Their spaceship broke and they fell into this place
They've gotta get out but they don't know how
So they're waitin' and waitin' in a creepy, creepy house..."
Space Goofs (Les Zinzins de l'espace in French, and originally Home to Rent in Britain) is a French animated series produced by Gaumont Film Company, Gunther-Waul Productions and Xilam for France 3 that first aired in 1997.
It tells the story of five aliens; the intelligent Etno, couch potato Bud, clean freak Candy, gluttonous Gorgious, and two-headed Stereo, who have crashed on Earth and have taken residence in the attic of an old house. Their main tasks are to chase away anybody who takes residence in the old house and try to get back home.
Most might remember this played on Fox Kids during the late 90's; as such, it was part of the first batch of programming seen on the newly-formed Fox Family Channel. The show's main theme was written and performed by Iggy Pop, of all people.
The series was renewed for a second season that premiered on May 20, 2005, and it also aired on Nicktoons in the UK under the show's official English title in November of that year. Stereo was also Put on a Bus in this season (save for two episodes), and their existence was retconned. The show ended with 104 episodes on May 12, 2006.
Stupid Invaders, a video game based on the series was released in 2000.
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- Aliens Speaking English: The aliens have no problem talking to humans, even when they're not disguising themselves.
- Amusing Alien: The premise of the show - watch five silly aliens get into all sorts of hijinks on Earth.
- Art Evolution: Between the first season in 1997 and the second in 2005, the increase in quality is really obvious. The main cast were given slight redesigns to appear somewhat more rounded, and human designs were overhauled entirely to better match the updated visuals. They did reuse characters from the first season as background characters, some were given a different voice and personality. (For example, the bespectacled wart-ridden British-accented TV gardening show host became a professional-sounding news anchorman.)
- Big Eater/Extreme Omnivore: Gorgious. Candy's flower from "Flora and Feast" had an appetite that outdid Gorgious, even eating the house and part of the screen.
- Bowdlerise: While the Latin American Spanish dub for season 2 reverted Candy's gender back from female to male, the dub also went out of its way to remove most, if not all, of Candy's Camp Gay moments. This is particularly noticeable in the episode "Other World Champs", where Candy's initial fear, followed by intrigue of showering with "big, sweaty thugs", as well as him flirting with the basketball team's manager, and his comment near the end of the episode of how he's "always been attracted to bad guys" are all cut from the Latin American Spanish dub of the episode.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor Candy! If you count Bud, Gorgious, and Stereo as well, Etno might be the only character who isn't a Butt Monkey.
- The Cameo: In the episode where Etno becomes a Phony Psychic, the antagonists from the video game make an appearance in the line to get their reading.
- The show also isn't shy about characters from Xilam's other shows getting cameos. A show that Bud watches on TV in an episode is clearly Oggy and the Cockroaches, right down to using the theme music, and Joey, Marky and Dee-Dee make a quick cameo at the start of "Space Sailors". Bud also briefly transforms into Razmo from Ratz near the start of "Buffalo Blues".
- Contrived Coincidence: In the second season, whenever they needed Stereo in the plot, he would happen to crashland back on Earth again.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: At the start of "Buffalo Blues", Candy describes a sudden protrusion on some sheets that he's hung up as "big, throbbing and wet". He thinks it's Gorgious, blowing his nose on the sheets in question, but it's quickly revealed to be a buffalo instead, kickstarting the episode's plot.
- Don't Try This at Home: In the Christmas Episode, the aliens are trying to drive Santa Claus away. He tries to slide down the chimney but they shock him with electricity. Before they do, they all (including Santa) urge the viewer not to try this at home.
- Europe: Where the series takes place, as the currency used is euros, rather than dollars, as shown in several episodes in season 2, such as "Other World Champs" and "Get Off My Couch".
- Everything's Better with Cows: The intro and the farming episode. Even Stereo becomes a cow.
- Expository Theme Tune: By none other than Iggy Pop. It's titled "Monster Men".
- Theme Tune Extended: There's an extended version of "Monster Men" that runs just under four minutes.
- Flanderization: The characters went through this to some degree in season 2. In the French dub, this is especially noticeable with the change of voice actors (except for Gorgious).
- Etno is more pretentious and talkative in season 2. In the French dub, he also loses his English accent (due to changing voice actors).
- Bud becomes more dumber and addicted to TV than he was in season 1.
- Candy has gone through this the most, becoming more of an exuberantly moody and panicky Butt-Monkey (compared to season 1, where he tries to keep the peace amongst the group). Also, his effeminate traits are taken Up to Eleven.
- Gorgious mostly remains the same, although his greedy Big Eater behaviors are slightly toned down, depending on the episode writer. He also becomes a bit more of a Jerkass compared to the first season, arguably being more fully aware of his actions.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Because of the characters being aliens. Even lampshaded in the school episode:Teacher: How much is 5+5?
(Candy is nervous)
Random Girl: Use your fingers.
Candy: Hmmmm. EIGHT!
- Also lampshaded near the end of the episode "Don't Monkey With Me!", where all of the aliens, sans Gorgious, panic and freak out over humans potentially touching them with their five-fingered hands.
- Hairy Girl: In "Bollywood Aliens" an Indian woman stays in the house and in one scene she can be seen shaving her legs in the bath.
- Have a Gay Old Time: Poopy The Bear's catchy little ditty.
- Heart Beats out of Chest: Happens to Bud after falling in love with the broken-up lady from the episode "First Love".
- High-Pressure Emotion: Including having set up during the moment Candy becomes Driven to Madness from "Bats in the Belfry.
- Humans Are Bastards: Just about every human that comes to the house is either stupid, a jerk or both. Not that the aliens are much better.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Candy dissolves into less than a minute of this in "The Thing from Beyond" when the aliens get lost in the woods.
- Market-Based Title: The 1997 season was retitled Home to Rent in the UK. When the show was revived and aired on Nicktoons they retained the original title.
- Multi-Part Episode: The episodes "Once Upon a Time" and "Toon In, Drop Out" are split into two parts.
- Negative Continuity: Not much seems to stick with this shows in terms of what continues or not. Several episodes end with the aliens house being severely trashed or destroyed while other episodes end with the aliens being permanently changed into a different form like gnomes or vampire dust only to be inexplicably fine in the next episode. Then there is the issue with Stereo, who was with the other aliens in season one but his involvement was retconned and only makes two appearances in season 2.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- A bat talks like John Travolta.
- When a rock band invades their house, Etno disguises as Slick Stagger.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Bud's biker disguise from the episode "First Love". Here he wears shorts, a green hat and a black small jacket, but no shirt.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The episode "Doodle" features a boy in a different art style. Considering he was drawn by someone else In-Universe, it's Justified.
- Now Which One Was That Voice?: The show uses a combination of a list of names (season 1) and listing the main characters to their actor (season 2). Any and all one-off characters that appear are simply uncredited for their role.
- The video game, Stupid Invaders, zig-zags around this trope, as the in-game credits is a simple list of names, but the credits in the instruction manual lists most of the main characters roles with their actor, with the exception of Stereo, who is strangely uncredited, despite Jeff Bennett being credited for Bud.
- Precision F-Strike: At the end of "Doodle", Gorgious flat-out says, "This is such a retarded idea!" while trying to cheer up Bud.
- Put on a Bus: Stereo in the second season, although he then came back in 2 episodes.
- Retcon: The opening for the second season shows the aliens crashlanding sans Stereo, even though he comes back in other episodes.
- Running Gag: When one or more of the main characters use the transforming machine to become humans or whatever, they always pass three different forms before the final transformation—with the third usually being something outrageously over-the-top. In an episode they remain aliens, but Candy becomes huge and muscular with the others looking in awe, in another, Gorgious becomes an egg laid by a chicken who came out of nowhere, in another, the whole group becomes a color coded set of vacuum cleaners and in another they become four stereotypical Chinese men stacked on each other... the list goes on.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Candy is essentially the Sensitive Guy to Gorgious's Manly Man. Candy acts like a hammy house-wife, while Gorgious is usually the Jerkass.
- Slapstick: The show is full of this.
- Springtime for Hitler: The aliens try making the house look as much a dump as possible to dissuade people from moving in. A farmer and his animals then take interest.
- Status Quo Is God: Both episodes where Stereo came back in the second season ended with him accidentally being launched off the planet while testing a ship.
- Team Mom and Team Dad: Candy and Etno, respectively.
- Teens Are Monsters: In one episode, Bud befriends a rather obnoxious human teenager.
- The Song Remains the Same: Literally every single version of the show keeps the opening theme song in English. Although the show had first premiered in French and English, Iggy Pop (the artist) never recorded a French cover.
- Foreign dubs of season 2 combine this with Non-Dubbed Grunts.
- The Last Straw: In "Bats in the Belfry", Candy snaps after being bullied enough by bats. When he chases them away, he chews out the other aliens as well. This moment also counts as a Berserk Button, Unstoppable Rage or a Driven to Madness example.
- From the Prison Episode, the aliens attempt to get out of the prison built around their house. One attempt involves the aliens making a bridge. When Ernie comes, he is holding an anvil, which is enough for the alien-bridge to collapse and fall.
- They Look Like Us Now: The gang have a machine that makes them look like humans, Earth animals, or even inanimate objects.
- Vocal Evolution: Compare how Candy sounds in season 1 and season 2.
- You Can't Get Ye Flask: Happens in the episode "We Robot", where all of the other aliens want Etno's robot, even though at first he says it is programmed only for him. To get out of this trope, Etno's robot does what they wanted.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Part of the trope's name is used for an episode title. Averted at the end of Stupid Invaders, but played straight at the end of "Welcome!", where it's revealed that all of the humans that the aliens have inadvertently or intentionally sent away using one of Etno's "failed" spaceships ended up sending them to their home planet. Needless to say, the humans are not amused, prompting the aliens to return to earth, instead.