Gold of the Champignacs (straightforward translation from the original French title L'Or des Champignac) is a cartoon written by Raynald de Léo and directed by Michel Gauthier. It features Spirou, Fantasio, Spip, Pacôme de Champignac, Vito Cortizone, Rupert Von Schnabbel, Gustave Labarbe, and, in his debut, Hippolyte de Champignac.
After the Count of Champignac uses an experimental machine to regain the memories of his alchemist ancestor, he finds himself overtaken by the mind of the alchemist, and runs around the village distributing his artificial gold… just in time to catch the attention of escaped gangsters Vito Cortizone and Rupert Von Schnabbel!
- The Count of Champignac uses his new invention, the Mnemocyclotron, to regain the memories of his ancestor.
- The ability to regain one's ancestor's memories, and the possible side-effect of briefly lapsing into believing you are said ancestor (as well as the use of this technique to locate lost treasure) was introduced in the Carl Barks comic story Back to Long Ago! (1956), and used again by him in King Scrooge the First (1967).
- The Count of Champignac invented X1, X2, X3 and X4 in There's A Sorcerer in Champignac (1950).
- Spirou and the Count had previously investigated another resurfacing of alchemical secrets in The Goldmaker (1970).
Behind the scenes
It is the 1st episode of Season 2 of the Spirou animated series, and the 27th overall.