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Request: The Marsupilami by Escopeto Request: The Marsupilami by Escopeto
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You remember the good old days when the Marsupilami used to entertain us with his gorilla friend Maurice, rushing through goofy antics?

Remember the humorous and smart-mouthed Marsupilami before this family-friendly primitive :poo: ?

Here you have it - Likely how he feels today, bored, useless and out of the norm. I´m glad that his glorious inventor, the belgian artist Franquin (Who´s one of my favorite artists) didn´t have to see the "new adventures of the Marsupilami". He´d give himself a mondo facepalm for sure :brazensix:

by the way, I always thought Maurice followed the Marsupilami along because he kinda looks like a giant banana - sizable and yellow :P


Marsupilami (C)Franquin, Maurice (C)Disney
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:iconjosephpr1990:
I remembered when I watched Disney's Marsupilami when I was small. It used to be on a telly about years. He has a best friend called Maurice, a gorilla. He is based on a Belgian comic strip character by André Franquin, a Belgian cartoonist.

There is also another cartoon version of Marsupilami which produced in France although Marsupilami does not speak unlike his Disney counterpart. He speaks his own language. This French cartoon used to be on RTÉ 2 and I watched it when I was a kid.
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:iconescopeto:
That's what I pointed at in the commentary; Franquin's original draft also didn't have the Marsupilami speaking. Guess the RTÉ version went with that and added Bringim Backalive (or whatever's the name) as an antagonist instead of just the jaguar.

Disney's version was wacky, fun and the human hunter was more remarkable (Norman). The comics were just the right thing to start off. The wife and kids are cute, but the gorilla companion was IMO better to play with.
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:iconjosephpr1990:
I see. Bring M. Backalive's a very silly name, isn't it?
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:iconescopeto:
Well, it's a nice play on words at least but too obvious for a poacher. But then again, Franquin's names were directed towards people's shortcomings, too (Gaston Lagaffe, anyone?).
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MissPoe Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember this show. :) I loved the gorilla (who's name I could swear is Boris in the Swedish dub). I recall that all he did was eating coconuts.
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:iconescopeto:
:) Oh, he was called Boris in the swedish dub? In german he was called Maurice.
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:iconledgema:
It's an odd feeling when you see the two adaptations. I've seen the Disney version first and then learned that Marsu was created by Franquin. The name did seem to have a French ring to it. Fortunately I've managed to get some of the DVDs of of the second adaptation which was a bit of a learning curve since being so used to the Disney version. Unfortunately the DVDs are all in French but still enjoy watching them. You have to admit that Franquin was a genius to create such a character.
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Escopeto Jan 3, 2011  Student
Indeed he was. The Marsupilami first appeared as a plot device in the story of the Spirou & Fantasio series "Spirou and the heirs" (Spirou et les héritiers), and later became the animal buddy of the two.

Over the years the Marsupilami was kept in the stories especially for the younger readers and was eventually freed. One day Disney discovered the fame of the Marsupilami and brought it to cartoon life, along with Maurice and of course, his speaking ability.

I suppose they made the second series just with the intention to show the Marsupilami in his original nature, like he was in the comics (without being able to speak, no Maurice, having a family and not venturing through Disney´s crazy adventures).
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Eskimo-Evan Dec 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
in all honesty, I wasn't even aware of the 2nd adaption to the cartoon until 20 mins ago.
And I do agree, it ain't the same.
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artistafrustrado Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lawl the yellow one reminds me sonic XD
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