Trivia / Mafalda

  • Creator Backlash: Quino is fond of the strip, but he stopped producing it after finding increasingly difficult to come up with gags and punchlines.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the original Spanish version of the animated movie, Mafalda is voiced by the same voice actress who voiced Candy White and Hajime Amamori in the Argentinian Spanish dubs of those series.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Mafalda was created by Quino on commission to come up with a mascot as part of a merchandising campaign for a home appliances firm. The basic idea was to regularly publish strips in the press showing the appliances along with the characters. The campaign was canceled before it started, leaving Quino with the core characters which were recycled in the now famous comic strip.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: For The Sixties. Most strips don't show it, but enough of them make enough references to place them in that time period. Among them:
    • The hairdos and attire of female background characters.
    • Mafalda's dad having been a fan of Bing Crosby in his youth.
    • The design of some appliances that are no longer made even if some may still be in use.
      • The new TV that Mafalda's dad gets is a square box model television which hasn't been produced in a decade by now.
      • Every character has rotary dial land-line telephones at home.
      • Mafalda's dad owns a brand new CitroŽn 2CV which stopped production around The '80s.
    • Almost all the children are Beatle fans.
    • Guille has a thing for Brigitte Bardot.
    • Allussions to the US space program include remarks about Gordon Cooper, the Mariner probes and the Moon landing.
    • Constant mentions about the Cold War (the USSR-USA rivalry, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Japanese economic miracle, fear of Red China, the possibility of atomic war,...).