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"I'm the one who made the bet, and I know I'll be exactly right on time. Fog is my name and I can play with my life in many ways, that's what they say."
— Willy Fog

If the phrase "Round, all around the world, round, all around the world" is now going round, all around your head, you probably grew up in Europe in the 1980s and early 1990s, most likely Spain and the UK.

From the same stable as Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, this 1983 Spanish/Japanese cartoon (whose original title is La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog) did for Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days what its predecessor did for The Three Musketeers, namely populated it with Funny Animals, gave it a fun Lighter and Softer makeover, and put it on at teatime. (The show eventually aired in Japan as well, but not until 1987.)

The basic plot of Jules Verne's novel remains intact: dull, wealthy gentlelion Willy Fog (Phileas Fogg in the booknote ) gives up his orderly lifestyle when he accepts a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days. On his journey he faces opponents who have followed him from London, as well as the constant struggle to catch boats and trains on time and all the perils foreign countries, climates and people can throw at him.


Other characters include Rigodon (Passepartout in the novel), Tico their mascot-a, and Romy (Aouda in the novel), the gentle touch (they all love her so much).

Rigodon, a cat, is a circus acrobat who hoped for a quiet retirement when he applied for a position as Fog's valet but now finds himself dragged into adventure. He is accompanied by Tico, a hamster-thing in red dungarees.

Romi, a cat, is an Indian princess rescued by the travellers from a suttee, who falls quickly into the role of group chick, medic, and Love Interest for Fog.

Dix (Fix in the novel) and Bully (original character), canine detectives from Scotland Yard, believe that Willy Fog is a bank robber using an unlikely cover to flee from justice. They pursue Fog and his party unrelentingly and do their best to obstruct them. Fortunately for Fog they're a pretty incompetent pair, especially bulldog Bully.


Transfer (original character) is a sinister Master of Disguise hired by the members of Fog's London club who have bet against him, to ensure Fog cannot win. His true form appears to be a wolf but he can disguise himself as any character, though viewers can spot him from the way one eye gleams red at suitably dramatic moments. Unlike Dix and Bully, who just want Fog under arrest, Transfer is actively out to kill or incapacitate him.

The show's theme song was so popular that when the presenter of Children's BBC offered viewers a Willy Fog Song Sheet printed with the lyrics, demand was overwhelming. The same can be said about Spain, which version was performed by the famous band Mocedades.

In the 1990s, the series was followed by Willy Fog 2 which has Willy, Romy (now his wife) and friends having new adventures directly adapted from Verne's most famous science fiction novels, Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


  • Adaptation Expansion: The series includes new characters, a bigger development of Romy/Aouda and two extra stops in Hawaii and Mexico that weren't in the original novel.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Aouda becomes Romy, Passpartout is Rigodon, Fix is changed to Dix, and Mr Fogg's first name is changed from Phileas to Willy.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version has a different opening theme and ending theme.
  • And This Is for...: Played with. After learning that he'd arrested the wrong man, Dix begs Fog to hit him (as he does, unprompted, in the original novel), but Fog declines, saying he has "wasted enough time". Dix then orders Bully, who he has dragged around the world on a wild goose chase, to do it instead. Bully hits him twice:
    Bully: That's for me!
  • Animal Stereotypes:
    • Fog is a lion, appropriately for an English aristocrat. In the original novel, Fog was actually compared to a lion in appearance.
    • Romy is a Sexy Cat Person. And she's such a cutie that she has lots of Cute Kitten in her.
    • Rigodon has lots of connotations of the Cute Kitten stereotype.
    • Dim detectives Dix and Bully are both dogs.
    • Evil Transfer is a wolf — a big evil vicious wolf.
    • Fog's rival Sullivan is also a wolf, just better kept than Transfer.
  • Annoying Arrows: Koa the Elephant is hit by arrows when the group is fleeing from the religious fanatics who want to burn Romy alive in a suttee. Koa is not seriously hurt by them, but they sure are not pleasant.
  • Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation: Our heroes, people in the novel, are re-imagined as sapient anthropomorphic animals. Mr Fog is a lion, Romy (Aouda) is a cat, Rigodon (Passpartou) is also a cat, Brigadier Corn (Cromarty) is a roe deer and so on.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Fog and Rigodon are clearly intrigued by the French kangaroo lady they meet on a train. Too bad she's actually Transfer in one of his disturbingly effective disguises... as is the next woman they meet. He has a penchant for this, apparently.
  • Bag of Holding: Rigodon's suitcase. There is everything they might need from money in small notes to a teapot and several cups.
  • Bail Equals Freedom: In one episode Rigadon gets an actual prison sentence, and Fog gets him completely freed by paying the bail. As in, Fog explicitly states they're going to leave the country and he can't spare his manservant to do time.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The entire cast. Anthropomorphic animals have all gorgeous clothes, but none of them wear shoes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • You really don't want to engage Rigodon in a fight. He's a pretty laid-back guy with sweet temper, but touch his friend or his employer, and he will destroy you. The same later applies for Romy, a lady in Mr Fog's care. He's very protective of everyone.
    • Tico is a bumbling comic relief character but he has his moments of badassery, usually if someone's threatening his best friend Rigodon.
  • Big Eater: Tico eats huge amounts of food despite his diminutive size.
  • Bridal Carry: Princess Romy occasionally gets carried in Mr Fog's or Rigodon's arms.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dix and Bully throughout the travels, getting the short end of the stick of traveling in the lowest class possible while Willy's group travels in style.
  • Cane Fu: Willy Fog is quite proficient with his cane. He even beats a bandit armed with a gun with it, by throwing his cane right into the gun's barrel, causing it to blow up in the bandit's hand.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Willy has problem trying to express his feelings for Romy, but Romy expresses hers first in the end.
  • Canon Foreigner: Three very central ones, compared to the original novel — Tico, Bully and Transfer. Tico and Bully seem to be included mainly for comedy relief, so that Rigodon and Dix can have someone to talk to, and — in the case of Tico — include a Spanish character in the cast, given that there were none in the novel. Transfer, on the other hand, presents a recurring antagonist who's actually a threat (which can't really be said of Dix and Bully), as well as neatly taking over some of Phileas Fogg's more morally-questionable actions from the book, so that Willy Fog becomes more of an unquestioned hero. He also makes Dix more sympathetic, by performing some of Fix's nastier tricks.
  • Cartoon Creature: What on earth is Tico supposed to be? Some rodent-like creature. Probably hamster.
  • Cats Are Mean: Strongly averted. With the exception of the high priestess of the Kali worshippers, none of the characters who appear in an antagonistic role are feline.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Rigodon refuses to fix his grandfather's clock each time they enter a new time zone, but has the time right when they finally make it to London. This makes Fog realize that they have gained an extra day by travelling eastward.
  • Classy Cane: Fogg has a classy cane, as is appropriate for a classy gentleman. He uses it also for Cane Fu.
  • Clock King: Willy Fog. Explained best by Tico: "This is not a person, it's a chronometer!"
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: Mr Fog has one. It's the thief who stole money from the bank and who Inspector Dix tries to catch. He's a lion very much like Mr Fog but he's not at all as handsome.
  • Damsel in Distress: Princess Romy upon first meeting. She was about to be burned alive.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Rigodon and Tico are in place of Passepartout. Mr Fogg has only one servant in the novel.
    • Dix and Bully are in place of Fix. In the novel, there is only one detective trying to catch Mr Fogg.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Rigodon, Dix and Willy Fog himself all have their original novel names in the Finnish dub: Passepartout, Fix and Phileas.
    • Czech dub has some changes: Transfer is Chidling (Called "villainous Chidling" by the narrator), Rigodon is Barnabash, and Tico is Chico.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Specifically, Princess Romy. She's not an aristocrat by birth, but she gained her title by marriage.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Koa the (non-sentient) elephant is the only one not fooled by Transfer's disguises.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Willy Fog sings about how he must "Hey, now the story must go on, 'cause a lot of time has gone, we must be ready to go away. Eighty days around the world..." Even more so in the original Spanish: "The countdown has already begun, will we make it? Yes or no? My trip around the world begins now!"
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The entire cast have four-fingered hands. Easier to draw.
  • Funny Foreigner: Rigodon (French) and Tico (Italian). Tico was Spanish in the original Spanish version, but the trope was still present because he was explicitly Andalusian ("the funny Andalusian" is nowadays a mostly Dead Horse Trope in Spanish media).
  • Furry Confusion: The show manages to avoid this in some interesting ways. All animals are either sapient and anthropomorphic, or neither. All the animals that are sapient are mammals and most (with very few exceptions) are rodents, carnivores, pigs and primates, which are never non-sapient. So there are no pet dogs or cats or any known equivalent. Horses, camels and elephants are never sapient and are used for transport.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Fog, utterly against his character in the novel. This version of Mr Fog is actually interested in travelling and seeing the world. Taken Up to Eleven in the second series when he travels into the centre of the Earth and has adventures under the sea.
  • Hammerspace: Transfer's various disguises must come from something like this. Almost like Brain in Inspector Gadget who utilises this trope to the nth degree.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rigodon and Tico. Inseparable pair of friends. They met when both worked in a circus and since then stick together.
  • Hollywood Geography: To be expected, but presumably played more for flavor and fun than the original's relative accuracy (which was exotic at the time). For instance, the temple complex visited in Egypt is clearly Karnak, nearly 500 miles or 750 kilometers from Suez, yet they reach it on camel and back in a single day.
  • Iconic Item:
    • Willy Fog has a top hat and a walking cane, the latter often being used in self-defense.
    • Rigodon has a valise, as well as a bowler hat which he believes brings him good luck and refuses to replace when he briefly loses it. It was his grandfather's, so he treasures it.
    • Tico is given an Ancient Egyptian "sun clock" early in the series and finds an excuse to consult it in nearly every subsequent episode.
    • Princess Romy has a jeweled maang tikka, revealed in one episode to contain medicinal chicken bones.
    • Inspector Dix has a flat cap and a pipe, though he is never actually seen smoking. Fitting fir a detective.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • After widowed Princess Romy drops her mourning dress, she always wears a gorgeous pink and white dress. She's covered in a thin veil and she has some exquisite Indian jewels — bracelets, arm circlets, earrings and a gorgeous maang tikka. She wears different clothes in the second series. Makes sense, as she lives in England and travels a lot.
    • Willy Fog's brown suit and red tie with black polka dots, complete with his top hat and classy cane.
  • Inspector Javert: Dix and Bully. Their unusually determined efforts are lampshaded when a local police chief complains that they're blowing more of Scotland Yard's budget on this intercontinental chase than he makes in a year.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Willy (a lion) falls in love with Princess Romy (a cat). They get married in the end. Their kitten-cubs will be hella cute.
    • The Hawaiian episode features a romance between a monkey and a pig. Mani the monkey is a guy of lower class and the lady pig is king's daughter.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Andrew Speedy is a highly stubborn and short-tempered captain who gives his crew little salary and takes for himself meals cooked for others. However, he's right to warn Willy not to sail through a hurricane with the sails unrolled and all the fuel being used on fair wind. The sails end up being torn apart, and the coal runs out, forcing Willy to buy the ship from the righteously angry captain in order to use the wood on board as fuel.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: While Rigodon and Tico work in a circus while penniless in Yokohama, Rigodon almost gets killed in a knife act thrown by villain and Master of Disguise Transfer. Willy Fog steps up and saves him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Sullivan was fired from his position as governor of the bank for misappropriation of funds, from his attempts to make sure Willy Fog loses the bet.
    • Dix and Bully get demoted to common traffic cops from their wrongful arrest of Willy and Rigodon, which nearly cost him the bet.
  • Latex Perfection: Transfer. How does he always hide those huge ears? Hammerspace ears? In addition, he's unusually quick in making the outfit and mask, sometimes specifically resembling a concrete person who the group previously hired.
  • Lighter and Softer: Surprisingly, not as much as you'd think; on the whole this is a very faithful adaptation of Jules Verne's novel, with good things and bad things happening to the characters throughout — though there are a few aspects that have been softened a little. Most notably, there's Willy Fog himself, who compared to the Phileas Fogg of the novel is a far more jovial and friendly fellow (even if he is still obsessed with punctuality).
  • Local Reference: Tico is Spanish in the original Spanish version, and Portuguese in the Portuguese dub (and voiced by a woman). The balloon man in Tijuana is also Spanish (but unlike Tico, he is not Andalusian).
  • Lost in Translation:
    • Tico's not only Spanish in the original version - he has a very thick Andalusian accent and uses a lot of Andalusian slang.
    • In the Japanese version, they try the "kawaii" effect for Tico with a high-pitched voice. In the Spanish version, he has a rather deep voice.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: In the first episode, there is a rather longish shot of Mr Fog facing Mr Sullivan after they agreed on the bet.
  • The Musical: In 2008, a Willy Fog stage musical (featuring actors in Funny Animal makeup) opened in Spain to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary.
  • National Animal Stereotypes:
    • Willy Fog is a lion, while Dix and Bully are a beagle and a bulldog. All three animals are often associated with the United Kingdom.
    • The team meets two weird and very Anubis-like black dogs in Egypt, but they turn out to be a couple of twin German archaeologists.
    • Tigers are most common in the show's version of India. While in there, the cast also gets to ride an elephant, Rigodon runs in trouble after Tico eats offers to a sacred cow, and Tico is bitten by a tamed cobra (who luckily for him, has no teeth).
    • The Chinese captain (and part-time pirate) that Willy hires to travel from Shanghai to Yokohama is a panda.
    • The Japanese police chief is a fox and Rigodon and Tico find refuge in the humble home of two Japanese macaques while in Yokohama.
    • Travel through the American West is delayed by a bison stampede (non-sapient) and an attack by coyote Native Americans.
    • Transfer disguises as a coyote while in the US, both when he pretends to be a Native and when he pretends to be a European settler.
    • The mad prospector in San Francisco is a raccoon (might be a Stealth Pun, since both prospectors and raccoons spend a lot of their time washing stuff in the river).
  • Nice Hat: Willy's top hat. Rigodon's bowler hat and Dix's flat cap also qualify.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Transfer ends up several times foiling his attempts to stop the band's journey or even helping them to proceed:
    • When Transfer breaks a crucial part of Medicine Bow's bridge, he could have allowed the train to fall along with the grumbling bridge. Instead, he stops the train and gives a warning of the danger, expecting Fog to wait for a train from the next stop. Fog gambles instead and directs the train across the grumbling bridge at maximum speed.
    • After missing the last ship going to England, the band boards another ship that has a different destination. Transfer comes aboard as a cook and attempts to feed Willy poisoned soup, but the bull-headed Captain Speedy snatches the soup and eats it himself. This gives Willy the chance to receive the ship's authority from the bedridden captain and set the course towards England.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: When Rigodon saves Princess Romy, he puts her over his shoulder at first, but then he carries her in his arms.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: While the novel's plot is universally known overseas, many a Spaniard will come with the name Willy Fog whenever referring to the protagonist instead of original protagonist Phileas Fogg due to the series' enormous success.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The series neatly sidesteps some of Phileas Fogg's ethically questionable actions in the book by transferring events to Transfer and his sabotage attempts in order to make Fog the unblemished hero. Dix benefits from this as well.
  • Prospector: The gang meet an old one in San Francisco who has gone mad over the years and carries a bag of dirt thinking it's gold dust.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Willy Fog, obsessed with punctuality, clubs, Spot of Tea and values the fame of the British Empire. His species is even Britain's heraldic animal!
  • Race Against the Clock: Fog and co. race to reach the Reform Club before 8:45 PM on December 21 1872. They have 80 days to complete their journey. Lots of the times they must hurry to catch their ship/train/what have you.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Fog is only interested in winning the bet for the sake of sportsmanship; he spends almost as much money on his journey as success will win him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!:
    • Need to get through the Indian jungle? Buy an elephant! Ship running out of coal? Buy the ship and burn the furnishings! Sometimes they have to force some people into helping them.
    • Sullivan doesn't care about the bet money as long as Willy loses it. He even promises his 5000 pounds to Transfer if his sabotage attempts are successful, and he sponsors Transfer's travel expenses.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Dr. Frik and Dr. Frok, German twin archaeologists working at the same excavation in Egypt.
  • Sim Sim Salabim: Snake charmers, sacred cows, angry brahmin monks, turbans, tamed elephants, jungles, and attempted human (well, anthropomorphic animal) sacrifices to Kali. The only thing missing is flying carpets.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Transfer falls into the Local Area Threat category. His attempts to stop Fog and his party regularly go as far as deliberately endangering their lives and the lives of those who happen to be travelling with them.
  • South of the Border: After a fire on board caused by Transfer, the team docks at Tijuana, Mexico, where the locals are scared of a flying monster. Fortunately, the monster turns out to be a hot air balloon that the characters can use to fly to their initial destination, San Francisco.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Tico, though unlike most examples, he has a role and character that extends a bit beyond comic relief.
  • Spiritual Successor: to a little-known Australian animated series from 1972.
  • Spoiler Opening: Princess Romy appears in the Title Sequence, singing part of the opening song. However she doesn't actually appear in the series until much later on, when the group get to India. So you know that not only is she going to join the group, but that she will also not die in the attempt to sacrifice her.
  • Those Two Animals:
    • Rigodon and Tico are almost always together. Rigodon is a cat and Tico is a hamster (probably). Visual variety, big difference in size.
    • Dix and Bully just belong together. Both are dogs of similar size.
  • Trigger Happy: Most of the population of 1872 San Francisco is pictured this way.
  • Vague Age: Tico is old enough to work and (technically) live on his own, but often acts childish and is treated by Romy in a rather motherly fashion. The vagueness of just what he is supposed to be probably doesn't help.
  • Victorian London: Mr Fog's home; however, he has a comfortable life as a member of the upper-middle class.
  • Westminster Chimes: Big Ben is heard very often, especially at the beginning of the episodes which always shows the audience what is happening in London in the Reform Club.
  • The Wild West: In the United States, they visit a typical American town, rough cowboys, saloon owner, eccentric American businessman, Indians, and they travel in a very Cool Train.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Romy. She fears she will be recaptured by the Kali worshippers if she stays in India, prompting her to join Fog's expedition.

Tropes appearing in the sequel series:

  • Adapted Out: Unlike in the original book, Professor Aronnax doesn't have a servant named Conseil.
  • An Axe to Grind: Nemo and Ned face off the giant octopuses with axes.
  • Badass Mustache: Captain Nemo has a large moustache.
  • Bat Out of Hell: In the eight episode, Romy and Lidenbrock are harassed by subterranean vampire bats.
  • Blood Knight: Ned Land is always ready to fight, whatever it's crewmembers of the Nautilus, Melanesian tribesmen, a polar bear or giant octopuses.
  • Demoted to Extra: Unlike his book counterpart, Professor Lidenbrock's nephew Axel isn't forced to join his uncle's expedition to the Center of the Earth, so he remains in Hamburg to look after his uncle's students with Gräuben and doesn't appear after the second episode.
  • Iconic Item: Tico's "sun clock" from the first series makes no mention, so he gains Axel's yoyo compass.
  • Jerkass: Sergeant Pat, the arrogant crewmember of the Nautilus. After Willy humiliates him for manhandling Romy, Pat tries to frame him as a thief so that Captain Nemo would make him the first officer of the Nautilus. After that fails, Pat tries to murder Willy. He also likes sinking vessels that get too close to the Nautilus. By contrast, Oliver doesn't like doing it, while Captain Nemo views it as a necessary evil.
  • Multinational Team: The expedition to the Center of the Earth is composed of Willy Fog (British), Princess Romy (Indian), Rigodon (French), Tico (Spanish/Italian), Professor Lidenbrock (German) and Hans (Icelander). The latter two are replaced by Professor Aronnax (French) and Ned Land (Canadian) as prisoners of the Nautilus.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: The renowned marine biologist Professor Aronnax is an owl, and he often has to remind Ned Land to rein in his impatient need to escape the Nautilus.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The aforementioned vampire bats have nasty red eyes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ned Land and Professor Aronnax in the latter half of the series. Ned is always ready to voice his dislike of being aboard the Nautilus and desire to escape, while Aronnax often cautions him to be patient and wait for an opportune moment to escape.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: As the last resort to sabotage Fog's journey to the Center of the Earth, Transfer contaminates the expedition's drinking water with salt. Realizing this only after they've started descending, they're forced to search for fresh water and end up getting it from a subterranean river.


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