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  • Adaptation Displacement: Movie? What movie?
    • Subverted in a lot of cases, considering the movie was a popular summer blockbuster when it came out, and was frequently talked about on Nick prior to its release.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "You Broke My Heart So I Burned Down Your Farm"
    • "Bionic Janitor"
    • "Science Montage"
    • "2StepN"
    • "Hillbilly Holla"
    • "You Gotta Move"
    • "No Fear Bigfoot"
    • The Ominous Latin Chanting in "Hypno-A-Go-Go" is bound to send chills down your spine.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: This show might as well be called "Big Lipped Alligator Moment: the animated series".
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: “You Broke My Heart, So I Burned Down Your Farm.”
  • Fridge Brilliance: In Paging Dr. Filly, Dr. Filly makes a lot of sayings that don’t make any sense. It’s subtle foreshadowing that he’s not an actual psychologist and is just pretending to be one.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When "Weird Al" Yankovic guest stared in the episode "Get Bessy", the big twist was that he's actually a horse in disguise. He has since become a guest star on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The "Viewer Mail" and "Ask Dr. Pig" segments have become memes with the clips replacing various suspenseful moments from popular culture.
    • Dr. Pig has become very popular on 4chan, with entire threads dedicated to discussing it as if it were an anime (referring to a series of very bizarre videos, from this channel).
  • Moral Event Horizon:
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    • Baxter was an unlikeable little jerk to begin with, but he crosses this in "Puppy Love" where he plots to marry Duke's sister, then kick his family's various buckets to take his family's fortune of golden dog bones.
    • In "Pig Amok", Brunnhilda, Pig's arranged wife, is always seen berating and insulting Pig (who is too love struck to care) with no redeeming qualities to boot, but it's when she laughs at Otis' supposed death by "broccoli poisoning" that you know she's over the line.
    • Winky the ghost rabbit pretty much trying to fling the protagonists into Hell for exorcising his fellow ghost pets and declaring that if he can't have their bodies then they can't either. Fortunately, Otis comes in to save the day.
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  • Shipping: Otis and Abby, since Abby is basically a replacement for Daisy, the love interest from the film. Though other fans prefer shipping Otis with Daisy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The title card theme for Hypno-A-Go-Go (which also plays throughout the episode) sounds rather similar to The Graveyard(o)_(o).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Otis' Mom" features Bessy depressed because she lost her son when he was very young. It is also dedicated to Lee Paulsen, Rob Paulsen's mother, who died during production.
    • The moment is "Dead Cow Walking" where Otis thinks he's dying and Pip gets real depressed over it.
    • The scene in "Pig Amok", where Otis seems to have died. To add salt in the wound, Brunhilda even laughs at it.
    • In "Tale of Two Snottys", where Nathan starts crying his eyes out and revealing his true feelings is just heartbreaking.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Bingo said he was going to come back, but he never did. Would've made a good Evil Counterpart to Otis.
    • Geraldo never tried to expose the animals again.
    • Farmer Clem only returned in an episode towards the end of the series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many fans were extremely disappointed that there was not an episode where Dag returns to get his revenge on Otis, and therefore that story only exists in Fanfiction.
  • Uncanny Valley: The animation of the TV series can be considered rather... odd. Especially when compared to the much more fluent animation of the film it was based on.
  • Vindicated by History: The show wasn't very popular on the internet when it was on, much like other Nickelodeon shows at the time. However, the show now has a small, half-ironic half-geniune cult following that enjoys it for its absurd nature and nearly every episode being a Fountain of Memes.
  • The Woobie:
    • The farmer and Nathan.
    • In some episodes of the series, Freddy counts as an Iron Woobie. Particularly in "Meet The Ferrets" and "Fowl Play".

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