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Charley and Mimmo
Country of origin Canada
Belgium
France
Original language(s) French
English
No. of episodes 65
Production
Running time 5 minutes per episode
Release
Original network YTV
Original release 1999 (1999) – 2002 (2002)

Charley and Mimmo (French: T'Choupi et Doudou) is a Canadian-Belgian-French animated children's series that aired on YTV, which aired between 1999 and 2002.

Plot

Charley and Mimmo (/ˈmm/) consists of a typical family (father, mother, son, and baby sister) in a suburban town. The son, Charley (and his subanthromorphic teddy bear Mimmo), are the main characters. Charley and his family and friends are penguin/seal-like creatures (with round orange clown-like noses instead of beaks, and they live in a warm area rather than Antarctica. They have penguin-like feet and coloring, but have mitten-like "hands" rather than wings or flippers).

Charley and most of the characters are a standard black and white, typical of real penguins, although some of the other characters are brown.

A 2004 movie entitled "T'choupi" was released by Gebeka Films, but only in France and South Korea. The plot follows Charley and his friends working together to find out who has stolen all the toys. "T'choupi" is Charley's name in French and "Doudou" is Mimmo's name in French.

Series

Charley and Mimmo aired in 10–15 minute segments on YTV. The show seems somewhat related to another Canadian children's production Caillou, as it has a similar artstyle and plot (except Caillou has longer stories and live puppet segments in the PBS Kids airings).

It was first seen in the United States on It's Itsy Bitsy Time, among many foreign short segments when it was broadcast on Fox Family in the late-1990s. It was also shown on Treehouse TV.

The original music score for the series is the work of composer Peter Measroch.

Characters

-Charley (voiced by Samuel Holden): The star of the show. He is a typical, average child. His voice and appearance suggest that he is somewhere between four and seven years old, although he is smart for his age. Charley is occasionally bossy and frequently starts arguments among his friends. He also tends to get upset, angry and jealous quickly, and then regrets it later. Sometimes, Charley lies and has a slightly disapproving character.

-Mimmo (no voice): Charley's teddy bear. He cannot talk, but can walk on two legs, sit and show facial expressions. To communicate, Mimmo squeaks and squeals like a squeaky toy.

-Lola (voiced by Sonja Ball) & Ted (voiced by Rick Jones): Charley and Franny's parents.

-Grandpa (voiced by Walter Massey) & Grandma (voiced by Thelma Farmer): Charley's grandparents.

-Zuzu: Charley's dog, possibly a golden retriever. Franny named him, much to Charley's annoyance.

-Franny (voiced by Sonja Ball): Charley's baby sister. She mostly speaks gibberish.

-Lily (voiced by Sonja Ball): A girl who is Charley's friend. She has curly black pigtails. At the beach, she wears a yellow swimsuit. She has a female teddy bear who Charley won for her at a carnival, and with which Mimmo is falling in love.

-Paula (voiced by Susan Glover): Another friend of Charley. She has brown fur and blond hair with bangs.

-Pauli (voiced by Alfee Kaufman): One of Charley's friends. He has reddish-brown and white fur, curly hair, and freckles.

Titles in other languages

  • Arabic: أمجد وميمو ("Amjad and Mimmo")
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Charley e Mimmo
  • Greek: Τσάρλι και Μίμο
  • Hebrew: צ'ארלי ודודו ("Charley and Dodo")
  • Khmer: ឌូឌូនិងជូពី 2973 y mimma
  • Persian: دینو و میمو
  • Spanish: Chupi Y Mimmo
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