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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Season 2 Episode 1

Spontaneously Combustible / Curse of Katana

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Sep 09, 1995 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Spontaneously Combustible: When Ickis starts having burping fire, he is diagnosed as being spontaneously combustible; which means he could explode at any moment. His friends feel sorry for him, but at the same time are reluctant to be near him for fear that he could "go at any moment." The Gromble refers to the Academy monsters as "humans" because they are afraid of something they do not understand, since they were all leaving with their parents. Ickis can't deal with that, and escapes.

Curse of Katana:Krumm, Ickis, and Oblina are sent on a scare mission in a museum. They come upon an old Egyptian mummy. Ickis thinks up a creative scare and places Krumm's eyes in the mummy's head. The museum curator thinks the mummy has come to life and puts it under heavy security. The scare was successful. The only problem is that Krumm's eyes are now stuck in the mummy. Our heroes must remove Krumm's eyes without getting caught. This episode features a romantic moment when Krumm is reunited with his eyes.moreless

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    Tim Curry

    Tim Curry

    voice of Zimbo

    Gregg Berger

    Gregg Berger

    voice of The Gromble / The Viewfinder

    Cynthia Mann

    Cynthia Mann

    voice of Dizzle

    Beverly Archer

    Beverly Archer

    voice of the Library Monster

    Marcia Strassman

    Marcia Strassman

    voice of Hairyette

    Christine Cavanaugh

    Christine Cavanaugh

    voice of Oblina

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      • "Spontaneously Combustible" has Ickis diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal disease of which little is known. As Ickis tries to come to terms with his illness, misunderstandings and rumors cause the students to fear Ickis and worry for their own safety, making him an outcast. When parents start arriving to withdraw their kids from school, Ickis runs away, causing everyone to realize their prejudice based on lies and exaggerations.
        In 1995, when this episode aired, the outbreak of transfusion-contracted HIV cases was causing public concern, while the first generation of children born HIV positive were beginning to reach the 5-10 year old age range, causing the first generation of HIV and AIDS infected students. This resulted in many cases of prejudice against children, including several well-documented cases in which steps were taken to ban HIV positive children from public schools. Many parents refused to allow their children to attend schools that had HIV positive students, and misunderstandings about AIDS led to rumors that you could contract it by playing, sharing food or school supplies, or even breathing the same air.
        In response to this mistreatment of HIV positive children many media outlets, including Nickelodeon, worked to squelch the rumors surrounding HIV. For more then a year Nick a commercial campaign explaining how AIDS could not be contracted through playing, hugging or kissing. In addition to this, "NickNews"did a special on the history and nature of HIV and AIDS, with an emphasis on compassion and understanding for those infected. "Spontaneously Combustible" appears to be another example of AIDS awareness messaging in which spontaneous combustion is substituted for the new and frightening illness.

      • There have been quite a few documented cases of human beings spontaneously combusting.

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