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 conceptual album, the franchise has spawned so far: three conceptual albums, two musicals, the Game Show ''Tabaluga tivi'', an animated series with a spin-off movie, audio drama adaptations of this series, several books, Board Games
, and an award for charitable work (the "Golden Tabaluga").
To make matters more complicated, the concept albums and first musical (Tabaluga und Lilli) have a completely different continuity than the rest of the franchise
, while the second musical (Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück
, "Tabaluga and the Shed Luck"), features both characters from the first musical and the series, in addition to a boatload of original characters never appearing in any part of the franchise again.
The only connection between the continuities are Tabaluga, the ghost of his father Tyrion
, and the villain Arktos.
This franchise provides examples of:
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Tabaluga und Lilli
Musical about Tabaluga`s struggles to free Arktos` "daughter"
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