Shorty Mcshorts' Shorts

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Shorty McShorts' Shorts was a Disney Channel animated anthology series, which consisted of 4-5 minute shorts. It aired from July 28, 2006 to May 25, 2007.

Summary

The host of the show is Shorty McShorts. His name is often shortened to "Shorty" or "SMS", which appears on the hat that he wears. He also wears blue shorts and is the train conductor for his own Short Line. He appeared in advertisements for the show and in the introduction and conclusion of each short. He does not appear in any of the shorts.

The show takes form of a Saturday Morning cartoon, as the shorts that are shown could very well be installments of their own miniseries. The Boyz on Da Run shorts appear in a certain order and have three episodes attached as a miniseries. The other episodes do belong to their own miniseries, but the way the shorts are set up suggests that more installments under the same name could be produced.

The series finale, "Flip-Flopped", was scored by The Apples In Stereo frontal by Robert Schneider.

List of Shorts

  • Dudley and Nestor Do Nothing (July 28, 2006)
  • My Mom Married a Yeti (August 4, 2006)
  • Bozzlebag's Zip (August 11, 2006)
  • The Phabulizers (August 18, 2006)
  • Boyz on Da Run (August 25, 2006 (as Part 1); September 8, 2006 (as Part 2) and September 29, 2006 (as Part 3))
  • Too Many Robots! (April 20, 2007)
  • Troy Ride (April 27, 2007)
  • SheZow! (May 4, 2007; the only short to be turned into a series)
  • Mascot Prep (May 11, 2007)
  • The Imperfect Duplicates of Dodger Dare (May 18, 2007)
  • Flip-Flopped (May 25, 2007)

Why It Sucks

General

  1. To get the cat out of the bag, almost all of the shorts are abysmal. They had many ideas and concepts that, while varying in degrees of quality, are all executed in abysmal ways.
    • Mascot Prep is one of the biggest offenders. The concept of mascots attending a school is not the best idea on it's own, but the short is loaded with dozens of tropes seen in pretty much every school-themed TV show of the 2000s including stereotypical bullies, the main character inadvertently causing a food fight and getting blamed for it, and the main character teaming up with the loner student to pass the assignment.
    • The Boyz on Da Run shorts ended on Part 3 with no real conclusion, meaning Da Boyz From Your Cul-De-Sac are still being chased around the globe with no sign of stopping, leaving the miniseries on a cliffhanger.
    • Even the shorts with interesting plots, like Too Many Robots!, have wasted potential.
  2. Bad animation and mediocre art styles in almost every short.
    • The Imperfect Duplicates of Dodger Dare can't seem to decide if it wants smooth or stiff animation as it keeps switching between the two.
  3. The voice acting is laughably bad.
  4. Terrible and poor attempts at humor which is often dragged out for way too long.
    • Bozzlebag's Zip has a running gag of Colin's mom speaking Japanese for no explained reason, which could comes off as racist towards Japanese people.
    • Part 3 of Boyz on Da Run has a rather inappropriate scene of Ricky spinning a pair of maple leaves on where his nipples would normally be as everyone stares in shock. That same scene goes on for about 10 seconds.
  5. Lots of flat or unlikable characters:
    • The titular character of The Imperfect Duplicates of Dodger Dare is perhaps the worst of the bunch. He repeatedly abandons his own friend just so he can attract more beautiful girls, makes the rest of his duplicates do his chores after printing out a good enough duplicate, and kills them all after they start to befriend the same girl he wanted.
    • Bozzlebag himself from Bozzlebag's Zip is really unfunny. All he does is speak in a Bill Cosby-style accent and talk so fast you can't really describe what he's saying.
  6. Every short has at least one song, which comes off as forced and mandatory.
  7. These pilots try to copy the success of Cartoon Network's "What a Cartoon!" and Nickelodeon's "Oh Yeah! Cartoons" except with none of the charm those original pilots had. (They also have the upper hand due to the fact they had the likes of "The Fairly OddParents" and the "The Powerpuff Girls").

Specific Shorts

  1. All the members of Da Boyz From Your Cul-De-Sac (the main cast of Boyz on Da Run) embody many stereotypes of boy-bands from the 2000s.
    • There's also a running gag in which Corey, a stereotypical Asian man, would appear (and in a non-human form in Parts 2 and 3) to give the D.B.F.Y.C. some words of wisdom, whom the D.B.F.Y.C. in return would call their "master".
    • Part 3 of Boyz on Da Run has several Canadian stereotypes, as pretty much every Canadian in that short is prone to saying "Eh?" and is obsessed with maple leaves to the point where the Boyz receive a gift package with almost all of the gifts being maple-themed.
  2. My Mom Married a Yeti has an uncomfortable scene where the Yeti's children are invited by grown adults with suggestive clothing and seductive voices to dance with them.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The only shorts with decent animation are Dudley and Nestor Do Nothing and SheZow!, the latter of which ended up getting turned into a series in the early 2010s on The Hub.
  2. Some of the voice acting is decent, like Richard Steven Horvitz as Dudley.