Rabbids Invasion

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Rabbids Invasion
Original French title card
FrenchLes Lapins Crétins: Invasion
GenreComedy
Slapstick
Animation
Based onRabbids
by Ubisoft
Developed byJean-Louis Momus
Voices ofDamien Laquet
David Coburn
David Gasman
Barbara Scaff
Theme music composerLa Belle Equipe
ComposerLa Belle Equipe
Country of originFrance
United States
Original languagesFrench
English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes104 (309 segments + 1 special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Jean-Julien Baronnet (S1–3)
  • Didier Lupfer (S1–2)
  • Yves Guillemot (S4)
Producers
  • Frédéric Thonet (S1–4)
  • Fannie Pailloux (S1–3)
  • Damien Leyris (S2)
  • Ruben Berissi (S3)
EditorJulien Hell
Running time20–21 minutes (7 minutes per segment)
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFrance 3
Release3 August 2013 (2013-08-03) –
26 December 2018 (2018-12-26)

Rabbids Invasion (French: Les Lapins Crétins: Invasion) is an animated television series based on Ubisoft's Rabbids video game series. It is a co-production of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, TeamTO and France Télévisions (only for the first four seasons). The show was developed by Jean-Louis Momus, and stars Damien Laquet as the voice of the Rabbids.

The show premiered on 3 August 2013 on France 3. The first three seasons, each with 26 episodes, aired between 2013 and 2017. A fourth and final season aired on France 3 in 2018 and it was released worldwide through Netflix on 1 July 2019.[1][2] An hour-long follow-up after the series finale,[3] titled Rabbids Invasion: Mission to Mars, premiered in France on 29 September 2021 and on Netflix as an original film on February 18, 2022.[4]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17826August 3, 2013 (2013-08-03)December 6, 2014 (2014-12-06)
27826October 11, 2014 (2014-10-11)June 14, 2016 (2016-06-14)
37826June 21, 2016 (2016-06-21)June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
47526September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)December 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
Mission to MarsSeptember 29, 2021 (2021-09-29)

Production[edit]

In October 2010, Ubisoft and Aardman announced a partnership to produce a TV series pilot and several shorts based on the Rabbids franchise.[5] The following year, it was announced that 78 animated episodes would be made by Ubisoft's Montreuil-based studio Ubisoft Motion Pictures as its first in-house production.[6] In the United States, the series premiered on Nickelodeon on 3 August 2013.[7] On 17 December 2013, the series was renewed for a second season of 26 half-hour blocks, with three segments per block.[8] On 16 June 2015, it was renewed for a third season.[9]

A fourth and final season was announced in July 2018. This season was not aired by Nickelodeon, and it instead aired on France 3 and Netflix.[10]

Broadcast[edit]

The series airs on France 3 in France. In China, Rabbids Invasion ranked as the most-watched children's television series in 2017, having gathered over a billion views.[11] Disney Channel Asia premiered the fourth and final season of Rabbids Invasion on 8 July 2019.

In the United States, from 3 August 2013 onward, the first season (and several episodes of the second season) aired on Nickelodeon. The rest of the second season and all of the third season aired only on the Nicktoons channel. The fourth and final season was not aired in the United States until Netflix released it in July 2019.[12] In 2023, the series was picked up by the U.S. video-on-demand service Kabillion.[13]

Reception[edit]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show two out of five stars, stating: "Rabbids Invasion tones down the violence for the characters' jump from gaming to the TV, but they still have a lot of fun at the expense of each other and unsuspecting bystanders, and a lot of their antics would be frowned upon in the real world (using chickens' buttocks as egg shooters in a mock battle, for instance). Ultimately, though, it's crude and minimally taxing on viewers' sense of comprehension, so for better or worse, it's bound to appeal to the grade-school set."[14]

Video game[edit]

Rabbids Invasion was adapted into an interactive TV series, titled Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show.[15] The game which combines existing television episodes with a series of challenges, was released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in November 2014, requiring a Kinect or PlayStation Camera, respectively.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rabbids Invasion (2018) on Netflix USA :: New on Netflix USA". Archived from the original on 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  2. ^ "'Rabbids Invasion' Becomes Top Children's Show in China, Ubisoft Eyes Other IP for TV". 9 October 2018. Archived from the original on 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  3. ^ Stanley, Patrick (October 10, 2019). "Ubisoft Planning Animated TV Adaptations of Popular Game Franchises (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Embark with an unusual crew towards the conquest of Mars with this special 70-minute movie". Ubisoft Paris. Archived from the original on 2021-12-27. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  5. ^ "Ubisoft & Aardman to Create Pilot for Animated Television Show Based on Raving Rabbids, IGN". 4 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  6. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (October 6, 2011). "Nick licenses 'Raving Rabbids'". Variety. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "Rabbids Invasion: Debut Date Announced and Trailer Revealed". IGN. July 12, 2013. Archived from the original on July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "'Rabbids Invasion' renewed for second season". Polygon. December 18, 2013. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Elsa Keslassy (17 June 2015). "French Toon Studio TeamTO Sells 'YellowBird' to Universal". Variety. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Les Lapins Crétins Invasion (July 10, 2018), Les Lapins Crétins – Teaser Saison 4, archived from the original on September 7, 2019, retrieved October 17, 2018
  11. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (September 22, 2017). "With Nintendo's help, Ubisoft grows Rabbids brand in Asia". Kidscreen. Archived from the original on October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rabbids Invasion on netflix". The Futon Critic. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  13. ^ "Rabbids Invasion". Kabillion. Archived from the original on 2023-06-11. Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  14. ^ Emily Ashby (5 August 2013). "Rabbids Invasion – Television Review". Commonsensemedia.org. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  15. ^ "Ubisoft® Makes Interactive TV A Reality With Creation Of Rabbids® Invasion The Interactive TV Show" (Press release). Ubisoft. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  16. ^ Anne Lewis (June 9, 2013). "Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show coming this year". Ubisoft. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014.

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