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Archibald le Magi-chien
Created by Jean Chalopin
Directed by Bruno Bianchi
Country of origin Belgium
Original language(s) French
No. of episodes 46
Production company(s) DIC Audiovisuel
Original network TF1
Original release 1980 (1980) – 1981 (1981)

Archibald le Magichien (literally: Archibald the Magic Dog) is a French animated edutainment TV series that ran from 1980 until 1981. A total of 46 5-minute episodes were produced by DiC Audiovisuel.

This miniseries was one of the first productions of DIC Entertainment (then known as DIC Audiovisuel), produced only one year before Ulysses 31.


The last word in the title combines the words magie (magic) and chien (dog). The resulting portmanteau, magichien, is a pun on the word magicien (magician).


Archibald is a magician who has transformed himself into a dog and can't remember how to change himself back. He befriends a young boy called Pierrot and teaches him the secrets of maintaining a good form and health.

The series was designed to teach child viewers how to take better care of their health. Among its many educational values were: The dangers of using tobacco, exposure to sun, and the importance of maintaining one's hygiene such as brushing one's teeth, exercising, washing one's hands and eating balanced meals.

Alternative titles

  • נחשון (Nachshon) (Israeli title)
  • De toverhond Archibald (Dutch title)


Upstart production studio Gibson Associates announced a loose remake of Archibald with the working title Darrelia the Magi-Shun!, scheduled for a January 2024 release on YouTube.

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