Christophe Izard, father of children’s island, a flagship youth program of the 1970s, died on Sunday, Pierre-Alek Beddiar, head of Osibo Productions, Christophe Izard’s last production company, told AFP. Aged 85, Christophe Izard “went peacefully home this morning in the Paris region,” said Pierre-Alek Beddiar.
The main character of children’s island, the orange dinosaur Casimir, marked the small screen, this “nice monster” going so far as to become a true inter-generational icon.
He also signed the lyrics of the songs
After studying law, Christophe Izard, son of a renowned lawyer, began a journalistic career by chronicling the musical life of all of Paris. In 1968, he joined the ORTF, the first public television channel, before creating, developing and producing children’s island in 1974. He will write not only the first episodes, but will also sign the texts of the songs, including the famous The time has come for laughter and song….
For almost 1,000 episodes, children’s island enchanted the ORTF, France 3, then TF1, before stopping in 1982. Casimir’s favorite dish, gloubi-boulga – made with strawberry jam, crushed bananas, grated chocolate, “very strong” and “raw but lukewarm sausage” – has entered common parlance, synonymous with “unappetizing mixture”.
A program with cartoons such as Barbapapa
From 1975, Christophe Izard also proposed another program, Wednesday visitorswhich was aimed at all child age groups, with cartoons such as Barbapapa and series like black Prince. To succeed children’s islandChristophe Izard will launch The village in the cloudswhich will last until 1985 on TF1.
In 1987, Christophe Izard will be ousted from the freshly privatized Une and will join Antenne 2. He will then create the cartoon Albert the Fifth Musketeer.