Cartoons, Nerdery

TR Contest: Ill-Advised Cartoon Spin-Offs


This week’s contest was inspired by Monday’s 8 Movies That Inexplicably Got Cartoon Spin-offs Daily List by Jon Gutierrez. When referring to the many, many cartoons made out of R-rated movie franchises back in the day, he imagined a few more: a Taxi Driver cartoon, where “Travis and Iris travel the world in their magical cab,” as well as a one where Silence of the Lambs’ “Hannibal Lector, Clarice Starling and a talking lamb solve mysteries.”

Those won’t be easy to top, but that’s this weekend’s contest: Make up the least appropriate, most insane cartoon spin-off possible. Now, it doesn’t have to be a movie franchise — it can be a TV series or a videogame or a comic (as the wonderful Saturday Morning Watchmen video above demonstrates) or whatever. It can even be a specific character from something (continuing the Watchmen theme, something like “Lil’ Rorschach Adventures”), but it has to be a spin-off of something. Past that, you can imagine whatever. Adding cute and/or talking sidekicks/animals/animal sidekicks to the mix will likely you net bonus points. And like the cartoons of yore, feel free to add on a totally bizarre premise, like they’re robots, or babies, or in space, or whatever.

All you need to do is list the title and describe the premise, maybe who the main bad guy is if there is one, what the wacky sidekick is, etc.. I consider Jon’s examples above to be perfectly sized; there’s no need to go more than 100 words, definitely. One entry per person, and the contest ends at 12:01 am EST on Monday, February 28th, 2011. You guy’s have a good weekend, and remember, please get your sentient red wolf beings spayed or neutered. You seriously don’t want to deal with the alternative.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.