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Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea 

Les mondes engloutis (original title)
An underground civilization named Arkadia launches an expedition for exploring the world of the surface to restore its fading sun.


Nina Wolmark




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1987   1986   1985  




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 (Tera in the USA version), according to forgot their past on the surface in an attempt to erase their mistakes to start again. But one fateful day, so much 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, and reactivate the long-time ago deactivated museum's computers. Looking for save Shagma and Arkadia, they create a woman named Arkana who have feet, despite Arkadians, in order for traveling to outer world in a turtle-shaped ship with IA and named Shag-Shag (Tehrig in USA version).... Written by Chockys

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

The ending credits of the French language version has Shag-Shag coming out of a dark portal, followed by some conceptual art of every character(s) by Nina Wolmark. In various international prints, it just shows some footage of the six main characters from various episodes. Also the show's theme song plays during the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The lyrics of Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the sea have the same beat as the original Les Mondes Engloutis, but some lyrics were changed to match the new title. See more »


Referenced in Final Fantasy V (1992) See more »


La Danse Des Pirates
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Nina Wolmark & Roger Dumas
Performed by Les Mini-Star
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eerie and unforgettable
10 May 2012 | by melancholicmoonSee all my reviews

French speakers will be pleased to watch the original version of these two seasons again, because cartoon series are not what they used to be ! The language used in the dialogue is brilliant, literary yet not pompous; so, parents who want their children to learn correct French should make them watch such series instead of today's superficial material.

And despite the very basic effects (it does look old, with faded colors and glitches), the atmosphere here is just lovely ! Every tableau, every place these guys visit aboard Shashag is eerie and beautifully made.

And to avoid taking itself too seriously (the main synopsis isn't exactly a walk on the beach), there are comic relief characters, like Bik and Bak, and those pirates with 80's rockers haircuts ! So cool !

The main theme is haunting and the other songs, even though they're repeated in almost every episode, are always fun to watch.

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11 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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