''Ovide and the Gang'' (1987-1988) was a 1980s Canadian cartoon. Set on a fictional island in the South Pacific, the show features a platypus named Ovide and his cousin Saphron. Other characters included a kangaroo, three koalas, a lizard, two toucans, a sloth, and a python. The plots regularly centralized on Ovide getting an idea from television.

The series was ''wildly'' popular [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in the Netherlands]], largely because of its thoroughly [[{{Woolseyism}} woolseyed]] Dutch theme song.

* AerithAndBob: Most of the names are either somewhat traditional (Matilda, Cy) or reasonable for cartoons (Polo, Groaner, Bobo, Woody). Ovide and Saphron, on the other hand... God knows where those names came from.
** Ovide probably is a pun on the word "video," as the opening clip of every episode shows.
** Saphron is probably a reference to Saffron, a type of seasoning. Since he's the TeamChef, it fits.
* TheBadGuyWins: Cy has finally succeeded and sent Ovide and the gang to exile... except by the end of the episode he realized it was AllJustADream.
* BattleBoomerang: Matilda's WeaponOfChoice.
* TheDitz: Bobo
* EgomaniacHunter: One two-time antagonist is a fox hunter who hunts partly for profit and partly for the sake of bagging any exotic animals in his way. He retires from this upon finding a golden egg.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypus: Ovide and his cousin Saphron
* {{Expy}}: A vocal example, Polo sounds a lot like classic actor Jimmy Durante. He even says the "Ha-cha-cha" line once or twice.
* FantasticDrug: There was a certain flower that, when sniffed, would make anybody extremely happy and relaxed. As in, very mellow, laid-back, and agreeable. The villain of the show hated the flowers, as he didn't like getting along with others, but many episodes ended with him being forced to take a sniff. So in a nutshell, all the good guys on the show would sniff a flower to get high, and the villain didn't want to but was usually coerced into doing it. On a kid's show.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: The koalas Do, Re, and Mi respectively speak the beginning, middle, and end of most of their lines. For example, when seeking ways to keep warm in "The Big Chill", they huddle together atop Alvin the sloth, and have this to say:
-->'''Do:''' We find that togetherness...\\
'''Re:''' ... is a very warming...\\
'''Mi:''' ... expe-herience. ''(hiccups)''
* FurryConfusion: One episode has a hunter (who is a fox) coming to the island to catch Ovide and sell him to the zoo. This is despite Ovide being sapient like all the other animals.
* GangOfCritters: Right there in the title.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: Her name is Matilda (yes, as in "waltzing").
* MeaningfulName:
** Ovide's name is an anagram for "video," referencing the frequent use of television within the show. Also doubles as a SignificantAnagram.
** Saphron is a yellow platypus who is the TeamChef
** Groaner is a toucan prone to making horrible jokes.
* TheMedic: Matilda serves this role with her expansive knowledge of medicine, herbs, and cures. She also has proven to be an effective one-person rescue team and can use boomerangs to great effect if necessary.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Bobo. He is rather friendly towards the heroes, and often ruins Cy's schemes due to his naivety.
* MisplacedWildlife: Toucans, sloths, and anacondas are found in South America, not Australia. However, this can be {{Hand Wave}}d by taking place on a fictional island.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: The koalas Do, Re, and Mi mimic this. Do is always wearing headphones and is usually pressing them against his ears, Re is always wearing sunglasses, and Mi, who seems to have a permanent case of hiccups, is usually covering his mouth.
* OnceAnEpisode: The roaming TV will appear with the female platypus character adding commentary, relaying plot elements and giving information to Cy.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent:
** Cy, the main villain, is a [[SnakesAreSinister snake]] (a python, to be precise).
** Zigzagged with an anaconda. He starts as a villain, but makes a HeelFaceTurn after Ovide reveals Cy's deception. He returns later as a villain again [[ItMakesSenseInContext while inside a video game]].
** Averted with Cy's cousin, an Egyptian cobra who isn't evil at all.
** And of course averted with Polo the giant red lizard, who is one of the show's heroes.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Platypuses and sloths were a rare occurrence in fiction from the 80s, not being made popular until the 2000s. The episode "Just for Laughs" featured a proboscis monkey, a primate species still obscure to this day.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Woody, the woodworm who keeps causing trouble for Polo and others by eating and making holes in the wood.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Matilda is the only female member of the main cast. In addition to her, there is also the female newscaster who also appears at least once per episode although she remains on the TV screen.
* SssssnakeTalk: Cy Sly.
* TVGenius: Ovide, quite literally.
* TyrannosaurusRex: In one episode, Cy teams up with a ''T. rex'' to take over the island.
* UnpleasantAnimalCounterpart: Inverted with Cy's cobra cousin, who is not a villain unlike him. Usually, the cobra is the unpleasant counterpart to the python.
* VisualPun: Woody is a woodworm that actually looks like a wooden peg.