France has produced a rich assortment of children’s cartoons that have found audiences both domestically and internationally. Here are 10 beloved children’s cartoons that originated in France:
- “Asterix” – Based on the popular comic book series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, this cartoon follows the adventures of a brave Gaulish warrior and his rotund friend Obelix as they resist Roman occupation.
- “The Mysterious Cities of Gold” (“Les Mystérieuses Cités d’Or”) – This animated series, co-produced with Japan, follows a young Spanish boy named Esteban as he searches for the fabled city of gold in the Americas.
- “Wakfu” – An animated series set in the same universe as the popular French MMORPG of the same name. It follows the adventures of Yugo and his friends as they discover the secrets of the Wakfu.
- “Code Lyoko” – This show revolves around a group of students who journey to a virtual world to battle against an evil AI.
- “Totally Spies!” – Follows three Beverly Hills teenagers – Sam, Clover, and Alex – who secretly work as spies for the WOOHP organization.
- “Babar” – This series is about the life and adventures of Babar, the elephant king, and his experiences both in the jungle and the big city.
- “Oggy and the Cockroaches” (“Oggy et les Cafards”) – A slapstick comedy featuring a fat blue cat named Oggy and his never-ending battle against three mischievous cockroaches.
- “Titeuf” – Based on the popular comic series, the show captures the world through the eyes of a young boy with a blonde cowlick, navigating school and family life.
- “The Daltons” (“Les Dalton”) – This animated series is inspired by the infamous outlaws from the Lucky Luke comic books and their comedic attempts to escape from jail.
- “Marsupilami” – Originating from a Belgian comic series, this animated show focuses on the misadventures of the spotted, long-tailed creature known as the Marsupilami in the Palombian jungle.
Many of these cartoons have been translated and broadcast in numerous countries, reflecting their universal appeal.