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Didou (Louie in most countries outside France except in the US, where it is known as Sam) is an animated series that is based on the book by Yves Got. The show was animated by French production company Millimages SA. All 117 episodes of the show is currenly available across 13 DVDs released in France.


Didou provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • Adobe Flash: The show is apparently done using this tool.
  • Animated Adaptation: Based on the books by Yves Got.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Didou's art kit.
  • Art Initiates Life: Louie's drawing comes to life/becomes usable once it's completed.
  • Audience Participation: See Fake Interactivity below.
  • Book-Ends: Pages flipping to a blank page for Louie to provide the instructions to draw the object for the second time seems to imply that the characters' world are inside a sketchbook.
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  • British English: Justified as the English dub is meant for BBC/ABC (the Australian one) airing. But then you get strange words like dustbin lorry (garbage truck).
  • Darker and Edgier: The special "Louie and the Rainbow Fairy". It completely ditches out the Fake Interactivity and has a main antagonist: a wizard called Kroodle that has captured the titular Rainbow Fairy in order to turn the world into black via some creatures called the Krockolors and thus must be stopped by Louie and his friends. In the end, Yoko and the Blue Knight, a friend that the duo made in the beginning of the special, are even turned into Krockolors by Kroodle and there's actual tension for Louie to draw a magic wand in a hurry and without explaining the steps used .
  • Edutainment Show: The show teaches the viewers basic drawing.
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  • Edutainment Game / Licensed Game: One for the Leapster, and that's not counting the iOS ones.
  • Fake Interactivity: As with most educational TV shows for pre-schoolers without a fourth wall, the show comes with a set of "viewers" (credited as The Hot Kool Kids in the English version of the show) that will provide Louie with a reply when he questions the viewers.
  • Market-Based Title: Didou is also known as Louie in most other countries outside of France, except the US, where he is known as Sam instead.
  • No Antagonist: Well, not all of the creatures drawn by Didou will be coorporative, but the worst they can be are JerkAsses that do little more than disobey Didou. The special "Louie and the Rainbow Fairy", however...
  • No Fourth Wall: Played straight.
  • Reality Warper: Didou
  • Speak in Unison: The children voiceovers. They take the whole Fake Interactivity-related chorus of voices thing Up to Eleven, as they literally say everything in unison no matter how extense their response to Didou turns out to be.
  • Title Theme Tune: Draw us a picture, Louie!
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Instructions on drawing the item is shown twice- one in the middle of the episode once the plot has been set, and again about 30 seconds after completion of the first instructions.

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