|Blake and Mortimer|
|Created by||Edgar Pierre Jacobs (characters)|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of episodes||26 (13 stories, each story consisting of two parts)|
|Running time||23 minutes (approx. per episode)|
|Production company||Ellipse Animation|
|Original release||1997 –|
Blake and Mortimer is an animated television series, based on the Blake and Mortimer comics series by Edgar Pierre Jacobs. The series was directed by Stéphane Bernasconi, and produced by French animation studio Ellipse, shown originally in 1997.
The first nine stories were used in this series, as well as four brand new stories, devised by the creators: The Viking's Bequest, The Secret of Easter Island, The Alchemist's Will, and The Druid. New writers, mostly connected to the production company as writers, dialogists or translators, were asked to come up with original plotlines which used the characters of Jacobs' stories, respected the magical/scientific Universe, but rang interesting changes.
26 episodes were made, with each story consisting of two parts or total of 13 stories:
The Viking's Bequest (French: L'Heritage du Viking) was the first of four brand new stories in the animated television series. In this story, an Icelandic physicist has developed a geothermal energy process. She invites famed professionals to inspect her claims, including Blake, Mortimer and a disguised Olrik, who attempts to steal the new discovery. The British writer and (later) filmmaker Russell Craig Richardson wrote these episodes (as well as translating all 26 episodes for U.S. and Canadian release). Icelandic authenticity was aided by the collaboration of Thor Tulinius, the Reykjavik-based actor, playwright and theatre director.
It was released on DVD in France (including English language options), and also in the UK in 2006 on a slim-lined DVD box-set.