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==Redeeming Qualities==
 
==Redeeming Qualities==
 
# Although the art style is grotesque, the animation is very fluid (done by [[mh:besttvshows:Rough Draft Studios]]).
 
# Although the art style is grotesque, the animation is very fluid (done by [[mh:besttvshows:Rough Draft Studios]]).
#Danny Antonucci, the creator of the show, would learn from his mistakes (despite claiming he likes the show) and go on to create ''[[mh:besttvshows:Ed, Edd n Eddy]]'' (through a dare), which is widely considered to be one of the best cartoons ever made.
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#Danny Antonucci, the creator of the show, would learn from his mistakes (despite claiming he likes the show) and go on to create ''[[mh:besttvshows:Ed, Edd n Eddy]]'' (through a dare), which is not only his magnum opus but would be considered to be one of the greatest cartoons ever made.
 
#[[mh:besttvshows:Beavis and Butt-Head|Beavis and Butt-Head themselves]] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pl_KOUG4fE appears as cameos with aliens in the UFO] in the episode "Close Encounters of the Grunt Kind," which made sense since ''The Brothers Grunt'' and ''Beavis and Butt-Head'' were made for MTV, and that crossover was made for the better!
 
#[[mh:besttvshows:Beavis and Butt-Head|Beavis and Butt-Head themselves]] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pl_KOUG4fE appears as cameos with aliens in the UFO] in the episode "Close Encounters of the Grunt Kind," which made sense since ''The Brothers Grunt'' and ''Beavis and Butt-Head'' were made for MTV, and that crossover was made for the better!
 
# While it sounds distorted, the theme song (and the end credits in later episodes) is pretty catchy.
 
# While it sounds distorted, the theme song (and the end credits in later episodes) is pretty catchy.

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The Brothers Grunt
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You know...even legends can have rusty origins...
Genre: Black Comedy
Surreal Humor
Off-color Humor
Running Time: 4-7 Minutes
Country: United States
Canada
Release Date: August 15, 1994 – April 9, 1995
Network(s): MTV
Created by: Danny Antonucci
Distributed by: CBS Television Distribution
Starring: Doug Parker
Jennifer Wilson
Danny Antonucci
Julie Faye
Phil Hayes
Terry Klassen
Ed Hong Louie
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 42


The Brothers Grunt is a cartoon that aired on MTV in 1994 and was created by Danny Antonucci (who went on to make Ed, Edd n Eddy.) The Brothers Grunt gained negative reviews and lasted only a year with 35 episodes.

The show was a short-term replacement for Beavis and Butt-Head, which had been yanked off the air after the Season 3 episode "Comedians" was blamed for inspiring a 5-year-old boy to set his trailer home on fire, resulting in the death of his 2-year-old sister.

Plot

The series centered on an ensemble cast of pale, rubbery, and constipated-looking humanoids with prominent varicose veins distantly related to human beings, all of them ostensibly male, wandering around in their underpants. Their main food staple is cheese; nevertheless, they are able to eat other foods and dishes. Their single parent is a giant, mute aquatic individual, called Primus Gruntus Maximus, to whom they are born as embryos inside skin warts, much in the way of the Surinam Toad. They live in a monastery in the wilderness. A group is formed, composed of most of the survivors of their species, in a quest to bring back one of their kind, Perry, who has abandoned his involuntary position of "Chosen One" (leader of their order) and is now living the "high life" among human beings (who seem to deal with the bizarre nature of the grunts by ignoring them and pretending everything is normal).[plagiarized from Wikipedia]

Why It Sucks

  1. The concept of following male humanoids who do mostly nothing while few of their kind is out of their “home”, is a waste of potential for exploring its setting.
  2. The art style is horrendous, grotesque, and ugly.
    • There are also a lot of disturbingly gross scenes here and there.
  3. The Grunts mainly do nothing but moan and squeal, which can easily get on your nerves.
  4. Painfully annoying voice acting, particularly from Gruntus Poobah who's voice is very uncomfortable to listen to and his yelling is painful to listen to like at the end of the first episode where he says "Dean? Dean?! Are you listening?!"
  5. It overuses weird stock sound effects and sounds more like farm animals being strangled to death.
  6. There is no background music at all and the theme song sounds distorted, which can hurt the viewer's eardrums.
    • The occasional music cues can be too loud or squeaky (e.g the jazz instruments blaring when one of the brothers is at a restaurant).
  7. The show is must faster-paced than it needs to be, mainly just for getting to the music video segments and fitting within a 7-minute episode slot.
  8. Sometimes, it goes into live-action music videos with them using scenes from the episode and the Grunts moaning.
  9. There is little to no story for each episode, along with the main story itself acting like a boring excuse to see the Grunts living alongside human society.
  10. Gross-out humor, such as fart, snot, and toilet jokes, is greatly overused, especially in the intro. It also contains gore for sake of comedy, which is pretty cringe-worthy to watch as well.
  11. Multiple scenes make absolutely no sense whatsoever and try way too hard to be funny.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Although the art style is grotesque, the animation is very fluid (done by Rough Draft Studios).
  2. Danny Antonucci, the creator of the show, would learn from his mistakes (despite claiming he likes the show) and go on to create Ed, Edd n Eddy (through a dare), which is not only his magnum opus but would be considered to be one of the greatest cartoons ever made.
  3. Beavis and Butt-Head themselves appears as cameos with aliens in the UFO in the episode "Close Encounters of the Grunt Kind," which made sense since The Brothers Grunt and Beavis and Butt-Head were made for MTV, and that crossover was made for the better!
  4. While it sounds distorted, the theme song (and the end credits in later episodes) is pretty catchy.

Trivia

  • MRRStudios admitted that this show, along with Loonatics Unleashed, happened to be some of his guilty pleasures.[citation needed]

Reception

The series was negatively received by viewers and critics alike, with Kenneth R. Clark of the Chicago Tribune said that, with the series, MTV "created the most repulsive creatures ever to show up on a television screen" and "accomplished the seemingly impossible."[plagiarized from Wikipedia] Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times called the show "an effortful, sophomoric half-hour that leaves the viewer longing for the refined good taste of Alice Cooper."[plagiarized from Wikipedia] William Beard and Jerry White called the series a "failure" in their book North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema Since 1980.[plagiarized from Wikipedia] PhantomStrider also put this show as #3 on his "Top 6 Ugliest Cartoons" list.[1] He also stated: "I say don't watch this one, but to my surprise it's near impossible to find, even on VHS."[citation needed]

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