Robinson Sucroe

Robinson Sucroe (also known as Robinson Sucroë in French) is a French-Canadian animated series. It was created by France Animation in France and Cinar (now known as DHX Media) in Canada. In 2009, it was found to have infringed Claude Robinson's work Les aventures de Robinson Curiosité.[1]

Robinson Sucroe
GenreComedy
Created byChristophe Izard
Written byMichel Haillard
Patrick Regnard
Directed byAlain Sion
Composer(s)Marvin Dolgay
Judith Henderson
Glenn Morley
Country of originCanada
France
Original language(s)French
English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Micheline Charest
Theresa Plummer-Andrews
Producer(s)Ronald A. Weinberg
Peter Hille
Christian Davin
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)France Animation
Cinar
DistributorDHX Media
Release
Original networkFrance 2
BBC
Teletoon
RTP2 and Canal Panda
Original releaseJanuary 17, 1994 (1994-01-17) –
January 21, 1995 (1995-01-21)

The series first aired on 17 January 1994, and ended on 21 January 1995 on Canal Famille and later on YTV, with reruns until 1998. The series originally aired in French, with the English version also being produced by Cinar.

PlotEdit

Robinson Sucroe is a cleaner at the famous newspaper The New York Herald. He is sent by the head editor Mr. Floydd to a dangerous deserted island to write stories for the paper every week, much to the annoyance of famous reporter Uglyston. Robinson reaches an island called Crab Island, but it is not dangerous and deserted as it seems. It is actually the home to a shipwrecked group of people called the Everydays and two legions of pirates. Robinson's best friend is Wednesday who both work together to write fictional stories saying that the island is too dangerous for anyone to visit, so their secret world would never be revealed to the public. But Uglyston knows the truth and tries many unsuccessful attempts to prove to Mr. Floydd that Robinson is lying.

CharactersEdit

  • Robinson Sucroe: The main protagonist, a young man from colonial New York City who travels to the supposedly deserted Crab Island. His surname is a play on the French word "sucre" meaning "sugar", which describes Sucroe's sweet and kind personality.
  • Mr. Floydd: The manager of The New York Herald. He's know to be stubborn, childish, and a hot-head, which is part of the reason he won't believe Uglyston's stories about Robinson.
  • Julian Uglyston: (Known as Grumbleston in the English dub) Robinson Sucroe's former coworker. Uglyston was the most successful author at The New York Herald until Robinson left for Crab Island and wrote his stories. Because of Uglyston's jealousy, he attempts to prove to Mr. Floydd that Robinson is telling lies in the stories.

The EverydaysEdit

  • Wednesday: Sucroe's ever so loyal friend and partner, he is the one who truly writes the stories for The New York Herald. He's also the leader of Crab Island alongside his parents.
  • Dure Soiree: (Known as Monday in the English dub) Wednesday's mother and the “leader” of Crab Island. She's easily upset and rash towards Robinson, although having a soft spot for her son. When first meeting Robinson, she had a strong affection for him, which quickly wore off. She's also tone deaf, which makes her think she can sing very well, although her singing causes rainstorms.
  • Dimanche Midi: (Known as Saturday in the English dub) Wednesday's father and Dure Soiree's husband, he's the real leader of the Everydays. A complete opposite of his wife, Dimanche is very calm and patient, with an affinity for playing sports.
  • Petite Vacance: (Known as Tuesday in the English dub) A preteen girl on Crab Island, she's close friends with Wednesday and Robinson. She's coy and a bit of a prankster, but is generally kind. She also likes to sing, but because she is tone deaf (like Dure Soiree), she thinks she's an amazing singer when in reality she's not.
  • Monday: (Known as Thursday in the English dub) Wednesday's sister and Petite Vacance's mother (the two are sisters in English). She captures the attraction of everyone, both Everyday and Pirate.

The English PiratesEdit

  • Captain Briske: (Known as Captain Percy in the English dub) The captain of English pirates, he and his crew members (except for Little Jim) speak in an overdramatic heavy English accent and are usually seen drinking tea. He is always in a childish feud with Captain Courticuisse of the French pirates.
  • Little Jim: (Known as Little Jimmy in the English dub) An English child pirate, he's Petite Vacance's "boyfriend". He doesn't talk as much as the others and rarely takes charge of a situation.

The French PiratesEdit

  • Captain Courtecuisse: (Known as Captain Beaujolais in the English dub) The captain of the French pirates, he and his crew mates are brash yet spineless. He constantly fights with Captain Briske.

Reoccurring CharactersEdit

  • Coco: (Known as Polly in the English dub) Uglyston's pet parrot. She usually accompanies him during his schemes. Uglyston considers her very intelligent and treats her better than people.
  • Captain Boumier: (Known as Captain Boomerang in the English dub) The captain of the New York Herald's ship. He's very naive, believing everything that's told to him.
  • Gladys Floydd: Mr Floydd's beautiful but ditsy daughter who also works at the New York Herald. She knows about the Everydays on Crab Island and keeps it a secret.
  • The Spanish Pirates: A group of Spanish conquistadors. Unlike the English and French pirates, they are always pillaging other ships. Both pirate groups try to get their hands on the Spanish's gold.

Episode ListEdit

Nr Original Title (French) English Title
01 L'île du Tourteau Welcome to Crab Island
02 L'île Flottante The Floating Island
03 Courtecuisse 1er
04 Mission Imposible Mission Imposible
05 Le Concours de Sieste The Big Sleep in
06 La Belle Captive
07 La Diva des Îles
08 Le Manuscrit Volé
09 Embrouille et Ratatouille Ratatouille Raiders
10 Coup de Foudre
11 Le Perroquet d'Uglyston Grumbleston's Parrot
12 Bienvenue Mr. Floydd Welcome Ashore, Mr. Floydd
13 L'Epave du Toulejours
14 Robinson Beach Robinson's Beach
15 Adieu Robinson Bye Bye Robinson
16 Le Guerre des Robinson War of Robinson
17 Un Monstre dans L'île Monster at Large
18 L'île en Folie Crab Island Tour
19 L'Apprenti Journaliste Journalism School
20 La Vie de Pirate It's a Pirate's Life
21 Drôles de Bêtes
22 L'Elixir d'Amour Love Hurts
23 Maman A Raison Mother Knows Best
24 Toute le Vérité The Whole Truth
25 Voyage Organisé
26 Coupe Double Double Trouble

VoicesEdit

English Cast

French Cast

  • Franck de Lapersonne: Robinson Sucroe
  • Gérard Rinaldi: Wednesday
  • Michel Modo: Mr. Floydd
  • Gérard Suruge: Uglyston
  • Jane Val: Dure Soiree, Monday
  • Jean-Claude Montalban: Dimanche Midi, Captain Briske, Little Jim
  • Annabelle Roux: Petite Vacance
  • Jean-François Kopf: Captain Courticuisse

Copyright infringementEdit

In 2009, Quebec Superior Court Justice Claude Auclair, in a 240-page decision, awarded Claude Robinson $5.2 million in damages. In the 1990s, Cinar, later renamed Cookie Jar Entertainment, copied the work Robinson had previously unsuccessfully presented to them in the 1980s. The company appealed the decision.

As of December 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a unanimous decision, affirmed the judgment in favor of Robinson. In the final judgement, Cinar Corp. will have to reimburse part of the fees incurred by Robinson and this also includes 4 million Canadian dollars in damages. This judgement ended an 18-year battle between Claude Robinson and the Cinar Corp.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Monique Muise. (September 4, 2009). Back to the drawing board; ANIMATOR gets on with life after winning 14-year battle over rights to his character. The Gazette, A.6.
  2. ^ Monique Muise. (April 25, 2010). Artist can draw on his friends; Internet Campaign Grows to help Montreal animator whose 14-year plagiarism fight with Cinar Corp. saw him awarded $5.2 million last summer - only to have the decision under appeal and back in court. The Gazette, A.3.
  3. ^ Joël-Denis Bellavance (December 13, 2013). La Cour suprême donne raison à Claude Robinson. La Presse (http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/actualites-judiciaires/201312/23/01-4723507-la-cour-supreme-donne-raison-a-claude-robinson.php)

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