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Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea 

Les mondes engloutis (original title)
Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that ... See full summary »


Nina Wolmark




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1987   1986   1985  


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Series cast summary:
Jeanine Forney Jeanine Forney ...  Arkana 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Chris Benard Chris Benard ...  Bob 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Amandine Rajau Amandine Rajau ...  Rebecca 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ...  Shag-shag 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Marc Moro Marc Moro ...  Maxagaze 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Jacques Deschamps Jacques Deschamps ...  Arkshag / ... 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Claude Dasset Claude Dasset ...  Bic / ... 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Albert Augier Albert Augier ...  Bac 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Jean Négroni Jean Négroni ...  Narrator / ... 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Rebecca 52 episodes, 1985-1987
A.J. Henderson A.J. Henderson ...  Matt / ... 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Rob Roy Rob Roy ...  Spartakus 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Howard Ryshpan ...  Bac 52 episodes, 1985-1987
Perrette Pradier ...  Massmédia 51 episodes, 1985-1987
Yves-Marie Maurin Yves-Marie Maurin ...  Spartakus 45 episodes, 1985-1987


Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that great cataclysm, the Arkadians lived deep in the center of the Earth and created an artificial sun called the Shagma (Tiera in the American version). But one fateful day years later, the Shagma began to fade out. In a desperate act, the Children of this unusual civilization and their ship with a mind of it's own broke into to the secret museum, which was considered forbidden, except for the creatures who are in charge of it. Written by Chibi Riza

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Release Date:

11 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


[repeated line]
Bic and Bac: Aaaah, c'est shagmique!
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Crazy Credits

In the final episode, the concept art is replaced by images of the main characters and the "Flashbic" song plays during the credits rather than the theme song. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the second season that aired on Nickelodeon, the original theme song was placed with Menudo's new theme songs. See more »


Referenced in Fainaru fantajî V (1992) See more »


Les Mondes Engloutis
(Opening song & Ending song Season 1)
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Nina Wolmark
Performed by Les Mini-Star
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A very good show that will always be remembered.
2 November 2000 | by Chibi RizaSee all my reviews

"Les Mondes Engloutis" (aka.Arkadia/Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea) has to be one of the most memorable European animations that was played on TV.

There was once a great cataclysm that made a prosperous civilization live underground for the many years that pasted.They have relied on the sun "Saggy" to nourish their world Arkadia,but now,Saggy is fading.Some children entered a forbidden grotto and created a messenger and named her Arcana.Alongside her journey,Arcana meets up with magical twin aardvarks named Bic and Bac,a mysterious wanderer named Spartakus,a spacecraft with a mind of it's own and two kids,Bob and Rebecca.Alongside their journeys,they travel back in time,travel to other worlds and even to unknown places and run into such advisories such as barbarian herders,persistant soldiers/warriors, strange creatures and animals and pirates whom resemble 80's punk rock singers.

Wonderful storyline,intresting and deep character development,good animation and a memorable soundtrack (for once,these toons can sing!).There is nothing corny about this show."Les Mondes Engloutis", alongside "Mysterious Cities of Gold","Ulysse 31" and "Flower Princess Angel" are some of the most memorable shows that children of the 80's got.They got some of the animated "Deutchland Frankenfurters",while kids now-a-days are getting lame "Balogna"!

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