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Il était une fois... l'homme 

A comprehensive animated survey of the evolution of humanity and the history of predominately Western Civilization.

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Annie Balestra ...
 Pierette 26 episodes, 1978
Albert Barillé ...
 Narrator 26 episodes, 1978
Yves Barsacq ...
Claude Bertrand ...
 Le Teigneux 26 episodes, 1978
Roger Carel ...
 Maestro / ... 26 episodes, 1978
Patrick Préjean ...
 Le Nabot 26 episodes, 1978
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In this series, the history of humanity and Western Civilization is surveyed. To illustrate this in an entertaining way, a cast of specific characters are recast in each episode as they live their lives in each major historical period of focus. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Byl jednou jeden... clovek  »

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The information presented on the prehistoric era in the series' first episode has been based on thoroughly outdated, early 20th century theories, and has been overturned by scientific advancements just after the series had aired. Among other inaccuracies, it depicts herbivorous dinosaurs as swamp dwellers, proposes the completely unsubstantiated idea that carnivorous dinosaurs were afraid of water, and claims that crocodiles descended from dinosaurs. One of the more forward-thinking theories presented is the now-accepted fact that birds came from dinosaurs, even though the animation shows Archaeopteryx (long regarded as the "first bird") descending from generic thecodonts instead of dinosaurs (the term "thecodont" is, by the way, not in use anymore). See more »

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Followed by Il était une fois... notre terre (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Tausend Jahre sind ein Tag
Music by Udo Jürgens
Lyrics by Siegfried Rabe
Performed by Udo Jürgens
(main theme: German version)
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A show to be unforgotten for those who have seen it.
4 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I used to watch that show back in the 1980s along with its successor "Once Upon A Time in Space". I still love the show for its combining quality entertainment with an educated look in the history of life in planet Earth from the birth of the first cell organism to the 1970s environmental concerns.

Instead of presenting a "black/evil vs white/good" depiction of human history, each featured group of cultures and states have their own motivation, ambitions, fears, prejudices and obvious similarities to both their allies and their enemies.

Several historical figures are prominently presented as exemplars of their time. Including but not limited to Alexander the Great, Gaius Julius Caesar, Muhammad, Charlemagne, Peter I "the Great" of Russia. Others make significant cameos such as Cheops, Ramses II, Moses, Samson and many others. Its a good introduction to them and places them in their historical context.

I still wonder why this show is mostly unseen in modern television schedules and unavailable in video or DVD. It is easily better than the rather formulaic "good vs evil" sagas of modern animation.


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