Camp Lakebottom is a Canadian animated series produced by 9 Story Media Group that aired on Teletoon in its home country, as well as on Disney XD in the U.S. It was created by Eric Jacobson and Betsy McGowen and ran for 64 episodes and three seasons from 2013 to 2017.
As McGee tries to go camping in Camp Sunnysmiles with his sister Suzi (only to later ride a different old bus with Squirt and Gretchen), Buttsquat uses his remote to change the direction of the arrow to go to the other camp called "Lakebottom", a run-down camp filled with mutant creatures.
- Very poor comedy and humor that's usually based on, but not limited to, overuse of cheap gross-out humor. This show has a notorious obsession with fart humor, disturbing snot shots (already presented in the title which is covered in a mucus-like substance), butt jokes, and rancid food gags (which takes over all of Rosebud's screen time).
- Clichéd, unoriginal, annoying, and repetitive writing that never goes beyond the redundant gross-out and unpleasant jokes. Many plots used in the show are also very cliché and generic, and also predictable. Examples of these include:
- The body swap episode
- The time travel episode
- The other dimension episode
- The journey to someone's body episode
- The ugly character uses makeup to turn beautiful episode
- The ageless birthday episode and the list goes on.
- Frequent use of many character clichés, like McGee and Suzi's Brother-Sister hate relationship and the wrong bus that takes the main characters to an unexpected and mysterious area they didn't intend to visit.
- Laughable and cringeworthy names for the characters and locations like Buttsquat, Rosebud, Squirt, Itibitticus, Lakebottom, and Sunnysmiles.
- Mediocre flash animation that screams "Canadian show" at all times. Similar to the Total Drama series where the animation isn't terrible as a whole, it tries to be bouncy but fails and comes off as uncomfortable due to the quality being so limited. It isn't helping that it was animated by Jam Filled Toronto, who also animated another bad Canadian series.
- Lazy and boring art style with many mediocre character designs, especially the main characters, as their looks already denote their uninspiring personalities.
- Forgettable and annoying characters, all deriving from stereotypes with no original or interesting traits to redeem their genericness at the very least:
- McGee, the main character, is an idiot that has no common sense and does stupid things for the plot to advance, just to be portrayed as the hero at the end.
- Gretchen, while likable is a Karate expert tomboy that always cries "Haya!" when kicking or slapping.
- Squirt is a fat kid that eats everything around him and has the most fart scenes out of the entire cast.
- Suzi is a selfish, spoiled, and rich blonde fashion diva that wears pink clothes.
- Buttsquat and the campers of Sunnysmiles are merciless bullies who don't get any attention at home.
- There are tons of insufferable or mean-spirited moments, such as:
- In the first episode, when the gang finally got to Camp Sunnysmiles, the campers there didn't accept them and just as the trio landed on the beach, they were quickly trapped in a cage and made fun of.
- McGee taunting Suzi and Buttsquat for losing the game of Tug of War in "28 Suzis Later...", which upsets Suzi and makes her wish to not be McGee's sister anymore.
- Nonsensical logic fails such as McGee and the gang-building inventions that look worn out.
- Annoying voice acting, with the Venezuelan and Dutch dubs being downright awful (keep in mind that Suzi's voice actress Bryn McAuley also voiced Laney from Grojband and Eleanor from The Day My Butt Went Psycho!, which are two other Teletoon shows from 2013). On top of that, in the middle of "The Sword of Ittibiticus", Ittibitticus' screaming is painful, insufferable, and irritating, to the point where it will get on your last nerves. See it for yourself.
- This show pretty much takes ideas from other camp-themed shows like Camp Lazlo and Scaredy Camp.
- On the topic of its panoramic poor qualities, it somehow got greenlit for two more seasons, but it still wasn't enough for the show to improve, making these seasons just as bad, if not, much worse than how the show already was in its first season.
- Rosebud, Armand, Sawyer, and Gretchen are the only likable characters.
- The final episode is a decent send-off to the series, and is arguably the best episode.
- The theme song is catchy and has better animation than the show itself.
- Likewise, the ending credits theme fits the camp setting perfectly due to its music and the predominant blue colors, which was an undeniably better choice than the actual backgrounds seen in the show.
- Some of the backgrounds are good, especially the nighttime scenarios.
- It does teach a lot of helpful morals like facing your fears.
Camp Lakebottom received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. It currently has a 4.8/10 on IMDb, though it strangely did receive a 91% on Google.
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