't even point out how odd it is.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody ever seems to mind that Newton is a six-foot-tall humanoid blue newt, even if he's walking around without a Paper-Thin Disguise. On the other hand, Ned sometimes seems to be concerned that his parents or the other citizens will find out about Newton's existence. A Running Gag is for Ned's parents to enter his room just as he's talking to Newton, upon which Newton quickly transforms into something supposedly innocuous... like the Venus of Milo, or "the big metal thingy for affixing a ship." Ned's parents comment on this, but never seem to mind.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Newton. Into pretty much anything (often into a pop culture reference).
  • Whole Plot Reference: Several episodes take this form, including one to Citizen Kane ("Citizen Ned").
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Ned and his classmates are quite educated for 10 year olds.

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