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The Groovenians was a 2002 half-hour CGI television special created by surrealist painter Kenny Scharf. It served as a failed pilot to a potential series that never came into fruition and aired on Cartoon Network only twice, the first time being on the Adult Swim block and the second time being on the "Fridays" block. After a 2003 nomination Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject (and an attempt to pitch it to MTV and VH-1), the short was never heard from again. The cast features Paul Reubens as the main character Jet, Drena DeNiro (Robert's daughter) as Glindy, Dennis Hopper in the dual role of the father and the villainous King Norman and Jeff Bennett as Suavo. The B-52s contributed the titular theme while Mutato Muzika composed the music and the "Money Song". Jordan Reichek of Crash Twinsanity fame co-wrote the story, served as the production designer and drew the storyboard.
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Jet and Glindy, inhabitants of the planet Jeepers, are two wannabe artists who feel unappreciated by both their parents and the world at large. Their parents seek to enter Glindy in a boring office job, and for Jet to marry Glindy's unattractive sister. But one night, a boy named Nixon gives them a key to Groovenia, a paradise of artistic freedom. Desiring to live in this world, the two run away and set out for Groovenia, eventually saving it from the tyrannical reign of the Normals and the greedy King Norman.

The short can be viewed here.


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This show contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Glindy's sister is this for Jet.
  • Action Girlfriend: Glindy breaks free from the octopus and prevents Jet from marrying her sister. Then later she attacks King Norman for scaring Jet.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The main characters have green and blue skin.
  • And You Were There: Dennis Hopper voices the father and King Norman.
  • Big Bad: King Norman is the greedy leader of the robot Normals who rule over Groovenia and suppress creativity.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Suavo makes it very clear how attracted to Glindy he is upon meeting her. Nevertheless, he's consistently polite and respectful towards her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The parents and Norman say that you can't just have fun all the time. You have to take responsibility for your life. However, despite this justified line, they're treated like the villains.
  • Limited Animation: A rarity in CG animated productions. It manages to look bad even by 2002 standards.
  • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...: It's just set on two planets called Jeepers and Groovenia with no mention of Earth.
  • Tempting Fate: After Glindy says "Could this place get any better?" King Norman and his goons show up.
  • Tsundere: Swirly is very open about her conflicting feelings for Suavo.
  • Visual Pun: When the Groovenians are paying their taxes to the Normals, their "money" consists of a thick, green liquid- they literally have "liquid funds".
  • We Will Meet Again: Norman vows that he'll be back to get Glindy and Jet. It's possible that if the pilot succeeded, he would have been the main villain of the series.
    • Jet's father claims says that Glindy and Jet will be back.
  • Woman Scorned: Glindy's sister after Jet leaves her.

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