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Western Animation: Around the World in Eighty Days
Good show, Passepartout!

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 50,000 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.

Compare with its Spiritual Successor, Around the World with Willy Fog.

Tropes in this series include:

  • 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.
  • Adaptation Decay: The series has very little to do with the original novel aside from basic concept and a few character names. For starters, Belinda Maze is entirely a creation of the cartoon; in the novel, Fogg is traveling solely to win a wager, and he finds love with an Indian woman along the way.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Maze. He'll do anything to keep Fogg from winning the bet. 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.
  • Clock King: Fogg knows what they will need in the future!
  • 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.
  • Master of Disguise: Fix.
  • Proper Lady: Belinda.
  • Road Sign Reversal: Fix does this in the first episode to keep Fogg and Passepartout from reaching Buckingham Palace.
  • 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!
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