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
, and sometimes not very kid friendly stuff
end up happening quite often.
The cast is made up of :
- Kaeloo, a frog who's basically the Nice Girl (or guy ?) of the show. She always tries to make everyone happy and is often the one to suggest they play games. While usually a gentle and loving character, she transforms into a huge buffed toad when she is angered.
- Stumpy, a squirrel who loves videogames and comics, and acts as the resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander. He is completely nuts, and often gets erratic spasms out of nowhere. He's immature, not very bright, and generally comes up with the craziest ideas or reasonings.
- Quack-Quack, a duck covered in stitches and obsessed with yogurts. He never talks, the only word he ever says being "quack", though everyone seems to understand what he means by that... or sometimes they don't. The stitches all over his body are explained by the fact that he is actually invulnerable, and thus able to survive any injury.
- Mr. Cat, a cat that's the resident jerk of Smileyland. He's an Ax-Crazy Sadist whose favourite hobby is to harm and injure Quack-Quack in any and every way possible. Aside from this, he mostly aspires to some tranquility, and is generally reluctant to being part of the other characters games. Well, except when he can use those to gain power, get rich, or injure Quack-Quack.
As of the second season, the show added a few 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. Since then, it has been met with praise from both audiences and critics, and received several awards and nominations. It was notably complimented on it's ability to entertain both children and adults