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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, that Joe Murray) 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 an American accent) are a trio of children whose parents work in this circus. Luna, a talking moon, 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.


This show provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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 celery.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Leo is a blue wombat, and Carmen is a purple butterfly.
  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • An Aesop:
    • "Boomin' Boomerang" has a moral of believing in yourself.
    • "Pulling Strings" - Fighting doesn't solve anything. It's better to compromise.
  • 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 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.
  • Balloon Belly: All the termites get this in "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too".
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Andy doesn't wear any shoes.
  • Bifauxnen: Carmen's mom wears a tuxedo and pulls it off quite nicely.
  • Big Eater: Leo. His main schtick is his love of food. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Hockbar is always suffering some kind of misfortune.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Circus Brat: Andy, Carmen, and Leo's parents all work at the circus.
  • 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.
  • Conspicuous CG: In "London Frog", one shot of Big Ben is rendered in CGI.
  • 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?".
  • Cowboy Episode: "Not Home on the Range" serves as an Australian take on the trope.
  • Crying Critters: Leo 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.
  • 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.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: All the characters' eyebrows float above their heads.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Expository Theme Tune: "Traveling the world as a trio/Andy and Carmen and Leo..."
  • Expy:
    • Word of God says that Luna is supposed to be one to Mary Poppins.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Spanish: This happens a lot, usually in the Mexico-based episodes.
  • Growling Gut:
    • Andy and Leo's stomachs gurgle in "Loco for Cocoa".
    • This happens to Auggie in "Boomin' Boomerang" after eating too much Boomymite spread.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Leo and Andy both wear shorts and a hat, but no shirts.
  • Hammer Space: Carmen always summons the Magic Globe from out of nowhere.
  • 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.
  • I Call It "Vera": In "Where's Luna?", Andy names his telescope Jessie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 laters admits that he isn't an expert.
  • Large Ham: Senor Fabuloso, the ringmaster of the kids' parents' circus.
  • 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.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: In "Spring Has Not Sprung", some monkeys steal Andy's camera.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Andy, Leo, and Luna all wear one.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Odd Name Out: In "Not Home on the Range", the horses are name Trusty, True Blue, Mr. Dependable, and Screwball.
  • Oh, Crap!: Carmen has this reaction when she loses the didgeridoo in "Didgeridoo and Carmen Too".
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Fin has this reaction in "Boomin' Boomerang" when Auggie gets a stomach-ache from eating too much boomy-mite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: Carmen's abuela, who died when Carmen was little. She gave her guitar to Carmen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Say My Name: The kids always scream "Luna!" whenever Luna first appears in an episode.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: "Not Home on the Range" is a reference to the song, "Home on the Range".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Soup Is Medicine: In "Jolly Special Friend", Papa Chockers is immediately cured of his illness when Leo feeds him chicken pad thai.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Luna sprouts legs whenever she comes down from the sky.
  • Sundial Waypoint: In "Where's Luna?", the gang tries to use a sundial to find Luna.
  • 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.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Andy, Carmen, and Leo.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fin and Auggie from "Boomin' Boomerang" love eating "boomymite spread" (actually called Vegemite, making it a Bland-Name Product).
  • Two Guys and a Girl: When Luna's not around: Leo, Andy, and Carmen.
  • Two Shorts: All of the episodes consist of two 11-minute segments. Like most other PBS Kids shows, an interstital is placed in-between the segments to make up for a lack of a commercial break; said interstitals 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.
  • Volumetric Mouth:
    • Carmen gets one at point in "She is the Moon of Moons".
    • Luna gets one during her song in "Hola Mariachi".
    • Carmen gets one in "Boomin' Boomerang".
  • 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.
  • 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 2 episodes take place in a specific location, for a total of 4 11-minute segments about it.


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