Zoom the White Dolphin
|Zoom the White Dolphin|
|Created by||Vladimir Tarta|
|Directed by||René Borg|
|Composer(s)||Michel Legrand, Vladimir Cosma, J. Drejac|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|First shown in||1971|
Zoom the White Dolphin ((French) Oum le dauphin blanc) was a 1971 French animated television series, of 13 episodes, created by Vladimir Tarta, directed by René Borg.
The original French version was broadcast in 1971 on ORTF's second network and rebroadcast in France from 29 June 1981 on FR3. An English version was produced and broadcast internationally on networks such as CBC Television (Canada). The Japanese version of the series was titled Iruka to Shônen (イルカと少年), which means "the dolphin and the boy".
Production companies involved in the series were Telcia, Saga Films and Japan's Eiken.
The series presents the adventures of Zoom, a white dolphin and his friends, two children who live with their sailor uncle. The cast includes several animals including a mynah bird (who understands the dolphin language in addition to the language of the other animals and the humans on the island and acts as a translator), a koala, and a sloth.
During their adventures, Zoom meets a beautiful female dolphin, called Za-za-zoom in the English version, with whom he has a baby.
Zoom was the mascot for Nestlé's Galak chocolate brand until the company ended its licence in 2003. However, the series rights-holders sued Nestlé after extant stocks of Galak product featuring the character continued to circulate.
- Zoom the White Dolphin at the Internet Movie Database
- Iruka to Shônen : information on Japanese version of the series
- (French) Series description at Planète Jeunesse
- (French) Coucoucircus: series theme
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