Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (found English dub of French animated series; 1985-1987)

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Status: Found

Date found: 11 Apr 2023

Found by: GarrettCRW and Neothebird

Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea was a French animated sci-fi/adventure series that originally aired as Les Mondes Engloutis ("The Engulfed Worlds") on Antenne 2 from 1985-1987.[1]


Far below the surface of the Earth, is a lost city, Arcadia, populated by a race of legless hovering people and that is powered by a small sun called Tehra. One day, however, it falls ill, and the people of Arcadia need to find a cure.

The Arkadians create an artificial human woman, Arkana, on a mission to find a cure for the Shagma. Travelling on a sentient robot spaceship, Tehrig, and accompanied by two mischievous pangolins, Bic and Bac, she sails through ancient lost worlds below the Earth to find a way to heal Tehra.

On her way, she meets some friends who join her on her quest: the warrior Spartakus who is equipped with a mysterious magical bracelet and modern-day children siblings Matt and Rebecca.

They meet dangers such as the clay armies of a Chinese Emperor, a giant cosmic chess game, a city of killer ratmen, a time-twisting alchemist or even Alice's Wonderland.

English Dub

The series saw an English dub that aired on early Nickelodeon from 1985-1987, with a new intro created for Season 2 by the band Menudo, and continued to be rebroadcast Saturday mornings through the early 1990s. This dub was also aired on UK's Cartoon Network and YTV in Canada.

Missing Episodes of English Dub

The English dub was never released on DVD, unlike the French original, and consequently, episodes are available online, but with some missing. The unaccounted-for episodes are:

Season 1

  • 7 Night of the Amazons
  • 8 The Capture of Demosthenes
  • 19 Star Healer
  • 20 The Prisoners of Lost Time
  • 22 The Court of Miracles

Season 2

  • 13 The Land of the Great Spider
  • 15 The Triangle of the Deep
  • 16 Uncle Albert
  • 18 Rainbow's End
  • 24 Gateway to Dawn

On April 11th, 2023 LMW user GarettCRW found the entire series of Spartakus was available on SBS On Demand in Australia, restored in HD. With a little help from MySpleen user Neothebird, they were able to rip the episodes before they were taken down. [2]


  1. Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 773. ISBN 978-1476665993.

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