Franchise / Tabaluga

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Tabaluga, a small green dragon, is the protagonist of a franchise of the same name.

He was created in 1983 by German singers Peter Maffay, Rolf Zuckowski, and Maffay's songwriter Gregor Rottschalk. Originally only created for one concept album, the franchise has spawned so far: 6 concept albums, 4 musicals based on them, a novel, the Game Show ''Tabaluga tivi'', an animated series with a spin-off movie, audio drama adaptations of this series, several smaller books, Board Games, and an award for charitable work (the "Golden Tabaluga"). And to top it off, a new movie is being released in December 2018.

To make matters more complicated, the many concept albums and musicals have a rather different continuity than the cartoon, which is more well-known internationally, with the second musical (Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück, "Tabaluga and the Fortune that was Given Away"), features both characters from the former and the latter.

Common connections between the continuities are Tabaluga, his father Tyrion (often as a ghost), and the villain Arktos.

     Notable Works in the Franchise 
  • Tabaluga, oder die Reise zur Vernunft ("Tabaluga, or the Journey to Reason"), 1983; first concept album
  • Tabaluga und das leuchtende Schweigen ("Tabaluga and the Shining Silence), 1986; second concept album
  • Tabaluga and the Magic Jadestone, 1988; Shortened English adaptation of Shining Silence, by Chris Thompson
  • Tabaluga und Lilli ("Tabaluga and Lilli"), 1993; third concept album
  • The Tabaluga und Lilli musical, 1994; an adaptation of the third concept album (also incorperates elements from the first)
  • Tabaluga, 1994, novelization of Tabaluga story by Helme Heine and Gisela von Radowitz
  • The Tabaluga cartoon, 1997-2004; a cartoon based on the Tabaluga story, taking many inspirations from the novel and musical
  • Tabaluga tivi, 1997-2011; children's game show with Tabaluga characters as hosts
  • Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück ("Tabaluga and the Fortune that was Given Away"), 2002; fourth concept album
  • The Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück musical, 2004; an adaptation of the fourth concept album
  • Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit ("Tabaluga and the Signs of Time"), 2011; fifth concept album
  • The Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit musical, 2012; an adaptation of the fifth concept album
  • Tabaluga - Es lebe die Freundschaft ("Tabaluga - Long live Friendship"), 2015; sixth concept album
  • The Tabaluga - Es lebe die Freundschaft musical, 2016; an adaptation of the sixth concept album
  • Tabaluga der Film ("Tabaluga The Movie"), 2018; upcoming move adaption of the Tabaluga story, taking inspiration of many previous adaptations, especially various incarnations of Tabaluga and Lilli


This franchise provides examples of:

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     General Tropes 

     Tabaluga und Lilli 
A musical about Tabaluga's struggles to free Arktos' "daughter" Lilli, based on the concept album of the same name.

     The Game Show 
Two teams of 4 to 6th graders participate in mostly action-oriented minigames (a quiz-round was introduced later). The team winning more games has to win the final round to win the Grand Prize. (Roller skates/a skateboard/a bike + the latest gaming console + a T-Shirt). Later they also played for money for benevolent institutions.
  • Confetti Drop
  • Consolation Prize: a T-Shirt, a basket full of merchandising and a board game
  • Dueling Shows: Tabaluga tivi vs. Tigerenten-Club. Both gameshows for children about a popular franchise (Tabaluga and Janosch) interrupted twice for episodes of popular kids shows.
  • Game Show Appearance: A variation. A Tabaluga-animatronic was one of the hosts.
  • Soundproof Booth: Used for a while in the very first round: The kids had to answer questions about their teammate, who was in a Sound Proof Booth, then they swapped places. Replaced later with a "typical" quiz in the very last round.

     The Animated Adaption 

     The movie "Tabaluga & Leo" 
  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his dragon friend.
  • Christmas Episode: the movie serves as the Christmas special for the animated series.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In this movie we find out that one of Arktos' motivations for the conquest of Greenland is because his mother wanted to do it and he wants to do it all for her. He even sheds icy tears.
  • Happily Adopted: Leo at the end of the movie; the foster family that took him home for Christmas decides to adopt him permanently.
  • The Klutz: Leo.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: a lightning eventually powers up the giant toy dozer Arctos build (which previously wouldn’t start since it was modeled after a battery powered toy), allowing him to start his rampage. Justified since it needed electricity to work.
  • MacGuffin: the green crystal that is essential to completing the Greenland Day ritual for another 1000 years of good luck. It gets broken, forcing Tabaluga and Leo to get a replacement.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: Arctos’ giant version of Leo’s toy dozer is eventually taken out with water, which causes it to short out.
  • Rage Breaking Point: During most of the movie Tabaluga remains calm and understanding with Leo even when the other Greenlanders turn on the boy, but after Leo’s clumsiness causes one accident too many even Tabaluga gets mad. He calms down again rather quickly when he finds out Leo is an orphan though.
  • Token Human: Leo is the only main Human character from the movie and, in fact, the first human to ever show up in Tabaluga’s world. Hence why the Greenlanders are rather suspicious of him.
  • Trapped in Another World: Leo is threatened with this if he doesn’t go back to his own world before the Greenland star disappears, because then the portal will close for another thousand years.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Not as bad as most versions of this trope, but Leo is rather clumsy and accidentally causes a lot of trouble because of it.

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