The fear of copyright infringement (or perhaps lawyers in general) keeps movie character cameos in cartoons intricately stealthy. However, it doesn't stop most adults who still enjoy kid's shows from reveling in any and all of these cartoon easter eggs when they're discovered, especially those alluding to their favorite films. Thank goodness for parody law.
Movie homages in cartoons are slightly easier and cheaper to get away with than straightforward guest appearances, but they still need to be sly as Stallone to pull off without risking legal ramifications. It's important to remember that while most animated series are technically geared towards children on paper, it's grown-ups with a wealth of knowledge in television and film who are putting them together from start to finish. This is why they are loaded with blink-and-you-miss-them vignettes which often go right over children's heads so as not to arouse suspicion. Weird cameos in cartoons aren't in short supply if you know where to look. Or better yet, which creators have the sickest senses of humor.
This is a show for children, but apparently enough adults tune in for a blatant Pulp Fiction reference to be necessary. Sheesh, My Little Pony: The Movie was more subtle. Okay, it wasn't, but it doesn't change the fact that the series was created specifically for Hasbro. We can't wait for the Vincent and Jules toys to hit shelves. Hopefully there will be blood splatter variants to hammer it home.Was this surprising?
The Pizza Monsters hatched from Dimension X meatballls (for lack of a better term) in "The Case Of The Killer Pizzas" are basically yellow Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise. It's hard to deny the inspiration even at a glance. One could easily argue a Gremlins connection, as well, since they start out tiny and red before coming into contact with water. Mainly, however, it's an Alien homage, as evidenced even further by NECA's 2017 Comic-Con Exclusive figures dubbed "Sewer Mutation Warrior Aliens." Subtle.Was this surprising?
Sorry, that's Eddie Cougar. There's obviously a huge difference. For instance, this homicidal maniac murders baby fawns and rabbits resembling Bambi and Thumper instead of frightened teenagers. "Duck In The Dark," the third and final segment of Season 1, episode 43's "Best O' Plucky Duck Day" sure knew how to make a kid feel safe in his own bed.Was this surprising?
Christmas is a time for giving, but if you're a kid with even a vague familiarity with the Child's Play franchise, all the Uncle Grandpa Christmas special gave you was nightmares. Tasked with taking on Santa duty, it was only a matter of time before our titular hero (okay, in this case it was technically Pizza Steve) screws it up royally by setting a family's tree on fire, igniting an obvious "Good Guys" doll ripoff in the process. Props for cleverly rebranding the doll "My Chum Charlie" as a solid callback to the film's actual killer trapped in a toy's body, Charles Lee Ray. That little boy's photo hanging on the wall looks awfully familiar, too.Was this surprising?