And the sun is shinin'
There's just so much I like to do
That's when I think about the day
An extraordinary day
Extraordinary every day with you
Gonna have a day, gonna have a good day, gonna have a good day..."
Gofrette is a very silly French-Canadian show, based on the books by Doris Brasset and Fabienne Michot. In the United States, the series on Qubo and Kids CBC in Canada. This show is produced by Zoe Mae and Sub-Sequence Entertainment and was distributed by Porchlight Entertainment.
The show is about a cat (of course named Gofrette), who lives in a house with a giant mumbling refrigerator, named Red. He works at El Theatro Zanimo with his Italian cousin Garbanzo and Greta the Gorilla. Two of Gofrette's best friends is a cab driver (a dog named Fudge), and a salon owner who's a bird with a propeller on her head (named Ellie Copter). Together, they have many adventures together with the citizens of Zanimo.
This show provides examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Fudge has brown colored fur while he was not only blue, but also named Blue in the original Gofrette books.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
- Animated Adaptation: of a Canadian Children's book series of the same name, which is pretty hard to find nowadays.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Red the refrigerator, at least through Gofrette's eyes.
- He also talks to his food and stuffed bunny.
- Bathtub Bonding & Baths Are Fun: One episode starts with Gofrette in his bathtub pretending to go deep-sea diving.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Every single character is barefoot.
- Big "NO!": Ellie does one in "To Catch a Cuckoo"
- Black Bead Eyes: The Gnugnuts.
- Broken Treasure: In "To Catch a Cuckoo", Ellie enters her Aunt Edna's cuckoo clock, which goes cuckoo every time a character would say "cuckoo", to a cuckoo clock show. She, Gofrette and Fudge drive to the show, but first they stop by to get something to eat. Gofrette and Fudge leave Ellie's clock in a box and leave it on a table, which also includes a box with a broken birdhouse. After they eat, Gofrette and Fudge grab the box and when they open it, they find out that the birdhouse is broken. And when Ellie finds out, she lets out a Big "NO!". Furtunately, they quickly discover that the box only has a broken bird house. We later find out that it was Wendell who took the box with the cuckoo clock, but he didn't mean to.
- Butt-Monkey: Fudge in a few episodes, however when that happens, he mostly succeeds in the end with the other characters.
- Cartoon Creature: Ellie Copter is a bird with a propeller on her head. There are also The Flying Fusilli Brothers, and the aforementioned Gnugnuts.
- Catchphrase: Gofrette's favorite exclamation is "Zowy!", sometimes with a variation such as, "Zowy zow zow!".
- Cats Hate Water: Adverted. Despite being a cat, Gofrette actually doesn't mind water.
- Character Title
- City of Adventure: Zanimo
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gofrette
- Comic Trio: Gofrette, Fudge and Ellie. This is also a form of Two Guys and a Girl
- Expository Theme Tune: More than half of the intro's lyrics is the fact that Gofrette is gonna have a good day.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Used in "To Catch a Cuckoo" and "To Fly a Kite"
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: There are anthropomorphic characters with ears that stick through their helmets.
- Feud Episode: Applies to Ellie and Fudge in "The Falling Out". This also happens to Greta and Garbanzo in "Miss Know-It-All", or at least that's what Greta thought.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Moocher, Fudge's brother
- High-Dive Hijinks: Used in "The Diving Lesson". While Fudge and Gofrette are at the community swimming pool, Fudge teaches Gofrette how to dive. While Fudge can made a normal dive, Gofrette is always seen making a big splash.
- Iris Out: Every episode ends like this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hamlet
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Though there are only three main characters (Gofrette, Fudge and Ellie), the number of guest characters is enormous.
- Performance Anxiety: Gofrette is struck with fear when he has to dive for the first time in "The Diving Lesson".
- Pig Man: Hamlet
- Pink Means Feminine: Ellie Coptor. However, most of the other females in this show are another color.
- Pool Scene: At least half of "The Diving Lesson" involves this.
- Rocket Ride: Happens to Gofrette in "The Falling Star" after he was about to send a baby bird egg, assumed to be a meteor from space, painted by Hamlet in exchange for an actual meteor so he can make wishes on it, on a rocket to space. However, after he gets the egg, he lands on a tree while the rocket blasts off into space. It's later revealed at the end of the episode that the rocket crash landed in the middle of a field.
- Running Gag: Fudge's big ears.
- There's also one running gag where creatures named "The Purple Raccoons" always create a mess, usually ruining a character's plan.
- Short-Runner: The show only lasted 26 episodes.
- Shower Scene: "The Diving Lesson" had a scene where the characters had to shower before going in the pool.
- Sick Episode: "Crazy Flu"
- Slumber Party: "The Scary Sleepover"
- Supreme Chef: Gofrette's cousin Garbanzo is known to be an amazing cook.
- Thick-Line Animation
- The Scream: Applies to Ellie and Gofrette (separately) on "Blueberry Fish Soup".
- The Show of the Books
- ¡Three Amigos!: Gofrette, Fudge and Ellie are seen together in most episodes of the show.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Blue Torteloonies. In fact, in one episode Gofrette has eaten the special blue torteloonies Garbanzo, who needs them for the cooking contest tomorrow, gave him for safe keeping! Gofrette, Fudge and Ellie make every effort to find some replacement torteloonies.
- Treasure Map: Used in "The Pirates of Zanimo"
- Vague Age: Applies to all the characters.
- Wacky Land: Zanimo is an extremely surreal and crazy town to live in. It's the home to the Gnugnuts that appear in random places, unusual holidays such as Bellybutton Day, and of course the zany antics that Gofrette pulls in this series.
- World of Funny Animals