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B is for Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian

Welcome to Day 2 of the A to Z Blog Challenge! Day 1 is HERE.

This year we chose the loose theme of entertainment and media, and (for me, at least) it started turning into a list of obscure or favorite shows, movies, et cetera, usually from the 1980s. Lynn and I are children of the 80s, so we’re big fans. Some of my posts are more like “where are they now” type things. Enjoy!

I don’t usually rely on Wikipedia as a source, but I did some research and found out that this was originally a novel by Cécile Aubry that was made into a live action TV show in several countries and later a cartoon. Nickelodeon picked it up in 1984 (I was 8 years old). I don’t know much about anime, but I mistakenly thought that it didn’t come along until much later.

What was it that drew me to this show? First, I loved the dog named Belle. She was so smart and protective of the little boy. [Ohmigosh, I just looked it up on YouTube, and one of the recent comments said exactly what I was thinking: “All I remember was thinking the bread they ate looked good, and wishing I could ride a dog.” LOVE it!!] They lived a simple, happy life in a small cabin in the Pyrenees.

The bond between the boy and his dog was so strong. They were separated for a few episodes and let me tell you, it was quite a tearjerker when they were reunited! I also loved the fact that they traveled throughout Europe looking for Sebastian’s mother. Even though it was only a cartoon, the scenery was beautiful to me. I think it’s what made me want to travel and see the whole world. Good or bad, TV does have the power to provide an escape from real life.

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What was the most obscure (or just your favorite) cartoon or show that you watched as a kid?

Tell us in the comments!


About katietesta

I am a mom, a wife, and a freelance writer. I love to research and have a passion for social justice and nonprofit work.


5 thoughts on “B is for Belle and Sebastian

  1. Hi Katietesta, Wow… I didn’t realise this was actually a real TV show. I’ve heard of a band with the same name but not the TV show, must hit YouTube to check it out. My favourite show as a kid was not a cartoon but it was Japanese. It was Monkey, based on the Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. I loved the cheeky Monkey who was always getting into mischief and trouble.

    Posted by bronbloxham | April 2, 2013, 00:27
  2. When I started reading I thought for sure it would about Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Sebastian from Little Mermaid. Yup…. I watch too many Disney DVD’s.
    Connie #133
    A to Z Challenge.
    Peanut Butter and Whine

    Posted by Peanut Butter and Whine | April 2, 2013, 22:58
    • Good guess, Connie! Sebastian is definitely one of my favorite Disney characters. Hmm, we probably could’ve done an all-Disney theme for the challenge!

      Posted by katietesta | April 3, 2013, 11:52


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