Toopy and Binoo is a Canadian children's television series created by Treehouse TV, Classic Media, and Spectra Animation that centers around an anthropomorphic rat and his best friend, a mute plush cat named Binoo. The original characters were created for the children books collection by French Canadian author Dominique Jolin that was originally titled Toupie et Binou.
Each episode follows playful, nonsensical adventures created out of Toopy and Binoo's imaginations. Toopy is the only character that speaks. For the most part, he provides enthusiastic descriptions of their adventures. Individual segments are approximately five minutes in length, but are frequently grouped together as one thirty minute episode, both on television and DVD releases.
This Work Contains the Following Tropes:
- Ambiguously Gay: Toopy and Binoo shows shades of this, particularly when crossdressing.
- Cartoony Tail: Toopy has one. Depending on how kind you're feeling, it either looks like a tiny rattlesnake's tail or a prolapsed rectum.
- Cute Kitten: Binoo is a living toy cat who is adorable.
- Keet: Toopy.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Toopy again.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Toopy and Binoo, although the "heterosexual" part might be questionable....
- Living Toys: Binoo is a sentient stuffed cat.
- Nice Mice
- The Speechless: Pretty much anybody who isn't Toopy.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: There are a few episodes where Toopy and sometimes Binoo would play dress-up and assume female roles, such as a princess and finding the best dress to wear for a ball. The show doesn't treat this as anything out of the ordinary.
- You Dirty Rat!: Averted with Toopy, who is one of the nicest characters on the show.