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The Bellflower Bunnies (French: La Famille Passiflore) is a children's animated series based on the Beechwood Bunny Tales books by Geneviève Huriet, Amélie Sarn and Loïc Jouannigot. It debuted on TF1, a French television network, on 24 December 2001.[1] Many French and Canadian companies have participated in the show's production over the years; TF1 has always been involved. The series is written by Valérie Baranski, and produced by Patricia Robert. Moran Caouissin directed the first season, and Eric Berthier did the last two.

The show centres on the adventures and exploits of the Bellflower family, a clan of seven rabbits who live in Beechwood Grove. The two adults in the family, Papa Bramble and Aunt Zinnia, take care of their five children: Periwinkle, Poppy, Mistletoe, Dandelion and Violette.[Note 1]

The Bellflower Bunnies originally aired on TFOU TV (formerly TF! Jeunesse), the children's service of TF1, and has since appeared on France's local Playhouse Disney. The series has also been broadcast on CBC Television and TFO in Canada, KI.KA in Germany, Portugal's RTP in the Azores, and in several other countries.

The show has fifty-two episodes: four in the first season,[2] twenty-two in the second,[3] and twenty-six in the third.[4] In the entire series, thirteen are based directly on installments in Beechwood Bunny Tales, published by Milan Presse of France and Gareth Stevens in the United States; the rest are based on scripts by Valérie Baranski. Distributors in Europe,[5] North America,[6] and South Korea[7] have released DVDs of the first two seasons.

Overview

The English episode titles come from Feature Films for Families and Direct Source's Region 1 DVDs, as well as the online schedules of the Al Jazeera Children's Channel in the Middle East (for season 2). The list of original titles at AnimezVous.com gives the official order of the first 38 episodes,[8] which differs from how TF1 broadcast it.

Season Episodes Director Original broadcast (France) DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3
1 4 Moran Caouissin December 2001 1 October 2003[9] 23x15px 23 January 2003[10]

23x15px 22 February 2008[11]
23x15px March 2005 – July 2006

February 2005[7]
2 22 Eric Berthier September 2004 – February 2005 12 April 2005[6][Note 2] 23x15px November 2004 – July 2005

23x15px 22 February 2008 (episodes 5–8);[12]
14 August 2008 (episodes 9–16)[13][14][Note 3]
23x15px 13 June 2005[Note 2][15]

Not released
3 26 Eric Berthier April 2007 – July 2010 TBA 23x15px 4 November 2008 (volume 1);[16]
6 January 2009 (volume 2)[17]
TBA

Season 1

Official # TF1 # French title English title Air date (France) Original Beechwood Bunny Tale
1 2 "Le déménagement" "Room to Move" 25 December 2001 Family Moving Day (La famille Passiflore déménage)
2 3 "Carnaval" "Carnival" 27 December 2001 Carnaval chez les Passiflore
3 1 "Vive la glisse" "Slide On" 24 December 2001 Vive la glisse!
4 4 "En ballon" "Balloonatic Bunnies" 28 December 2001 En ballon, les Passiflore!

Season 2

Official # TF1 # French title English title Air date (France) Original Beechwood Bunny Tale / Source material
5 5 "L'exploit de Tante Zinia" "Born to Be Bunnies" 22 September 2004 L'exploit de tante Zinia
6 8 "Les Passiflore mènent l'enquête" "Bunnies on a Case" 13 October 2004 Les Passiflore mènent l'enquête
7 6 "Les beignets flambés" "Firemen or Firewomen" 29 September 2004 Les beignets flambés
8 17 "Noël chez les Passiflore" "A Christmas Tail"[Note 4] 25 December 2004 Le Noël des Passiflore
9 7 "Le jardin de Dentdelion" "A Garden for Dandelion" 6 October 2004 Dandelion's Vanishing Vegetable Garden (Le jardin de Dentdelion Passiflore)
10 9 "L'invention d'Onésime" "Papa Bramble's Invention" 20 October 2004 L'invention d'Onésime Passiflore
11 10 "L'ogre Kazoar" "Where Is the Monster?" 27 October 2004 Loosely follows storyline of Aunt Zinnia and the Ogre (Tante Zinia et l'ogre Kazoar)
12 12 "En avant la musique" "Face the Music" 17 November 2004 En avant, la musique!
13 11 "Le premier bal d'Agaric" "Periwinkle's First Dance" 10 November 2004 Periwinkle at the Full Moon Ball (Le premier bal d'Agaric Passiflore)
14 26 "Dentdelion et le bébé marmotte" "Dandelion and the Baby Groundhog" 23 February 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
15 13 "La clé du bonheur" "The Key to Happiness" 24 November 2004 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
16 14 "Pirouette sous les feux de la rampe" "In the Limelight" 1 December 2004 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
17 15 "Coup de foudre aux Airelles" "Love at First Sight" 8 December 2004 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
18 22 "Au pays des fantômes" "Weird Country" 26 January 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
19 21 "Dentdelion fait son cinéma" "The Silver Screen" 19 January 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
20 23 "Agaric et le sorcier" "Periwinkle and the Witch Doctor" 2 February 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
21 18 "Le pacte du lac" "The Monster of Blueberry Lake" 29 December 2004 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
22 16 "Le secret d'Onésime" "Papa Bramble's Secret" 15 December 2004 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
23 19 "Vive les vacances" "Holiday with Love" 5 January 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
24 20 "Chez les petits savants" "At the Science Academy" 12 January 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
25 24 "Au cœur de la source" "The Heart of the Spring" 9 February 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
26 25 "Sacrée Nounou" "Hairy Nanny" 16 February 2005 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski

Season 3

Official # TF1 # French title Air date (France) Original Beechwood Bunny Tale / Source material
27 27 "La fée Pirouette" 4 April 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
28 28 "Le lapin magique" 18 April 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
29 29 "Un phare dans la forêt" 25 April 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
30 30 "La pêche au trésor" 2 May 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
31 31 "Poussières d'étoiles" 9 May 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
32 32 "Vacances de rêve" 23 May 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
33 33 "Les Passiflore et le Barapoul" 30 May 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
34 34 "Les Passiflore à la mer" 6 June 2007 Les Passiflore à la mer
35 35 "Parfum d'amour" 13 June 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
36 36 "Pirouette et la cigogne" 20 June 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
37 38 "L'expédition glaciale" 4 July 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
38 37 "Le violon du marais" 27 June 2007 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
39 39 "La reine des corsaires" 6 July 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
40 40 "Tempête aux Airelles" 13 July 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
41 41 "Arsène et compagnie" 20 July 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
42 42 "Les petits bricolos" 27 July 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
43 43 "Les Toudoux" 17 August 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
44 44 "Les Passiflore unis" 20 August 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
45 45 "Chez Zinia" 24 August 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
46 46 "Le Lapinosaurus" 22 December 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
47 47 "L'élu des Airelles" 23 December 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
48 48 "Roméo et Pirouette" 30 December 2008 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
49 49 "Sacré manège" 1 January 2009 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
50 50 "Mon pantin à moi" 2 January 2009 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
51 51 "Pierre de lune" 12 July 2010 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski
52 52 "Fabiola la douce" 13 July 2010 Teleplay by Valérie Baranski

Notes

  1. In the first four English episodes, Violette retains her original French name, Pirouette.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Select episodes only.
  3. Numbers refer to official production order (see this table).
  4. This version only exists on Beez Entertainment/Seven Sept's La Famille Passiflore, Vol. 2.

References

General
  • Script error
  • Script error
  • Some French titles for season 3 were provided by TFO's schedules during its summer 2008 run.
Specific

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