Rantanplan

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The Lucky Luke character Rantanplan.jpg
Rantanplan portrayed on the front cover of L'Héritage de Rantanplan (1973).
Publication information
PublisherDargaud, Lucky Comics [fr]
First appearanceSpirou magazine
Created byMorris

Rantanplan (French: [ʁɑ̃tɑ̃plɑ̃]; alternately spelled Ran-Tan-Plan and Ran Tan Plan) is a fictional hound dog created by Belgian comics artist Morris and French writer René Goscinny. Originally a supporting character in the Lucky Luke series, Rantanplan later starred in an eponymous series. Rantanplan is a spoof of Rin Tin Tin. In the Turkish translations of the series, he is indeed named Rin Tin Tin.[1] English versions of the books have renamed him "Rin Tin Can" and "Bushwack" in the 1983 Hanna-Barbera animated Lucky Luke television series.

Publication history[edit]

The character first appeared in the earliest panels of the story Sur la piste des Dalton, published on February 4, 1960 in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou, and later as an album in 1962.[2] The character remained a fixture over a long series of Lucky Luke publications, resulting in a series of its own spin-off publications starting in 1987. Ten years after the death of Goscinny, for the production of the Rantanplan series, Morris collaborated with scenarists such as Jean Léturgie, Bob de Groot and Vittorio Leonardo.

Character[edit]

Rantanplan (also known as Rin-Tin-Can in the English comics) is a prison guard dog often tasked with watching over the Dalton brothers or assisting Lucky Luke track them down each time they escape. However, he is unable to understand this and often mistakes Joe Dalton, who hates him psychotically, for a beloved owner. As well as being stupid, Rantanplan is extremely slow and accident-prone. However, he is very good-natured, and will follow Lucky Luke to the ends of the Earth. Like Averell Dalton, he has a huge appetite and will devour literally everything that is put in front of him, whether it is food or not, which has ranged from bars of soap to dishwater.

Lucky Luke's horse, Jolly Jumper, a very intelligent animal, holds Rantanplan in contempt, regarding him as one of Nature's great mistakes.

Animated series[edit]

In 2006, the production company Xilam produced an animated series of Morris's Rantanplan stories in 90 second episodes, broadcast on France 3. It is broadcast in Canada on YTV under the name Rintindumb, and was distributed by Warner Bros. Television. It featured the voices of Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen. It was on Rovio's ToonsTV until 2015.

Bibliography[edit]

Dargaud

  • La Mascotte, 1987, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Morris (The Mascot)
  • Le Parrain, 1988, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Morris (The Godfather)

Lucky Productions

  • Rantanplan otage, 1992, written by Léturgie, Janiver and Fauche, drawn by Morris (Rantanplan hostage)
  • Le Clown, 1993, written by Léturgie, Janiver and Fauche, drawn by Morris (The Clown)
  • Bêtisier 1, 1993, written by Léturgie, Janiver and Fauche, drawn by Morris (Bloopers 1)
  • Bêtisier 2, 1993, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Bloopers 2)
  • Le Fugitif, 1994, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (The Fugitive)
  • Bêtisier 3, 1995, written by Leonardo, drawn by Morris (Bloopers 3)
  • Le Messager, 1995, written by Léturgie and Fauche (The Messenger)
  • Les Cerveaux, 1996, written by de Groot, drawn by Morris (The Brains)
  • Le Chameau, 1997, written by Léturgie, Adam and Fauche, drawn by Morris (The Camel)
  • Bêtisier 4, 1998, written by de Groot, drawn by Morris (Bloopers 4)
  • Le Grand Voyage, 1998, written by de Groot, drawn by Morris (The Big Trip)

Lucky Comics

  • Bêtisier 5, 2000, written by Leonardo, drawn by Morris (Bloopers 5)
  • La Belle et le Bête, 2000, written by Leonardo and de Groot, drawn by Morris (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Le Chien plus bête que son ombre, 2000, written by de Groot, drawn by Morris (The Dog more stupid than his shadow)
  • Bêtisier 6: Le Noël de Rantanplan, 2001, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Bloopers 6: Rantanplan's Christmas)
  • Chien perché!, 2002, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Perched dog!)
  • Haut les pattes!, 2003, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (High legs!)
  • Le Joli Cœur, 2003, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (The Pretty Heart)
  • Bêtisier 7: Sur le Pied de Guerre, 2008, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Bloopers 7: On the Warparth)
  • Bêtisier 8: Chien D'arrêt, 2009, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Bloopers 8: Stop Dog)
  • Morts de Rire, 2010, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Deaths of Laughing)
  • Carré D'os, 2011, written by Léturgie and Fauche, drawn by Janiver (Bone Square)

References[edit]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Red Kit Istanbul'da (Lucky Luke in Istanbul), Haberturk, 2012-06-05. (in Turkish)
  2. ^ BDoubliées. "Spirou année 1960" (in French).

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