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Topo Gigio’s First Italian Toon Premieres on RaiPlay

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Topo Gigio’s First Italian Toon Premieres on RaiPlay

Topo Gigio, the famous puppet created more than 60 years ago by Maria Perego and star of more than a million endlessly-repeated TV appearances worldwide, returns to TV screens with a brand new 2D comedy adventure animation series.

This is the first Italian-produced animated series about the famous mouse, co-produced in collaboration with the kids’ division of the Italian public broadcaster Rai Ragazzi by Milan-based studio Movimenti Production — a full-service production group with studios in Milan, Rome and Florence — and Topo Gigio srl.

Topo Gigio (52 x 11’) will air on Rai Yoyo next autumn, but to brighten up this homebound Easter holiday, the first 13 episodes will arrive starting April 8 in an exclusive preview on multimedia platform RaiPlay and on the pubcaster’s app dedicated to the youngest viewers, RaiPlay Yoyo: a delightful surprise in the Easter baskets of children and families across Italy.

Each episode is a self-contained story and therefore the public will be able to fully appreciate this Easter preview.

This colorful series tells the daily adventures of the first mouse that lives in the world of humans: Topo Gigio! For the witty and charming Topo Gigio, every human experience is new and exciting. Topo Gigio’s loyal companions include his very best friend Zoe, who always helps to make things right; Bike Bob, the perfect buddy to ride with around the city; and the ‘G-Team’, his long-time country friends (Mole, Pigeon, Bunny Twins, Turtle, Toad), who are always ready to join Topo Gigio wherever and whenever their carefree and irresistible adventures take them. Because Topo Gigio may seem like a quiet mouse, but behind that sweet air hides a dynamic mouse full of ideas.

And, when the day is done, it’s time for a simple (and famous) request: “Kiss me goodnight and… Hug me ‘til I pop!”

Produced entirely in Italy between Milan and Florence, the new series is the last project for Perego, the brilliant creator of the character, who passed away last November at the age of 95. She supervised the animated series to the last and participated in the creation and writing of the episodes.

With his blonde hair, protruding teeth, large round ears and an unmistakable little voice, Topo Gigio lives in the collective imagination of Italians — but not only. Topo Gigio became a genuine global phenomenon, having appeared in thousands of episodes of TV broadcasts in every major market around the world, including high profile appearances in the U.S. on prime-time classic The Ed Sullivan Show.

The charming mouse has delighted children worldwide on television, in theatrical events, in music, books and magazines and most recently with hundreds of millions of views on social media. Heartfelt stories, kid-identifiable characters and the lovable Topo Gigio ensure that this series will provide wonderful memories for children worldwide.

New York-based Lacey Entertainment has secured the worldwide English language distribution rights to the Topo Gigio series. Lacey is most recognized for the global distribution of hit kids series, notably Pokemon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Topo Gigio is directed by Davide Rosio and Girogio Scorza, produced by Perego, Rosio, Scorza, Fabrizio Margaria and Mike De Seve.

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