Zappe! Zappeur (Lost Puppet Kid Show Block; 1987)
|Zappeur, in front of the record art.|
It was created by Christophe Izard, who was also the author of many popular puppet kid show blocks on French TV in the 1970s and early 1980s.
The main character of the show was an anthropomorphic dog called Zappeur (his name comes from the French verb/term "zapper", which means to quickly flick through TV channels; it was a trendy term in 1980s France when TV remotes became more common). He wears green pajamas, slippers and is constantly lazily sitting at his armchair, flicking through channels.
Every time he stops at a channel, it cuts either to a cartoon episode or a short skit with live actors, parodying mainstream TV.
Each part hardly lasts more than ten minutes, as Zappeur has a short attention span with his remote control and so he "zaps".
Zappeur lives in his home with an anthropomorphic rat called Gridby, who usually annoys him by eating his food from the fridge or forcing him to change to another channel. Zappeur is however too lazy/addicted to his TV to get more pro-active.
Each Zappe! Zappeur show would usually end with Zappeur's television set exploding in smoke, due to him changing channels too much, too fast.
And for a good reason: absolutely no footage has ever resurfaced on the Internet, except from the theme song audio that was sold on a record.
Some "nostalgia" websites have image stills from the show, but it is unknown if the people who uploaded them actually have a copy of the footage. Some "remember nostalgic shows" forum members alluded to them having VHS recordings, but they have yet to make them public.
Zappe! Zappeur was soon followed on TF1 by Club Dorothée, which has become one of the most popular French kid show blocks ever, further overshadowing its predecessor.
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