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Mio Mao
Mio Mao.jpg
Polish DVD cover
Genre Claymation, family, preschool, children's series
Written by Francesco Misseri
Directed by Francesco Misseri
Voices of Derek Griffiths (Channel 5)
Theme music composer Piero Barbetti
Opening theme Mio Mao
Ending theme Mio Mao
Country of origin Italy
United Kingdom (series 2 and 3)
Original language(s) onomatopoeia/gibberish (no dialogue)
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 78
Running time 5 minutes
Production company(s) 1974 series:
  • PMBB
  • CineMac2TV (original print)
  • HDHfilmTV (original print)
  • L+H Films (80s TV print)

2003 series:

  • Misseri Studio
  • Associati Audiovisivi
Original network Programma Nazionale (series 1)
Channel 5 (Milkshake!) (series 2 and 3)
Picture format 480i
Original release 1974 (1974) – 2007 (2007)

Mio Mao (pronounced me-o mow), also known as Mio and Mao, is an Italian stop motion children's TV show created by Francesco Misseri in the 1970s, produced using Claymation animation.

The original series was produced by PMBB, CineMac2TV and HDHFilmTV and aired on Programma Nazionale in 1974. After Francesco Misseri's production company Misseri Studio acquired Mio Mao in 2000 and remastered series 1 in 2003, Misseri Studio and Associati Audiovisivi created two more series for Channel 5's Milkshake! block in 2006 and 2007. In the United Kingdom, the episodes are narrated and the characters are voiced by Derek Griffiths. Nowadays Mio Mao airs on BabyFirst in the USA.


Each episode is approximately five minutes long and focuses on two playful kittens, the brother and sister Mio and Mao. As they roll, run, squish, bounce and tumble across a clay garden, they discover a variety of mysterious animals and objects on the other side. The garden changes appearance depending on the theme of the episode, or the animal or object featured.

The kittens go to investigate alone, they sometimes forget about the animal or object and wander off to look at the scenery. After a while, they get there but return scared, before watching from a distance and discovering that the scary item was either a friendly animal or a fun object.

Often, near the end of the episode, the animal or object will need help, and Mio and Mao come to their rescue, then invite the animal or object to come play with them. Gracious, the animal or object follows them as they tumble and run back to the other side of the garden, posing together and looking at the viewers as the episode draws to a close, with the words "THE END".

List of episodes

Series 1 (1974)

  1. The Peacock
  2. The Little Lamb
  3. The Ants
  4. The Chameleon
  5. The Beehive
  6. The Spider
  7. The Tortoise
  8. The Caterpillar
  9. The Cicada
  10. The Egg
  11. The Snake
  12. The Dog
  13. The Dormouse
  14. The Polyp
  15. The Hippopotamus
  16. The Squirrel
  17. The Monkey
  18. The Hedgehog
  19. The Shell
  20. The Tadpole
  21. The Snail
  22. The Owl
  23. The Mole
  24. The Beaver
  25. The Piglet
  26. The Hare

Series 2 (2006)

  1. The Fox
  2. The Worm
  3. The Anteater
  4. The Seed
  5. The Cricket
  6. The Swan
  7. The Turkey
  8. The Crocodile
  9. The Racoon
  10. The Crab
  11. The Penguin
  12. The Little Bear
  13. The Christmas Tree
  14. The Snowman
  15. The Seal
  16. The Parrot
  17. The Mushroom
  18. The Dragonfly
  19. The Bat
  20. The Chestnut
  21. The Hornet
  22. The Kangaroo
  23. The Cow
  24. The Ladybird
  25. The Donkey
  26. The Koala

Series 3 (2007)

  1. The Deer
  2. The Elephant
  3. The Mouse
  4. The Ostrich
  5. The Pelican
  6. The Dove
  7. The Kingfisher
  8. The Television
  9. The Clew
  10. The Dolphin
  11. The Ghost
  12. The Goldfish
  13. The Zebra
  14. The Vacuum Cleaner
  15. The Sky Terrier
  16. The Sloth
  17. The Gorilla
  18. The Genie
  19. The Bull
  20. The Train
  21. The Little Theater
  22. The Tap
  23. The UFO
  24. The Vulture
  25. The Piano
  26. The Dinosaur
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