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"On a tiny little island in the ocean called Pacific
There's a mixed up group of creatures who are really quite horrific
Stitched together with whatever crap was found or could be grabbed
Reinvented in the bowels of a lab..."
— The first lines of the show's Expository Theme Tune

Once upon a time, there lived a Mad Scientist who spent his weary days on a secluded island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To occupy his time, he created mutants, Mix-and-Match Critters, and other biological abominations that stood against all notions of sanity and common sense. But it was only a matter of time until the judicial system caught whiff of the whole situation and arrested him for his crimes against nature and "good taste". With their master forever gone from their lives, the mutants, with only limited knowledge of the outside world and their customs, are left to construct a civilization of their own. Of course, Hilarity Ensues.

Spliced is a quirky Canadian animated television series from Nelvana created by cartoon writers and Grossology developers Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott for Teletoon. Inspired by H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau and the Zany Cartoons of decades past, the series stars a dimwit duo consisting of the naïve optimist Peri and the selfish gourmand Entree, whose shared misadventures around the setting of Keepaway Island result in all manner of insane occurrences from bowling pin aliens and possessed golf carts to mayonnaise monsters and brain-sucking squids. Starring alongside the pair is an equally bizarre ensemble of characters, including ill-tempered half-rhino mayor Two Legs Joe; Patricia the Only Sane Platypus; ineffectual evil genius chimp-dolphin Mister Smarty Smarts (and his henchwoman Octocat); the cute but long-suffering Fuzzy Snuggums; and Princess Pony Apehands, a hulking brute with the mindset of a little girl.


The series ran on Qubo and on the Cartoon Network website in the United States, Disney XD in Mexico, Brazil & Spain, Nickelodeon in Sweden and Norway, ABC3 in Australia, Nicktoons in UK & Ireland, and Teletoon in its native Canada. However, it was canceled after a single season of 26 episodes, despite getting some very good ratings in its home country.

Compare to Disney's The Wuzzles, another short-lived animated series about Mix-and-Match Critters. Not to be confused with the sci-fi horror film Splice.


Spliced provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Princess Pony Apehands in "No Play for Princess" and "Fairly Odd Princesses"; Smarty Smarts in "Outsmartered" and "Come to the Dork Side"; Joe in "Two Arms Joe", "Stompabout", "There Will Be Stomp", and "Same Difference"; Patricia in "Honorary Freak", "Marzipan Meadows and the Kingdom of Adventure", and "Living Hellp"; Compuhorse in "Cube Whacked"; Fuzzy in "Fuzzy's Great Journey" and "Sgt. Snuggums"; The Wunny Sharbit in "My Fair Sharkbunny"; Octocat in "Octocataclysm" and "Of Masters and Minions"; and Lord Wingus Eternum in "One-Joe Wingus".
  • All Just a Dream: The episode Mo' Mayo Mo' Problems, which then turned into a Dream Within a Dream.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Parodied with the "Knowing is Growing" shorts, which deals with incredibly common problems and misconceptions, such as samurai pet care, time travel, and even snorting up antelopes. We all know you've done the last one sometime in your life.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Entree. He is a male yet has a pair of udders. He also lays eggs and has a rooster comb, which confounds the issue further.
  • Art Shift
    • A very discreet example. Any episodes that gives Lord Wingus Eternum a speaking role give him a more detailed look (i.e: more frayed hair, longer beak, and eyes in a half-lidded expression). The source picture for this page shows how Wingus looks when he's silent/just there. And when he speaks...
    • The animation briefly switches over to stop-motion in the beginning of "Poosh and the Quest for the Blargy Parble".
  • Ass Shove: Fuzzy accidentally crawls up Entree's ass in "Brothers in Farms".
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Mister Smarty Smarts and Octocat's relationship, which is thoroughly shown in the episodes "Octocataclysm", and "Of Masters and Minions".
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Yeti show up to wreak havoc on the island whenever it gets cold enough to snow. They're apparently aliens as their second appearance shows them leaving in an iceberg spaceship.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: In "Promises, Promises", Entrée tries to eat one of Patricia's swine-apple pies, but Patricia tries to keep it away from him. Entrée gets around this by eating Patricia along with the pie.
  • Body Horror: Often, but having your spine sucked viciously from your body by a baby robot comes to mind as a particularly cringe-worthy one.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
    Joe: Do I smell monkey on fire?
    Patricia: No, smells more like charred dolphin.
    (Smarty-Smarts jumps in wearing lava pants)
    Patricia: What do you know? We were both right.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
    • Peri in "Bowled Over": "But when I realized I was narrating, I knew it was time to take a break." He even tries to speak to Entree in his Inner Monologue before correcting himself.
    • Several of the Idiosyncratic Wipes address the audience.
  • Brick Joke
    • In "Gordon", Entree replaces a car's engine with the brain of one of Smarty Smarts' robots, and then puts a sandwich in place of the brain. The episode then ends with a trailer for a horror movie about "The Robot with a Sandwich for a Brain!". Later in "Honorary Freak", Entree steals Smarty Smarts' brain scanning machine and replaces it with a sandwich, prompting Smarty Smarts to ask "Again? Who keeps doing that?"
    • The boxers Peri and Entree stole from the Doctor's lab in "Stomach On Stike". Entree told Peri the boxers didn't fit him, and was interrupted before he could tell him the whereabouts of it. About a minute later, when Entree's stomach climbs out of his body, it barfs out the muffins Entree was trying to digest, and a pair of boxers.
  • Brown Note: Lord Wingus Eternum is more of a Name You Are Comfortable With, as his real name would "begin with a dawn, end with the moon, and ravage your mind like a nightmare".
  • Buffy Speak: "Look, a thingy thing thing!"
  • Caffeine Bullet Time: Peri experiences this as a result of consuming huge amounts of sugar in "Sugar Low".
  • Calling Your Attacks
    • Two-legs Joe. THUNDER STOMP! TELEPORT STOMP!! QUANTUM STOMP!!! REGURGA-STOMP!!!! The intermission wipes even lampshaded about this and noted on how absurd it could get.
    • Smarty-Smarts when he had his Mechanical Stomping Legs. "RAINBOW FISHY STOMP!!!"
  • The Can Kicked Him: In "Pink", a mole-ster pretending to be Entree's conscience (It Makes Sense in Context) hits Entree over the head with a toilet hard enough to shatter the toilet.
  • Catchphrase: Fuzzy's "Huzzah!" and "Expedition note!", Joe's exclamations of "Horns above!" and "Sweet mercy!", and Entree's "May-O-NAAAAAAISE!"
  • City on the Water: It's shown that the entire island is completely artificial. The volcano has a finite supply of lava and the whole thing can be driven around the oceans with great speed.
  • Company Cross References: In "Same Difference", one clip in Smarty-Smarts and Joe's montage shows the both of them watching Grossology, which was created by the same people, and by extension the same company (Nelvana, in this case).
  • Compressed Vice: Impressively subverted with Peri's bowling skills. They form the plot of the first episode, then are never mentioned again. Then, they finally come back at the very end of the very last episode, where Peri tries to get the mythical Blargy Parble from a robot, but loses in direct combat, but the robot, due to its robotic pride, challenges Peri to a bowling game, which Peri wins, thus allowing him to get the Blargy Parble.
  • Continuity Nod / Call-Back: Despite Negative Continuity being in full effect (especially when the episode ends with the island being destroyed), some things remain the same for one episode to another. For example, Entree's udder teets still have the same names from episode to episode (although which one is which may vary).
  • Convection Schmonvection
    • The episode "Livin' La Vida Lava". The entire town ends up using lava as if it were a public utility.
    • And in "Bowled Over", Peri pulls a bowling ball out of the top of a volcano.
  • Covered in Kisses: Two-legs Joe, thanks to Entree's heart in "Stomach on Strike".
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Played for Laughs in the episode "Bowled Over". Peri makes a sandwich, which then randomly grows insect-like legs and wings and begins attacking people. Later, he attempts to fix Patricia's car, but he ends up giving it sentience instead. Also in the episode "Living Hellp", Entree attempts to microwave a microwave, which results in the microwave coming to life and attacking him.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: The episodes "Yetis Don't Care About Nothin'" and "Clones Don't Care 'Bout Nothin' Either".
  • Cryptic Background Reference: The Blargy Parble, which we never get to see.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Entree and Peri. The former can fly, teleport, mind-control people, and summon sea creatures to do his bidding. The latter can shapeshift, detach his limbs, and turn people into his slaves with butterfly wings.
  • Did You Die?: A variation is used in the episode One Joe Wingus:
    Wingus: I was offered a choice. Remove you [Two Legs Joe], or be banished.
    Entree: So what'cha do? Did you pull'em off?
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the episode "Pink", Peri wakes up one day and finds out that he has turned the color pink (instead of his usual orange), and Entree does not want to be his friend anymore because of this. The metaphor is heightened by the fact that Entree thinks that being around Peri will turn him pink, and indeed has a nightmare in which this happens.
  • Egopolis: The town on the island has this for the Doctor to an extent.
  • Epic Fail: Peri tries to paint Two-Legs' house and it catches on fire.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Parodied and combined with Cargo Ship in "Helen", where Patricia admires the title pancake, and eats "her".
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks and Killer Rabbit: The Wunny Sharbit: part rabbit, part shark, part chainsaw, all killer.
  • Eye Scream
    • In both of the first two episodes, Entree gets a foreign object in the eye: a wrench in "Bowled Over" and a book in "Stuck Together".
    • Also the chair that holds their eyes open. Interestingly though, while meant to be a torture device, Peri applies the holders to himself, thinking they're for convenience.
      Peri: "This is great! I hate it when I blink during movies."
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Occurs between Entree and a whirrel he named Ed in the episode "Whirrel Call".
  • Fur Is Clothing: In "Bowled Over", Peri pulls back his fur to reveal a tattoo.
  • Genetic Abomination: The whole cast is made up of these, being Mix-and-Match Critters like a cat-caterpillar, a monkey-dolphin, a cat-octopus, a gorilla-pony, etc.
  • Genius Serum: In "Outsmartered", Smarty Smarts builds a machine to turn everyone on Keep Away Island as smart as he is, only for it to work too well and make him seem dumber by comparison. After a failed attempt to reverse the process, Smarty Smarts goes back in time to stop himself from building the machine in the first place.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In "Outsmartered", as mentioned above, Smarty Smarts is fed up with the other mutants' stupidity, and builds a machine to increase everybody else's intelligence. Now everybody is smarter than him, and his ego cannot take it.
  • Gonky Femme: Princess Pony Apehands is indeed, a pony crossed with a gorilla, and while she acts like a young girl most of the time, can become very aggressive when annoyed.
  • Grossout Show: It's not really as gross as you'd expect it to be, but there has been some instances where you get to see miles of snot, exposed brains, the sounds of stretched limbs slowly tearing apart, and the occasional inside-out bodies.
  • The Hat Makes the Man: In "Follow Your Dreamworms", Entree snatches Joe's top hat and replaces it with a flowery sunhat. Joe's normally angry voice immediately becomes much more girly and singsong.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: The show's main running gag, which is often accompanied with random sound effects for laughs.
  • Impact Silhouette: Several times. How Joe found out who stole his pretzel-maker. Invoked when the hole Entree cuts open with a laser sword is shaped just like himself.
  • In Medias Res: "Octocataclysm." Lampshaded when Peri tries to explain the concept to Entree.
  • Instant Expert: Peri and Entree find a learning helmet that lets them instantly download and master a large number of skills, with a recurring side effect.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: Entree says this after attempting to eat Two-legs Joe.
  • Kill Sat: Octocat controls one.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In one episode, when Peri and Entree are trapped between the volcano and the Monster of the Week, we get:
    Peri: This happens to us a lot.
  • Lost Love Montage: Mr Smarty-Smart's experiences on after Octo-Cat leaves him "Of Masters and Minions". Of course, all of the scenes involve him and Octo-Cat attempting to conquer Keepaway Island.
  • Lustful Melt: Patricia in "Amazon", when she first sees Eduardo.
  • Makeover Montage: Wunny Sharbit gets one.
    Wunny: "Oh dude...please no."
  • Medium Blending: Happens in several episodes, including "Pork Chop", "Bowled Over", "No Play for Princess", "Two Arms Joe", and "Poosh and the Quest for the Blargy Parble".
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Entree performs one while stealing Joe's hat in the episode "Follow Your Dreamworms".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Pretty much all of the main cast.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Wunny Sharbit. It is part shark and chainsaw, after all.
  • Mundane Fantastic: It's a show about an island full of talking mutant Mix-and-Match Critters created by a Mad Scientist. This is treated as entirely normal.
  • Negative Continuity: The show features many drastic predicaments impossible to get out of, but all will go back to normal by the next episode.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Entree does it in "Amazon".
    Entree: Hey guy, have you seen our red fire truck?
  • Noodle Incident: In "No Play for Princess", Joe reminds Peri and Entree about what happened the last time they played Bucket Stick Fruitball. We don't get the specifics, but it apparently involved a flight of planes crashing into a bridge, a car going off a ledge, a giant lizard, and dancing.
  • Not So Different: In the episode "Same Difference" Two Legs Joe and Mister Smarty Smarts develop a friendship over their mutual dislike of Peri and Entree (though Mister Smarty Smarts downright despises them, while Joe just finds them annoying).
  • Organ Autonomy: Entree once made a bet with his brain, heart and stomach that he could survive a week without them. They went off and had adventures of their own for the week.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Peri is usually shown as an extremely kind person who only causes destruction because he's dumb and easily manipulated. However, in "Sgt. Snuggums" he's shown taking sadistic pleasure in Fuzzy getting seriously injured.
  • Overly Long Tongue
    • "Stuck Together" shows Peri to have one so long that he can use it to walk on.
    • Entree has a very long tongue in "Yetis Don't Care About Nothin".
  • Pet the Dog: More like pet the Octocat for Mister Smarty Smarts.
  • Planimal: The Swineapple. It's part pig, part pineapple.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "My name is Peri and I! AM! A BOWLER!"
  • Recycled INSPACE: It's SpongeBob SquarePants ON AN ISLAND FULL OF MUTANTS!
  • Relax-o-Vision: Used in the episode "Pork Chop", where Entree goes apeshit on everybody after obtaining Kung-Fu powers.
    Narrator: To avoid damage to young minds, we've been ordered to replace this fight scene with happy puppies!
  • Sanity Ball: Passed between Peri and Patricia, mainly, though almost everyone except Entree gets a turn with it.
  • Shout-Out
    • How Entree sees the Wunny Sharbit in the episode "Cleaning Up" wears a Goaltender mask. Interestingly, that depiction of Wunny is in the theme song, despite it not actually existing.
    • In the episode "Nightmare On Condemned Street" Entree says "I have the power!" Peri says the same line in "Bowled Over".
    • In "Nightmare On Condemned Street" Entree says "Do or do not."
    • In "Come to the Dork Side", Mr. Smarty Smarts tries to get Peri to join his cause, by strapping him to an electrical chair, forcing him to watch violent scenes, preventing him from blinking, and washing his brain with shampoo. It doesn't work.
    • In "Same Difference", one clip in Smarty-Smarts and Joe's montage shows the both of them watching Grossology, which was created by the same people. The Grossology theme can also be heard in the episode "Yetis Don't Care About Nothin"
    • One of Entree's udders is the cane wielding Cranky.
    • The original Donkey Kong games in "Octocataclysm".
    • Pac-Man in "Honorary Freak".
    • To the game Breakout in Cube Whacked.
    • In "Pork Chop" Entree says "A winner is me" from the NES game Pro Wrestling.
    • Peri's Rainbow is to The Red Balloon.
    • Kilroy, the famous graffiti man, appears in Follow your Dreamworms.
    • Mr. Smarty does the head crushing thing in two episodes.
    • Compu-Peri's outfit was very reminiscent of TRON.
    • There's a Bond-esque laser scene in Of Masters and Minions...only it works.
    • Same episode, Mr. Smarty holds a radio over his head like in Say Anything....
    • In Nightmare on Condemned Street, Mr. Smarty can be seen wearing a Suzie Diamond style dress and slinking seductively towards Peri, Entree and Fuzzy in one of the dream visitations. The ensuing flee was quite understandable ( Suzie Diamond is a porn star).
    • The "Knowing is Growing" segments are rather like those "The More You Know" ones.
    • Patricia's mother computer acts an awful lot like HAL and/or GLaDOS.
    • The Count of Pinchy Crabbo is a whole plot reference to The Count of Monte Cristo.
    • The board game Clue appears in a whirrel's intestines as a clue to the Blargy Parble.
    • The title card to the episode One Joe Wingus is a clear shout out to the Pixar short For the Birds.
    • Calcu-Pony makes fun of the ridiculously stupid early generations of My Little Pony.
    • "You got computer in my horse! You got horse in my computer!" from "Two Arms Joe" is a reference to 70's Reese's commercials.
  • Slow-Motion Drop: Entree does this with a mayonnaise jar in "Stuck Together".
  • Slow "NO!": Two-Legs Joe does one when Peri uses his bowling ball to fix his house.
  • Snap Back: Several episodes result in one.
    • In "Walkie-Talkie Spinie-Suckie", basically everyone except Peri, Entree, and Octocat permanently lose their spines in a volcano.
    • "Clones Don't Care 'Bout Nothin' Either" had the entire island engulfed with deformed clones of Peri and Entree.
    • "Sgt. Snuggums" had a overpowered and deranged Octocat bombing the island with Fuzzy's rocket.
    • "Bite, Shuffle, and Moan" had everyone except Peri being infected by zombies.
    • "Two-Arms Joe" had Peri losing his arm and Joe giving him a giant robotic one.
    • "Pork Chop" had Entree getting the ability to walk removed from his brain.
    • "Whirrel Call" had Entree falling to his death and then having his brain fly out of his head and getting crushed by a boulder.
    • "Mole-sters In the Mist" had the entire shrunken town being enslaved by overgrown mole-sters.
  • Spoof Aesop: The "Knowing is Growing" shorts, which have included aesops like 'don't put antelopes up your nose', 'gravy isn't a vegetable; it's a fruit', and 'don't adopt samurai as pets'.
  • Spoon Bending: Inverted when Entree attempts to twist a utensil, but ends up twisting everything around but it. Peri counts the test as a fail.
  • Stock Footage: Used repeatedly, mostly in the form of black-and-white, public domain movie footage.
  • Straight Man: Patricia usually acts like this for Peri, Entree, and Joe, but Peri fills in whenever she's not around. Also, Octocat acts like this for Smarty-Smarts.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In one episode, when Peri and Entree are about to fall, Peri reminds Entree he has chicken wings, but Entree objects because chickens live underwater. Then, at the end of the episode:
    Peri: He'll be fine. He has chicken wings.
    Mr. Smarty Smarts: But don't chickens live underwater?
  • Temporal Duplication: Mr. Smarty Smarts uses a time machine to go back and prevent his past self from creating an intelligence enhancing machine to make all mutants as smart as him. The two eventually play chess against each other only for one to get upset at the results. Cue another Smarty Smarts coming in to prevent a chess move followed by more and more.
  • Time-Freeze Trolling Spree: Inverted and Played for Laughs. When Peri gets a sugar rush he starts moving at Super Speed so to him it look like everyone is frozen in time. He then spends his time doing good deeds to everyone, thinking they'll be appreciative and throw him a parade, except when he returns to normal time, nobody believes he was the one who did everything.
  • Title Drop: In "Stuck Together", Entree fuses Peri to his body and says, "Oh, you know, I just spliced us together with one of the doctor's machines!"
  • Toothbrush Floor Scrubbing: In "Of Masters and Minions", Mr Smarty-Smarts new robotic minion makes him clean the lair with a toothbrush. He is so scared of her that when the toothbrush breaks, he starts using his tongue.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Standard riot supplies on Keepaway Island. They even keep a flaming torch in a 'break glass in case of emergency' style glass case.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Entree loves mayonaise.
  • Traveling Landmass: Keepaway Island is shown to be a Meaningful Name as one episode shows that it is capable of being driven like giant motorboat across the oceans.
  • Unfortunate Names: The mole-sters, mole/hamster mutants that inhabit the island.
  • Verbed Title: Named for the spliced together animals of the cast.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In a second-hand revelation of this, it turns out the Mad Doctor was quite the avid bowler.
  • Wheel o' Feet: This shows up quite a bit. In Entree's case, Wheel o' Udder Teats.
  • Women Are Wiser: Patricia and Octocat are usually the most sensible members of the cast.


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Entree and Ed's Brain Swap

Show: Spliced
Episode: Whirrel Call

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