The Brothers Grunt

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The Brothers Grunt
The Brothers Grunt titleboard
Genre Black comedy
Surreal humor
Off-color humor
Created by Danny Antonucci
Written by Dennis Heaton
Danny Antonucci
Rod Filbrandt
Directed by Danny Antonucci
Starring Doug Parker
Jennifer Wilson
Danny Antonucci
Julie Faye
Phil Hayes
Terry Klassen
Ed Hong Louie
David Mylrae
Drew Reichelt
Lee Tockar
Composer(s) Patric Caird
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 35 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Danny Antonucci
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) a.k.a. Cartoon
MTV Networks
Release
Original network MTV
Original release August 15, 1994 (1994-08-15) – April 9, 1995 (1995-04-09)
Chronology
Related shows Ed, Edd n Eddy

The Brothers Grunt is a Canadian animated comedy television series by Ed, Edd n Eddy creator Danny Antonucci that originally aired from August 15, 1994 to April 9, 1995 on MTV. The series centered on Frank, Tony, Bing, Dean and Sammy, an ensemble cast of pale, rubbery humanoids distantly related to human beings, all of them ostensibly male, wandering around in their underpants, in search of their lost brother Perry.[1] The series had a short run and was met with a generally negative reception.

Overview[edit]

Premise[edit]

The series centered on an ensemble cast of pale, rubbery, twitchy, involuntarily spastic, and constipated-looking humanoids with prominent varicose veins often leaking various noxious bodily fluids who are 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 (at least potatoes: see episode #23, "Not My Potato"). 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 (see Pipa pipa). 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).

Characters[edit]

The main characters were named after famous vocalists of the 1950s: Frank (Sinatra), Tony (Bennett), Dean (Martin), Bing (Crosby), Sammy (Davis Jr.), and Perry (Como), all voiced by Doug Parker.

Main[edit]

  • Frank
  • Tony
  • Bing
  • Dean
  • Sammy
  • Perry - A Grunt that became the chosen one in the pilot episode: The Ceremony.

Major[edit]

  • Gruntus Poobah - (Doug Parker) The leader of the brotherhood of grunt, he serves as the show's host and explains the plot before each episode. He also appears often in flashbacks when the grunts are in a troubled situation giving them advice.
  • The Dıflash Queen - (Jennifer Wilson) A Turkish Queen that appeared in the episode: Scrub Me Sammy.
  • Gruntus Primus Maximumus - (Doug Parker) A floating giant and the male parent of all living members of the grunt species, All Grunts are born, or hatched, from warts on his back.
  • The Dıflash Queen's İgnam lamp - (Jennifer Wilson) A Turkish lamp belonging to Sammy.
  • The Smein - (Doug Parker) A Nazi German skunk that appeared in the lost episode: Hunt for Grunts.
  • Krischmäßante - (Doug Parker) The Smein's best friend skunk.
  • Santa Claus (or St. Nicholas or especially Kris Kringle) - (Doug Parker) An obese present bringer that appeared in the lost episode: The Grunts Who Came for Turkey.

The characters that would become The Brothers Grunt were first seen in one of MTV's numerous 30-second promos, this particular promo consisted of close-up shots of the at-the-time-unnamed character's faces who seemed to be straining to do something (veins in their heads would bulge, the characters would squint and grunt) until the scene cut to the MTV logo landing in a pool of sludge followed by a satisfied "Ahhhhh" (suggesting that the characters were suffering from constipation and the MTV logo was the 'turd' as it were). It is unclear when this promo aired if the storyline and characters for The Brothers Grunt had been developed already or if it had been developed into its own show after the success of the promo, in the wake of Beavis and Butt-head.

Cast[edit]

Network run[edit]

The show began in 1993 when the MTV ad for The Brothers Grunt aired, at the time Danny Antonucci had animated several MTV ads to find work outside of International Rocketship Ltd., who he had worked for since 1984. Although Danny enjoyed the success of Lupo The Butcher, he wanted to leave International Rocketship Ltd. and start his own animation company. The result was a.k.a. Cartoon, which began on April 1, 1994. The studio began as a way to locate his work for The Brothers Grunt after an MTV executive liked his MTV ad so much he asked him to turn it into a television series.

Reception[edit]

The Brothers Grunt had a short run and was met with generally negative reception from critics. 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."[2] 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."[3] In their book North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema Since 1980, William Beard and Jerry White called the series a "failure".[4] The show was often compared to Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, an animated series that aired on MTV's sister channel, Nickelodeon. Gábor Csupó, co-creator of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, rejected these comparisons, claiming that his show was more character-driven, while The Brothers Grunt was an idea-driven series, also pointing out that both shows have different visual styles.[5] When looking back on the series, creator Danny Antonucci stated that the series "didn't really do too well", also saying that the show has since become MTV's "dirty little secret".[6]

The show did develop a cult following, including the sharing of episodes copied on video cassette and later DVD. Though never released in any official format, all but ten "lost" episodes continue to be shared on the Internet.[7]

Episodes[edit]

Note: All episodes directed by Danny Antonucci

Season 1 (1994)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Written by Storyboard by Original air date
1 1 "The Ceremony" Danny Antonucci and Dennis Heaton Hilary Phillips August 15, 1994 (1994-08-15)
2 2 "Make Mine a Grunt" Danny Antonucci and Dennis Heaton Mike Grimshaw August 22, 1994 (1994-08-22)
3 3 "The New Fish" Danny Antonucci and Dennis Heaton Russell Crispin August 29, 1994 (1994-08-29)
4 4 "Where Angels Fear to Grunt" Mike Grimshaw Hilary Phillips September 5, 1994 (1994-09-05)
5 5 "Viva Grunt Vegas" Rod Filbrandt Greg Sullivan September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12)
6 6 "Scrub Me Sammy" Danny Antonucci and Dennis Heaton Russell Crispin September 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)

Season 2 (1994)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Written by Storyboard by Original air date
7 1 "The Detective" Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil Russell Crispin September 26, 1994 (1994-09-26)
8 2 "If I Could Grunt to the Animals" Rod Filbrandt Hilary Phillips October 3, 1994 (1994-10-03)
9 3 "Paging Dr. Grunt" TBA TBA October 10, 1994 (1994-10-10)
10 4 "Perry's Appliance Repair" TBA TBA October 17, 1994 (1994-10-17)
11 5 "Timmy's Best Friend" TBA TBA October 24, 1994 (1994-10-24)
12 6 "No Quest Today" TBA TBA October 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)

Season 3 (1994)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
13 1 "Grunt Moments in History" November 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)
14 2 "Perry Molo" November 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)
15 3 "Tony and Salsa" November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
16 4 "A Call to Grunts" November 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)
17 5 "Clean Up in Aisle Grunt" December 5, 1994 (1994-12-05)
18 6 "Land of the Midnight Grunt" December 12, 1994 (1994-12-12)
19 7 "Close Encounters of the Grunt Kind" December 19, 1994 (1994-12-19)
20 8 "The Scent of Grunts" December 26, 1994 (1994-12-26)

Season 4 (1995)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Written by Storyboard by Original air date
21 1 "Eat My Grunt" Dennis Heaton Mike Grimshaw January 2, 1995 (1995-01-02)
22 2 "They Stole Tony's Veins!" Dennis Heaton Rod Filbrandt January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09)
23 3 "Not My Potato" Dennis Heaton Russell Crispin January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16)
24 4 "Squeal Like A Grunt" Jono Howard Angus Bungay January 23, 1995 (1995-01-23)
25 5 "The Big Crapple" Mark Sawers Russell Crispin January 30, 1995 (1995-01-30)
26 6 "Sammy in a Varicose Vein" Rod Filbrandt Hilary Phillips February 6, 1995 (1995-02-06)
27 7 "Grunt Fare" Mark Sawers, Dennis Heaton and Danny Antonucci Rod Filbrandt February 13, 1995 (1995-02-13)
28 8 "To Hell with Bing" TBA TBA February 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)
29 9 "Cream Style Tony" TBA TBA February 27, 1995 (1995-02-27)
30 10 "The Ugly Gruntling" TBA TBA March 5, 1995 (1995-03-05)
31 11 "5 Card Grunt" TBA TBA March 12, 1995 (1995-03-12)
32 12 "The Stench of Grunts" TBA TBA March 19, 1995 (1995-03-19)
33 13 "Grunt Games" TBA TBA March 26, 1995 (1995-03-26)
34 14 "Requiem for a Sammy" TBA TBA April 2, 1995 (1995-04-02)
35 15 "Smells like Dean Spirit" TBA TBA April 9, 1995 (1995-04-09)

Lost Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
36 1 "Perry Come Home" Unaired
37 2 "Bring Me the Head of Perry the Grunt" Unaired
38 3 "Black Balled Grunt" Unaired
39 4 "Perry's Day Off" Unaired
40 5 "Tony & Lace" Unaired
41 6 "The Filling of the Shorts" Unaired
42 7 "Poobah Blues" Unaired
43 8 "Hunt for Grunts" Unconfirmed
44 9 "Friends! Romans! Grunts!" Unconfirmed
45 10 "The Wedding" Unconfirmed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 162. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ "Mtv's 'Brothers Grunt' Pushes Cartoon Envelope". 
  3. ^ SOLOMON, CHARLES (August 15, 1994). "'Brothers Grunt' a Reason to Say 'Ugh'" – via LA Times. 
  4. ^ Beard, William; White, Jerry (January 1, 2002). "North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema Since 1980". University of Alberta – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Mendoza, N.R. (October 30, 1994). "Nickelodeon offers monsters in training". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Antonucci.html". 
  7. ^ The Brothers Grunt missing episodes 1994-1995

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