Tromba Trem (lit. Trunk Train) is a Brazilian animated series created by Zé Brandão. The program is a coproduction between animation studio Copa Studio and private/public network stations TV Brasil and TV Cultura.
One day, in the Brazilian Cerrado, an indian elephant named Gajah, falls from the sky, soon meeting with a vegetarian red anteater named Duda, and a colony of green termites, who believe they are aliens from outer space. All of them embark on a journey through South America in a train, looking after a mysterious blimp, the termites believing it's their spaceship who will take them to home.
Why It Rocks
- The series is successful in all of Latin America, being shown on Tooncast and Boomerang, and in the UK, which is distributed by Cake Entertainment.
- Great soundtrack, especially the show's intro, with lyrics by Felipe Barros.
- In every episode, a new character and a new location is introduced, which is interesting.
- Nice, relatable characters like Gajah, Duda, and Júnior.
- Mestre Urubu gives good advices to Gajah, despite his bad habits.
- The voice acting is good.
- There's a lot of funny moments.
- The flash animation in the first season is cute and nicely done, though the ToonBoom animation from seasons 2-3 is more fluid, and more colorful.
- Gajah sometimes gets treated like a butt-monkey.
- The Queen and the Captain termites can be unlikable.
- A few of the one-shot characters can be unlikable too, like Tânia Taturana from the episode Taturana Show.
- The concept of the show can seem very stupid and random, especially for the termite colony who believes they are from another planet.
- Duda can sometimes be very annoying for her childish behavior.
- This was one of the only two pilots of the "Anima TV" contest to officially be greenlit to an animated series, the other is Carrapatos e Catapultas.