When saucer-eyed James Rumsey and his sociopathic stillborn twin brother Phauntleroy’s parents perish in a fire, the boys are sent to live in the big city and life goes from horrid to horrider. What will become of this discarded child? Inevitably death — it’s waiting for us all — but along the way there’s sure to be plenty of bad luck, misadventure and a whole lot of laughs. So turn your smile upside down and hop the next bus to Frown Town.

Soft and cuddly as these foam-faced moppets may seem, the storylines are grim and the morals would make Aesop cringe. Noted reprobates Andy Warner and Steven Foundling can be held responsible.