He has as a main feature to be completely stupid but often to manage involuntarily to help the other characters of the cartoon.
Rantanplan is regarded as the stupidest animal of the West (especially by Jolly Jumper, the horse of Lucky Luke). Its decisions and its reflections all more stupid or absurd ones that the others make almost undoubtedly smile. He is particularly liked by Averell Dalton, more the simpleton of the four Dalton brothers, although Rantanplan thinks, on different occasions, that Averell are his/her father, his brother, etc the idiocy of Rantanplan is such, that he can seek hours to eat, with drinking or anything asked by Lucky Luke whereas the object so much required is practically under its nose. Another of its characteristics consists in calculating the distance to jump in the arms of a character. Its attempts are balanced inlassablement by failures. That causes of him makes say: “zut, too short”, or “zut, too length”.
It belongs to the prison authorities, and has as a Master, the Pavlov guard (in reference to Ivan Pavlov and its famous reflex). It follows Lucky Luke regularly in order to “help it” to find Daltons. One of the excellent examples of the talents of Rantanplan is in the film Lucky Luke - Dalton in Mare of 1983.
It also has its own series of cartoon. In fourth of cover of the albums, one sees Rantanplan sinking in a barrel whereas its shade jumps the obstacle; in lower part, appears the slogan “ RANTANPLAN the dog stupider than its shade” (in reference to “ LUCKY LUKE the man which draws more quickly than its shade”).
In the British version, it is called Rin-chock-edge (in reference to the character of which it is inspired, Rintintin, and with chock edge which means " Can ").
- the Mascot (1987, Dargaud)
- the Godfather (1988, Dargaud)
- Rantanplan hostage (1992, Lucky Productions)
- the Clown (1993, Lucky Productions)
- Collection of howlers 1 (1993, Lucky Productions)
- Collection of howlers 2 (1993, Lucky Productions)
- Fugitive the (1994, Lucky Productions)
- Collection of howlers 3 (1995, Lucky Productions)
- the Messenger (1995, Lucky Productions)
- the Brains (1996, Lucky Productions)
- the Camel (1997, Lucky Productions)
- Collection of howlers 4 (1998, Lucky Productions)
- the Great Voyage (1998 Lucky Productions)
- Collection of howlers 5 (2000, Lucky Comics)
- the Beautiful one and the Animal (2000, Lucky Comics)
- Collection of howlers 6 - Christmas de Rantanplan (2001, Lucky Comics)
- the Dog stupider than its shade (2000, Lucky Comics)
- perched Dog! (2002, Lucky Comics)
- High legs! (2003, Lucky Comics)
- the Pretty Heart (2003, Lucky Comics)
TelevisionIn the cartoon Lucky Luke produces by Hanna Barbera in 1983, Rantanplan was a character recurring than in the data base and appeared in practically all the episodes, including those adapted of albums where he did not play originally any part.
The character was also carried on television in 2006:
- Lucky Luke, universe of fiction.
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