->''"Fog: I'm the one who made the bet, and I know I'll be exactly right on time. Fog is my name and I can play with my life in many ways, that's what they say."''

If the phrase "Round, all around the world, round, all around the world" is now going round, all around your head, you probably grew up in Europe in the 1980s and early 1990s, most likely Spain and the UK.

From the same stable as ''WesternAnimation/DogtanianAndTheThreeMuskehounds'', this Spanish cartoon (whose original title is ''La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog'') did for Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' what its predecessor did for ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', namely populated it with {{Funny Animal}}s, gave it a fun LighterAndSofter makeover, and put it on at teatime.

The basic plot of Creator/JulesVerne's novel remains intact: [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman dull, wealthy gentlelion]] Willy Fog (Phileas Fogg in the book[[note]]The French dub, of course, gives him back his original name.[[/note]]) gives up his orderly lifestyle when he accepts a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days. On his journey he faces opponents who have followed him from UsefulNotes/{{London}}, as well as the constant struggle to catch boats and trains on time and all the perils foreign countries, climates and people can throw at him.

Other characters include Rigodon (Passepartout in the novel), Tico their {{mascot}}-a, and Romy (Aouda in the novel), the gentle touch (they all love her so much).

Rigodon, a cat, is a circus acrobat who hoped for a quiet retirement when he applied for a position as Fog's valet but now finds himself dragged into adventure. He is accompanied by Tico, a [[SmallAnnoyingCreature hamster-thing]] in red dungarees.

Romi, a cat, is an Indian princess rescued by the travellers from a suttee, who falls quickly into the role of group [[TheChick chick]], [[TheMedic medic]], and LoveInterest for Fog.

[[CluelessDetective Dix]] (Fix in the novel) and [[CluelessDeputy Bully]] (original character), canine detectives from UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard, believe that Willy Fog is a bank robber using an unlikely cover to flee from justice. They pursue Fog and his party unrelentingly and do their best to obstruct them. Fortunately for Fog they're a pretty incompetent pair, especially bulldog Bully.

Transfer (original character) is a sinister MasterOfDisguise hired by the members of Fog's London club who have bet against him, to ensure Fog cannot win. His true form appears to be a wolf but he can disguise himself as any character, though viewers can spot him from the way one eye [[RedEyesTakeWarning gleams red]] at suitably dramatic moments. Unlike Dix and Bully, who just want Fog under arrest, Transfer is actively out to kill or incapacitate him.

The show's theme song was so popular that when the presenter of Children's BBC offered viewers a Willy Fog Song Sheet printed with the lyrics, demand was overwhelming. The same can be said about Spain, which version was performed by the famous band Mocedades.

In the 1990s, the series was followed by ''Willy Fog 2'' which has Willy, Romy (now his wife) and friends having new adventures directly adapted from Verne's most famous science fiction novels, ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' and ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.
* AdaptationExpansion: The series includes new characters, a bigger development of Romy/Aouda and two extra stops in Hawaii and Mexico that weren't in the original novel.
* AdaptationNameChange: Aouda becomes Romy, Passpartout is Rigodon, Fix is changed to Dix, and Mr Fogg's first name is changed from Phileas to Willy.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has a different [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIR5PFRkRsc opening theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgMTH8ysvks ending theme]].
* AndThisIsFor: Played with. After learning that he'd arrested the wrong man, Dix begs Fog to hit him (as he does, unprompted, in the original novel), but Fog is too busy. Dix then orders Bully, who he has dragged around the world on a wild goose chase, to do it instead. Bully hits him ''twice'':
--> '''Bully''': ''That's'' for ''me''!
* AnimalStereotypes:
** Fog is a lion, appropriately for an English aristocrat. In the original novel, Fog was actually compared to a lion in appearance. The same crew also made a series from {{Sandokan}}, who was, surprise, a tiger.
** Rigodon and Romy have lots of connotations of CuteKitten stereotype. Romy is also a SexyCatPerson.
** Dim detectives Dix and Bully are both dogs.
** Evil Transfer is a wolf -- a big evil vicious wolf.
** Fog's rival Sullivan is also a wolf, just better kept than Transfer.
* AnnoyingArrows: For Koa the Elephant at least.
* AnthropomorphicAnimalAdaptation
* ArtEvolution: Much like ''Dogtanian'''s follow up, the animation studios changed from Creator/NipponAnimation to Creator/WangFilmProductions.
* AttractiveBentGender: Fog and Rigodon are clearly intrigued by the French kangaroo lady they meet on a train. Too bad she's actually Transfer in one of his disturbingly effective disguises...as is the next woman they meet. He has a penchant for this, apparently.
* BagOfHolding: Rigodon's suitcase. There is everything they might need from money in small notes to a teapot and several cups.
* BailEqualsFreedom: In one episode Rigadon gets an actual prison sentence, and Fog gets him completely freed by paying the bail. As in, Fog explicitly states they're going to leave the country and he can't spare his manservant to do time.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: The entire cast.
* BattleButler: Rigodon. So [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdXoDRsLGIU much]].
* BeleagueredAssistant: Rigodon to Willy, Bully to Dix.
* BigEater: Tico, despite his diminute size.
* BridalCarry: Princess Romy occasionally gets carried in Mr Fog's or Rigodon's arms.
* ButtMonkey: Dix and Bully throughout the travels, getting the short end of the stick of traveling in the lowest class possible while Willy's group travels in style.
* CaneFu: Willy Fog is quite proficient with his cane. He even beats a bandit armed with a gun with it, by throwing his cane ''right into the gun's barrel'', causing it to blow up in the bandit's hand.
* CannotSpitItOut: Willy has problem trying to express his feelings for Romy, [[spoiler:but Romy expresses hers first in the end]].
* CanonForeigner: Three very central ones, compared to the original novel -- Tico, Bully and Transfer. Tico and Bully seem to be included mainly for comedy relief, so that Rigodon and Dix can have someone to talk to, and -- in the case of Tico -- [[LocalReference include a Spanish character in the cast,]] given that there were none in the novel. Transfer, on the other hand, presents a recurring antagonist who's actually a threat (which can't really be said of Dix and Bully), as well as neatly taking over some of Phileas Fogg's more morally-questionable actions from the book, so that Willy Fog becomes more of an unquestioned hero. He also makes Dix more sympathetic, by performing some of Fix's nastier tricks.
* CartoonCreature: What on earth is Tico supposed to be?
* ChekhovsGun: Rigodon refuses to fix his grandfather's clock each time they enter a new time zone, but has the time right when they finally make it to London. This makes Fog realize that they have gained an extra day by travelling eastward.
* ClassyCane: Fogg has one,as seen in the page image.
* ClockKing: Willy Fog. Explained best by Tico: "This is not a [[FurryDenial person]], it's a chronometer!"
* CriminalDoppelganger: Mr Fog has one. He's a lion but not at all as handsome.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** You really don't want to engage Rigodon in a fight.
** Fog, especially if he has [[CaneFu his walking stick]] with him.
** Even Tico has his moments of badassery, usually if someone's threatening Rigodon.
* DamselInDistress: Princess Romy upon first meeting. She was about to be burned alive.
* DecompositeCharacter[=/=]ThoseTwoAnimals: Rigodon and Tico in place of Passepartout, and Dix and Bully in place of Fix.
* DubNameChange: Rigodon, Dix and Willy Fog himself all have their original novel names in the Finnish dub.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Specifically, Princess Romy. She's not an aristocrat by birth, but she gain her title by marriage.
* EvilDetectingDog: Koa the (non-sentient) elephant is the only one not fooled by Transfer's disguises.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "Hey, now the story must go on, 'cause a lot of time has gone, we must be ready to go away. Eighty days around the world..."
** Even more so in the original Spanish "The countdown has already begun, will we make it? Yes or no? My trip around the world begins now!"
* FourFingeredHands: The entire cast.
* FunnyForeigner: Rigodon (French) and Tico (Italian). [[LocalReference Tico was Spanish in the original Spanish version]], but the trope was still present because he was explicitely Andalusian ("the funny Andalusian" is nowadays a mostly DeadHorseTrope in Spanish media).
* GentlemanAdventurer: Fog, utterly against his previous character.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** What, attempting to mention gambling and gaming on a supposedly ''children's'' show??
** The fanatical sacrificial ritual via burning the victim alive.
** Transfer's clear attempts at outright murdering Fog and his traveling companions, with little to no regard for whether or not innocent bystanders are also hurt.
** In one episode where Transfer is thrown across the jungle by an elephant, he curses "The devil take that bastard elephant!". In a kids show!
* {{Hammerspace}}: Transfer's various disguises must come from something like this. Almost like Brain in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' who utilises this trope to the nth degree.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rigodon and Tico.
* HollywoodGeography: To be expected, but presumably played more for flavor and fun than the original's relative accuracy (which was exotic at the time). For instance, the temple complex visited in Egypt is clearly Karnak, nearly 500 miles or 750 kilometers from Suez, yet they reach it on camel and back in a single day.
* InspectorJavert: Dix and Bully. Their unusually determined efforts are {{lampshaded}} when a local police chief complains that they're blowing more of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard's budget on this intercontinental chase than he makes in a year.
* InterspeciesRomance: Willy (a lion), and Princess Romy (a cat). They [[spoiler:even get married in the end]].
** Also, the Hawaiian episode features a romance between a monkey and a pig.
* KingOfBeasts: Willy, of course.
* KnifeThrowingAct: While Rigodon and Tico work in a circus while penniless in Yokohama, Rigodon almost gets killed in a knife act thrown by villain and MasterOfDisguise Transfer. Willy Fog steps up and saves him.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** Sullivan was fired from his position as governor of the bank for misappropriation of funds, from his attempts to make sure Willy Fog loses the bet.
** Dix and Bully get demoted to common traffic cops from their wrongful arrest of Willy and Rigodon, which nearly cost him the bet.
* LatexPerfection[=/=]MasterOfDisguise: Transfer. How did he hide those huge ears? {{Hammerspace}} [[CompressedHair ears?]] In addition, he's unusually quick in making the outfit and mask, sometimes specifically resembling a concrete person who the group previously hired.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Played straight by Fog; [[CombatPragmatist avoided]] by Rigodon, Tico and Transfer.
* LighterAndSofter: Surprisingly, not as much as you'd think; on the whole this is a very faithful adaptation of Jules Verne's novel, with good things and bad things happening to the characters throughout -- though there are a few aspects that have been softened a little. Most notably, there's Willy Fog himself, who compared to the Phileas Fogg of the novel is a far more jovial and friendly fellow (even if he is still obsessed with punctuality).
* LocalReference: Tico is Spanish in the original Spanish version, and Portuguese in the Portuguese dub ([[CrossDressingVoices and voiced by a woman]]). The balloon man in Tijuana is also Spanish (but unlike Tico, he is not Andalusian).
* LondonEnglandSyndrome: Used in the first sentence of the opening narration in the first episode.
* LostInTranslation:
** Tico's not only Spanish in the original version - he has a very thick Andalusian accent and uses a lot of Andalusian slang.
** In the Japanese version, they try the "kawaii" effect for Tico with a high-pitched voice. In the Spanish version, he has a rather deep voice.
* MirroredConfrontationShot: In the first episode, there is a rather longish shot of Mr Fog facing Mr Sullivan after they agreed on the bet.
* TheMusical: In 2008, a ''Willy Fog'' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120216144316/http://www.willyfogelmusical.com/ stage musical]] (featuring actors in FunnyAnimal makeup) opened in Spain to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary.
* NationalAnimalStereotypes: Willy Fog is a lion, while Dix and Bully are a beagle and a bulldog. All three animals are often associated with the United Kingdom.
** The team meets two weird and very Anubis-like black dogs in Egypt, but they turn out to be a couple of twin ''German'' archaeologists.
** Tigers are most common in the show's version of UsefulNotes/{{India}}. While in there, the cast also gets to ride an elephant, Rigodon runs in trouble after Tico eats offers to a sacred cow, and Tico is bitten by a tamed cobra (who luckily for him, has no teeth).
** The Chinese captain (and part time pirate) that Willy hires to travel from Shanghai to Yokohama is a panda.
** The Japanese police chief is a [[{{kitsune}} fox]] and Rigodon and Tico find refuge in the humble home of two Japanese macaques while in Yokohama.
** Travel through the American West is delayed by a bison stampede and an attack by coyote Native Americans.
** Transfer disguises as a coyote while in the US, both when he pretends to be a Native and when he pretends to be of European descent.
** The mad prospector in San Francisco is a raccoon (might be a StealthPun, since both prospectors and raccoons spend a lot of their time washing stuff in the river).
* NiceHat: Willy's top hat.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Transfer ends up several times foiling his attempts to stop the band's journey or even helping it to proceed.
** When Transfer breaks a crucial part of Medicine Bow's bridge, he could have allowed the train to fall along with the grumbling bridge. Instead, he stops the train and gives a warning of the danger, expecting Fog to wait for a train from the next stop. Fog gambles instead and directs the train across the grumbling bridge at maximum speed.
** After missing the last ship going to England, the band boards another ship that has a different destination. Transfer disguises as the cook and attempts to feed Willy poisoned soup, but the bull-headed Captain Speedy snatches the soup and eats it himself. This gives Willy the chance to receive the ship's authority from the bed-ridden captain and set the course towards England.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: When Rigodon was saving Princess Romy, he put her over his shoulder at first, but then he carried her in his arms.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: While the novel's plot is universally known overseas, many a Spaniard will come with the name Willy Fog whenever referring to the protagonist instead of orginal protagonist Phileas Fogg due to the series' enormous success.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The series neatly sidesteps some of Phileas Fogg's ethically questionable actions in the book by [[StealthPun transferring events to Transfer]] and his sabotage attempts in order to make Fog the unblemished hero. Dix benefits from this as well.
* {{Prospector}}: The gang meet an old one in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco who has gone mad over the years and carries a bag of dirt thinking it's gold dust.
* PsychoForHire: Transfer.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Willy Fog, obsessed with punctuality, clubs, SpotOfTea and values the fame of the British Empire. His species is even [[NationalAnimalStereotypes Britain's heraldic animal]]!
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Fog and co. race to make London before Big Ben strikes.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Fog is only interested in winning the bet for the sake of sportsmanship; he spends almost as much money on his journey as success will win him.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
** Need to get through the Indian jungle? Buy an elephant! Ship running out of coal? Buy the ship and burn the furnishings! Sometimes they have to force some people into helping them.
** Sullivan doesn't care about the bet money as long as Willy loses it. He even promises his 5000 pounds to Transfer if his sabotage attempts are successful, and he sponsors Transfer's travel expenses.
* SingleMindedTwins: [[ThemeTwinNaming Dr. Frik and Dr. Frok]], German twin archaeologists working at the same excavation in Egypt.
* SimSimSalabim: Snake charmers, sacred cows, angry brahmin monks, turbans, tamed elephants, jungles, and attempted human sacrifices to Kali. The only thing missing is flying carpets.
* SouthOfTheBorder: After a fire on board caused by Transfer, the team docks at Tijuana, Mexico, where the locals are scared of a flying monster. Fortunately, the monster turns out to be a hot air balloon that the characters can use to fly to their initial destination, San Francisco.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Tico, though unlike most examples, he has a role and character that extends a bit beyond comic relief.
* SpiritualSuccessor: to a little-known Australian [[WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays animated series from 1972]].
* TriggerHappy: Most of the population of 1872 UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco is pictured this way.
* VagueAge: Tico is old enough to work and (technically) live on his own, but often acts childish and is treated by Romy in a rather motherly fashion. The vagueness of just ''what'' he is supposed to be probably doesn't help.
* VictorianLondon: Mr Fog's home; however, he has a comfortable life as a member of the upper-middle class.
* WestminsterChimes: Big Ben is heard very often, especially at the beginning of the episodes which always shows the audience what is happening in London in the Reform Club.
* TheWildWest: In the United states, they visit a typical American town, rough cowboys, salloon owner, eccentric American businessman, Indians, and they travel in a very cool train.