Trans-Clown-O-Morphs is a Korean cartoon program for children shown during The Krusty the Clown Show on Saturdays. It features transforming clowns and robot pterodactyls characters (Dino-Robo-Bots) and is basically advertising disguised as a TV show. Each week, the transforming clowns ask the viewers to buy something to save them.
In the episode Bart and Lisa watched, the robot pterodactyls wanted to conquer Big Top City, but are stopped by the transforming clowns. Suddenly a pterodactyl leader sprayed the clown leader with a thick liquid substance that quickly solidified, trapping him where he stood. The clown leader asked the viewers to buy his cereal, solve the secret message on the box, and text-message the solution to him (at a cost of $15 per text), because only this can save him.
When the show ended, Bart told Marge to throw out all the Krusty cereal and buy robot clown cereal instead. Marge, tired of buying something new every week to save the clown, told the kids to watch something that wasn't just one long commercial.
Behind the Laughter
- Trans-Clown-O-Morphs is a parody of Transformers.
- The show also references a common criticism of cartoons based on toys—specifically, that the cartoons are essentially just long advertisements for the toys.
- The Dino-Robo-Bots feature the same roar as Godzilla.
- The Dino-Robo-Bots are a parody of the Dinobots in Transformers. However, the Dinobots are good guys.