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There once was a frenchman, Yvon was his name
Exploring new worlds he dreamed was his fame
But reading a map was not his forte
So poor Yvon was soon cast away!
Yvon of the Yukon!
Sailing the stormy seas!
Yvon of the Yukon!
No one could hear his pleas!
A Canadian animated series created by voice actors Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen and animation studios Studio B Productions and Dong Woo Animation. Airing between 1999 and 2005, the series focuses upon the misadventures of a hapless, smelly French explorer with a creepy devotion towards King Louis who spent some three hundred years frozen in a block of ice in far north Canada. Since getting accidentally de-frosted in the modern day, he now tries to conquer the Yukon town of Upper Mukluk in the name of "King Louie". The show ran for three seasons, won several awards, and can perhaps serve as an example of quintessentially Canadian animated programming.
Yvon of the Yukon contains the following tropes:
- Butt Monkey: Yvon, both in the past and in the present day.
- Camp Gay: Gary
- Canada, Eh?: It's Canadian and it shows.
- Consolation World Record: The entire town tries to break a world record in order to get back on the map (it had been removed due to being a small town with a long name), but their repeated attempts drive the records guy insane until he gives them the world record for "Craziest Town in the World"
- Expository Theme Tune
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Yvon, one example is that he still thinks that "King Louie" still runs France.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Literally
- Gross-Out Show
- Human Popsicle: Of the instant ice cube variety.
- Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: "Yvon's navigation would soon cost a price / He was knocked overboard and turned into ice!"
- Kid Sidekick: Tommy Tukyuk
- Never Say "Die": Averted
- Refuge in Vulgarity: Don't even get me started...
- Royally Screwed-Up: King Louis the XIV, portrayed as an arrogant drunkard.
- Tongue on the Flagpole: Harland and the Duke find themselves lost in the middle of the arctic tundra when they come across a set of train tracks. Wondering if a train is coming, Harland gives the sage advice: "If you stick your tongue to the train track and it doesn't stick, then a train has gone by, and if it does stick, then a train is coming". The Duke tries this, and naturally gets his tongue stuck to the tracks.
- Urine Trouble: Tellingly, this is how Yvon is accidentally thawed out in the present day.