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"Meet the Reaper"
Meet the reaper Grim.jpg
Series Grim & Evil
Season 1
Production code 101A
Writer Maxwell Atoms
Broadcast information
Broadcast number 1
Cartoon Network US Premiere August 24, 2001 (TV)
August, 1999
Paired with Skeletons in the Water Closet and Evil Con Carne (episode)
Chronological information
Previous
Billy and Mandy in Trepanation of the Skull and You
Next
Evil Con Carne (episode)

Meet the Reaper is the official pilot episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Grim & Evil

Characters

Plot

Billy and Mandy are two seemingly ordinary kids, who spend their day playing in the safe and normal suburbs of Endsville. Today is the birthday of Billy's hamster Mr. Snuggles, who is ten years old and ready to cash in his chips. The Grim Reaper appears to harvest the pet's soul, but is surprised that Billy and Mandy aren't afraid of him.

Mandy tells Grim she won't let him take Mr. Snuggles. She challenges Grim to a game; whoever wins keeps Mr. Snuggles. Grim accepts, certain of his victory, and adds that if they win, he'll be their best friend forever.

That said, he takes the kids to Limbo, to compete for the life of Mr. Snuggles, over a game of limbo. Grim, not willing to let the children win, begins to cheat. As Grim is about to win, Mandy commands Mr. Snuggles to attack Grim, causing Grim to lose, and become their best friend, much to his chagrin.

Credits

  • Written by: Maxwell Atoms
  • Directed by: Maxwell Atoms
  • Animation direction: Robert Alvarez
  • Background design: C. Scott Morse

Trivia

  • Being the pilot, this is the first appearance of Billy, Mandy, Grim, and Mr. Snuggles.
  • In this episode, the characters all look different from their final designs. They were redesigned for Grim & Evil, again for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and one last time for Underfist.
    • When the episode is summarized in Billy & Mandy Begins, the original designs were poked fun at, when Grim (out of embarrassment) denies the events of the episode by saying "That didn't even look like us!"
  • This episode was made under the name "The Billy and Mandy Show", long before the full series was conceived.
  • The Hanna-Barbera logo

    When this episode was shown on the revived Cartoon Planet, the rarely-seen end credits were shown. It was also revealed that this episode was produced under Hanna-Barbera in 1999.
    • This makes this the only episode produced under Hanna-Barbera, as well as one of the final Hanna-Barbera productions. By the time the series went to air in 2001, Hanna-Barbera had folded into Cartoon Network Studios, due to Bill Hanna's death.
    • According to Maxwell Atoms, the official Hanna-Barbera color palette only had two tones of Caucasian, and neither of them were as pale as he wanted for Mandy.
  • The original ending credits played a different (but similar to the Billy & Mandy) end song.
  • Billy is the first character to speak in this episode, making him the first character in the franchise to speak.

Cast

Greg Eagles as Grim

Richard Steven Horvitz as Billy

Grey DeLisle as Mandy

Transcript

Meet the Reaper/Transcript

Gallery

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