Le Manège enchanté

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Le Manège enchanté
GenreChildren's television series
Created bySerge Danot
Theme music composerAlain Legrand[1]
Country of originFrance
Original language(s)French
No. of series3
No. of episodesat least 400
Running time5 minutes
Production company(s)Danot Production (1963-1967)
AB Productions (1971-1990)
Original networkORTF (France, 1964–1974)
Original releaseOctober 5, 1964 (1964-10-05) –
1990 (1990)

Le Manège enchanté (British English: The Magic Roundabout, American English: The Magic Carousel) is a popular French animated children's television series of hundreds of episodes each five minutes long, which premiered on October 5, 1963 on the first channel of the ORTF. Serge Danot created the series.[2]


The series features characters in the make-believe land of Bois-Joli: Père Pivoine the owner of the roundabout, Zébulon a jack-in-the-box; Pollux the British dog, Azalée the cow, Ambroise the snail, Flappy the Spanish rabbit, Margote a girl, and Jouvence Pio, a gardener who starts every sentence with "Hep Hep Hep".


The programmes were created by stop motion animation with puppets used for the characters. The first season consisted of about 100 episodes.[1] The initial episodes were filmed in black and white. After Danot's departure in 1967, a second series of 100 episodes was broadcast in 1971. The video for this series was used by the BBC to make an English-language version, The Magic Roundabout, using scripts that bore little relation to the original story lines.

In 1989 another 250 episodes were produced by AB Groupe for the La Cinq channel.[3]


  • Jacques Bodoin (in French): Pollux / Flappy / Ambroise / Zébulon (1963-1966)
  • Bernard Haller (in French): Pollux (1966)
  • Christian Riehl: Pollux (1966-1990)
  • Micheline Dax: Azalée (1963-1966)
  • Pascaline Priou: Azalée (1966-?)
  • Patricia Danot: Margote (1963-1990)
  • Serge Danot: Ambroise (1966-?)

Films and Revival[edit]

The series was revived using computer animation. 52 episodes aired from September 2006 on Disney Junior and from 2 April 2006 on M6.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Le manège enchanté". l'Institut national de l'audiovisuel. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Le Manège enchanté" (in French). Toutelatele.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  3. ^ Agnès Moreau, De Nounours à Casimir, du petit écran au coffre à jouets, éditions Massin, 1997, p. 48-59

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