Western Animation / Space Goofs


Space Goofs (Les Zinzins de l'espace in French, Home To Rent in Britain) is a French animated series produced by Gaumont Film Company, Gunther-Waul Productions and Xilam for France 3 that first aired in 1997.

It tells the story of five aliens, the intelligent Etno, couch potato Bud, clean freak Candy, gluttonous Gorgious and two-headed Stereo, who have crashed on Earth and have taken residence in the attic of an old house. Their main tasks are to chase away anybody who takes residence in the old house and try to get back home. Most might remember this played on Fox Kids during the late 90's; as such, it was part of the first batch of programming seen on the newly-formed Fox Family Channel. The show's main theme was written and performed by Iggy Pop, of all people.

Stupid Invaders, a video game based on the series was released a few years after the show itself ended.

This series provides examples of:

  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: After eating too many sweets, Gorgious has a nightmare where he gambles for his teeth.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The aliens have no problem talking to humans when disguising themselves.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Candy.
  • Animesque: Parodied in the episode "Manga Mania".
  • Art Shift: The episode "Doodle" features a boy who is drawn much differently than the show's drawings.
  • Art Evolution: Between the first season in 1997 and the second in 2005, the increase in quality is really obvious.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Averted in "Maybe Baby".
  • Big Eater / Extreme Omnivore: Gorgious. Candy's flower from "Flora and Feast" had an appetite that outdid Gorgious, even eating the house and part of the screen.
  • Bungling Inventor: Etno's spaceships have a tendency to explode.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Candy! If you count Bud, Gorgious, and Stereo as well, Etno might be the only character who isn't a Butt Monkey.
  • The Cameo: In the episode where Etno becomes a Phony Psychic, the antagonists from the video game make an appearance in the line to get their reading.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the video game, Candy goes from crossdressing to actually wanting a sex change operation.
  • Christmas Episode: "Holiday Heave Ho".
  • Contrived Coincidence: In the second season, whenever they needed Stereo in the plot, he would happen to crashland back on Earth again.
  • Deranged Animation: And that's putting it lightly.
  • The Ditz: Bud is the stupidest of the bunch. Except when it comes to stuff he learned watching TV.
  • Don't Try This at Home: In the Christmas Episode, the aliens are trying to drive Santa Claus away. He tries to slide down the chimney but they shock him with electricity. Before they do, they all (including Santa) urge the viewer not to try this at home.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In the video game, the aliens accidentally blow up the Earth as they escape.
  • Eats Babies: Gorgious attempts this in "Maybe Baby", earning the disgust of the other aliens, who try to study or care for the baby they find. He loses interest when the baby soils himself.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: The intro and the farming episode. Even Stereo becomes a cow.
  • Expository Theme Tune: By none other than Iggy Pop. It's titled "Monster Men".
    • Theme Tune Extended: There's an extended version of "Monster Men" that runs just under four minutes.
  • Expy: Bud's design is an obvious rip-off of Ren Hoek.
  • F--: Combines with only 1 trope below this in the school episode, but technically not showing a grade.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Because of the characters being aliens. Even lampshaded in the school episode.
    Teacher: How much is 5+5?
    (Candy is nervous)
    Random Girl: Use your fingers.
    Candy: Hmmmm. EIGHT!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Literally.
    • Being an European show, it also got away with cigars.
    • In one episode Gorgious called one of Etno's plans "retarded", a word you don't normally hear on a kids' show.
  • Hairy Girl: In "Bollywood Aliens" an Indian woman stays in the house and in one scene she can be seen shaving her legs in the bath.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Poopy The Bear's catchy little ditty.
  • Have a Nice Death / The Many Deaths of You: The video game has loads of possible amusing ways to die.
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: Happens to Bud after falling in love with the broken-up lady from the episode "First Love".
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Including having set up during the moment Candy becomes Driven to Madness from "Bats in the Belfry".
  • Humans Are Bastards: Just about every human that comes to the house is either stupid, a jerk or both. Not that the aliens are much better.
  • Little Green Men: Candy's skin is green.
  • Manchild: Bud has easily the least adult mind out of the aliens.
  • Market-Based Title: The 1997 season was retitled Home to Rent in the UK. When the show was revived and aired on Nicktoons they retained the original title.
  • Multi-Part Episode: The episodes "Once Upon a Time" and "Toon In, Drop Out" are split into two parts.
  • Multiple Head Case: Stereo is two-headed, and said two heads that bicker occasionally.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A bat talks like Christopher Walken.
    • When a rock band invades their house, Etno disguises as Slick Jagger.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Bud's biker disguise from the episode "First Love". Here he wears shorts, a green hat and a black small jacket, but no shirt.
  • Obsessed with Food: Gorgious has a food fetish, quite clearly.
  • Only Sane Man: Etno tries to keep his cool in most situations while the others panic easily.
  • Put on a Bus: Stereo in the second season, though he came back in 2 episodes.
  • Retcon: The opening for the second season shows the aliens crashlanding sans Stereo, even though he comes back in other episodes.
  • Running Gag: When one or more of the main characters use the transforming machine to become humans or whatever, they always pass three different forms before the final transformation, the third usually being something outrageously over the top. In an episode they remain aliens but Candy becomes huge and muscular with the others looking in awe, in another Gorgious becomes an egg laid by a chicken who came out of nowhere, in another the whole group becomes a color coded set of vacuum cleaners and in another they become four Chinese stereotypes stacked on eachother... and so on.
  • The Smart Guy: Etno is the group's brains.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Latin American dub Candy is female.
  • Shout-Out: In "Manga Mania" when an obnoxious manga character moves in and refuses to leave they disguise themselves as European comic book characters to scare him off. Specifically Tintin, Obelix, Lucky Luke and Papa Smurf.
  • Slapstick: Used in "Toon In, Drop Out".
  • Smart People Play Chess: Etno plays chess in two episodes.
  • Sphere Eyes
  • Springtime for Hitler: The aliens try making the house look as much a dump as possible to dissuade people from moving in. A farmer and his animals then take interest.
  • Status Quo Is God: Both second season episodes where Stereo came back ended with him accidentally being launched off the planet while testing a ship.
  • Team Mom and Team Dad: Candy and Etno, respectively.
  • Teens Are Monsters: In one episode, Bud befriends a rather obnoxious human teenager.
  • The Song Remains the Same: Literally every single version of the show keeps the opening theme song in English. Although the show had first premiered in French and English, Iggy Pop (the artist) never recorded a French cover.
  • The Last Straw: In "Bats in the Belfry", Candy snaps after being bullied enough by bats. When he chases them away, he chews out the other aliens as well. This moment also counts as a Berserk Button, Unstoppable Rage or a Driven to Madness example.
    • From the Prison Episode, the aliens attempt to get out of the prison built around their house. One attempt involves the aliens making a bridge. When Ernie comes, he is holding an anvil, which is enough for the alien-bridge to collapse and fall.
  • They Look Like Us Now: The gang have a machine that makes them look like humans, Earth animals, or even inanimate objects.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Most of Candy's diguises are women.
  • Vulgar Humor: The video game adaptation Stupid Invaders features adult humor with strong language and a lot of gross moments.
  • Wiki Rule: It's right there.
  • You Can't Get Ye Flask: Happens in the episode "We Robot", where all of the other aliens want Etno's robot, even though at first he says it is programmed only for him. To get out of this trope, Etno's robot does what they wanted.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Part of the trope's name is used for an episode title. Even averted at the end of Stupid Invaders.