Nanook's Great Hunt

Nanook's Great Hunt (French: La Grande Chasse de Nanook) is a 1996 French/Canadian animated series of 26 episodes. It was co-produced by Elma Animation, Medver International Inc.,[1] and TF1, in association with Mediatoon.[2] The series was created and produced by Serge Rosenzweig; the directors were Franck Bourgeron, Marc Perret, and Stéphane Roux; the executive producers were Paul Rozenberg, Dana Hastier, and Lyse Lafontaine; the writers were Françoise Charpiat, Sophie Decroisette and Serge Rosenzweig; music was by Xavier Cobo and Michaël Dune.[3] The series first aired in France on Wednesday September 3, 1997, on TF1's TF! Jeunesse.[4] It also aired in Canada in French on Mondays at 8PM on Télétoon,[5] and in English on Teletoon on Thursdays at 4:55PM.[6] A 70-minute special titled Nanook: le grand combat/Nanook - The Great Combat was produced in 1996 as well. The special was directed by Gérald Fleury.[7]

In February 2000, APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) started airing Nanook on Saturday mornings in Inuktitut. It was the first animated series to be aired in Nunavik dialects.[8]


From Mediatoon's press flyer: "A boy's journey into manhood through his quest to find his missing father... Set in the harsh landscape of the Canadian Arctic, this enchanting tale evolves around Nanook, a twelve-year-old Inuit boy, who embarks upon a journey to find his missing father, undertaking the challenge of hunting down the mythical bear, Suaq Nanok."[9]


A total of 26 episodes of 26 minutes were produced, plus a 70-minute special titled Nanook - The Great Combat.[9] Currently the first two episodes are available for free at eToon on Dailymotion.[10][11] A list of the French title of the episodes is available at Planète Jeunesse.

Voice artistsEdit

Nanook was voiced by Charles Pestel [fr] in the French version and Evie Mark in the Nunavik version.[8]


  1. ^ Iezzi, Teressa (Aug 11, 1997). "TELETOON breeds new shows". Playback Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  2. ^ Rice-Barker, Leo (Oct 1, 1996). "MIPCOM Report: Co-production diary: Media toon has co-production formula". Kidscreen Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  3. ^ "Nanook English opening sequence". Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  4. ^ "La Grande Chasse de Nanook". Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  5. ^ "Program Time Announcement for Nanook on Télétoon from 1999". Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  6. ^ "Telefilm Canada's ZOOM International European Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 4" (PDF). 1996. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  7. ^ "Nanook : le grand combat". Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  8. ^ a b George, Jean (Dec 30, 1999). "Nunavik's triliingual video production firm moves ahead". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  9. ^ a b "Mediatoon Flyer for Nanook" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  10. ^ "Mediatoon Press Release from Dec 19th, 2008". Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  11. ^ Daswani, Mansha (December 23, 2008). "Mediatoon Unveils New-Media Brand". Worldscreen. Retrieved 2009-03-01.

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