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Western Animation: Pocoyo

Pocoyo (2005-2009) is a Spanish children's Animated Series, narrated by José María del Río. (Stephen Fry or Adal Ramones, depending on the version you watch). Tells the adventures of a young boy named Pocoyo, the duck Pato, the elephant Elly, and more. Notable for its minimalist style- the characters lack any textures and all of the action takes place on a white background, and there is no backstory.

Also notable for being absolutely, unbearably adorable.


This show contains examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Pato wears a hat.
  • Acrofatic: Elly is an elephant and has epic dancing skills and one episode shows her doing good martial arts moves.
  • Aerith and Bob: We have Pocoyo and Pato (as long as you didn't know that his name is duck in Spanish) then names like Elly and Fred.
  • Animated Series
  • Balloonacy: This happens to Pocoyo in "Umbrella Umbrella." Sure, it was with an umbrella, but the same basic idea applies.
  • Big "NO!": Pocoyo gives one after breaking Ellie's favorite doll. Dramatic bird's eye zoom out and all.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Pato means "duck" in Spanish.
    • A Duck Named Duck
    • Also, Pocoyo's Helicopter-Spaceship-Submarine thingy is called the "Vamoosh" which is a portmanteau of the onomatopaeia "Woosh" and "Vamos" ("Let's go" in Spanish)
    • Pocoyo's own name is a combination of the words "poco" (little) and "yo" (me). Or in other words, "Little me".
  • Catchphrase: Unsurprisingly (As he's the most intelligible character and the one who speaks the most) the narrator. "Hooray for X! And hooray for Pocoyo!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Fred the octopus, oh God, Fred the octopus.
  • Demoted to Extra: A rare case with Loula the dog, she's still a main character but 3 reccuring characters have more role than her.
  • Edutainment Show: You'd be surprised, but beyond the cute dancing and the adorableness of the show, there are actually morals throughout the show.
  • Large Ham: When they put on a play, Pato plays "THE CRAZY DUCK!" and does ham it up quite well (Which is impressive since he doesn't talk) until he starts resenting playing the villain, and everyone else gets bored and does their own thing.
  • Gentle Giant: Elly, who sometimes scares new characters with her boisterous size and finicky personality, yet is actually extremely kind.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: On the other hand, Pato gets angry somewhat easily - he's also the most serious and business-like character.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Sleepy Bird.
  • Keet: Baby Bird. Just look at that happy face. Also Octopus.
  • Leitmotif: Pay attention! It's subtle, but most characters have one. The most obvious is Pato's.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Except with Elly. When she dances, she puts on a leotard and tutu.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: By virtue of there not being Characters Of The Day. If a character makes an appearance in one episode, he will reappear again, no exceptions.
  • Meaningful Name: See Bilingual Bonus above.
  • Nice Guy: The narrator. He's always ready to intervene in all conflicts than arise, he is usually the one that administers the moral of the day, and the characters seem to like him quite a lot - for a disembodied voice he sure has a lot of personality.
    • Granted that the English narrator is Stephen Fry, who is infamous for having one of the most whimsically cheerful British voices of all time.
  • No Antagonist
  • No Fourth Wall: The narrator, Stephen Fry, José María del Río, or Adal Ramones, depending on the version (English, Castilian Spanish, and Latin American Spanish, respectively) asks the viewer to various things from pepping up Pocoyo when he's feeling sad, to waking up Sleepy Bird.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Pocoyo's birthday is on October 14th, but when his "birthday" rolls around, he's still four!
  • Nice Hat: Pocoyo and Pato both have one.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The entire cast. Pocoyo is the only human.
  • One-Word Title
  • Parental Bonus: Pocoyo is surprisingly watchable by parents - and the creators probably know, as there are lots of small easter eggs that won't be noticed by kids. For example, in the episode "Boo", when Pocoyo scares Pato in the shower, it's very reminiscent of the famous shower scene in "Psycho". And, in the episode "Dance off!" Pato and Pocoyo hold a dance competition - and at one point Pocoyo starts playing air-guitar. The song that plays is very reminiscent of Metallica, and Pocoyo has Octopus on his head, looking a bit like Kirk Hammett.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Ellie and Pocoyo respectively. Thanks to simplistic character design and a lack of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics its really the only way to determine their genders first glance.
    • Subverted by the parents of the "little alien friend". The narrator assumes this about his mother and father, causing the pink dad to correct him with a grumpy look.
  • Running Gag: Pocoyo and his friends dance at the every end of practically every episode.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Pocoyo wears blue, Elly's pink...
  • The Unintelligible: Ellie speaks in trumpet noises, Pato speaks with quacks, and Octopus speaks in random gibberish. Thankfully, the narrator knows what they're saying.
    • Although it must be said that as ducks go, Pato's got just about the most expressive face since Daffy.
  • Third-Person Person: Pocoyo, though it's understandable since he's a toddler. "Pocoyo plays!" "Pocoyo dances!" or even "Pocoyo NO!" when he's angry.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Pato is able to do this due to his detachable limbs.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield? / White Void Room: All we know is that Pocoyo's World consists of a blank white space with random trees, houses, and other stuff. In some episodes, you go underwater and in space!