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The Daltons (Les Dalton in French) is a French animated series produced by Xilam Animation that aired between 2009 and 2013.

The show focuses on the Daltons of Lucky Luke fame as they repeatedly try (and fail) to escape from prison, all the while surrounded by a colourful cast of characters.

The Daltons provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: Lucky Luke does not appear in the series. Justified, since he's the one who goes after the Daltons whenever they escape in the comic — since they never manage to do so here, his role would be redundant.
  • Adaptational Intelligence:
    • Rintincan — slightly. He's still The Ditz who tends to miss the point by a mile, and a completely inept guard dog, but in this series he's better at actually understanding what people are saying to him, even when they aren't talking about food.
    • This could apply to all the brothers as well, with the clever and imaginative plans of Joe and the others.
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  • Adaptational Personality Change: William Dalton, who along with Jack served as a faire-valoir in the previous incarnation of the character, is here presented as a more intellectual person, often citing cultural knowledge he finds in books, being a consummate reader in the show. To elaborate, he has knowledge about: the Aztecs, water pressure, amnesia, dreams etc. In a setting with seldom characters who read, it almost makes him look like a genius.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Pete and Emmet have... strange reactions when they see each other undressed. Yes they're blushing, but there's also this strange look they give each other
  • Animal Jingoism: Whenever Rintincan sees the prison cat, he chases it.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite Joe's annoyance at Averell's stupidity and his apparent willingness at leaving him behind from time to time, he shows in "Daltons Vacations" that he really cares about him and still loves him in spite of it.
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  • Canon Foreigner: Every character except the Daltons and Rintincan.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: In "The Director's Girlfriend", Joe disguises himself as a woman in order to seduce the prison director as part of an escape plan.
  • Denser and Wackier: The general look and personalities of the Daltons and Rintincan is the same as ever, but both they and the world around them are a lot zanier and more cartoony than in the comics... though not quite to the degree of the Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure movie.
  • The Dreaded: Ma', for Joe only.
    Jack: But Joe isn't afraid of anything.
    Averell: Except Ma'
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The Daltons never DO manage to escape from prison (at least, never for very long). Therefore unlike the comics and the episodes featuring a certain cowboy's adventures the whole plot always occurs around the prison's perimeter.
  • Hot Librarian: Miss Betty, the prison librarian, is a classic example. She's very pretty, and very sweet-natured, but also very proper.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: In one episode, Jack searches Miss Betty's drawers for the prison keys, and is amused to find something he thinks is a "double-barrel slingshot". It's a bra.
  • Renaissance Man: Averell has shown to be the most skilled of the Daltons outside of crime: artist (painter, sculptor, interior decorator, puppeteer, origami crafter), cook(baker, pastry chef, french fryer...), gardener , karate master...
  • Shout-Out: In "The Director's Girlfriend", Peabody's response to Joe revealing his true gender is "Well, nobody's perfect." The same line was said by Osgood in Some Like It Hot, when Jerry did the same.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Space Goofs.
  • Those Two Guys: The two prison guards, Pete and Emmet. They seldom play much of a role in the plots, but they occasionally play Greek Chorus or have a Seinfeldian Conversation on the sidelines while the Daltons hatch their latest scheme.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Daltons themselves as it is all known to most viewers what they are in jail for. However they don't get the chance to do much other that try to escape in this series.


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