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The Return of Dogtanian
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Genre Animation, action, comedy-drama, fantasy
Based on The classic story of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Developed by Claudio Biern Boyd
Directed by Wang Yaquan
Narrated by Michael McConnohie
Theme music composer Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Ending theme Michael McConnohie
Country of origin
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Wang Yaquan
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s)
  • BRB Internacional
  • Televisión Española
  • Thames Television
Distributor BRB Internacional
Release
Audio format Mono
Original release 1989 (1989)
Chronology
Preceded by Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

The Return of Dogtanian (Spanish: El retorno de D'Artacán) is a 1989 Spanish-British animated television series, and a sequel to the 1981 series Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, that continues the classic 1844 Alexandre Dumas story of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers, produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional, Televisión Española and Thames Television with animation of Wang Film Productions and Morning Sun Animation.

In 1995, BRB Internacional released a television film edited from the series entitled Dogtanian: One For All and All For One.

Production

In 1989 The Return of Dogtanian was produced by BRB Internacional, Televisión Española and Thames Television with animation of Wang Film Productions and Morning Sun Animation. Like the first series, 26 episodes were produced. Its budget was 650 million pesetas.

The story is loosely based on the novel The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later also by Alexandre Dumas, itself building on the myth of The Man in the Iron Mask. It picks up ten years after the first series story ends, with Dogtanian and Juliette now married and living together on the outskirts of Paris with their two children, Philippe and Fleur. The Muskehounds are reunited by Queen Anne when her husband starts acting suspiciously. Cardinal Richelieu is still featured, along with Milady and Widimer still loyal to him.

Dave Mallow and Doug Stone, who co-adapted the original scripts to English and co-directed, took over as the voices of Dogtanian, and Porthos, respectively. As it was produced in Taiwan by Wang Film Productions and Morning Sun Animation, Nippon Animation, the Japanese studio which produced the first series, was not involved in the sequel.

Cast

  • Aramis – Eddie Frierson
  • Juliette – Rebecca Forstadt
  • Pip – Steve Kramer
  • Widimer – Mike Reynolds
  • Cardinal Richelieu – Kerrigan Mahan
  • Queen Anne – Robin Levenson
  • King Louis – Simon Prescott
  • Narrator – Michael McConnohie
  • Dogtanian – Dave Mallow
  • Porthos – Doug Stone
  • Anthos – Michael Sorich
  • Beajeaux – Steve Bulen
  • Elexy – Robert Axelrod
  • Philippe – Brianne Siddall

Episode list

  1. "At France's Service"
  2. "Again in Paris"
  3. "Bad News"
  4. "The Gold Muzzle"
  5. "The Rescue"
  6. "A Secret Forever"
  7. "In the Wizard's Cave"
  8. "The King, Poisoned"
  9. "A Special Visit"
  10. "Change of Plans"
  11. "The Impostor"
  12. "One More in the Group"
  13. "Trapped by Blanbec"
  14. "A Surprise for Richelieu"
  15. "Pedrigreen Hood"
  16. "Widimer Complicates Things"
  17. "The Best Archer"
  18. "Rescuing Dogtanian"
  19. "The King's Cousin"
  20. "A Robbery in the Dance"
  21. "The Black Rose"
  22. "A Terrific Surprise"
  23. "Fleur's Kidnapping"
  24. "Where is Fleur?"
  25. "Fleur's Rescue"
  26. "Treville's Successor"

Music

Finnish

Songs in the Finnish dub were sung by the actors of YLE Import re-using the De Angelis's music but with new Finnish lyrics. In the Finnish dub some scenes are cut, which includes musical numbers in some episodes.

Television film

In 1995, BRB Internacional released a television film edited from the series entitled Dogtanian: One For All and All For One, with completely different voice actors and a few name changes from the original series.

Home media

DVD releases

This series was only released as a box-set and not as individual volumes. There are 4 disks in the set. Unlike the first series which is in Region 0 format, the second series was released in Region 2 format. The DVD of the TV movie was also released in Region 0.

  • The television films Dogtanian: Special and Dogtanian: One For All And All For One. 26 July 2004.
  • Dogtanian – The Complete Second Series Boxset. 4 July 2005.

In November 2010, a version that contains both series and both television films was released exclusively for HMV. Later, the complete boxset was made available at other retailers.

VOD

Nowadays the series is still being broadcast on different platforms such as YouTube and Netflix.

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