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Minuscule (TV series)

Minuscule is a French series of short video animations giving "a bird's eye view of insects' day to day existence, distorted through a burlesque, yet poetic lens" The characters are computer-modelled in 3D and set against natural scenery Each animation has a self-contained and usually humorous storyline The audio is a combination of genuine insect and ambient recordings with artificial sound effects The various protagonist insects often perform anthropomorphic activities, displaying intelligence, enjoyment and, sometimes, pathos The background settings are generally of rural France, and include farm houses, fences, cars, road surfaces, drains, gutters and garbage bins In Season 1 episodes, humans appeared only peripherally eg, as mute drivers of intrusive vehicles and large farm animals were the main reluctant witnesses to the variety of insect, spider and mollusc activities Some Season 2 episodes depict more explicit interaction with humans Production of a feature film that shares the same creative universe was commenced in March 2012 The feature film titled Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, was released on January 29, 2014


  • 1 Storylines
  • 2 Production and distribution
  • 3 Characters
  • 4 Episodes—Season 1
    • 41 French
      • 411 Volume 1
      • 412 Volume 2
      • 413 Volume 3
      • 414 Volume 4
    • 42 Region 4 DVD set English titles
      • 421 Disk 1
      • 422 Disk 2
      • 423 Disk 3
  • 5 International broadcast
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The creators describe the series as "an improbable blend of Tex Avery and Microcosmos", referring to the Franco-Swiss-Italian production of 1996 "Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe" filming real-life insects in their natural setting Similarities can be seen in the use of European country farm setting for most episodes, similar camera angles and shots, and an almost identical musical score consisting largely of open-ended, repeated piano phrases The creators also cite the Warner Bros cartoons of the 1950s as a model for the series, aimed at both young and old alike, and the series is often described as "a cross between a Tex Avery cartoon and a National Geographic documentary !" Episodes tend to follow one or more insect characters through a specific situation and have involved storylines such as multi-insect races reminiscent of the pod race sequence in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, a grasshopper maliciously launching other unsuspecting insects from a catapult made from a blade of grass

Production and distribution

Minuscule is produced by Phillipe Delarue, Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud at Futurikon The show's generalised country settings and avoidance of spoken dialogue enable universal accessibility and appeal The series has been sold to more than 100 countries on television and about 30 countries on video


Minuscule portrays an array of eighteen or more recurring species, usually limited to one or two in each episode, each displaying distinctive personality and behaviour Among the more commonly recurring insect characters include ladybugs, flies, black ants, red ants, black spiders, yellow spiders, green caterpillars, chubby blue caterpillars, snails, millipedes, bees, wasps, butterflies, grasshoppers, damselflies, mosquitoes, dung beetles, cicadas, and moths

Episodes—Season 1


Region 4 DVD set English titles

The region 4 DVD set for season 1 consists of 3 disks The episodes on each disk are as follows:

International broadcast

Country/Region Channel
 France France 2
Disney Channel France
France 5
 United Kingdom BBC Four
Discovery Channel
 Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Nick Jr Australia
 India Nickelodeon India
Cartoon Network India
 United States Disney Channel
American Broadcasting Company
Disney Channel Asia
 Indonesia RTV
Disney Channel Asia
 Canada BBC Kids
 Denmark Danmarks Radio
 Finland Yle
 Greece ERT2
 Italy Rai 3
Rai YoYo
 Norway NRK
 Japan NHK Educational TV
 Netherlands VPRO
 Sweden Sveriges Television
 Brazil Disney Channel Brazil
TV Cultura
Rede Bandeirantes
 Russia 2x2
 Thailand Channel 6
Disney Channel Asia
 Estonia Eesti Televisioon Estonian Television
 Czech Republic TV Barrandov
 Portugal Canal Panda
 Mexico Canal Once
 China CCTV
 South Korea EBS
 Argentina Canal Incaatv
 Spain TV3 Catalonia
 Belgium Ketnet
La Trois
 Turkey Planet Çocuk
 Iran IRIB TV-2
 Kosovo Klan Kosova


  1. ^ a b Minuscule - Season 1: 78x6' Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine at Futurikoncom
  2. ^ Glaud, Emilie Film Review: ‘Minuscule - Valley of the Lost Ants’ at Variety, 7 March 2014 Accessed 7 March 2013
  3. ^ Debruge, Peter Cicada's Song at official blog site, 19 March 2012 Accessed 19 March 2012
  4. ^ http://wwwdailymotioncom/Minuscule
  5. ^ https://wwwyoutubecom/user/Minuscule/about
  6. ^ http://wwwfuturikoncom/en/about-us/
  7. ^ http://wwwfuturikoncom/en/programme/minuscule-2-en/
  8. ^ http://wwwnickjrcomau/shows/minuscule

External links

  • Official Minuscule Website
  • Minuscule on IMDb

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