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Around the World with Willy Fog

 
 

 

 
 

Prod. Notes:


 

1983,  (Spain)

1987,  Children's BBC

BRB Internacional

 

Cast:

 

Willy Fogg ....................................................................................... Unknown

Sullivan ............................................................................................ Unknown

Transfer .......................................................................................... Unknown

Lord Guinness ................................................................................ Unknown

Romy .................................................................................................. Unknown

Tico ................................................................................................... Unknown

Rigadon ............................................................................................ Unknown

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
Made by the same Spanish producers who created the animated series "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds," Around the World With Willy Fog was a 26 part animated serial based on Jules Verne's famous novel "Around the World in Eighty Days." The series differed from the book in several ways, but the greatest was that all the characters were animals instead of people.

The story, set in the early 1900's, began in The Reform Club - a gentleman's club in London where Willy Fog (a perfect English gentleman) was discussing the possibility of traveling around the world in just eighty days. Only Lord Guinness (an elderly, wheelchair bound goat) agreed with Fog that it could be done. Lord Guinness was frustrated that he couldn't prove the doubters wrong by making the journey himself, so Fog volunteered to do it instead, much to the amusement of the others. Fog then challenged Sullivan, who was most against the idea, to a 10,000 bet. Five others also bet 10,000 against Fog, who accepted. This set the scene for the rest of the series.

Together with his new butler Rigadon (a one-time circus performer) and a charming French hamster called Tico (who worked with Rigadon in the circus), Fog set about his adventure, which lasted through 26 episodes. Their journey was filled with all manner of problems - storms, breakdowns and trouble in distant lands - but their difficulties were due mostly to Transfer - a master of disguise hired by Sullivan to sabotage Fog's expedition. Adding to their problems, Fog and his friends were followed throughout the voyage by Inspector Dix of Scotland Yard, who had a warrant for Willy Fog's arrest under the mistaken belief that Fog was a bank robber on the run!

During the adventure the trio rescued an Indian princess cat, by the name of Romy, from being buried alive. She fell in love with Fog from the first and decided to start a new life with Fog by joining him and his crew on their journey. Together, the four managed to overcome whatever obstacles were thrown their way and they eventually made it back to London. A last-minute panic caused them to think that they were a day late, which was resolved when they realized that after traveling round the world they had actually gained a day. They returned to The Reform Club in the nick of time to win the bet!

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

The Wager

The Departure

The Eventful Journey

The Temple of Doom

The Counterfeit

Bombay Adventure

The End of the Line

The Deadly Jungle

The Rescue

A Present For Parsi

Guilty As Charged

Shipwreck

The Butler's Dilemma

En Route For Yokohama

Akita's Circus

Hawaiian Party

A Trip In A Balloon

The Showdown

Moment of Truth

Warpaint In The West

A Very Special Train

Below Zero

Destination Liverpool

Fire Down Below

Last Train To London

What A Difference A Day Makes

 


 

Opening Lyrics:

 


 

"Fog, I'm the one who made the bet

And I know we'll be exactly right on time

For is my name and I could play with my life in many ways

That's what they say

 

Here I am - a rigadon

I'm a tico - d'mascota

It's my turn - the gentle touch

A romy they love me so much

 

Hey now the story must go on

'Cause a lot of time has gone

We must be ready

To go away

 

80 days around the world

We'll find a pot of gold

Just sitting where the rainbow's ending

Time - we'll fight against the time

And we'll fly on the white wings of the wind

 

80 days around the world

No we won't say a word

Before the ship is really back

Round, round, all around the world

Round, all around the world

Round, all around the world

Round, all around the world"

 

 

 

 

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