Western Animation / The Bluffers

"In the immense map of the heavens, among the billions of stars and planets, there is only one globe expensive enough to show Bluffonia, homeworld of The Bluffers!"

Has absolutely nothing to do with cliff faces or people who are good at card games.

The Bluffers is a short-lived animated series from the mid-late 1980s that originated from the Netherlands. It received a wide distribution, and the English dub has surprisingly good lip synch.

It follows some Woodland Creatures who live in the only patch of forest left in a desolate land known as Bluffonia, which is ruled by the nasty dictator Clandestino. The Bluffers, as these critters are called, are obsessed with stealing Clandestino's "Secret to Getting It All," which they hope will save their forest.

This Cartoon Provides Examples Of:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The pink mouse. (Who also has a heart-shaped tail-tip!) The squirrel is blue, although he could be meant to be actually grey. And why does the bear have yellow stripes on his chest?
  • An Aesop: While certain episodes may have an Anvilicious message or two, this is mostly subverted in that the entire series had an Aesop about the danger of greed that was surprisingly subtle. Until you're told about it, that is.
  • Ax-Crazy: Prickly Pine, a hyperactive and grouchy porcupine who'd launch a volley of quills before even looking at you, can be considered a rare heroic version of this trope (scaled down for kids, of course).
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Clandestino's butler Sillycone, who is a robot. A cheerful British Robot.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The animals would always foil Clandestino's schemes, but never get any closer to stealing his secret.
  • Crapsack World: With the exception of the one part of the forest that's still standing.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Sharpey.
  • Cut Short: The series was canceled before they could reveal what Clandestino's secret was.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sharpey the Fox, who tries to lie, cheat, and steal like a "real fox," but never seems to do it right.
  • Gang of Critters
  • Gold Tooth: A lot of the show's characters seem to be having at least one of these.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Glum, Clandestino's mistreated watchdog, though due to distrust on the part of the Bluffers and a desire for a warm bed he never gets to act on it aside from a few complaints.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: It is unclear how Clandestino managed to almost take over the entire Bluffonia.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sharpey, again. Also Prickly Pine, being a hero as well.
  • Leap Day: Clandestino was born on February 29th. One episode deals with him trying to stop time in order to make up for his "missed" birthdays and shoot fireworks all night long (which sends The Bluffers into action).
  • Lyrical Dissonance: That bouncy, friendly main theme song is calling you names. In the English version, at least.
    • Though the full version heard during the ending credits subverts this — about midway, it changes into a motivational song, telling you to toughen and never give up.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Clandestino. Subverted with shy Psycho the Snake whose name comes from his minor psychic abilities.
  • The Narrator: Gene Deitch (of Tom and Jerry and Terrytoons fame) on the English dub.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Blossom in the English dub has a Southern Drawl. When she feels like it.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Zocrates is not only named after an ancient Greek philosopher, he is even dressed like a stereotypical ancient Greek, complete with laurel wreath on his head. He also has a Greek column carved in the bark of his tree.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: As Zipper insists to the ever clingy Blossom.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Blossom the Mouse's sole purpose on the show seems to be "be a girl" and "flirt with obviously annoyed Zipper", though she is the only one who takes Glum's Heel–Face Turn as genuine.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Subverted with Psycho the Snake in that his speech impediment is putting silent P's in front of words starting with S. He still has a slight lisp, though.
  • Woodland Creatures: Quoth the Snape, "Obviously".