Alfred J. Kwak (TV Series)
- Original title
Alfred J. Kwak (Chiisana Ahiru no ooki na ai no monogatari ahiru no Quack) (TV Series)
- Running time
- 25 min.
(Characters: Herman van Veen)
Erik van der Wurff, Herman van Veen, Harry Sacksioni
Co-production Netherlands-Japan; Harlekjin / Telecable Benelux / TV Tokyo / Studio Telescreen Japan / Tele-Image Japan / Verenigde Arbeiders Radio Amateurs
TV Series. Animation. Kids
- Synopsis / Plot
- Alfred J. Kwak was born as the son of Johan Sebastian and Anna Kwak. Some time after his birth, Alfred loses his parents and his brothers and sisters who died when a car hits them. Henk the mole, a good friend of the Kwak family, raises the little yellow duck. Alfred experiences a lot of adventures.
Unlike many other cartoons targeted for children, Alfred J. Kwak features exceptionally mature and often sad themes. Amongst others it deals with different social and political issues, such as abuse of power, but also raises important values such as friendship and solidarity.
The cartoon is also notable for the political themes on which it touches. In the cartoon, Alfred fights against a fascist dictator, takes in refugees fleeing from a country under Apartheid (with white geese and black ducks), saves whales against hunters, and oversees the changeover of his country from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Such themes are far from typical in a children's cartoon, and form a big part of Alfred J. Kwak's appeal. Other episodes have satirised the Japanese love of golf, and criticised countries which have sharp north/south economic divides.
The cartoon is also unusual for the subtlety of its long-term narrative. In most children's cartoons, the characters do not age. In Alfred J. Kwak, we see the progress of the main characters from very young children to adulthood as the series progresses. This is particularly striking in the character of Dolf. At first a mere naughty schoolboy, we watch as his evil steadily progresses.
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