Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (Spanish: D'Artacan y los Tres Mosqueperros; Japanese: ワンワン三銃士 [Wan Wan Sanjuushi; lit., Woof Woof Three Musketeers]) is a Spanish-Japanese animated adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas story of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers. Most of the characters are anthropomorphizations of dogs, hence the title of the cartoon; although there are a few exceptions, most notably Dogtanian's two sidekicks Pip the mouse and Planchet the bear, among several others.[1]

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Title screen
GenreAnimation, action, comedy-drama, fantasy
Created byClaudio Biern Boyd
Developed byTom Wyner
Voices of(see below)
Narrated byTom Wyner
Opening themeGuido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
Ending themeTom Wyner
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes26
Executive producer(s)Claudio Biern Boyd
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)BRB Internacional
Nippon Animation
DistributorBRB Internacional
Original networkTVE (Spain)
MBS (Japan)
Audio formatMono
Original release9 October 1981 
26 March 1982


The story, set in 17th-century France, follows a young Dogtanian (D'Artacan in the original Spanish version and Darutaniyan (ダルタニヤン) in the Japanese version and voiced by Satomi Majima (間嶋 里美)) who travels from Béarn to Paris in order to become one of King Louis XIII of France's musketeers. (Note: that they are referred to as musketeers throughout the cartoon and only the title calls them muskehounds.) He quickly befriends three musketeers (Porthos, Athos and Aramis) saving Juliette, a maid-in-waiting for Queen Anne of Austria. A key difference between the Dogtanian adaptions and Dumas' novel is that the character traits of Athos and Porthos were interchanged, making Athos the extrovert and Porthos the secretive noble of the group.


Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds was created by the joint production of BRB Internacional of Spain and Japanese studio Nippon Animation.[2]

It was first broadcast in Japan in 1981 and Spain the following year in 1982. In Japan, only 24 out of the 26 produced episodes were aired. The series was dubbed into English by Intersound USA in 1985. As well as dubbing the TV series, BRB also produced a TV movie, which was again dubbed by Intersound USA.

  • Spain: Televisión Española 9 October 1982,
  • UK: BBC: 3 January 1985

The partnership between BRB and Nippon Animation worked so well, that they collaborated in another successful animated series two years after Dogtanian called Around the World with Willy Fog in 1983.


  • Directed by: Taku Sugiyama, Hidetaka Saito, Shigeo Koshi, Luis Ballester, Tom Wyner, Robert Barron, Byrd Ehlmann, Dave Mallow & Doug Stone
  • Produced by: Koichi Motohashi
  • Production Management: Mitsuru Takakuwa
  • Executive Producer: Claudio Biern Boyd
  • Written by: Akira Nakahara, Yoshihiro Kimura, Claudio Biern Boyd, Manuel Peiró, Tom Wyner, Jason Klassi, Garry Morris, Melesio Rosales, Dayna Barron, Byrd Ehlmann
  • Storyboard: Akira Nakahira, Yoshihiro Kimura
  • Character Design: Shuichi Seki, José Luis Rodriguez, Lorenzo Ballester,
  • Animation director: Takao Ogawa
  • Planning: Shōji Satō
  • Edited by:Takeshi Seoyama, Hidetoshi Kadono, Matsuo Katsuta, Soledad Lopez
  • Special Effects: Luis Castro
  • Music: Katsuhisa Hattori
  • Songs: Maron Kusaka, Guido & Maurizio de Angelis
  • Music Edited by: Cabum Magister
  • Music Subpublished by: Southern Pictures Music Inc.
  • Theme Sung by: Popitos, Maron Kusaka, Suginami Children Choir, Hilary Mather, Elissa Mather, Ted Mather
  • Recorded and re-mixed at: Fizz Sound Creation, Intersound Inc.

Japanese version

The opening title was reanimated with a new Japanese title theme sung by Maron Kusaka and the Suginami Children's Choir. The ending title was the same as the Spanish show set to the song "Sou Iu Onushi Wa" also by Maron Kusaka.

Other dubbed versions

There was an Afrikaans adaptation broadcast on SABC during 1985 and the early 1990s. The title was changed to "Brakanjan", which has become a popular name for dogs in South Africa. The voice for Brakanjan in his earliest years, was done by Gerben Kamper during his time of working for SABC.

An Albanian dub of this show also exists. Its name is "Dagtaniani dhe musketieret" and premiered on the Albanian channel Bang Bang on 2 July 2006.


  • Bronze medal at the International Film & TV Festival of New York.[3]
  • Honorable mention at the 7th international 'Child of Our Time' festival, Milan.
  • The TP award for most popular children's series.[3]
  • Special award in the International Contest for Children & Youth of Gijon.


The Return of Dogtanian
GenreAnimation, action, comedy-drama, fantasy
Narrated byMichael McConnohie
Opening themeGuido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
Ending themeMichael McConnohie
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes26
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Thames Television
Wang Film Productions
DistributorBRB Internacional
Audio formatMono
Original release1989 

In 1989 The Return of Dogtanian was released by BRB Internacional, Thames Television and Wang Film Productions. It picks up ten years after the original story ends, with Dogtanian and Juliette now married and living together on the outskirts of Paris with their two children, Philippe and Fleur. The Muskehounds are reunited by queen Anne when her husband starts acting suspiciously. Cardinal Richelieu is still featured, along with Milady and Widimer still loyal to him.

The story is loosely based on the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne also by Alexandre Dumas, itself building on the myth of The Man in the Iron Mask.

Dave Mallow and Doug Stone, who co-adapted the original scripts to English and co-directed, took over as the voices of Dogtanian, and Porthos, respectively. As it was produced in Taiwan by Wang Film Productions, Nippon Animation, the Japanese studio which produced the first series, was not involved in the sequel.

Like the first series, 26 episodes were produced. Later in 1995, a TV movie was made of the second series entitled One For All and All For One, with completely different voice actors and a few name changes from the original series.


Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

The Return of Dogtanian

Episode list

Home media

UK VHS Releases

In the UK during the late-1980s, Video Collection International Ltd released numerous video releases of Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds after its broadcast on BBC from 1985 to 1987 and its latest reruns on ITV from 1988 to 1990.

Title Release Date Episodes
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (VC 1101) 3 October 1988 Dogtanian's Journey
Dogtanian Meets the Black Moustache
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 3 & 4
3 October 1988 Paris, the City of Dreams
The Three Invincible Musketeers
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episode 5
(WP 0008)
7 November 1988 Monsieur Treville, Captain of the Musketeers
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 6 & 7
6 February 1989 Dogtanian Meets his Match
Dogtanian Meets the King
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 8 & 9
(LL 0005)
1 May 1989 Juliet's Secret, Juliet Kidnapped
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds:
Episodes 10 & 11
(LL 0006)
1 May 1989 The Great Getaway, Dogtanian's Trance
The Complete Adventures of Dogtanian (VC1174) 10 September 1990
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (KK 0003) 22 July 1991 Dogtanian's Journey
Dogtanian Meets the Black Moustache

DVD releases

The series has now been released on DVD in the UK by Revelation Films in Region 0 format:

  • Episodes 1–9: 28 April 2003
  • Episodes 10–15: 25 August 2003
  • Episodes 16–20: 22 March 2004
  • Episodes 21–26: 25 May 2004
  • Dogtanian- The Complete Series Boxset 20 September 2004
  • The Movie One For All And All For One and the Dogtanian TV Special 26 July 2004.
  • Dogtanian – The Complete Second Series Boxset 4 July 2005.

(Note: The second series was only released as a box-set and not as individual volumes. There are 4 disks in the set. Unlike the first series which is in Region 0 format, the second series was released in Region 2 format. The DVD of the TV movies was also released in Region 0.)

In November 2010, a version was released that contains series 1, 2 and the movie. This was put together exclusively for HMV. Now the complete boxset has since been made available at other retailers.

The complete first series was released on DVD in the U.S. in 2012 by Oasis DVDs.


The original version of the soundtrack to Dogtanian (called Dartacan Soundtrack), can be downloaded from Amazon's UK website in MP3 format. It includes an English version of the theme song that uses the second series opening lyrics, but the music is similar to the original opening, in this version Dogtanian however is referred to as Dartacan, his Spanish name, and the theme is sung with very high voices, similar to the original opening, and rendered in a style reminiscent of the French dub. An insert song in Spanish which has been replicated twice (Richelieu and Bulibu, probably an error on Amazon's part or that of the record company) and a few instrumental tracks that are heard in the show itself and one unused instrumental track.[4]

Planned revival

According to their main website, BRB Internacional was planning a new CGI movie to be released in 2016, but it has been delayed for unknown reasons.[5][6] In April 2019, it was announced that Apolo Films has since taken over production of the film.[7]


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  2. Hernández-Pérez, Manuel (24 June 2019). "Japanese Media Cultures in Japan and Abroad: Transnational Consumption of Manga, Anime, and Media-Mixes". MDPI via Google Books.
  3. "DOGTANIAN TURNS 30 | BRB Internacional". 9 October 1982. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  4. "Dartacan Soundtrack". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  5. "DOGTANIAN AND THE THREE MUSKEHOUNDS | BRB Internacional". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. "Mili Productions". Mili Pictures Worldwide. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. Milligan, Mercedes (23 April 2019). "Apolo Films Kicks Off 'Dogtanian' Production". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
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