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. 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.
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Adaptation Expansion: The Muzzy's family has been shown in neither of 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 talkingcat.
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.
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.
Reluctant Monster: Muzzy. People usually run with fright at his sight, and even Bob is scared of him first.
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.