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Once Upon a Time… Man is a French animated TV series from 1978 directed by Albert Barillé. It is the first in the Once Upon a Time... franchise. The series explains world history in a format designed for children. The action focuses around one group. The same familiar characters appear in all episodes as they deal with the problems of their time.

The series' opening and ending title sequences famously used Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor as the main title theme music. Shortening the piece to only 2 minutes in length, the introduction uses the very beginning, which jumps into the start of the middle section and finally the dramatic ending to coincide with the destruction of Earth at the end of the intro.

  1. Albert Barillé


Series Cast

  1. Roger Carel as Maestro

    Roger Carel


    26 Episodes

  2. Annie Balestra


    26 Episodes

  3. Albert Barillé


    26 Episodes

  4. Yves Barsacq as Le Gros

    Yves Barsacq

    Le Gros

    26 Episodes

  5. Claude Bertrand

    Le Teigneux

    26 Episodes

  6. Patrick Préjean as Le Nabot

    Patrick Préjean

    Le Nabot

    26 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1978 • 26 Episodes

Season 1 of Once Upon a Time... Man premiered on September 23, 1978.

Once Upon a Time... the Earth (and tomorrow?)

(1x26, April 7, 1979) Season Finale

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Once Upon a Time... Man
Once Upon a Time... Man


Original Name Il était une fois… l'Homme

Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language French


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