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 face of Jeremy/Colargol, the singing bear from a stop-motion animated series produced apparently by the same studio that produced this series, appears as an outline drawing in the opening credits sequence when the fish is transforming into the amphibian and leaving the water. See more »

Connections

Followed by Il était une fois... les Amériques (1991) 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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Good way to learn about history

I used to watch this a lot as a kid. Today I use it when i teach.

I liked the way the female commentator mentioned dates and names and events and there was a small screen at the top with arms and stuff where the dates appeared. That was nice. And some times the screen creature disagreed with the commentator.

Anyways. I also liked that it was chronological. It started with the stone age, where we got to see people hunting mammoth, fishing and so on. It was in many ways my favorite episode. I am very into fishing, and found it interesting that they made line and hooks from animal parts and also that they used crickets for bait.

Another good episode I remember was the one about the Mongol hordes. I liked the way they depicted Djenghis Kahn. They drew him with skulls inside his eyes and fire inside his eyes, laughing and smiling.

The old, bearded inventor was also very nice.

I don't like the way the wannabe leader and his red haired crony always got beaten up by the kind muscle guy. It was too easy and violent and quite frankly not nice.

Other than that the series was very good.


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