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->''"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, specially 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 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) 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 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.

Romy, 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''.
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!!Tropes:
* 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]].
* 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.
** Dim detectives Dix and Bully are both dogs.
** Evil Transfer is a wolf -- a big evil vicious wolf.
* AnnoyingArrows: For Koa the Elephant at least.
* ArtEvolution: Much like ''Dogtanian'''s follow up, the animation studios changed from NipponAnimation to WangFilmProductions.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Specifically, Princess Romy. She's not an aristocrat by birth, but she gain her title by marriage.
* 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..."
* FourFingeredHands: The entire cast.
* FunnyForeigner: Rigodon (French) and Tico (Italian--although he was Spanish in the original Spanish version). An attempt to make a ButNotTooForeign main cast in the original Spanish version in fact, since there aren't Spanish characters in the novel. In the Portuguese version, he is Portuguese ([[CrossDressingVoices and voiced by a woman]]).
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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]].
* 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: The inclusion of Spanish character Tico.
* 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.
* NiceHat: Willy's top hat.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: When Rigodon was saving Princess Romy, he put her over his shoulder at first, but then he carried her in his arms.
* 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 Britain's heraldic animal!
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Fog and co. race to make London before Big Ben strikes.
* TheRaj: In the Indian part of the story.
* 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 and 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.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature[=/=]TeamPet: 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.
* 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.
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