Western Animation: Muzzy In Gondoland

I'm Muzzy. Big Muzzy.

Muzzy in Gondoland is an animated film created by The BBC in 1986 for the purpose of teaching English to young children. It stars a green furry metal-eating alien called Muzzy, who lands his spaceship in Gondoland, a country mainly inhabited by Petting Zoo People (of the Dogface variety). He gets arrested for eating parking meters, and in the jail he meets and befriends Bob the Gardener, who is imprisoned by the King of Gondoland for trying to elope with his daughter, Princess Sylvia. Meanwhile, the King's evil scientist Corvax, after failing at making Princess Sylvia fall in love with him, uses his computer to create a copy of her — just to mess it up and accidentally create lots of copies of her. It's up to Muzzy and Bob to escape from prison and clean up the mess.

The main plot is interrupted through and through by short segments featuring a human called Norman. These segments are usually for explaining or showing other examples of the language and grammar used in the scene they follow.

Three years later, a sequel called Muzzy Comes Back was released. The film's plot focused on Corvax and his Bumbling Sidekick, Thimbo, kidnapping Bob and Sylvia's daughter Amanda.

Since the main purpose of the movies is language education for beginners in an entertaining way, they have very simple grammar. Spanish, German, French and Italian versions are also available. Both films were released on TV in series format as well, split up to 20 episodes.

Contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Muzzy's family has been shown in neither of the two cartoons, but gets introduced in, perhaps, extremely big amounts inside the activity books.
  • Adipose Rex: Averted with the King; played straight with the Queen.
    I'm fat. I'm fat. I'm fat. I'm fat.
  • Adult Fear: The royal family is truly scared when Amanda gets kidnapped. By a man who wants to make her his queen, nonetheless!
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: After Corvax gets upset and smashes his computer, it begins creating lots of copies of Sylvia and then traps the King inside itself.
  • Aliens Speaking English: In a movie that teaches English.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: While most of the dognose cast have skin colours ranging from white to dark brown, Muzzy and Corvax have green skin. Justified in Muzzy's case, him being an alien; in Corvax's case it's probably just an emphasis on his ugliness.
  • Amusing Injuries: Corvax breaks his very long nose when Sylvia slams the door on him as he chases her.
  • Art Shift: Between the main plot and the Norman sequences, the latter looking like chalkboard drawings.
  • Bald of Evil: Corvax has no hair.
  • Big Eater: Both Muzzy and the Queen. The former eats clocks.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Muzzy and Bob on the good side, Corvax and Thimbo on the bad side. The roles are inverted in the latter, as Corvax is a lot smarter than Thimbo.
  • Billions of Buttons: Corvax's computer.
  • Bowdlerise: In some versions, the words "stupid" and "idiot" (the most offensive words used) are dubbed over - rather clumsily - with "silly".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the beginning of both films, all characters greet the audience and introduce themselves. And in the end, they all say goodbye.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Thimbo to Corvax.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted with Corvax's Right-Hand Cat, who belongs to the villain, but is rather nice herself. Played straight in one of the Norman sketches, where he buys a large and rather violent cat for his wife.
  • Character Title
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: The Queen and the King fit perfectly: she's short and obese, while he's tall and athletic.
  • Clown Car: Corvax's helicopter isn't particularly big, but a whole military troop can jump out of it to catch Bob.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the sequel, Corvax sets a trap that catches the King by the foot, turning him upside-down to reveal his royal underpants under his robe.
  • Cool Bike: Bob's motorbike.
  • Corvax and Bob: Normal names for Bob and the royal family, exotic fantasy names for Muzzy and the villains. Justified in Muzzy's case being an alien and all.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Disguised in Drag: In the sequel, Corvax and Thimbo disguise themselves as Amanda's grandmother and mother, respectively. Even though it's paper-thin, it's good enough to fool one truck driver.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The song AEIOU I love you.
  • Dogfaces: Most of Gondoland's population, except for the green goblinoid Corvax, and possibly the King, who looks like an anthropomorphic lion (although he may be a Dogface with mane-like hair).
  • Educational Song: Many songs. Because it's an educational film, it's no surprise.
  • Edutainment Show: A balanced mix of adventure and teaching the language.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Not exactly at the end, but after Corvax is beaten by Bob and taken away, all the main characters give a hearty laughter.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The King and the Queen. Unofficial sources refer to them as King Nigel and Queen Ezra.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Sylvia.
  • Evil Chancellor: Corvax. He manipulates the king into arresting Bob.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Corvax again, thanks to his Magical Computer.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Muzzy, but it would be more fair to say that this trope is in fact inverted: the food that we consider normal is definitely going to be yucky for him. What he's all about are clocks (and maybe a couple of chip boards for a dessert).
  • Family Theme Naming: In the activity books, everyone in Muzzy's family has a name that starts with "M", except for his sister Lizzy.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Corvax has sharp, pointy teeth.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The characters are usually drawn with four fingers, but close-ups of their hands show that they have five fingers. Also, Norman shows six fingers on one hand for the sake of one short gag.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Norman talks a lot to the audience.
  • Friendship Song: "We Are Bob And Muzzy" is this for the show.
  • Furry Confusion: While the main characters are Petting Zoo People (although their species is unclear — the King looks like a lion and Thimbo is a bulldog, the Queen, Sylvia and Bob are generic dognoses), Corvax (who looks like a green goblin) owns a talking cat.
  • Gag Nose: Corvax sports a very long one.
  • Genius Bruiser: Muzzy. While being a Gentle Giant, he is also very skillful with computers which helps him stop Corvax's malfunctioning computer and get rid of Sylvia's clones.
  • Gentle Giant: Muzzy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Corvax tries to create a copy of Sylvia for himself. Turns out she was copied along with her attitude toward him. Then, an accident causes more copies to be created.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The King and the Queen completely trust Corvax in the beginning.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Princess Sylvia is called beautiful by several characters (including herself). She's a skinny dognose with no Tertiary Sexual Characteristics other than her golden hair and mini-dress.
  • King of Beasts: The King looks like an anthropomorphic lion; but as his family members are generic dognoses, he might as well be considered a dognose with mane-like hair.
  • Lean and Mean: Corvax.
  • Let's Duet: Both AIEOU I Love You, a typical Silly Love Song, and ''We Are Bob And Muzzy", a Friendship Song about Muzzy and Bob.
  • Love Triangle: Boby, Sylvia and Corvax. Bob and Corvax both love Sylvia, but she clearly loves Bob and hates Corvax.
  • Magical Computer: Corvax's computer can create thousands of exact copies of Sylvia. In the sequel, he has a device that turns him invisible.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Muzzy's response to whenever someone asks him why he eats clocks: "Because I like them."
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Thimbo in the sequel. Even though he calls himself "Thimbo the Terrible", he is very nice to Amanda and fails to follow Corvax's schemes.
  • Never Learned to Read: Thimbo, to Corvax's annoyance.
  • Nice Hat: Corvax has a few of them. In the first film he wears his yellow trademark hat all the time except for the end. In the second film he wears a chef's hat, a captain's hat and a headscarf (when he is Disguised in Drag) until he gets reunited with his yellow hat. Look at the expression of his face when he puts it on.
    • The old farmer in the sequel lampshades this by saying "He wears funny hats" when describing Corvax.
  • Obviously Evil: Corvax. Let's see... lean, bald, long-nosed, sharp-toothed goblin-like person, wearing long black robes... yeah, obviously a hero.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Sylvia's dress and excersizing clothes are pink. Averted with her clones; one wears brown, another wears green, another wears red, another wears yellow ("yellow is for happiness"), another wears blue, and the sixth has a black and white dress.
  • Rebellious Princess: Sylvia.
  • Reluctant Monster: Muzzy. People usually run with fright at his sight, and even Bob is scared of him first.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Though it's more about social status than actual wealth, Bob is a simple gardener while Corvax is the King's advisor.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Corvax owns a cat, although he is never shown patting it.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Most characters are drawn with Four-Fingered Hands, but they turn five-fingered when a character counts up to five. Also, for the sake of one short gag, Norman's hand turns six-fingered when he counts up to six...
    • And in another gag, a party guest grows a third arm when he enthusiastically offers several dishes for Muzzy.
  • Supervillain Lair: While Corvax is not really a supervillain, in both films he has a massive computer room that serves as his base: in the first it is on the top floor of the palace, and in the second it is hidden in a small house behind some rocks.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Muzzy always introduces himself as: "I'm Muzzy. Big Muzzy."
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Bob is at least one head shorter than Sylvia. Norman is also a bit shorter than his wife. The King is taller but much thinner than his obese wife.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Clocks for Muzzy.
    • Norman's favorite food seem to be hamburgers.
  • Ursine Aliens: Muzzy looks somewhat like a bipedal green bear.
  • A Villain Named Zrg: Corvax. This also makes him the Odd Name Out, since everyone else in Gondoland have names like Bob, Sylvia or Amanda.
  • Villainous Crush: Sylvia for Corvax.
  • Wife Husbandry: Corvax's plan with Amanda in the sequel.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: Muzzy and Bob meet in prison.