Rantanplan portrayed on the front cover of L'Héritage de Rantanplan (1973).
|Publisher||Dargaud, Lucky Comics|
|First appearance||Spirou magazine|
Rantanplan (alternately spelled Ran-Tan-Plan and Ran Tan Plan) [ʁɑ̃tɑ̃ˈplɑ̃] is a fictional hound dog created by Belgian comics artist Morris and French writer René Goscinny. Originally a supporting character in the Lucky Luke series, Rantanplan later starred in an eponymous series. Rantanplan is a spoof of Rin Tin Tin, as idiotic as Rin Tin Tin is clever. Ironically, in the Turkish translations of the series, he is indeed named Rin Tin Tin. English versions of the books have renamed him "Rin Tin Can" and "Bushwack" in the 1983 Hanna-Barbera Animated Lucky Luke television series.
The character first appeared in the earliest panels of the story Sur la piste des Dalton, published on February 4, 1960 in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou, and later as an album in 1962. The character remained a fixture over a long series of Lucky Luke publications, resulting in a series of its own publications starting in 1987. Ten years after the death of Goscinny, for the production of the Rantanplan series, Morris collaborated with scenarists such as Jean Léturgie, Bob de Groot and Vittorio Leonardo.
Rantanplan is a prison guard dog often tasked with watching over the Dalton brothers or assisting Lucky Luke track them down each time they escape. However, he is unable to understand this (or anything much) and mistakes Joe Dalton, who hates him psychotically, for a beloved owner. As well as stupid, Rantanplan is incredibly slow and accident-prone, and cannot even swim. However, he is very good natured, and will follow Lucky Luke to the ends of the Earth, one of the few people he recognizes on any persistent basis. Like Averell Dalton, he has a huge appetite and will devour anything that is put in front of him, whether it is food or not, which has ranged from bars of soap to dishwater.
Lucky Luke's horse Jolly Jumper, a very intelligent animal, holds Rantanplan in contempt, regarding him as one of Nature's great mistakes.
In 2006, the production company Xilam produced an animated series of Morris's Rantanplan stories in 90 second episodes, broadcast on France 3. It is broadcast in Canada on YTV under the name Rintindumb, and was distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
- La Mascotte (1987, Dargaud)
- Le Parrain (1988, Dargaud)
- Rantanplan otage (1992, Lucky Productions)
- Le Clown (1993, Lucky Productions)
- Bêtisier 1 (1993, Lucky Productions)
- Bêtisier 2 (1993, Lucky Productions)
- Le Fugitif (1994, Lucky Productions)
- Bêtisier 3 (1995, Lucky Productions)
- Le Messager (1995, Lucky Productions)
- Les Cerveaux (1996, Lucky Productions)
- Le Chameau (1997, Lucky Productions)
- Bêtisier 4 (1998, Lucky Productions)
- Le Grand Voyage (1998 Lucky Productions)
- Bêtisier 5 (2000, Lucky Comics)
- La Belle et le Bête (2000, Lucky Comics)
- Le Chien plus bête que son ombre (2000, Lucky Comics)
- Bêtisier 6 - Le Noël de Rantanplan (2001, Lucky Comics)
- Chien perché ! (2002, Lucky Comics)
- Haut les pattes ! (2003, Lucky Comics)
- Le Joli Cœur (2003, Lucky Comics)
- Rantanplan albums Bedetheque (French)
- Rantanplan TV series official site (French)