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All around the world, let's go, Luna, let's go!note 

Leo: We live in a big beautiful world! I'm Leo.
Andy: I'm Andy!
Carmen: And I'm Carmen. Our parents work in a circus that travels all around the world, and we travel with them.
Andy: So we never know where in the world we will end up next.
Carmen: But wherever we go, we know that Luna the Moon will be there with us.
The show's Opening Narration

Let's Go Luna! is a PBS Kids animated series created by Joe Murray (yes, the same guy who created Rocko's Modern Life and Camp Lazlo) that premiered on November 21, 2018.

The Circo Fabuloso is a circus that travels around the world. Andy the American frog, Carmen the Mexican butterfly, and Leo the Australian wombat (with a Canadian accent) are a trio of children whose parents work in this circus. Along the way, Earth's Moon herself, Luna, guides the children throughout the countries the Circo stops in, teaching them about the various aspects of the countries' cultures.

Judy Greer (Arrested Development) voices the titular character Luna, with Deadline providing a sneak preview of one episode. Two episodes were released early to PBS Kids' YouTube channel on October 22, and several segments were released on the PBS Kids website and video app as well.

The show was quietly renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 10, 2021. In October 2021, it was revealed that the show will end in 2022 after 2 seasons and 64 episodes.note  The series ended on November 18, 2022.

The show is produced by Joe Murray's eponymously named production company, Joe Murray Productions, alongside 9 Story Media Group, which is producing through their Brown Bag Films division.


Show us the trope list, lead the way!:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: In "London Frog", one shot of Big Ben is rendered in CGI.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone in China loves Luna, as revealed in "She is the Moon of Moons". The Moon is important to the Chinese, after all. In fact, she's loved by pretty much everyone on the planet, being treated as a celebrity.
  • 555: In "Leo Moves It", Dr. Flavio's phone number is 555-HIPS.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Luna" is the word for "moon" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Latin, and Romanian.
  • Absurd Phobia: Implied in the episode "Day of the Dead", where Luna explains to Carmen that it's a good idea to laugh in the face of anything you fear to make it less scary. The others explain what fears they laugh at, which are pretty standard phobias... until it gets to Andy, who says he laughs at asparagus.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In "Luna's Christmas Around the World," Senor Fabuloso is apparently unable to say the name "Santa Claus" properly and instead keeps referring to the jolly old elf as "San-anna Cleez."
  • Acrophobic Bird: Carmen is a butterfly, but she is hesitant about going in the hot air balloon in "If A Hamster Could Fly". Then again, her Wings Do Nothing.
  • Agent Scully: In "Big Little Trouble", Senor Fabuloso doesn't believe in the Huldufolk and brushes off the peculiar happenings at the circus as a coincidence. However, the more strange things happen, the more he's convinced that they are real, and they are in the end.
  • Agony of the Feet: In "You Can't Move the Moon", Salami Strong hurts his toe while trying to lift a weight. Later on, Hideki hurts his toe.
  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: Inverted. While "Cave Dad" does discuss neanderthals, the characters learn about how neanderthals were actually smarter than most people think.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: In "A Moon's Trip to Paris", Andy gets inspired by Georges Méliès and decides to make his own movie with the other Circo members.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Leo is a blue wombat, and Carmen is a purple butterfly.
  • Ambiguous Situation: "Way Down in London Town": No one knows what the Roman dodecahedron, the mysterious object, was used for — just that it was Roman.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: Part of the plot of "London Frog" is that Andy overhears someone mentioning the clock tower Big Ben in such a way that he interprets it as "Big Ben is a giant with four faces who carries around and rings a giant bell every hour".
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Senor Fabuloso, given his Large Ham tendencies, his campy style of dress, and the fact that he's a pink flamingo. Never mind that "fabuloso" means "fabulous" in Spanish. Although, he does kiss Luna in "You Can't Move the Moon".
    • One episode had Luna and the kids going around London getting food for a dinner Senor Fabuloso was having with a 'special friend'. That special friend? Luna.
  • An Aesop:
    • In "Bonjour, Au Revoir, Adios", Senor Fabuloso and the French clown twins (Bonjour and Au Revoir) argue over whether New Orleans is more Spanish or French. They learn that obsessive nationalism isn't good, and that other people shaped New Orleans such as Africans and Native Americans.
    • In "Kick It Good", Andy thinks that Thailand copied volleyball with their sport takraw, but learns that sports from around the world can be similar, but also different and just as good.
    • Many characters have bad mental health as a result of childhood trauma (Salami being bullied by his sisters, Senor Fabuloso's friends abandoning him, not to mention his 10th birthday disaster) or just in general (Leo is fearful of everything, craves approval, and wants things to be the way he likes it). The show, through episodes like "Not Home on the Range", "Volcano Boy", "Meet the Strongs", "Time of Goodbye", and "Gaja's Birthday", show us that it's okay not to be okay, and that your past is not your present or future. It also encourages talking to someone you trust about these issues so they can help you (i.e, Luna).
    • Multiple episodes, such as "Aren't We a Pair?" and "Hip Life", teach us to separate stereotypes from reality, as nonwhite countries like Egypt and Ghana aren't ancient like they're commonly depicted to be in media. Interestingly, both these episodes involve Carmen.
    • "Grumpa Comes to Call" — Sometimes, you just have to give someone what they want. Carmen's family thinks that bitter foods make Grumpa grouchy, but that's not true in the end. He's only grumpy because of his aching bones. When he finally gets orange marmalade that's just the right amount of bitter, he finally smiles.
  • The moral of "Longbeak the Pirate" is that 'you can still have fun with fantasies while knowing that fiction isn't the same as reality.' Ronica encourages the kids to continue play-acting pirate tropes, even though most of them never happened in real life.
  • "Shaky, Rattle and Roll" - Shaky teaches Leo that it's not how you fall down, it's how you get up that matters.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Julien the snail from "C'est La Vie A Paris" speaks very slowly, fitting how snails are known to be slow, and also the relaxing, easygoing nature of Paris.
  • Animate Inanimate Object:
    • The circus act that appears at the beginning of the episode "Lullaby for Baby Vlad" involves several anthropomorphic bowling pins.
    • Much to the surprise of the main characters, Senor Fabuloso's wall is sentient as shown in "What's the Big Idea?".
    • In "Hoopin' Hopper", Luna tries to fix a ruined basketball hoop by using magic. She brings it to life by accident, and it becomes a recurring character for the rest of the episode.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The kids spend much of "Honey In Paris" thinking that Honey is in love with someone called Mon Amour. As it turns out, her "mon amour" was actually the city of Paris.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: In "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too", Luna checks her watch to see when 3:00 will be. She says "Ten minutes", but then says it was ten minutes ago.
  • Balloonacy: In "If a Hamster Could Fly", Honey uses a bunch of helium balloons to go up into the sky and see Paris.
  • Balloon Belly: All the termites get this in "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too".
  • Balloon-Bursting Bird: In "If a Hamster Could Fly", Honey's balloons get popped by a flock of birds, causing her to fall.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Andy doesn't wear any shoes.
  • Beatnik: "Dig It Daddy-O" takes place in San Francisco and involves Andy getting involved in the local beatnik culture. It has all the typical beatnik tropes like sunglasses, berets, slam poetry, and the slang (ex: "square" as an insult towards boring people).
  • Beneath the Earth: In "Way Down in London Town," the characters discover that there's an underground society beneath London where they collect historical items. They even have a working glass elevator.
  • Bifauxnen: Carmen's mom wears a tuxedo and pulls it off quite nicely.
  • Big Eater: Leo. His main schtick is his love of food (though this is primarily because he's learning to become a chef like his father). Andy could be this as well, seeing as how he ate all the cotton candy meant for a circus act in "Speaking Wigglewalker".
  • Big "NO!": Carmen shouts one in "Guitar to Sitar" when the strings on her guitar break.
  • The Big Race: "Fast Food" revolves around a cart race. Tyrone is convinced that he isn't good enough to race, but Leo encourages him to enter the race and prove that underdogs never lose.
  • Binocular Shot: In "Honey in Paris", the kids hide out in a cheese shop as they follow Honey, who they think wants to visit someone named Mon Amour. They view her through binoculars, and there are a few shots showing what they see through the binoculars.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Guitar to Sitar" takes place during Carmen's mother's birthday. The episode's main conflict is that Carmen wants to play her mother a birthday song, but she can't due to the strings on her guitar breaking.
    • In "Gaja's Birthday", the gang revisits Delhi, India to attend Gaja's 10th birthday party.
  • Birthday Party Goes Wrong: The reason why Senor Fabuloso doesn't like children's birthday parties is because he ruined his own birthday party as a child by accidentally ruining his cake.
  • Black Dot Pupils: Pretty much all of the characters have these.
  • Bland-Name Product: The episode "Boomin' Boomerang" features "Boomymite spread", a reference to Vegemite.
  • The Blank: The Magic Globe can talk, but does not have a face.
  • Blow You Away: Fuujin from "Windy Washi", who has the ability to control the wind.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Luna's Christmas Around the World" ends with Luna noticing she has one fruitcake she hasn't given to anyone for Christmas yet. She wishes the viewers a merry Christmas as she offers them the fruitcake.
  • Break the Cutie: Up until Luna talks with the spirit of her fallen friend, Bessie, in "Blue Orleans", Luna goes through a rollercoaster of sadness as she is heartbroken over Bessie's death.
  • Broken Tears: In "A Moon's Trip to Paris", Hockbar freaks out then sobs when he sees Fabuloso as a chicken. As he does, he tells the chicken that it will be their secret.
  • The Bully:
    • The Brawn Brothers, Crispy and Jumbo, from "Boomin' Boomerang", which is part of the reason why they're The Dreaded.
    Crispy: Hey, Fin, I didn't know you're babysitting newbies now!
    • Ace from "Fast Food" repeatedly bullies Tyrone for being "weak" and "slow". Like the Brawn Brothers, Ace is a sports champion, but unlike the, he actually has fans for some reason.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Hideki and Jiro from "You Can't Move the Moon" are both very cute bunnies.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Hockbar is always suffering some kind of misfortune.
  • Cartoon Cheese: Featured in "C'est Cheese".
  • Cartoon Creature: A lot of the characters that the gang meets in the various countries that they visit. While it's easy to tell what species some characters are, for others, not so much.
  • Character Development: In "Amazing Man", Mr. Hakim says that he doesn't have time for comics, but then comes to love them at the end of the episode.
  • Character in the Logo: The show's logo is sometimes shown with Luna in one of the corners.
  • Character Tics: Leo is prone to pulling his ears when he is nervous.
  • Cheer Up Episode: In "Grumpa Comes to Call", Carmen is tasked by her mother to making Grumpa smile.
  • Christmas Episode: "Luna's Christmas Around the World" is about the Circo Fabuloso accidentally stranding itself in Antarctica on its way to a Christmas celebration in Australia. While looking for an ice pick to free the boat that was carrying the Circo, Luna and the kids find a little duck and try to identify what country he comes from; while trying to figure out the duck's home country, Luna and the kids learn about various international Christmas traditions from some of the people from the Circo.
  • Cheesy Moon: In "The Case of the Missing Cheese", Mia references this trope by calling Luna her favorite cheese in the sky.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Fondue in "The Case of the Missing Cheese". Early in the episode, Leo learns about fondue, which is melted cheese often eaten with bread. When all of Mia's Emmental cheese melts, Leo helps put things right by making it fondue.
  • Circling Birdies: In "You Can't Move the Moon", when Luna knocks out Jiro during the sumo wrestling match, the latter gets circling stars around his head for a few seconds.
  • Circus Brat: Andy, Carmen, and Leo's parents all work at the circus.
  • Clock King: Mr. Precise from "Mr. Precise" carefully plans everything down to the last second. If the machinery for his circus act is off by one nanosecond, he gets Squashed Flat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Luna can come off as strange sometimes.
  • Commonality Connection: In "Aren't We a Pair?", Carmen discovers that she and Leyla have a lot in common. They're both butterflies who have pets (with said pets even having similar sweets-based names, no less), they both love succulents, and they both like music.
  • Contemporary Caveman: In "Cave Dad", Sam's somewhat primitive behavior convinces Andy that he is a caveman.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • "She is The Moon of Moons" has the characters looking at photos of their previous travels, which refer to the events of "Hola Mariachi", "You Froze My Shorts", and "Aren't We a Pair?".
    • "Swamp Pals" does this with a scrapbook of adventures from the latter half of the season.
    • "If a Hamster Could Fly" continues Honey's love of Paris from "Honey in Paris".
  • Cowboy Episode:
    • "Not Home on the Range" serves as an Australian take on the trope.
    • "Way of the Gaucho" focuses on Argentinian cowboys, aka gauchos.
  • Creator In-Joke: Several to Rocko's Modern Life.
  • Crying Critters: Leo the wombat tends to cry a lot, like in "A Chopsticky Situation" and "Where's Luna?".
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Vlad from "Lullaby for Baby Vlad". He's a cute little bear cub, but his crying is extremely loud.
  • Damsel in Distress: Honey takes up this role in "Good Knight", referring to herself as a "hamster in distress" and going into the Neuschwanstein Castle so that Carmen, who wants to be a knight, can have somebody to rescue.
  • Deliberate Monochrome: A decent chunk of the episode "Spring Has Not Sprung" is presented in a duller color scheme when the clouds block out the sunlight.
  • Different in Every Episode: The circus visiting a different country. Usually, one country is used for two consecutive episode pairs.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: All the characters' eyebrows float above their heads.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The song in "Way Down in London Town" has some pretty psychedelic visuals, which fits in with the "swinging 60s" themes of the episode.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: In "Mr. Precise", Mr. Precise tells the characters not to touch anything in his workshop. Andy touches something and causes a bunch of clocks to break.
    Mr. Precise: Mr. Andy, perhaps you did not hear me when I said in very precise language...NO TOUCHING!!!
  • "Double, Double" Title: The episode "Story Story".
  • Down to the Last Play: In "Fast Food," the race leads to a photo finish in which the Underdogs win by a chicken drumstick.
  • Drama Queen: In "Hola Mariachi", Senor Fabuloso overreacts upon finding out that the band has the hiccups and are unable to perform.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • The gang spends most of the episode "Where's Luna?" not knowing that Luna is right behind them.
    • Hockbar spends the entirety of "A Moon's Trip to Paris" not knowing that Fabuloso didn't actually turn into a chicken.
  • The Dreaded: The Brawn Brothers in "Boomin' Boomerang", who are booed by the audience every time they're mentioned.
  • Eccentric Artist: Andy, whose main hobby is painting. Fitting the "eccentric" part, he tries to paint everything in sight in "What's the Big Idea?".
  • Edutainment Show: It is a PBS Kids show, after all. Specifically, it's intended to teach children about the cultures of various countries.
  • E = MC Hammer: During Carmen's song in "Elementary My Dear Watsons," you can see an equation that says SIN(=PIE=a/c) COS(=CLUE=b/c).
  • Episode Tagline: In "Honey in Paris", the kids and Luna hear Honey constantly repeating the French phrase "mon amour" ("my love") and follow her around to learn more about "him", thinking the phrase is the name of a person.
  • Elongating Arm Gag: In "Honey in Paris", when Luna and the kids exit the cheese shop to find where Honey went, Luna's arm extends to a cartoonish length when she grabs the binoculars they were using.
  • Every Episode Ending: The episodes end with Luna going back into the night sky and reminding the others that there's always tomorrow to learn more about the world.
  • Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes: In "Luna's Christmas Around the World", Luna hands out fruitcakes to everyone for Christmas. The recipients are clearly reluctant to eat the cakes, which are heavy enough to make them fall into the ice below them. The penguins that greet the Circo reveal they like the fruitcakes, and one of them offers a cake to Senor Fabuloso. He takes a bite and realizes it's not as unappetizing as it looks, thus subverting the trope.
  • Evolving Credits: On "You Can't Move the Moon/Lizardzilla!", the theme song has been updated to remove the sound effects, such as the train whistle. However, later episodes restore the sound effects.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "Traveling the world as a trio/Andy and Carmen and Leo..."
  • Expy:
  • The Magic Globe is one to Face 9000. Both are floating devices that can be summoned at any time, and are there to educate the kids about the topic of the episode.
  • Momo from "Windy Washi" resembles Lazlo.
  • Extra-Long Episode: "Luna's Christmas Around the World" is about 45 minutes long, unlike normal episodes which are 22-minute-long episodes consisting of Two Shorts.
  • Extreme Omni-Goat: The goat from "Mukandi's Farm", who obviously likes to eat anything, even cellphones.
  • Face Your Fears:
    • In "Day of the Dead", Carmen overcomes her fear of skeletons by putting her grandmother's picture on the altar, which is filled with skulls.
    • In "Not Home on the Range", Leo manages to get over his fear of horses once he starts to ride one.
  • Failures on Ice: Leo slips on the ice rink in "You Froze My Shorts".
  • Fake Band: Syd and the Sydney's from "House Music".
  • Fanboy:
    • Andy is a huge fan of the Amazing Man comics.
    • He also becomes a huge fan of Syd and the Sydney's after listening to their song "Andy, My Boy" in "House Music".
  • Fangirl: Luna is also a huge Syd and the Sydney's fan, and even squeed after Andy mentioned them. She also claims to own all their songs.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: In "A Tough Nut to Crack", while in Polynesia, Leo is jealous of a local lobster who helps Wolfgang cook Polynesian food and lies that he knows how to open coconuts. He spends the rest of the episode trying absurd, convoluted methods to open a coconut, all to Maintain the Lie that he knows how to open one.
  • Fear Song: In "Not Home on the Range", Leo's song "I'm Just a Jittery Jackaroo" is about his fear of horses.
  • Feud Episode:
    • In "Pulling Strings", a day of exploration in Delhi, India is brought to a halt when Carmen and Andy can't decide what to do and have an argument over it (Carmen wants to hear Indian music while Andy wants to see Indian art). Leo and Luna decide to put on a Kathputli puppet show for the two, under the logic that since that combines music and art, they both should like it and be able to make up over it.
    • "Bonjour, Au Revoir, Adios" has Señor Fabuloso and Bonjour and Au Revoir argue about whether New Orleans has more French stuff or Spanish stuff. Andy and Luna try to help them but nothing happened. But then everyone realizes that the city is equally Spanish and French.
    • In "Love and Harmony", all of the kids get to hold the Jerkass Ball, volleying uncharacteristically mean insults towards each other. Carmen sets out to find a hippie music duo called Love and Harmony, who she thinks will help them resolve their conflict peacefully.
  • Food as Characterization: Carmen's Grumpa (grandpa) is as bitter as the things he eats and drinks (which includes burnt toast and black coffee).
  • French Accordion: In the Paris episodes, all the songs are accompanied by accordions. Although, the accordion is ironically a major plot point in an episode that takes place in Munich, Germany.
  • A Foggy Day in London Town: In "London Frog", Andy, Carmen, and Leo are looking for Big Ben but can't see in the fog. Luna helps them find their way through the fog by listening for certain sounds.
  • Forced Transformation: In "A Moon's Trip to Paris", Andy's movie involves Señor Fabuloso turning into a chicken against his will. Hockbar watches the clip, just when Fabuloso has walked away from the set, but since the chicken is still on set, Hockbar thinks that Fabuloso really has become a chicken.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: In "If a Hamster Could Fly", Jacques says "zut alors", which is French for "damn then".
  • Foreign Language Title: The episode titles "C'est Cheese" and "C'est La Vie A Paris" are both in French; they mean "It's cheese" and "It's life in Paris" in English, respectively.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: Chef Rene from "C'est Cheese" is a very snobby French chef.
  • Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Carmen, as well as a lot of the one-offs.
  • Funny Animal: Leo, Carmen, and Andy, who are a wombat, a butterfly, and a frog, respectively.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • Although Carmen and Maria are anthro butterflies, regular butterflies are seen in a few episodes, like "Melvini Madness".
    • In "Castells in the Air", the characters are referred to as "humans" despite being animals. This could indicate that the show is meant to be viewed through a Furry Lens, but other instances where the characters acknowledge they are animals proves otherwise.
    • In "The Case of the Missing Cheese", we have Mia, an anthro cow working at a cheese factory, co-existing with regular cows.
    • In "Meet the Press", Johannes Gutenberg is shown as an animal, and so is Jorge Selaron in "Stairway to Art Day". However, Antoni Gaudi, Louis Armstrong, and Nikola Tesla are all shown as humans in "Lost and Found", "More Than All That Jazz", and "Lights Out" respectively. This can make it confusing as to whether humans really existed or not.
    • The song in "Love and Harmony" states that "We're putting human back into humanity," even though the characters are all animals.
  • Gay Paree: The France episodes all take place in Paris, but "C'est La Vie A Paris" is dedicated to showing off how the people of Paris value leisure and relaxation.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: There are four main characters, two of which (Luna and Carmen) are female while the other two (Andy and Leo) are male.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: In "House Music", Bazzle's glasses shatter after hearing opera music.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In "You Can't Move the Moon", the Magic Globe greets the kids by saying "Konichiwa".
  • Gratuitous Spanish: This happens a lot, usually in the Mexico-based episodes.
  • Gross Up Closeup: In "Turkish Delight", we get a closeup of Leo's poorly-made turkish delight, complete with "Psycho" Strings.
  • Growling Gut:
    • Andy and Leo's stomachs gurgle in "Loco for Cocoa".
    • It then happens to Andy again in "A Chopsticky Situation".
    • This happens to Auggie in "Boomin' Boomerang" after eating too much Boomymite spread.
    • Throughout the episode "C'est Cheese", Andy and Carmen's stomachs growl as they wait for lunch.
    • In the beginning "Fast Food," Leo forages his fridge for food. Carmen, hungry, complains that her stomach is rumbling.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Carmen's grandfather is angry and grouchy all the time, to the point where he is called 'Grumpa'.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Leo and Andy both wear shorts and a hat, but no shirts.
  • Hammerspace: Carmen always summons the Magic Globe from out of nowhere.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: In the episode "Lights Out!", one of the gang's methods for powering Senor Fabuloso's hat light is to have someone run on a hamster wheel that is connected to the hat light and powers it. This doesn't work, as the wheel's runner runs out of running energy and gets launched off the wheel.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In "Hola Mariachi", the band gets hiccups after eating some spicy salsa.
  • Holiday Episode: Besides the Christmas Episode "Luna's Christmas Around the World", there's the episode "Spring Has Not Sprung" which has the characters learn about the Indian festival of Holi.
  • Honorable Elephant:
    • Gaja and his father Aman, who appear in the episode "Guitar to Sitar", are both very kind elephants who help Carmen play a song on the sitar for her mother's birthday.
    • Maktao grows to be one in "Me and My Elephant."
  • Horny Vikings: In "Leo the Viking", the gang goes to Reykjavik, Iceland and learn about Vikings with the help of Erik Leifson. Erik behaves very much like a typical Viking...er, Wiking, with his muscular body and bravado.
  • Hopeless with Tech: In "Cave Dad", Sam struggles for 10 minutes to turn on the computer. He even uses the mouse like a phone to call someone.
  • I Call It "Vera": In "Where's Luna?", Andy names his telescope Jessie.
  • Idiot Ball: Hockbar is usually the sensible one, but in "A Moon's Trip to Paris", Andy's special effects are so convincing to him, that he thinks Señor Fabuloso actually became a chicken.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Subverted in "Stinky Fruit": Leo is unwilling to try a durian fruit because they smell so terrible, but when he finally works up the bravery to try some, he hates it anyway.
  • I Heard That: In "Boomin' Boomerang", Fin tells Carmen that she is better than at throwing the boomerang than Auggie is without a stomach-ache. Auggie then remarks that he heard that.
  • Informed Species: Leo looks far more like a blue dog than a real wombat.
  • In Name Only: Mukandi herself doesn't appear for much of "Mukandi's Farm."
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "Aren't We a Pair?", Carmen assumes that Cairo, Egypt is "ancient" and "boring", and that all Egyptians live in pyramids, based on what she saw in movies. She eventually learns the opposite.
  • Instant Expert: In "Boomin' Boomerang", Carmen succeeds at throwing a boomerang the first time she tries it.
  • Instant Wristwatch: In "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too", Luna gets a watch on her wrist at one point, when it wasn't there before.
  • Involuntary Dance:
    • Luna's number one weakness is whenever she hears music, she automatically starts dancing.
    • Leo comes down with a case of Samba-itis, and his hips won't stop dancing to Samba music.
  • Ironic Fear: Luna, the moon, is revealed to be afraid of the dark at times in "Day of the Dead". She even lampshades how embarrassing it is.
  • Kaiju: The educational focus of the episode "Lizardzilla!" is the kaiju genre of movies that are popular in Japan.
  • "Kiss the Cook" Apron: In the season one episode "Turkish Delight", Leo's pet tortoise Mr. Wrinkles wears a bib that says "Kiss the Cook".
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All:
    • Senor Fabuloso in "Where's Luna?", where he tries to be an expert of the Jantar Mantar but fails. He later admits that he isn't an expert.
    • Leo in "Turkish Delight", where he is too overconfident to follow directions and thinks he knows how to make Turkish delight, when he really doesn't.
  • Large Ham: Senor Fabuloso, the ringmaster of the kids' parents' circus.
  • Leaving Food for Santa: The folks at the Circo leave food for their native countries' equivalents to Santa in "Luna's Christmas Around the World", with Andy's parents leaving the standard milk and cookies for the American Santa.
  • Literal-Minded: In "Cave Dad", Andy sees his dad struggle with basic everyday modern things, and his mom calls him a "caveman" and refers to his room as a "man cave". This leads Andy to believe that his dad really is a neanderthal. He and the others paint his room to look like an actual cave. Sam is furious when he finds out, but clears up the misunderstanding; 'caveman' is just a nickname that Lucie calls him.
  • Literally Laughable Question: In "Lights Out!", Leo asks the owner of a nearby Croatian electronics shop if they have the rare Z batteries Senor Fabuloso needs for his reading light. The shopowner starts laughing without actually answering the question, and he later closes up the shop, which Luna assumes is his way of saying that they don't have them.
  • Love Freak: The titular duo of "Love and Harmony" were this in the 1960s, trying to use their songs to spread, well, love and harmony. However, when they saw how horrible the world was, they stopped believing in their songs and became shut-ins. Carmen, however, still believes in love, and uses the Love and Harmony song to restore several broken relationships.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Mr. Precise's main schtick is accurately calculating and describing everything extremely precisely.
    Mr. Precise: Yes, your 1976 Wake Up Ducky Deluxe Alarm Clock with quadraphonic quacking.
  • Luminescent Blush:
    • Honey blushes several times in "Honey In Paris".
    • Leo blushes from embarrassment in "Leo Moves It".
  • Matryoshka Object: The educational objective of "What a Matryoshka" is Russian nesting dolls.
  • The Man in the Moon: Luna is a female anthropomorphic moon.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Mr. Hakim from "Amazing Man". "Hakim" means "a wise or learned man" in Muslim countries. Mr. Hakim is a smart guy who teaches the kids about hieroglyphs.
    • In "When the Bowl Breaks", Hana's name is Japanese for 'flower'. In another Tokyo episode, there's a character named Momo whose name means 'peach'.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: In "Spring Has Not Sprung", some monkeys steal Andy's camera.
  • Mixed Animal Species Team: Not including Luna the moon, the group of main characters consists of a wombat (Leo), a butterfly (Carmen), and a frog (Andy).
  • Mobile Fishbowl: In "Barry and the Lost Smell", a family of fishes is seen who wear fish bowls on their heads.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: In the episode "She Is the Moon of Moons", Mr. Hockbar hides in a bush so that he can be prepared to surprise Luna when the kids are ready to celebrate the surprise party they have planned for her at Beihai Park.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: In "Spring Has Not Sprung", Andy takes pictures of the trio of monkeys so that he has animal pictures. The pictures taken include, among other things, the monkeys making the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" poses.
  • Movie-Making Mess: In "A Moon's Trip to Paris", Andy really struggles with making two Lunas for the movie. At one point, Leo tries to hold Luna up on a rope, but she falls and breaks the table.
    Andy: Man, this doesn't seem like it's gonna work. Georges Méliès' movies shocked and amazed people. This feels shockingly un-amazing.
  • Movie-Theater Episode: Part of "Lizardzilla!" takes place at the movie theater, where the gang watches Lizardzilla.
  • Ms. Exposition: The Magic Globe, who provides the kids with information about the country they are visiting in each episode.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: In "Hola Mariachi", as Luna's song about mariachi music starts speeding up, she starts to dance uncontrollably and winds up yelling "STOP THE MUSIC!" to abruptly stop the song and keep it from going out of control.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "You Can't Move the Moon", Carmen feels terrible about hurting Salami's toe with her Hyoshigi, so she takes it upon herself to enlist a Sumo wrestler to put on an exhibition match to replace Salami's act instead.
  • Mystery Episode:
    • In "The Case of the Missing Cheese", Leo tries to solve the mystery of why Swiss cheese has holes.
    • In "Elementary My Dear Watsons," a shepherd's pie that was baked for the Sherlock Holmes party was stolen, so Carmen and the others solve the mystery of who took it.
  • Nervous Wreck: Leo, as shown in "What a Matryoshka" and "Bob the Plant". In "Day of the Dead", he even admits that he's always a little scared of something.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Averted. The second half of the very first episode is titled "Day of the Dead".
    • Played straight in a later episode, "Lights Out!", where the Magic Globe says that Nikolai Tesla is "no longer with us" rather than that he has died.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: In "Way Down in London Town," Reggie is clearly a hippie, as he wears a colorful shirt with a peace sign, and says stuff like 'groovy' and 'far out.'
  • Newspaper-Thin Disguise: In "Honey in Paris", Luna and the kids at one point sit on a bench and pretend to read newspapers when they follow Honey to figure out who the mysterious "Mon Amour" she keeps mentioning is.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Erik Leifson from "Leo the Viking" is a parody of Leif Erikson, a Norse explorer from Iceland.
  • No Indoor Voice: Carmen's pet hamster, Honey, does not speak below a fairly loud shouting voice.
  • No Reprise, Please: In "The Big Dig", Luna interrupts Dr. Rana, who is trying to sing her theme song, and points out that the kids have sung it already.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Senor Fabuloso, a flamingo, and Andy's mom, a frog, both have full heads of hair.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Leo is Australian, but doesn't have an Australian accent. However, his father does, as revealed in "A Chopsticky Situation".
  • Note to Self: In "Elementary My Dear Watsons," Carmen instructs Leo to take notes, since he is playing the role of Watson along with Andy and Luna. However, the only note he took was "Note to self: If you see the Hound of the Baskervilles, scream and run."
    Leo: Helpful advice, don't you think?
  • Notzilla: In "Lizardzilla!", Lizardzilla is a parody of Godzilla.
  • Odd Name Out: In "Not Home on the Range", the horses are named Trusty, True Blue, Mr. Dependable, and Screwball.
  • Ode to Food: In "Viva La Pasta", Luna sings a song about pasta, naming different kinds as the song goes on.
  • Offending a Foreign Country:
    • In "Aren't We a Pair?", Carmen assumes that Cairo, Egypt is "ancient" and "boring", and that all Egyptians live in pyramids, based on what she saw in movies. She eventually learns the opposite.
    • Amazingly enough, another example involving Carmen — in "Hip Life", she travels to Ghana and assumes that there are wild animals roaming everywhere (the only other African nation she had visited was Kenya, which did have wild animals), which offends Akua, a young local rapper.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Carmen has this reaction when she loses the didgeridoo in "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too".
    • Two in "Fast Food":
      • When Tyrone tells the team what they're supposed to do during the cart race, Leo has this reaction upon realizing that he actually has to get inside the cart. However, he decides to be the coach so he can be on the sidelines. However, Leo ultimately decides to race alongside the others.
      • Leo has another moment of this when he leans on the cart, causing it to run away and sink into the ocean.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Fin has this reaction in "Boomin' Boomerang" when Auggie gets a stomach-ache from eating too much boomy-mite.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: In "Glocken Around the Clock", Leo tells the others that baby Matilda does a "terrible thing" whenever she doesn't have a glockenspiel to play with. All mentions of this "terrible thing" are accompanied by creepy Latin chanting in the background.
  • Once per Episode: Every episode contains a song related to its topic. There's also Luna's theme, which the kids sing in every episode.
  • One-Shot Character: Every episode introduces new characters, but they aren't shown again after their introductory episodes.
  • One-Steve Limit:
    • There are 2 characters named Ali: one who appears in "Bob The Plant", and another who appears in "Turkish Delight".
    • There are 2 characters named Nigel, both of whom are English: one in "Jolly Special Friend" and another in "Way Down in London Town."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Aren't We a Pair?", Andy and Leo are shocked when Carmen doesn't want to check out Cairo because she thinks it's old and boring.
  • Pirate: "Longbeak the Pirate" discusses typical pirate tropes and how they never actually happened. It also mentions that some pirate tropes were Truth in Television, such as Pirate Parrot, Seadog Peg Leg, and Eyepatch of Power.
  • Pirate Episode: "Longbeak the Pirate" features the gang learning about pirates in Port Royal, Jamaica. They also learn how to separate fiction from reality.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: The episode "The Kabaddi Kid" has a title referencing The Karate Kid.
  • Posthumous Character: Carmen's abuela, who died when Carmen was little. She gave her guitar to Carmen.
  • The Power of Love: In "Love and Harmony," Carmen uses the power of love to not only repair Andy and Leo's friendship, but also Love and Harmony's relationship. Back in the day, Love and Harmony's songs didn't fix the world because Harmony stopped believing in what she was preaching. But when Carmen sung it, it worked because she believed in the power of love. The power of love even fixed Love and Harmony's house!
  • "Psycho" Strings:
    • You can hear them in "Turkish Delight" during the Gross Up Closeup of Leo's disgusting Turkish delight.
    • In "Elementary My Dear Watsons," they can be heard in Señor Fabuloso's flashback when he realizes that the shepherd's pie is gone.
  • Pun-Based Title: The title of the episode "London Frog" is a pun on "London fog". The episode is about Andy wanting to find Big Ben on A Foggy Day in London Town.
  • Pungeon Master: Leo's father, Papa Chockers, often makes pun-based jokes. "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too" in particular makes his constant didgeridoo puns a Running Gag throughout the episode.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes:
    • Carmen does these to Luna in "Good Knight" so Luna could make her a knight suit.
    • Andy, Carmen, and Leo do these to Senor Fabuloso in "Gaja's Birthday" so he could take them to Gaja's birthday party.
  • Rail Enthusiast: "D'Orsay Day" reveals that Andy loves trains, especially steam locomotives.
  • Record Needle Scratch: In "Hola Mariachi", when Luna yells "STOP THE MUSIC!" when her song about mariachi starts to speed up, a record needle scratch sound plays when the music stops.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Carmen's pet hamster, Honey.
  • Running Gag:
    • Luna dancing uncontrollably when she hears happy music.
    • Luna being stuck in doorways.
    • Papa Chocker's terrible dad jokes.
  • Russian Bear: "Lullaby for Baby Vlad" features a Russian bear family. Luna and the gang are enlisted to babysit their fussy cub, Vlad.
  • Sanity Slippage: Luna undergoes this in "C'est La Vie A Paris". She even gets a Twitchy Eye.
  • Say My Name: The kids always scream "Luna!" whenever Luna first appears in an episode.
  • Scooby Stack: Andy, Carmen, and Leo do this behind a traffic pole in "Honey In Paris".
  • Separated by a Common Language: The educational goal of the episode "Speaking Wigglewalker" is the differences between American English and British English. Andy eats all of the juggling food meant for the Wigglewalkers' circus act and has to buy some more to replace it all, but he starts to panic when he gets confused by them being called different names than what he's used to.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In "Gaja's Birthday", Hockbar, Maria, Wolfgang, and Sam all have a skin rash so they can't take the kids to the party, so the plot can have an excuse to feature Senor Fabuloso and touch upon why he doesn't like children's birthday parties.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Not Home on the Range" is a reference to the song, "Home on the Range".
    • In "House Music", Andy does a dance similar to Michigan J. Frog.
    • "Lizardzilla!" briefly shows poster parodies of Japanese movies like Kiki's Delivery Service. Lizardzilla is also a very obvious parody of Godzilla.
    • In "Story Story", The Hairy Games book series is a reference to both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Said series has Districts, like Hunger Games, but they're organized more like Harry Potter houses.
    • In "Robo Kid", the gang visits a 60-foot tall robot statue. There is one in real life, and it's of none other than Unicorn Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
    • "Beetlemania":
    • In "Loco for Cocoa!", Luna sings about Montezuma II, an Aztec king who loved chocolate. He is shown going through a Pac-Man-like maze eating chocolate treats, complete with the sound effects.
    • In "Old School", the school mascot does the Pennywise jig. You can see it here.
    • In "Blanket Decision", Andy's favorite baseball team is the Rochester Hot Wings, a parody of the Rochester Red Wings.
    • In "A Moon's Trip to Paris", the gang learns about Georges Méliès, and watch one of his films — A Trip to the Moon.
    • In "Elementary My Dear Watsons," Carmen dresses up as Sherlock Holmes, and mentions The Hound of the Baskervilles as being her favorite Sherlock Holmes book.
    • In "Way Down in London Town," Reggie thinks that the mysterious object could have been owned by William Shakespeare and says "To be or not to be."
    • In "Shaky, Rattle and Roll," Shaky's house is full of Elvis Presley memorabilia, since he himself is an Elvis Impersonator.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Andy's favorite comic book series, Amazing Man, is the subject of one of the episodes, where Andy struggles to figure out a hieroglyph-based riddle in the latest issue.
    • Lizardzilla, a movie shown in the episode "Lizardzilla!".
  • Sibling Rivalry:
    • In "A Prickly Pair," Ahmet and Ali are two brothers who kept fighting because one was from the Europe side of Turkey and one was from the Asia side. The other characters help them get back together when they teach them that even though Istanbul is in two continents, it is still one city.
    • "Meet the Strongs" reveals that Salami has one with his older sisters, Capicola and Pancetta, who constantly bully him.
    • "Love and Harmony": Love and Harmony are a sister duo who stopped getting along when their songs failed to change the world. Carmen helps them get back together with their song, also titled "Love and Harmony."
  • Sick Episode: Papa Chockers is sick for most of the episode "Jolly Special Friend", preventing him from making lunch for Senor Fabuloso and his special friend. Luna and the kids fill in for him by ordering food from various restaurants and trying to figure out which one would work best, learning about the cultural diversity of the UK in the process since all the restaurants they visit specialize in assorted international cuisine.
  • Signature Headgear:
    • Luna wears a straw hat. In-universe, it is relatively iconic and is used to identify Luna. It is in fact an Italian gondolier hat with Chinese silk, which helps showcase multiculturalism.
    • Andy has an Artsy Beret.
    • Leo's orange and white baseball cap. In "Me and My Elephant," he gave his hat away to Maktao as memorabilia, but he still wears it in later episodes.
  • Similar Squad: Andy's old friends Kimmy and Billy look a lot like Carmen and Leo.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: Luna ends most of the episodes by reminding the others that "There's more to learn about any place we visit! But remember, there's always tomorrow."
  • Single-Season Country:
    • Zig-zagged. "Lullaby for Baby Vlad", "What a Matryoshka", and "Space is the Place" show Russia having normal weather, but "You Froze My Shorts" takes place in winter and shows the kind of clothes that Russians wear to keep warm.
    • This isn't the only destination that happened either. As Geneva, Switzerland gets that as well. With "Totally Yodelly", "Mr. Precise", and "The Case of the Missing Cheese" take place in normal weather, "Barry and the Lost Smell" took place in winter.
  • Solid Clouds: In "Windy Washi", Luna stands on some clouds when she goes to ask Fuujin to give them some wind so that they can fly their Circo Fabuloso kite.
  • Something Itis: In "Leo Moves It", Leo has Samba-itis.
  • Something Person: Amazing Man, from the episode "Amazing Man", follows this naming convention.
  • Soup Is Medicine: In "Jolly Special Friend", Papa Chockers is immediately cured of his illness when Leo feeds him chicken pad thai.
  • Spit Take:
    • At the beginning of "Windy Washi", Senor Fabuloso does a spit take when he notices that there's literally nothing in the newspaper, not even an ad for the Circo's latest show.
    • The gang does this with their tea in "Mukandi's Farm" when the animals enter the house.
  • Stealth Bye: Luna often goes to the night sky without warning.
  • Story Arc: "Andy's Big Show" and "Leo Moves It" together form a story arc about the kids going to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Stuck in the Doorway: a Running Gag is Luna being stuck in doorways and other small areas.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Luna sprouts legs whenever she comes down from the sky.
  • Sumo Wrestling: The educational topic of the episode "You Can't Move the Moon" is sumo wrestling. When Salami Strong hurts his toe and can't do his act, Carmen enlists a Sumo wrestler to put on an exhibition match with Luna instead.
  • Sundial Waypoint: In "Where's Luna?", the gang tries to use a sundial to find Luna.
  • Superstition Episode: In "Big Little Trouble", an Icelandic acrobat named Gunnar the Great is a special guest for the night's circus show, but strange things keep happening and Gunnar attributes it to the Huldufolk, mischievous elves from Icelandic folklore. Senor Fabuloso doesn't believe this, but eventually, he's convinced as they turn out to be real. Moving the circus tent away from the Huldufolk helped things go well in the end.
  • Surprise Party: The Circo Fabuloso crew gives Carmen's mother Maria a surprise birthday party in "Guitar to Sitar".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Within the trio of kids, Carmen is the only girl.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: "Traveling the world as a trio, Andy, Carmen and Leo."
  • Third-Party Peacekeeper: In "Pulling Strings", Carmen and Andy break off their friendship when they disagree on what they want to do for the day. Leo, the neutral party, attempts to bring them back together with a Kathputli puppet show, since it combines their respective interests: music and art.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Andy, Carmen, and Leo.
  • Title Theme Tune: "All around the world, Let's Go Luna, let's go!"
  • Tooth Strip: Luna has a long, undivided strip of teeth.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fin and Auggie from "Boomin' Boomerang" love eating "boomymite spread" (actually called Vegemite, making it a Bland-Name Product).
  • Tuckerization: Andy's old friend Billy from "Blanket Decision" is named after storyboard artist Kathy Jo Larson's younger brother.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: In "Fast Food," after the Underdogs win the race, Ace tells Tyrone "Go ahead, make fun of me." But Tyrone decides not to make fun of him, knowing first-hand how bad that feels, leading to Ace apologizing.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: When Luna's not around: Leo and Andy are two boys and Carmen is a girl.
  • Two Shorts: All of the episodes consist of two 11-minute segments. Like most other PBS Kids shows, an interstitial is placed in-between the segments to make up for a lack of a commercial break; said interstitials involve a story or song from the country in which the episode's 11-minute segments take place.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Carmen is the spitting image of her late grandmother.
  • Underdogs Never Lose:
    • In "Boomin' Boomerang", the Brawn Brothers are absolutely certain that Carmen will lose the competition. Joke's on them though, as Carmen manages to throw her boomerang far enough that it leaves Australia entirely before coming back, thus proving them wrong.
    • In "Fast Food", Ace and his cronies bully Tyrone for being "weak" and laugh off the idea of him winning the pushcart race. Through hard work and persistence, Tyrone ends up winning the race. In fact, Tyrone's team calls themselves the Underdogs.
  • Visible Odor: In "Turkish Delight", Leo tries to make some Turkish delight but fails. The resulting Turkish delight has several green-colored squiggly lines above it to indicate its odor.
  • Volumetric Mouth:
    • Carmen gets one at one point in "She is the Moon of Moons".
    • Luna gets one during her song in "Hola Mariachi".
    • Carmen gets one in "Boomin' Boomerang".
    • Carmen gets one again at the beginning of "Honey in Paris".
  • Wings Do Nothing: Carmen has wings but is never seen using them for anything.
  • Wingding Eyes:
    • Honey's pupils turn into hearts several times in the episode "Honey in Paris". Andy, Carmen, and Leo also get heart-shaped pupils near the end of the episode.
    • Leo's pupils turn into stars at one point in "Turkish Delight".
    • Señor Fabuloso gets stars in his eyes at the prospect of starring in Andy's movie in "A Moon's Trip to Paris".
    • In "If a Hamster Could Fly", Honey gets balloons in her eyes when she realizes she can use helium balloons to fly.
  • Who's on First?: In "Windy Washi", Momo agrees with Andy by saying "hai", the Japanese word for "yes". Since it sounds like the English word "hi", though, Andy doesn't understand Momo and gives her a quick greeting before Luna explains the meaning of the word "hai" to him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Carmen is afraid of skeletons, as revealed in "Day of the Dead". She eventually gets over it, though.
    • In "Not Home on the Range", Leo is shown to be afraid of horses. As with the above example, he gets over it by the end of the episode.
    • In "Lizardzilla!", Leo is scared of kaiju movies at first, but overcomes his fear once he learns how they're made.
  • Word, Schmord!: In "The Kabaddi Kid", Andy says "train schmain" as he rejects the idea of training for kabaddi and is convinced that he can already handle it well.
  • Workaholic: Mr. Hockbar loves working, and does it all the time. In "C'est La Vie A Paris", Senor Fabuloso orders him to take a break, but Mr. Hockbar was still being a perfectionist workaholic during his break, much to Luna's annoyance.
  • World of Funny Animals: None of the characters are humans. Justified since it is created by Joe Murray.
  • World Tour: The basic premise of the show. The Circo Fabuloso is always stopping at new locations around the world. Every two episodes take place in a specific location, for a total of four 11-minute segments about it.

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