I'm hung up on Lady Oscar since I happened to think of it yesterday in the midst of my TV ramblings. I googled around a little bit to try to find out more about it -- I essentially haven't heard anything about this cartoon in 25 years, and lo and behold, there is an internet world out there! I loved this post, written by a girl (well, a woman who was a girl) who grew up watching it in Jordan. Apparently it was huge on Arab TV with kids who grew up when I did -- she writes how Lady Oscar was an awesome female role model for her!
The story is -- I had forgotten the details -- that Oscar Francois de Jarjayes is a girl raised as a man to become her father's successor as the captain of the guard at Versailles Palace. She's hot, of course, but [almost] always dresses in male military uniform -- these awesome epauletted costumes. I don't think my Italian was good enough at the time to catch the subtlties, but it was set in the years leading up to the French Revolution, and showed Oscar's growing unease with the treatment of the common people outside the palace that was her world. There was also romance! I really want to see the whole thing now, though I don't know that it EVER played in English, which seems weird, since the rest of the world from Japan to Italy to Jordan was crazy for it. Anyhow, I think we've found an English subtitled version. We shall see! I do love the sound of it in Italian, because it rockets me straight back to being 11 years old. Here's a romantic scene:
Off to the midwife this morning. Cheers!