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Western Animation / The Incredible Crash Dummies

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Don't you be a dummy. Buckle your safety belts, and leave the crashing to them!
Featuring a cast of dummies. this CGI animation short was created as part of the Crash Dummies toy series, itself based on a popular campaign of Public Service Announcements.

Set in a world of living crash dummies, an accident with an evil dummy head and a prototype torso means the heroes Slick and Spin have to face Junkman and his army of Junkbots.

The video was only usually supplied with the toys (and was shown on Fox Kids in 1993) but can be viewed on YouTube.

See the video on YouTube here, or here.

Not to be confused with the rock band Crash Test Dummies.

This show provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon Notable for being one of the first of its kind.
  • Bad Boss: Junkman regularly and without hesitation slaps around anyone he works with. Even his cat.
  • Batman Gambit: Doctor Zub transfers the Torso 9000 blueprints into his own head, and then replaces the data on the disc with a beacon program. He proceeds to place the disc in an obvious place so the Junkbots would steal it.
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  • Cats Are Mean: Junkman's Hubcat.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the dummy meeting, Zub is wearing a set of headphones. It's after Junkman sees Piston Head's recorded footage from the meeting again does he realize that Zub was using it to transfer the Torso 9000 plans into his mind.
  • Description Cut: During the rocketsled test:
    Slick: Ted's really cooking now!
    Cut to Ted toasting a marshmallow on the rocket engine
    Spin: He makes it look like an art!
    Cut to Ted painting a safety symbol on canvas
    Doctor Zub: I trust he's paying attention.
    Cut to Ted reading 'a farewell to arms'
  • DVD Bonus Content: The taped version released with the figures has a couple minutes of content cut from the TV version; if you're watching the version that starts with Spare Tire being exploded out of a limo, you're watching the full one. Besides that scene, the other cut material comes down to a few quick jokes being left out.
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  • Evil Is Dumb: Junkman's henchmen - Piston Head, Jack Hammer, and Sideswipe. When they try to shoot Slick and Spin who are on the way to Junkman's hideout, they just end up shooting each other without Slick and Spin even noticing.
  • Evil Laugh: Junkman's got this down pat, verging on Large Ham territory.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Junkman, along with light up mouth.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The dummies' R&D department attempted to create a new and improved version of the dummy head. Unfortunately, they ended up creating a head that was completely evil, and would go on to become Junkman.
  • Good Is Dumb: Slick and Spin, but also most of the dummies.
  • Hurricane of Puns: So so many.
  • Impact Silhouette: How the heroes find out that the Torso 9000 did indeed just get up and walk away.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The short is made of these.
  • Losing Your Head: Poor Ted spends most of the short as just a head, due to it being modified to fit only on the stolen Torso 9000. Oddly, Junkman seems dependent on his torso unit for power.
  • MacGuffin: The Torso 9000 as well as the plans to make more, although what it actually does to make it so desirable isn't really clear. They say it's "indestructible," but when the rest of your body isn't and it's in something based largely on body parts flying off to begin with...
  • Mad Scientist: Well, mad roboticist.
  • Mind Probe: Junkman attempts to use one to get the Torso 9000 plans from Zub's head...along with all his other memories.
  • Oh, Crap!: Spare Tire has this reaction when Bull says that the President's new limo needs to go through a bomb test.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: The dummies.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Junkman's Hubcat.
  • Robo Cam: Junkman's view of the world, including a things to do list with 'go out for lunch' and 'take over world' on it.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Junkman, especially since the Junkbots were built from scrapped parts.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Despite numerous security doors, a short-sighted janitor can wander into Zub's lab. There are also open windows.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Or rather, He Can Reassemble Himself. Due to only having a single arm and leg on the torso unit, Junkman compensated by making up the rest of his body from stolen junk parts.
  • World's Strongest Man: Zub declared that the Torso 9000 would make a dummy "the most powerful dummy in the world"note . Unfortunately, the dummy that ends up getting it is Junkman.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Although each character was recognizable for the most part. Sideswipe looks almost nothing like the action figure he was based upon.


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