If there’s one that knows all of Quebec’s early 1970s youth programs, it’s Marie-Hélène Thibault. The actress keeps indelible memories of the time spent in the company of unique characters such as Fanfreluche, the green mouse or even Sol and Gobelet.
Marie Hélène, what are the youth programs that have marked you?
Fanfreluche, Floor and Chalice, The Riboldingue and later, Pumpkin pop. All for their creativity and their openness to imagination. My kids loved it too Fanfreluche And Floor and Chalice !
What are your best childhood TV memories?
Watch Hockey night, just to sleep in and be with my dad! Also, I discovered feminism with my mother by watching Aline Desjardins woman of todayand feel the importance of this speech.
Did you watch a lot of TV when you were very young?
My parents didn’t want us to watch it too much and when I was older I read a lot. On the other hand, I know all the youth programs from the early 70’s, that says it all! But there was never a TV at mealtimes!
Is there a character who influenced you?
Laura Ingalls [jouée par Melissa Gilbert, NDLR] from The little house on the prairie. I recognized myself in her. And the books from which the story is drawn are less fictional, but fascinating. I fell asleep fantasizing about the life of American pioneers in the late 19th century.And century. However, Kim Yaroshevskaya’s wonderful Fanfreluche undoubtedly made me want to tell stories.
Is there still a song from a show that has stayed in your mind?
Those of The Riboldingue. The green mouse. Nick and Picco or Grujot and Delicato. My mother used to sing them to me, then we sang them together. They are anchored very deeply!
Is there a character that you would have liked to play for children?
The witches inside Fanfreluche which were embodied by the fabulous Hélène Loiselle. They scared and fascinated me! Also, Louisette Dussault’s green mouse. Ironically, her show was black and white!
Which universe would you like children to discover?
Their inner world which is rich, vibrant, full of compassion, curiosity and creativity. And tell him that anything is possible with the imagination!
What do you think of today’s youth TV?
In Quebec, I think it has evolved a lot, that it takes into account modern psychology and the problems encountered today, but that it has kept the imagination and creativity that are our trademark. The actors and actresses of the children’s series work very hard and are very talented! And it’s full of discoveries in terms of costumes and sets!
♦ Marie-Hélène Thibault is the mother of the man nicknamed Lollo in the second season of the family comedy No entry! now available on ICI Tou.tv Extra. She also turns into a bitter interviewer for the web series star bubbles which can be found on tv5unis.ca.
To watch tomorrow
The sequel to the bookseller and his turbulent client, a game of poker among mobsters, ice fishing with friends and eccentric adventures with Michel Boujenah and Pascal Elbé.
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