Il était une fois... l'homme (1978–1981)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Drama

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


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Albert Barillé

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4 June 2005 | dimadick
| A show to be unforgotten for those who have seen it.
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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France, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Japan

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