Once Upon a Time... Man (1978– )
"Il était une fois... l'homme" (original title)

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A comprehensive animated survey of the evolution of humanity and the history of predominately Western Civilization.

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Series cast summary:
Annie Balestra ...
 Pierette (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
Albert Barillé ...
 Narrator (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
Yves Barsacq ...
 Le Gros (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
Claude Bertrand ...
 Le Teigneux (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
Roger Carel ...
 Maestro / ... (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
Patrick Préjean ...
 Le Nabot (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
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In this series, the history of humanity and Western Civilization is surveyed. To illustrate this in an entertaining way, a cast of specific characters are recast in each episode as they live their lives in each major historical period of focus. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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April 1978 (France)  »

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Byl jednou jeden... clovek  »

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The information presented on the prehistoric era in the series' first episode has been based on thoroughly outdated, early 20th century theories, and has been overturned by scientific advancements just after the series had aired. Among other inaccuracies, it depicts herbivorous dinosaurs as swamp dwellers, proposes the completely unsubstantiated idea that carnivorous dinosaurs were afraid of water, and claims that crocodiles descended from dinosaurs. One of the more forward-thinking theories presented is the now-accepted fact that birds came from dinosaurs, even though the animation shows Archaeopteryx (long regarded as the "first bird") descending from generic thecodonts instead of dinosaurs (the term "thecodont" is, by the way, not in use anymore). See more »

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Followed by Il était une fois... l'espace (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Tausend Jahre sind ein Tag
Music by Udo Jürgens
Lyrics by Siegfried Rabe
Performed by Udo Jürgens
(main theme: German version)
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How to teach History to children?
15 April 2002 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

Hey, this is a good deal! Children can watch this "cartoons" while learning human History. Well, that's what I did.

Characters are quite funny and the scenario is respectful of the real History (from the first cells in oceans to the 20th century).

In the same collection, you'll find: "Il était une fois la vie" (1986) with the same characters but in the human body... and yes, this is to learn biology... and this is a must!


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