Talk:Animal Crackers (TV series)

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Is this really a French series?[edit]

I looked on IMDb and they list this series as Canadian and in English. The only place that I have been able to find mention of this program being made by France is Wikipedia. They do say on IMDb that Animal Crackers played in France but they don't say anything about France producing it. If it is from France, it would be nice if someone could include a citation instead of just reverting my edits when I remove the unsupported mentions of it being from France.Louieoddie (talk) 11:45, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

The article clearly said that the show was produced by Cinar in association with Alphanim, a French animation studio. IMBD doesn't have all the facts on the show. Your recent edit just made it sound like Alphanim is a Canadian studio instead a French studio. — FilmandTVFan28 (talk) 12:06, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
You obviously read somewhere that the series was "produced by Cinar in association with Alphanim". I was just saying that without a citation everyone is forced to take your word for it.Louieoddie (talk) 12:44, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
@User:Louieoddie: I've added a reference that specifically confirms this. Mdrnpndr (talk) 13:59, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you User:Mdrnpndr. Now that we have a citation I've also added a references section and removed the unreferenced template that was at the top of the page.Louieoddie (talk) 01:18, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Allusions[edit]

Moved to talk, this section is more a Trivia section than anything improtant. Also it is formatted as list rather than prose and anything worth keeping in the article should be rewrittenfirst RJFJR (talk) 14:35, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

Animal Crackers is known to spoof many famous things, people, or events, sometimes having the characters actually act out certain sequences.

  • Once, Gnu's leadership of his herd was challenged, and the challenger demanded for a head-butting contest at High Noon.
  • Lyle, Dodo, and Tito once went treasure hunting, and Lyle was nearly run over by a boulder similar to Indiana Jones.
  • After hitting his head, Dodo believes he can woo Lana. The costume he wears and the way he behaves at this time is similar to The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Gnu's leadership skills were questioned again from within, as two teenage gnus sought to replace him as leader. One candidate they interviewed was an ice carver making the Pietà statue, except the two characters in the statue were two gnus.
  • Throughout the entire series, Sergeant Rhino dresses and behaves like Douglas MacArthur.
  • Lamont the hippopotamus was experiencing an attack from gnats, causing him to itch unbearably. In his attempts to find comfort, he jumps and rolls all over the place, in which Gnu observed: "This must be one of your new Hippo-Hop things". This is a reference to Hip hop music and dances in general.
  • Lyle was missing from Freeborn and Dodo went to great lengths to find out what happened to him. The costume he wears and the way he behaves at this time is similar to Sherlock Holmes. It turns out that Lyle only went out for pizza without telling anyone!
  • A mysterious being appeared into Freeborn and began stealing things, causing everyone to declare a Poltergeist is at hand. When they were on the "witch hunt" to find out who the poltergeist was, their actions and behaviour were similar to the characters from The Crucible.
  • For Freeborn's anniversary, Lana proposes to do Romeo and Juliet in celebration with Lyle to play Romeo. Lana was Juliet until she encountered larynghitis, and Eugene was asked to take her place instead!
  • Both Lyle and Gnu have auditioned in Hollywood movies before. Some scenes they auditioned for include the "flying scene" from Titanic, the "White House destruction" scene from Independence Day, and the "stomped by a T Rex" scene from The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  • Bud and Edna, the human toursists, were stranded in Freeborn and everyone secretly tried to help them leave. Fittingly, that episode is named Bud and Edna's Excellent Adventure, after Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • Lyle tried to save everyone from a monsoon by building an ark, similar to Noah's Ark.
  • A firefly crossing the lens of Lyle's telescope caused a widespread panic that Freebron was invaded by aliens. Lyle and Lana dressed up as Mulder and Scully from The X Files to investigate. Meanwhile, Tito found an actual alien baby and sought to bring it back to its parents. He borrowed Dodo's new invention, a flying bicycle and pedalled across the sky with his silhouette across the moon to chase down the flying saucer, a homage to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Independence Day is spoofed again as after the baby was returned, the flying saucer shot out a beam of laser and cooked Tito to a crisp.
  • A female chameleon moved to Freeborn and Tito wanted to impress her. One of the dates they went on was to a dance, and Tito danced to Saturday Night Fever.
  • Eugene's girlfriend from Hollywood, Ella, once came to visit him. When she was to leave for Hollywood again, Eugene cried at the train station shouting "Ella! Ella!" like Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Louie, Lyle's nephew, wisecracks and comments on the actions of the adults in a way similar to Mikey from Look Who's Talking. Lyle's relationship to Louie is also similar to Uncle Buck's relationship to his nephew and nieces, an uncle who is generally not ready to tackle more "parental-like" duties.
  • Eugene was struck by lightning and turned into a genius. However, it also made Eugene magnetic, causing everyone's metal goods to stick onto him. When the gang used a kite with a metal key to attract another lightning bolt to strike Eugene to turn him back to normal, he was attempting to figure out the meaning of life. Also, the key tied to a kite technique is an experiment that Benjamin Franklin once tried to study electricity and lightning.
  • Dodo was the one who started the internet shopping craze in Freeborn, mirroring the popularity of E-Bay in real life. Likewise, Eugene was the first in Freeborn to receive a chain email.
  • One episode features the threat of a nearby volcano erupting, causing widespread panic and strange plans by Freeborn's inhabitants to prevent the eruption. This is similar to the situation in the movie Dante's Peak.
  • Once, Lyle was reading Louie a bedtime story, in which he ended up falling asleep and turning into that story's protagonist, Robin Hood.
  • When Lyle dropped Louie off at Dodo's place once, Dodo was doing some welding, with a flamed torch and a mask on, resembling Darth Vader. Dodo even said to Louie the now famous line in a low, machine-like voice: "Louie, I am your father!"
  • Two incidents involving Gnu being knocked out became spoofs of famous pop culture icons. The first time had Gnu waking up thinking he is Super Gnu, his son's favourte comic hero. This is a reference to most comic book superheroes, such as those from Marvel Comics or DC Comics. Another time had Gnu being hypnotized by Lyle to try to figure out what Gnu saw before fainting. Lyle told Gnu to think way back, in which Gnu replied: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a hoot!" When Gnu snapped out of hypnosis and asked Lyle what he found out, Lyle said: "You were Clark Gable in a former life."