Western Animation / Yvon of the Yukon

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De-frosted for you and for me!

Exploring new worlds he dreamed was his fame
But reading a map was not his forte
So poor Yvon was soon cast away!
Yvon of the Yukon!
Sailing the stormy seas!
Yvon of the Yukon!
No one could hear his pleas!"

A Canadian animated series created by voice actors Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen and animation studios Studio B Productions and Dong Woo Animation. Airing between 1999 and 2005, the series focuses upon the misadventures of a hapless, smelly French explorer with a creepy devotion towards King Louis who spent some three hundred years frozen in a block of ice in far north Canada. Since getting accidentally de-frosted in the modern day, he now tries to conquer the Yukon town of Upper Mukluk in the name of "King Louie". The show ran for three seasons, won several awards, and can perhaps serve as an example of quintessentially Canadian animated programming.

Has an official website.


Yvon of the Yukon contains the following tropes:

  • Berserk Button: Do not insult King Louie with Yvon close by. A button Tommy continuously pushes to get Yvon in a scrappy mood when Yvon became a wrestler, while accusing the enemy of slander.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Big Mary, at least to Harland and Yvon.
  • Butt Monkey: Yvon, both in the past and in the present day.
  • Camp Gay: Gary
  • Canada, Eh?: It's Canadian and it shows.
  • Consolation World Record: The entire town tries to break a world record in order to get back on the map (it had been removed due to being a small town with a long name), but their repeated attempts drive the records guy insane until he gives them the world record for "Craziest Town in the World"
  • Disney Acid Sequence: In the Musical Episode mentioned below where Yvon's visit to Easter Island get's warped compared to other areas he visited. Complete with an living Chocolate Bunny and Maoi statues shaped like the Duke.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Duke's actual name was never given. One episode implied that his title may be fake.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Yvon never wears any pants, only having his underwear on. Despite living in the tundra.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • F Minus Minus: One episode saw the title character do so badly in an exam that he gets a G. He's so haunted by it that he becomes determined to get an F...except he starts doing so well in everything that he only gets A grades.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Yvon, one example is that he still thinks that "King Louis" still runs France.
  • French Jerk: King Louis whenever we see him in Yvon's flashbacks.
  • G-Rated Drug: One episode had Yvon addicted to coffee when a Starbucks Expy moved into town.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Literally.
  • Grossout Show: The bread and butter for the show's humor.
  • Human Popsicle: Of the instant ice cube variety.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Bill Tukyuk (Tommy's father) often tells his son some storys for guidance and advice. Much to Tommy's annoyance.
  • Indian Burial Ground: One of the main characters brings a visitor on a tour of his town, noting a ridiculous amount of buildings built upon an 'ancient Indian burial ground.' The one thing that wasn't was the modern Indian burial ground, which uses the latest in technology to ensure nobody can build on top of it.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: An exaggerated case with Tommy (A 21st-Century Teen) and Yvon (An 17th-Century Frenchman).
  • Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: "Yvon's navigation would soon cost a price / He was knocked overboard and turned into ice!"
  • Kid Sidekick: Tommy Tukyuk.
  • Mushroom Samba: The side-effect of eating fondue made with three-hundred year old cheese Yvon brought to the potluck dinner in one episode.
  • Musical Episode: "A Beautiful Day to be French." An episode which chronicles Yvon's trip from France to Upper Mukluk.
  • My Beloved Smother: Willy Tidwell's mother, Babs Tidwell is a rather dark example. In the only episode she appeared in, she tried to kill Yvon after hearing how much a pain Yvon had been to Willy.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Willy Tidwell.
  • Royally Screwed Up: King Louis the XIV, portrayed as an arrogant drunkard.
  • Start My Own: Yvon had started his own restaurant serving French cuisine, after Bill barred him from the Mad Cossack for Yvon's complaining.
  • Shaming the Mob: One episode had Tommy calling out the townspeople for trying to destroy a Woolly Mammoth. Just to be interrupted by Luba (the town cop) to point out there is a rule saying to destroy what they do not know.
  • Those Two Guys: Chuck and Dill. Harland and the Duke in some occasions.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Harland and the Duke find themselves lost in the middle of the arctic tundra when they come across a set of train tracks. Wondering if a train is coming, Harland gives the sage advice: "If you stick your tongue to the train track and it doesn't stick, then a train has gone by, and if it does stick, then a train is coming". The Duke tries this, and naturally gets his tongue stuck to the tracks.
  • Urine Trouble: Tellingly, this is how Yvon is accidentally thawed out in the present day.

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