Bump in the Night

When it came to Saturday morning cartoons in the 90s, there was the good (Batman the Animated Series, Garfield & Friends), the bad (Hammerman, although we may have secretly been fans), and the outright otherworldly fantastic, of which Bump in the Night falls into a very slim category alongside masterworks of weirdness like The Tick, Project G.e.e.K.e.R., and everything going on at Nickelodeon during those days.

But Bump in the Night had the exceptionally rare distinction of being a stop-motion animated series with unique characters, killer writing, and top quality animation. Created by Ken Pontac (of “Happy Tree Friends” fame) and David Ichioka, the series combined clay, puppet animation, life sized sets, and surreal lighting to pitch perfect effect. You can watch our favorite episode ‘Baby Jail’ above, and get in the holiday spirit with “Twas the Night Before Bumpy” below: