Jungledyret Hugo (also known as Go Hugo Go in the English version) is a Danish animated film series by A.FilmA/S about a little mammal named Hugo, who is one of a kind.
The first film introduces us to Hugo, an apparently one-of-a-kind anthropomorphic animal who lives in a jungle. Youthful and carefree, Hugo is prone to playing practical jokes on his friends, Zig and Zag the monkeys. His idyllic lifestyle is interrupted when he is captured by the CEO of a famed movie company, Conrad Cupmann, to be a co-star in a Hollywood-style film. In order to return from Copenhagen to his jungle home, he must escape with the help of a newly found friend, Rita the fox.
The sequel, Jungledyret 2 (Hugo the Movie Star in the English version), picks up where the first movie left off. Hugo and Rita each tell their friends about how much they miss one another. Meanwhile, the CEO of the movie studio still wants to catch him. His plan is to have Hugo co-star in a film, and then earn lots of money through merchandising.
In 2003, the franchise was made into an animated TV series. It led up to the events of the third film. Thirteen episodes of 26 minutes were produced, and originally aired 2003-2004.
The third film, Jungledyret 3, continues where the animated series left off, which in turn is a sequel to the second movie. It is a CGI film. The plot again involves Hugo being captured, this time by several competing groups of humans who are all after Hugo for their own reasons.
This series contains examples of:
- All-CGI Cartoon: The third one.
- Art Evolution: The first film looks like a Don Bluth film, but the second has its own style.
- Rita's design in particular changes with each film.
- Artistic Age: See Older Than They Look below.
- Be Yourself:Hugo: They want me to be completely different from what I am. Why do I have to be different? Why can't they just be different themselves??Rita: I like you the way you are.Hugo: You're my... best friend too.
- Book-Ends: The first film begins with a musical number about Hugo's daily routine, which consists of playing in the jungle with his friends. It ends with the same musical number, but now Meatball Charlie is playing too.
- In the beginning of the third film, Hugo and his old friends are singing in the jungle... in Hugo's dreams. At the end, the song is reprised, this time in Junglandia's nature reserve with Rita and the pup present.
- Brandishment Bluff: Hugo repeatedly claims that he is poisonous or diseased to scare off predators, to varying degrees of success.
- Bulungi: Junglandia. As seen in the third film, it is actually in South America, somewhere around Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.
- Cartoon Creature: Hugo, who resembles a cross between a koala and a monkey.
- Cats Are Mean: All over the series. Alleycats in the first film, a jaguar and a lynx during the TV series, and another jaguar in the third film.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Conrad Cupmann. The dude burns down a forest just to lure out Hugo.
- Cute Little Fangs: Both the main leads.
- Darker and Edgier: The second film features much more emotional drama than the other installments.
- Denser and Wackier: The animated series starts off mundane enough, but during the final few episodes Hugo and Rita travel to the North Pole with one of Santa's elves, and encounter a tribe of troll-like creatures along the way.
- Disney Acid Sequence: When Izabella loses her marbles over her obsession with catching Hugo, the scene transitions into her imagination, in which she repeatedly grabs Hugo only for him to transform into strange things, including herself, all while she giggles unsettlingly. Not surprisingly, this scene was cut out of the English dub.
- Easy Amnesia: The first episode of the animated series involves Hugo getting hit by a church bell and forgetting that he's not in the jungle anymore (and also Rita's name).
- Everyone Can See It: The relationship between Hugo and Rita is obvious to everyone and many characters lampshade on it. Even Cupmann can see it, and so he went into the Moral Event Horizon in the second movie when he decided to send bloodhounds to kill Rita due to her "bad influence" over Hugo.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: In the second film, Conrad tries to shoot Hugo with Tranquilizer Darts. In the third film, the gun is replaced with a crossbow, but there is a statue of General Maximus wielding a rifle. Averted in the animated series, however.
- Hakuna Matata: Wulle Wulle Wap Wap in the first film, Frank, Cheeky, and Free in the third.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Hugo looks upon mankind with great distrust, with the exception of Meatball Charlie.
- Knight of Cerebus: Cupmann (in the second movie) is the only main antagonist who's played as a genuine, serious threat. While the other antagonists are more comical and inefficient in nature, Cupmann is a ruthless and cold-hearted man who'll even resort to killing if he's to get what he wants. Just the gleeful way he orders the bloodhounds to rip that foxfur apart in preparation for killing Rita is downright disturbing.
- Modern Major General: Generalissimo Maximillion Maximus: Skilled ruler, smooth negotiator... never once seen actually leading an army, nor is it even confirmed that Junglandia has an army.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Izabella Scorpio. (Renamed to Izabella Dehavalot in the English dub).
- General Maximus' dog is named Satan.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Michael Snackson (Jack Michaelson in the English version)
- Off-Model: In one scene of the first movie, Hugo is at one point drawn so small he fits inside the bed of a dollhouse.
- Older Than They Look: Rita comments on several occasions that soon she will be old enough to have her own den. And Hugo, despite his "cute and fuzzy" look, talks and acts like someone clearly in his teens.
- Product Placement: Extremely subtle. While Hugo is being driven to the harbor on the banana truck, a Coca-Cola sign can be seen. The same sign is seen again at the end, when Meatball Charlie is taking Hugo back to the jungle.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Donna Prima. She is the only antagonist who likes Hugo from the start and wants to see him treated well.
- Put on a Bus: Rita's family, whom she repeatedly voices concern over during the first two films, then abandons almost without noticing.
- Rubber Man: Chief Iztintatel has the ability to stretch his body into the shapes of various animals, including a bird and a snake.
- Rube Goldberg Device: Used to catch Hugo in the beginning of the third movie.
- Shout-Out: The motivational song Hugo sings to the pigs is obviously a Baptist gospel.
- In one episode of the animated series, Hugo puts on a red shirt to keep warm in the Arctic. He looks almost exactly like Winnie-the-Pooh.
- That Poor Plant: A flower gets hit with a Tranquilizer Dart in the third film, causing it to droop pitifully.
- The Stoner: There's a butterfly in the third movie that is quite clearly high as a kite.
- This Is Going to Be Huge: Every antagonist's motivation for catching Hugo. Movies, and movie merchandise, and perfume, and cloned pets, and and and...
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Barbie Turner retrieves a cigar from her cleavage.
- Villain Song: And I Will Be The Star of Science from the third movie.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In the first movie, Hugo gets seasick inside a burlap sack, but it's too dark to see. In the third movie, the comic relief rat gets airsick and throws up in Strix's boot... while he's wearing it. He doesn't notice.