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Jacques, Sophie and Ananas in the junkyard

Téléfrançais was 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), and Ananas (René Lemieux (fr)), 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 catchy 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.[1]

All the characters and scripts were created by Ken Sobol.

The series was on air, on TVO, until at least 1996.[2]

Cultural references[edit]

In Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics, the Téléfrançais theme song is God's ring tone.[3]

A clip from the series served as the music video for Mounties' 2013 single "Headphones".[4]

The yé-yé song "La Ballade de Téléfrançais" by Vowl Sounds references Ananas along with the movie Chungking Express and the Serge Gainsbourg song L'Anamour.[5]


  1. ^ Adilman, Sid (11 Oct 1984). "Peanut butter boy cracks a new role". The Toronto Star. p. F3. 
  2. ^ Broadcast Week. The Globe and Mail. 03 Feb 1996. p. 39.  Check date values in: |date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Dinosaur Comics #399
  4. ^ "A new band for Hawksley Workman". The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ [1]

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