Western Animation: Jungledyret Hugo
Denmark loves it! Everyone else... is pretty much unaware the thing exists.Jungledyret Hugo
(also known as Go Hugo Go
in the English version) is a Danish animated film series by A.FilmA/S about a little mammal named Hugo, who is one of a kind.
The first film introduces us to Hugo, an apparently one-of-a-kind anthropomorphic animal who lives in a jungle. Youthful and carefree, Hugo is prone to playing practical jokes on his friends, Zig and Zag the monkeys. His idyllic lifestyle is interrupted when he is captured by the CEO of a famed movie company, Conrad Cupmann, to be a co-star in a Hollywood-style film. In order to return from Copenhagen to his jungle home, he must escape with the help of a newly found friend, Rita the fox.
The sequel, Jungledyret 2
, picks up where the first movie left off. Hugo and Rita each tell their friends about how much they miss one another. Meanwhile, the CEO of the movie studio still wants to catch him. His plan is to have Hugo co-star in a film, and then earn lots of money through merchandising.
In 2003, the franchise was made into an animated TV series. It led up to the events of the third film. Thirteen episodes of 26 minutes were produced, and originally aired 2003-2004.
The third film , Jungledyret 3
, continues where the animated series left off, which in turn is a sequel to the second movie. It is a CGI film. The plot again involves Hugo being captured, this time by several competing groups of humans who are all after Hugo for their own reasons.
This series contains examples of:
- All Cgi Cartoon: The third one.
- Almost Kiss: Twice in the second film.
- Amusing Injuries
- Art Evolution: The first film looks like a Don Bluth film, but the second has its own style.
- Rita's design in particular changes with each film.
- Artistic Age: See Older Than They Look below.
- Be Yourself:
Hugo: They want me to be completely different from what I am. Why do I have to be different? Why can't they just be different themselves??
Rita: I like you the way you are.
Hugo: You're my... best friend too.
- Big Eater: Hugo.
- Book Ends: The first film begins with a musical number about Hugo's daily routine, which consists of playing in the jungle with his friends. It ends with the same musical number, but now Meatball Charlie is playing too.
- In the beginning of the third film, Hugo and his old friends are singing in the jungle... in Hugo's dreams. At the end, the song is reprised, this time in Junglandia's nature reserve with Rita and the pup present.
- Bowdlerise: The English versions by Miramax.
- Brandishment Bluff: Hugo repeatedly claims that he is poisonous or diseased to scare off predators, to varying degrees of success.
- Bulungi: Junglandia. As seen in the third film, it is actually in South America, somewhere around Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.
- Catch Phrase: Wulle wulle wah!
- Cartoon Creature: Hugo.
- Cats Are Mean: All over the series. Alleycats in the first film, a jaguar and a lynx during the TV series, and another jaguar in the third film.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Conrad Cupmann. The dude burns down a forest just to lure out Hugo.
- Cute Little Fangs: Both the main leads.
- Darker and Edgier: The second film features much more emotional drama than the other installments.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rita and Hugo. Mostly Rita.
- Denser and Wackier: The animated series starts off mundane enough, but during the final few episodes Hugo and Rita travel to the North Pole with one of Santa's elves, and encounter a tribe of troll-like creatures along the way.
- Disney Acid Sequence: When Izabella loses her marbles over her obsession with catching Hugo, the scene transitions into her imagination, in which she repeatedly grabs Hugo only for him to transform into strange things, including herself, all while she giggles unsettlingly.
- Dumb Blonde: Barbie Turner.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Easy Amnesia: The first episode of the animated series involves Hugo getting hit by a church bell and forgetting that he's not in the jungle anymore (and also Rita's name).
- Evil Is Hammy: Izabella.
- Everyone Can See It: The relationship between Hugo and Rita is obivous to everyone and many characters lampshades on it. Even Cupmann can see it, and so he went into the Moral Event Horizon in the second movie when he decided to send bloodhounds to kill Rita due to her "bad influence" over Hugo.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: In the second film, Conrad tries to shoot Hugo with Tranquilizer Darts. In the third film, the gun is replaced with a crossbow, but there is a statue of General Maximus wielding a rifle. Averted in the animated series, however.
- Friendly Tickle Torture
- Funny Animal
- Funny Background Event: The sole purpose of the rat in the third film.
- Furry Fandom: You know it!
- Gospel Revival Number: The pig song.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress
- Hakuna Matata: Wulle Wulle Wap Wap in the first film, Frank, Cheeky, and Free in the third.
- Hartman Hips: Izabella.
- Heel-Face Turn: Most of the antagonists of the third film, except for Professor Strix.
- Barbie Turner in the second film.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Hugo is unabashedly a dick to some of the characters he meets along the way. For example, breaking a show dog's trophies to create a diversion, and stealing a squirrel's acorn hoard under the pretense of teaching a game.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Conrad Cupmann.
- Humanlike Foot Anatomy: Hugo.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Hugo looks upon mankind with great distrust, with the exception of Meatball Charlie.
- Pig Snowball
- Idle Rich: Croesus.
- Implied Love Interest: Hugo and Rita.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hugo.
- Knight of Cerebus: Cupmann (in the second movie) is the only main antagonist who's played as a genuine, serious threat. While the other antagonists are more comical and inefficient in nature, Cupmann is a ruthless and cold-hearted man who'll even resort to killing if he's to get what he wants. Just the gleeful way he orders the bloodhounds to rip that foxfur apart in preparation for killing Rita is downright disturbing.
- Living Crashpad: Rita in the first TV series episode.
- Made Myself Sad: Hugo misses Rita so badly that just mentioning her kills his storytelling mood.
- Mad Scientist: Professor Strix.
- Meatgrinder Surgery: Nearly happens to Hugo during Strix's Villain Song.
- Modern Major General: Generalissimo Maximillion Maximus: Skilled ruler, smooth negotiator... never once seen actually leading an army, nor is it even confirmed that Junglandia has an army.
- Movie-Making Mess: Hugo does not like being a movie star.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Izabella Scorpio. (Renamed to Izabella Dehavalot in the English dub)
- General Maximus' dog is named Satan.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Michael Snackson (Jack Michaelson in the English version)
- Off Model: In one scene of the first movie, Hugo is at one point drawn so small he fits inside the bed of a dollhouse.
- Older Than They Look: Rita comments on several occasions that soon she will be old enough to have her own den. And Hugo, despite his "cute & fuzzy" look, talks and acts like someone clearly in his teens.
- Paparazzi: Blitz and Smuds.
- Priceless Ming Vase: "And now the ugly one!" CRASH!
- Product Placement: Extremely subtle. While Hugo is being driven to the harbor on the banana truck, a Coca-Cola sign can be seen. The same sign is seen again at the end, when Meatball Charlie is taking Hugo back to the jungle.
- Punch Clock Villain: Donna Prima. She is the only antagonist who likes Hugo from the start and wants to see him treated well.
- Put on a Bus: Rita's family, whom she repeatedly voices concern over during the first two films, then abandons almost without noticing.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: Professor Sturmdrang. (Doctor Loongkoffer in the English dub)
- Rubber Man: Chief Iztintatel.
- Rube Goldberg Device: Used to catch Hugo in the beginning of the third movie.
- Shout-Out: The motivational song Hugo sings to the pigs is obviously a Baptist gospel.
- In one episode of the animated series, Hugo puts on a red shirt to keep warm in the Arctic. He looks almost exactly like Winnie-the-Pooh.
- Skyward Scream: "RITA!"
- Stupid Crooks: The recurring gangsters in the animated series.
- That Poor Plant: A flower gets hit with a Tranquilizer Dart in the third film, causing it to droop pitifully.
- The Load: The jungle pup.
- The Stoner: There's a butterfly in the third movie that is quite clearly high as a kite.
- This Is Going To Be Huge: Every antagonist's motivation for catching Hugo. Movies, and movie merchandise, and perfume, and cloned pets, and and and...
- Those Two Guys: Zig and Zag.
- Totem Pole Scarecrow
- Tsundere: Rita.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Barbie Turner retrieves a cigar from her cleavage.
- Villain Song: And I Will Be The Star of Science from the third movie.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In the first movie, Hugo gets seasick inside a burlap sack, but it's too dark to see. In the third movie, the comic relief rat gets airsick and throws up in Strix's boot... while he's wearing it. He doesn't notice.
- Whip It Good: Do not put a leash on Hugo.