Dogtanian - The Complete First Series [DVD] 
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From the Broom Cupboard on Children s BBC, Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds broke television audience records in 1985. The exciting story of a loyal, young courageous pup and three debonair Muskehounds, fighting for honour and justice; a law unto themselves but forever faithfully following their motto, One For All & All For One . Extras: Includes a character profile and a fact on each of the characters: Juliette, Athos, Aramis, Porthos, Dogtanian, Richelieu and Milady, a list of the song words for: The Originall Dogtanian Theme Tune and a biograpghy on Alexandre Dumas, author of the classic 'The Three Musketeers'.
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This boxset contains every episode from the first season every episode is compelte with the well known Theme Tune as heard on CBBC back in the 80's.
This series was created by the studio which Around The World With Willy Fog which also found fame in the 80's on CBBC.
If you remember and want to relive it and every show it to your children.
complete for a very low price.
Join the three musketeers in this astonishing tale that will move you, excite you,
and even make you laugh.
At least buy it for your kids.
They will love it, and have Dogtanian and his friends as their heroes for months to come.
The alternative is Digimon and Pokemon, so you really don't have a choice now do you.
Buy it today and bring back all those fantastic nostalgic memories from what in my opinion was and still is the best children's cartoon of all time!
* It's always great fun and the episodes are consistently good.
* The story. It's very corny but entertaining: a boy (or puppy, to be exact) with exceptional fencing talents from the rural backwater of France decides he wants to be a royal musketeer (or, as they are called in the show, a muskehound). He waves a heartfelt farewell to his parents, journeys forth to Paris on a wonky donkey to seek his fortune, makes friends with the Kings Guard, meets the king, makes enemies of dastardly evil villains, meets and falls in love with a cute pretty-in-pink maid-in-waiting girl, is forced to bomb about all over the place rescuing her when she can't keep away from kidnappers, discovers that his nose often gets suggestively bigger and redder when he talks to a girl he likes, swashbuckles, meets more bad guys, ends up in a jungle at some point, swashbuckles some more. As you do.
* It has two great central messages: the first being that friendship and loyalty are important. The second, girls can't leave the house without being kidnapped so either keep them indoors or risk losing them forever.
* The look of it. The colours are far more subtle than cartoons that have followed since, being fairly realistic in tone and never garish. The carefully hand-painted backgrounds of Old Paris, the rural countryside and palaces etc are all lovely.
* It's engaging. You care what happens to the characters. The good guys are warm and loveable but also courageous and resolute. The bad guys are classic cartoon fare but very memorable, being either total buffoons or moustache-twisting Machiavellian schemers. The main villain always seems paced, quiet, intellectual. You can see him calculating. He has his henchmen of course, all of them "Idiots!".
* The minute-long opening (and song) that introduces it. A lot of cartoons don't have that these days, they tend now to make them too short, possibly so as not to lose their audience. I used to love the opening song to this show and remember it off by heart two decades later. "One for all and all for one, Muskehounds are always ready...".
* Dogtanian's oversized bright red hat. I always wanted one as a kid!
* It can be funny to watch as an adult, especially as one of the musketeer characters (despite being a dandified Romeo) is decidedly camp.
* It's innocent so anyone who is cautious about what their children view shouldn't be offended by anything in it. Obviously the musketeers are hardened fighters who like nothing better than to have skirmishes, punch-ups and to brandish their swords but there is no blood shown and the fighting is too comical and cartoonish to worry about. Admittedly the characters are sometimes seen with a well-earned mug of ale in hand but that's authentic seeing as they are 17th century characters. Real drunks are portrayed as clumsy oafs.
I realise I am writing this as an adult, but I could still happily pass half an hour of a weekend watching this and would gladly show it to kids. Highly recommended for children aged 3-33 (I think when I hit my mid-thirties I may have to consider quitting my nostalgia for cartoons... maybe).
Other than those niggles, I'm really glad I bought this DVD.
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