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Ulysses 31 (Copyright 1980 DHX Media) - A Franco Japanese Anime that combines The Odyssey (Greek mythology standard a lot of us either read or had read to us when we were kids) with Star Wars (Copyright 1977, The Walt Disney Corporation). So if you enjoy either of those things, this show is right up your alley





Now, because I talk about this in great detail in an article I just wrote that as of this thread has yet to be approved by an admin, I won't go into much detail about how epic this criminally overlooked gem is. I'll just let the theme song (which is in English by the way) do all the talking. Trivia factoids in the reply. Also, here is the theme song. This is pretty much the most epic theme song to any cartoon









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Fun fact: The show's animation was outsourced to Tokyo Movie Shinsha or TMS Entertainment for short. Their credits include Golgo 13 (Copyright 1982, TMS), Akira (Copyright 1988, TMS), Monster Rancher (Copyright 1999, TMS), Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland (Copyright 1989, TMS) and even outsourced works from North America such as Inspector Gadget (Copyright 1983, DHX Media), Ducktales Original (Copyright 1987, The Walt Disney Corporation), Tiny Toons Adventures and Animaniacs (Copyright 1993, Warner Brothers)



Batman The Animated Series (Copyright 1992, Warner Bros) 



And much more...



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One of Seattle's independent television stations aired "Ulysses 31" on Sunday mornings from 1995 to 1996. I've been telling anyone who would listen about this cartoon ever since. 



Only when I got my first computer and joined RetroJunk in 2008 was I able to search for details about this cartoon. 


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@eddstarr - I didn't know about this show's existence until early this year when I watched a documentary about Dic Entertainment (defunct French later turned American Animation Studio known for its lack of original creations and licensed i.p. cartoons (some of which were good, most of which were mediocre at best). They also did Inspector Gadget, Madeline, the 2nd iteration of Heathcliff (the first being Ruby Spears), The Super Mario Bros Super Show, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, that mediocre at best Sailor Moon dub, and so much more. In 2008, the company was bought out by and folded into Canadian animation studio Cookie Jar Entertainment which in 2012 was bought out by and folded into DHX Media in what wad their ongoing acquisition spree) did air on Kideo TV on KPTV 12 in Portland (Now Fox 12 Oregon respectively) back in 1986 (2 years before I was born) but has not aired on Oregon television since then. Just as well, back then, if you were a cartoon from another country airing on American Television, unless your sole purpose was to be a half hour toy commercial, 98.9% of the time there was no room for you in the mainstream. You were lucky if your show ended up @ cult status at the very least, other than that, unless the name of your show was He-Man Original or My Little Pony for example, you were asked kindly by the mainstream to move aside and shut up. 



And honestly, that was just it. There was not really much demand for Ulysses 31 to be shown in reruns where I live. Oh well, better late learning about it now than never


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I have to thank DIC Entertainment for bringing to the USA cartoons from around the world. DIC found themselves in a sort of bidding war with Saban Entertainment, realizing the potential value of dubing cartoons into English.



When it comes to broadcast TV, what you saw depended on where you lived. The Seattle area in the 80's and 90's was ground zero for international content thanks to the region's diverse population from Japan, China and India.


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