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Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

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Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Title screen
SpanishD'Artacán y los Tres Mosqueperros
Revised HepburnWan Wan Sanjuushi
GenreAnimation, action, comedy-drama, fantasy
Created byClaudio Biern Boyd
Based onThe Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Written by
  • Akira Nakahara
  • Taku Sugiyama
  • Yoshihiro Kimura
Directed by
Music byKatsuhisa Hattori
Opening themeGuido & Maurizio De Angelis
Country of origin
  • Japan
  • Spain
Original languages
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
No. of episodes26 (24 aired in Japan)
Executive producerClaudio Biern Boyd
  • Endo Shigeo
  • Junzo Nakajima
Production companies
Original release
Release9 October 1981 (1981-10-09) –
26 March 1982 (1982-03-26)

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds[a] is a Spanish-Japanese children's animated television series that adapts the classic 1844 Alexandre Dumas story of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers, produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional with animation by Japanese studio Nippon Animation, that was first broadcast on MBS in Japan in 1981–82.[1]

Most of the characters in the series are anthropomorphizations of dogs, hence the title of the cartoon; although there are a few exceptions, most notably Dogtanian's two sidekicks Pip the mouse and Planchet the bear, among several others.[2][3]

In 1985, BRB Internacional released a television film edited from the series entitled Dogtanian: Special. In 1989, they produced with Televisión Española and Thames Television a sequel series entitled The Return of Dogtanian. In 1995, they released a television film edited from the sequel series entitled Dogtanian: One For All and All For One. In 2021, Apolo Films (BRB International's cinema studio) and Cosmos Maya released a feature-length CGI film entitled Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds in cinemas.


The story, set in 17th-century France, follows a young Dogtanian (D'Artagnan (ダルタニヤン) in the original Japanese version and voiced by Satomi Majima (間嶋 里美) and D'Artacán in the Spanish version) who travels from Béarn to Paris in order to become one of King Louis XIII of France's musketeers. (They are referred to as musketeers throughout the cartoon and only the title calls them 'Muskehounds'.) He quickly befriends three musketeers (Porthos, Athos and Aramis), saving Juliette, a maid-in-waiting for Queen Anne of Austria. A key difference between the English-language dubs of the Dogtanian adaptions and Dumas' novel is that the names of Athos and Porthos were interchanged, making Athos the extrovert and Porthos the secretive noble of the group.


The series was produced in 1981 by BRB International and Nippon Animation[1] and it was first broadcast by MBS in Japan, where it began airing on 9 October 1981.[4] One year after its premiere, it was broadcast for the first time in Spain on Televisión Española's Primera Cadena starting on 9 October 1982.[5] The partnership between BRB International and Nippon Animation worked so well, that they collaborated in another successful animated series two years later called Around the World with Willy Fog.

The series was dubbed into English by Intersound USA in 1985. As well as dubbing the TV series, BRB also produced a TV movie, which was again dubbed by Intersound USA. The series was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC starting on 3 January 1985 and The Disney Channel in United States in 1986 to 1988.

Nowadays the series is still being broadcast on different platforms such as YouTube[6] and Netflix.

Spanish team[edit]

  • Production company: BRB Internacional S.A
  • Executive producer: Claudio Biern Boyd
  • Director: Luis Ballester
  • Dialogue adaptation: Manuel Peiro
  • Music editing: Cabum Magister
  • Sound technicians: Eduardo Fernández, Alfonso Pino, José María San Mateo, José Esquirol
  • Sound: Estudios Exa, S.A.
  • Lab: Fotofilm Madrid, S.A.
  • Editing: Soledad López
  • Editing assistant: Alicia Saavedra
  • Effects: Luis Castro

Japanese team[edit]


  • Production company: Nippon Animation
  • Executive producers: Endo Shigeo, Junzo Nakajima
  • Director: Taku Sugiyama, Shigeo Koshi
  • Screenplay: Akira Nakahara, Taku Sugiyama, Yoshihiro Kimura
  • Music: Katsuhisa Hattori
  • Character design: Shuuichi Seki
  • Storyboard: Taku Sugiyama, Shigeo Koshi, Fumio Kurokawa, Suzuki, Baba Ken, Saito Shuhokaku
  • Layout supervision: Koji Mori
  • Animation director: Takao Ogawa
  • Art director: Kobayashi Shichiro, Kazue Ito
  • Color: Takasago Yoshiko
  • Animation: Sakai Shunichi, Kimura Keiichiro
  • Additional animation: Anime R[7]

English adaptation[edit]

  • Directed by: Tom Wyner, Robert Barron, Byrd Ehlmann, Dave Mallow & Doug Stone
  • Written by: Tom Wyner, Jason Klassi, Garry Morris, Melesio Rosales, Dayna Barron, Byrd Ehlmann


Spanish opening and ending[edit]

Japanese opening: ワンワン三銃士 (Wanwan Sanjūshi)[edit]

  • Lyrics: Kayama Yoshiko
  • Lyrics & Arrangement: Katsuhisa Hattori
  • Sung by: Kusaka Marron
  • Chorus: Suginami Children Choir

Japanese ending: そういうお主は? (Sōyū onushi wa?)[edit]

  • Lyrics: Kayama Yoshiko
  • Lyrics & Arrangement: Katsuhisa Hattori
  • Sung by: Kusaka Marron

English opening and ending[edit]

  • Edited by: Cabum Magister
  • Subpublished by: Southern Pictures Music Inc.
  • Sung by: Hilary Mather, Elissa Mather, Ted Mather
  • Recorded and re-mixed at: Fizz Sound Creation, Intersound Inc.


English version[edit]

Episode list[edit]

  1. "Dogtanian's Trip"
  2. "Dogtanian Mysterious Black Moustache's Knight"
  3. "Paris, the Dream City"
  4. "The Three Invincible Muskehounds"
  5. "Monsieur Treville, Captain of the Muskehounds"
  6. "Dogtanian Against The Three Muskehounds"
  7. "Louis XIII The Just"
  8. "Juliette's Secret"
  9. "Juliette Kidnapped"
  10. "The Great Getaway"
  11. "Milady, the Hipnotizer"
  12. "Dogtanian in Love"
  13. "Pip's Debut"
  14. "Seeking Juliet"
  15. "Dogtanian's Great Feat"
  16. "The Queen's Diamonds of Tears"
  17. "The Queen's Missing Necklace in the Midst"
  18. "Hurry, Before the Valtz Stars"
  19. "The Feat Trial"
  20. "Dogtanian and the Blue Falcon"
  21. "The Misterious Ghost Ship"
  22. "Dogtanian in the Jungle"
  23. "Toll Not Ye Bells"
  24. "The Fake Count the Rochefort"
  25. "Milady's Poison"
  26. "Congratulations, Muskehound Dogtanian"


  • Bronze medal at the 1982 International Film & TV Festival of New York.[8]
  • Honorable mention at the 7th international 'Child of Our Time' festival, Milan.[9]
  • TP de Oro award for most popular children's series.[8]
  • Special award in the International Contest for Children & Youth of Gijón.[9]

Home media[edit]

UK VHS releases[edit]

In the UK during the late 1980s, Video Collection International Ltd released numerous video releases of Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds after its broadcast on BBC from 1985 to 1987 and its latest reruns on ITV from 1988 to 1990.

Title Release date Episodes
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (VC 1101) 3 October 1988
  • "Dogtanian's Journey"
  • "Dogtanian Meets the Black Moustache"
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 3 & 4
3 October 1988
  • "Paris, the City of Dreams"
  • "The Three Invincible Musketeers"
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episode 5
(WP 0008)
7 November 1988
  • "Monsieur Treville"
  • "Captain of the Musketeers"
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 6 & 7
6 February 1989
  • "Dogtanian Meets his Match"
  • "Dogtanian Meets the King"
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 8 & 9
(LL 0005)
1 May 1989
  • "Juliet's Secret"
  • "Juliet Kidnapped"
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 10 & 11
(LL 0006)
1 May 1989
  • "The Great Getaway"
  • "Dogtanian's Trance"
The Complete Adventures of Dogtanian (VC1174) 10 September 1990
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (KK 0003) 22 July 1991
  • "Dogtanian's Journey"
  • "Dogtanian Meets the Black Moustache"

DVD releases[edit]

The series has been released on DVD in the UK by Revelation Films in Region 0 format:

  • Episodes 1–9: 28 April 2003
  • Episodes 10–15: 25 August 2003
  • Episodes 16–20: 22 March 2004
  • Episodes 21–26: 25 May 2004
  • Dogtanian - The Complete Series Boxset: 20 September 2004
  • The television films Dogtanian: Special and Dogtanian: One For All And All For One. 26 July 2004.

In November 2010, a version that contains both series and both television films was released exclusively for HMV. Later, the complete boxset was made available at other retailers.

The complete series was released on DVD in the U.S. in 2012 by Oasis DVDs.


The original version of the soundtrack to Dogtanian (called Dartacan Soundtrack) can be downloaded from Amazon's UK website in MP3 format. It includes an English version of the theme song that uses the second series opening lyrics, but the music is similar to the original opening, in this version Dogtanian however is referred to as Dartacan, his Spanish name, and the theme is sung with very high voices, similar to the original opening, and rendered in a style reminiscent of the French dub. An insert song in Spanish which has been replicated twice (Richelieu and Bulibu, probably an error on Amazon's part or that of the record company) and a few instrumental tracks that are heard in the show itself and one unused instrumental track.[10]

Television film[edit]

In 1985, BRB Internacional released a television film edited from the series entitled Dogtanian: Special.[11]


In 1989 a sequel series entitled The Return of Dogtanian was produced by BRB Internacional, Televisión Española and Thames Television with animation of Wang Film Productions and Morning Sun Animation.[12] Like the first series, 26 episodes were produced.

In 1995, BRB Internacional released a television film edited from this second series entitled Dogtanian: One For All and All For One.[13]


According to their main website, BRB Internacional was planning a new feature-length CGI film to be released in 2016, but it was delayed for unknown reasons.[14][15] In April 2019, it was announced that Apolo Films, their new cinema studio, has since taken over production of the film.[16] On 11 February 2020, the first image of the film was revealed. The film is written by Doug Langdale and directed by Toni Garcia.[17] The film was released on theatres under the title Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds.[18] It was released on SVOD.

The film maintains the original series opening main theme tune composed by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis. Additionally, they have composed new songs for the film.[19]

The film was released in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2021.[20]


  1. ^ (Spanish: D'Artacán y los Tres Mosqueperros, Japanese: ワンワン三銃士, romanizedWan Wan Sanjuushi, lit.'Woof Woof Three Musketeers')


  1. ^ a b Vicedo Rovira, Andreu (2019). "They were one, two and three... Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds" (PDF). BRB international co-productions in the 80s: From Ruy, the Little Cid to Around the World with Willy Fog (Bachelor thesis) (in Spanish). Polytechnic University of Valencia. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  2. ^ De Semlyen, Phil; Plumb, Ali; O'hara, Helen; Dyer, James (9 October 2015). "Classic Kids' TV Shows That Still Rock Our World, Feature". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "'I bought two dog encyclopedias': how we made Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds". the Guardian. 5 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b ワンワン三銃士, Original credits in Nippon Animation's Japanese website
  5. ^ "TV guide - Dogtanian 1st episode at Primera Cadena". ABC (in Spanish) (Madrid ed.). 9 October 1982. p. 94. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds Complete Series at BRB Internacional official YouTube channel". YouTube. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  7. ^ Anime R, Anime Roman's entry on IMDb.
  8. ^ a b "DOGTANIAN TURNS 30 | BRB Internacional". Brb.es. 9 October 1982. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b "BRB International - Awards". BRB International. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Dartacan Soundtrack". Amazon. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Dogtanian: Special". BRB International. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  12. ^ Vicente, Inmaculada (2 November 1990). "Dogtanian will return to Televisión Española with new episodes next year". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Dogtanian: One for All and All for One". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  14. ^ "DOGTANIAN AND THE THREE MUSKEHOUNDS | BRB Internacional". Brb.es. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Mili Productions". Mili Pictures Worldwide. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  16. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (23 April 2019). "Apolo Films Kicks Off 'Dogtanian' Production". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  17. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (11 February 2020). "'Dogtanian' Animated Feature In The Works from Cosmos-Maya, Apolo (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  18. ^ Brew, Simon (29 September 2020). "Dogtanian & The Three Muskehounds: the first movie trailer". Film Stories. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  19. ^ Brew, Simon (3 November 2020). "Dogtanian movie: what's happening to the theme tune?". Film Stories. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Dogtanian & The Three Muskehounds: the UK movie trailer". 9 June 2021.

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