Archibald le Magi-chien

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Archibald le Magichien
Created by Jean Chalopin
Directed by Bruno Bianchi
Country of origin Belgium, France
No. of episodes 46
Release
Original network Syndication
Original release 1980 – 1981

Archibald le Magichien (literally: Archibald the Magic Dog) is a French animated edutainment TV series that ran from 1980 until 1981. A total of 46 5-minute episodes were produced by DIC Entertainment.

This miniseries was one of the first productions of DIC Entertainment, produced only one year before Ulysses 31.

Title[edit]

The last word in the title combines the words magie (magic) and chien (dog). The resulting portmanteau, magichien, is a pun on the word magicien (magician).

Synopsis[edit]

Archibald is a Magician who has transformed himself into a dog and can't remember how to change himself back.[1] He befriends a young boy called Pierre and teaches him the secrets of maintaining a good form and health.

The series was designed to teach child viewers how to take better care of their health. Among its many educational values were: The dangers of using tobacco, alcohol, exposure to sun, and the importance of maintaining one's hygiene such as brushing one's teeth, exercising, washing one's hands and eating balanced meals.[1][2]

Alternative Titles[edit]

  • נחשון (Nachshon) (Israeli Title)
  • Archibald der Weltraumtrotter (German Title)

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