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Il était une fois... l'homme 

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

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Annie Balestra ...
 Pierette 26 episodes, 1978
Albert Barillé ...
 Narrator 26 episodes, 1978
Yves Barsacq ...
Claude Bertrand ...
 Le Teigneux 26 episodes, 1978
Roger Carel ...
 Maestro / ... 26 episodes, 1978
Patrick Préjean ...
 Le Nabot 26 episodes, 1978
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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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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 »

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Referenced in Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #7.16 (2014) 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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an optimistic and encouraging cartoon
3 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

An unforgettable animated series from our childhood. The very cheerful introducing song and pictures, with a fish disturbingly evolving into a lizard and on into a chimp and finally becoming a man, made us stare at it in amazement. I find the series greatly encouraged the intellectual excitement and imagination of the children in Europe of the late 70s and early 80s for the extraordinary events and stories told in the cartoons.

The plot of the stories with five-six recurring and distinctive characters quarreling with each other made the cartoons attractive to the eyes of the little ones. The weird storyteller with a long white beard and the clock that could speak rendered the pictures all the more enticing.

To sum up, it struck a chord in our generation, with its colourful, cheerful and optimistic images and tunes.


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