Live-action marsupilami feature to debut April 4 in France
Although the marsu never took over Spirou et Fantasio, he became popular enough that fans complained when he was absent. When Franquin left Spirou et Fantasio in 1968, he took the marsupilami with him.
Franquin started a new publishing company in 1987, Marsu Productions, to publish new marsupilami stories by himself and other writers and artists. (Franquin died in 1997. The series is continuing with new creators.)
Disney bought the rights to star the marsupilami in an animated cartoon series in 1992, but the cartoons were very unfaithful to Franquin’s work; and Disney did so little with the character that Marsu Productions sued for lost profits and won more than $8,000,000. [The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game wasn't much better.]
Now there is the movie. Unfortunately, it looks pretty bad. The marsupilami only appears in the last two seconds of this trailer.