Bucky & Pepito take a Cartoon Dump

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Bucky and Pepito is considered by many to be one of the worst cartoons ever made. Harry McCracken once claimed the series “set a standard for awfulness that no contemporary TV cartoon has managed to surpass.”

That makes it a perfect candidate for our podcast Cartoon Dump. Episode #3 is now up at CartoonBrewFilms.com and we promise to post a new one each week for the next three weeks. Check it out – it’s free!


  • Mr. Semaj

    Never seen or heard of it, but it looks like vomit.

  • Michelle

    While the story and animation of Bucky & Pepito weren’t so hot, I thought the backgrounds in this cartoon looked pretty good.

    The music seems to be identical to one of the John Seely-”stock-music scored” WB cartoons (“Hook, Line, & Stinker”?) – especially towards the end.

    As for Cartoon Dump, I really wish the format would be more like MST3K – having funny commentary throughout. It would make the cartoons themselves more bearable.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Oh, I dunno. I find it hard to believe ANYTHING can fix “Bucky and Pepito.”

    • Kristjan

      Hollywood remake?

  • Bernard

    “Bucky and Pepito” is a testament to the necessity of a checking department.

  • http://amymebberson.blogspot.com Amy Mebberson

    Ugh… kill da waaaabbiiiittt….

    Oh, I think the cartoons should definitely stay unMSTed. Just watch the Dump with some like-minded friends, the impromptu wailing and gnashing of teeth is better than a scripted misting.
    For extended bad cartoon pleasure, I recommend any episode of Superfriends that contained the Wonder Twins ;)

    The sound balance in the sketch segments was a tad uneven in this one. Brite sounded pretty echoey while Moodsy sounded very close-miked.

  • http://portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    Pardon me…I think Erica is cute as hell…and HOT as hell in that red outfit!!

  • Keith Paynter

    Wow…I guess just about anybody could use those Capitol needle-drops!

  • Zany

    yikes-thats a pretty bad cartoon,but ive actually seen worse…does anyone remember that 1980s tv cartoon series that starred a magical talking Rubik’s Cube?….excuse me I have to lie down now I have a headache

  • Jeb

    Rubik the Amazing Cube was Ruby-Spears Enterprises second nadir. Its first was Rickety Rocket.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    CARTOON DUMP should feature…
    HAMMERMAN!

    Iss hammel tam, yall.

  • mickhyperion

    I guess if this cartoon is considered bad then that must make most stuff on Adult Swim sub-bad.

  • fishmorg

    Rubic the Magic Cube? Didn’t Jim Woodring say he worked on that series?

  • Brad

    >>Rubic the Magic Cube? Didn’t Jim Woodring say he worked on that series?

  • victoria

    You know I would love to see this cartoon remade by John Kricfalusi.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Seemed like the couple things I only ever liked in Bucky & Pepito are those backgrounds and some of the animation, otherwise, they suffer from poor timing, execution and rather lame story concepts (the Capitol Hi-Q library probably didn’t help much either to save this series from the dump it fell into). The guy who directed this probably didn’t have any real experience in animation before and it shows so well in the out-of-sync lip movements.

    If Sam Singer was said to be the Ed Wood of animation, I wonder what could be said of Andy Heyward when he greenlit “Hammerman” in the early 90′s. The animators on this show knew full well how to penny-pinch when they figured out that using only two drawings for a run cycle was adequate enough.

    Of course “Rubik the Amazing Cube” was one of those I was exposed to an an impressionable age (6), and could never fully recover from it! Would have to give it props for it’s use of Hispanic children in the roles, but the Scooby-Doo style approach to the stories was like an never-ending plot hole. Of course I could never solve a Rubik’s Cube to live either! :-)

  • Mr. Semaj

    One cartoon that really belongs in Cartoon Dump is Rocket Power.

  • http://www.sciboy.com Sciboy

    I nominate the Zelda games from the Sega MegaCD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNpLXo55yfw

  • Chris Sobieniak

    > I nominate the Zelda games from the Sega MegaCD

    No, those were for the Philips CD-i console.

  • Doug Drown

    I remember “Bucky and Pepito” and “Pow Wow the Indian Boy” from when I was about eight years old and thinking, even back then, “Oh, Lord, not again!” I felt like I was being tortured with boredom, even if it was only for five or six minutes. I thought Singer’s later “Sinbad Jr.” was more tolerable — at least the kid-as-super hero concept was interesting, and each episode had a plot, which is more than I can say for “Bucky and Pepito.”

    I wonder what the distributors charged for these cartoons? Our local station that broadcast them was owned by Westinghouse, which had deep pockets. The station surely could have done better, but I guess in those days no one really cared about what kids watched. So here I am at 56, scarred for life . . .