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 Héros de l'ORTF - la télévision française en jouets des années '60 aux années '80

EXHIBIT : October 8, 2015 - March 5, 2016 > EXTRA TIME MARCH 26, 2016

Pollux, Margotte, Zébulon, Nounours, Nicolas, Saturnin, Colargol, Toutou, Zouzou, Kiri,Titus, Chapi, Chapo, Barbapapa, Casimir, Kermit, Maya, Candy, Goldorak, Albator… Do you remember them?

The Musée de la Poupée-Paris is very proud to present soon, for the first time, the amazing collection of Christophe Mourthé dedicated to toys representing the French television heros from children programs from the 60’s to the 80’s.

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Christophe Mourthé en Zorro

Christophe Mourthé, famous photographer and born collector, is the son of Claude Mourthé, writter and producer at French television and France Culture, during the ORTF generation. Christophe Mourthé has built a unique collection of products and documents representing the heroes from our childhood since he was a little boy, when he was immersed in the cathodic culture of his generation.

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pendule ORTF

The ORTF (office for broadcasting of French television) begins on June 27, 1964 in the path of the RTF (broadcasting of French television) with 2 channels in black and white and produces and shows radio and television programs among which programs for youth. Those were broadcasted on Thursday, that was the rest day during the week for schoolchild until 1972. On October 1967, the second channel in colour is a great revolution. On January 8, 1969 appears the RFP (French company for advertising) that will lose its monopoly on French broadcasting in 1884 with the creation of the private channel Canal +. At the end of 1972, the third channel is launched, directly in colors. The ORTF will desappear in 1975.

Since 60 years, youth programs broadcasted on television are numerous and varied. We remember characters, songs, dialogues, cartoons and famous shows that made history for the French television. Above televison souvenirs, still remain today books, toys, costumes, dolls and many advertising objects that are presented in the new temporary exhibit of Musée de la Poupée-Paris.

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Thierry la Fronde
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Kiri le clown
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Titus le lion
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Maya l’abeille
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The exhibit will take you back to your childhood memories through a visit that will show, among others, the doll named Claire from "La séquence du spectateur", characters from children programs like Margotte, Zébulon, Pollux the dog from "Le Manège enchanté", Nounours, Pimprenelle et Nicolas, le marchand de sable from "Bonne nuit les petits", Casimir from "L’Ile aux enfants", Kermit the frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the bear from the "Muppet Show" and popular cartoons and series such as "Thierry la Fronde" ,"Zorro", "Fifi Brindacier" ,"Heidi ", "Aglaé et Sidonie", "La Maison de Toutou", "Pépin la bulle", "Titus le petit lion", "Picolo et Piccolette", "Les Shadoks", "Kiri le clown"… but also the family members from Barbapapa to the characters from the first mangas like Albator and Goldorak…

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Livre Picolo et Piccolette
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Picolo et Piccolette

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Aglaé et Sidonie
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personnages du Muppet Show

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poupée Claire

La Séquence du jeune spectateur, movie show for the youth began on March 1961. The puppets, Claire and Bigoudi her cat presented movies and cartoons extracts that were broadcasted later on. Children would ask for movies by sending a drawing. Claire would chose the best drawings every week and would present them on tv just before the movie they referred to.

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Babar, character from youth litterature by Jean de Brunhoff appeared in 1931 and was inspired by an elephant, hero of histories created by his wife for their children. The tv series "Les aventures de Babar" (78 episodes lasting 5 mn) was broadcasted on December 24, 1968. It was not an animation but a theater play where actors wore costumes and moved in natural or painted sceneries. The series followed the entire book "L’histoire de Babar".

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Le marchand de sable et Nounours
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Journal de Nounours

Bonne nuit les petits, black and white series created by Claude Laydu was broadcasted as soon as December 10, 1962 on RTF television then on ORTF (568 episodes lasting 5 mn). Five more special shows were made from 1962 to 1973 and a third series in colors, "Nounours" (78 episodes listing 5 mn) on February 1976 and two more. The aim was to create a kind of break that would indicate children that it was time to go to bed before the adults 8 oclock news. Every evening, the sandman would arrive on his cloud to visit the children with a teddy bear that would go down a scale to play with them for a while before going back on his cloud and saying "Have a good night children, have sweet dreams!" The sandman would then through a handful of golden sand that would fall like rain on the children and the teddy bear would go back on a small cloud. In the first series, the children were called P’tit Louis and Mirabelle and the bear Gros Ours, they will later be called Nicolas and Pimprenelle and Nounours.

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Journal du Manège Enchanté

Le Manège enchanté, animation television series counts 750 episodes lasting 5 minutes, and was created by Serge Danot and broadcasted from October 5, 1964 on the first channel of the ORTF. After it desapeared in 1967, a second series of 100 episodes was broadcasted in 1973, followed by two others later on. Two animation movies were also made, the first in 1972, "Pollux et le Chat bleu", by Serge Danot. Adapted in English and broadcasted on the BBC from 1965 to 1977, 98 different television channels broadcasted the French series, from the USA to Japan or Iran and it was translated into 28 languages. This series shows the père Pivoine merry-go-round on which are playing Margote and Zébulon, a character mounted on springs that carries her thanks to a magical formulae "Tournicoti tournicoton…" in the Bois-Joli country. She has many friends: Pollux the British accent speaking dog and from 1966 Azalée the cow, Ambroise the snail, Flappy the rabbit, Bonhomme Jouvence, a gardener who begins all his sentences by "Hep Hep Hep".

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The Shadoks, is an animation series of 208 episodes lasting two or three minutes, created by Jacques Rouxel and broadcasted between 1968 and 1973 in three seasons that will be followed by a fourth one. It tells the adventures of the Shadoks, anthropomorphes characters looking like birds and their opposite the Gibis (the name comes from the English pronunciation of GB). The Shadoks speak only four monosyllabic words: "Ga, Bu, Zo, Meu", they are mean and idiot, they build impossible machines that never work… First drawn with an "Animographe" then in the same style with traditional drawing, their narrator with an incomparable voice is Claude Piéplu. This series is one of the first great subject of controversy on French television that divided France in two parts: the pro shadok and the cons shadok.

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livre Casimir

L’Île aux enfants : show broadcasted from 1974 to January 3, 1975 on the third channel of l’ORTF, then on TF1 until June 30, 1982. This show will mark an entire generation of children before competing with Récré A2 at the end of the 70s. On September 1974, Casimir and l’île aux enfants appeared in a short sequence of 4 minutes, as a complement to the american show Sesame Street. On September 1976, it became a real 20 mn show (968 episodes), by Christophe Izard with Yves Brunier, who made many costumes and puppets among which Casimir, that he will play himself. It will present alternately puppets and real people with a fully educative purpose: entertain children while educating them through short adventures full of morality separated by animated sequences (La Noiraude, La Linea, Antivol, Gribouille, Pinkie Pou, Téléchat, Watoo Watoo…). Casimir is surrounded by friends and children and learns life with François a student, Julie the candy saleswoman, Emile the postman, monsieur Du Snob an exuberant artist and Hyppolite his naive cousin… The theme song, as popular as Casimir is by Roger Pouly, the lyrics by Christophe Izard and performed by Anne Germain.

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livre Goldorak

A large variety of objects are presented for a few monthes to please several generations that will happily go back to their childhood! But not only, some characters, like Babar, Barbapapa, Maya, Scoobidou are still very well known from the youngest who will discover by the way, the television and the mythical and wonderful characters that their parents dreamt of, 30, 40 or 50 years ago!

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You want to recall all these characters after the exhibit?

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Christophe Mourthé is publishing a book on the heros from his childhood:

"Mes héros de quand j’étais p’tit…"
runout October 7, 2015
120p, size 20 cm X 20 cm, 20€TTC
available at the museum’s shop and by mail (+ shipping costs) on: https://boutique.museedelapoupeepar…

• Signing sessions by the author at the museum’s shop :
March 26 at 2PM

The museum gives activities for children:

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’Barbapapa in russian dolls’ workshop:
Making of painted wooden russian dolls inspired by the members of the Barbapapa family. "Hulahup ! Barbatruc ! "
Every Wednesday at 2.30PM, reservation required 01 42 72 73 11
15€ (workshop + ticket to the museum), lasting 1h, material provided

Birthday parties at the museum
Wednesday and Saturday - Lasting 2h30 - maximum 12 children - reservation required
unguided tour of the museum + cake (not provided) + workshop
A gift offered to every child having his birthday at the museum!

Our partners :

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© Photos Christophe Mourthé and Musée de la Poupée-Paris

Past exhibits-MUSEUM CLOSED FOR GOOD Dolls from the 80s Best friends Betting on Dolls Hollywood Stars as Dolls Héros de l’ORTF - la télévision française en jouets des années ’60 aux années ’80 Bécassine dévoile les Trésors de Loulotte Minuscules, the playful universe of pocket dolls Snow globes Barbie Rétro Chic Fashion dolls under Napoleon III ETHNICITIES - Dolls reflecting People Baby-boom 2, French dolls 1960-1979 Poupées ’Made in Italy’, 1880-1979 Jouets de garçons Images exquises Barbie® et Ken® jouent les stars de tous les temps Ken®, 50 ans d’un modèle masculin Baby-boom French dolls, 1946-1959 Le Minor dolls Le retour du Père Noël Nouvelles icônes, des poupées Pandores aux Sybarites Maisons de poupées, l’art de la miniature Rêve ta vie avec Barbie Par amour pour les poupées Poupées et jouets : l’éveil des 5 sens Les poupées des Petites Filles Modèles Les mille et une vies de Barbie Quel spectacle ! les arts du spectacle en poupées et jouets L’Europe des 25 en poupées régionales et folkloriques Boules de poils, le meilleur de la peluche française, 1876-2006 Dodo l’enfant do : poupons et baigneurs, 1855-2005 Arts ménagers pour poupées : la vie quotidienne en miniature Les poupées de La Semaine de Suzette fêtent leurs 100 ans Les poupées Raynal : 50 ans de luxe pour petites filles Barbie raconte 5000 ans d’histoire du costume Tendres doudous : poupées et animaux en tissu Personnages de contes : hommage à la création Poupees de poche : de Mignonnette à Polly Pocket


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