The Brothers Grunt

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The Brothers Grunt
Genre: Black comedy
Surreal humor
Off-color humor
Running Time: 4-7 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 15, 1994 – April 9, 1995
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.


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).

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 both a waste of potential of exploring its setting nor lore (even they tired of doing it, but very badly executed) for sake of comedy and pretty cringeworthy to watch.
  2. Horrendous and grotesque animation.
  3. The Grunts mainly do nothing but moan and squeal.
  4. Weird sound effects that sound like farm animals being strangled to death.
  5. No background music.
  6. Distorted theme song.
  7. There's a lot of fast pacing on majorly all episodes, just for either getting to the music video segments and fit within a 7 minute episode slot.
  8. Sometimes, it goes into a live action music video with them using scenes from the episode and the Grunts moaning (see section 3).
  9. Little to no story for each episode, along the main story itself acting like a boring excuse to seeing of their kind (Perry and the other five Grunts), living alongside with human society. Which you could realized conceptually, they are more like the Minions from the Despicable Me franchise, but insanely worst than them.
  10. Gross-out humor, such as fart jokes, snot jokes and toilet jokes, especially in the intro.
  11. Some scenes make no sense whatsoever.
  12. The voice acting is awful.
  13. Ugly character designs.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. 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 widely considered to be one of the best cartoons ever made.


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." 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." William Beard and Jerry White called the series a "failure" in their book North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema Since 1980. PhantomStrider also put this show as #3 on his "Top 6 Ugliest Cartoons" list.


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