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Planet Sketch is a British-Canadian Animated Series co-created by Aardman Animations and Decode Entertainment (now part of WildBrain).

The cartoon was basically a variety show, showing a wide variety of different sketches, each one having its own plot. The cartoons of the first season would begin with a "Nose Picker" segment, and end with a "June Spume and Melville" segment. However, this would change in the second season.

The series started running in November 10th, 2005 on Teletoon, and went on until September 16th, 2008. It lasted 39 episodes over 2 seasons. However, Aardman and Decode would later cooperate again to produce another cartoon, Chop Socky Chooks. Additionally, Aardman would later create a third series for Teletoon, Counterfeit Cat, although this one was co-produced with Atomic Cartoons.

Not to be confused with Planet Sheen.

Planet Sketch contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Computer, the ship's A.I., would often make stupid decisions, or simply act uncooperative.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Captain Gagtastic had green skin.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Parodied with the "My Mother, The Armchair" segments, where the teenage girl protagonist often acted like her mother was doing something embarrassing despite being an inanimate armchair.
  • Animation Bump: The sketches saw an improvement in animation in season 2, and the character designs were more Aardman-like.
  • Blatant Lies: The "Ira and Lyra" segments were basically built around these.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor, poor Napkin Squirrel. All of his segments ended with him either being torn to shreds or turning into a pile of wet paper.
  • Catchphrase: Ninja Handyman got one in Season 2:
    No job too big, no job too small! Ninja Handyman always on call!
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme to "My Mother, The Armchair", in which it explains that the teenage girl's mother, the armchair, is very embarrassing when she is near, likely due to the fact that she is an armchair and not a normal human mother like the other characters have.
  • Gasshole: Horace the Horse had a tendency to get nervous whenever something surprised him, resulting in him releasing a massive, smelly fart.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: The "Ninja Handyman" segments.
  • In the Hood: One of the three rapping boys wears a green hoodie. There's also Captain Gagtastic, who had a purple hoodie draped over his head and down his back.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Dr. Inosaur is an anthropomorphic T-rex dinosaur, who always tries to eat his patients, but usually fails.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Captain Gagtastic segments were full of these.
  • Maurice Chevalier Accent: June Spume has one.
  • Rule of Three: The "Ira and Lyra", "Only Joking", "Sara Swapsy", and "Phil and Bill" segments were usually presented as three segments per episode.


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Planet Sketch

Horace the Horse had a tendency to get nervous whenever something surprised him, resulting in him releasing a massive, smelly fart.

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