Western Animation / Kaeloo

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Kaeloo is a French CGI cartoon written by Rémi Chapotot and Jean-François Henry and produced by Cube Creative. The show follows the adventure of a group of Funny Animals living in Smileyland as they play various games, like trap-trap, prison ball or courtroom drama. While the premise may sound childish, the games usually end up being taken so seriously by the characters that injuries, huge explosions, and all sorts of weird, crazy, and sometimes not very kid friendly stuff end up happening quite often.

The main cast is made up of:

As of the second season, the show added a few secondary characters to the cast :

The show began as a 3-minute short film in 2007, which caught the attention of producer Cube Creative, resulting in an entire season being broadcasted on Canal+ in 2010, and a second season following in 2012. A third season is slated for release in 2017. Since then, it has been met with praise from both audiences and critics, and received several awards and nominations. It was notably complimented on its ability to entertain both children and adults.


Tropes present:

  • Accidental Kiss: In “Let's Play Party”, Stumpy is kicked into the air by a sheep, causing him to land face first on Eugly with their lips touching.
  • The Ace: Quack Quack. He’s lucky, talented and wins almost everything.
    • Mr. Cat as well, as he is extremely smart, physically skilled and talented (though notnto the same extent as Quack Quack.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The Lady Luck Lottery.
  • Alpha Bitch: Pretty. Most of her major roles involve her bullying and criticizing everybody else on the show.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Pretty has a crush on Mr. Cat. The feeling is far from mutual. Every time Mr. Cat confesses his feelings for Kaeloo, she doesn't seem to reciprocate the feeling. When she does, he will push her away instead.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Kaeloo, in-universe, especially in season 2. She repeatedly eludes the question (or flees when asked during a Truth or dare game). She usually insists she's part of the girls, along with Pretty and Eugly. Bad Kaeloo, on the other hand, is shown hitting on Eugly once... note  but Bad Kaeloo also forcibly kissed Mr. Cat once.
  • Animals Not to Scale: The frog is about a head taller than Stumpy the squirrel and slightly taller than Mr. Cat. Quack-Quack, who is a duckling, is in in turn half a head taller than Kaeloo. In the Making Of video, it's shown that Mr. Cat and Stumpy are actually reasonably sized for a domestic cat and a squirrel. To make things weirder, Kaeloo is often described as being little. Pretty, a rabbit, is roughly the same size as the others, Eugly, also a rabbit, is twice the size of the others, and to top it all off, a Running Gag on the show is to note that Olaf, an emperor penguin, is the shortest of them all.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Mr. Cat is Smileyland's resident jerk who is extremely snarky, Stumpy the squirrel is hyperactive and a bit dim and Kaeloo the frog seems to be in constant bliss and is smotheringly "friendly". Subverted with Quack-Quack and Bad Kaeloo as Quack-Quack is a diaper-wearing genius incapable of speech and Bad Kaeloo is a monstrous she-toad with little obvious intelligence and a horrific mean streak.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The cast do have their moments.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Let's Play the End of the World, after Kaeloo's Heroic Sacrifice, a tearful Stumpy wishes he could have sacrificed himself instead. Suddenly, they swap places and he is left on the exploding planet. He survives, somehow.
  • In “Let’s Play Scaredy Cat”, Mr. Cat says he loves scary stuff. About an hour later, he’s fighting off hordes of zombies by himself.
  • Berserk Button: Kaeloo has several of these: stepping on flowers, hurting Quack Quack, swearing, and being called “Priscilla”.
  • *Mr. Cat does NOT like it when people say “Quack” to him.
  • Big Brother Bully: The reason Mr. Cat ran away from home.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Cat frequently speaks to the audience.
  • Brutal Honesty: Pretty, being the Alpha Bitch, has no qualms with telling people to their faces what is wrong with them.
  • Bungled Suicide: Stumpy attempts suicide in one episode by standing on a rock under a tree, hanging a noose off the tree and around his neck, and jumping. He used elastic rope, apparently, so he is rapidly bounced between the rock, the tree and the ground.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Kaeloo has “Hello everybody!” or “Hey, there, buddies!”. In the original dub, she has one standard greeting, “Bonjour les amis!”
    • Stumpy has many, the most common being “That’s nuts!”, “Cooooool!”, and “I hate your guts!”.
    • Quack Quack’s is “Quack”. It’s the only thing he can say.
    • Mr. Cat, when seeing someone or something about to attack him, will almost always respond with a confused “Meow?!”
  • Companion Cube: Olga, literally.
  • Continuity Nod: Despite the huge amount of Negative Continuity, there is some continuity. In some episodes, the characters even bring in T Vs and play clips from other episodes.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Smileyland.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In one episode, Mr. Cat tells Stumpy that they need more paper, and Stumpy responds that the only paper he has is toilet paper. At the end of the episode, Bad Kaeloo arrives to beat them both up. Stumpy holds up the toilet paper, claims he's going to the bathroom, and escapes as Mr. Cat is beaten up.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied with Mr. Cat, but for now most of it is a Noodle Incident. Olaf also has one: he was exiled by other penguins for marrying an ice cube. Quack Quack’s is that his parents were killed before his egg even hatched, and he was subsequently found and experimented on by scientists.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Mr. Cat is a lot nicer to the other main characters in Season 2.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Occasionally, Mr. Cat will attempt to flirt with Bad Kaeloo when she appears, most notably in "Let's Play Party".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Mr. Cat threatens to attack people with weapons (and sometimes actually does) for even the smallest things.
  • Dub Name Change: In the original French dub, Stumpy is called Moignon, Quack Quack is called Coin Coin and Mr. Cat is called Monsieur Chat.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Mr. Cat does this to Kaeloo in “Let’s Play the End of the World”.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Played for Laughs in Let's Play House. Played miserably straight with Mr. Cat's real family, though.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: “Let’s Play Courtroom Drama”, “Let’s Play Justice Masters” and “Let’s Play Lady Luck”.
  • Exact Words: In "Let's Play Goodbye, Mr. Cat", Kaeloo says that Mr. Cat will disappear. Near the end, he does - he's completely invisible, but alive and kicking.
    • In another episode, Kaeloo, as a waiter, asks Mr. Cat what he would like to drink. He asks for a “Sound Effect Bleep with ice” (presumably an alcoholic beverage). Kaeloo says he can’t have a “Sound Effect Bleep with ice”, so he asks for one without ice.
  • Fragile Flower: Eugly will burst into tears at the slightest insult.
  • Freudian Excuse: Implied with Mr. Cat. What we have seen of his Dark and Troubled Past involves abusive older brothers, an alocoholic father, the death of one or more loved ones, and an annoying mother who kept screaming. No wonder he’s so evil.
  • Foe Yay: Kaeloo and Mr. Cat seem to like each other. It was confirmed in the series pilot.
  • Forceful Kiss: Bad Kaeloo does this to Mr. Cat once.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Both Olaf and Mr. Cat.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
  • Harmless Freezing: Happens to Kaeloo and Mr. Cat in “Let’s Play Frosted Christmas”, and they are put into People Jars.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kaeloo tries to do this in Let's Play the End of the World. See Be Careful What You Wish For above.
  • Hidden Depths: Kaeloo is apparently a great martial artist.
    • Stumpy is a brilliant artist and good at jump rope. He’s also capable of beating up Mr. Cat, although that was only in one episode.
  • Mr. Cat is a brilliant scientist and is extremely athletic when necessary. He might have even won a few events at the Zerolympics if he hadn’t been so obsessed with hurting Quack Quack, and “Let’s Play Scaredy Cat” showed him to be capable of single-handedly fighting off and stopping a zombie apocalypse.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Mr. Cat, on ‘’very’’ rare occasions, will show that he truly does care for his friends. ”Let’s Play Bye Bye, Yoghurt” ended with a Pet the Dog moment between him and Quack Quack.
  • Hulking Out: The titular character goes through this Once an Episode.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Mr. Cat acts like a Jerkass to the rest of his friends, but when somebody else decides to mess with them, he will not accept it.
    • Pretty is the ONLY one allowed to insult her sister.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Happens twice in the same scene in “Let’s Play Scaredy Cat”. Kaeloo, who is walking through a dark forest with Quack Quack and Mr. Cat, sees a door in the forest and screams in fear. Mr. Cat questions why she is scared, and opens the door to see Quack Quack on the other side. He screams. Then, Kaeloo says that he’s going overboard.
    • In Let's Play Golf, Mr. Cat joins the others in calling Kaeloo a "dirty cheater". Taken Up to Eleven in the French dub, where he calls her a "cheating villain".
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode name starts with "Let's Play...". Lampshaded in "Let's Play The End Of The World" when Kaeloo realizes that that's not something you can play at, and launches a meteor onto Smileyland.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In "Let's Play Hot or Cold", Stumpy attempts to hang himself when he realizes he can't impress Ursula, but the others stop him and try to help. Also, in "Let's Play The Quest For The Wholly Gruel", Kaeloo is overjoyed at the prospect of being crushed by a giant meteorite, but Mr. Cat grabs her by the hand and flees the meteorite.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Mr. Cat is one of these, his transformations into random objects usually brought upon by Kaeloo beating the stuffing out of him.
  • Karma Houdini: If Mr. Cat and Stumpy pull something off together, Stumpy almost always escapes. Pretty also doesn't receive any punishment for intentionally shooting and killing a horse and bullying Kaeloo in Let's Play Horse Riding, and Quack Quack escapes in “Let’s Play Reading Books”.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Kaeloo at times, most notably in ”Let’s Play Courtroom Drama”.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It is never quite clear whether the events in some of the games they play actually happen or take place only in their imagination. For instance, one episode where they play at being in an airliner makes it repeatedly clear that they are only sitting in chairs on the ground, even when they are supposed to be crashing, yet they flow around when the plane takes off and Mister Cat later jumps with a parachute and falls for some time before hitting the ground, however in another episode, the airplane actually leaves the main cast stranded on an island.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kaeloo" means frog in Japanese, Stumpy didn’t have hands in the original concept, Quack-Quack can only say quack, Mr. Cat is a cat, Pretty is beautiful, and Eugly is… not so beautiful.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat come across a huge army of these in “Let’s Play Frosted Christmas”.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters are aware that they are in a cartoon, and occasionally reference it, for instance saying they don't like the current episode. In one case, Kaeloo asks the director to replay a scene backward.
  • Megaton Punch: Serguei and Bad Kaeloo have done this several times.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Taken Up to Eleven. One episode revealed that every single person on the show is in need of intensive psychotherapy.
  • Negative Continuity: Several charactersnote  have been decapitated, blown up, launched into orbit, driven to madness, turned into zombies, trapped in alternate dimensions or different time periods... Heck, the world even blew up once! Yet everything is always back to normal in the next episode.
  • New Neighbours as the Plot Demands: How Pretty and Eugly were introduced. Stumpy asks who they are, and Kaeloo is surprised that he doesn't know that they're their neighbors.
  • The Nicknamer: Mr. Cat rarely ever calls the others by their real names, opting to use nicknames based on their species or its traits.
  • Only Sane Woman: Eugly fills in this role. Kaeloo is a Cloud Cuckoolander, Quack Quack is addicted to yogurt, Mr. Cat is Ax-Crazy, Pretty is a Stalker with a Crush, Olaf wants to Take Over the World, and Stumpy is... Stumpy.
  • Portal Door: There are literally doors to other dimensions.
  • Protagonist Title: Named after Kaeloo, the protagonist.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In “Let’s Play Game Over: Level 2”, Kaeloo, after undergoing Sanity Slippage, grows three flowers and gives them similar names to her friends and treating them the same way as she would treat her friends.
  • Robot Master: Olaf.
  • Running Gag:
    • The infamous “Stumpy’s sister” gag, which involves Stumpy’s sister being mentioned before somebody remembers he doesn’t have onenote 
  • Sadist Show: Every single character on the show is put through an immense amount of emotional and physical suffering purely for the sake of the audience’s amusement.
  • Spit Take: Mr. Cat does one in "Let's Play Babysitting" when Kaeloo says something along the lines of "we need to talk". He does it again in "Let's Play Princesses" when Stumpy says he won a game.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Mr. Cat feels so bad for Kaeloo at the end of Let's Play Courtroom Drama that he confesses to the crime.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Mr. Cat has given a few of these, but not his entire past at once.
    • Olaf gives one to the others in "Let's Play Frosted Christmas Part 2".
  • Wham Episode: The second season finale proved that Olaf is a Not-So-Harmless Villain. He actually manages to kidnap Quack Quack and freeze Kaeloo and Mr. Cat alive .
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Honestly, no kid should watch this show.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: At the end of "Let's Play Once Upon A Time" when Stumpy suggests a show about a frog who transforms when angered, Mr. Cat does not seem to like the idea.
  • A Worldwide Punomenon: The Wholly Gruel/ Holy Grail pun works well in French, too ( Le Graal/ Le Greul).
  • Written-In Absence: In some episodes, Mr. Cat has very minor roles, usually due to being heavily hungover.
  • Vague Age: "Let's Play Goodbye Mr. Cat" and "Let's Play Grown Ups" show the main cast to be children, but Mr. Cat sounds and behaves like an adult and Kaeloo is a frog, not a tadpole.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Mr. Cat in “Let's Play Goodbye Mr. Cat”. His friends try to help him out and he repays them by beating them all up near the end of the episode.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: In "Let's Play Game Over Level 2", when attempting to persuade Kaeloo to leave the video game, Mr. Cat calls her by her real name.
    • However, he has referred to the others by name on occasion for no reason.
  • You're Cute When You're Angry: Mr. Cat says this almost word for word to Kaeloo in the series pilot.

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