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Good show, Passepartout!note 

Lord Maze: So, Phileas Fogg, you want to marry me niece Belinda?
Phileas Fogg: Yes, Lord Maze.
Maze: Then prove yourself worthy. Travel around the world in eighty days!
Passepartout: Impossible!
Fogg: We shall do it!
Maze: I'm betting £20,000 you can't!
Fogg: It's a bet!

Around the World in Eighty Days is an Australian 16 episode cartoon show produced in 1972 and a loose adaptation of Jules Verne's novel of the same name.

Phileas Fogg wants to marry the lovely Belinda Maze, niece to the unscrupulous Lord Maze. Maze makes a wager with Fogg that if Fogg can go around the world in eighty days, he may marry Belinda (with £20,000 thrown in as a sweetener). Fogg, along with his companion Passepartout and his pet monkey Toto, sets out to do so. Lord Maze, seeking to win the bet, sends a hired thug named Fix to prevent Fogg from reaching his goal.

Notable for being the first Australian cartoon shown on U.S. network TV, as NBC aired it as a Saturday-Morning Cartoon in 1972-73.

Compare with its Spiritual Successor, Around the World with Willy Fog.

Tropes in this series include:

  • Crazy-Prepared: Fogg knows what they will need in the future and figures out what items he requires for a particular situation.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Around the World in Eighty Days, Passepartout / So Fogg may marry Belinda Maze, Passepartout / Fogg may fail because of Fix / Unless Fogg nixes Fix's tricks / Around the World with Passepartout.
  • Harmless Villain: Fix, no matter how much he tries, is unable to keep Fogg and Passepartout from reaching their goal.
  • Hurricane of Aphorisms: Fogg spouts proverbs to Passepartout at the beginning of every episode, the events of which invariably go on to demonstrate the wisdom of said aphorism.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Belinda Maze in the intro. Due to bouncing with a pogo stick, her dress folds up enough to cover her upper body, exposing her underwear.
  • Master of Disguise: Fix. His disguises can fool Passepartout.
  • Mellow Fellow: Fogg, no matter the situation, tends to be unflappable ... though by Episode 16 he occasionally allows his face to display exasperation. Never for long, though.
  • Proper Lady: Belinda, who is devoted to Fogg and is nicer than her uncle, is very much a dignified British lady.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Phileas Fogg, as in the novel, is a proper gentleman.
  • Road-Sign Reversal: Fix does this in the first episode to keep Fogg and Passepartout from reaching Buckingham Palace.
  • Save the Villain: Fogg and Passepartout rescue Fix from an erupting Mount Vesuvius in one episode, and from a gang of desert bandits in another.

Good show, Passepartout!