Ratz is a Franco-Canadian animated series.Two rats, Rapido and Razmo, are stowaways on the S.S. Wanderer, a cargo ship transporting a huge amount of Gouda cheese. When they're not dealing with the current crisis (often due to themselves, the crew or temporary passengers/cargo), they race throughout the ship using "ratboards", makeshift flying racecars.
Ratz provides examples of the following tropes:
- Balloon Belly: Rapido sports one in an episode, after drowning his sorrow in cheese.
- Captain Oblivious: The Captain of the ship, appropriately.
- Cartoon Cheese: It's more holey than Gouda usually is.
- Conspicuous CG: The smoke from the ratboards, among other things.
- Deranged Animation: Small wonder, considering it was made by the same studio behind Space Goofs and Oggy and the Cockroaches, two other French series well-known for their own crazy animation.
- Explosive Breeder: A female rabbit in one episode soon swarms the whole ship in white rabbits.
- Flying Car/Hover Board: The ratboards.
- Homemade Inventions
- The ratboards seem to be made by strapping jet engines to mousetraps, but an episode shows that the rats don't know what an actual mousetrap is.
- Razmo is a mechanic and creates various gadgets over the course of the series.
- Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Svetlana (the Huge Girl), Benny and the Captain (the Tiny Guys).
- No Name Given: The Captain is simply named for what he is.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rapido wears red and Razmo wears blue. Razmo does lose his temper on occasion, however.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Uzed in the zhow'z tytle.