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  • Adaptation Displacement: Outside of Germany and The Netherlands, the animated series (and the 1987 comics to a lesser extent) are more well-known to the general public than the original theater show by Herman Van Veen and Erik Van Der Wurff. Inverted in The Netherlands and Germany, where the original musical and stage show is more well-known since Herman Van Veen and his works are more prominent in those countries.
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  • Anvilicious: The main antagonist is literally Bird Hitler. Then again, for a kid's cartoon, the dangers of a racist, fascist dictatorship is pretty impressive for happening at all.
  • Awesome Music: Only natural with a celebrated artist like Herman van Veen and Erik Van Der Wurff at the helm.
    • The opening and ending themes, "Spetter Pieter Pater" and "Zo Vrolijk" ("So Happy"), as mentioned below.
    • "Nog Nooit" ("Never Before"), Johan's (and later Alfred's) enchanting, heartfelt love theme.
    • "Kijk Niet Om" ("Don't Look Back"), the awesomely catchy and intense main action theme throughout most of the series. It even gets an even more awesome variation for the last two episodes.
    • The ominous theme that plays during the flashback to the Evil Genie of Darkness' reign of terror, and recurs during various scenes throughout the show. That saxophone and the eerie synth makes everything feel that much more sinister.
    • "De Sjeik" ("The Sheikh") is a wonderfully eerie, dreamy theme.
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  • Alternate Character Interpration: In episode 43, sir Poen opposed king Franz's idea of turning Waterland into a presidential republic. Was it because he was worried about the possible larger consequences or the peoples' reactions? Or was he just worried about how would it impact nobles like himself?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Some weird demon thing lifts Alfred up from the back of an elephant in the intro. It never appears again.
    • In one episode, Alfred is seen building some kind of cleaning robot while he's on the phone with Winnie. Why he's building it or how he suddenly became a robotics expert is never explained, nor does the thing ever appear again.
  • Complete Monster: The Evil Spirit Of Darkness, from the two-parter "The Strange Bottle" and "Flying Carpet", is an evil genie who terrorized the land long ago for fun, causing droughts, floods, storms, plagues, and fires, destroying cities and killing many people. After The Almighty One sealed the spirit inside a bottle, the spirit vowed that when it was freed, it would kill whoever freed it to spite the god who punished it previously, before returning to its homeland to terrorize the people once more. When Dolf and Alfred free the spirit, it tries to eat Alfred despite the fact that he is a child.
  • Designated Hero: For all of his good qualities, Alfred does have a few moments of this:
    • When K. Rokodil's advanced new fishing boat threatens to wipe out the herring population, Alfred and Henk are willing to sink it to save them regardless of the innocent sailors aboard possibly getting killed in the process. They only decide to back out at the last second when they find their friend Captain Stoppel would be on the boat, only for the sawfish they called in to sink the boat for them to go ahead with the plan anyway and blow the thing out of the water. Fortunately, the ship was still moored at the harbor and the single sailor aboard got out alive, but it's still a sketchy thing for Alfred and Henk to be involved in.
      • Apparently they assumed that the crew would use the lifeboats to save themselves from the sinking ship, and they remembered the principle of the captain going down with his ship only after Captain Stoppel rescued Alfred. The sawfish blew up of the ship on his own account, and afterwards Alfred and Henk aren't exactly okay with this, both due to Stoppel's sadness and K. Rokodil's announcement to build a new, more advanced fishing boat.
    • During the Land of Two arc, Alfred obtains a magical violin which has the power to make things disappear and reappear, and intends to use it to rid the titular country of the Mozons virus. However, he first demands that the king immediately share the wealth of the north with the impoverished south, which is an unrealistic demand even if the greedy king were willing to cooperate. Then, in order to further persuade the king, Alfred uses the violin to make all the children in the entire country disappear. Every last innocent boy and girl, regardless whether their parents are part of the rich or the poor, vanishes overnight, creating widespread panic, all so the king will cave in to Alfred's demands, in one of the biggest cases of Disproportionate Retribution imaginable. Granted, Alfred does bring the children back no worse for wear when the king honors his half of the bargain, but damn.
    • During one of the last episodes, Alfred and Dolf engage in a car chase and wreak havoc all over town before Dolf gives Alfred the slip. Alfred, meanwhile, chases after another identical car thinking it's Dolf, runs it off the road, and proceeds to drag the dazed, innocent driver out of his vehicle before he realizes he's got the wrong guy. Naturally, Alfred gets off scot-free from this bit of recklessness.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dolf is oddly charming when he puts his mind to it, such as when he's flirting with the White Queen or joking with his campaign managers.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Henk’s Hebrew voice actor was Yuval Zamir, who was convicted of sodomising high school boys he taught acting. He also voiced the narrator in the Spot the Dog cartoons, but this role is extra-Squicky because he voices someone who raises a boy on his own.
  • Ho Yay: In episode 22 Dolf just barges in and kisses Alfred. Alfred doesn't protest in any manner.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Dolf episodes are extremely popular in Finnish YouTube poops, to the point they've actually became a Discredited Meme. This in turn has created videos that use it to poke fun of it's overuse; for just one example, there exists a(n otherwise unrelated) video that ends with Dolf performing a speech about how the Dolf episode is overused.
    Dolf: "Korppijakso on aikansa elänyt!" Translation 
  • Misaimed Fandom: There's a subset of Finnish fans who're neo-Nazis or some other kind of racists and think Dolf was the real hero. Why did they latch onto this series of all things poses a question.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dolf starts out as a relatively harmless, slightly sympathetic school bully, and as an adult moves on to become a burglar, but it's not until he becomes the fascist ruler of all of Great Waterland and has Alfred and his friends arrested and locked up that he becomes truly irredeemable. His Evil Laugh as he watches Alfred get dragged off seals the deal that there's no turning back for him.
    • K. Rokodil arguably starts the series having already crossed it; first driving Alfred's family from their home just to build a theme park, and then shortly after accidentally running over his parents and siblings without looking back.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: While the time period for the animated series is vague. Atrique is based on South Africa where black ducks are segregated from white ducks, geese and animals. At the time, the Apartheid was still in effect in South Africa and South West Africa (now Namibia) and lasted until April 27, 1994.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: A lot of viewers were unsure whether Ollie was male or female due to his feminine voice (and who was indeed voiced by a woman). Since he eventually gets a wife and a family, we could assume the former. However, over twenty years after the shows first run, Word of God confirmed Ollie as transgender, stating that "these things happen in the real world too".
  • Villain Decay: After The Crows Party arc, Dolf spends season 2 doing random low-level shit, usually for K. Rokodil. Averted however in the final episode, when he escapes from the prison and kidnapps Winnie Wana.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 2 had more arcs and less continuity than season 1, consisting of random oneshots or two-parters that weren't connected to each other. The animation also got worse towards the end.


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