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Western Animation / Pib and Pog

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Pib and Pog is a series of short films from Aardman Animations (the Wallace & Gromit guys).

The title characters are two blob creatures with huge smiles acting in a white void amidst minimal props. In the first short, a cheerful narrator asks them what they've been up to. Pog produces a shell he found at the beach which Pib desperately wants to see. Pog complies by shoving it onto Pib's head, nearly suffocating him. Pib then walks off and reenters with... a gun, and shoots a hole in Pog's belly. What follows is the purest example of a Subverted Kids' Show as the characters proceed to take escalating acts of violence against one another.

In other words, this is anything but Wallace and Gromit.

Watch it here.

Tropes appearing in Pib And Pog.

  • Always Camp: When they break character, good God!
  • Amusing Injuries: The Movie
  • Animated Actors: The title characters are revealed to be stuffy old British actors, who vent their frustrations with the show they've just done immediately after breaking character. Double Subverted in that they still hate each other.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: The narrator reacts to the ensuing chaos as if she was watching kittens play.
  • Classically-Trained Extra: The title characters are revealed to be this at the end.
  • Groin Attack: What Pog gives to Pib after the former shoots him in the stomach.
  • Interactive Narrator: An offscreen narrator talks to the characters in the old-fashioned children's TV style.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: "Why, it's concentrated sulfuric acid!"
  • Mood Whiplash: After five minutes of escalating violence, the show ends with Pib and Pog singing a completely straight lullaby to the viewers. And after that, they drop character and become stuffy old men.
  • The Oner: A rare animated example. While it obviously wasn't filmed in real time, the scene never cuts away for the entire short.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: It's only six minutes and nearly all of it is gags.
  • Self-Parody: A black-comedy twist on Aardman's children's work.
  • Shout-Out: To Aardman's second most famous work, Morph.
    Out-Of-Character Pib: I don't expect Morph has to work under these conditions!
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The opening jingle and the lullaby at the end are completely out of kilter with the violence in between.
  • Speaking Simlish: The title characters speak in a Chipmunk-toned nonsense language. They speak regular English when they drop character.
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Subverted Kids' Show: Imagine if Tex Avery was asked to direct an episode of Barney & Friends.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Subverted. The narration is accurate, but the tone is not.
  • Wrap-Up Song: "The Pib and Pog Song" is a completely straight example, and a considerable bit of Mood Whiplash after the foregoing violence.
  • Wild Take: Happens to Pib and Pog is more imaginative.