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Western Animation / Nightmare Ned

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Yet another animated series from Disney, premiering on April 19, 1997. Ned Needlemeyer is a nervous young boy with several intense fears, which play themselves out in exaggerated fashions in his dreams. Each episode is basically one long Nightmare Sequence of Ned facing a different fear. The show lasted for 25 episodes.

This TV show contained examples of the following tropes:

  • All Just a Dream: Nearly every episode Ned is startled awake after having a nightmare... except in "Abduction".
  • Demoted to Extra: Ned's family and classmates from the TV show to the game.
  • Depraved Dentist: In the episode "The Dentist" where Ned visits a mad and sadistic dentist.
  • Downer Ending: In the show, almost all the nightmares end this way. Of course, Ned wakes up and depending on the episode it might have a positive or negative influence on him. It is averted thankfully in the "Abduction" since it was the only real one.
  • Down on the Farm: In "Canadian Bacon" Ned dreams about his pet pig taking him to live with his pig family on a farm in Canada
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Florence Henderson portrays herself in "Monster Ned."
  • Magic Bus: In "Magic Bus" where Ned is stuck on a flying bus piloted by a demented ventriloquist dummy.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Dream!Frank Grimes seems to treat clinics like magic shows.
  • Mutagenic Food: Ned is tricked into eating dog food by Conrad and Vernon in one episode, and naturally winds up dreaming that he's transformed into a dog. He gets his revenge on the bullies (in the dream, anyway) by tricking them into eating cat food, then chasing them down when they turn into cats.
  • Nightmare Sequence: The entire premise of the show is based around Ned dealing with his problems through his dark and twisted nightmares.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Dream!Frank Grimes is a doctor... who's also a magician.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: One episode's nightmare is about Ned forgetting to put his clothes on and arriving to school wearing nothing but a raincoat, which he's forced to abandon before class. The episode's end has the same nightmare happen to his father.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: Although the voice talents in the end credits are listed, it doesn't actually specify who voiced what character.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The zombies preparing Ned and the zombie girl's wedding in "Until Undeath Do Us Apart."
  • Parental Obliviousness: In his dreams, Ned's parents are often completely oblivious to their surroundings, and Ned has to be the one to get them out of peril.
  • Potty Emergency: In “A Dolls House” where Ned’s twin cousins play with him like a doll and force feed him water.
  • Twist Ending: "Headless Lester": Ned isn't the one with nightmares this time around. Also in "Abduction," Ned isn't having dreams this time.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Conrad and Vernon, the two primary antagonists of the show, were not named until a few episodes later.
  • To Serve Man: The pig family's real purpose in "Canadian Bacon."


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Ned's doll nightmare

In one of his nightmates, Ned shrinks down and is at the mercy of his cousins, who think he is a doll.

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