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  • Animation Age Ghetto: Dreamworks arguably forced themselves into this by advertising a show explicitly for adult as being "from the producers of Shrek." When it was eventually added to NBC's streaming app, Peacock, it was listed as a children's show.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Despite being made for an adult audience, the show was advertised as "From the producers of (the more kid-friendly) Shrek," which got the creators in a bit of trouble from Moral Guardians. The controversy, combined with the show's overall failure, effectively killed off the possibly of computer animation being used for entertainment geared strictly at adults. There's since been exactly one other attempt.
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  • Cliché Storm: It's really just a typical family sitcom that happens to star the lions in Seigfried & Roy's show.
  • Dancing Bear: The show was sold on its high-quality computer animation, which, at the time, was considered on-par with DreamWorks' features.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Hunter. His endearing innocence and tendency to say inappropriate things he doesn't understand make him one of the show's saving graces.
    • Siegfried and Roy. Even people who hate the show find their Large Ham and Funny Foreigner schtick hilarious.
    • Sierra still tends to get a lot of fanart for obvious reasons.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The 7-11 clerk in "Catnip And Trust" who ditches work to make up with his girlfriend later reveals that, after the ordeal, they went right out and got married. This may seem like a gag until you remember that Las Vegas is famous for it's drive-through chapels.
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  • Fridge Horror: In "Possession," the usually wimpy Hunter starts torturing Snack as a result of Sarmoti encouraging him to be a predator. Could he have known that bullying victims becoming violent and torturing small animals were the early signs of a person becoming a serial killer!?
  • Genius Bonus: In the episode "Catnip And Trust," Sierra tells the school recruiter how she wrote an essay on "the role of lions in early Christianity." Anyone who knows what ancient Romans did to Christians knows that the lions' role was not a flattering one.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Literally, in this case. While the show didn't air in Germany until well after it was canceled, it has a small-but-dedicated German fanbase.
  • Glurge: The "Copper Kettle" song is this In-Universe. Overlaps with True Art Is Incomprehensible.
  • Harsher in Hindsight
    • The pilot episode has a scene where Sierra snarks at a knockoff of The Lion King, the movie that had previously convinced show runner and former Disney CEO Jeff Katzenberg, who considers the film his masterpiece, to angrily leave the company to start DreamWorks.
    • Larry, a stereotypical middle-aged, classic rock-obsessed baby boomer, telling his (presumably millennial) daughter that he's of a generation of parents who "had a lot of fun so you don't have to," feels uncomfortably prophetic now that millennial adults have started blaming the recklessness of boomers for crippling the economy and plundering natural resources, only to then dump all of the responsibility on the next generation while calling them entitled and lazy. It's not hard to now imagine Sierra giving her parents a furious "Ok, boomer" when they lecture her.
  • Heartwarming Moments: A surprisingly sincere one at the end of "Possession" where Sarmoti tries to make peace with Tom the antelope so as to teach Hunter that the greatest warriors know when to show restraint and that violence isn't the answer. The two them walk home, hand-in-hand. Of course, the whole thing is undermined by Samoti then framing Tom for stealing Blake and Victoria's TV, but hey, at least he didn't use violence!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • Ok, so we've got an animated sitcom about a suburban family of four, with a snarky teen daughter and her anxiety-riddled younger brother, who's lives are turned upside down when the mother's abrasive, arrogant single father moves in with them, unknowingly takes advantage of her Daddy Issues, belittles his son-in-law and takes his grandson under his wing in ways that further traumatize him. Where have we heard that before?note 
    • Kate's line "We live in a civilized community" in "Sarmoti Moves In" sounds like a precursor to the "We live in a society" meme.
    • Here, Gary Marshal plays a friend of Daryl Sabara's grandfather. Two years later, he's play Sabara's actual grandfather in Keeping Up With The Steins.
  • Hype Aversion: DreamWorks plugged the show out the wazoo during the 2004 Olympics to the point where everyone was already sick of it when it finally premiered.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sarmoti in "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend." Not only does he prove to be an expert poker player, cleaning out not only his friends but also Sierra's boyfriend, but manages to hustle his own granddaughter by deliberately tricking her into thinking he's given away his tell. Sierra then proves to be one herself when she pretends to cry to milk his sympathies and get her boyfriend's money back.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Tom the white trash antelope crosses this when he encourages his son to beat up on Hunter.
  • Never Live It Down: This show will now and forever serve as scapegoat of why there are no CG sitcoms.
  • Older Than They Think: This isn't the first celebrity toon version of Siegfried and Roy. That would be the Saturday Morning Cartoon Siegfried and Roy: Masters of The Impossible, which cast the titular duo as superheroes. You can be forgiven for not knowing this, however, as it's run was even shorter (only four episodes) than this show's.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The show had the misfortune to debut almost immediately after the real life Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy was allegedly attacked onstage by one of his tigersnote . Despite their insistence that the show continue, many felt it much too awkward at the time. A joke Lampshading this appears in "Possession" where one tiger is shunned because of something unspeakable.
  • Popular with Furries: Not just popular with them, but furries are perhaps the only demographic making an effort to remember this show.
  • So Bad, It's Good: It’s a cliched sitcom with nothing new or really interesting to offer, that it’s the best target for mockery.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The consensus seems to be that, outside of the CGI and Funny Animal cast, this isn't any more or less special than any average live-action sitcom and that most of the jokes are at best somewhat clever and at worst annoyingly cheesy. While it may be a stretch to call it a Cult Classic, it does still maintain a small but dedicated fanbase.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Invoked with Hi Larious's corny, painfully unfunny Borscht Belt-style jokes (he even provides his own Rimshot!), which all of the other characters hate. Watching him try so hard to get a laugh out of such awful material just makes him hilariously pathetic.
  • Tear Jerker
    • Sierra is clearly hurt by her parents not believing that the catnip in her room isn't her's (it's later revealed to be Sarmoti's) and even starts trembling as she fights back tears.
      "I didn't want to drugs before, but now maybe I will!"
    • Snack when he (rightfully) assumes that Candy dumped him. It gets Played for Laughs later.
    • Sierra gets another one when she breaks down crying and throws a mini-tantrum after she fails to win her boyfriend's money back from Sarmoti in a poker game. Subverted in that she's faking it to milk her grandfather's sympathy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character
    • Lilly, who only appeared in one completed episode which was never even aired, is a surprisingly credible depiction of a feminist for a broad comedy like this one, as well as just a pleasant character while still being really funny. The series would have hugely benefited from her being in more episodes.
    • In "Catnip and Trust," Sierra mentions having a boyfriend who's older than her and has a kid. The show's (now-defunct) website even mentioned it in her character profile, implying that he'd eventually show up, but he never does and the one boy we do see her with isn't him.
    • Despite being siblings, Hunter and Sierra have two exchanges in the entire show and are otherwise barely ever in the same scene together. As such, we never get to learn much about their relationship.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The biggest critique the show got was that it barely utilized its setting of the Las Vegas strip. Most of the crazy adventures in such a wild, zany, eccentric city are b-plots given to Siegfried and Roy. The lions mostly remain in the Secret Garden, itself a barely exaggerated parody of a generic suburban neighborhood.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe. Kate's feminist group encourages her to paint her feelings in a free-form painting. One of her group members (and, a little later, Hunter) recognize it as "anger, with a touch of hope" and the two laugh before sobbing in each other's arms, all while Larry stares at the thing, completely baffled.
    • "Bring out the copper kettle..."
  • Uncanny Valley: That state-of-the-art CGI doesn't really hold up 10+ years later. Most of the problems with early computer animation, such as plastic-looking humans, awkwardly-patched hair and "dead" eyes plague this show. The designs of the big cats, meanwhile, all have an odd mix of realistic animal anatomy, human facial features (the pink lips are a dead giveaway) and cartoon proportions. Some of the more exaggerated characters, such as Sierra and Roy, fair a bit better.
  • Uncertain Audience: One of the main reasons the show flopped as badly as it did. It was advertised as being from the producers of the family-friendly Shrek films and even had a crossover episode centered around Donkey, but the humor is too raunchy for children. At the same time, much of said humor is too unsophisticated for anyone over the age of 12.
  • Values Dissonance: My, but there are an awful lot of gay jokes in this show!
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: One of the bigger victims. The fact that it was advertised as "from the producers of Shrek" actually got the showrunners in a considerable bout of trouble with the Parents Television Council. Clips of the show on YouTube are also unfortunately victim to the site's COPPA policy, which unfairly labels anything that looks like it's for kids as such.
  • The Woobie:
    • Hunter
    • Snack of all characters becomes this in One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend. First, he thinks his girlfriend was eaten by Larry. Turns out she's alive and she dumped him.
    • Tommy the coyote from the episode Road Trip. He spends most of the episode acting like a hyperactive Plucky Comic Relief. Near the end of the episode, he pretty much solidifies himself as a Sad Clown.


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