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She's so awesome, she deserves her own animated series.
— Biggie, about Tiff • Tooned Out

Tooned Out is the 89th episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.


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King Dedede orders an animator group called Otakings from Nightmare Enterprises, but they do a cartoon show about Tiff instead, so Dedede decides for a 1-on-1 when he accidentally orders Anige disguised as Dis Walney!

Episode Summary

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Escargoon with the Otakings

The episode starts with King Dedede explaining the terrible result of his cartoon show, "Dedede: Comin' at Ya!" to N.M.E. Sales Guy, to which he says if they cannot complete a cartoon show, his Majesty's debt will rise, so Dedede orders him to send over animation specialists, so he sends over three geeks called the Otakings. As they watch the cartoon show, Dedede explains that DededeMan always beats Kirby at the end of the episode. The Otakings are stunned for a while, so Escargoon tries to get their attention, but fails. They then talk about making a cartoon show about Tiff, so the Otakings go out to collect data on her.

Meanwhile, Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby are out having a picnic, and Tiff suspects someone spying on her. She ignores it however, but then sees a tiny microphone on her picnic basket. The Otakings decide to follow her, which then prepares to scare her. While she sleeps, the Otakings take snapshots of her, which then causes her to report to Bookem, so after seeing the mike, Mabel, Lady Like, and Buttercup assists her into catching the peeping toms, for they say women are to be respected and not stalked at. The three catch the three geeks, then Bookem plays a recording machine, where they recorded Tiff back at the picnic. The Otakings introduce themselves, and tell their true intentions for stalking Tiff. She then gets mad for them taking snapshots of her, while they just say she is beautiful when she's angry.

Everyone in Cappy Town give their ideas out for the anime, but notice the Otakings disappeared, so they give chase. Back at the castle, Dedede finds that the broadcast of the anime 7:30, so he proceeds to find the Otakings. They are arrested and taken to the dungeon for working on the anime. Six days later, Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby have another picnic, thinking the Otakings are gone, but Meta Knight tells them that Dedede has been acting odd. They head to the castle, and see Dedede preparing the anime, so Tiff questions if the Otakings are drawing her and not Dedede Man. They then go to the dungeon to check the geeks' work. They only draw Tiff, so Dedede calls Customer Service, and order him to send another anime specialist. He send over Dis Walney, and Tiff is overjoyed to see him, but Dedede knocks them away and tells him to finish anime by tomorrow, so he uses computer animation to finish the anime, and attaches optic sensors to Kirby and Dedede, who prepare to fight. Kirby is brutally beaten by Dedede, as Dis Walney ordered, so Tiff questions why he's making Dedede do this, then runs to Dis Walney, who zaps her with an electric force field, and reveals himself as the monster Anige.



He zaps Kirby with a red beam, and uses an N64-like controller to move Dedede and Kirby around for them to fight. Kirby is once again, brutally beaten, but all the beating causes the optic sensors on Kirby to fall off. Tiff runs to Kirby, but Meta Knight stops her and tells Kirby to inhale the optic sensors. He proceeds to do so and transforms to Spark Kirby. Anige then fires another red beam, but Kirby fights back with Double Spark, which electrocutes Anige. Kirby launches another Double Spark, which destroys the computer. 

The Otakings are about to learn a painful lesson from Tiff.

The time for the anime almost reaches, and Dedede and Escargoon cry about how their debt is going up again. Tiff says the Otakings were useless as well, which then makes Dedede proceed to the dungeon, where they complete the anime. They prepare to broadcast it. Tiff says that she's proud of the Otakings for making something they're passionate about. The anime plays, and shows an anime of Tiff, which shocks everyone but the Otakings, who are proud of their work and sing "Fumu-tan of the Stars." (Japanese only) Tiff, on the other hand, gets mad, and prepares to smash the Otakings with the hammer similar to Dedede's, and the episode ends with the chase still going on with Kirby joining in even though he had nothing to do with it.

End of spoilers

Changes in the dub

  • The Otakings singing "Fumu-tan of the Stars" was removed from the English dub, possibly because of time restraints.
  • For unknown reasons, some of the scenes in the very beginning of the episode in the English dub were episode clips from the previous episode Shell-Shocked. The Japanese version has a flashback of clips from Cartoon Buffoon, where King Dedede was upset at Kirby ruining his Dedede: Coming At Ya! cartoon along with a picture of him by the tree at sunset.
  • Some scenes where some of the Cappies are talking about the Otakings following Tiff were removed from the English dub due to time restraints.
  • The scene where Samo and Mabel are hanging out at a bar in Samo's cartoon was removed from the English dub to prevent alcohol references but can be seen later in the episode when Tiff says the animators are gone.
  • The scene where Anige, as Dis Walney, raises his head and screams "That's it! That's it! Do it more!" just before revealing his true form was edited from the dub, possibly due to time constraints.
  • The controller Anige uses to control Kirby and King Dedede is different in both versions. In the Japanese version, the controller looks similar to a video game controller with two arrows yellow and blue and a red button in the middle with two controls on the sides. In the English dub, the controller was redrawn with the two arrows moved to the left (recolored gray and white), a scroll ball was added in the middle, and the design was changed. However a few scenes earlier, the controller wasn't changed.
  • Kirby's lines "Spark" and "Double Spark" are edited out in the English dub.


  • The English title is a pun on "tuned out," meaning to stop listening or paying attention.
  • This episode never aired in Latin America, likely due to Tiff's anime at the end of the episode being too inappropriate for younger audiences.
  • Gengu's idea of a toy thinking he is a space hero only to find out he's actually a toy is probably a reference to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. Curio's idea (called "Indiana Curio" in the Japanese version and "Curio Jones" in the dub) was inspired by Indiana Jones.
    • Tuggle and Yabui break the fourth wall when recalling that Gengu's idea has been done, and that it's a ripoff.
  • In the scene where Tiff shouts at the Cappies, a drawing of a UFO can be seen on the ceiling. This UFO bears a striking resemblance to the UFO enemy from the games (in particular it's early design).
  • This episode is considered to be a sequel to Cartoon Buffoon.
  • In the preview for this episode, Kirby's drawing is colored red. However, in the actual episode, the drawing is multiple different colors.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Kirby draws. It is also noted that Kirby's drawing skill is improving.
  • After Anige's destruction, the sun rises and Escargoon panics about missing the anime's deadline. He holds up an alarm clock and announces that only five minutes remain before the anime is due to Nightmare Enterprises. The alarm clock shows that it's 7:25 AM; this means the deadline is 7:30 AM, which was the Japanese airing time for Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
  • The Island Sisters, Kit Cosmos, Knuckle Joe's father, Yamikage, and some of the star warriors make cameos in this episode as small toys or figurines.

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  • The Island Sisters make a cameo on the cover of a magazine, with another one that has a magical girl character similar to Tiff.
    • The magical girl character is also referenced by Minky Momo.
  • During the beginning of the episode, King Dedede flashes back to Cartoon Buffoon, and mentions why it was he failed then. However, during this sequence he also has a flashback of himself standing in a field, which is actually from Waddle While You Work.

Other languages

Language Name Translation Airdate
Italian Un cartone per il re A cartoon for the king December 11, 2014
Korean 오타아니메! 별의 훔땅 Ota anime! Star stolen Unknown
Spanish (Latin America) Caricaturizados Caricatured Unaired