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Calimero character
Calimero poster showing two of the main characters.
First appearance Carosello
Created by Nino Pagot
Toni Pagot
Ignazio Colnaghi
Voiced by Ignazio Colnaghi
Davide Garbolino (2013-present)
Species Chick
Gender Male
Origin Italy
Anime television series
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Studio Organizzazione Pagot
Toei Animation
Network RAI (1963–1972)
NET (now TV Asahi) (1972–1975)
Original run July 14, 1963September 30, 1975
Episodes 47
Anime television series
Directed by Tsuneo Tominaga, Shigeru Ueda
Music by Junnosuke Yamamoto
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 15, 1992September 9, 1993
Episodes 52
Anime television series
Studio Gaumont Animation
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 7, 2013September 25, 2016
Episodes 104

Calimero is an Italian animated television series about a charming, but hapless anthropomorphized chicken; the only black one in a family of yellow chickens. He wears half of his egg shell still on his head. Calimero originally appeared on the Italian television show Carosello on July 14, 1963, and soon became a popular icon in Italy.

The characters were created by the animation studio Organizzazione Pagot and originated as a series of animated advertisements for Miralanza AVA soap products shown throughout Italy. The creators of the main character were Nino Pagot, Toni Pagot and Ignazio Colnaghi. At the end of each episode, it turns out that Calimero is not actually black, but only very dirty, and becomes white after being washed by the advertised soap products.

The characters were later licensed in Japan as an anime series twice, titled Calimero (カリメロ , Karimero). The first was made by Toei Animation and ran from October 15, 1972 to September 30, 1975, and the second, with new settings and characters, was made in 1992. Altogether, 99 Japanese episodes were made (47 in the 1972 Toei series, and 52 in the 1992 Toei series). The series mostly consists of the many adventures of Calimero and his friends as they solve mysteries and make documentaries. However, their adventures usually get them into quite a bit of trouble. The second series was never renewed for a second season. English dubbed versions for the first two anime series were never officially released, though dubbed pilot episodes do exist. However, the series did come out in other languages. The original 1970's shorts and the third CGI series were released in English however. The first series was also broadcast on European networks such as TROS (Netherlands and Belgium), ZDF and RTL II (Germany) or TVE (Spain).

A third animation series about the character, in computer animation, premiered in TF1 in 2013. The production team includes France’s Gaumont Animation, rights owner Calidra, Italy’s Studio Campedelli and Japanese partners TV Tokyo and Kodansha. The series is expected to be aired in several other TV channels.


1974 series

  • Calimero (カリメロ ) – The hero of the show. Calimero is voiced by Katsue Miwa.
  • Priscilla (プリシラ ) – Calimero's girlfriend, a shy bird with common sense. Priscilla is voiced by Michiko Nomura.
  • Peter Jobatta (ピーター ジョバッタ , Papero Piero in the Italian original spot) – Peter is voiced by Kaneta Kimotsuki.
  • Buta (ブータ ) – Buta is voiced by Masako Nozawa.
  • Deppa (デッパ ) – Deppa is voiced by Sachiko Chijimatsu.
  • Calimero's mother (カリメロの母 , Cesira in the Italian original spot) – Calimero's mother is voiced by Masako Nozawa.
  • Calimero's father (カリメロの父 , Gallettoni in the Italian original spot) – Calimero's father is voiced by Ken'ichi Ogata.
  • Mr. Owl (フクロウ先生 ) – Mr. Owl is voiced by Jōji Yanami.

1992 series

  • Calimero – Calimero is voiced by Shinobu Adachi.
  • Priscilla – Priscilla is voiced by Akemi Okamura.
  • Peter (ピーター ) – Peter is voiced by Akirasa Ōmori.
  • Giuliano (Peanut in English dub pilot) (ジュリアーノ ) – Giuliano is voiced by Yūji Ueda.
  • Susie (スージー ) – a wealthy girl duck. Susie is voiced by Natsumi Sasaki.
  • Roshita (ロシータ ) – Roshita is voiced by Hiroko Kasahara.
  • Pepe (ペペ ) – Pepe is voiced by Masashi Ebara.

2014 series

  • Calimero - Voiced by: Fanny Bloc (French) / Ayaka Asai (Japanese)
  • Priscilla -Voiced by: Naïke Fauveau (French) / Rumi Ōkubo (Japanese)
  • Giuliano (Valeriano in UK English dub)- Voiced by Georges de Vitis (French) / Kokoro Kikuchi (Japanese)
  • Peter (Pierrot in UK English dub) - Voiced by: Pascal Sellem (French) / Tōru Sakurai (Japanese)
  • Susie - Voiced by: Ren Kato (Japanese)
  • Pepe - Voiced by: Tōmoyuki Maruyama (Japanese)

Mobile game

A mobile game titled Calimero's Village was released for iOS and Android in 2015 by Bullipix.

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