VSChristophe Izard, father of “L’île aux enfants”, a flagship program for young people in the 1970s, died on Sunday, Pierre-Alek Beddiar, head of Osibo Productions, Ms. .Izard.
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.
Aged 85, Mr. Izard “went peacefully home this morning in the Paris region,” said Mr. Beddiar.
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 “L’île aux enfants” in 1974.
He will not only write the first episodes, but will also sign the texts of the songs, including the famous “Here come 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”.
He enchanted the childhood of several generations
As early as 1975, Christophe Izard also offered another program, “Les visitors du mardi”, which was aimed at all child age groups, with cartoons such as “Barbapapa” and series such as “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 was ousted from the newly privatized front page and joined Antenne 2. He then created the cartoon “Albert the Fifth Musketeer”.
“He accompanied and enchanted the childhood of several generations. Christophe Izard leaves us orphans of a happy country where it was spring every day, ”responded on Twitter the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak.