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"I'm Muzzy. Big Muzzy."

Muzzy in Gondoland is an animated film created by The BBC in 1986 for the purpose of teaching English both to young children and as a second language. It stars a green furry metal-eating alien called Muzzy, who lands his spaceship in Gondoland, a country mainly inhabited by dogfaces. He gets arrested for eating parking meters, and in the jail he meets and befriends Bob the Gardener, who is imprisoned by the King of Gondoland for trying to elope with his daughter, Princess Sylvia. Meanwhile, the King's evil scientist Corvax, after failing at making Princess Sylvia fall in love with him, uses his computer to create a copy of her — just to mess it up and accidentally create lots of copies of her. It's up to Muzzy and Bob to bust out from prison and stop the chaos.

The main plot is interrupted through and through by short segments featuring a human called Norman. These segments are usually for explaining or showing other examples of the language and grammar used in the scene they follow.


Three years later, a sequel called Muzzy Comes Back was released. The film's plot focused on Corvax and his Bumbling Sidekick, Thimbo, kidnapping Bob and Sylvia's daughter Amanda.

Since the main purpose of the movies is language education for beginners in an entertaining way, they have very simple grammar. Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Esperanto, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian versions are also available. Both films were released on TV in series format as well, split up to 20 episodes.


Contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Some of Sylvia's copies are different sizes from her. When Norman lists them, one of the fat Sylvia copies giggles and pounces Norman, almost crushing him.
    • Sylvia herself is quite displeased by Corvax's attraction to her.
  • Accesory-Wearing Cartoon Alien: Muzzy's formal attire which he wears during Bob and Sylvia's wedding consists of a top hat and a bowtie.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Muzzy's family has been shown in neither of the two cartoons, but gets introduced in, perhaps, extremely big amounts inside the activity books.
  • Adipose Rex: Averted with the King; played straight with the Queen.
    I'm fat. I'm fat. I'm fat. I'm fat.(This part is removed in the recent CGI remake, in which the Queen was also slimmed down a bit, due to complaints from teachers and parents.)
  • Aerith and Bob: Normal names for Bob and the royal family, exotic fantasy names for Muzzy and the villains. Justified in Muzzy's case, being an alien and all.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: After Corvax gets upset and smashes his computer, it begins creating lots of copies of Sylvia and then traps the King inside itself.
  • Aliens Speaking English: In a movie that teaches English, Muzzy is able to speak the native language in spite of being an alien.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: While most of the dognose cast have skin colours ranging from white to dark brown, Muzzy and Corvax have green skin. Justified in Muzzy's case, him being an alien; in Corvax's case it's probably just an emphasis on his ugliness.
  • Amusing Injuries: Corvax breaks his very long nose when Sylvia slams the door on him as he chases her.
  • Art Shift:
    • Between the main plot and the Norman sequences, the latter looking like chalkboard drawings.
    • The Vocabulary Builder had some segments that had a different art or animation if the shorts don't feature any of the characters.
  • Baby's First Words: In Muzzy Comes Back, Amanda, initially, cannot talk. The first thing she says is the phrase "I can", which she repeatedly says after Thimbo tells Corvax "no one can see us". Corvax gets overly enthusiastic about this and tries to teach her complex phrases like "Corvax is going to be the King of Gondoland".
  • Bald of Evil: Corvax, the villain, has no hair.
  • Big Eater: Both Muzzy and the Queen constantly eat. The former eats clocks.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Muzzy and Bob on the good side, Corvax and Thimbo on the bad side. The usual Shorter Means Smarter trope that often goes hand-in-hand with this trope is inverted in the latter, as Corvax is a lot smarter than Thimbo.
  • Billions of Buttons: Both Corvax's computer and Muzzy's spaceship control panel have enormous keyboards with thousands of different keys.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Muzzy is an alien with an appetite for clocks (and other machines, such as parking meters or typewriters). He dislikes human food, especially fruit.
  • Black Cloak: Corvax always wears a long black robe.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • In some versions, the words "stupid" and "idiot" are replaced with "silly", and "I hate you" becomes "I don't like you", by incongruously dubbing the original lines (with American accented voices, no less).
    • The CGI remake's aforementioned omission of the Queen stating that she is fat.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the beginning of both films, all characters greet the audience and introduce themselves. And in the end, they all say goodbye.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Thimbo becomes Corvax's lackey in Muzzy Comes Back, but he isn't much help due to being a total nitwit.
  • Bully Bulldog: Thimbo looks like a bulldog, and at least tries to act tough and bad. He's actually a subversion, though, since he's a Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted with Corvax's Right-Hand Cat, who belongs to the villain, but is rather nice herself. Played straight in one of the Norman sketches, where he buys a large and rather violent cat for his wife.
  • Character Action Title: Muzzy Comes Back, in which the action indicates both that it's a sequel and that Muzzy literally comes back to Gondoland after leaving in the previous film.
  • Character Title: Muzzy is one of the characters and his name is in the title.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Muzzy's ability to bite through steel helps him and Bob escape from prison by eating the bars on the cell window.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: The Queen and the King fit perfectly: she's short and obese, while he's tall and athletic.
  • Clown Car: Corvax's helicopter isn't particularly big, but a whole military troop can jump out of it to catch Bob.
  • Clock Tower: Norman's residence is a giant clock tower that he and his wife live in.
  • Cloning Blues: Sylvia's "clones" are not biological clones but some sort of holographic projections created by a Magical Computer. Despite apparently having thoughts and emotions, they are treated by the other characters as anomalies and are deleted in the end.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The first six Sylvia clones wear dresses of different color: brown, yellow, blue, red, green, and black and white.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the sequel, Corvax sets a trap that catches the King by the foot, turning him upside-down to reveal his royal underpants under his robe.
  • Continuity Nod: In the opening scene of Muzzy Comes Back, Muzzy sings the same tune as the final song of Muzzy in Gondoland, with slightly different lyrics.
  • Cool Bike: Bob's motorbike and Norman's bike.
  • Copied the Morals, Too: When Corvax is rejected by Sylvia, he creates a copy of her with her appearance and personality. Unfortunately for Corvax, the copy is also repulsed by him.
  • Costume Evolution: Bob gets this after the first film, where his hat has gold bulbs around it. Whether this is because he got Corvax's job and/or because he married Syliva is unknown.
  • Court Mage: Corvax is a modernized version of this, a royal advisor with a Magical Computer.
  • Deranged Animation: While the main plot with Muzzy and the royal family is animated fairly realistically (apart from a Disney Acid Sequence or two), the Norman segments can sometimes get really bizarre and surreal.
  • Dirty Coward: Corvax understandably stresses out in his inability to stop his malfunctioning computer, but when the King ends up being trapped inside the computer, Corvax panics completely and can find no other solution than run far away from the mess that was his doing.
  • Digital Destruction: The music for the DVD releases of the original two films are somewhat downpitched.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The song AEIOU I love you, starting as a motorbike ride; then the bike suddenly flies in the air, over a rainbow, among the stars; then background fades and we see that the motorbike is still on the road, with Bob and Sylvia imagining the flight.
  • Dogfaces: Most of Gondoland's population, except for the green goblinoid Corvax, and possibly the King, who looks like an anthropomorphic lion (although he may be a Dogface with mane-like hair).
  • The Door Slams You: After Bob's arrest, Corvax harnesses Sylvia that he loves her. But before he tries to make another move, she slams the door on him, injuring his nose.
  • Double Take: While traveling on the King's yacht, Corvax asks from Thimbo what Amanda is doing.
    [Thimbo looks at Amanda before going back to steering the boat]
    Thimbo: She's pulling the plug out. [looks again, now alarmed] She's pulling the plug out!
  • Drives Like Crazy: Surprisingly, the Queen admits her love of driving fast when she and the King are retrieving Muzzy's Black Box from his spaceship. The King, sitting next to her, is visibly frightened.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Bob was originally named Jean in the French dub, though was changed back when it was redone in CGI.
    • Norman's name is changed in each dub to a common name in that language; for example, he's Carlos in Spanish and Norbert in German.
  • Educational Song: Many songs. Because it's an educational film, it's no surprise. One specific example is a letter song by Bob and Sylvia, where they teach the children how to pronounce the vowels of the alphabet.
  • Edutainment Show: A balanced mix of adventure and teaching the language.
  • Embarrassing Slide: One of the shorts of the Vocabulary Builder has the King showing some slides, but some of the slides are upside down.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: The royal family always wear their crowns - even when lifting weights or doing gymnastics in the garden. The King and the Queen also always wear a long blue robe and a pink dress, respectively.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Not exactly at the end, but after Corvax is beaten by Bob and taken away, all the main characters give a hearty laughter.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The King and the Queen. Unofficial sources refer to them as King Nigel and Queen Ezra.
  • Evil Chancellor: Corvax manipulates the king into arresting Bob.
  • Evil Chef: Corvax gets demoted to being the chef in Muzzy Comes Back and is still as rotten as ever.
  • Evil Counterpart: Both Muzzy and Corvax are tall, green-skinned and so skilled with technology that they have high-level computers and can create useful gadgets. However, Corvax is a Lean and Mean Dirty Coward and a Smug Snake who flaunts his cleverness, while Muzzy's a Gentle Giant who doesn't brag about his intelligence. Fittingly, it is Muzzy who ends up fixing the problems related to Corvax's malfunctioning computer and turns Amanda visible after she has stolen one of Corvax's invisibility boxes by using Corvax's own resources.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: While Gondoland's Dogface citizens are fully dressed, the only thing Muzzy wears is his fuzzy green fur.
  • Expy: Corvax looks like a green version of the Thief from The Thief and the Cobbler. Note that said movie hadn't come out at the time of Muzzy in Gondoland (due to being one of the most famous examples of Development Hell), so it's likely one of the animators who worked on it also worked with Richard Williams and was, at some point, privvy to the development of The Thief and the Cobbler. Even if this wasn't the case, Corvax is still a near-dead-ringer for the Thief.
  • Family Theme Naming: In the activity books, everyone in Muzzy's family has a name that starts with "M", except for his sister Lizzy.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Corvax has sharp, pointy teeth.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: When Bob and Sylvia get on a motorcycle with a sidecar, they put helmets on first. Since Sylvia is never seen without a crown, she wears her crown on top of her helmet... somehow.
  • Fed to the Beast: Corvax orders the prison guard to put Bob in cell No. 19. He knows they are holding an alien monster in there, who Corvax plans to have eat Bob. Fortunately for Bob, the alien is an intelligent and polite Gentle Giant who has no intentions to hurt him.
  • Fish out of Water: Muzzy initially finds it very difficult to get around in Gondoland, where most people panic upon seeing him, and machines are not considered food. It results in him getting thrown to jail.
  • Flashback: "The Big Muzzy Story", where Muzzy explains to Bob how he landed in prison, which was because he ate some parking meters.
  • Food Porn: In Muzzy Comes Back, there is a whole song sequence where they show off the various dishes at the royal party. Ironically, the guest of honor, Muzzy, doesn't want a piece of any of them thanks to his Bizarre Taste in Food.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Corvax's computer shows its ability to create numerous copies of the same thing in a very early scene when it pelts Corvax's Right-Hand Cat with thousands of plums. This gag becomes a Chekhov's Gag when the computer creates lots of copies of Sylvia.
    • Thimbo shows himself to be illiterate shortly before he's forced to confess this. When Corvax tells him to find salt, he takes salt from a container and tastes it to find out if it's salt, despite the fact that the container has a clear S word on it. He then picks up a peppershaker (which also has a clear P letter on it) and takes a sniff to find out what's in there.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The characters are usually drawn with four fingers, but close-ups of their hands show that they have five fingers. Also, Norman shows six fingers on one hand for the sake of one short gag.
  • Fourth Wall Greeting: Every main character greets the audience in the beginning and say goodbye in the end of both films.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Norman talks a lot to the audience.
  • Friendship Song: "We Are Bob And Muzzy" is this for the show.
  • Furry Confusion: While the main characters are FunnyAnimals (although their species is unclear — the King looks like a lion and Thimbo is a bulldog, the Queen, Sylvia and Bob are generic dognoses), Corvax (who looks like a green goblin) owns a talking cat.
  • Gag Nose: Corvax sports a very long one. Doubles as a Sinister Schnoz.
  • Genius Bruiser: Muzzy. While being a Gentle Giant, he is also very skillful with computers which helps him stop Corvax's malfunctioning computer and get rid of Sylvia's clones and finding Amanda when she turned herself invisible.
  • Gentle Giant: Muzzy is gigantic and monstrous, but is a polite, soft-spoken Nice Guy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Corvax tries to create a copy of Sylvia for himself. Turns out the copy is a bit too perfect, as it dislikes Corvax just as much as the real Sylvia.
  • Green and Mean: Corvax has green skin. Averted with Muzzy, who has green skin and fur, but is a Gentle Giant.
  • Happily Married:
    • Both the King and Queen are happy together, as well as Norman and his wife.
    • Bob and Sylvia get married at the end of the first video and have a child in the second video.
  • Harmless Lady Disguise: In the sequel, Corvax and Thimbo disguise themselves as Amanda's grandmother and mother, respectively. Even though it's paper-thin, it's good enough to fool one truck driver.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: When the characters' most basic traits are introduced, Bob says "I'm brave", which is then demonstrated by him running into a burning house and rescuing a baby.
  • High-Altitude Battle: The final confrontation between Corvax and Bob in the first movie takes place on a helicopter.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The King and the Queen completely trust Corvax in the beginning.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Because the Sylvia clones look identical, the real one wears an exercising outfit so the viewers won't get confused.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Princess Sylvia is called beautiful by several characters (including herself). She's a skinny dognose with no Tertiary Sexual Characteristics other than her golden hair and mini-dress.
  • Informed Deformity: Muzzy, supposedly, looks really scary, as most people run in fear from him and even Bob freaks out during their first encounter. His character design is actually quite cute.
  • Inside a Computer System: The King gets himself trapped inside Corvax's computer when he tries to stop it. Muzzy gets him out of it, though.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Corvax invented a pair of portable devices in "Muzzy Comes Back" that can turn the user invisible, and can also let the user see the other who is also invisible. Both Corvax and Thimbo use this to kidnap Amanda.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Corvax tells Thimbo to stop arguing with him, leading to the following:
    Thimbo: I'm not arguing!
    Corvax: Yes, you are!
    Thimbo: No, I'm not!
    Corvax: Yes, you are!
    Thimbo: No, I'm not!
  • King of Beasts: The King looks like an anthropomorphic lion; but as his family members are generic dognoses, he might as well be considered a dognose with mane-like hair.
  • Lean and Mean: Corvax is skinny and the villain of the series.
  • Let's Duet: Both "AIEOU I Love You", which is a Silly Love Song sung by Bob and Sylvia, and "We Are Bob And Muzzy", a Friendship Song about Muzzy and Bob.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Outside of Norman's segments, there seems to be a lack of humans in the actual Muzzy universe. The only exception is the farmer in "Muzzy Comes Back", who gave details to the gang about Corvax and the school children Corvax is seen in Vocabulary Builder.
  • Love Triangle: Boby, Sylvia and Corvax. Bob and Corvax both love Sylvia, but she clearly loves Bob and hates Corvax.
  • Magical Computer:
    • Corvax's computer can do many wondrous things, such as creating thousands of exact copies of Sylvia, trapping the King inside itself, and restoring him once the correct buttons are pushed. In the sequel, he has a device that turns him invisible.
    • Muzzy's black box is some kind of tracking device that can find Amanda anywhere and can see what she is doing at the moment.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Muzzy's response to whenever someone asks him why he eats clocks: "Because I like them."
  • Metal Muncher: Muzzy is an alien who likes to eat metal objects such as clocks. The main reason he gets locked up is because he was eating parking meters.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Thimbo in the sequel. Even though he calls himself "Thimbo the Terrible", he is very nice to Amanda and fails to follow Corvax's schemes.
  • Never Learned to Read: Thimbo, to Corvax's annoyance, turns out to be illiterate when he's unable to follow a recipe after he is handed the cook book.
  • Never My Fault: While telling Thimbo how his computer went out of control and created hundreds of Sylvia copies, Corvax insists that "he didn't do anything" and that the computer was the creator of the copies rather than him. Corvax just can't admit that he created the first Sylvia copy and began the mass production by banging the computer in anger. That being said, he's also ready to blame Thimbo whenever something goes wrong. Their final scene has Corwax and Thimbo pointing at each other and pinning all the blame on each other.
  • Nice Guy: Bob is brave, heroic, kind, and honest, and Muzzy is extremely polite, friendly, helpful, and a Gentle Giant.
  • Nice Hat: Corvax has a few of them. In the first film he wears his yellow trademark hat all the time except for the end. In the second film he wears a chef's hat, a captain's hat and a headscarf (when he is Disguised in Drag) until he gets reunited with his yellow hat. Look at the expression of his face when he puts it on.
    • The old farmer in the sequel lampshades this by saying "He wears funny hats" when describing Corvax.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Muzzy walks around naked, but he has nothing to cover up anyway (or if he does, it's covered up by his fur).
  • Obviously Evil: Corvax. Let's see... lean, bald, long-nosed, sharp-toothed, yellow-eyed, green-skinned goblin-like person, wearing long black robes... yeah, obviously a hero. Lucky for him, the King is a Horrible Judge of Character.
  • Oh, Crap!: Corvax and Thimbo react like this when they realize that the royal family is coming for Amanda, and she turned herself invisible with the only invisibility box.
  • Overprotective Dad: The King gets furious when he learns his daughter is in love with a commoner and throws Bob in jail in response. He verges on the G-rated version of a Knight Templar Parent.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: In the royal family of Gondoland, the men have darker skin tones than the women: Sylvia and Amanda are white, the Queen is peachy-tan, whereas the King and Bob are darker brown.
  • Pepper Sneeze: Thimbo sneezes after sniffing pepper when he looks for ingredients for Corvax's cake. This is foreshadowing to the fact that Thimbo cannot read since he tries to find out what's in a peppershaker that has a clear P letter on it.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Corvax hitting his computer out of frustration after the first Sylvia clone rejected him is the plot point of the second half of the first movie. Because of this, 5 more clones were made.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The royal family of Gondoland uses this pattern in their clothing: Bob and the King wear a blue shirt and a blue robe, respectively, whereas the Queen, Sylvia and Amanda wear pink or purple dresses.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Sylvia's dress and exercising clothes are pink. Averted with her first six clones, who wear brown, green, red, yellow ("yellow is for happiness"), blue, and black-and-white dresses respectively (to teach the names of the colors, of course).
  • Rebellious Princess: Sylvia attempts to elope with Bob the gardener, against her parents' will.
  • Reluctant Monster: People usually run with fright at Muzzy's sight, and even Bob is scared of him first, but once they get to know him they learn he's a gentle and friendly creature.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Though it's more about social status than actual wealth, Bob is a simple gardener while Corvax is the King's advisor.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Corvax owns a cat, although he is never shown patting it.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Corvax's long black robe and tall yellow hat invoke this design.
  • Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: Corvax and Thimbo from Muzzy Comes Back. Corvax is an Evil Genius Smug Snake who brags about his intelligence and uses advanced technology, kidnapping the King's baby granddaughter to usurp the throne. The latter is a dim-witted thug who Never Learned to Read, but is very kind with said baby and unlike Corvax, he genuinely cares for her.
  • Smug Snake: As Corvax will proudly tell you, he's clever. However, he's not clever enough to fix his own blunders, as the King rightfully tells him at the end of the first movie.
  • Squaring the Love Triangle: Corvax's Evil Plan in the sequel. Since he can't get Sylvia, he kidnaps her daughter Amanda instead, to raise her as his future wife.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Corvax is obsessed with Sylvia to a creepy level, although he always refers to his feelings as "love". He kisses up to her parents so that he can get an Arranged Marriage, arrests her boyfriend Bob, chases her around in the palace, and then creates a virtual copy of her with his Magical Computer (while snickering "Now I got you"). And in the sequel, when he realizes he can't get her, he attempts to kidnap and marry her baby daughter instead.
  • Story Arc: Norman's story in "Muzzy Comes Back" after Amanda gets kidnapped is that his clock tower collapses, and decides to built a new one.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Most characters are drawn with Four-Fingered Hands, but they turn five-fingered when a character counts up to five. Also, for the sake of one short gag, Norman's hand turns six-fingered when he counts up to six...
    • And in another gag, a party guest grows a third arm when he enthusiastically offers several dishes for Muzzy.
  • Supervillain Lair: In both films, Corvax operates from a massive computer room, hosting a Magical Computer, that serves as his base: in the first it is on the top floor of the royal palace, and in the second it is hidden in a small house behind some rocks.
  • Techno Wizard:
    • Corvax from can make exact copies of people and turn himself invisible using his computer.
    • Muzzy possesses some alien technology that verges on magic, such as a black box that can track down Amanda (and possibly anyone else) and a self-driving spaceship with a teleporter. He can also immediately fix Corvax's malfunctioning computer.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Muzzy always introduces himself as: "I'm Muzzy. Big Muzzy."
  • There Is No Higher Court: The King commands his troops to throw Bob in jail without any trial, for an unknown period of time, for eloping with his daughter. Worse, Corvax suggests that Bob should be thrown into a cell together with a potentially dangerous alien monster.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Bob is at least one head shorter than Sylvia. Norman is also a bit shorter than his wife. The King is taller but much thinner than his obese wife.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Muzzy likes to eat clocks.
    • Norman's favorite food seem to be hamburgers.
  • True Blue Femininity: One of the Sylvia clones wears a blue dress.
  • Ursine Aliens: Muzzy looks somewhat like a bipedal green bear.
  • The Usurper: Corvax wants to be this in "Muzzy Comes Back", but fails to actually usurp the throne.
  • Vague Age: Played straight for everyone except Bob, who states that he is 20 when he is asked his age.
  • A Villain Named "Z__rg": Corvax. This also makes him the Odd Name Out, since everyone else in Gondoland have names like Bob, Sylvia or Amanda.
  • Villainous Crush: Corvax has a creepy obsession with Sylvia.
  • Wife Husbandry: Corvax's plan with Amanda in the sequel was to raise and educate her so he could become king of Gondoland by marrying her.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Corvax, the sneaky Evil Chancellor, has yellow eyes, opposed to the white sclerae of the dognose characters.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: Muzzy and Bob meet in prison.