Hip-Hip and Hurra is a Polish animated series created by Elżbieta Wąsik and produced by Studio Miniatur Filmowych.The series centers around a duo of Clueless Detectives, a pink hippo named Hip-Hip and a purple weasel named Hurra. Most of the mysteries the characters solve center around leasons about nature's phenomenons.While targeted for very young children and very educational at heart, it includes humor intended for adults as well and often focuses a lot on the comedy. The series consists of 26 episodes. Outside of Poland, the show got popular in Argentina.
This show provides examples of:
Acrofatic: While he is a Hippopotamus, Hip-Hip is very agile and can jump very high.
One particular episode turns into satire on TV court dramas (and trials in general) when all the characters hold a trial for the Magpie to prove if she's a criminal or not. The episode spoofs everything from the court's protocols to surprise witnesses. Even the News report about the trial looks like a wrestling match poster.
Animal Stereotypes: For the most part, but in some cases it's averted. For example, Gorilla is actually a very sweet and playful guy.
Hurra is very easly distracted whenever something fun is involved.
Magpie, as you can guess, reacts this way every time she comes across shiny object.
Barefoot Cartoon Animals: With few rare exeptions (like the Zebra) none of the animals have shoes. However, most appear to get them during one episode, which is set in the winter during Christmas time.
Can't Take Criticism: Rose - who's usualy the most calm character on the show - gets hysterical (if not paranoid) by the mere thought of the art critic (the Peacock) not liking her art, to the point of having nightmares about it.
His girlfriend Kinga is even a bigger one. In one episode she throws a birtday party for her imaginary friend and invites the entire town, in an other one she claims that it's inpossible to steal the sun since she would burn her paws. The character is basically schizophrenic...
Getting Crap Past the Radar: A very subtle ambiguous allusion : In one episode Hip-Hip imagine shis family tree. Then Rose the Giraffe (his love interest) comes and starts eating the leaves and almost destroys it... Hmmm...
In one episode, Hurra (angry for being mistaken for an Otter) yells "JAM ŁASICA!!!", which is the Polish title of I Am Weasel.
Humming-bird's voice is an impression of character Józef Balcerek from the old Polish TV series Alternatywy 4.
In one episode, Hip-Hip and Hurra think that Missy the Ant can turn into a gigant. This leads to a dream sequence with a gigantic Missy the Ant roaming the town. At one point she looks into the window of Mrs. Gorilla, grabs her as she screams and carries her away in homage to the original 1933 King Kong.
The shot of Missy/Misia looking into the window is also reference to another famous shot from Jurassic Park.
The title of one of the episodes, "U Miśków na Urodzinach" (The birthday party at the Bears place"), refrences the Polish song "U Cioci na imieninach" (The nameday party at aunts place). The episode not only features the music from the song in the score, but at one point Missy the Ant hums it.
Thieving Magpie: In one episode Hip-Hip and Hurra investigate series of crimes of shiny objects, which leads them to a Magpie. After being captured, the bird is put on a trial (with Hip-Hip as a judge), and at the end the animals learn that Magpie's stealing was motivated by her natural instinct, so she can't be held responsible for her actions.