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From our Childhood with Love: 10 Spanish Cartoons You Can’t Miss

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Get ready to dive into the wonderful world of Spanish cartoons!

Maybe right now you’re thinking: “Aren’t I a bit too old to watch cartoons? I’m not three!” Well, here you have some Netflix series I am sure you’ll enjoy. And, if you have any interest in the history of Spain, you can’t miss these ones!

But, even as an adult, getting to know and enjoy cartoons in their original language brings incredible benefits: it enhances your listening comprehension by exposing you to authentic accents and intonations; it expands your vocabulary and immerses you in Spanish culture. Furthermore, you can learn while having fun with endearing characters and their exciting stories. And I’ll give you another advantage: you can watch it with your little ones.

#1. Willy Fog (1984)

Let’s start with some classic cartoons that have left a mark on the childhood of the entire millennial generation

“Around the World with Willy Fog” is an animated series based on Jules Verne’s novel Around the world in 80 days, published in 1873. The Spanish series follows the adventures of a brave lion, Willy Fog, who attempts to circumnavigate the globe with his friends because of a bet. Be prepared for an exciting journey full of unforgettable moments but also challenges and dangers!

#2. Las tres mellizas (1997-2003)

Las tres mellizas (“The Triplets”) is a cartoon series based on Roser Capdevila’s stories. As a curiosity, I’ll tell you that the story is actually based on the author’s triplets, who were born in 1969. The stories were immediately successful and began publishing in many countries.

In these cartoons, the triplets travel back in time and meet historical figures. It’s an educational and fun programme whose objetive is to convey values to the little ones.

#3. D’Artacán y los tres mosqueperros (1982-1983)

It’s based on the book The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. In the cartoon, characters are anthropomorphized animals, mainly dogs. That’s why, in the Spanish version, the protagonist’s name, d’Artagnan, has been modified to a contraction with the word “can” (which means “dog” in Spanish).

D’Artagnan sets off for Paris to become a musketeer. There, he meets the three “mosqueperros” and together they live their adventures, fighting against the evil schemes of Cardinal Richelieu.

You can watch all episodes on YouTube

#4. Bandolero (2002)

If there is a series that you can’t miss, that is “Bandolero” (“Bandit”). These cartoons are set in rural 19th-century Córdoba. Juan (known by everybody as “Bandolero”) is a hero who fights against the abuses and injustices of the rich and powerful. Andalusian people love this series as it was the first to be fully dubbed with an Andalusian accent!

While Bandolero’s adventures may be fictional, the towns and villages he visits are completely real.

What the first episode here!

#5. David el Gnomo (1985)

David el Gnomo is based on the book Gnomes, originally published in Dutch by Will Huygen and Rien Poortvliet. The series follows the adventures of David, a wise and kind gnome, and his wife Lisa. These Spanish cartoons have significant educational undertones on themes such as ecology, friendship, and justice.

#6. Don Quijote de la Mancha (1979)

Who hasn’t heard of the famous Don Quixote? Well, if you are a fan of chivalry novels, then you’ll enjoy these cartoons based on Cervantes’ novel. They narrate the adventures of this mad knight and his faithful squire as they travel Spain in search of justice and heroic deeds. The series was hugely successful back in the 1980s, so it was also broadcasted in America and Asia.

#7. Memorias de Idhún (2020-2021)

The Idhun Chronicles  is a Spanish anime-style fantasy television produced for Netflix. It’s based on The Idhún’s Memories book saga by Laura Gallego.

When the necromancer Ashran takes control of Idhún and unleashes a reign of terror with his army of flying snakes, the fight for freedom begins. On Earth, Jack and Victoria must confront the deadly assassin Kirtash, sent by Ashran to eliminate the Idhunites who escaped his rule.

#8. La brigada de los sepultureros (2001)

Translated into English as “The Gravediggers Brigade”, this cartoon series takes place in a spooky graveyard, where three eccentric gravediggers named Tombstone, Boris, and Smirk live. Although their main job is burying the dead, they spend most of their time solving mysteries.

#9. Ruy, el pequeño Cid (1980)

Ruy, the little Cid tells us about the adventures of the childhood of El Cid in Castile in the 11th century. For those who might not know, El Cid was a medieval Spanish knight and military leader who fought during the Reconquista. He became a legendary hero celebrated in Spanish literature and folklore. It’s never been easier to have a good time with cartoons while learning about the history of Spain!

You can watch the full series here.

#10. Las mil y una Américas (1989-1991)

The series follows the adventures of Cris, a 10-year-old boy, and his dog Lon. Cris accidentally discovers an old book in the attic brought by his grandfather from a trip. The book enables Cris and his dog, through imagination, to travel to historical events of the various cultures that lived in America before the arrival of the Colombus in 1492. Due to its popularity, the series has been dubbed and subtitled in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew.

Watch the episdes here.

That’s all, amigos! We’ve journeyed through the colorful world of Spanish cartoons, exploring the diverse array of characters, themes, and stories that enrich language learning and cultural understanding. Whether you’re diving into the adventures of Willy Fog, laughing along with Mortadelo y Filemón, or uncovering the magic of Idhún, Spanish cartoons offer not only entertainment but also invaluable language practice. So, grab your remote control and immerse yourself in the world of Spanish animation!

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