2006-03-30

Animation: Professor Balthazar



The Croatian (Yugoslavian) Professor Balthazar was definitely one of my favorite cartoons as a child in the 70s. He was a kind scientist/inventor who solved every problem by walking around and around and around thinking and then... pling!! As soon as he had thought up the solution he rushed to his big machine added the right ingredients. The machine processed and processed and out came a few drops into his tube - the magic potion.

Listen to the Professor Balthazar Theme Song:


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Does anybody remember this little man and does perhaps anyone have just a little clip to upload to for instance YouTube? For nostalgic reasons I would just love to see the sequence I just described.

If you find more on interesting stuff on Balthazar on the net than these nice screenshots, let me know.

29 comments:

RYP said...

hello P-E after weeks, but I've a lot to do with my own blog... posting, sidebar (making links is difficult for a mac-user) etc.
so I think I have something for you: the Watermelon Men from Uppsala (wonderful album, listen to after 20 years) and maybe the great Nomads!

seeyou
RYP

Anonymous said...

I as well would LOVE some Balthazar clips or other stuff to go all mushy over.

ZB :)

P-E Fronning said...

It seems we have to construct a Balthazar machine for that unfortunatly :(

Chris Sobieniak said...

The best I have our two episodes in their native language I got from a forum buddy of mine a while back, one involved a musical conductor who kept having his pants fall down a lot, and another one I forgot what it as about.

I'd like to stick them up on YouTube, but I'm afraid to get caught very quickly given the circumstances I'd be under.

But yes, I remember seeing these many, many years back! I don't know why we haven't got a licensed DVD box of them by this point (just typical lack-of-interest).

P-E Fronning said...

Hi Chris!
If you'd like to send them to me:
martinklasch@gmail.com

:D

Niels Jespersen said...

Today, the Danish newspaper Politiken in the print (not on-line) issue linked to your Balthazar animation.

P-E Fronning said...

Thanks for telling me, Niels! That's funny eventhough I stole it from somewhere on the internet. I shouldn't really be credited in anyway as I didn't myself. But that's life:-) Takk!

jartoft said...

We are still smiling and laughing, my daughter and I. We both do remember this song from our childhood - my daughter is 12 and I'm the age of 44! :-)- and we also read about it in the Danish newspaper Politiken ;)

P-E Fronning said...

That's just great! (I wish I could see the article in Politiken...) :-D

susling said...

We are so many dedicated fans here in Denmark! I remember the litle professor with such wivety.......and yes the danish paper Politiken referred to your blog to day....but they are very behind with their updating - the last update is from sept. 29. ---so maybe you should check it out in a couple of days......here is the link:

http://www.politiken.dk/oplysning

By the way have you thought of starting a P. Balthazar fan club? I would sign up as a member instantly.....just a thought......

P-E Fronning said...

susling:
thanks for the link. I'll check in later.

No, I have no such plans :-) Maybe it's you who should start it up! Let me know :-)

Anonymous said...

i scanned the newspaper, for your reading pleasure..you'll find it here:
http://tuekappel.awardspace.com/bal.htm

regards
tue kappel

modmom said...

okay now i want to see those video clips!

P-E Fronning said...

Tue Kappel: You are SO kind! Tusen takk!!

ModMom: YES!!

Ali said...

Oh my goodness, You have seen this too. I have seen it in Iran back in 80's. They showed ot during Iraq-Iran War and it was one of those show that was worth watching.
Cheers, Ali

HenrikDK said...

Is Balthazar available on dvd?

I know the mole (aka Krtek) is:
http://www.nutshell.org.uk/storypage.php?ID=104&CAT_ID=7&issue_id=5

Anonymous said...

There are few episodes on YouTube.com.

Anonymous said...

You can also find on YouTube Italian cartoon "La Linea" which was also popular in those days (at least in the Balkans). Well worth a look as it is eqaully good. If you have seen Professor Balthazar they you have probably seen La Linea also.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Because I know I'll probably win a medal for this one, someone bothered to stick up 7 episodes of the series on YouTube!

For purposes of proper linking, here's those episodes in question...

1. The Inventor of Shoes (definately the pilot to this series):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvDNUOslhts
2. Lighthouse Keeping:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXBM22tMiZU
3. The Rise and Fall of Horatio:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2RFnDgGv3A
4. Maestro Koko:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jfJzqrWqcw
5. Of Mouse and Ben:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc_WkeBpH3M
6. Martin Makes It to The Top:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra6O82Qd6uk
7. Knitting Pretty:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrPC-8rlfHU

Of course these links are subject to change without notice, so I urge everyone to watch/grab these while you can!

P-E Fronning said...

As you will see here: Cartoon: Professor Balthazar, Chris, this has not gone unnoticed. But you will have your medal anyway. Just keep checking your mail ;-)

Chris Sobieniak said...

d'oh! Thanks for telling me, I failed to noticed if you had noticed that anyway (plus Google still lists this blog entry as second when I search for "Professor Balthazar". :-)

P-E Fronning said...

It's pretty cool that this post is listed that high :-) Keep up the Balthazar-spotting. There are more medals to be won!

Anonymous said...

oh dude, im from Bosnia and im 18 years old but still i have grown up with this man and i could just cry when i see some old reviews on some episodes. Now im searching for more info on the series but i cant find it anywhere...

P-E Fronning said...

Hi Bosnia dude. One can do worse than growing up with professor B (I did too and I'm 38). There doesn't seem to be much info out there. But what do you need? Did you check the Wikipedia info?

Anonymous said...

I know where and how you can obtain 3 full DVD-s of professor Balthazar. For mor details e-mail me on fkaric@hotmail.com

Hans said...

I just found a Balthazar video on YouTube. It seems a DVD-lab in Rome is doing digital restoration on all of the 49 episodes. You can watch the video here.

P-E Fronning said...

Hans,
Thanks! This is a nice project they are doing. Cool to see the difference!

Anonymous said...

Dear Friends, i'm a person from iran, those prof. Balthazars' were my bests. unfortunately i could NOT find those clips on the internet (in rapidshare for us to download), any body could help? THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH :)

Neda

predrag said...

Hi. We are finishing also a HD restored version. In Croatia you can find our 6 dvd edition with original and english language. Denmark? We send original master to DR televisions that is preparing dubbing... see us on facebook (124.000 fans) and contact us on www.dvdlab.it Greeitngs, Predrag Radanovic