Western Animation / Zig & Sharko

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Zig & Sharko is a French animated television series produced by animation studios Xilam, known for their animated series Space Goofs and Oggy and the Cockroaches (infact, one could say Z&S is O&TC's younger brother/cousin). It is created and directed by Olivier Jean-Marie, who also worked as writer, storyboard artist and director of both series.

It revolves around Zig the Hyena trying to capture Marina the Mermaid, with the help of Bernie the Hermit Crab, so he can eat her. However, Sharko the Shark is there to protect her. Hilarity Ensues.

78 shorts of 7-minute length were produced for the first season, which is available on Netflix. Also, selected episodes are free to watch on Rovio's streaming site ToonsTV by agreement with Xilam. See Xilam's website for information. In 2016 there was the second season.


Tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Sharko's dorsal fin. Its so sharp that it can cut through metal with ease.
  • Amusing Injuries: And to think this came from the same studio (and director) behind Oggy and the Cockroaches...
  • Antagonist in Mourning: When Zig goes to Africa to start a new life, Sharko spends the entire episode sulking on how much he misses chasing and beating up Zig.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • In "The Tiny Tyrant" we see the effects of the muscle growth serum on the male characters, but when Marina uses it on herself we only see a bit of her right arm change before it cuts away.
    • In "Space Fruits" Marina is only one who stays untouched by the fruits' mutating juices. Even when the juices pollute the ocean she's already safe in her house calling for a clean-up crew.
    • The end of "The Were-yena" has Marina Hulking Out just like Zig has been doing the whole episode, but all we see is a shadow.
  • Brick Joke: In "A Tale of Two Legs", Zig prepared a hole trap to capture Marina, who doesn't work on her. Later, Zig falls on the same hole.
  • Captain Crash: The captain who wears glasses. It's a guarantee: It will always run aground his ship in the island Zig lives on, no matter what he tries to avoid it.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Sharko's eyes have yellow scleras.
  • Cats Hate Water: A cheetah in one episode is too scared to even touch water.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Almost all the humor revolves around one or more of the characters being in pain.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Sharko's fuse blows off whenever another guy hits on Marina.
  • Deserted Island: The island Zig lives on is devoid of humans, though wildlife is present.
  • Determinator: Zig. Nothing, I seriously mean, NOTHING will stop him to try to eat Marina.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The gorilla from the island to Zig. Also, sometimes Sharko's revenges to Zig are taken too far.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Sort of happened in "Bottom's Bottom", where the titular characters fell down into an abyss and encountering a city of weird-looking things.
  • Enemy Mine: Zig and Sharko often have to team up when someone new gets too close to Marina.
  • Enthralling Siren:
    • How Marina saves Sharko from some shark hunters.
    • Marina does this to Zig and Bernie, too.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "Me, Myself and I", after a mishap with an electric eel, Zig and Sharko exchange minds. Zig-in-Sharko naturally tries to take advantage of it to eat Marina, while Sharko-in-Zig attempts to stop him. Being now the physical underdog, he quickly opts for aiming at reverting the switch with the electric eel; several more mind exchanges happen before the eel is too drained to keep it on (at which point they're back in their respective bodies).
  • Fur Is Clothing: The Polar Bear's fur, which, after being unzipped, reveals his muscular human-like form equipped with a wrestling outfit.
  • Gag Haircut: In "Hair Story", Marina's hair was accidentally cut, so Sharko and Marina's octopus hairdresser are trying to fix it.
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: In "Cold Snap", there are fish inside an ice cube swimming around the cold water.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between Marina and Sharko and on a side note, Marina's mother was a mermaid and her father was a human sailor.
  • Love Triangle: Sort of an aversion. Marina and Sharko both love each other, though the former has a bit of a crush on Zig. Zig however, couldn't care less, since all he really wants is to eat her.
  • Magic Wand: Zig finds a wand that causes anything it touches to disappear and then reappear inside a top hat.
  • Man-Child: Marina acts like a giddy little girl a lot of the time.
  • Matchlight Danger Revelation: "Digging Deep". Zig (using Bernie as a drill) suddenly stops digging because something is blocking his way. He lights a match, only discovering he perforated a gas pipeline. The result? BOOM.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Just try to count all the times Zig sees Marina as: a fish nugget, a tailfin with just a bone, or accompanied with half of a lemon.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: King Neptune, despite having a muscular physique, would run away or beg for mercy to avoid a fight from an opponent who could take him whenever his Orcas couldn't back him up or if his Trident is taken from him.
  • Organic Technology: Sharko and Marina are often seen using various sea life as household devices, such as using a sea urchin as a ping pong ball and a small octopus as a walkman.
  • Pec Flex: Sharko and the various other muscle bound characters do this frequently.
  • Pinch Me: When Zig sees Marina next to him, he pinches himself with a nearby crab just to be sure.
  • Pirate: Zig tried to join some pirates after they kidnap Marina.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bernie. Not helped by the fact that he has puppy dog eyes and the occasional squeaking sound he makes.
    • Humorously, his non-threatening appearance was still enough to greatly frighten the Manta Ray, who previously had beaten Sharko, albeit through playing dirty, and was effortlessly beating the crap out of Zig, so much that said Manta climbed up a coconut tree in terror.
    • In another episode, a Ghost Pirate was afraid of Bernie. Sharko uses this to his advantage.
  • Robot Me: Bernie makes an army of robot Zigs in "War of the Clones".
  • Rule of Three: Zig was attacked by the Killer Gorilla on "A Tale of Two Legs" three times, the third one also double counts as a Brick Joke.
  • Running Gag: Sea lions getting sheared in some way, that leads to them protesting loudly each time.
    • Both sea and land creatures getting exploited in creative ways.
    • Captain piloting his ship right into the island due to his eyesight or other misfortune.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • In the first season, Marina is the daughter of a mermaid and of a stranded sailor man (there are pictures and the hut where her father was living). In the second season Marina is the daughter of King Neptune (it is not totally confirmed and he can just be a family member like her uncle or grandpa, though).
    • The King of the Sea himself is another big one. In the first season, he appears to be a very vane, muscled and narcissist young merman, with bodyguards and he is an occasional suitor for Marina. In the second season, he is replaced by Poseidon, the traditionally white bearded King of the Sea, he is the protective father of Marina and he is represented as a mix of the Disney character and of a macho truck driver.
    • Also in the first season: there are two different episodes where a kamikaze crazy dolphin is able to blow up the whole crew.
  • She's Got Legs: Marina in "Fancy Footwork", in which a fairy godmother turns her tail into legs. Subverted in that the only "male gaze" she gets is from Zig, whose Meat-O-Vision now sees her as a pair of chicken legs.
  • Shout-Out: The whole episode "The Island Tour" was one to Mario Kart.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Marina will occasionally be the victim of slapstick.
  • Speaking Simlish: Any dialogue in the series. Most notorious by Marina, Zig and Sharko. Keeping in mind this is a Mime and Music-Only Cartoon, it's justified.
  • Squee!: Marina does this often. Most noticeable when she sees Zig disguised as Santa.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Marina has a crush on Zig, the hyena who is constantly kidnapping her because he wants to eat her.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Hindi version of the show dubs over the silence with voice actors for the characters.
  • Super Serum: Made by Bernie in both "The Tiny Tyrant" and "The Were-Yena."
  • Swallowed Whole: Zig spends an episode inside a whale's stomach.
  • Tailfin Walking: Marina (and sometimes Sharko) can walk on land using the tips of her tailfin. Lampshaded in "Fancy Footwork", where she actually has a harder time standing and walking using her magically-granted legs than she normally does on her tailfin.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In "Cop Duty", Marina is listening to the show's theme while filing her nails.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: A Pirate ghost overstays his welcome, to Sharko anyway.
  • Threatening Shark: Averted with Sharko, who spends the entire series protecting Marina from Zig and other dangers. He generally leaves people alone unless provoked or if anyone attempts to do harm to Marina.
  • Three-Dimensional Episode: In some episodes Marina will put on 3D glasses during 3D scenes.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Marina gets an AWFUL haircut in one episode. She does not take it well
  • Unknown Rival: Marina doesn't know that Zig wants to eat her.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A lot of people who see Marina don't bat an eye at the fact that she's a mermaid.
    • A Chinese sailor saw Marina and could not be any less interested. He and his crew were much more interested in catching Sharko so they could make shark fin soup.
    • In "Fisherman's Catch" when a fisherman accidentally catches King Neptune along with a bunch of other fish he just dumps the whole batch because he was looking for oysters.
    • In one episode, two tourists with camera phones are far more interested in taking pictures with Sharko in a cat suit than with Marina. The only times they take pictures of Marina it's either by accident or they're trying to blind her so she'll let go of their boat.
  • Wingding Eyes:
    • Keeping in the show's country of origin, Neptune's eyes turn into Euro signs.
    • Excited about getting to be a nurse, Marina's eyes turn into first aid symbols.
  • Wham Shot: During Desert Island Drought, Bernie reveals a book to Zig. It has images of his several relatives, all of them were really good hunters.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Obviously, as the island's location is unknown.note 

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