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"This is the Evergreen Forest. Quiet, peaceful, serene... that is, until Bert Raccoon wakes up! Luckily, he has some good friends to help him out. Life would be simple in the forest, except for... Cyril Sneer! And his life would be simple except for... The Raccoons!

The Raccoons was a Canadian animated family series about a trio of, well, raccoons, living in a "Raccoondominium" in the Evergreen Forest: young married couple Ralph and Melissa, and their flighty, enthusiastic, but lovable housemate Bert. In the earlier seasons, the Raccoons were always getting entangled in the schemes of conniving industrialist aardvark Cyril Sneer, which usually involved trying to take over or destroy the Evergreen Forest for one reason or another. Their escapades were aided by two friendly sheepdogs, Schaeffer and Broo, as well as Cyril's nebbishy son Cedric, and Cedric's girlfriend Sophia Tutu. First season episodes would frequently feature a side story involving human forest ranger Dan and his kids Julie and Tommy, but they were phased out afterwards. They were replaced by Ralph and Melissa's nephew, Bentley and his teenage sister, Lisa, who may be a love interest for Bert (if you ask the fans).


Unlike many other cartoons of its time, it handled action, humor, and romance in a fairly sophisticated manner, while remaining sufficiently uncomplicated for younger viewers. Before the series proper there were four TV Movies: The Christmas Raccoons (which introduced the Raccoons, Ranger Dan and his family, and the Sneers), The Raccoons On Ice (which added Sophia, Snag and the Bears), The Raccoons And The Lost Star (an interesting Recycled In Space concept set either in a dream or a Alternate Universe, which introduced Broo and the Pigs), and The Raccoons: Let's Dance (a Clip Show featuring songs from the first three specials).

In mid-2017, it was revealed that series creator Kevin Gillis was working on a reboot of the series. A pitch pilot with slightly redesigned characters was found on YouTube as an unlisted video in early 2018, however the video was soon taken down by Big Jump Entertainment due to a copyright claim. On June 17th of that same year, Big Jump officially revealed the new designs for Bert, Ralph, Melissa, Cyril and Cedric on their website. The reboot is scheduled to premiere in 2019.


This series provides examples of:

  • Accent Adaptation: In the German dub, not just Nicole, but also her children Lisa and Bentley have French accents. This might have been done to disguise that, in the dub, they have the same voice actress as Melissa.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Ralph Raccoon wears a white scarf handed down from his uncle Rocky, Cyril Sneer wears a blue scarf, and his son Cedric wears glasses and a yellow bowtie. Mr. Knox wears a ten-gallon hat, boots, white cuffs, and rings.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: "The Intruders!" features the infiltration variety. Justified in that it's Broo who traverses the ducts.
  • All Just a Dream: The episode "Time Trap!".
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: When's the last time you saw a pink aardvark?
  • Animation Bump: The animation in the first season, as well as the pre-series specials, were done at Atkinson-Film Arts; it was a lot more fluid and choppy. The fluidity seemed to lessen beginning with "Opportunity Knocks!", and the animation was becoming more like they would be in later episodes, which would later be handled at Hinton Animation Studios, which replaced Atkinson beginning season 2.
    • Of course, the second season onwards had crisper animation done at Hinton and nothing choppy.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Watch "The Christmas Raccoons" and then immediately afterward watch "The Raccoons and the Lost Star".
  • Award-Bait Song: The series has three of them; Ain't No Planes, All Life Long, and New World.
  • Big Ball of Violence: There's one in the first episode when Cyril's scouts end up attacking each other. Another shows up toward the end of "The Chips Are Down!".
  • Black Sheep: Cyril is trying to keep one of these covered up in Season 1's "Going It Alone!".
  • Boxing Lesson: "Black Belt Bentley!"
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters did this once in a while, with Cyril Sneer being the biggest offender. One such example happens at the end of "Last Legs!", wherein the viewer catches Cyril having broken into The Evergreen Standard's office to polish the printing press plaque dedicated to him.
  • Carnivore Confusion: There's this scene with Cyril Sneer having dinner with what looks to be a feast with roasted chicken or turkey... while we know Lady Baden-Baden is an anthropomorphic hen.
    • Also, all those times with Cyril Sneer calling The Pigs names related to ham, sausages and bacon, only suggest that he knows that yes, they're pork, they can be eaten and who knows... maybe he has eaten pork already...
  • Catchphrase
    Bert: Bert Raccoon! Ace [Occupation of the day, e.g. detective, monster hunter, reporter]!
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series started out very uninspired and cartoonish, but shifted gradually to more serious, realistic and story-driven.
  • Character Development: Cyril Sneer gradually softens in a fairly believable fashion until he becomes a friend and ally of the Raccoons. To a lesser extent, all the characters change somewhat, such as Cedric becoming more assertive and confident.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The Raccoons and the Lost Star, technically.
  • Character Title
  • Chaste Toons: Subverted. Bentley Raccoon is Ralph's nephew, and makes occasional appearances on the show; but Ralph and Melissa are married, Bentley has clearly defined parents: George and Nicole, and his whole family eventually moves to the Evergreen Forest making Bentley a permanent character.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: In "Going It Alone!", the bubblegum Bert packs for his trek up Evergreen Mountain saves him from not one but two nasty falls in the same place.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The human characters, and Sophia Tutu, although she stayed in the intro until the very end.
    • Sophia makes a cameo in "The Headline Hunter!".
  • Clip Show: There's one in every season after the first, and The Raccoons: Let's Dance! is basically a clip show compiled from the other three specials.
  • Clock Discrepancy: The first season finale, "Gold Rush!", plays with this trope. Cyril Sneer is planning to shut down the Raccoons' crusading newspaper, The Evergreen Standard, with the help of Mr. Knox. Cyril's plan involved cutting off the supply of ink and paper to the Standard and forcing it out of business. For his plan to work, the deal had to be finalized under a deadline. However, Cyril is contacted by Mr. Knox that the deal is off because he missed the deadline - which saves the newspaper. Cyril is clearly confused as his clock indicates he had time to spare before the deadline. His son Cedric Sneer reminds him that years ago, the clocks were intentionally set back earlier so that he could get more work out of his employees!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Henri de la Possum, an eccentric French artist. In the episode "The Artful Dodger!" he lives inside a cave, to have peace and work in his art alone. What if intruders get inside the cave and near his work? He disguises himself as a monster to scare them off. That's not something exactly sane.
  • Competition Coupon Madness: An episode had Bert attempting to win a bike by putting together a jigsaw puzzle from pieces that come in a brand of crisps (not knowing that Cyril Sneer deliberately left out one piece of the puzzle so no one can win). Hilarity Ensues.
  • Cool Big Sis: Lisa, to a degree.
  • Cool Old Guy: Herman Zechariah Stroll. An old dog who lives in a swamp near the forest, knows a handful of things about survival and befriends Bert and Cedric in episode "Read No Evil!"
  • Cool Old Lady: Ralph's Aunt Gertie, who appears in the Season 2 episode "Power Trip!"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cyril Sneer, eventually subverted by the above character development and his conscientious son, Cedric, partially taking over the business.
    • Knox and Mammoth are hardly saints, either, but they eventually went through the same development Cyril had.
    • Milton Midas, who was introduced in the final episode of Season 4, played this trope straight and was eventually jailed for his outright criminal activities.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Bert's performance of "Hang On, Hold On" in "The Sweet Smell of Success!" is gender-flipped from Luba's original performance in "The Intruders!".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cyril Sneer is a pretty good one, specially when saying anything about the Pigs' incompetence.
    • Ralph and Melissa have their moments.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: In order to cheat Cyril Sneer out of half of Sneer Industries, Sid Leech posed as Cyril's long-lost brother Simon.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • In The Raccoons on Ice, Cyril offers a bargain: a hockey competition between him and the Raccoons for control of the lake, with one week to practice. Bert, never one to refuse a challenge, eagerly accepts the offer before anyone can stop him. He figures that Cyril surely can't know a whole lot about hockey and that won't be much of a challenge. Alas, they quickly discover that Cyril DOES take the competition seriously; he's got all the best equipment and players at the ready to demolish them and wipe the lake right off the map.
    • In "The Sweet Smell of Success!", Bert agrees to be the official spokesman for Cyril's new cologne "Success" (which smells completely awful) in hopes that he'll become wealthy and famous. If he does, he'll get a lifetime supply of peanut butter. However, when his attempt at the stunt of rescuing a fair "maiden" (A.K.A. one of the pigs dressed as an incredibly ugly woman) and leaping into a hot air balloon with her goes horribly wrong, Cyril completely abandons Bert and leaves him to his fate, figuring that he's shot all the footage he needs for the commercial and that Bert is no longer his concern. Bert and Broo wind up stranded in the balloon when it becomes trapped on a high cliff. Broo wants to help and Bert sends him off to go get help, but it's clear that Cyril will not be coming to his rescue. Night falls and all seems lost for poor Bert as the gondola is about to fall into the cliff below, which will no doubt kill him. Feeling foolish for not having listened to his friends and allowing himself to be suckered into starring in the commercial, he lowly sings "Hang On, Hold On" to himself one last time as he prepares to meet his demise. Just as he's about to fall to his death, however, the rest of the gang shows up. Broo managed to find them and bring them back just in the nick of time and they manage to pull the deflated balloon back up, rescuing Bert from a near-death experience.
    • And in "Time Trap!", gets a chance to fix his blunder in "Gold Rush!" Cyril missed his chance to make a deal with Mr. Knox to buy the ink and paper companies and put the Standard out of business thanks to all his clocks being slow as a result of a secret policy he had in place to increase the amount of work his employees put in. Now he has a chance because he's given the extra time he needs. To the gang's horror, Cyril gets the call, and he's going to make the deal. UNLESS... Ralph and Melissa agree to sign ownership of the Standard over to him, basically becoming his newest lackeys. Melissa tries to fight, but alas, she and Ralph quickly give up when they realize Cyril's serious. They agree to sign over the Standard's ownership to him. Fortunately, it all turns out to be just a dream.
  • Denser and Wackier: Inverted, as described in Cerebus Syndrome above.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Milton Midas is the greediest and nastiest villain on the show, damaging parts of the Evergreen Forest beyond repair, and is the only antagonist in the series to not redeem himself in any way, unlike Cyril and Knox. His appearance turns out to be that of a bald eagle dressed in a red waistcoat, white shirt, and blue tie. In true Canadian fashion, it's a Take That! which somehow manages to be blatantly obvious and sneakily passive-aggressive at the same time.
  • Downer Ending:
    • In "The One that Got Away!", a beloved fishing pond is contaminated with toxic waste because of the Pigs' greed and stupidity in a moonlighting job. The heroes bring the true culprit to justice and the pigs are put to work to clean it up as much as they can, but the pond is still permanently ruined and lifeless.
    • Subverted in "The Evergreen Grand Prix!". Thanks to foul play Cedric's solar car loses the race to Cyril's gas-guzzler, and everyone is crestfallen...but then Mammoth waves away the outcome and decides to produce Cedric's model anyway. Cyril storms off in a fury...and two minutes later remembers that his company owns both of the cars, and building Cedric's car was what he'd wanted to do in the first place.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: George and Nicole appear briefly in "Trouble Shooter!"; their next appearance is in "Moving In!" two seasons later.
    • Woodchuck Berry is mentioned in "The Chips Are Down!"; his appearance is in next season's premiere "Second Chance!"
    • The instrumental version of "Got Me Singing" (performed by Rory Dodd) appeared on "Rumours!", "The Sweet Smell of Success!", and "Power Trip!", before its sung version appeared on "Courting Disaster!".
  • Enemy Mine: "The Intruders!".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Cyril may have been greedy and conniving, especially in the early episodes, but he wasn't completely unreasonable. When he gives Bentley a job at his company, the Pigs sabotage Bentley's work out of jealousy. When Cyril learns the truth, he gives the Pigs a chewing out, and restores Bentley's position. More moments like these eventually culminated in Cyril making a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Milton Midas to Cyril Sneer.
  • Fishing for Sole: Shows up in "Buried Treasure!". Ralph even makes the pun. Subverted, though, as Broo then finds a treasure map in the boot.
  • Flashback with the Other Darrin: In "Time Trap!", Melissa's lines from the first season - originally performed by Linda Feige - were re-dubbed by Susan Roman, presumably in order to match her newly recorded lines for the time travel-based clip show.
  • Food Fight: One of this happens near the end of episode "Moving in!"
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Buried Treasure!", Cyril is forced to make the choice between his son Cedric and the title treasure chest, both of which are caught in rapids and heading towards a raging waterfall. He chooses his son, but in a clever subversion, it turns out Cedric can swim and Cyril can't. Cedric ends up saving his father, and the treasure goes over the falls and forever out of reach.
  • From Special To Series: The series started out as three TV specials (The Christmas Raccoons, The Raccoons On Ice, The Raccoons and the Lost Star) and one exclusively to home video (The Raccoons: Let's Dance!).
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Several characters including Sophia, Lisa, Mr. Mammoth and Lady Baden-Baden.
  • Funny Animal: Everyone except Broo, who was more like an ordinary dog. By comparison, Lisa Raccoon is a Petting Zoo Person.
  • Furry Confusion: While Schaeffer walked and talked, Broo acted like an ordinary dog. To make matters worse, Broo seemed to be sapient, though he couldn't talk. Some fans posit that it's because he's a puppy, so he can't talk (yet).
    • "The Intruders" also featured alligators that behaved like non-anthropomorphic alligators, later episodes introduced Mr. Knox, who walked, talked and wore a ten-gallon hat, a bolo tie, and boots.
  • Gotta Have It, Gonna Steal It: In the episode "Stealing the Show!", there is a B-plot involving the Pigs' obsession over Mudman comics. Lloyd, the third pig, can't afford the comics and finally gives into his desire to have them by stealing them from Mr. Willow's store. He ends up getting caught and is punished by having to make restitution in the form of working at the store.
  • The Great Whodini: Tromboni (and "Bertoni") in "The Great Escape!".
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Almost everyone except Lisa and Sophia. Strangely, Melissa and Nicole, who clearly have breasts, are among the pantsless.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: According to this wiki, the song hit the public domain in Canada in 1985, presumably just in time for the characters to sing it in "Surprise Attack".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bert and Cedric.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Sophia. The only thing assuring us that she is meant to be the same species as her boyfriend is her nose.
    • Lisa, too. It helps that she's noticeably taller than the rest of the raccoons in the series, as well as most other characters. (Although this is justified, due to her being a basketball player.)
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All episode titles end with an exclamation mark.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun
    Bert: I dunno, I could introduce a new recipe. Daredeviled eggs!
    Ralph: That sounds about right, coming from a canned ham.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Sophia Tutu, the girl aardvark, as well as all other female aardvarks, and some characters as well.
    • Neither do the pigs, despite wearing no pants. Brief moments in a few episodes of the initial season avert this though.
  • Informed Species: You basically have to take Cyril, Cedric, and Sophia's species on good faith. And even then...
  • Instant Wristwatch: Happens in Picture Perfect.

  • Karmic Jackpot: The nicer Cyril got in the series, the more his luck improved because of his proper moral choices.
    • In "Spring Fever!" from Series 4, Cyril's idol, business magnate J.P. Gordon, is staying with Mr. Knox, and Cyril tries everything he can to get a chance to discuss a possible deal with him, only half paying attention to the fact that Cedric is speaking at a camp reunion and has given him a gift for the occasion. Knox finally sets up a meeting between Cyril and Gordon on the day the latter is due to leave, but the timing means that Cyril cannot attend Cedric's reunion. However, when Cyril discovers that Cedric's gift is a new set of gold cuff links, he decides family is more important than business, tells Knox the meeting is off, and hurries to the train station, just in time to board the train Cedric is taking to his reunion... where he discovers that Gordon, who is leaving on the same train, is sitting next to Cedric and has been so thoroughly charmed by the young aardvark that he is eager to meet the father of whom Cedric speaks so highly.
    • In "Stress Test!" from Series 5, Cyril ends up in hospital suffering from a severe ulcer, leaving the pigs to keep track of a big land deal he is trying to close with Milton Midas. While there, he befriends a young patient named Danny who calms his fears about treatment, having been a hospital regular for some time. When it looks as though an important surgical procedure on Danny may have to be postponed because the hospital does not have a blood transfusion, Cyril, who happens to have the required blood type, bows out of signing the deal with Midas to donate blood to Danny, ensuring the success of his surgery. It transpires that Midas was trying to swindle Cyril into buying worthless swampland which would have wiped millions off his fortune, and the delay results in the fraud being exposed and Cyril's fortune being preserved (apart from the money the pigs blew on a wild party in his absence).
  • Jumping the Shark: Averted with the introduction of Bentley and Lisa Raccoon in seasons 2 and 4 respectively, for a few reasons;
    • They were intended as a replacement for Ranger Dan and his kids (who disappeared after season 1). Bentley was even voiced by Noam Zylberman, who voiced Tommy!
    • They were a driving force behind Cyril's Character Development, and as a result, helped the series grow the beard...
    • And they managed to avoid being placed in The Scrappy Heap by having their own character development and depth, cementing the two as fan-favourites.
  • Kick the Dog: Cyril Sneer literally kicks his dog Snag in the early episodes, among other things.
    • Bentley has one of his own in "Join the Club!" after his older sister Lisa gives him a hasty, and somewhat impatient, lecture on the dangers of smoking. Naturally, it's done in a typical little brother fashion:
    Bentley: I know that stuff already, and you know that I don't smoke! Brother, sisters can be so dumb!
  • Large Ham:
    • Cyril Sneer is definitely the master of this, as evidenced by this line from "The Christmas Raccoons":
      Cyril Sneer: I'm Cyril Sneer! A LUMBER profiteer! Whenever I'm near, TREES! DISAPPEAR!
    • Bert's enthusiastic and probably hyperactive personality is seen as this too.
    • Come to think of it, almost every character played by Len Carlson in this show.
    • Lady Baden-Baden always speaks in a melodramatic tone. It helps that she had a past career as an actress.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Bob Dermer as Lady Baden-Baden.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Any time the Pigs attempt to act in an underhanded scheme to obtain wealth, you can be assured this trope will come back to bite them. One notable example occured in "Second Chance!", wherein they con Woodchuck Barry into signing a contract to perform against his will at a sleazy bar. When Cyril comes to save Woodchuck from having to go through with it, the Pigs are forced to perform for the bar's aggressive patrons.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: During chapter "The Wrong Stuff!", Schaeffer and Ralph are excited for the new Sneer's TV Satellite, which promises to have 300 channels, 40 of them broadcasting sports. So they're shown making plans and schedules to watch sports channels (Schaeffe even bought a giant TV for his cafe), hoping for the hours and hours they'll be able to watch football, baseball, hockey, golf and... synchronized swimming. They even declined an invitation from Melissa and Nicole for it.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most of the characters, although a few have separate winter outfits. Bert in particular is shown to have multiple copies of the same sweater (in "Stealing the Show!" he claims that they're lucky).
  • Love at First Sight: In the episode "Spring Fever!", Lisa Raccoon, Bentley's older sister makes her first appearance in the show, and Bert falls in love with her instantly. During the whole episode, he's finding the perfect time to confess his feelings, but when he finally does it, she turns him down because they barely know each other. But by the end of the episode, Bert receives a letter from her where she wants him as a friend, which lifts his mood and implies a promise of something better.
  • MacGuffin: The star on Broo's collar in "The Raccoons and the Lost Star"
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: The episode "Time Trap!" in which Cyril goes back to past episodes and makes sure all his moneymaking schemes actually come off. It's All Just a Dream..
  • Meaningful Name: A conman named Sid Leech tries to take advantage of Simon Sneer's disappearance by impersonating him and stealing his inheritance. And there's always Cyril Sneer ...
  • Miles Gloriosus: Appears in the Season 3 episode "Paperback Hero!".
  • The Minnesota Fats: Cyril Sneer is obsessed with trying to catch up to Mr. Mammoth, a rhinoceros tycoon who's even wealthier than he is.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: What are aardvarks and alligators doing in Canada?
  • Mistaken for Dying: Cyril in "Last Legs!".
  • The Movie: Almost happened in the mid-2000s; a script was even completed, however it fell through due to lack of financing.
  • My Greatest Failure: Schaeffer in "Black Belt Bentley!", due to having previously given someone who antagonized him a severe injury, when he only meant to make him back off.
  • Mondegreen: Because of Dottie West's Southern accent, in "The Raccoons and the Lost Star", Melissa sounds like she's warning Bert that Cyril could have "lixer guns."
  • No Ending
  • No Name Given: Mr. Knox. Even his wife calls him "Knoxie".
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Lady Baden-Baden, who is a hen.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Mr. Knox was supposed to have a Louisiana accent, but traces of the voice actor's Canadian accent occasionally slipped in.
  • Oops... I Did It Again: Several episodes, including the first one, "Surprise Attack!".
  • Opening Narration: "This is the Evergreen Forest. Quiet, peaceful, serene... that is, until Bert Raccoon wakes up! Luckily, he has some good friends to help him out. Life would be simple in the forest, except for... Cyril Sneer! And his life would be simple except for... The Raccoons!"
  • Or Was It a Dream?: The specials "The Christmas Raccoons" and "The Raccoons and the Lost Star". Both of them may also be unintentional examples of Mind Screw:
    • At the end of "The Christmas Raccoons", Tommy and Julie wake up thinking that it's Christmas morning, only to find that it's still the day before, and that they presumably dreamed most of the previous events. There is a scene early on where they're going to sleep and the narrator talks about how real dreams can seem when you're having them, which transitions into a song sequence. This might have been a clue that those events weren't real...except that when Julie and Tommy ask what happened to the missing trees, Ranger Dan says that saplings suddenly appeared in their place (the saplings that Cyril Sneer was going to plant), then Julie and Tommy look out the window and see the Raccoons getting a new tree to live in, and the narrator explicitly says that the Raccoons and Schaeffer saved the forest. So the previous 24 hours didn't happen, and at the same time they did happen?
    • The ending of "The Raccoons and the Lost Star" is even more confusing. When Schaeffer meets Sophia on the alien planet, he recognizes her, but she doesn't recognize him. Likewise, Schaeffer also recognizes the Raccoons, who don't know him either. At the end, as Schaeffer is parachuting back to the Evergreen Forest, it transitions into Julie and Tommy waking him up, meaning that the whole thing was a dream. Ranger Dan reveals the surprise he mentioned at the beginning: It's Broo, wearing the star medallion around his neck, and seemingly recognizing Schaeffer. The narrator ends by saying that Schaeffer knew that he would soon see the Raccoons again too. Since the Raccoons do exist on Earth, why would there be any doubt that he'd see them again? Or are we meant to assume that they will be the Raccoons from the alien planet, retaining the memories of the previous events...which were just a dream?
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Cry Wolf!", Bert resorts to dressing as "Auntie Bertha" to gather evidence of Cyril's plot to pave the forest. Somewhat justified, as Cyril is sleep-deprived and the Pigs are, well, the Pigs.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Cedric's mother is never seen; it's hinted in "Courting Disaster!" that she died shortly after he was born. Cyril only mentions that he "loved her" and that she "really knew how to make money."
    • Likewise, it was never revealed what happened to Julie and Tommy's mother. Divorce, separated, or died?
  • Pet the Dog: Cyril Sneer gets to do this every couple episodes or so in the later seasons.
  • Power Trio: Ralph, Melissa and Bert.
  • Precap: Every episode.
  • Rascally Raccoon: Notably averted.
  • Recycled In Space: Technically, the characters in The Raccoons And The Lost Star (except Schaeffer) are all aliens on a jungle planet who happen to be identical in appearance, name and personality to Schaeffer's Evergreen Forest friends. (Assuming it's not just a dream, anyway).
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Many episodes have cues reused from 1983's The Raccoons and the Lost Star.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted, in the long run. Mr. Knox starts out as a Corrupt Corporate Executive, much like Cyril, but he too mellows out and becomes more of a good guy later on in the series. Even his bullying nephew Bonneville undergoes a Heel–Face Turn in the only episode he appears in.
  • Rewritten Pop Version: The original version of "Run With Us" was a Chorus-Only Song in the credits of the first season, but Lisa Lougheed's version had a full set of lyrics, and even had its own music video.
  • The Runaway: Seen in "The Runaways!" and "Trouble Shooter!".
  • Scenery Porn: The wilderness of Canada in all its natural glory.
  • Secret Keeper: In the specials and first season, Schaeffer and Broo's adventures with the animals of Evergreen Forest were secret from the humans. Though in the first special, the kids briefly see the Raccoons.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The aardvarks.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Cyril's mountain compound in The Raccoons and the Lost Star and his TV satellite in "The Wrong Stuff!" are each equipped with one of these. Both are ultimately activated.
  • Senseless Violins: In "Cry Wolf!", Bert suspects Cyril's employees of carrying submachine guns in violin cases. He's wrong.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "Stop the Clock!", Bentley is introduced as a cousin of Ralph and Melissa's. In "Spring Fever!", Bentley is stated to be their nephew, which would stick for the remainder of the series' run.
  • Shout-Out: Ralph's uncle is named Rocky.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: In "The Sky's The Limit!", after Ralph crashlands after trying to impress Melissa when her ex-boyfriend Troy, a professional pilot, comes to call, Melissa gives Ralph a piece of her mind for performing such outrageous stunts just to try to win her back. Eventually, she calms down when she reminds him that she'll always love him and plants a passionate kiss on his lips, much to Troy's extreme surprise.
  • Something Else Also Rises: The only time Bert's bent nose is ever seen straightened out is immediately after Lisa "asks him out" in "Spring Fever!".
  • Species Surname: The Raccoons, the Pigs and (in the form of a Bilingual Bonus) Dr. Canard.
  • Stock Footage: The main characters (even Bentley, Lady Baden-Baden and Mr. Knox) had the same close-up head shots, mainly because of the animation studios saving time and money.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The elusive, fire-breathing "Evie" in "Monster Mania!" (which turns out to be a Mechanical Monster)
  • Terrible Trio: Cyril's pig henchmen.
  • Theme Naming: Many locations in the Evergreen Forest are named after tree species.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The Pigs' rarely-used and often-confused names (although there are three of them).
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Ralph, Melissa, and Bert.
  • Titled After the Song: A few episodes, including "Life in the Fast Lane!" and "Games People Play!". A couple even share titles with songs from the series.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bert has his peanut butter, and in the early episodes and specials Cedric had his chocolate pudding.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Happens in "Stop the Clock", "Growing Up", "All Life Long", "Hold Back Tomorrow" and "New World".
  • Tuckerization: Occasionally slipped into the animation and scripts.
  • Two-Teacher School: Just one teacher, in fact. Justified in that it's a rural one room school, run by Ms. Primrose, who had taught most of the cast, even Cyril Sneer.
  • The Unintelligible: Mr. Mammoth never gets more than one intelligible line in any episode that features him; the rest are "translated" by his Sidekick.
  • Unwinnable by Design: To boost sales of his flagging potato chips, Cyril Sneer introduces a collect-the-pieces-style contest. To keep the contest running for as long as possible, and to avoid paying the prize, the only copy of the last piece was locked up. The contest is only won by Bert when the pigs lose the winning piece.
  • Vague Age: Pretty much the entire cast, although there are some hints as to the characters' ages.
  • Very Special Episode: In one episode Lisa starts smoking to fit in with cool kids. In the end it takes a speech from Cyril about how smoking ruined his life to get her to quit. The episode "The Chips Are Down!" could be interpreted as an anti-drug episode, replacing illegal substances with potato chips.
  • Villain Antagonist > Anti-Villain > Anti-Hero: Cyril Sneer, over the course of the series.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the series, Schaeffer sounds less gruff and less slow compared to the specials made beforehand.
    • Marvin Goldhar's tenure as Cedric started off as a whiny imitation of his initial voice actor, Fred Little. He also sounded nasally, too, but as the series progressed, his voice more confident and aggressive and less of what Little had.
    • Pig One had a higher voice in his debut appearance in "The Raccoons and the Lost Star", it had gotten lower when the series started. When Keith Hampshire replaced Nick Nichols in season 5, his voice gained a slight rasp.
    • 17-year-old Noam Zylberman's tenure as Bentley ended after "Promises Promises" when his voice had hit puberty.
  • We Need a Distraction: The Pigs need a distraction in "Promises Promises!". Their choice - setting off a fireworks display prematurely - ends up nearly killing Bert and Bentley.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In the episode "End of the Line!", after reading out loud a speech prepared to welcome Mr. Mammoth, Cyril Sneer says "Who wrote this scribble?", and by the way one of the Pigs reacts, it may have been their doing, once again.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sophia.


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