Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island
Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island (or simply Coconut Fred) is an American-Canadian animated comedy television series that aired on Kids' WB in the United States, from September 17, 2005 (the same day in which Johnny Test debuted) to May 27, 2006 (the same day in which The Buzz on Maggie ended). The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Due to low ratings, the show only lasted two seasons and eight months, making it short-lived. Reruns were aired from 2006 to 2007.
The show takes place on an island inhabited exclusively by fruit. The residents enjoy their own tropical paradise without a care in the world, but they must share their peaceful utopia with the joyfully strange Coconut Fred, a whimsical, blissfully foolish coconut with the special ability to materialize anything he thinks about. The plot revolves around the adventures of Fred and his friends, as his boundless imagination springs to life while his friends struggle to cover up the collateral.
Why It Sucks
- The main criticism is that this show is a BIG rip-off of SpongeBob SquarePants. Examples:
- Coconut Fred is a ripoff of the show's title character SpongeBob SquarePants; even his name sounds similar to SpongeBob's first name.
- Bingo Cherry is a ripoff of Gary the Snail. But he’s at least likable.
- Slip & Slide D'Peel are ripoffs of Patrick Star.
- Wedgie is a lazy clone of Squidward Tentacles.
- Mr. Mel Greenrind is a lazy ripoff of Mr. Krabs and also Squidward due to his Butt-Monkey status.
- Horrible voice acting, particularly with Rob Paulsen as the titular character.
- He even regretted working on the show and voicing Fred and mentioned on his podcast that Fred was one of his least favorite characters to voice, alongside Bubsy, due to him claiming Coconut Fred to be nothing more than a shameless SpongeBob SquarePants knockoff.
- Lousy flash animation that tries too hard to copy the SpongeBob SquarePants art style but fails terribly.
- Stupid and terrible character designs, as they only consist all of stock images with fruit and nothing else.
- Awful and stupid writing with terrible pacing, like the infamous "Master of Disaster" episode.
- The main character, Coconut Fred, is really annoying, rarely ever shutting his mouth and overly happy in even the worst situations. He is also rather sadistic, as he practically tortures everyone that lives on the island but never gets punished for his actions, making him a Karma Houdini.
- A lot of the characters can be unlikable, with some exceptions, like Bingo Cherry.
- Below-average jokes that all consist of nothing but poor slapstick, fruit puns, gross-out, and toilet humor.
- To add salt to the wound, the show is nothing but an official attempt to cash in on the aforementioned show.
- Granted, there has been multiple "clones" of SpongeBob SquarePants produced since this show such as Camp Lazlo, Scaredy Squirrel (2011 TV Series), Fanboy & Chum-Chum and Breadwinners for example, but these "SpongeBob clones" at least got some unique elements that make them stand out as their own thing, unlike this show though, since literally everything in this show is WAY too similar to that of SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Insufferable soundtrack, even in the theme song and end credits.
- Some likable characters (e.g. Bingo Cherry and Slip & Slide).
- The concept of sentient fruits that live on an island is kind of creative but executed poorly, particularly due to its status as a SpongeBob knockoff.
- Some segments are okay like "Amuse-Otel" and "No News is Good News" (which a okay-ish way to start the show).
- There is also a somewhat creative episode called "Sir Nutalot" where Coconut Fred plays a game called Super Chef Bros. which results in the island turning into a Super Mario Bros-esque video game after Coconut Fred pushes the real button on the video game controller (despite Fred playing Cloud Strife).
Despite some critics praising the animation and creativity, as well as some elements of the comedy, the series has been panned for its often loud, over-the-top humor. Joly Herman of Common Sense Media posted a review of Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island on Go.com. The review describes the show as "the TV equivalent of sugary cereal, and nothing more", and proceeded to give the show two stars out of five. The show currently has a 3.8/10 on IMDb, making it the lowest rated Warner Bros. Animation show, before ThunderCats Roar overtake its place.
Rob Paulsen, who voiced the main character Coconut Fred, stated that he does not like to remember voicing the character and that it was nothing more than a shameless SpongeBob SquarePants knockoff.
Due to the poor feedback that the show received, the originally 13-episode first season was cut short to nine episodes, and the show went on a 5-month hiatus. The final four episodes were branded as Season Two, and the extremely short second season aired throughout May 2006, after which the series was cancelled.
Editor´s Note: Uh, not to be a party-pooper, but... Don Oriolo also worked on the notoriously hilariously awful Felix the Cat Film.