The voice of Peanut in Disney's "Pickle & Peanut" was not pleased with criticism of his show on this website. The voice of Peanut in Disney's "Pickle & Peanut" was not pleased with criticism of his show on this website.

Disney’s ‘Pickle & Peanut’ Star Attacks Cartoon Brew Commenters

The voice of Peanut in Disney's "Pickle & Peanut" was not pleased with criticism of his show on this website.
The voice of Peanut in Disney’s “Pickle & Peanut” responded crudely to criticism of his show on this website.

Last Friday we posted our first look at Disney’s upcoming series Pickle & Peanut, and as the Internet tends to go, reaction was mixed. Comments ranged the standard gamut of reactions from “IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!” to “Why haven’t we stopped all of these terrible random cartoons?” In other words, your run-of-the-mill online post.

pickleandpeanut_previewSEE ALSO: First Look at Disney’s Pickle & Peanut

Johnny Pemberton's profile photo on Twitter.
Johnny Pemberton’s profile photo on Twitter.

The voice of Peanut, actor/comedian Johnny Pemberton, however, apparently has never experienced online criticism of any kind, even the tame variety like this, and took to his Twitter tonight to criticize Cartoon Brew’s commenters.

He summed up his feelings by using a crude sexual insult directed at Cartoon Brew’s readership, calling our site’s commenters “cum-guzzling trolls,” and then followed it by suggesting that our commenters have “negative follower/following ratios.” (The latter insult probably stings more in Hollywood where popularity is everything.)

[UPDATE: Pemberton deleted his original tweet.]


For the record, Cartoon Brew’s own commenting guidelines do not allow the use of personal insults/ad hominem attacks, and Pemberton’s comment would not have been approved had it been posted directly to our site.

The jury’s still out on whether Pickle & Peanut will be a quality show, but let’s hope for the sake of Disney TV Animation’s PR department that the show is good, because their Peanut can’t handle criticism of any kind without resorting to not-Disney-approved proclamations about the semen-eating capabilities of critics.

  • Todd DuBois

    Horrible. Very bad form. Thank goodness most voice acting talent isn’t like this.

  • Lazer-Lion

    Wow, someone’s in a pissy mood. Maybe he thinks the show is bad too and projecting his anger on us?

    • Ether that or he’s trying to protect the show from “haters” and criticize people who don’t have that much to do with lives than to complain about a Disney cartoon aimed at 6-11 year olds……

  • The only trolls in the comments are the people who claimed to like seeing cats in sunglasses and other overused stock comedy that is supposed to appeal to kids.

    He has less followers than Cartoon Brew, and I doubt Amid and the others enjoy comedic tropes in children’s television either.

  • the Gee

    I’ll give him this, he’s one of those people who insults his potential audience before his production has even been released. I’ll give him that.

    • Fried

      Potential audience? Amid was being too nice in saying the comments ranged from blank to blank. The majority of them were trashing the show while one or two said “It looks okay”.

  • John Friedrich

    Heh, “negative follower/following ratios”, that’s mathematically impossible. The closest you can get is a division by zero error.

    • Patrick Benoit

      Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.

      – Siri

    • Gost

      [Comment removed by editors. Per our commenting guidelines, “Use a single username on a comments thread so that other readers know who they are communicating with.”]

  • Hankenshift

    ““cum-guzzling trolls,””

    I’m sure parents who let their children watch the Disney Channel BS the Disney board of directors is going to love to hear this. They’re lucky, though: voice “talent” like this is easily replaced. And once that happens, I hope the show is a monster hit.

  • JodyMorgan

    Good thing he’s not a writer on the show; such an unimaginative, cliched insult wouldn’t have augured well for the quality of the show in that case.

  • jared

    cartoon brew commenters can be extremely insufferable and annoying, so i kind of agree, though this isnt good for the pr of his show probably maybe i dont care

  • guest

    Hilarious; however, I think he needs more practice in sentence construction. The one he wrote doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

    • Christian Z.

      You might be referring to him using “will” instead of “with”?

      • guest

        Yes. I could understand a typo or transposing two letters, but I find it hard to believe that someone could type L twice by mistake if they meant to type the word with.

        • Tim

          Seems like he was typing “with,” his phone auto-corrected the word to “will,” and he didn’t notice it before posting the tweet.

  • Justin Howe

    At first, I wanted to comment that I don’t understand why an article like this would be posted here at all to give this guy this much attention. Then I realized by commenting I’m perpetuating it… Blargh! Internet!

  • ShouldBeWorkin’

    He means those who said it was awesome.

  • Fried

    This is a Kotaku headliner if I’ve ever seen one.

    If every person who insulted CB got an article dedicated to them, there’d be no actual animation news to read.

  • Jim McAleer Jr.

    Sooooo he’s 15 years old?

    • starss


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  • ProactiveMan

    I know this is showbiz and these people are special, but do you know what would happen to me if I jumped on Twitter and called critics of the company I work for ‘cum-guzzling trolls’?! It would involve HR, a cardboard box, and a change of career.

  • Bill “Danger” Robinson

    Passive/aggressive gloating is as unbecoming as a vulgar Twitter rant. Stay classy.

  • confused

    I didn’t read the comments but my response was positive, I shared the video Cartoon Brew supplied.

  • Chad Townsend

    Looks like someone self edited themselves. I don’t think its all negative on CB. I think its just followed by a bunch of people passionate about the ir industry and yeah we can all be a bit cynical and critical of animation. we study it all the time. how can we not call out something that looks terrible when we spent so many years trying to make good cartoons. I’d like to mention one job for a studio that I did character layout for where the design was so bad I actually had to try and draw bad on purpose. Which was the biggest mind wracking job I’d ever had.

  • Mister Twister

    As a 4chan regular, that phrase is laughably tame to me.

  • starss

    Well, ya’ll had it comin.

  • Memex the Squid

    Well this only makes me want to watch the show even less. I was going to give it a go, despite the iffiness of the clip. But staff that are ungrateful to potential viewers really give me a bad feeling.

  • it’s bad form to say that sort of thing, but I’m not really offended. You don’t know what was going through his life when he said that. He’s just a kid, we were all fifteen years old before, you do and say a ridiculous amount of regrettable things at that age.

    We tend to forget that any public figure of sorts is also human. It takes a lot of maturity and sophistication not to reply against hateful comments, some of the cuts were pretty deep in that last comment tread.

    Not saying it’s right, but I can understand why he said it. Hopefully he learns from this experience.

  • It’s regrettable to see a nice man like Mr. Trussell get pulled into one of these troll-like situations. I hope he’s in a position to eventually ignore it and get back to styling his crazy random characters.

  • Lucky Jim

    His comments are harsh but fair.

  • Landon Kemp

    Well, I guess he can kiss whatever credibility he has goodbye. If word of this got out to Disney, they’d fire his ass in a millisecond for the use of the term “cum-guzzling.” Classy, Johnny, very classy.

    • That Gray Dog

      You hear that rumbling sound? That’s the PR washing machine on max with a dozen jugs of suds.

  • Inkan1969

    Sounds like he had been guzzling something when he wrote that tweet.

  • Paul M

    Guzzling troll cum would seem infinitely preferable to watching an episode of Pickle & Peanut, based on the trailer.

  • Harry Bastard

    I’d like to say his profile pic makes him look like a total knob, but this is an animation blog, so I won’t.

  • Pedro Nakama

    It’s not his fault. It’s the people who hired him.

  • Captain Obvious

    Today on CartoonBrew:
    The Internet has angry people! Swearing!

  • starss
    • I lol’d.

    • AmidAmidi

      I like this version of Alex’s piece better.

      • starss


        Okay that’s pretty funny.

        • L_Ron_Hoover

          It’s funny in the sense that it’s not true.

  • BurntToShreds

    The show doesn’t look like anything special or truly groundbreaking. I would love for Disney to take a hint and look at how well-received Gravity Falls has been and make more shows like that.

  • geodesic

    in case your not familiar – this guy comes from the TIM & ERIC brew-ha side of the comedy spectrum. Not defending or criticizing… just an FYI.

  • foreigner.

    That is so unprofessional

  • nealpatten

    So a guy who made homosexual jokes in a stand-up routine about the male actors of “Inception” now uses ‘cum-guzzlers’ as a slur. Where did Disney discover this guy?

    • starss

      How can the guy be 15 if his IMDB page lists credits as far back as the mid-2000’s??

    • Chad Townsend

      My guess is he was probably discovered with the Buddy System

  • Steven Bowser

    He’s in dangerous troll country now.

  • George Comerci

    How mature! I can really tell he’ll handle criticism great in the acting industry!

  • Chad Townsend

    Please educate us

  • AnimatedMadness

    When I stumbled upon this article, I wasn’t sure how it was going to read exactly, but when I read Mr. Trussel’s tweet, I then re-read my comment, and I have to be honest; my stomach turned.

    I grew up on shows like “Duck Tales,” “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers,” “Darkwing Duck” and many more with rich stories, good-hearted, genuine humor, and appealing art styles; the things that one comes to expect from Disney. Even recent programs like “Phineas and Ferb,” “Tron: Uprising,” and “Gravity Falls,” have captured my viewership as an adult because of these traits. When I originally read about Pickle and Peanut, the art style and the premise didn’t appeal to me, but I thought, “I’ll give it a shot when a video hits.” When I saw the video preview with the show’s intro song, and the Comic-Con sneak peek, I did not enjoy the viewing. The show’s art style, the music, the voices, and the humor did not appeal to me. Seeing the preview for Two More Eggs straight after that, did not help me feel any better. In my emotional state, I posted that comment that proceeded to verbally defecate over two separate productions that people have worked hundreds if not thousands of hours on, because 127 seconds of footage didn’t make me laugh or smile.

    That comment I posted provoked the detailed responses. This happened because of my actions, and for that, I apologize to Mr. Trussel and the crews of both shows for my actions. Do not direct your hate at them. For I am to blame.

    • Karl John. Lanfry

      You sir should be ashamed of yourself for ruining the future of a television show with your snide remark. It took the employment of nearly 400 animators to complete this show. You think the art is lost in this show but you don’t understand that everything was done traditionally, including painting the textures of Pickle and Peanut, as well as animating that texture. When I say traditionally done, I mean it! They used oil paints for that texture, and in fact each frame is a water color painting. This is why there is minimal movement, its for the art sir! THE ART!

      • AnimatedMadness

        I feel absolutely awful. That’s why I had to apologize. I take no pride in the comment I made and the actions that resulted from it.

  • CG Animator

    You know, it kind of makes me sad that this article got over sixty comments (and climbing) and the Floyd Norman documentary article only got eight comments.

    Something’s wrong here…

  • Dusty Ayres

    Perhaps this young man is tired of snobs who think that they know everything there is to know about animation but can’t actually draw a straight line to save their lives. However badly phrased what he said was, I can understand his anger.

    • Chad Townsend

      I guarantee I could do it….

    • Mike

      Am I not allowed to dislike Paul Blart because I’m not a filmmaker, or McDonald’s because I’m not a chef? The ‘you couldn’t do any better!’ argument is a bad one in general, and especially so here where a significant proportion of readership DOES have artistic experience, and the rest have a keen and likely educated interest in animation. I’m not an animator, but I’ve studied and consumed more than enough to know what makes a good story, well-made art, or on the other side of the coin, simply a good cartoon for its own sake. The man is getting paid a lot of money to make a piece of mass media, and it’s the prerogative of its beholders to judge it.

      Now the tendency of CB readers to make judgments from small amounts of info is another matter entirely and sometimes legitimately a problem. But in this case I have a sinking feeling their intuitions are on the money.

      • Dusty Ayres

        I too have also read about animation, and have also seen enough cartoons up to the present day (I never stopped watching the Saturday morning blocks on the major U.S. networks, unlike most) but I can see why the young man might be feeling somewhat pissed off.

    • Guest

      I am sure a voice actor can draw better than animation enthusiasts visiting CB, many of whom are industry professionals or actively working on becoming ones. Hence the much more critical thinking ability than your usual person who’s watched cartoons.

  • Chris Bennett

    hey guys! I was just hiding under a bridge eating bones and guzzling a gallon of cum… what did I miss?

  • Eric

    Not only am I disappointed that a voice actor made a comment like this, I’m disappointed that it’s resorting to something so stark as including a phrase like “cum guzzling” as part of the insult. This is just bad all around, and I’m glad I wasn’t interested in this show in the first place. I sure don’t plan on getting anywhere near it now.

    I feel sorry for the creators who worked hard on P&P, because I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s going to avoid it like the plague due to this.

  • That Gray Dog

    To the fine folks of CB, how do you think they’re gonna spin away this booboo?
    I’ve got my e-money on:

    – “It’s obviously a photoshop!”
    – “Jimmy’s account was hacked!”

  • L_Ron_Hoover

    So what? I don’t see a Disney logo anywhere. There is absolutely no reason he should have to represent them outside of work.

    I’m pretty sure Disney, Pixar, Illumination, Sony, Blue Sky, etc. are not telling their voice actors/actresses to stop doing adult material and/or saying anything offensive.

    • Billy

      I think Mr. Peanut is as delusional as you seem to be. Think about it, someone will complain about what he wrote regarding his show directed at his audience and it’ll get back to family branded, Disney execs. Disney cares more about it’s brand than him – that’s the delusional part.

      • L_Ron_Hoover

        Don’t stretch the truth, he wasn’t “regarding his show directed at his audience” he was specifically talking about Cartoon Brew commentators who trashed his show based on the preview. Disney doesn’t care. But go ahead and write them an angry letter anyways.

        If you think he deserves to lose his job and livelihood for this stupid tweet then you are more than delusional, sir. Good luck!

  • OtherDan

    I’ll bet several peanut$ that that nut is gonna get chucked. Disney wouldn’t – can’t have that type of PR.