La lucarne d'Amilcar (partially found French children's TV block; 1987-1989)

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Mina (Karen Cheryl) with puppet Amilcar.

Status: Partially Found

La lucarne d'Amilcar ("Amilcar's skylight" in French) was a French-Luxembourgish children's TV block. It contained many sitcom-like skits with human characters appearing alongside puppets, while showcasing cartoons.

It was created by Jean Chalopin and hosted by singer Karen Cheryl.

It originally aired on now-defunct Luxembourg TV channel RTL Télévision in 1987, and then on French channel M6, from 1987 until 1989.

Premise[edit | edit source]

Karen Cheryl is mischievous and kind-hearted fairy Mina who hangs around in an attic where an old grumpy parrot called Amilcar lives.

Other puppet characters include three mice and a large dark hairy monster (played by a person in a suit) called "Groslais" ("Big Ugly") who, despite his scary appearance, is kind and noble.

Other human characters include an astronaut called Eric played by Eric Galliano and a "Pierre Gédéon" played by François Arambu.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Puppeteers included Claude Bordier, Jean Godement, Christian Dugas , Josette Stein and Sophie Pellegri.

The show was shot during 4 or 5 months, at winter time in Luxembourg.

Cartoons Aired[edit | edit source]

  • The Care Bears (1985-1988), as Les Bisounours
  • Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985-1986), as Les Catcheurs du Rock
  • The Littles (1983-1985), as Les Minipouss
  • Pole Position (1984)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Only two short clips and the opening song have resurfaced online.

On nostalgia website Casimirland, a user has claimed to have about 50 episodes on VHS, back in 2009. However, they didn't share them, being more interested in trading them for other rare shows.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Mina introduces the show and its schedule.
Characters begin entering into a song.
Opening song to La lucarne d'Amilcar.

External Links[edit | edit source]