Around the World in Eighty Days is an Australian 16 episode cartoon show produced in 1972 and a loose adaptation of Jules Verne's novel of the same name.Phileas Fogg wants to marry the lovely Belinda Maze, niece to the unscrupulous Lord Maze. Maze makes a wager with Fogg that if Fogg can go around the world in eighty days, he may marry Belinda (with £20,000 thrown in as a sweetener - "It's a bet!"). Fogg, along with his companion Passepartout and his pet monkey Toto, sets out to do so. Lord Maze, seeking to win the bet, sends a hired thug named Fix to prevent Fogg from reaching his goal.Notable for being the first Australian cartoon shown on U.S. network TV, as NBC aired it as a Saturday Morning Cartoon in 1972-73.Compare with its Spiritual Successor, Around the World with Willy Fog.
Tropes in this series include:
- Adapted Out: Aouda does not appear in the show - Fogg's love interest is Canon Foreigner Belinda Maze.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original novel, Fix was a Scotland Yard detective who pursued Fogg out of suspicion that he was a bank robber. Here, he's Lord Maze's hired thug.
- All Cloth Unravels: Fix loses his pants in this manner in the first episode.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Maze will do anything to keep Fogg from winning the bet and marrying his niece. That's why he got Fix to handle the job.
- Bag of Holding: Passepartout uses this to carry whatever items Fogg asks for in a particular episode.
- Canon Foreigner: Belinda Maze and her uncle Lord Maze.
- Toto also counts.
- Catch Phrase:
- Passepartout: "Parlez vous!" and "Fix Tricks! FIX TRICKS!"
- Fix: "I'LL FIX THAT FOGG!"
- Chekhov's Armoury: Once an Episode, Fogg will ask from Passepartout for all the items they will need to overcome the problems on that episode.
- The Chew Toy: Fix.
- Clock King / Crazy-Prepared: Fogg knows what they will need in the future and figures out what items he requires for a particular situation.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Passepartout's pet monkey Toto.
- Expository Theme Tune: Around the World in Eighty Days, Passepartout / So Fogg may marry Belinda Maze, Passepartout / Fogg may fail because of Fix / Unless Fogg nixes Fix's tricks / Around the World with Passepartout.
- Also counts as an Ear Worm.
- Harmless Villain: Fix
- Hurricane Of Aphorisms: Fogg spouts one of these to Passepartout at the beginning of every episode, the events of which invariably go on to demonstrate the wisdom of said aphorism.
- Master of Disguise: Fix. His disguises can fool Passepartout.
- Mellow Fellow: Fogg, no matter the situation, tends to be unflappable.
- Proper Lady: Belinda is devoted to Fogg and is nicer than her uncle.
- Road Sign Reversal: Fix does this in the first episode to keep Fogg and Passepartout from reaching Buckingham Palace.
- Save the Villain: Fogg and Passepartout rescue Fix from an erupting Mount Vesuvius in one episode, and from a gang of desert bandits in another.
- Series Goal: Take a guess.
- Talking to Themself: "Have you got a plan, Mr. Fix?" "Have I got a plan, Mr. Fix? Have I got a plan?"
Good show, Passepartout!