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Spartakus and the sun beneath the sea les mondes engloutis nina wolmark

Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (French: Les Mondes Engloutis, lit. "The Engulfed Worlds") is a French animated post apocalytpic tv series created by Nina Wolmark.

Opening Narrative[]

Ever since the time of the Great Cataclysm, the Arkadians have lived deep in the center of the Earth. They believed they were the only survivors of this great devastation. Their civilization thrived under the power of their sun, the Tehra...until it began to fail. In desperation, the children of Arkadia broke the law and entered the forbidden Archives, searching for a solution. What they discovered gave them hope. Anxiously, they used their special powers and created a messenger to the people above. They named her Arkana.


The lost city of Arkadia (named for Arcadia) resembles a small Alderson Disk, and is home to an ancient civilization which escaped a Great Cataclysm in the ancient past by relocating deep within the Earth's crust. Unaware that life continued on the Earth's surface, and hoping to keep their people safe, the elders sealed all records of their past in the city's Archives.

Arkadia survives by the light of an artificial sun, the Tehra (Shagma), which is dying. A group of young Arkadian kids & teens defy the law and enter the Archives. With information about the world above, they create a messenger, Arkana, and send her above to find help.

Arkana encounters two children from the surface, Matt and his sister Rebecca, and brings them back through the underground strata (which seem more like separate worlds or dimensions, with one strata even being the distant future) to save Arkadia. They travel in a living turtle type spaceship called Tehrig, along with Spartakus (a mysterious wanderer) and Bic and Bac (a pair of pangolin-like creatures).


Intro (English)

  1. The City of Arkadia
  2. Living Crystal
  3. Between Two Worlds
  4. Arkana and the Beast
  5. The Pirate Klub aka The Pirate Club
  6. The Law of the Mogokhs
  7. Night of the Amazons
  8. The Capture of Demosthenes
  9. Tada and the Royal Insignia
  10. The Icy Web
  11. The Pirate Convention
  12. Out of Control
  13. Children...and Mice
  14. The Gladiators of Barkar
  15. The Emperor Quin and the Eighth Kingdom
  16. The Dark Hole
  17. The Drummer
  18. Rebecca, Pirate of the Sea
  19. Star Healer
  20. The Prisoners of Lost Time
  21. Emergency Landing
  22. The Court of Miracles
  23. Interstratas War
  24. The Defeat of Gog and Magog
  25. Dr. Test
  26. The Secret of the Auracite
  27. Prophecy of the Auracite
  28. The Most Dangerous Game
  29. Cyrano
  30. The Tightrope
  31. The Twisted Rainbow
  32. High-Risk Highrise
  33. The Boy Pharaoh
  34. The Floating Casino
  35. Prince Matt
  36. The Land of the Chameleons
  37. The Token of the Manitou
  38. The Master of the Tongues
  39. The Land of the Great Spider
  40. The Ransom of Peace
  41. The Triangle of the Deep
  42. Uncle Albert
  43. Tehrig's Nightmare
  44. Rainbow's End
  45. Holiday Fever
  46. Dodo
  47. The Shadow of the Tehra
  48. The Temple of the Condor
  49. Mama Thot
  50. Gateway to Dawn
  51. The Path of Light
  52. The Return of the Prisoners of the Lost Time


The series has been released in various languages, at times with changes to the names of characters. A notable example is Rebecca's brother's name being changed from Bob to Matt in English versions of the show- the reason why is currently unknown.

Broadcast History[]

Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea originally aired on Antennae 2 from September 17, 1985 till 1987.