Moi Renart ("I Renart") is a French animated series first broadcast in 1986, made by Bruno-René Huchez, who was behind several popular French animated series in The Eighties.It is a very loose adaptation of Le Roman de Renart, an anthology of satirical tales written in the French Middle Ages. The original stories were about a fox called Renart outwitting other animals as they try to chase food. Those tales were so popular that it even replaced in French vocabulary "goupil" with "renard" (French for fox).The animated series is set in Paris during The Eighties. The characters are very anthropomorphized animals (realistic human bodies, animal heads). It has a much more comedic tone, and more often than not, Hilarity Ensues.The plot is about Renart, a cocky and joyful young fox, who goes in Paris and decides to set up an agency where he says he can do any job. He often badgers his greedy and grumpy uncle Ysengrin who is a car salesman, gets in trouble with the law, and tries to seduce beautiful vixen journalist Hermeline.Tropes:
Alien Abduction: There are no actual extraterrestrials in the show, but an episode is about Renart's aunt Hersent, who sees a movie about an alien invader who abducts a french fries salesgirl and they live Happily Ever After (because the alien's a cool guy and she was in an unpleasant engagement). So she sets up a french fries stand and waits for an alien to abduct her! Renart dresses up as the alien and "abducts" her in a disguised helicopter to please her.
Ass in a Lion Skin: Renart and other characters would impersonate other humanoid-animal "species", but also non-anthropomorphic animals! (such as a gorilla or bear)
Attractive Bent-Gender: Renart impersonates a woman several times, and they are more often attractive than not. Even his own uncle wants to touch Renart's leg when he is impersonating a cleaning lady. What is less attractive is his incapacity in making an attractive female voice.
Best Known for the Fanservice: One of the reasons this series has remained in the nostalgic memories is mostly for the sexualized anthropomorphic characters.
The Eighties: Moi Renart was set and broadcast in this period. There are actually very little Eighties culture elements visible; the most visible part is when Renart daydreams a music video starring himself with showgirls, robots serving champagne, Grace Jones spitting a car and the Statue of Liberty on rockets.
Fountain of Youth: The penultimate episode is about a chemical that turns people into children, both physically and mentally.
Frogs and Toads: The first episode is about Renart thwarting frog trafficking.
Furry Confusion: There are anthropomorphic animals treated like humans, and non-anthropomorphic animals treated like, well, animals.
Furry Fandom: It is sometimes speculated that this series launched several young French people into furries...
Gay Paree: The action mainly happens in Paris, although it is hardly a romantic one.
Superchou is basically children singer Chantal Goya.
General Frimard is basically General Marcel Bigeard.
Princess Corolle de Saint-Zéphyr is basically Princess Stéphanie de Monaco.
Moulio Moulino is basically singer Julio Iglesias.
President Ducoi is basically President François Mitterrand.
Non-Human Sidekick: Marmouset the monkey. Okay, okay, nobody is technically human in the show since the "human-like" are anthropomorphic animals... but hey, it still counts, right?
Off Model: The characters will sometimes look very weird for a second or two, such as Renart showing a very cartoony face when in shock or Ysengrin being suddenly twice as large as Renart when standing next to him.
The Fil-à-Film VHS releases had mostly AWFUL cover art, obviously done by some crony who used a screen-still as reference to clumsily reproduce something that looks like a bad child tracing (and Fil-à-Film had a lot of awful cover art to offer!).
Paper-Thin Disguise: Some of Renart's disguises amount to that: he easily impersonates General Bigeard by simply tucking his ears in a cap and putting a big band-aid on his snout!
Petting Zoo People: All of the characters (except Marmouset) are furries with almost photo-realistic human bodies.
Rebellious Princess: Princess Corolle de Saint-Zéphyr refuses the Arranged Marriage that her father forces her into and she'd prefer to give up the royal life and be an artist at a circus. Which she does.
Shout-Out: In the first episode, Marmouset goes watch a TV series on a TV watch. On the screen is shown Clémentine, another classic French cartoon of the 80's that was also made by Bruno-René Huchez and had the same character designer (Pascale Mauraux). The music heard is Renart's theme, though.
Sudden Name Change: In the Moulio's concert episode, Hersent is suddenly called "Ysengrine". This only time.