In cartoons, anything is possible. As a result, the show’s writers are able to write in any fictional product that sparks their imagination. In some cases, this results in mesmerizing products we all wish were real – like time machines or a super cool cloning device. In other cases, the writers dream up incredibly awful products that aren’t so much useful as they are a punch line. Here are eight of the most terrible fake products from cartoons:
Nuts and Gum – The Simpsons
How did such an abhorrent food combination ever come together? As Homer explains while pulling the product out of the cupboard, ” I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me – no matter how dumb my suggestions are.”
Don’t Whiz on the Electric Fence – Ren and Stimpy
I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone willing to play this board game with you. Apparently, the goal is to find a safe place to pee. Fail to do so, and you end up whizzing on the electric fence.
ACME Disintegrating Pistol – Looney Tunes
With all the trouble ACME products gave Wile E. Coyote, one wonders why he kept ordering from their catalog. As you can see from the animated GIF, the disintegrating pistol doesn’t disintegrate your enemy– it just evaporates in your hand. Talk about a worthless product.
Suicide Booth – Futurama
Despite the convenience and low cost of the Stop-and-Drop Suicide Booths found on Futurama, I doubt I’d choose to use them if I was ever looking to kill myself. Available modes of death include “quick and painless,” “slow and horrible” and “clumsy bludgeoning.” And if you feel like splurging, well then you can also have your eyeballs scooped out. Truly, this is no dream product.
Do-It-Yourself Mr. Hankey Kit – South Park
Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo isn’t exactly the most sanitary Christmas hero. Despite this fact, the show features a live-action commercial in which a mom and her kids assemble Mr. Hankey from their own poo. Watch the commercial here.
Vincent Price’s Egg Magic – The Simpsons
How Vincent Price could ever agree to put his name on this product s beyond me. There are some pretty boring arts and crafts here in the real world, but there’s pretty much nothing exciting about painting a face on an egg. Plus, the kit doesn’t even come with the feet.
The Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This – Family Guy
In a Mel Gibson-heavy episode, Peter stumbles upon a secret room in the actor’s house that reveals one of the worst sequel ideas of all time – Passion of the Christ 2. Thankfully, Peter is able to steal the film and successfully keep it out of the clutches of Mel and his toady priests.
Of all the product fails in the history of TV, Inspector Gadget is one of the most epic. Despite being outfitted with a number of engineered upgrades, Inspector Gadget is simply too stupid and clumsy to make himself at all worthwhile. While some may claim that the real issue behind the failure of his machines is user error, there’s no denying that Inspector Gadget is a product for fighting crime that no real crime-fighting force would ever want.
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