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Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Title screen
Genre Cartoon, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Created by BRB Internacional
Nippon Animation
Claudio Biern Boyd
Voices of Cam Clarke
Steve Kramer
Dan Woren
Michael Reynolds
Tom Wyner
Dave Mallow
Rebecca Forstadt
Simon Prescott
Michael Sorich
Doug Stone
Eddie Frierson
Kerry Mahan

Satomi Majima
Akio Nojima
Tesshō Genda
Eiko Masuyama
Keiko Han
Teiji Ōmiya
Noriko Tsukase
Akkio Tsuboi
Minoru Yada
Narrated by Tom Wyner (Series 1)
Michael McConnohie (Series 2)
Opening theme Guido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
Country of origin Spain, Japan, (Series 1), Taiwan (series 2)
No. of episodes 52 (Both series); only 24 episodes of Series 1 in Japan
Running time 26 mins
Original channel TVE (Spain)
MBS (Japan; series 1 only)
Audio format Mono
Original release 9 October 1981 (series 1; Japan) – 26 March 1982 (series 1; Japan)

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (Spanish: "D'Artacan y los Tres Mosqueperros"; Japanese: ワンワン三銃士 [Wan Wan Sanjuushi; lit., "The Woof Woof Three Musketeers"]) is a Spanish-Japanese cartoon adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas story of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers. Most of the characters are anthropomorphizations of dogs, hence the title of the cartoon; although there are a few exceptions, most notably Dogtanian's two sidekicks Pip the mouse and Planchet the bear, among several others.


Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds was created by the joint production of BRB Internacional of Spain and Japanese studio Nippon Animation. The partnership between BRB and Nippon Animation worked so well, that they collaborated in another successful animated series two years after Dogtanian called Around the World with Willy Fog in 1983.

It was first broadcast in Japan in 1981 and Spain the following year in 1982. In Japan, only 24 out of the 26 produced episodes were aired. The series was dubbed into English by Intersound USA in 1985. As well as dubbing the TV series, BRB also produced a TV movie, which was again dubbed by Intersound USA.

  • Spain: Televisión Española 9 October, 1982,
  • UK: BBC: 3 January 1985

In 1989 BRB produced a second series/sequel (The Return of Dogtanian) consisting of 26 episodes with the co-operation of Taiwanese studio Wang Film Productions and British television company, Thames Television.

Other dubbed versions

There was an Afrikaans adaptation broadcast on SABC during 1985 and the early 1990s. The title was changed to "Brakanjan", which has become a popular name for dogs in South Africa. The voice for Brakanjan in his earliest years, was done by Gerben Kamper during his time of working for SABC.


  • Bronze medal at the International Film & TV Festival of New York.[1]
  • Honorable mention at the 7th international 'Child of Our Time' festival, Milan.
  • The TP award for most popular children's series.[2]
  • Special award in the International Contest for Children & Youth of Gijon.


The story, set in the 17th century, follows a young Dogtanian (D'Artacan in the original Spanish version and Darutaniyan (ダルタニヤン) in the Japanese version and voiced by Satomi Majima (間嶋 里美)) who travels to Paris in order to become one of the King Louis XIII of France's musketeers. (Note: that they are referred to as musketeers throughout the cartoon and only the title calls them muskehounds). He quickly befriends three musketeers (Porthos, Athos and Aramis) and falls in love with Juliette, a maid-in-waiting for Queen Anne of Austria.

Episode list

DVD releases

UK DVD Sleeve Dogtanian The Complete Series One

The series has now been released on DVD in the UK by Revelation Films in Region 0 format:

  • Episodes 1–9: 28 April 2003
  • Episodes 10–15: 25 August 2003
  • Episodes 16–20: 22 March 2004
  • Episodes 21–26: 25 May 2004
  • Dogtanian- The Complete Series Boxset 20 September 2004
  • The Movie One For All And All For One and the Dogtanian TV Special 26 July 2004.
  • Dogtanian - The Complete Second Series Boxset 4 July 2005.

(Note: The second 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 movies was also released in Region 0.)

In November 2010, a version was released that contains series 1, 2 and the movie. This was put together exclusively for HMV. Now the complete boxset has since been made available at other retailers.

The complete first series was released on DVD in the U.S. in 2012 by Oasis DVDs.

Japanese version

The opening title was dubbed with a new Japanese title theme sung by Maron Kusaka and the Suginami Children's Choir. The ending title was the same as the Spanish show set to the song "Sou Iu Onushi Wa" also by Maron Kusaka.


In 1990 The Return of Dogtanian was released by BRB Internacional, Thames Television and Wang Film Productions. It picks up ten years after the original 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 the Queen when her husband starts acting suspiciously. Cardinal Richelieu is still featured, along with Milady, and Widimer still loyal to him.

The story is loosely based on the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne also by Alexandre Dumas, itself building on the myth of The Man in the Iron Mask.

Dave Mallow & 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, Nippon Animation, the Japanese studio which produced the first series, was not involved in the sequel.

Like the first series, 26 episodes were produced. Later in 1995, a TV movie was made of the second series entitled One For All and All For One, with completely different voice actors and a few name changes from the original series.


The original version of the soundtrack to Dogtanian (called Dartacan Soundtrack), can be downloaded from Amazon's UK website in MP3 format. It includes an English version of the theme song that uses the second series opening lyrics, but the music is similar to the original opening, in this version Dogtanian however is referred to as Dartacan, his Spanish name, and the theme is sung with very high voices, similar to the original opening. An insert song in Spanish which has been replicated twice (Richelieu and Bulibu, probably an error on Amazon's part or that of the record company) and a few instrumental tracks that are heard in the show itself and one unused instrumental track.[3]



  • Directed by: Luis Ballester, Taku Sugiyama, Hidetaka Saito, Shigeo Koshi, Tom Wyner, Robert Barron, Byrd Ehlmann, Dave Mallow & Doug Stone
  • Produced by: Koichi Motohashi
  • Executive Producer: Claudio Biern Boyd
  • Written by: Claudio Biern Boyd, Manuel Peiró, Akira Nakahara, Yoshihiro Kimura, Tom Wyner, Jason Klassi, Garry Morris, Melesio Rosales, Dayna Barron, Byrd Ehlmann
  • Storyboard: Akira Nakahira, Yoshihiro Kimura
  • Character Design: José Luis Rodriguez, Lorenzo Ballester, Shuichi Seki
  • Animation: Takao Ogawa
  • Edited by: Soledad Lopez
  • Special Effects: Luis Castro
  • Music: Katsuhisa Hattori
  • Songs: Guido & Maurizio de Angelis
  • Music Edited by: Cabum Magister
  • Music Subpublished by: Southern Pictures Music Inc.
  • Theme Sung by: Popitos, Maron Kusaka, Suginami Children Choir, Hilary Mather, Elissa Mather, Ted Mather
  • Recorded and re-mixed at: Fizz Sound Creation, Intersound Inc.

Planned revival

According to their main website, BRB Internacional is planning a new CGI movie to be released in 2015 for Dogtanian's 30th anniversary.[4]


  1. ^ "DOGTANIAN TURNS 30 | BRB Internacional". 1982-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ "DOGTANIAN TURNS 30 | BRB Internacional". 1982-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Dartacan Soundtrack". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "DOGTANIAN TURNS 30 | BRB Internacional". 1982-10-09. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 

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