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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- Edutainment Show: You'd be surprised, but beyond the cute dancing and the adorableness of the show, there are actually morals throughout the show.
- Gentle Giant: Elly, who sometimes scares new characters with her boisterous size and finicky personality, yet is actually extremely kind.
- Heavy Sleeper: Sleepy Bird.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: It appears that Pocoyo's French voice actress is Leela from Futurama.
- Stephen Fry is the narrator for the English version, while Mexican comedian Adal Ramones does that role in the Latin American version.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Episode "Musical Blocks" has something sounding just like "Highway to Hell".
- 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!