From left to right: Goomo, Bello, Rita, Ongo and Mina.
Jelly Jamm is a 3D CG animated series aimed at young children aged 4-7. It focuses on the adventures of five friends, Bello, Mina, Rita, Ongo and Goomo. These five friends live on the planet of Jammbo, the planet where all music in the universe originates. This makes music a major theme on the show: every episode includes a dance number, and there is music constantly playing in Jammbo (in fact, if the music ever stops, TIME ITSELF freezes.)It is produced by Vodka and 737SHAKER CAPITAL, two Spanish companies based in Madrid and Segovia. It is, however, made for an English speaking audience. In the UK, it airs on Cartoon Network's pre-K block "Cartoonito". The show might also air on Disney Junior in the US.
This show provides examples of:
The Ace: The Queen is athletic, knowledgeable and caring, and, with the help of a few Dodos, runs the Musical Factory that provides the music for the whole universe, while the King rather plays golf and interacts with the kids.
Art Evolution: The characters eyes have got noticeably larger and more expressive since the first episodes, in addition to them gaining more animated expressions. The general animation quality of the show has improved greatly too.
Art Shift: Usually employed in the musical segments or in character's imaginations, we've had 2D animation and sprite animation.
Bilingual Bonus: Ongo is a play on words for "Hongo" meaning "Mushroom" in Spanish. But in the US, it's short for "Ongoing".
Also it should be mentioned that all the boys' names end in 'o' and the girls' names end in 'a'. In Spanish, words (adjectives and nouns) ending in either 'a' or 'o' denote the gender of the noun. However, the new characters, Charlie, Pixie, Miley, Lucy, Becky, and Megumi, have names that end in 'i-e', 'e-y', or just plain old 'y' or 'i'.
Big Eater: Goomo on multiple occasions. He's also a bit pudgier than the other kids.
Cloning Blues: In "King's Clones" the King creates clones of himself to do his chores for him, but all of them are just as lazy as he is, so the clones create clones of themselves to do the chores. Then those clones clone themselves, and then those clones clone themselves, and so on.
Fake Interactivity: Averted, for the most part, with the exception being in "One Note Universe", when Goomo asks the viewers to find a pink key. This was more Played for Laughs however.
In "Jammbo's Rhythm", it was interactive all the more. All the characters showed the viewers how to do different dances. The screen even shook at times, indicating that the viewers did not know the dance that each character was going to teach them.
Fat Idiot: Goomo comes off as this sometimes, mostly due to being innocent and a little na´ve. Although, he's been shown to be quite bright on other occasions.
In "King Clones", the "Fun-O-Meter" from "Mina's Party" note It tells how much fun one exactly has right now, with "Maximum Fun" being the highest amount of fun one can have. is shown to stand in the King's and the Queen's bedroom.
Intellectual Animal: The Dodos are shown to be just as smart as the Jammbonians, they have their own culture and speech and generally seem to understand what the Jammbonians are saying. They also get hired by the King as his personal body-guards and assistants, and run the Musical Factory together with the Queen.
Minimalist Cast: Perhaps the most extreme example ever. The entire planet Jammbo appears to have only seven sentient inhabitants: the five kids, plus the king and queen. There is a nearly infinite supply of Dodos, though.
Nature Lover: All of the kids, but Goomo and Ongo especially. There is actually an episode where Goomo teaches Rita to not harm nature, but be in harmony with it. Ongo doesn't seem to be as environmentally conscious, as he mindlessly throws trash away together with Rita in "Operation: Save Jammbo", but out of all the kids, he gets along best with the Dodos and he rather sleeps outside on a couch than have a proper house, just so he can always be in nature and watch the sunrise everyday.
No Fourth Wall: In "Scary Story", while running from the monster, the kids ran towards the screen and away from it.
And, of course, "Jammbo's Rhythm", being an interactive episode, was the first episode to break the fourth wall.
Parental Abandonment: The King and Queen, who are clearly not the kids' parents, are the only grown-ups ever to be seen. The kids appear to live alone and no one ever considers this odd. Whether or not the concept of parents even exists on this planet is up for debate.
Please Keep Your Hat On: In "Scary Story" the kids think they see a monster's shadow which actually happens to be just Goomo without his helmet.
Shout-Out: When giving a lecture on science to Rita, Mina mentions seeing a duck in a green hat and a pink elephant wearing a tutu, which is a spoof on Pocoyo, to see if she was paying any attention. She wasn't.
In "Goomo's Race", one of the images in the picture book looks suspiciously similar to the Hylian Crest from .
There are many shout-outs to other video game series too, including Pac-Man, Mario and even Street Fighter.
The Voiceless: Ongo. He normally doesn't speak except for making sound effects or beatboxing.
In "Rita Adopts a Dodo", he does say "Oh, Mama!"
Of course, in the US version, he actually DOES speak, but doesn't quite speak as often as the other characters. His first line was the US pilot, "The New Kids on Jammbo", when he didn't like the newcomers on the planet. He got so enraged that he yelled out his first line ever spoken: "Get these guys outta here!"
Vitriolic Best Buds: Bello and Mina get into disagreements often, but they're still good friends and always make up in the end.
What Does This Button Do?: There is a big button in the royal palace. Pushing this button stops the music. This is bad, because time stops in Jammbo when there is no music playing. The only thing that averted disaster when the king pushed the button was Goomo, who happened to be listening to a personal music player at the time.