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Anatane: Saving the Children of Okura
Genre Adventure
Created by Mark Maggiori
Written by Mark Maggiori
Éric Rondeaux
Directed by Marc Boréal
Voices of
  • French:
  • Xavier Dolan
  • Hugolin Chevrette
  • Elisabeth Choudvalizé
  • Sylvain Hétu
  • Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse
  • Mélanie Laberge
  • Daniel Picard
  • Léa Coupal-Soutière
Theme music composer Pascal Obispo
Composer(s) Mark Maggiori
Franck Bailleul
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Dominique Boischot
Paul Cadieux
S.K. Kim
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Les Films de la Perrine
Hanho Heung-Up
France Télévisions
Distributor Filmoption International
Original network Unis TV
France 4
Picture format 1080p ( HDTV)
Original release September 8 (2018-09-08) – December 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)

Anatane: Saving the Children of Okura (French: Anatane et les enfants d'Okura) is an animated children's television series created by French artist Mark Maggiori. The show, a Canada-France international co-production, was produced by Les Films de la Perrine and Tooncan in conjunction with France Télévisions.


In 2002, Mark Maggiori received funding to develop "Anton ou Les enfants d’Okura" from the CNC. A year later, he registered the domain name French animation website Catsuka noticed references to an animated series on his website and reached out to him in September 2004. Maggiori stated that the show was in development with France Télévisions and Canal J at Les Films de la Perrine with an expected release in 2006. At the time, he had hoped Japanese animation studio Production I.G. would agree to co-produce it.

Shortly after, users on the site discovered that much of the Anatane concept art had directly lifted imagery from a number of anime productions. Maggiori responded to the allegations by claiming they were placeholder images that wouldn't make it into the final show. Catsuka members later uncovered additional plagiarized work by Maggiori that eventually led to them creating a contest to discover more.

In 2005, Canadian animation studio Tooncan was brought on as co-producers, with France 2 as the broadcaster and Carrere Group as the distributor. The budget was set at 5.9 million, with production expected to wrap up by September 2006. In 2007, the series received capital from the Shaw Rocket Fund, with the Canadian broadcast partner listed as Télé-Québec.

The following year, Anantane was presented at Cartoons on the Bay. It was also showcased at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival where it was reported that five episodes had been completed, but that the series was unlikely to be finished. Shortly after, Carrere Group filed for bankruptcy.

In 2017, work on the series resumed at Megafun Productions, a Canadian animation studio founded by former Tooncan owner Paul Cadieux.


Anatane debuted in Canada on Unis TV on September 8, 2018. In France, the series began airing on France 4 on June 29, 2019. The first three episodes were made available through the channel's website on June 7.

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