We watch a lot of cartoons here at TMW. And, while we’re not easily impressed (except by shiny things, pop-up books and hand puppets of course), for some reason we love it when cartoons spontaneously bust out a musical segment in the middle of a show. Animation is already an intensive, laborious process on its own without trying to cram an original song in there, so we salute the creators who put in that little bit of extra effort for no other reason than it seemed funny to someone at the time. Here are some of the best examples:
1. The Amazing World of Gumball: She’s a Lady
There’s a new girl at school. She’s a transfer student from Europe, and is fitting in quite well – despite having an unpronounceable name and wearing a wedding dress to class every day. That’s all because she’s beautiful and the students and faculty of Elmore High School can’t help but bend over backwards (literally) for her. What they don’t know is that “she” is actually perennial misfit Gumball Watterson, who wore a dress to school that day after his father destroyed his original clothes in an attempt to wash them. After rebuffing the affections of his own brother, Gumball kills off his female alter-ego by having her head explode as she ascends towards the sun – in front of a crowd of shocked onlookers. Yes, this is a kids cartoon.
2. Spongebob Squarepants: Ripped Pants
Spongebob wants to impress beach babe Sandy Cheeks, who just happens to be a squirrel in a spacesuit because nothing about this cartoon makes sense. Unfortunately Spongebob just happens to be a big wet pussy, and is quickly supplanted by the local muscleheads in Sandy’s heart. Figuring that Sandy will like him if he’s tough enough, he tries to pump some iron but ends up busting his pants open in front of everyone. Turns out his trouser-ripping schtick is a riot, and he repeats it ad nauseam to a rapidly diminishing fanbase – a pain the editor of TMW knows only too well [Oi! – Adam]. The episode culminates in a rejected Spongebob teaming up for a song with other woe-begotten beach bums, including a geriatric whale somebody buried in the sand and forgot about. Obviously.
3. Gravity Falls: Manliness Montage
In Gravity Falls, a tourist trap deep in the ass-end of Oregon, prepubescent squirt (don’t google that) Dipper Pines has stumbled upon a group of legendary Minotaurs. Minotaurs with names like Beardy and Pubitaur. Now, all alone in the forest, they’re going to teach him how to be a man. Jesus… Are you sure this is a Disney cartoon? Luckily this all leads into a cool Rocky-style montage and not a top slot on an FBI watchlist. Highlights include a Minotaur ripping out fistfuls of chest hair and a cummerbund-wearing uncle, which actually is integral to the episode’s plot and is not something I just made up right now. Really.
4. The Fairly Odd Parents: Shiny Teeth
Okay. Fairly Odd Parents doesn’t so much break the forth wall as drive a wood-panelled station wagon through it, and to attempt to explain the show in any way would really just spoil it, kind of like setting James Randi loose at a kids magic show. All you need to know is that they did a song about teeth once. And it was awesome.
- Fun fact: Squeaky-clean manufactured pop star Chip Skylark is voiced by *N Sync vocalist and Backstreet Boys reject Chris Kirkpatrick.
5. My Little Pony: Babs Seed
The Cutie Mark Crusaders – a special club founded by (and comprised of) schoolfriends Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle – are excited because Cousin Babs is coming to stay! If you’re still reading at this point, welcome to the site, leave your manliness at the door. Anyway, just like Apple Bloom et al, young Babs is a bit of a late bloomer and is constantly teased by her peers because of it. The gang adopt her into the ranks of the Crusaders with a view to making her feel welcome and accepted but they quickly run into a snag: Cousin Babs is a complete and utter piece of shit.