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Brakanjan can refer to a dubbed Spanish/Japanese TV cartoon series, or to a South African play, based on the series.

Also found written Brakenjan in a few cases.

Brakanjan the TV series

Brakanjan en die Drie Musketiers and Brakanjan – Een Vir Almal En Almal Vir Een are two TV series, dubbed Afrikaans versions of the Japanese-Spanish TV cartoon adaptation of Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, the classic Alexandre Dumas story of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers., produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional with animation by Japanese studio Nippon Animation, that was first broadcast on MBS in Japan in 1981–82.[1]

They were broadcast by the SABC in 1985 and in the early 1990s, and were also made available on DVD.

The name "Brakanjan", derived from the Afrikaans word "brak" (meaning a "mongrel"), soon became the most used name for the series, and it has become a popular name for pet dogs in South Africa, as well as the name for various pet care facilities, dogfoods, schools and other educational centres throughout the country.

Brakanjan the play

The original text

Based on the TV cartoon series, Brakanjan is an Afrikaans play for youth written by Cobus Fourie ().

Performance history in South Africa

1996: THe play was staged by PACT, directed by Hannes Muller, featuring Walton van der Westhuizen (Brakanjan), Bertus Dreyer (Koning), Monique Vienings (Koningin), Sandra Vaughn (Mev Brakanjan), Cobus Fourie (Rochefort), Morné Malan (Hofnar), Adrian Freeman (Athos), Wikus du Toit (Aramis), Francois Henning (Portos) and Jean Marais (Kardinaal). Decor designed by Ken Telford.

2009: The play performed at the Vrystaat Kunstefees, with a student cast including Nicolaas Beukes


PACT theatre programme, 1996.

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