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Rotting Hills is a 5-episode miniseries of animated shorts from the Canadian studio Nelvana created by Glen Wyand that aired on YTV as one of 10 miniseries of animated shorts that were shown on the Animated Anthology series Funpak in 2004.

10-year-old Clark McWeeble and his parents have just moved to Rotting Hills, a place formerly known as Restful Hills until it was overtaken by zombies. His dad, who orchestrated the move in the first place, is quite excited about it and remarkably oblivious to anything abnormal about the place. Clark is understandably upset about the whole ordeal, but luckily for them the zombies turn out to be the friendly neighborhood kind.

As he adapts to the place, Clark gradually befriends a zombie girl named Zoe and her undead dog Buddy. They have a few adventures; at least, as much as you can fit into a 25-minute series.


Also see The 9th Life of Sherman Phelps, another Funpak miniseries that has its own page on this wiki.

Provides examples of:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Clark in "Zombie Clark", after he's mistaken for a zombie and has an in with the cool crowd.
  • Alpha Bitch: Lizzy, one of the kids seen at the "cool table" at school, who throws a party the next episode for "corpses only".
  • Badass Adorable: Buddy, zombie dog and karate master.
  • Bumbling Dad: Clark's dad's obliviousness puts him in danger.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Zoe look adorable as a zombie.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Zoe. For example, when Clark is describing zombies to his dad, Zoe suddenly appears and remarks, "I resent that description."
    • Clark sometimes reacts this way to things, such as after they first meet their zombie neighbours.
      Dad: This is just what we need! Peace and quiet.
      [Zoe startles Clark by slamming Buddy's face up against the window, then cackles at him]
      Clark: Yeah, ominous quiet, even.
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  • Funny Background Event: While Zoe confronts Clark at Lizzy's party, Buddy can be seen dancing off to the side.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Buddy punching a Skull with the guy's own arm after it accidentally comes off during their fight.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Missy uses this on Clark to get him to come along.
  • In with the In Crowd: Clark in "Zombie Clark". Attempted previously by Zoe in "The New Girl", to no avail.
  • Lovable Coward: Clark earlier on, before he starts getting used to things.
  • Made of Plasticine: Some of the older zombies tend to lose their limbs pretty easily. But then, this is pretty much a given.
  • Old, Dark House: Clark's family moves into one of these. The reason for its size and its placement at the top of a hill is that it used to be a funeral home. Lucky them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Missy. She can shoot lightning, hypnotize, teleport, and use some sort of astral projection.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Buddy is a small dog, but he can take out huge, hulking zombies with ease, as well as lift a heavy gate.
  • The Place: The series takes place in the town of Rotting Hills.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Clark's dad.
    "Don't worry, this looks like a shortcut down this dark, terrifying tunnel!"
  • Weirdness Censor: Clark's dad takes this to ridiculous extents. The smell of rotting flesh? That's obviously swamp gas.
  • Women Are Wiser: Clark's mom is well aware of the zombies, unlike her husband.
  • Zombie Gait: Played with. Many zombies do move like this, some apparently by choice, as seen with Zoe in the first episode. It also seems to be a popular way of dancing.