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Western Animation / Hey Duggee

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Hey Duggee is an Edutainment Show made by Studio AKA for The BBC.

Duggee is a Duck Terrier (?) who has a lot of badges and makes a group called The Squirrels. They are a rhino named Tag, a hippo named Roly, an octopus named Betty, a mouse named Norrie, and a crocodile/alligator named Happy. They earn badges, so that equals this BBC/CBeebies/Nickelodeon treat.

Isn't it time for Duggee's tropes?

  • All Drummers Are Animals: Norrie plays this trope INCREDIBLY STRAIGHT before the Squirrels practiced in the episode "The Making Music Badge". However, this is later averted after they practiced.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Mr. Crab and Nigel Crab. This makes it one of the first CBeebies shows to feature LGBTQ+ themes.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Jelly Belly Dancers in several episodes.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Duggee, for, obvious reasons.
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  • Body Wipe: In "The Shape Badge", Roly runs right through the camera.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: If you ever spy some eyes and think one pair of them is teeny tiny, congrats. You've just got a one-way ticket to "The Train Badge" and/or "The Shadow Badge". note 
  • Censor Suds: In one of the openings, Happy's crotch is censored by suds.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Hedgley.
  • Cool Boat: Betty's dad's submarine. It can go on land!
  • Couch Gag: Every episode opens with a squirrel doing some sort of morning activity. "Isn't it time for.... DUGGEE!"
  • Cultural Translation: The narrator is female in the Korean dub and the Swedish dub.
  • The Diaper Change: In "The Puppy Badge," Duggee's nephew Duggly is visiting and soils his nappy early in the episode. Fortunately, Duggee has his puppy badge and is able to take care of it.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Done to represent the squirrel's memories in "The Memory Badge".
    • Done before at one point in "The Pottery Badge", to represent the squirrel's pottery creations (which are literal to their thoughts, as they made regular cups in reality).
  • Dance Party Ending: At the end of "The Stick Badge".
  • Eat the Camera: Duggee's nephew does this to the camera in "The Puppy Badge", in reverse mode.
  • Edutainment Show
  • Every Episode Ending: Each episode ends with the Squirrels earning another badge, which leaves time for just one more thing: Duggee Hug!
  • Funny Octopus: Betty, who can walk on land.
  • Gang of Critters
  • Happily Adopted: Implied with Happy the Crocodile, whose mom is an elephant.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All episodes are named "The (noun) Badge", referring to what badge is earned as well as the episode’s topic.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Duggee can only speak in woofs but the Squirrels and the Narrator can understand him.
  • Interactive Narrator
  • Interrupted Bath: One of the Couch Gag openings has Happy in the bath, only to be asked "Isn't it time for.... DUGGEE!"
  • Medium Blending: Possibly used in the puppet show segment of "The Puppet Show Badge".
  • Parental Bonus: Shout out to Groucho Marx in episodes "The Comedy Badge" and "The Key Badge". Frank Sinatra's "Got You Under My Skin" is reworded in "The Sandcastle Badge".
  • Puppet Shows: Obviously used in the "Puppet Show Badge" episode.
  • Scout-Out: The Squirrels.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "The Hair Badge" has Duggee's hair decorated at one point like Homer Simpson. He doesn't take kindly to it.
      Duggee: D'oh!
    • "The Spooky Badge" rather appropriately has the Squirrels end up dressed as the main cast from Scooby-Doo.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Any time a baby-ish character, such as Duggee's nephew Duggly laughs, it will be this, though not the particular one described on that page. It sounds like the same laugh that was used for Baby Kate on Arthur.


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