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La Grande Chasse de Nanook/Nanook's Great Hunt was a 1996 French/Canadian animated series of 26 episodes. It was co-produced by Elma Animation, Medver International Inc.[1], and TF1, in collaboration with Mediatoon[2]. The series was created and produced by Serge Rosenzweig; the directors were Franck Bourgeron, Marc Perret, and Stéphane Roux; the associate 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 Mdiatoon'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 Artists

Nanook was voiced by Charles Pestel in the French version.[12]


  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. ^ "Translated by DarkFishie from Nanook's opening sequence.". Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  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.". 1996. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  7. ^ "Nanook : le grand combat". Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  8. ^ George, Jean (1999 Dec 30). "Telefilm Canada's ZOOM International European Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 4.". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  9. ^ a b "Mediatoon Flyer for Nanook". 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.  
  12. ^ "Charles Pestel Wikipedia FR Entry". Retrieved 2009-03-01.  

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