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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:

  • Adapted Out: Aouda does not appear in the show - Fogg's love interest is Canon Foreigner Belinda Maze.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original novel, Fix was a Scotland Yard detective who pursued Fogg out of suspicion that he was a bank robber. Here, he's Lord Maze's hired thug.
  • All Cloth Unravels: Fix loses his pants in this manner in the first episode.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Maze will do anything to keep Fogg from winning the bet and marrying his niece. That's why he got Fix to handle the job.
  • Bag of Holding: Passepartout uses this to carry whatever items Fogg asks for in a particular episode.
  • Canon Foreigner: Toto the monkey, Belinda Maze and her uncle Lord Maze.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Passepartout: "Parlez vous!" and "Fix Tricks! FIX TRICKS!"
    • Fix: "I' LL FIX THAT FOGG!"
    • Fogg (at the end of an episode): “Good show, Passepartout!”
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    • Fogg: Special catchphrase for each episode, repeated several times. Episode 1 was "The motto of the wise is, Be prepared for surprises." By Episode 16, it was: "Learn to use what you have got, and you won't need what you have not!"
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Once an Episode, Fogg will ask from Passepartout for all the items they will need to overcome the problems on that episode.
  • The Chew Toy: Fix.
  • Clock King/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/Proverbial Wisdom: Fogg spouts one of these 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.

Good show, Passepartout!