Joe the Little Boom Boom

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Joe the Little Boom Boom
Country of origin France
No. of episodes 39
Running time 5 minutes approx.
Original network ORTF (France)
IBA1 (Israel)
Original release December 1960 – 1963

Joe the Little Boom Boom (French: Joë chez les Abeilles / Joë petit boum-boum) is an animated television series first produced between 1960 and 1963 and later remade into an animated feature film in 1973 (the English title for the film was Johnny in the Valley of the Giants).

The show and the film were created by Jean Image, one of the leading French animators of his time.

The original series (1960 - 1963)[edit]

Joe is a kid who one day sees two youths trying to steal honey out of a beehive. Furious, he succeeds in stopping them from doing so. To thank him, the queen bee, Reine Fleur de Miel 145 (Queen Honey Flower 145), requests Bzz, her favorite adviser, to give him the size of an insect with help of a magic puncture in order to give him the opportunity to visit her kingdom of the bees as a sign of gratitude. Accompanied by his new friend Bzz, Joe discovers a kingdom full of surprises and dangers.

The film (1973)[edit]

Joe the Little Boom Boom
Directed by Jean Image
Written by Michel Emer
France Image
Starring Roger Carel
Laurence Badie
Christiane Legrand
Linette Lemercier
Music by Michel Emer
Edited by Per Olaf Csongova
Films Jean Image
Distributed by Premiere Entertainment International
Release date
19 April 1973
Running time
60 minutes
Country France
Language French

In the 60-minute-long film, a group of boys encounter a spooky castle during a camping trip. The boys discover a very large man living there. The man traps the boys in a shrinking machine and reduces them to the size of flies. One boy, Joe, escapes and has an adventure in a beehive. When he gallantly saves the hive, the Queen Bee, Reine Fleur de Miel 145 (Queen Honey Flower 145) knights him. Eventually, they organize the bees and other woodland animals to attack the castle and rescue (and restore) his trapped friends.

Alternative titles[edit]

  • בזיק ויויו (Bzik VeYoyo) (Israeli Title)
  • Joë chez les Abeilles / Joë petit boum-boum (French title)
  • Joe e le api / Joe e le formiche (Italian title)

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