Gideon (TV series)
Gideon was a late 1970s/early 1980s animated UK children's television series.
This basic animation was centred on Gideon, a duck with an unusually long neck. Gideon's abnormality was the subject of cruel taunts and jibes from the other ducks – who all had normal length necks – but good always came out in the end.
Gideon originated as a series of French storybooks, written by Benjamin Rabier in 1923, under the name Gédéon. In the 1970s French television produced the cartoon series, directed and co-written by Michel Ocelot, which was then sold to the United Kingdom television company Yorkshire Television and made into an English-language version. Directed by Steve Haynes. Music by Alan Parker ex Blue Mink.
Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor narrated the series, as well as providing all the voices – he estimates he had to do around 57 voices in all for the various characters, which included Winston the circus dog, Cornelia the tortoise, Stalker the poacher and even flying rabbits.
- Growler the dog
- Sosthène the rabbit
- Grognard the dog
- Bout-de-zan the monkey
- Boudinet the pig
- Noiraud the crow
- Mimolette the mouse
- The Complete Goodies (2000), page 68
- Ocelot, Michel (Director) (22 October 2008). Les Secrets de fabrication de Michel Ocelot (Documentary). Paris: France Télévisions.
- Gédéon at Le Palais des dessins animés
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