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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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Production Co:

Danot Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The programme started life as a French children's TV series "Le Manège Enchanté" (The Magic Roundabout). Dougal the Dog was named Pollux in the original French version and spoke French with a strong English accent. The animation was done by Ivor Wood who later went on to animate The Herbs (1968), The Wombles (1973), Paddington Bear (1976) and Postman Pat (1981). Eric Thompson was asked to narrate a translation of the French script, but chose instead to discard the French script and devise his own stories, based purely on what was happening on-screen. See more »

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Spin-off Dougal and the Blue Cat (1970) 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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