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The second season of The Bellflower Bunnies, a children's animated series based on the Beechwood Bunny Tales books by Geneviève Huriet and Loïc Jouannigot, aired on the French television network TF1 from 22 September 2004[1] to 23 February 2005.[2] It was directed by Eric Berthier, proudced by Patricia Robert and written by Valérie Baranski.

Production on this season, which comprised twenty-two episodes,[3] lasted from July 2003 to October 2004.[4] While TF1 remained on board, a new roster of voice actors, crew and companies participated. Among them were Paul Cadieux, a staff member of Quebec's Megafun studio;[5] Canadian talents Julie Burroughs, Hugolin Chevrette and Elisabeth Lenormand; and China's Hangzhou Flying Dragon Cartoon.

The episodes were originally broadcast on TF! Jeunesse, the children's service of TF1, every Wednesday morning. The sole exception was "Noël chez les Passiflore", a holiday episode which premiered on a Saturday. As of August 2017, this season has aired in continuous rotation on France's Playhouse Disney channel.[6] It has also been seen on Canada's TFO,[7] Germany's Kinderkanal (KI.KA),[8] and the Middle East's Al Jazeera Children's Channel.

Production

Co-production partners for this season included France's TF1, Euro Visual,[3] Big Cash,[1] and that country's department of Walt Disney Television.[1] In Canada, they consisted of animation studio Tooncan[4] and production company Megafun,[5] both located in Montreal, Quebec. Also joining the production was China's Hangzhou Flying Dragon Cartoon, which handled animation duties.[4][9]

The French voice cast consisted of Flora Balzano (who played Mistletoe),[10] Julie Burroughs, Hugolin Chevrette (who played Poppy),[11] Mario Desmarais, Antoine Durand, Marylène Gargour, Annie Girard, Hélène Lasnier and Elisabeth Lenormand.[12] The English dub starred Danielle Desormeaux, Anik Matern, Holly Gauthier-Frankel,[Note 2] Eleanor Noble, Matt Holland, Joanna Noyes, Liz Mac Rae, Simon Peacock and Laura Teasdale.[12]

Eric Berthier, who has worked on several French television series, replaced Moran Caouissin as the director. Paul Cadieux, a Megafun staff member,[5] served as executive co-producer; Yves Pont and Franck Algard, through their company Euro Visual,[3][13] became executive producers.[12] Alice Willis took over music scoring duties, and also played piano and keyboard.[12]

Returning from the first season were screenwriter Valérie Baranski, story editor Fabrice Ziolkowski and producer Patricia Robert, along with Reanud Bouet in the backgrounds department, and Arnold Gransac on layouts. Loïc Jouannigot, the illustrator of the original books, was credited under "characters, location & props creation".[12]

Awards and merchandise

The Bellflower Bunnies won three awards at the 6th Festival International du Film de TV de Luchon in 2005, one of which was the "Ecran Jeunesse" in the Animation category.[14]

On 21 October 2005, Éditions Milan published Le grand livre animé de la famille Passiflore (ISBN 2-7459-1569-X), a ten-page pop-up book featuring five scenes from the show.[15][16]

Episodes

Each episode in this season runs 22 minutes in length. The first nine episodes are based on original Beechwood Bunny Tales, and the rest are written by Baranski. In the O and B columns, numbers to the right refer to their positions in this season.

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep5/1">5/1</td><td>5/1</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"L'exploit de Tante Zinia"
"Born to Be Bunnies"</td><td>L'exploit de tante Zinia</td><td>22 September 2004 (2004-09-22)[1]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Aunt Zinnia takes part in a seniors' cycling competition, with nephew Poppy as her companion. But as the race goes on, they get swept away in a river and end up at a mill. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep6/2">6/2</td><td>8/4</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Les Passiflore mènent l'enquête"
"Bunnies on a Case"</td><td>Les Passiflore mènent l'enquête</td><td>13 October 2004 (2004-10-13)[17]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Aunt Zinnia's niece and four nephews determinedly set out to find her stolen cup. During the investigation, the bunnies suspect that a vacationing family could be the culprits. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep7/3">7/3</td><td>6/2</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Les beignets flambés"
"Firemen or Firewomen"</td><td>Les beignets flambés</td><td>29 September 2004 (2004-09-29)[18]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Left alone by Bramble and Zinnia, the five young rabbits decide to make fried doughnuts. During the attempt, however, they soon set the house on fire. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep8/4">8/4</td><td>17/13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Noël chez les Passiflore"[Note 5] </td><td>Le Noël des Passiflore</td><td>25 December 2004 (2004-12-25)[19]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Near the Bellflowers' home, two of Santa Claus' elves make an emergency landing with their reindeer-driven sleigh. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep9/5">9/5</td><td>7/3</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Le jardin de Dentdelion"
"A Garden for Dandelion"</td><td>Dandelion's Vanishing Vegetable Garden (Le jardin de Dentdelion Passiflore)</td><td>6 October 2004 (2004-10-06)[20]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Dandelion plants his first garden, but a clever turtle targets it and makes him very angry. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep10/6">10/6</td><td>9/5</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"L'invention d'Onésime"
"Papa Bramble's Invention"</td><td>L'invention d'Onésime Passiflore</td><td>20 October 2004 (2004-10-20)[21]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Papa Bramble takes part in an invention contest held by Beechwood Grove. But the villagers give him a hard time with his submission: a water cycle custom-built for rabbits. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep11/7">11/7</td><td>10/6</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"L'ogre Kazoar"
"Where Is the Monster?"</td><td>Loosely follows storyline of Aunt Zinnia and the Ogre (Tante Zinia et l'ogre Kazoar)</td><td>27 October 2004 (2004-10-27)[22]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Poppy sets off to get some cabbage for Violette as a birthday present. Then, with help from Sylvester, an Angora rabbit, he must face Kazoar the ogre in order to get the supply. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep12/8">12/8</td><td>12/8</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"En avant la musique"
"Face the Music"</td><td>En avant la musique!</td><td>17 November 2004 (2004-11-17)[23]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Alone in their house, the young rabbits try to set up a surprise concert. However, nothing goes right for them until Aldo, a celebrity, steps in and teaches them music. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep13/9">13/9</td><td>11/7</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Le premier bal d'Agaric"
"Periwinkle's First Dance"</td><td>Periwinkle at the Full Moon Ball (Le premier bal d'Agaric Passiflore)</td><td>10 November 2004 (2004-11-10)[24]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Tricked by Magda the magpie, Periwinkle learns some dance steps that could either embarrass his family or delight the villagers. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep14/10">14/10</td><td>26/22</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Dentdelion et le bébé marmotte"
"Dandelion and the Baby Groundhog"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>23 February 2005 (2005-02-23)[2]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Dandelion takes care of a baby groundhog from Grandfather Theo's garden, but must face a difficult challenge returning it to the parents after Nettles, Theo's evil neighbour, keeps threatening it. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep15/11">15/11</td><td>13/9</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"La clé du bonheur"
"The Key to Happiness"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>24 November 2004 (2004-11-24)[25]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> During a treasure hunt, an old riddle from their great-great-grandfather leads Poppy and Periwinkle to a library hidden within an oak tree. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep16/12">16/12</td><td>14/10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Pirouette sous les feux de la rampe"
"In the Limelight"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>1 December 2004 (2004-12-01)[26]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Violette is chosen to perform on the trapeze when a circus comes to Beechwood Grove, but Mistletoe tries to prove he can do it better. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep17/13">17/13</td><td>15/11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Coup de foudre aux Airelles"
"Love at First Sight"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>8 December 2004 (2004-12-08)[27]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> While Poppy investigates a neighbourhood robbery for his siblings' new newspaper, he falls in love with a girl named Pammy. However, their friendship soon takes an unexpected turn for the worst. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep18/14">18/14</td><td>22/18</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Au pays des fantômes"
"Weird Country"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>26 January 2005 (2005-01-26)[28]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> The Bellflower children learn about a haunted lighthouse from their friend Anthony, and encounter weird, unexplained sounds during their stay in Scotland. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep19/15">19/15</td><td>21/17</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Dentdelion fait son cinéma"
"The Silver Screen"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>19 January 2005 (2005-01-19)[29]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> After watching a movie, the little rabbits search for their brother Dandelion, who is on a mission to find a young actor's teddy bear. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep20/16">20/16</td><td>23/19</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Agaric et le sorcier"
"Periwinkle and the Witch Doctor"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>2 February 2005 (2005-02-02)[30]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> A wizard's spell makes Periwinkle behave strangely; the family helps him when they discover the cause. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep21/17">21/17</td><td>18/14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Le pacte du lac"
"The Monster of Blueberry Lake"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>29 December 2004 (2004-12-29)[31]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> When two evil eagles threaten the village, the brave bunnies must save Beechwood Grove by building a monster to scare them off. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep22/18">22/18</td><td>16/12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Le secret d'Onésime"
"Papa Bramble's Secret"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>15 December 2004 (2004-12-15)[32]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Mistletoe wants to be a beekeper like Papa Bramble, but first he must learn about the serious responsibility and risks of that job. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep23/19">23/19</td><td>19/15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Vive les vacances"
"Holiday with Love"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>5 January 2005 (2005-01-05)[33]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Mistletoe meets Gamba, a female visitor, but then the two suddenly come face to face with foxes. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep24/20">24/20</td><td>20/16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Chez les petits savants"
"At the Science Academy"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>12 January 2005 (2005-01-12)[34]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> At the request of Ernest Babine, a famous chemist, Poppy attends a school for young scientists. But while doing so, the smart Bellflower feels he will miss his family a lot. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep25/21">25/21</td><td>24/20</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Au cœur de la source"
"The Heart of the Spring"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>9 February 2005 (2005-02-09)[35]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Violette and Periwinkle come to the rescue of a polecat family whose spring has dried up. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep26/22">26/22</td><td>25/21</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Sacrée Nounou"
"Hairy Nanny"</td><td>Teleplay by Valérie Baranski</td><td>16 February 2005 (2005-02-16)[36]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #E6E6FA" colspan="5"> Though they promise to be obedient for two days, the young rabbits defy the expectations of Theo, and his pet dog Grumps, by going down a snow slope. </td></tr>
O[Note 3] B[Note 4] Title (French) / (English) Original Beechwood Bunny Tale / Source material Air date (France)

DVD releases

Region 1

On 12 April 2005, the Direct Source company released four DVD titles, in association with Filmoption International:[37] Tales,[38] Adventures,[39] Friends,[40] and Holidays.[41] Like their Season 1 predecessors, these volumes also consisted of two episodes each; this time, the original French audio is provided along with the English dub. On 21 February 2006, Tales and Adventures were reissued together,[42] as were Friends and Holidays.[43]

Title Episodes on disc (#)
The Bellflower Bunnies: Tales 7 & 16
The Bellflower Bunnies: Holidays 13 & 19
The Bellflower Bunnies: Adventures 15 & 26
The Bellflower Bunnies & Friends 24 & 25

Region 2

France

From October 2004 to July 2005, TF1, Beez Entertainment and Seven Sept brought out five volumes of the show's second season. The first three consisted of four episodes each, and the last two consisted of five; all of them contained the original French episodes and their English counterparts. On 27 October 2005, all of these volumes, excluding the very first one from 2003, were packaged into a single box set,[44] which was reissued on 11 October 2006, with a plush doll of Dandelion.[45]


Title Release date # of episodes Episodes on disc
La Famille Passiflore, Volume 1 16 November 2004[46] 4 5, 7, 9 & 11
La Famille Passiflore, Volume 2 6 January 2005[47] 4 6, 8, 10 & 12
La Famille Passiflore, Volume 3 10 March 2005[48] 4 13-16
La Famille Passiflore, Volume 4 19 May 2005[49] 5 17-21
La Famille Passiflore, Volume 5 12 July 2005[50] 5 22-26

Germany

Episodes 5-8 in the official series order were released by edelkids on 22 February 2008, in time for Easter.[51][52] This came about as a result of the show's success on local television.[52] The series continued on 14 August 2008 with episodes 9-16.[53][54] As with the first volume, colouring pages and edelkids previews were used as special features.[53][54]

Title Release date
Die Häschenbande, Folge 2 22 February 2008
Die Häschenbande, Folge 3 14 August 2008
Die Häschenbande, Folge 4 14 August 2008

Hungary

On 13 June 2005, V.I.P Art Kft. of Budapest released six episodes of season 2 on three discs (under the franchise name Tappancs család):

Hungarian titles English titles
"Szelíd biciklisták" / "Nyomozó nyulak"[55] "Born to Be Bunnies" / "Bunnies on a Case"
"Tappancs Dani kertecskéje" / "Tappancs Papa találmánya"[56] "A Garden for Dandelion" / "Papa Bramble's Invention"
"Túlsütött fánk" / "Karácsonyi történet"[57] "Firemen or Firewomen" / —

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Select episodes only.
  2. Credited as Holly Gauthier-Frankle.
  3. O = Corresponds to the official order as listed by Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA) and AnimezVous.com.
  4. B = Corresponds to TF1's broadcast schedule.
  5. An English version exists, but apparently has not been picked up for broadcast anywhere. It can only be found on Beez Entertainment/Seven Sept's Region 2 disc, La Famille Passiflore, Vol. 2.

References

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