is a Chilean TV series, which parodies the news shows' format, and is hosted by puppets
The whole idea behind the show is seeing how disastrous things could get on-air and off-air, with characters fighting each other
, and Juanín
trying to get everyone to do their things.
Among other things, the program has a couple of recurring segments, including the "Top-top-top-top-top music ranking
" (which airs music videos parodies) and "The Adventures of Calcentin-con-rombos-mannote
" (a super hero parody that normally ends with some aesops emphasized in the plot of its episode).
Originally aired from 2003 through 2005 (only spawning three seasons) and had a movie
released in 2008.
The series took a production hiatus of seven years with some live shows done in between (outstanding musical live presentations in Lollapalooza Chile 2012
, Festival Internacional de la Canción Viña del Mar 2013
and Lollapalooza Chile 2014
). A fourth season was announced to be in the works since 2012 and it eventually started its airing in October 2014.
The official site of the series can be found here
(only in Spanish).
Note: since this series includes a lot of significant Spanish names, please try to give them a translation to English. You can always use notes or labelnotes: name[[note]]Translated name[[/note]] or name[[labelnote:Translation]]Translated name[[/labelnote]]
This show provides examples of:
- Adaptation Decay: In-Universe example. In one episode the characters wanted to give an edutainment turn to the show and tried to put on stage their take on Don Quijote de la Mancha. It didn't work:
Juanín (Sancho Panza): Oh, Don Quixote. I see a threat in the distance.
Tulio (Don Quixote): Don't worry, my loyal secretary. No enemy poses a threat to me.
Bodoque (The Narrator): What they didn't know is that their archenemies are coming... the vampire windmills blocked their passage!
Tulio: The vampire windmills?! Are you sure Don Quixote goes like this?
Bodoque: More or less, Tulio. I'm sure about the vampires, but I came up with the windmills thing. Just go with it.
Tulio: These evil windmills won't defeat us, Sancho!
Juanín: It's a sign of our progress, Don Quixote!
Tulio: They defeated us! Run! Run, Sancho!
Bodoque: Go back to the stage, you cowards!
Vampire Windmills: Yeah, come back.
- Afraid of Needles: Tulio in 'La invasión de los Tramoyas'.
- All In The Manual: Several stuff like the backstory of the characters or the name of some unnamed characters are only given in merchandising or interviews that the characters do in magazines, but never in the show.
- Alliterative Name: Tulio Triviño, Juanín Juan Harry, Balón Von Bola
- All Just a Dream
- All Love Is Unrequited: Mario Hugo is in love with Patana, something that was confirmed in The Movie (see Can't Spit It Out below).
- Always Someone Better: Patana.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
- Amusement Park: In the song 'Parque de diversiones'.
- Animeland: In 'Japonés'.
- Art Shift: The little bumpers that open and close Policarpo's Ranking Top are in 3D.
- Ascended Meme: In 'La amenaza siluria II', the clip of the first Tulio interview is a parody of 'Super Taldo', a Chilean viral video of an old unaired news report about a boy with Tourette's Syndrome.
- In 'El video', the last blooper shown is a parody of an infamous leaked blooper reel of the Chilean TV show 'El mundo del Profesor Rossa'.
- Automobile Opening
- Back to Front: The song "Severlá".
- Big Bad: Cachirula in The Movie, with sentient doll Estrella de Lana as her Dragon.
- Big Eater: Dylan Manguera, but thanks to Juan Carlos Bodoque, he knows better and gets better.
- Big "NO!": In 'Enfermosis', by Calcetín con Rombos Man when his long lost brother reveals his identity, followed by a Big "YES!" from his part.
- Broken Record: One song per season ("Lala", "Boing Boing Boing" and "Guácala").
- Betty and Veronica: Guaripolo´s Veronica to Mario Hugo´s Betty and Patana´s Archie
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The lawyer that talks like an idiot is a subversion to this trope.
- Cain and Abel: Calcetín con Ramones Man wanted to kill his brother Calcetín con Rombos Man for abandoning him. Lampshaded when the first claims "Who am I, my brother's keeper?"
- Can't Spit It Out: In The Movie, Mario Hugo never really gets to confess his love for Patana until the climax. Even then, his feelings are instantly rejected.
- He does confess it in "El secreto" just to get rejected by an "And i don't care"
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Tulio.
- Carnivore Confusion: A hilarious example; during the first episode, Mico the Micófono's segment had him asking the "people" on the street what they thought about food. At one point, a group of pieces of meat said that they were vegetarians... and then the scene cuts to a group of vegetables chanting "Meat! Meat! Meat!".
- Cartoon Creature: Most notably Tulio and Juanín.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A Boy Band made of five muscular men from The Movie. They first appear at the start singing a song for Tulio's birthday, and reappear during the final battle, successfully defeating Cachirula's giant robots though the Power of Hotness.
- Christmas Episode: Every cliche is used, lampshaded and crushed during it. Plus, it was made against the character's will, they had to improvise it at the last second and everyone, except for Policarpo, hated being part of it because they were missing spending the holiday with their families and relatives.
- Christmas Miracle: Invoked at the end of the Christmas Episode): after forgiving Juan Carlos Bodoque for losing everyone's gifts at the horse racings, everyone expected to be rewarded with more free gifts. After claiming to "have learned their lesson" and asking "Hey, where are our gifts?" a few times, everyone gets crushed under a rain of gifts, which culminated with Santa Claus himself popping out from nowhere to fall over the characters.
- Clip Show Penultimate episode of each season
- Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: In "Tio Horacio", in the Tio Horacio's Show, there was promoted a "Panashiva" TV.
- "Panashiva" is a real brand of cheap and shoddy electronics sold in Chile during the early 2000's.
- Commuting on a Bus: Carla Rubio was a reporter of the 'Ranting Club' segment in the first few episodes until it was said to had taken "vacations against her will" and was replaced by Rosario Central. She only appear briefly in two later episodes, where is clearly stated that she was fired.
- Contest Winner Cameo: The voices of the kid version of Tulio, Bodoque and Juanin in The Movie were the winners of a contest.
- Continuity Nod
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Sr. Manguera
- Couch Gag / Logo Joke: From season 2 onwards, a little pig-esque finger puppet named Carlitos Lechuga attemps to tell an Aesop under the Aplaplac logo after the closing credits, only for the logo or something else to hurt him badly. He gets his revenge during a (surprisingly long) Matrix-esque montage, where the Aplaplac logo transforms into a humanoid mecha, but Carlitos dodges every attack, kicks the mecha in the shins and sends him running away, crying.
- Crazy Memory: Balón Von Bola
- Credits Gag: In 'La gotera', the credits mimics to the ones for El Chavo del 8 and all the crew has the name of a Chespirito character as nickname.
- Crossover Punchline: 'Coanimadora' with the actual midnight news program of the channel, Medianoche.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone except for Tulio, especial mention to Bodoque and Policarpo
- Deal with the Devil: The song 'Parque de diversiones' (Amusement Park) where a kid wins a whole park for himself, but then discovers he cannot invite his friends, and also cannot leave the park and he's forever locked inside... with a demon, who's chasing the kid to kill him. It's just a nightmare.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host: Tío Horacio to dangerous extremes, although he's the same on and off stage.
- Development Gag: In 'El fin del mundo', the clip shown of how Tulio was before going through plastic surgery was actually footage of an unaired pilot.
- Dreaming of a White Christmas: Parodied in 'Calurosa Navidad' (Hot Christmas) where a group of hot, tired and unconfortable people disguised as Santa Claus sings about the problem of celebrating Christmas during summer.
- Driven to Suicide: Parodied in 'Patana Enamorada' (Patana in love) where Mario Hugo takes a hangman´s noose upon discovering Patana is not in love with him... And he uses said noose as a swing.
Mario Hugo: It´s too late, Tulio! I´m gonna swing here for months and years til I die of boredom!
- Early-Bird Cameo: Juanín and Balón made cameos on the background of the studio one episode before their formal appearance.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Early episodes behaved more like an Sketch Show with the "news" as the skits and the studio scenes serving merely as a Framing Device, without any actual plot happening besides some kind of Running Gag. Various main characters weren't introduced yet, most notably Juanín Juan Harry. Word of God considers "El Señor Amable" (S1, E07) as the true first episode, as it is the Juanín debut and does have an actual plot carried throughout the whole half-hour.
- Ear Worm: The theme song. It'll dance its way into your head and never, ever leave.
- Edutainment Show: Played for laughs and then played straight with Juan Carlos Bodoque's segments, where he talks about ecology, the effects of pollution and the theft of Chilean's archeologic treasures.
- Also played during Calcetín Con Rombos Man's segments, where the super-hero talks about Children's Rights after solving a crisis that involved one or two rights being trampled.
- Eek, a Mouse!!: In 'Un ratoncito duro de cazar'
- Everything Talks: It's assumed that all the objects in the show are sentient, save when the plot requires otherwise. This is particularly so in the first episode, when, at a certain point, a toilet seat asks for a roll of toilet paper to bring him juice.
- Faking the Dead: In 'El estiercol' and in 'El funeral de Tulio'.
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: In 'Maguito explosivo', when they want Maguito to lose his 'addiction' to explosions.
- Fluffy Cloud Heaven: In 'Alcancía'.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Most of the characters with fingers note , including the ones where the puppeteer wears the hand as a glove like Tulio and Patana, not unlike The Muppets.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Their take of Pinocchio has the fairy marrying Geppetto and becoming negligent parents.
- Damn they also become drunkards and only pay attention to him because he is inside a broken T.V.
- Friendship Makes You Crazy: In The Movie, Cachirula is incredibly obsessed with taking endangered animal species away to her zoo-island so they can be her pets and, by extension, her friends. If one refuses to escape, she beheads them and places their heads on her wall, something Juanin finds out the hard way.
- Fun Size: Carlitos Lechuga.
- Funny Background Event: Anything the tramoyas do at the background of the set.
- Fun with Acronyms: The band LLUEHHHB. The name is short for "Latidos Latinos Urbanos Emergentes Hip Hop Hermanos Brothers". Wow.
- Furry Confusion: Mario Hugo is a chihuahua but seems to have truckloads of pet dogs.
- Also, although the main characters are shown in different clothes several times and Juanin spends a good portion of The Movie naked, the first episode showcases a nude photoshoot, with the nudity being that the puppets involved remove their "skin" revealing the hands controlling them.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The song called 'Doggy Style', which actually talks about a party held by Mario Hugo's many pet dogs at his house when he's out. Subverted when a local newspaper warned about kids finding naughty stuff when looking for the song title on the web.
- Done literally when Juan Carlos Bodoque presented a segment named "La Ruta de la Caca" (The Road of the Poop) where he explained step by step what happened with human waste, from the WC until it's processed at water treatment plants. At the end, Tulio and Juan Carlos have this conversation:
Tulio: "Fascinating, Juan Carlos. It's very interesting to know what happens with our doo-doo."
Juan Carlos Bodoque: "Crap, Tulio. Let's call things for their name. Crap, also known as feces or PPPTTHHHBBHBHBHBHBHBH. It's a very interesting topic to discuss during lunchtime with the family."
Tulio (visibly upset):
"... Thanks, Juan Carlos."
- To be fair, what is considered mild language in most Hispanic countries is rather soft in Chile and Spain
- God In Puppet Form: And a very ugly one, with — according to Tulio — a terrible taste on music.
- Gratuitous English: "They Cut Wrong My Hair"
- Green Aesop: On the 'Nota verde' segments
- Half Hour Comedy
- Hand Puppet: Taken to its Logical Extreme by using socks (or whatever object) without even putting a minimal effort to convert them into sock puppets. In particular concerning the Calcetín con Rombos Man sketches.
- Handsome Lech: Bodoque
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Bodoque, as he's forced to do ecological reports while actually wanting to be the anchor man of the show.
- Having a Blast: Maguito, in his second appearance.
- Heel-Face Turn: Tio Pelado in The Movie, after Cachirula fires him after he gets her Juanin.
- High-Pressure Blood: That was rather an "I just take a dump all over the radar" episode
- Hilarious Outtakes: Fake ones are shown in 'El Video' and in reports about the channel telenovela. Actual ones appear on DVD.
- Hypocritical Humor: The show ran on this.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: A version With Lyrics called 'Yo nunca vi televisión' is used in-show.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tulio, especially in The Movie.
- Kaiju: The Sasquatch.
- he is normal human size, though
- Keeping Secrets Sucks
- Lampshade Hanging: At the beginning 'Maguito Explosivo' Tulio is worried because at any moment he's going to be interrupted, like in all previous episodes.
- Laugh Track: Parodied in the episode 'Risotrón' (Laugh-a-Tron), with a device that makes everything funnier (Except Tulio) by laughing.
- Played straight in 'Patana' during a spoof of an skit of the Chilean sketch show Jappening con Ja.
- Last of His Kind: Juanín in The Movie. Huachimingo was believed to be this until said movie.
- Leitmotif: ¡Calcetín con Rombos Man! Da-dara-dara!
- Lemony Narrator / Interactive Narrator: On Calcetín con Rombos Man segments
- Limited Wardrobe: The whole cast most of the time, but averted with Tulio.
- Loony Fan: Calcetín con Hongos Man.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Lost Him in a Card Game
- Long-Lost Relative: Mario Hugo's mom in 'La mamá'.
- Made of Explodium: Maguito.
- More like drank a can of explodium and is regularily exploding ever since.
- As of season 4, Tio Pelado and Cossimo Gianni explode in two different episodes.
- Mind Screw: Parodied with one of the Japanese “News segments” in ‘Japonés’, which consists of a group of live-action children with boxes decorated like faces over their heads, dancing and moving randomly, while some sad music and a lot of Japanese words (including some random stats) fly through the screen, ending with a white drawing of one of the decorated boxes with a sad face over a black background (with a white text and a weird voiceover that say mere gibberish). After the segment is over, we get to see Tulio staring at the camera, as if what he he just saw had fried his brain.
- Mooks: Cachirula's dolls in The Movie.
- Mood Whiplash: In one episode, Calcetín Con Rombos Man discovers that some products with his image are being sold without his consent (and at very expensive prices, to boot) so he decides to track the source and discovers they are being manufacturated on a ship anchored on international waters, by one of the show's recurrent villains, who claims to have reformed and decided to make hero merchandise out of admiration for the man who showed him the light. Calcetín Con Rombos Man is initially flattered and happy to see an old foe reforming, until he discovers that his products are being manufacturated by children. Slave children, forced to work on inhuman conditions, being fed just once a week and forced to drink alcohol to keep them quiet and obedient. He promptly releases the children and takes them to an Orphanage of Love.
- Done In-Universe in the episode '¡Qué lástima!', where the image consultant of the show want to keep it as pitiful as possible in order to raise the TV rating, yet the characters can't stop doing "funny" stuff instead.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Several songs featured in the show. The best example probably is "Mi equilibrio espiritual" ("My spiritual balance") by Freddy Turbina, a song about how awesome and admired he has become since he finally learned to ride a bike without training wheels.
- Musical Episode: Last episode of each season, although they are actually clip shows of all the music videos of the season, and usually a new song.
- News Parody: Faux News variation.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Several characters share traits with analogous Chilean media personalities, although the creators denies they were intended as parodies.
- No Ending: 'Mugre' does have an ending, but it was so ambiguous and short that much people don't get it. The fact that it was simply removed in syndication by seemingly no reason doesn't help.
- Non Indicative Name: The song 'Papá, te quiero' literally translates as 'Dad, I love you', but in the lyrics is told in the sense of "Dad, I want you [to do me favors]".
- No Title: The episodes were officially untitled until they were released to DVD.
- Ascended Fanon: The titles of the first two seasons were taken from a fan website.
- Off with His Head!: This is the fate for whoever attempts to escape Cachirula's tyranny in The Movie, though we never get to see any actual beheading, and the only two people that go through this are the Blonde Buffalo and Cachirula's right-hand doll Estrella de Lana, although the latter gets better just by sewing herself back together.
- Once per Episode: "¿Qué te pasa, Policarpo?", which translates to "What's happening to you, Policarpo?".
- One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe, all songs featured on the 'Ranking Top' are this.
- Overly Long Gag: In 'El secreto', about one minute of the characters astounded staring silent after discovering Policarpo's secret. He's bald, his hair is actually a wig.
- Pals With God: Not even friends
- Painting the Medium: Every mention of Calcetín Con Rombos Man is followed by everyone turning to the camera while a snippet from Calcetín con Rombos Man's Leitmotif is played. In one episode his leimotiff is played so many times that Calcetín Con Rombos Man yells at the musics to stop playing it, and the musicians themselves grab their instruments and walk away, offended.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Lulo Serrucho in his episode.
- Parental Bonus
- Person of Mass Destruction: Maguito, in his second episode. When you can blow up a huge asteroid by yourself, you can officialy consider yourself a WMD.
- Photo Montage: The credits of 'No te vayas, Juanín', with photos of a party at Juanín's house.
- Pie in the Face
- Piggy Bank: Patana tries to break one until the piggy bank start running.
- Pokémon Speak: Juanin when he was little, as revealed in The Movie, prompting Tulio and Bodoque to name him.
- "El diario de Juanín" gave us the cat known as "El gato que empuja". DISEÑAU!
- Power Incontinence: Maguito had to take some self-control classesto avoid blowing up at the drop of a hat.
- Present Day
- Product Placement: Parodied in 'Cebollas'.
- Protest Song: Parodied with Guaripolo's 'Mala'.
Guaripolo: "No more trucks, no more whales, no more revolving doors, no more batucadas, no more forests, no more carpets, no more remote controls, no more school vans and no more scholars."
- Also parodied in 'Amurrao', where a toddler complains about long road trips.
- Punny Name: Joe Pino. His name is pronounced the same way as "yo opino" ("I think that..."), and he's the guy who's always giving his opinion on anything.
- Puppet Permutation / Humanity Ensues: Naturally inverted in 'La amenaza Siluria III" where the main crew are turned briefly into their voice actors.
- Really 700 Years Old: Huachimingo says to have been hidden for 1.500 years.
- Re Tool: Third season is vastly different from the first two, there are rarely episodes about news rather than episodes about some problem that the main characters core is now dealing with.
- Running Time in the Title
- Saving the World: In 'Maguito explosivo' and the 'La Amenaza Siluria' Story Arc.
- Saw It in a Movie Once: In 'Maguito explosivo':
Cirilo Pila: "The only way to avoid the colission would be we make the asteroid explode."
Jackson Aceituno: "And how do you know that?"
Cirilo Pila: "Because I saw it in a movie once..."
- Scout Out: In The Movie, it's explained, by flashback, that Tulio and Bodoque were hiking through the woods as Boy Scouts when they met Juanin.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Everyone in Tulio's family yawns this way.
- Self Promotion Disguised As News: In-Universe with the coverage of the soup-opera of the channel, as noted above.
- Self-Titled Album: The soundtrack for the first season, unintentionally also a case of Running Time in the Title.
- Shout-Out: And how!
- Sliding Scale of Living Toys: Estrella de Lana from The Movie is quite obviously a sentient doll. This is particularly so near the end, when she manages to recover from being beheaded by just sewing her head and body back together.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Maguito, in his first appearance. None of his tricks went right, and even when he almost drowned in a Houdini-esque trap, he insisted he was doing it right.
- Snap Back: Several episodes end with the cast fired or working at something completely different.
- Soap Within a Show: The mock-soap opera Los Títeres (The Puppets) announced by Policarpo during the earlier episodes.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Los Titeres was the name of an actual Chilean soap-opera from the 80's, where the main theme was that fate controlled everyone's actions, like a puppet's strings. They even use the same theme song.
- Something Person: Calcetín Con Rombos Man (Argyle Sock Man). Oddly, he's an actual sock and not a man.
- One-shot examples are 'Hombre de plumavit' (Styrofoam man) and '1/2 Hombre' (Half-man).
- Species Surname: Raul Guantecillo. Tenison Salinas has a given name and Balón Von Bola has both.
- Don't forget Mico el Micófono!
- Meanwhile, Juanin appears to have a Species First Name.
- Spoiled Brat: Cachirula, The Movie's villain.
- Spot the Imposter: In 'Lulo Serrucho'.
- Snowlems: Hielito
- Straw Fan / Meta Guy: In 'Un ratoncito duro de cazar', Ratón del water makes fun of a fan website that had a section with a list full of the show inconsistencies.
- Strictly Formula: Calcetín Con Rombos Man segments, although they loosen up a bit on the ones with an Story Arc.
- Stylistic Suck: 'Guaripolo And Sopapiglobo versus Vampire Chaplin'
- Superhero Episode
- Taken for Granite
- Television Geography: Although The Movie don't mention being located at a specific setting, the single city displayed is made-out of different cities both in Chile and Brazil.
- The Collector of the Strange: Huachimingo collecting fluffs.
- The Ditz: Tulio.
- The End of the World as We Know It: In 'El fin del mundo', 'Maguito Explosivo' and the three-part 'La amenaza siluria".
- The Movie
- The Smurfette Principle: Besides Carla Rubio from the earlier episodes and her replacement Rosario Central, Patana is the only female character in the main cast.
- Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo: In 'Japonés'.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: In 'Maguito explosivo'.
- Traumatic Haircut: The song 'Me cortaron mal el pelo'.
- Two For One Show
- Unreadably Fast Text: In "Huachimingo sin hogar", the special programming done to inform about the earthquake begins with a news-ticker at the bottom of the screen, that moves extremely fast.
- Also, the credits for the "Ballet Boxing" fight in "Oestelandia". If you pause the screen to see them, you'll notice that both Balón Von Bola and Raúl Guantecillo are just the hosts, all the rest of the credits are for Tenison Salinas.
- Vacation Episode: 'Vacaciones', which behaves like an ordinary episode but showing Busman's Holiday clips of the characters instead of news.
- Verbal Tic: Policarpo’s “Top Top Top…”.
- Villain Song: Cachirula attems to sing one in The Movie, but can’t because her flying chair malfunctions. The complete version was done later for an advertisement.
- Visual Pun
- Vocal Evolution
- Vox Pops: The “Encuesta” segment.
- Welcome Titles
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Tulio's fear of whales. Justified in The Movie.
- Wicked Witch: Bruja González.
- Widget Series: Parodied in 'Japonés'.
- Workaholic: Juanín Juan Harry hates vacations. His friends take advantage of this and overload him with their own to-do things when the cast goes on vacation, and Juanin actually thanks them for it. In The Movie, when he becomes one of Cachirula's "pets", he pities the fact that she doesn't make them work in order for them to retain their value.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Invoked in episode 1; in it, the "Ranting Club" segment was about a kid (a real kid rather than a puppet) who wanted to dye his hair blue.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle