Topo Gigio (Italian pronunciation: ) was the lead character of a children's show on Italian television in the early 1960s. The character, created in 1958 by artist , debuted on Italian television in 1959 and has been customarily voiced by actor and later . The "Gigi" is a derivative of Luigi ("Louis"), so Topo Gigio could be translated as Louie Mouse.
Topo Gigio, a soft with dreamy eyes and a friendly, childish personality, was very popular in for many years—not only on TV, but also in children's magazines, such as the classical , animated cartoons, merchandising, and movies. In 1963, the character's popularity spread to the world after being featured on in the US.
Today, Topo Gigio still has a cohort of faithful fans, and has become an icon of Italian . He performs regularly at festival and other programs created by and . In 1965, a feature-length motion picture was released internationally.
The puppet has made appearances and has a fan base in many other countries—including , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and the former .
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