1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 2 (France/Japan)
27 x 25 minute episodes
This cartoon adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey was a joint French/Japanese production set in the 31st century.
Ulysses angered the Gods in an incident that involved killing a sci-fi version of Cyclops to rescue his son, Telemachus, freeing two enslaved blue-skinned alien children – including Yumi from the planet Zotra – in the process.
As a result, he was sentenced to wander throughout the universe of Olympus in his spaceship Odyssey, and to have the route back to Earth wiped from the memory of the ship’s computer, which was called Shyrka.
With his flowing locks and full beard, Ulysses looked very much like a late-period Beatle. Except that rather than Ono the irritating Japanese girlfriend he had to make do with Nono the equally annoying small robot.
Endless adventures ensued for Ulysses, Telemachus, Yumi and Nono.