|Belle and Sebastian was a cartoon with interesting origins. While it was originally produced in Japan, it was based on a live action British series that was written and directed by French actress Cecile Aubrey. After all this, it’s only fitting that the show should become so popular in America.
The plot focused on Sebastian, a young lad who had been abandoned by his gypsy parents in the French Pyrenees, and his oversized white dog Belle. Most episodes found the pair in dangerous situations caused by avalanches or other alpine hazards, always on the lookout for the boy's mother. His adoptive father Cesar and Cesar’s daughter Angelina looked after Sebastian, and little dog Poochie joined the quest later in the show’s run. Police Inspector Garcia was on the trail too, but with a more sinister purpose: he was after Belle, the “Monster of the Mountains,” who was always being blamed for one mishap or another.
This series, which was shown on Nickelodeon, easily found an audience due to its sensitive portrayal of the two friends and how they dealt with adversity together. Many times Sebastian would seek comfort from Belle after being shunned because of his orphan status.
For some reason, the series was never released in syndication, but it ran on Nickelodeon for six seasons.
Meiken Jolie ("Jolie the Great Dog")