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Tabaluga Erfurt by Stepro

Statue of Tabaluga in Erfurt; Germany

Stamp Tabaluga

Tabaluga stamp

Tabaluga is a media franchise featuring a fictional little green Dragon of the same name. Hence Tabaluga, too, is a fictional character, created by German Rock musician Peter Maffay, children's song writer Rolf Zuckowski and the author Gregor Rottschalk. The artist Helme Heine drew the image of Tabaluga as we know it currently. The character Tabaluga was first introduced by Peter Maffay in a musical fary tale Tabaluga ... oder die Reise zur Vernunft (Tabaluga or... The Journey to Reason) in 1983. This first studio album was the step to success: within the next years some Helme Heine books, four sequel concept studio albums, two resounding tours, a stage musical, Tabaluga und Lilli (Tabaluga and Lilli), based on the third concept album and many TV Cartoons which have been broadcasting in over 100 countries round the world followed and a children's game show. Over 100 kindergartens and child care groups carry the word "Tabaluga" in their names.

Fictional Character BiographyEdit

Tabaluga inhabits the fictional province of Greenland. He is about 7 dragon-years old (700 human years, as one year for a dragon is 100 for a human). His father died when he was six. Little is known about his mother. Following his father's death, Tabaluga was the last of the dragons and styled the crown-prince of Greenland, a place inhabited by talking animals of many different species. Tabaluga must defend his home from two rival kingdoms on either side of Greenland; a frigid arctic tundra, ruled by the evil snowman Arktos and a searing desert, ruled by an evil sand-spirit named Humsin.

MusicalEdit

The musical "Tabaluga & Lilli" celebrated its premiere on 24 September 1999 in the TheatrO CentrO, Oberhausen, and ran there until 30 June 2001. The little dragon managed to unite the High Society of German musical actors, with stars such as Andreas Bieber, Ross Antony, Paul Kribbe, Carolin Fortenbacher

Concept AlbumsEdit

  • 1983: "Tabaluga oder... Die Reise zur Vernunft" (engl. "Tabaluga or... The Journey to Reason"), first concept album (LP / CD)[1]
  • 1986: "Tabaluga und das leuchtende Schweigen" (engl. "Tabaluga and the Luminous Silence"), second concept album (LP / CD) published in the UK 1988 as "Tabaluga and the Magic Jadestone" (LP / CD)
  • 1993: "Tabaluga und Lilli" (engl. "Tabaluga and Lilli"; with Alexis playing and singing the part of "Lilli"), third concept album (CD)
  • 2002: "Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück" (engl. "Tabaluga and the Gift of Luck"), fourth concept album (CD)
  • 2011: "Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit" (engl. "Tabaluga and the signs of the times"; with Mandy Capristo as "Lilli"), fifth concept album (CD)

Tabaluga tiviEdit

In Tabaluga tivi, a television game show (90 minutes), you will see the little green dragon Tabaluga, his friend Happy (a snow hare), and his enemy Arktos (a wicked snowman).

In the show, two teams play against each other in 5 competition rounds to win prizes for themselves, and to win the contents of a treasure chest, which they can donate to their school, a children's home, etc. The broadcast is transmitted by ZDF and also KI.KA. In Summer 2005 the show celebrated its 400th transmission. The show is made for ZDF in co-production with Munich Production Company MingaMedia and is made in the Bavaria-Studios in Unterföhring, near Munich.

Tabaluga (Cartoon Series)Edit

Tabaluga (TV series)


HistoryEdit

Year Information
1983"Tabaluga oder... Die Reise zur Vernunft" (engl. "Tabaluga or... The Journey to Reason"), first concept album (LP / CD)[1]
1986"Tabaluga und das leuchtende Schweigen" (engl. "Tabaluga and the Luminous Silence"), second concept album (LP / CD)
1988"Tabaluga and the Magic Jadestone", UK version of the second concept album (LP / CD)
1993"Tabaluga und Lilli" (engl. "Tabaluga and Lilli"; with Alexis playing and singing the part of "Lilli"), third concept album (CD)
  • 1994: Rock fairytale tour "Tabaluga & Lilli" (90 appearances with a total attendance of around 700,000), based on the first and third concept album
1994"Tabaluga und Lilli – Live" (engl. "Tabaluga and Lilli Live"), first live album (tour of 1994; 2CD)
1994"Tabaluga und Lilli – Live" (engl. "Tabaluga and Lilli Live"), first live video (tour of 1994; VHS)
1997"Tabaluga" TV cartoon series – first 26 episodes (at children's game show "Tabaluga tivi"; ZDF und KI.KA)
1998Tabaluga premieres on Cartoon Network Europe
1999"Tabaluga & Lilli" musical (essentially the same as the tour version, but with a different cast) was premiered at TheatrO CentrO in Oberhausen
1999Stamp "Für die Jugend − Tabaluga" (engl. "For the youth − Tabaluga")
2001"Tabaluga" TV cartoon series – second 26 episodes (again on ZDF und KI.KA)
2002"Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück" (engl. "Tabaluga and the Gift of Luck"), fourth concept album (CD)
2003Rock fairytale tour "Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück", based on the fourth concept album
2003"Tabaluga und Leo – Das Weihnachtshörspiel" (engl. "Tabaluga and Leo – The Christmas radio play"), based on the TV cartoon series (CD)
2003/04"Tabaluga" TV cartoon series – third 26 episodes (again on ZDF und KI.KA)
  • 2004: "Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück – Live" (engl. "Tabaluga and the Gift of Luck – Live"), second live video (first live DVD; tour of 2003)
2004"Tabaluga viatja buscant el seny", Catalan version of the first concept album (MC and CD)
2005"Tabaluga" was also staged for the first time in Majorca, and drew an exceptionally large audience. The singers, Josep Carreras and Cris Juanico, along with Udo Jürgens and Peter Maffay bought the concept to the stage.
2005"Tabaluga und Leo" (engl. "Tabaluga and Leo"); Christmas cartoon film; based on the TV cartoon series
2006"Tabaluga und Lilli − Live" ("Tabaluga and Lilli − Live"), first live VHS video now released as live DVD (second live DVD; tour of 1994)
2007"Frohe Weihnachten mit Tabaluga" ("Merry Christmas with Tabaluga"), Christmas album (CD)
2010"Tabaluga und Leo – Weihnachtsspecial" (engl. "Tabaluga and Leo − Christmas special"), video of the 2005 Christmas cartoon film (DVD)
2011"Tabaluga tivi" is shot after 14 Years!
2011"Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit" (engl. "Tabaluga and the signs of the times"; with Mandy Capristo as "Lilli"), fifth concept album (CD)
2012Rock fairytale tour "Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit", based on the fifth concept album (planned for autumn)

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