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Once Upon a Time... Life

8/10
Release Date 1988-03-13
Runtime 26 minutes
Genres Family, Animation, Documentary
Stars Roger Carel, Gilles Laurent, Marie-Laure Beneston, Alain Dorval, Henry Djanik
Directors Michel Legrand

Buckle up for a head-to-toe adventure through the human body as this animated series explores the workings of our cells, hearts, brains and more.

1. The Cell Planet

1987-09-13

The world of cells is incredible! Activating enzymes, stopping viruses, and managing the body’s police force: it’s all in a day’s work for Teacher.

2. Birth

1987-09-20

After the first cell is fertilized, division and diversification take place to create the 60 trillion cells of the human body.

3. The Body Sentinels

1987-09-27

The body’s police force is taught to neutralize its enemies (microbes and viruses), which reproduce at an alarming rate! It’s a very complex task.

4. The Bone Marrow

1987-10-04

Red blood cells, the body’s police force, are created in the bone marrow but sometimes, the factory breaks down and wayward policemen come out. Uh oh!

5. The Blood

1987-10-11

The steadfast red blood cells have come down with the flu! Pedrito and Psi get some help from the Teacher’s antibodies to beat the enemy.

6. The Tiny Platelets

1987-10-18

Pedrito cuts his finger with a dirty knife. While the platelets try to cure the wound, the white blood cells fight off the filthy invaders.

7. The Heart

1987-10-25

Globus takes Hemo and Globina on a tour through the human body’s cathedral: the heart and circulatory system. It’s an impressive adventure.

8. Breathing

1987-11-01

Air bubbles travel from the nose to the lungs. In the swampy, mucus-filled areas, they meet the red blood cells that transport them around the body.

9. The Brain

1987-11-08

Teacher introduces Hemo and Globina to the most mysterious organ: the brain. They learn about behavior, the senses, and much more.

10. The Neurones

1987-11-15

The body’s messengers run around sending and receiving information about feelings like hunger and cold. They work day and night and never take breaks.

11. The Eye

1987-11-22

Eyes are magical! They break down and transmit images to the brain. What happens if a speck of dust gets into one? It’s tear enzymes to the rescue.

12. The Ear

1987-11-29

The ear is composed of cells that sense vibrations and transmit them to the brain. Then, the brain transforms them into words and sounds.

13. The Skin

1987-12-06

Skin is the first barrier against external aggression and helps eliminate waste. From cuts and scrapes to bug bites, it stays pretty busy.

14. The Mouth and the Teeth

1987-12-13

Yum! Candy! But sugar strengthens the bacteria around the gums and attacks the tooth enamel, which can cause cavities.

15. The Digestion

1987-12-20

After a tasty meal the food starts its journey to the stomach where it will be broken down depending on what properties it has. But don’t overdo it!

16. The Liver Factory

1987-12-27

The liver is fundamental. It doesn’t weigh a lot but it uses almost as much oxygen as the heart! It makes proteins, corpuscles, and helps heal cuts.

17. The Kidneys

1988-01-03

Toxic elements head to the kidneys where they are categorized. The good ones are salvaged but the bad ones are sent to the bladder. Have a good trip!

18. The Lymphatic System

1988-01-10

The huge lymph network transports everything to the body’s factories. Infectious intruders beware! This place is well protected.

19. The Bones and the Skeleton

1988-01-17

The architecture that protects the body’s organs is magnificent! However, even the slightest fracture can cause significant damage.

20. The Muscles and the Fat

1988-01-24

Muscles account for almost half the weight of the human body. They also need a ton of energy to do their jobs correctly.

21. Toxin Wars

1988-01-31

Combat teams act as preventative barriers and are prepared to defend the cell’s nucleus against toxic gases and contaminants.

22. The Vaccination

1988-02-07

Vaccines bring us so many benefits! People who don’t get vaccinated run the risk of contracting a disease that is stronger than our natural defenses.

23. The Hormones

1988-02-14

At the heart of the hypothalamus, Teacher shows us how this region sends out orders to satisfy all the body’s needs.

24. The Chain Of Life

1988-02-21

A walk in the forest is the perfect way to learn about the extraordinary food chain that exists between the sun, vegetation, animals, and man.

25. Repairs and Changes

1988-02-28

Pedrito is 8 years old and is tired after a long day. When he goes to bed, Teacher and his helpers observe the activity that continues during sleep.

26. And life goes on...

1988-03-13

Pedrito wants to know why his grandpa can’t play ball anymore, so he tells Pedrito an old story about a sphinx.

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