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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Jacques Bodoin Jacques Bodoin ...  Pollux (voice)
Serge Danot Serge Danot ...  Ambroise (voice)
Micheline Dax Micheline Dax ...  Azalée (voice)
Bernard Haller ...  Pollux (voice)
Christian Riehl Christian Riehl ...  Pollux (voice)
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ...  Narrator / ... (voice)
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Roundabout See more »

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Danot Films See more »
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Trivia

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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Trippy kids fun
28 June 2000 | by Dodger-9See all my reviews

Originally made for European TV, this achieved cult status when finally screened in Britain thanks to Eric Thompson's narration. Yes, it was Emma Thompson's dad who turned this into such a smash and the whole thing was rejigged again in 1990 when Nigel Planer took the voice over duties.

Still great fun for those kids who have now grown up and are watching it with their own children.

The animation is simple but effective and Thompson's scripts are deliciously witty. His voices for ever pompous Dougal, the sugar- munching dog and cocky Brian the snail never fail to engage.

Other characters such as Florence, Ermintrude the cow and Dylan, the hippy rabbit help round out one of the finest kids shows ever.

Track down Dougal and the Blue Cat if you want some feature length fun. Failing that, the five minute adventures are great fillers.


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