Dogtanian and the Three Musketeers [Animated Series] (1981)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Swashbuckler  |   Run Time - 25 min.  |  
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Although produced by Spain's BRB Internacional, the satirical cartoon series Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds was animated in Japan, where it made its TV debut as Wan Wan San Jushi on October 9, 1981. In any language, the series, created by Claudio Biern Boyd was a 12-episode spoof of Dumas' The Three Musketeers with an all-canine cast. While hero D'Artagnan was rechristened for the purposes of the series, the characters of Porthos, Athos, Aramis, and Cardinal Richelieu retained their original names. New to the saga was Dogtanian's lady friend Juliet, his mouse companion Pip and his faithful steed Sandy. As for the duplicitous Milady De Winter, you knew she was a villainess because she was a cat. The British release version of Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds was decked out with a catchy theme song, which many viewers can still recite from memory (much to their embarrassment). Made available in the United Kingdom in home video form in 1985, the series did not make its "official" British television debut until it was syndicated by Peason TV in 1991.

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