Hey ho, away we go, get that nasty dragon!
Potatoes and Dragons (2004) is an animated series, produced by the French studio Alphanim and the Canadian studio Cinar/Cookie Jar Entertainment. The show takes place in a kingdom, run by the moderately competent King Hugo III, with a dragon living in it. The dragon makes a regular game of torching the king; thus, the king hires knights from all over the world (read: whoever shows up gets the job). The king's daughter Melodine, the jester Riri, and a little kid named Juju all know the dragon is harmless, and defend him from the competent knights.
It also aired in Canada on Teletoon and in Australia, Europe, and the USA on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV. It's short, sweet, and rather cute.
This show exhibits the following tropes:
- Accidental Misnaming: It's Fast Freddy, not Fat Eddie, nor Bad Teddy.
- All Cloth Unravels: A yeti is defeated in this way in "Ready Yeti?". His fur is unraveled until most of it is gone.
- Anthropomorphic Food: The entire cast are potatoes. Including the dragon.
- An Axe to Grind: Harry wields an executioner's axe.
- Bilingual Bonus: Juju's name is (spelling aside) the nursery word for 'toy' in French. Likewise, Riri's name is derived from "ris ris", meaning "laugh laugh".
- Court Jester: Riri is the castle's jester. He is also in love with Princess Melodine.
- Dragons Prefer Princesses: The King keeps calling for knights to kill the dragon that lives near the palace, for fear it might kidnap his daughter; unbeknownst to him, the princess has befriended the dragon and is actively thwarting each attempt on its life.
- Expository Theme Tune:"Long ago in Potato Land/There was a king noble and grand/Some revered him/Others did fear him/One dared to jeer him/A dragon, not a man!/Hey-ho away we go/Get the dragon..."
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens in "It Wasn't Me", between King Hugo and the Dragon. Interestingly, whilst the Dragon is in King Hugo, the Dragon retains his ability to breathe fire, leading to King Hugo running around spouting flames.
- Happy Harlequin Hat: Riri wears a two-point version with bells on the tips. It is also a mask that covers his face. (Or his face is the same colour as his hat. It's hard to tell.)
- I Call It "Vera": Sir Splash's (magic!) hose is called 'Fido'.
- Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: Happens to King Hugo in "Ready Yeti?", and the Dragon in "King Of The Potato Frontier".
- Jerkass: One could argue that the dragon and King Hugo are both examples of this, and the whole show revolves around watching the two of them harass each other. King Hugo is a bad-tempered, egotistical royal pain of a king, who often acts like a brat despite his age. In comparison, the dragon's idea of fun is to wander on over to the castle and burn King Hugo and/or his belongings to cinders whenever he feels like it, even when the king is minding his own business — which of course is why the king wants to chase the dragon out of the kingdom.
- The Lancer: Subverted; while Harry does seem to be the King's second in command, he's completely incompetent.
- Missing Mom: Melodine's mother is never even mentioned.
- Only Sane Man: Both played straight and inverted; usually, only King Hugo is close to insane. Other times, it flips between Melodine, Riri and Juju.
- Our Dragons Are Different: One episode has King Hugo unleash a blue-colored dragon that breathes ice instead of fire, hoping it will defeat the Dragon.
- Running Gag: Dragon torching King Hugo and/or Harry and the knights.
- Shout-Out: The name of the show is likely a reference to Dungeons & Dragons.
- Surrounded by Idiots: The idiots being King Hugo, Harry, and about half the knights.
- Villain Has a Point: Let's face it, King Hugo's not exactly wrong that he shouldn't have to put up with a dragon scorching him and his stuff for its own amusement.
- William Telling: "Far From Heaven" opens with Hugo attempting to shoot an apple off of Harry's head. Hugo misses and his arrow knocks Hermes out of the sky.