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Name That Trauma:: Maria M. on a Shocking Cartoon

August 9th, 2017 by unkle lancifer · 9 Comments

Hello. I am from Spain and I just discovered you. I was looking up the hot sauce scene from SpongeBob and found a trauma confession about it. I do not believe people got scared about it. I thought it was funny.

However there was something I was scared about when I was a little girl. I do not remember which cartoon it was in.

It was the early 1990’s and I was on a vacation to America with my parents. We stayed at hotel in Massachusetts and I wanted to watch cartoons. So I turned on Nickelodeon. At the time, I believe it was America only.

They were showing a cartoon about a cute animal with cute voice but I did not understand a lot of it because it was all in English. The episode I watched had him trying not to touch a button. As time passes, he can not take it any more and touches it. At first nothing happened but then he had his eyes closed and opened them to reveal hideous red spiral eyes. Accompanying it was noise that sounded like a burst of electricity if someone interpreted it on synthesizer.

When I saw his eyes, I screamed and turned the channel. I did not have nightmares but I remember thinking Massachusetts was little creepy for the rest of the stay. I also felt very sad for the poor animal because he looked very cute and I wondered what kind of person would do that thing to him. I’m 29 now and I hope it won’t be that scary as I remember it to be.

-Maria M.

Tags: Name That Trauma!

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Aug 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for writing in Maria! It’s so cool we heard from both Japan and Spain this week!

    I don’t think I can solve your NTT but it did remind me a lot of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I think Roger had a similar impulse control problem and I know there were a lot of scenes with bulging spiral eyes.

  • 2 Drew BluddNo Gravatar // Aug 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Aug 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Haha Thanks Drew! I think you are on to something! I haven’t watched R&S in years. I used to love that show.I need to revisit.

    That second video seems particularly timely.

  • 4 Dylan Donnie-DukeNo Gravatar // Aug 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Definitely Space Madness from Ren & Stimpy. My favorite episode of the series.

  • 5 TenshiNo Gravatar // Aug 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    “Power Trip” from Rocko’s Modern Life has to be the answer. “Space Madness” did not have Stimpy get spiral eyes, and Maria’s obviously referring to the “BWOOOOONG” that happens when Rocko opens his eyes.

  • 6 BuddoNo Gravatar // Aug 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm

  • 7 Drew BluddNo Gravatar // Aug 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    That’s GOT to be it!

  • 8 Matt SunshineNo Gravatar // Aug 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Hey Unk,

    Please check your email…hope all is well.


  • 9 marthatyroneNo Gravatar // May 25, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I can 100% she was referring to Power Trip. I was around her (estimated) age watching that episode; in my opinion, the scene she remembers had me cracking up. Ten years later, I re-watched it and got the message. I can’t believe Nickelodeon would air such a cartoon, talking to children about the corrupt economic forces out there.

    And only now do I realize how fucking creepy Judge Doom actually is. That part of the movie never bothered me as a kid, but as an adult… JESUS!

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