DIC Entertainment (partially found pre-Ulysses 31/Inspector Gadget cartoon series of animation studio; 1975-1980)

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The original DiC logo from when the company was originally founded. Lasted up until 1987.

Status: Partially Found

DIC Entertainment was a production company started by Jean Chaoplin as the production division of Radio Television Luxembourg in 1971. The studio would then go on to produce many nostalgic (and sometimes memetic) kids' cartoons, series and cartoon blocks with the most well-known being Inspector Gadget, who also serves as the life-long mascot and spokesperson for the company. The company was acquired by Disney in 1995 through a limited partnership before returning to being independent in 2000. The company was closed, merged and folded in 2008 as the Cookie Jar Group (currently WildBrain), who currently holds the rights to most of DIC's library, while the Walt Disney company currently holds the rights to their pre-1990 library.

Their First Cartoons

Before Ulysses 31 and Inspector Gadget, the first cartoons by DIC are all short form, either educational or gag-based. There's very little information about these cartoons, and finding information about them will be almost impossible.

Les Aventures de L'Energie (1975)

Status: Partially Found

Narrated by Michel Galabru, Les Aventures de L'Energie (The Adventures of Energy) was an educational series of shorts focusing on energy, each lasting 3-4 minutes long each. Running for 13 shorts, the series was transmitted in 1977 on TF1 and again on La Cinquieme in 1995. The series is also notable for being DIC's very first cartoon ever made.

List of Shorts

Short No. French Title English Translation Status
01 La Bonne Etolie Lucky Stars Found
02 Hommes de Peine et Betes de Somme The Mens of Sorrow and the Beasts of Burden Found
03 Dans le Lit du Vent et au Fil de l'eau In a Wind Bed Over the Water Found
04 Le Mystere de l'Ambre Jaune The Yellow Amber Mystery Found
05 Piles et Poles Batteries and Poles Found
06 Un Cheval-Vapeur dans le Marmite The Horse Steaming Pot Found
07 L'Energie Universelle Universal Energy Lost
08 L'Appel du Charbon The Call of the Coal Lost
09 Les Metamorphoses de l'or Noir The Black Gold Metamorpohses Lost
10 Le Gaz de des Villes et les Gaz des Champs City and Field Gas Lost
11 Detonnantes Machines Amazing Machines Lost
12 Genant, l'Infiniment Petit The Infinitely Small Giant Lost
13 Un Combustible Incombustible An Incombustible Fuel Lost

Petrus, Petro, Petrole (1976)

Status: Lost

Petrus, Petro, Petrole was DIC's second attempt at a series, while it was produced in 1976 and aired on TF1, there's little to no information about the cartoons online. It's unknown what year it first aired on TF1, it's unknown how many shorts are made, and no footage was available on the internet.

Cro et Bronto (1978)

Status: Partially Found

Cro et Bronto (Cro and Bronto) was DIC's third series produced in 1978, but it was speculated to air on 1980 at Antenne 2 as interstitials in-between shows. Heavily inspired by Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, the shorts chronicle the exploits of a caveman named Cro and his failed attempts to make Bronto the brontosaurus his dinner. 45 shorts were produced, but some managed to make its way on the internet.

List of Surfaced Shorts

Short No. Title
01 Disguise
02 Checkers
N/A Telephone
N/A Ticklish
N/A Underwater
N/A Volcanoes
N/A Plunger
N/A Root Beer
N/A Lid Surfing
N/A Bridge
N/A Juggling
N/A Airplane
N/A Door
N/A Mechanics*
N/A Dynamite Surprise
N/A Boulder

*Oddly enough, LPDM released the short in separate parts rather than one full short, as in the airplane and door shorts.

Galactiquement Votre (1978)

Status: Partially Lost

Galactiquement Votre (Galactic Voyage), also known as Les Iles (The Islands) and Walou-Walou, was an interstitial series involving a spaceman's failed attempts to impress a lady on the next space island. Like with Petrus, Petro, Petrole, there's very little information online. What we do know is that there were 230 interstitials produced and its directors were Bruno Bianchi and Jean Chaoplin. The interstitials are aired in RTL and TF1 in 1981. Out of the 230 interstitials, only 2 managed to make its way into the internet.

List of Surfaced Shorts

  • Bridge
  • Cannon

Les Aventures de Plume d'Elan (1979)

Status: Partially Lost

Combining live-action and animation, Les Aventures de Plume d'Elan (The Adventures of Elan's Feather) produced by Belokapi with animation production services being done by DIC (in their only time as an outsource animation studio) and Kid Cartoons aimed at teaching road safety. It's unknown how many shorts were produced, all lasting 5 minutes each. It aired on TF1 in 1979 and reran in 1980-1982.

List of Surfaced Shorts

French Title English Translation
Signaler un Changment de Direction Signal a Change of Direction
Traverser aux Passages Pietons Pedestrian Crossing
Etre vu la Nuit 1 To Be Seen at Night...

In the live-action segment of the third short, a father can be seen watching a stop motion series on the TV. It is unknown what that series is, and will may remain a complete mystery.

Archibald le Magi-Chien (1980)

Status: Partially Found

Archibald le Magi-Chien (Archibald the Magic Dog) was a series co-produced with the French Committee for Health Education in 1980 and aired in 1981 on TF1. Similar with The Adventures of Elan's Feather which taught about road safety, Archibald focused on good oral hygiene and taking better care of their health.

In this series, Archibald is a magician who accidentally turned himself into a dog and cannot remember how to change back in his true form. Along the way, he befriends a young kid named Pierrot and goes on magical adventures while teaching him the secrets on how to maintain in good physical form.

A total of 50 shorts were produced, but 7 were found and resurfaced on the internet. It is unknown if more shorts can be resurfaced.

List of Shorts

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Beulebeul Ermite (1980)

Status: Partially Found

Beulebeul Ermite (Beulebeul Hermit) can be best described as "DIC on drugs", as the shorts chronicles the very surreal, trippy and wacky exploits of a hermit and a creature. Like with their first production, The Adventures of Energy, 13 shorts were produced with a runtime of 2 mintues and 30 seconds. Similar to Archibald the Magic Dog, only 7 shorts got surfaced on the internet via YTV airings when it was aired as part of the Why TV anthology block.


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External Links

Planette Jeunesse Pages (in French)