The Brothers Grunt
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
- 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.
- Horrendous, grotesque, and ugly animation.
- The Grunts mainly do nothing but moan and squeal.
- Weird sound effects that sound like farm animals being strangled to death.
- No background music.
- Distorted theme song.
- There's a lot of fast pacing in majorly all episodes, just for either getting to the music video segments and fit within a 7 minute episode slot.
- Sometimes, it goes into a live action music video with them using scenes from the episode and the Grunts moaning (see section 3).
- Little to no story for each episode, along the main story itself acting like a boring excuse to see the Grunts living alongside human society.
- Gross-out humor, such as fart jokes, snot jokes and toilet jokes, especially in the intro. Its gore for sake of comedy is pretty cringe-worthy to watch.
- Some scenes make no sense whatsoever.
- The voice acting is awful.
- Ugly character designs.
- There is no scene that is funny nor hilarious at all.
- It's one of the only TV shows to have a lack of good qualities itself.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- 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.
PhantomStrider also stated: "I say don't watch this one, but to my suprise it's near impossible to find, even on vhs."