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The Magic Roundabout 

Le manège enchanté (original title)
Cult classic children's animated series about a group of human and animal characters that gather at the roundabout / carousel in the park. Although the original series is French there are multiple dubbed versions from other countries.

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Serge Danot
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1968   Unknown  

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Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ...  Narrator / ... 441 episodes, 1964
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Cult classic children's animated series about a group of human and animal characters that gather at the roundabout / carousel in the park. Although the original series is French there are multiple dubbed versions from other countries.

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The series was sufficiently popular in the UK that the term "Magic Roundabout" has been absorbed into the English language as a euphemism for badly planned traffic systems. Four particularly chaotic and scary junctions in the towns of Swindon, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead and Colchester are now even referred to as the "Magic Roundabout" by the authorities and the Police, even in court. See more »

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Referenced in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) See more »

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Good for adults, too
15 November 2001 | by de_niro_2001See all my reviews

It's great the way Eric Thompson added his own witty commentary to a French children's programme. That's what made it so good. He watched it with the sound turned off and devised his own narration in a manner similar to Woody Allen in "What's Up Tiger Lily". A lot of the humour was a bit too advanced for kids and a most of the jokes would have been lost on them but Mums and Dads enjoyed it and this is the reason for the programme's enduring popularity.


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France

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French | English

Release Date:

9 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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