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Western Animation: Jelly Jamm
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".

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.
  • Adorkable: Goomo.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Everyone... even the little dodos.
  • 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.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A Dodo Butterfly becomes giant due to an accident with one of Mina's inventions. As does Rita.
  • Band Land: Planet Jammbo. Not surprising, considering that it's the source of all the music in the Universe.
  • 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.
  • Big Eater: Goomo on multiple occasions. He's also a bit pudgier than the other kids.
  • Blinding Bangs: Ongo
  • Cheerful Child: All of the 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.
  • Cool Helmet: Goomo has one.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Rita to the Dodos.
  • The Cutie: Rita
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Bello's hair kind of resembles dreadlocks to a point.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Mina.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • When Goomo takes off his shirt to cover a puddle with it in "Best Friends Forever", there's a close-up of his belly and vaguely erotic music is playing. This all happens in a split second.
    • In "King Clones", the "Fun-O-Meter" from "Mina's Party" note  is shown to stand in the King's and the Queen's bedroom.
  • Half Dressed Cartoon Kid: Bello. This is especially jarring since all the other kids, even the male ones, wear pants.
  • Happily Married: The King and the Queen. They are even shown kissing eachother on the cheek or the mouth in some episodes, averting No Hugging, No Kissing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bello and Goomo are shown to act like this.
  • Humongous Mecha: Mina invents one to change Jammbo's light bulbs. It gets a makeover and becomes Bello's "Jammbo Bot".
  • I Dye Grass: Music (which is apparently a mineral) is mined from Jammbo's core, refined, and delivered throughout the Universe in the form of bubbles.
  • Invisibility: In one episode Mina turns herself invisible.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone.
    • Goomo changes his outfit once, in "Radio Goomo". He starts wearing black after discovering heavy metal music.
  • Loony Fan: Goomo is this for Bello in "Best Friends Forever"
    • Similarly, in "Rita Adopts a Dodo", Rita is shown to have an oddly large collection of stuff that resembles dodos in her home. The dodo she adopts gets rather weirded out by it.
  • Mad Scientist: Mina is a Lighter and Softer version of this trope. She can practically invent anything, conducts many experiments and even got the stereotypical Mad Scientist laugh in "Mina's Party". Her many inventions and stocks of Applied Phlebotinum often set off the plot. She also gets referred to as a Mad Scientist in several episodes.
  • Man Child: The King is very childish.
  • Meganekko: 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.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Mina tries to communicate via a dictionary with Dodos in "Mama Mina", but whatever she says makes them very angry.
  • 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.
  • Old Master: A Dodo version, no less.
  • One of the Kids: The King regularly hangs out and plays with the kids, especially Rita and thusly often regresses to their level of maturity (not that this was hard in the first place).
  • Out of Focus: Ongo could be named "Out of Focus - the character". It's that bad.
  • 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.
  • Reality Warper: Bello in "Silent Sheriff". It doesn't go so well.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Queen.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Dodos.
  • Rule of Cute
  • Running Gag: A cardboard cutout of a Mariachi.
  • 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 [1].
    • There are many shout-outs to other video game series too, including Pac-Man, Mario and even Street Fighter.
  • Silent Snarker: The Dodos.
  • Speech Impediment: Goomo has a noticeable lisp when he speaks.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mina is the Tomboy to Rita's Girly Girl.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Mina has an accent...just...an accent.
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