Minuscule (TV series)

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Created byHélène Giraud
Thomas Szabo
Directed byHélène Giraud
Thomas Szabo
Country of originFrance
Producer(s)Philippe Delarue
Running time6 minutes
Production company(s)Futurikon
Original networkFrance 2 and France 5 in Zouzous
Original releaseOctober 25, 2006 –

Minuscule is a French series of short video animations giving "a bird's eye view of insects' day to day existence, distorted through a burlesque, yet poetic lens".[1]


The characters are computer-modelled in 3D and set against natural scenery. Each animation has a self-contained and usually humorous storyline. The audio is a combination of genuine insect and ambient recordings with artificial sound effects. The various protagonist insects often perform anthropomorphic activities, displaying intelligence, enjoyment and, sometimes, pathos. The background settings are generally of rural France, and include farmhouses, fences, cars, road surfaces, drains, gutters and garbage bins. In Season 1 episodes, humans appeared only peripherally (e.g., as mute drivers of intrusive vehicles) and large farm animals were the main reluctant witnesses to the variety of insect, spider and mollusc activities. Some Season 2 episodes depict more explicit interaction with humans.


The creators describe the series as "an improbable blend of Tex Avery and Microcosmos",[2] referring to the Franco-Swiss-Italian production of 1996 "Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe" filming real-life insects in their natural setting. Similarities can be seen in the use of European country farm setting (for most episodes), similar camera angles and shots, and an almost identical musical score consisting largely of open-ended, repeated piano phrases. The creators also cite the Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1950s as a model for the series, aimed at both young and old alike, and the series is often described as "a cross between a Tex Avery cartoon and a National Geographic documentary !".[3] Episodes tend to follow one or more insect characters through a specific situation and have involved storylines such as multi-insect races reminiscent of the pod race sequence in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and a grasshopper maliciously launching other unsuspecting insects from a catapult made from a blade of grass.

Production and distribution[edit]

Minuscule is produced by Phillipe Delarue, Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud at Futurikon[4]. The show's generalised country settings and avoidance of spoken dialogue enable universal accessibility and appeal. The series has been sold to more than 100 countries on television and about 30 countries on video.[1]


Minuscule portrays an array of eighteen or more recurring species,[5] usually limited to one or two in each episode, each displaying distinctive personality and behaviour. Among the more commonly recurring insect characters include ladybugs, flies, black ants, red ants, black spiders, yellow spiders, green caterpillars, chubby blue caterpillars, snails, millipedes, bees, wasps, butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, mosquitoes, dung beetles, cicadas, and moths.

Episodes—Season 1[edit]


The region 4 DVD set for season 1 consists of 3 disks. The episodes on each disk are as follows:


Production of a feature film that shares the same creative universe was commenced in March 2012. A feature film titled Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, was released on January 29, 2014.[6][7] A second feature film, Minuscule: Mandibles from Far Away[8], was released on January 30, 2019.

International broadcast[edit]

Country/Region Channel
 France France 2
Disney Channel (France)
France 5
 Bangladesh Duronto TV
 United Kingdom BBC Four
Discovery Channel
Channel 4
 Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Stopped airing in 2011)
Nick Jr. Australia[9]
 India Nickelodeon India
Cartoon Network India
 United States Disney Channel
American Broadcasting Company
Toon Disney
Disney Channel (Asia)
 Latvia LTV1
 Indonesia RTV
Disney Channel (Asia)
 Canada BBC Kids
 Denmark Danmarks Radio
 Finland Yle
 Greece ERT2
 Italy Rai 3
Rai YoYo
 Norway NRK
 Japan NHK Educational TV
 Netherlands VPRO
  Switzerland SRF 1
SRF zwei
RSI La 1
RSI La 2
Televisiun Rumantscha
 Sweden Sveriges Television
 Brazil Disney Channel (Brazil)
TV Cultura
Rede Bandeirantes
 Russia 2x2
Russia 1
Channel One Russia
 Thailand Channel 6
Disney Channel (Asia)
 Estonia Eesti Televisioon (Estonian Television)
 Czech Republic TV Barrandov
 Portugal Disney Channel (Portugal)
Canal Panda
 Mexico Canal Once
 China CCTV
 South Korea EBS
 Argentina Canal Incaa.tv
 Spain TV3 (Catalonia)
 Belgium Ketnet
La Trois
 Turkey Planet Çocuk
 Qatar Jeem
 Kosovo Klan Kosova
 Costa Rica Teletica


  1. ^ a b Minuscule - Season 1: 78x6' Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine at Futurikon.com
  2. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/Minuscule
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/Minuscule/about
  4. ^ http://www.futurikon.com/en/about-us/
  5. ^ http://www.futurikon.com/en/programme/minuscule-2-en/
  6. ^ Glaud, Emilie Film Review: ‘Minuscule - Valley of the Lost Ants’ at Variety, 7 March 2014. Accessed 7 March 2013
  7. ^ Debruge, Peter Cicada's Song at official blog site, 19 March 2012. Accessed 19 March 2012
  8. ^ "Minuscule 2 - Les Mandibules du bout du monde".
  9. ^ http://www.nickjr.com.au/shows/minuscule

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