The three main characters, Jacques, Sophie and Ananas in the junkyard
|Created by||Ken Sobol|
|Theme music composer||
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Executive producer(s)||Ruth Vernon|
|Running time||10 minutes|
|Original release||1984 – 1986|
Téléfrançais! is a French language Canadian children's television show, produced by TVOntario from 1984 until 1986. The series of 30 ten-minute episodes has become a popular teaching tool, and is used by many educators (especially in Canadian and American schools) to teach French as a second language to elementary and middle school children. The show's name is a portmanteau for télévision and français.
The show follows the adventures of two children named Jacques (Jacques Dell) and Sophie (Colombe Demers) before she moved in the show, and Ananas (René Lemieux), a talking pineapple who resides in a junkyard. Other recurring characters are Pilote, Ginette, the Annonceur, Monsieur Pourquoi (le Superdétective), Louis Questionneur, Brigitte Banane, and the comic skeletal musical group Les Squelettes. The programs were produced by Jennifer Harvey and directed by David Moore. The theme and all of Les Squelettes' songs were written by the team of Bruce Ley and Jed MacKay. Julie Beaulieu, who appeared in PBS' Bridge to Terabithia, also appeared.
All the characters and scripts were created by Ken Sobol.
The series was on air, on TVO, until at least 1996.
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- "Téléfrançis". Broadcast Week. The Globe and Mail. 3 February 1996. p. 39.
- "Dinosaur Comics!". www.qwantz.com.
- "A new band for Hawksley Workman". The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2013.
- "La Ballade De Téléfrançais". Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially made Ananas of Téléfrançais Canada's official national fruit at Canada's sesquicentennial in Ottawa on July 1st 2017.
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