The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

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The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
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-Fred Fredburger
Genre: Adventure
Fantasy
Slice of life
Slapstick
Comedy horror
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 24, 2001 – November 11, 2007
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Maxwell Atoms
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Greg Eagles
Richard Steven Horvitz
Grey DeLisle Griffin
Vanessa Marshall
Jennifer Hale
Phil LaMarr
Rachael MacFarlane
C.H. Greenblatt (Seasons 5 & 6)
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 166


The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network. It follows two children named Billy—a slow-witted boy—and Mandy—the cynical best friend—who, after winning a limbo game to save Billy's pet hamster, gain the mighty Grim Reaper as their best friend in eternal servitude and slavery.

Plot

Billy and Mandy are a mismatched pair of youngsters who befriend the Grim Reaper after winning a limbo contest against him. Since the Grim Reaper lost, he has to be their friend forever, and the three go on adventures together. Between school, family and visitors from the spirit world, Billy and Mandy sometimes need help to clean up the messes they get themselves into, and that's where Hos Delgado comes in. Hos and the Grim Reaper are not friends, and with Mandy's bossy nature and Billy's curious and funny attitude escapades ensue.

Why It's Grimmy

  1. It is a great spin-off of the short-lived Grim & Evil original series, and it is even more popular than its sister show, Evil Con Carne, which is also good.
  2. Amazing and cute animation, art style, and character designs that perfectly reassambles Butch Hartman's artstyle, thanks to Rough Draft Studios (seasons 1-4) and Digital eMation (seasons 3-6).
  3. Creative, adventurous, and memorable episodes, such as:
  4. The intro theme is catchy, along with the outro theme in the first four seasons before being replaced with stingers in seasons 3-6.
  5. It received it's own tie-in game in 2006 titled "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Video Game" which is just as good.
  6. Memorable characters like Billy, Mandy, the Grim Reaper, Irwin, Billy’s parents, Principal Goodvibes, Hoss Delgado, Eris, Jeff the Spider, Nergal, Nergal Jr., Fred Fredburger (A new character that was introduced in Season 6), General Skarr, Hoss Delgado (A parody of Ash from Evil Dead series) and Dracula.
  7. Great voice acting by: Greg Eagles (Aku-Aku from Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind Over Mutant, Donald Anderson from Metal Gear Solid and The Twin Snakes Remake and Peter Stillman from Metal Gear Solid 2), Grey DeLisle Griffin (Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F Puppy and Vicky from The Fairly OddParents), Vanessa Marshall, Richard Steven Horvitz (Zim from Invader Zim), Phil LaMarr (The titular character from Samurai Jack), Rachael MacFarlane (Hayley Smith from American Dad!) and Jennifer Hale (Female Commander Shephard from Mass Effect Trilogy and Numbuh 86 from Codename: Kids Next Door and the crossover film).
  8. Hilarious slapstick humor that perfectly assambles Ren & Stimpy, especially from Billy, Mandy and Grim.
  9. Great horror elements, as the monsters and villains in the show are delightfully creepy.
  10. Great Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and Bob Clampett inspired gags and humor from the Golden Age of Animation.
  11. It spawned several internet memes.
  12. The three made-for-TV films, Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, Wrath of the Spider Queen, and Underfist: Halloween Bash (which positively ended the Grim & Evil franchise), were good.
  13. It pays great tribute to other shows by Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network.
  14. "DESTROY US ALL!!!".

Evil Qualities

  1. Its crossover with Codename: Kids Next Door, "The Grim Adventures of KND", is lackluster and has several plot holes such as the characters being too stupid to realize that Mandy is updisguised as Numbuh 1.
    • Additionally, Mandy is mistakenly casted as the villain, yes she was always evil in the main series, but still had her moments where she got a heart of gold.
  2. Excessive amounts of gross-out and toilet humors alike.
  3. It can sometimes get way too mean-spirited at times.
  4. Some characterizations are flawed:
    • Following the Grim & Evil era, Billy's dad, Harold, changed from an essentially intelligent, laidback, and goodhearted father, into a bumbling idiot, up to the point of being even dumber and grosser than his own son. Though he can be funny to some.
    • Whenever Sir Raven screeches out loud something he just mentioned or something about the topic, it can get annoyingly ear-piercing.
    • Sometimes, Billy's idiotic and disgusting habits and Mandy's bossy attitude makes them very unlikable, even to the point of the two mistreating Grim and/or everyone else for no discernible reason.
    • Other characters like Mindy, Sperg, Nigel Planter, and the Boogeyman are unlikable as well.
    • Grim is sometimes a butt-monkey, same with General Skarr, Irwin and even Billy.
  5. There are a handful of bad/mediocre episodes such as:
  6. Very lack of continuity and consistency, as many episodes end with characters killed, exiled, or stuck in a situation. Characters sometimes display an awareness of some events from previous episodes, but there are no clear character arcs or coherent plot lines tying the show together.
  7. It can be a little too scary and violent for younger kids, which is why the show is censored in Brazil, China, and the UK.
  8. Billy's hamster "Mr. Snuggles" from the very first episode, didn't appear in other episodes and never returned, except for only one episode.
  9. The title cards for the first 9 episodes are unoriginal and generic.

Reception

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Trivia

  • This show has 3 collections of Shorts. “Irwin Hearts Mandy”, “Billy’s Birthday” and Mainline shorts.
  • The show's Indian rights is with Cartoon Network India which does not air the original English version of the series. They first aired The series under the name "Billy Mandy Aur Life Main Haddi" which was not a success. Then in 2014 they re-aired the show under the name "Haddi Mera Buddy" which went on become the second most viewed show on Cartoon Network India. In this one they air Indian English version where it is dubbed by Indian dubbing artists.
  • Underfirst: Halloween Bash was going to be the setup for a new series spin-off of Grim & Evil, but the contract of Maxwell Atoms with Cartoon Network expired before moving to Disney Channel for the TV series Fish Hooks, and the special was ultimately the finale of the Grim & Evil franchise. The special did not become a series due to the fact that Cartoon Network’s president at the time Stuart Snyder chose to focus on new ideas, which included live-action. This move resulted in long-time creators for the network such as Atoms, Mr. Warburton, and Craig McCracken leaving the network. Years later, it was revealed by Atoms himself on his Tumblr account, that he was actually fired from Cartoon Network by Michael Ouleween, claiming that Billy and Mandy destroyed the Cartoon Network brand with his show.
    • There is however, a possibility that the show can return.
  • The show came out the same year as Invader Zim both of which Richard Steven Horvitz starred in.
  • C.H. Greenblatt the writer of this show and the voice actor for Fred Fredburger, (who was first introduced in the fifth season episode "Keeper of the Reaper") is also the writer of SpongeBob SquarePants.

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