The names of Athos and Porthos were switched around, compared with Alexandre Dumas père's novels, so that Porthos was the intelligent leader whilst Athos was the big greedy sidekick. See more »
"This story is based upon the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas père. In all their adventures, our musketeers hold true to the two virtues that should never be forgotten... honor and friendship." See more »
Having seen lots of movies and having gained a wide experience in watching various stories on screen, I tend to ask myself "what is, in fact, a timeless work?" Is it something deeply hidden within your memory, a cinematic work that you re-watch with pleasure many times? Yet, wouldn't that be too subjective? Or is "timeless", perhaps, something popular that many movie buffs see and praise? Wouldn't that be, to the contrary, too statistical? Or we'd better not dwell in definitions but just decide to see one. DOGTANIAN AND THE THREE MUSKEHOUNDS, a cartoon I saw as a 6 year-old kid and which I have just re-watched almost 25 years later seems to give the answer...
The first aspect which makes this cartoon worthy the name "timeless" is its uniqueness in the genre. Being the faithful adaptation of the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas, it is, at the same time, a work on its own. Why? Because of its nature. It is a cartoon addressed to children, teenagers and adults alike. An animation like no other! Everyone may find something for themselves here seeing the story together in a family. Since the content appears to be executed chronologically in the order of 26 episodes, each single episode offers new adventures, new thrills. Just to name a few: from "Dogtanian's Journey", "Paris City of Dreams", "Juliette Kidnapped", "The Impostor" to "Dogtanian's Dream Comes True"... they are all filled with some serious plots based on the novel, flawless action based on modern movies, wit going with clever script and fun so much desired by kids and teenagers. Some moments in certain episodes are truly unforgettable (consider, for instance, the adventure in the jungle...)
Another aspect worth considering are the characters of the story. These are animals, perhaps sometimes based on stereotypically cultural views on their features, yet, very clear to children. For older viewers, they are also easily identified with since most of the characters have the same names as in the novel. So we have goodies as dogs, including three noble musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis; lovely Juliet with whom Dogtanian is head over heels in love and lots of supporting, yet memorable characters that appear from time to time. Here, I would mention the lovely mouse - funny Pip who appears in the second half of the story and whose ideas and voice make lots of kids split their sides and Queen Anne, a clever, smart and noble fox. We have wicked cardinal Richelieu, a wolf with his pet raven who notoriously plans to ridicule and destroy the musketeers in the eyes of King Louis (of course historical travesty though forgotten...it's a cartoon after all). We have his aid handsome Count Rochefort nicknamed "The Black Moustache" whose loyalty to cardinal's wretched plans seems to never cease. Finally, we have memorable spicy Milady, a clever yet plotting cat who appears to be a mysterious object of interest and conspiracy. And in all this comes our hero, Dogtanian, an adorable dog whose loyalty condenses in musketeer motto "One for All and All for One"
Finally, the aspect that makes this cartoon timeless is the theme song that so many reviewers have mentioned before me. The song is truly unforgettable with its pace, its rhythm, its melody and special atmosphere. I remember watching it as a kid on TV on Sunday evenings and i recall the moments the song began with the credits to bring me into a specific mood I was in till the end of an episode. Some kids cried when the series ended...
I would recommend everyone to see this adorable cartoon of long ago, it is, as I've mentioned, accurate for both the younger and the older ones. For me, it is a sentimental memory of labels I collected in the 1980s, a nostalgic return to my childhood years like for many other people who reviewed the cartoon underneath. That's the main reason we like it. Nevertheless, who says it has to be the reason of yours...
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