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Tuttle Twins is a crowdfunded Edutainment Show based on the book series created by Conner Boyack, who is also the show's executive producer.
Tuttle Twins focuses on the lives of Ethan and Emily, two young siblings who go on crazy time-traveling adventures with their grandmother and her pet raccoon. Along the way, they rediscover American History and learn important values; such as economics, freedom, and individual rights.
According to showrunner Daniel Harmon, the staff's goal is to capture the educational aspects of The Magic School Bus while making the show as humorous as Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, and The Simpsons.
Their crowdfunding page can be found here.
This cartoon contains examples of:
- Alpha Bitch: Karen, er... I mean, Karren.
- An Aesop: For every episode, there is a moral to be learned. Usually, during the second half of each episode, the main characters run out of knowledge juice and are trapped in another world. For them to return home, they must learn a lesson, which refills their fuel tank with knowledge juice.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: There are quite a few examples.
- While everyone is trapped in the western age, Grandma Gabby points out that their only hope of getting back home is if the twins "learned a valuable lesson in the time it takes to watch a childrens show, not counting commercials if this goes to network.
- The Bully: Bruce. He enjoys picks on Ethan and tapes hurtful notes on his back. (i.e. Kick me, Trip me, and the worst one yet, Ask me about my dead goldfish, which is bad enough to push his Trauma Button.)
- Cassandra Truth: Karren, who has been spying on Grandma Gabby, is also trying to expose her. She tries to convince the people around her that Gabby can travel through time and space using her wheelchair, but to no avail.
- The Ditz: Copernicus
- Dumb Muscle: Bruce, the bully, qualifies for this trope. When Ethan kindly offers him a canvas for his project, he rejects his help solely because he believes his role in the show is to be a metaphor of certain nations who reject the value of free trade, and are deprived of its own benefits. He ends up getting an F as a result, much to his displeasure.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- When Karren makes her first appearance. she shows up to confront the twins in their lemonade stand business. Uninterested in "buying" their lemonade, she held an emergency meeting at the kids club last night to make up a new law that would allow her as president, (a status she often brags about) to have all the lemonade she wants "for free, now and always, Amen." Only one kid showed up however, but it's implied that Karren forced said kid to show up. She also threatened her to vote "yes" on the law, then calling the vote "unanimous" after the law was passed. Then while the twins run to Grandma Gabby to say hello, Karren confiscates their lemonade stand while they weren't looking. and drags it away with a wagon, saying this is what's best for the kids club. So to sum it all up, Karren starts off as an arrogant jerk who is willing to bend the rules to her liking for selfish and petty reasons, and controls other members of her club through fear. And on a side note, she gets angry whenever people mispronounce her name.
- When we get to know of Bruce, we are shown a flashback of him actively picking on Ethan by taping notes on his back. To name a few; "Kick me", "Trip me", and last but not least, "Ask me about my dead goldfish". He thinks it's funny to rub salt into Ethan's emotional wounds about his dead goldfish, which goes to show how cruel, unempathetic, and sadistic he is.
- Extreme Omnivore: Derek counts as this trope. He especially enjoys eating art supplies; pencils, crayons, and paint. Near the end of episode 2, Derek eats an ice cream cone with pencils on top.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Surprisingly averted on episode 1. During the second half of the episode, taking place in the wild west, several characters are seen holding firearms. There's even a violent shoot-out in a saloon during the episode's climax.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: The two bandits, who have spent the second half of the first episode stealing cows, say they desperately need cows and are so jealous that Carla has so many of them. Emily sets them both straight by using this trope.
- From Bad to Worse: As Episode 3 explores the concept of the Cycle of Revenge, this trope is in full swing. From what started off as a big Kick the Dog moment from Karren, to Emily getting even with her with an overnight prank, things get waaaaay out of hand! Pretty soon, the entire science camp turns into a prank warzone, and everyone's science projects get ruined. By episode's end, if you thought it couldn't get any worse, it got to the point where some students attempt to drown Copernicus in a lake!
- How We Got Here: The first episode begins with all the main characters traveling through time and space while struggling to hold on. Grandma Gabby worries that they arent going to make it, then the episode rewinds to 12 hours... whoops! My mistake, 11 hours prior. When we return to that scene, it turns out Gabby was only bluffing and just wanted to provide the opening scene with some fake suspense, then she winks at the audience.
- Never Say "Die": This is surprisingly averted for a children's cartoon, From the very first line of dialogue in the first episode: "Emily, remind me why we're on this death trap again?!"
- Non-Indicative Name: In the second half of the first episode, we have a town located in the wild west named "Quiet Valley". Cue woman screaming from a distance. Justified, because the town was once peaceful before it had to put up with two bandits whose goals are to steal people's cows.
- Level Ate: The second half of Episode 2 takes place in Ice Cream Land, in another dimension.
- Ethan: Grandma?? Are we in heaven?(Both Gabby and Derek High-five each other)
- Parental Bonus: This show's got plenty of 'em.
- During a flashback, Grandma Gabby vandalizes a statue of Josef Stalin by teepeeing it, angering many Soviets in the process.
- When everyone enters the saloon to celebrate eliminating unjust laws, Grandma Gabby asks for some root beer while suspiciously making quotation marks with her fingers. Later, when Ethan tries some of that root beer himself, he correctly points out that it is not root beer... its just ginger ale.
- Straw Hypocrite: Besides the fact that those tax collectors are really just bandits in disguise, they claim that collecting cows from Carla will help create new jobs and help the poor and the needy, but they barely hide the fact that they are just plain greedy.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Just when Sherriff Winkles had the two bandits at gunpoint, he takes the time to give the twins a little speech about how the government's job is to protect the rights of their citizens. ...then the bandits escape while his back was turned. This was lampshaded by Carla.
- Carla: Is this like, a "teaching moment"? ...or did you want the bandits to escape?Winkles: Uhhhh... (in a defeated tone) it was a teaching moment.
- Take That!: The show, made for children, shamelessly pokes fun at communists.
- The Cows: Mmm-HMM!
- Time for Plan B: The bandits were first seen attempting to steal the cow. When that doesnt work, they disguise themselves as law-abiding tax collectors to legally confiscate Carlas cows. But then when the law gets turned against them, they decide to revert to their original plan: take the cows away by force, except this time, using violence.
- Trauma Button: Whatever you do, do not ask Ethan about his dead Goldfish, or even mention the word "fish" around him.
- Toilet Humor: In the first episode, we learn that Gabby went back in time to the French Revolution and borrowed a bidet from her dear friend, Frédéric Bastiat. What really makes this example work is that she confuses the bidet for a salad bowl, which she uses it for.
- Worth It: During the first episode, they suddenly ran out of knowledge juice and end up trapped in the western age. The twins theorize that this was due to all those bathroom stops that Gabby made because she drank too many slushes. Then Gabby says it was worth it.