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It's Time We Talked About That Children's Show Called "Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids"

"For loverrrrs of SQUUUEEEM!!!"

By now, we've established that Australian kids' shows have a history of being cooked. We've talked about the fever dream that was Parallax, the questionable design of Coredor from Plasmo and how terrifying Jeopardy actually was.

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Today, we're deep diving into another relic from the '00s era โ€” Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids.

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FYI this was a UK series, but it aired on ABC too!

Called Grizzly Tales for short, the episodes were adapted from a book series of the same name by Jamie Rix. They often were cautionary tales centred around naughty children being taught a lesson in some spectacularly gruesome ways.

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But that's just it โ€” even though it was based on children's novels and marketed as a kids' show, Grizzly Tales was TERRIFYING.

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Like, I distinctly remember an episode called "The Barber Of Civil", where this hairdresser chopped off the tongues of children who were being rude and foul-mouthed.

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UHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Or, what about the one with the boy who tortured spiders and in retaliation, they entered his body and spun WEBS along his RIBS.

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This is an actual nightmare of mine because who knows what's gonna enter your mouth when it's SLIGHTLY AJAR and you're asleep.

Truth be told, the creepy cinema introduction was fairly spooky in its own right.

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It definitely set the mood, with the lightening and the whole random taps you on the back and hands you a mysterious box of goodies before slinking away and cackling vibe.

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๐Ÿšจ STRANGER DANGER ALERT, STRANGER DANGER ALERT. ๐Ÿšจ

Not to mention, that the "snacks" always turned out to be an assortment of delicious, uh, slugs, worms, beetles โ€” you know, all the creepy crawlies.

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Which would then be eaten, by this poor, young, naive boy.

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That "crunch" when he takes a bite still haunts me.

We would then be welcomed by this frightening caretaker, who would provide commentary on all the episodes.

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I don't know why, but this exact line is embedded in my mind. Like, even the way he says it and everything.

As well as his spider companion, Spindleshanks, who was was probably the least scary thing about this series.

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Now, normally I'm the first to scream at a spider โ€” but this little thing, with that adorable smile? Nah, he's cute.

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As long as he stays far away from my bed, we're all good.

Even though the majority of the episodes were pure nightmare fuel, there was something about Grizzly Tales that I loved as a kid and kept me coming back for more.

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Perhaps this is why I enjoy horror films so much as an adult. Grizzly Tales was my gateway.

So anyway, here's an ode to another cooked kids' show that graced Australian screens, as well as to all the "loverrrrs of SQUUUEEEM" who watched it during their childhoods.

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We love ya, Grizzly Tales.

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