“The time has come…”: Christophe Izard, father of L’île aux enfants and Casimir, is dead

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Aged 85, Christophe Izard “left peacefully at home, this morning in the Paris region”, indicated Pierre-Alek Beddiar, this Sunday July 31, responsible for Osibo Productions, the last production company of Christophe Izard.

Christophe Izard, father of children’s island, a flagship youth program of the 1970s, died on Sunday July 31, said Pierre-Alek Beddiar, head of Osibo Productions, Christophe Izard’s last production company. Aged 85, Christophe Izard “left peacefully at home this morning in the Paris region”. The main character of children’s islandthe orange dinosaur Casimir, marked the small screen, this “nice monster” going so far as to become a true inter-generational icon.

Here comes the time, laughter and 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 not only write the first episodes, but will also sign the texts of the songs, including the famous Here comes the time, laughter and songs…

For almost 1,000 episodes, L’île aux enfants enchanted the ORTF, France 3, then TF1, before stopping in 1982. Casimir’s favorite dish, gloubi-boulga — made with strawberry jam, mashed bananas, grated chocolate, “very strong” mustard and “raw but lukewarm sausage” – has entered common parlance, synonymous with “unsavory mixture”.

As early as 1975, Christophe Izard also offered another program, Wednesday Visitors, which was aimed at all child age groups, with cartoons such as Barbapapa and series like Prince Noir. To succeed L’île aux enfants, Christophe Izard will launch The village in the clouds, which will last until 1985 on TF1. In 1987, Christophe Izard will be ousted from the newly privatized Une and will join Antenne 2. He will then create the cartoon Albert the Fifth Musketeer.

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