If I recall correctly, the only time something (be it an inanimate object or living thing) received googly eyes is if you interacted with it in some way, either through speaking to it or attacking it. The environments generally didn't have googly eyes, as was mentioned previously.
That being said, I think it was hilarious how a chunk of ice talked to you in Banjo-Kazooie when you fell into the cold water... Like, wow. A cup of water formed into ice just to tell me off. Charming.