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->''"HOUBA!"''

'''''Sur la piste du Marsupilami''''' ("On the trail of the Marsupilami") is 2012 Franco-Belgian movie, written, produced and directed by Alain Chabat. It is an adapation of the Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}, comic book character created by Creator/AndreFranquin in 1952.

Dan Geraldo, a washed-out reporter, is given one last chance to revive his career. He must go to [[BananaRepublic Palombia]] to make a reportage on the Paya people and the secret of their longevity. With his guide Pablito Camaron, he ventures into the Palombian jungle. In the process, the duo confirms the existence of the Marsupilami, a mythical creature.

Meanwhile, 82-year-old botanist Hermoso discovers an unknown species of orchid, which he find out can be used to create a [[FountainOfYouth rejuvenating potion]]. With the help of the treacherous Corporal, he topples the Palombian dictator, General Pochero, and goes hunting for the Marsupilami, which happens to be linked to the orchids.

Add in an ancient Payan prophecy predicting TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if the bad guys get their hands on those two treasures of the Palombian forest, and the protagonists are in for a wild ride.

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=R2WpdQCHzlg You can watch the trailer.]]
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!!''Sur la piste du Marsupilami'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AmusingInjuries: Any damage inflicted on the soldiers fighting the Marsupilami is this kind. One of them get slammed into the ground head-first... and then makes this muffled comment: "Hey, there're moles...."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "The world will fall into chaos. The birds will sing wrong. The jaguar will be eaten by the rabbit. The tree will cut the lumberjack. And everything will taste like passion fruit."
* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: [[spoiler:Céline Dion]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The Paya language.
* TheAtoner: Dan Geraldo [[spoiler:publicly confess on TV that his first reportage was an imposture, before he could be outed by his boss.]]
* {{Badass}}: The Marsupilami, as in the comics.
* BadCopIncompetentCop: The Chiquito policemen aren't very concerned with upholding the law, for example ignoring an attempted mugging a dozen meters away.
* BananaRepublic: Palombia
* BattleDiscretionShot:
** Dan getting blowpipes-darted. We only hear the many "pfft" and see Pablito cringing.
** The Marsupilami [[spoiler:taking care of the three gangsters at the end. We just see the end result of them smashed against a wall, and leaving an imprint of their tattooed faces.]]
* BerserkButton: Pablito can't stand being called a liar. He doesn't quite get violent about it (because he's a weakling), but he's very intent in proving he always told the truth about the Marsupilami.
* BigBad: Hermoso
* BlackBossLady: Clarisse Iris, Dan's boss. Casting a black woman in such a position of power easily sets her up as a ruthless businesswoman.
* BlackComedyRape: [[ItMakesSenseInContext The scene with Pablito's head and the chihuahua.]] It doesn't just [[CrossesTheLineTwice cross the line twice]] but a dozen times.
-->'''Dan:''' I perfectly understand that [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain you wouldn't want to talk about it...]]
* BrickJoke:
** Nobody like the taste of passion fruit.
** Dan, after falling down a hole, ''much later'' falls on top of Pablito in the middle of the jungle. Don't ask how.
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext "The metaphor escaped..."]]
* BuddyPicture
* BuriedAlive: "Sand Necktie" version for both Dan and Pablito after they're captured by the Paya.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Music/CelineDion]]
* CanisLatinicus: Hermoso calls the new orchid species he discovered "Orchidus Hermorroïde".
-->'''General Pochero:''' You're sure about the name?
* CartoonyTail: The Marsupilami's, of course.
* CelebCrush / LoonyFan: General Pochero, toward Music/CelineDion.
* CharacterAsHimself: The Marsupilami (and Marsupilamie) in the credits.
* ChekhovsSkill: Pablito's veterinarian talents, although mostly for show, proves useful at the end [[spoiler:to revive the Marsupilami.]]
* TheChosenOne: Pablito and Dan are the chosen ones from the Prophecy of Chicxulub.
-->"CHICXULUB!"
* ConMan: Pablito
* CrackOhMyBack: Old Hermoso, when trying to give a demonstration of "Austrian Savate". And later, after falling from an elevator platform, he stays stuck for three hours before Pétunia comes help him.
* CreativeClosingCredits: A staple of Alain Chabat's movies.
* CruellaToAnimals: The Corporal delights in animal suffering and watching species go extinct.
* [[CryptidEpisode Cryptid Movie]]
* CurbStompBattle: The Marsupilami against the soldiers trying to capture him. They stand absolutely no chance.
* CuteButCacophonic: The Marsu babies making known they're hungry.
* TheDragon: Corporal
* DynamicEntry:
** The Marsupilami bursting from the fake volcano in the TV Palombia studios.
** And just afterward, Hermoso driving a jeep through a wall.
* EggMacGuffin: The Marsupilami eggs.
* ElSpanishO: Most of the GratuitousSpanish in the movie is this.
* EndangeredSpecies: When Pétunia calls Hermoso on chasing an endangered species, he retorts that the Marsupilami isn't even known to "exist", thus it can't be considered endangered.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What TheProphecy is foretelling if balance isn't preserved.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Corporal
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: Pablito's llama, Ganja.
* FastForwardGag: When the Paya queen comes to a part of TheProphecy that is getting boring, she has it pass in fast-forward.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: The Corporal.
* FlowerInHerHair: Marsupilami'''e'''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: TheProphecy is full of it, naturally. Even so, [[spoiler:who's actually "the Woman of Gold and Silver" still [[DidntSeeThatComing comes as a surprise]].]]
* FountainOfYouth: The distillated orchid juice.
* FowlMouthedParrot: Kiki the ara commonly insults Pablito, including while they both swindle some tourists of their money ("Crook." "Imposter." "Mythomaniac.")
* FreudianExcuse: Parodied with the Corporal, whose hatred of animals seems to come from a break-up with a girlfriend over a cat, as revealed during a rant.
* TheGeneralissimo: General Pochero is set up as this kind of character, [[spoiler:but it's subverted as he's not much of a villain, and Hermoso soon takes his spot.]]
* TheGhost: Racallo, Pablito's informant, whom he speaks to on the phone, but is never seen.
* GiantMook: Bolo (played by The Great Khali)
* GreenAesop
* IAmNotWeasel: Pablito always corrects people that Chouniño is a coati, and not an otter or a raccoon.
* ImpactSilhouette: Dan Geraldo leaves one through a wall after being kicked by super-strong Hermoso.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Boosted Hermoso uses, among other things, billard balls and fake carrots as darts to take out the Marsu.
* ImStandingRightHere: Dan on the pirogue, recording his reportage, mentions Pablito.
-->'''Dan:''' My guide, Pablito Camaron. Puny, underfed, probably illiterate...\\
'''Pablito:''' I can hear you from that close.
* IncrediblyConspicuousDrag: [[spoiler:Pochero dressing as Céline Dion to distract the palace guards.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Hermoso hates being called a gardener; he's a botanist.
* IntrepidReporter: Spoofed with Dan Geraldo, who's not at all intrepid and barely competent. [[spoiler:His first reportage in Palombia happens to be a complete fraud.]] He gets better by the end of the movie, though.
* IsThisThingOn: Dan does this with ''the business end of a blowpipe''. To be fair, he didn't believe it was held by a real Paya.
* JawDrop: Clarisse at the first sight of the Marsupilami.
* {{Jerkass}}: Corporal
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Pablito is a ConMan parting naïve tourists of their money, but he does it for the sake of his numerous adopted children.
** Dan Geraldo is an arrogant westerner and his first reportage is an imposture, but he does some redeeming heroics at the end.
* JungleJapes
* JustIgnoreIt: The two guards outside the securized room would rather ignore the Corporal's antics, [[spoiler:including when he's beaten up by the Marsupilami]].
* TheKlutz: Dan Geraldo. If there's a pit to fall in, he'll fall in. The scene where he destroys General Pochero's Céline Dion shrine stands out. At another time, he almost ''swallows his own tongue''.
* LatinLand: Palombia, again. It mixes South-American and Mexican influences. (Note that the movie was filmed in Mexico.) This is also fitting with Franquin's original depiction of the fictional country in the comics.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Electricity, instead of hurting the Marsupilami, [[spoiler:tickles and makes him laugh. As Corporal discovers when shocking him with a cattle prod.]]
* LiteralMinded: The Corporal has some trouble with metaphors. Also used for a BrickJoke.
* LittleMissConArtist: Cassandra
* LoudGulp: The Marsupilami, being found out by Hermoso, loudly gulps down the cake he's eating.
* LudicrousPrecision: It sounds like this when Pochero announces that he'll give Dan and Pablito a diversion for "3 minutes 31, maximum." But it's in fact {{justified|Trope}}, [[spoiler:since being such a Céline Dion fanboy, he knows the exact length of the song he's about to use.]]
* MacGuffin: The glowing orchids, both for the Marsu and the BigBad.
* MadeOfExplodium: After the Céline Dion dolls fall from their rotating pedestals, they start taking fire for no reason at all.
* {{Malaproper}}: Pablito, although much toned down compared to other roles by Jamel Debbouze. He's even the one correcting Dan on the proper pronunciation of "Marsupilami".
* {{Mayincatec}}: The Paya.
* MeanBoss: Clarisse Iris
* MediumShiftGag: The prophecy is told in animation form through a "magic Super 8 projector" or somesuch.
* MetafictionalDevice: In-universe example: Dan Geraldo's father is shaking a TV screen violently while yelling at his son to stop ridiculing himself... and just at the same time, in Chiquito, the whole set coincidentally starts trembling.
* MilitaryCoup: Hermoso performs an accelerated one, thanks to the help of the Corporal.
* {{Mooks}}: The palace soldiers.
* MushroomSamba: The berries that the Paya feed to the protagonists induce this.
* MythologyGag: Several to Creator/AndreFranquin and his works, naturally.
** The baseball half Pablito preciously keep was autographed by famous Palombian player "Andreo Franquino".
** Hermoso was born in Bretzelburg, the setting of one album of ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''.
** The jeep used by Hermoso wears a logo of a black circle with three arrows shooting from it. It is a Palombian symbol from the Zantafio era.
** The Marsupilami swinging from his tail with his four fists aimed forward (to take out Hermoso) is a move already seen in another album (to take out a ''gorilla''!).
* NeckLift: Bolo does this to Pablito, and then to Dan at the same time, in the palace jail.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Pablito pretends to steal the bag of an old woman to be thrown in jail; he gets a few cane strikes for his troubles.
* NobodyHereButUsBirds: Pablito suggests they'd agree on a bird call to use as a signal, but all Dan can do is quacking like a duck.
-->'''Pablito:''' A duck in the jungle? There's nothing shocking you?
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Marsupilami taking his revenge on the Corporal. Very satisfying.
* OhCrap:
** Pablito (and Dan), at the sight of the GiantMook Pablito just antagonized.
** Pablito at the sight of the real Paya.
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Hermoso under the effect of the orchid juice.
** The Payas live very old thanks to the orchid. The gorgeous queen is 249 years old.
* {{Omniglot}}: The Paya queen claims that she speaks all languages.
* OneSteveLimit: Parodied; a lot of the soldiers seems to be named Carlos.
-->(''Carlos gets accidentally shot by a {{tranquillizer dart}}'')\\
'''Corporal:''' Sorry, Carlos.\\
'''Carlos:''' No, I'm alright...\\
'''Corporal:''' No, the other one.
* OverlyLongGag:
-->'''Pablito:''' It's a coati.\\
'''Hermoso:''' No, it's a raccoon.\\
'''Pablito:''' It's a coati.\\
'''Hermoso:''' No, it's a raccoon.\\
(''repeats...'')
* OverlyLongScream: The two times Dan Geraldo falls down a hole.
* PapaWolf: As in the comics, the Marsupilami is fiercely defensive of his youngs[[spoiler:, still in their eggs here.]]
* ParodyCommercial: A couple for an anti-aging cream. Part of the plot, as they are commercials for Dan's channel's sponsor, which would also be very interested in the orchids.
* PassThePopcorn: A pair of Paya actually eat popcorn during the animated prophecy projection.
* PhraseCatcher: "Un animal qu'on croyait qui n'existait mais qui n'existe !" ("An animal which we believed don't exist but do exist!") -- yes, the poor grammar is intentional.
* PiranhaProblem: Marsu still eats them.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: Kiki the parrot does it with its claw to a machete under its throat.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Kiki
* PornStache: General Pochero has one. It sure makes [[spoiler:the Céline Dion song]] even more hilarious.
* PrehensileTail: Guess who.
* TheProphecy: The lenghty Payan prophecy shown in animation, designating both protagonists as TheChosenOne and identifying the TwoFaced Man as the BigBad.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** Dan attempts to stun Bolo from behind with a metal tray. The GiantMook only gets more annoyed.
--->'''Dan:''' ...I regret this gesture...
** Pablito tries to knock out a big soldier from behind with a branch. The soldier barely notices, thinking it's a bug.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Once Hermoso really starts handling things at the palace, his choice of symbols and uniforms are definitely Nazi-inspired. He earlier mentioned that his mother had been Hitler's chambermaid, after all.
* QuizShow: How a youthened Hermoso introduce himself to General Pochero.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Toward the end, Dan has to reach the TV Palombia studios in time to broadcast his reportage.
* RaiseHimRightThisTime: [[spoiler:The final fate of Hermoso; after overdosing on his FountainOfYouth orchid extract, he turns into a baby.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The baby marsupilamis.
* SceneryPorn
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Pétunia, Hermoso's assistant, calls it quit once her boss begins PuttingOnTheReich and exploiting the Marsupilami.
* SecretPath: There's a secret trapdoor inside the palace prison cell. When asked why he didn't mention it, Pochero answers, "It was a secret."
* ShoutOut:
** See the ActorAllusion in Trivia.
** Pablito calls a dwarf "Atchoum" ([[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs "Sneezy"]]).
** The Chihuahua is called "Didjé", as with the alternate name for the main character of another Alain Chabat movie, ''Didier''.
** Pablito giving a sarcastic compliment says, "Alors là, chapeau melon et bottes de cuir...", the French title for ''Series/TheAvengers''.
** Dan Geraldo at one point shouts: "Series/ImACelebrityGetMeOutOfHere"
** Amongst the uncomprehensible things the Paya queen says, you can recognize "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolek_and_Lolek Lolek & Bolek]]".
** TheProphecy mentions that the forest will be destroyed and the Paya people will die, "Just like in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''".
** The style of the Prophecy is reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/AvezVousDejaVu'', an animated series also by Alain Chabat.
** The way Hermoso presents himself QuizShow-style parodies ''Question pour un champion'', a popular French GameShow.
** During the MushroomSamba, Dan sees [[WhiteGloves his own hands]] as MickeyMouse's.
** The get-up of the captured Marsupilami surely evokes [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter's]].
** The spit-contest between Pablito and his llama Ganja is probably inspired by Captain Haddock doing the same thing in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' album ''[[Recap/TintinPrisonersOfTheSun Prisoners of the Sun]]''.
** The RaceAgainstTheClock is pretext for a ''Series/TwentyFour'' parody, complete with multiple screens and digital clock close-up.
** [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} "It wasn't my war!"]]
* ShowingOffTheNewBody: Hermoso does this after being youthened. It's still his own body, but he hadn't seen himself like this in 40 years.
* SickAndWrong: How Pétunia reacts when she realizes that the man she'd been flirting with is in fact the old professor Hermoso.
* SignsOfDisrepair: When the earth shakes in the studio, the letters for Dan Geraldo's name start to fall, leaving only "DAN GER".
* SingleStrokeBattle: Parodied (in slo-mo) during the fight between Hermoso and Marsu.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Pablito claims that animal loves him and that he can understand him. Sure, he's good at taming them, as seen with the parrot and coati, but it doesn't always work in his favor (see: chihuahua).
* SpecialEffectFailure: [[invoked]] Entirely intended with both the ara in the "first aid" scene and the chihuahua in the "dog assault" scene being very obvious puppets. Besides implying NoAnimalsWereHarmed, it makes the scenes twice as hilarious.
* SpontaneousChoreography: Very much spoofed [[spoiler:with the palace guards joining ex-general Pochero in an intricate Céline Dion number.]]
* StaticStunGun: The Corporal is very fond of tasering people with little provocation. He even tries to use a cattle prod [[spoiler:against the Marsupilami. Bad idea.]]
* StrangeSalute: The Palombian soldiers have a weird salute, with the thumb touching the head, the pinkie raised and the other fingers closed.
* SuddenMusicalEnding: The last part of the CreativeClosingCredits.
* SuperSerum: The triple-concentrated orchid juice is this for Hermoso. It gives him enough strength and resilience to go toe-to-toe with the Marsupilami. [[spoiler:Until he overdoses it, naturally.]]
* SuperStrength: Hermoso under the effects of the SuperSerum.
* SweetTooth: The Marsupilami can't resist cake.
* TagalongKid: Cassandra toward the end.
* {{Tattooed Crook}}s / FacialMarkings: The three gangsters Pablito owns money to.
* ThrowTheDogABone: At the end, [[spoiler:Dan Geraldo manages to have Céline Dion sending a message of thanks to General Pochero. He couldn't be happier... too bad he accidentally erases the message]].
* TrackingDevice: Hermoso and Pétunia manages to feed one (shaped like a cherry) to the Marsupilami.
* TranquillizerDart:
** {{Exaggerated|Trope}} with Dan, who gets ''dozens'' of blowpipe darts in the face before fainting.
--->'''Dan:''' [[NonSequiturThud It stings a bit]].
** Later played straight with tranq darts fired by a rifle, which take out the Marsupilami (as well as a soldier by accident).
* TwoFaced: When the effects of the elixir of youth start to wear off, half of Hermoso's face ends up old and wrinkled while the other half is still young-looking. He is even described as "the two-faced man" in TheProphecy, and Pablito identifies him thanks to this.
* VocalDissonance: Bolo, a.k.a. "Little Voice", is a giant of a man with a ridiculously high-pitched voice.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Dan Geraldo
* AYearAndADay: "The volcano El Sombrero will shoot fire, devastating the Earth for 1,000 years and 2 weeks and a half."
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: Hermoso, talking to the Marsupilami, takes for a "yes" the pained squeal he emits when the Corporal nudges him with the barrel of his gun.

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->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiNhEr4DfqE HOUBA HOUBA HOUBA HOUBA]]\\
HOP!\\
TACALI CAPELCHAN SONÉ BINA\\
HE HOWA PAYA SONE BOBA\\
HOOOOOOP\\
I TALÉTI A FTA BOULI\\
PALABA I PAYA SONÉ BOBA\\
HOP!\\
TACALI CAPELCHAN SONÉ BINA\\
HE HOWA PAYA SONE BOBA\\
HOOOOHOP\\
I TALETI A FTA BOULI\\
PALABA I PAYA SONE BOBA\\
HOP!\\
PAYA BO BATI CHAN PAYA SO NÉ XULUB BO BASTI YEL BIL TACALI\\
PAYA BO BATI CHAN PAYA SO NÉ XULUB BO BASTI YEL BIL TACA\\
HOOOOOOOOOOOOO''
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