) is an Italian/Japanese cartoon about a charming, but hapless anthropomorphized cartoon chicken; the only black one in a family of yellow chickens. He wears half of his egg shell still on his head, which is probably his main recognizable feature. Calimero originally appeared on the Italian television show Carosello (consisting of long commercials) on July 14, 1963. He was a testimonial for a line of soaps, and in each black and white cartoon he ended up washed and white ("I'm not black, I'm only dirty!"): remarkably racist and conformist, even for the times. Calimero's authors are Nino and Toni Pagot.
After becoming a popular icon in Italy the character was later licensed in Japan and had his own two-part anime series. The first series was made by Toei Animation
and ran from 1974 to 1975, and the second, with new setting and characters, was made in 1992. The second series, the most popular and famous of the two, mostly consists of the many adventures of Calimero and his friends as they solve mysteries and make documentaries, usually getting into quite a bit of trouble. The series have become a stand in the memory of many Europeans, specially in Spain, Italy and France.
Currently, a CGI produced series is coming for the 50 anniversary of the character. It will be released in 2014.
Calimero provides examples of the following tropes:
- Animation Bump: The differences between S1 to S2 are extremely noticeable. The first series is more akin to the original advertisment material.
- Attention Whore: Susy
- Ascended Extra: After spending the first series as Calimero's Spoiled Brat rival, Piero became one of his friends in the second series. He didn't lose his spoiled personality, however.
- Beta Couple: Valeriano and Rosita. Piero and Susy look like another, but their case is more one-sided.
- Blush Sticker
- Camera Fiend: Valeriano
- Cheerful Child: All the characters fit.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Susy towards Piero, and sometimes Priscilla towards Calimero.
- Cool Helmet: Valeriano commonly wears a red motorcycle helmet.
- Deadpan Snarker: The perpetually peevish Piero.
- Dub Name Change: To the extent that it's very difficult to tell apart the original names of the dub names.
- Piero has been known as Pedro, Peter and Pierre.
- Rosita has been known as Roshita, Rosalie and Rosella.
- Valeriano is also known as Giulano.
- Earworm: The opening themes.
- Eggshell Clothing: The eponymous character wears half of his egg shell as a hat. It has multiple utilities, as he has used it even as an improvised raft.
- Feather Fingers
- Five-Man Band
- Free-Range Children
- The Glomp: Priscilla does a romantic version to Calimero in the already romantic ending of the second series.
- Hot-Blooded: Valeriano.
- Iconic Item: Calimero's egg shell.
- Ideal Hero: Calimero has a great ideal of justice. From here his famous line "It's an injustice! It is!"
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Calimero has blue eyes, although he isn't excessively naive, at least in the second series.
- Intrepid Reporters
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Piero
- Keet: Valeriano
- Lesser Star: In Spain, the second series was named "Calimero y Valeriano", which is a rather odd case, as Valeriano didn't have more protagonism than the rest of the new characters.
- Like an Old Married Couple: In the first series, Calimero and Priscilla, mainly due to her Tsundere traits. In the second, the niche is taken by Piero and Susy for laughs, although Calimero and Priscilla never leave it altogether.
- Mad Artist: The pianist and composer Pianissimo. He finds inspiration in the oddest situations, specially if there are mess around.
- Meganekko: Rosita and Susy.
- Nice Guy: Calimero is the most polite and good-natured character in the series.
- Puppy Love: Technically, each romance in the series qualifies. Their age is never told, but they seem to be in elementary school, at least during the second series.
- Rake Take: Calimero's father, the very moment he learns his son has hatched.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: A rare example where Calimero is the Blue Oni to Valeriano's Red Oni.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: And how.
- The Rival: Piero towards Calimero in the first series.
- Rollerblade Good: Calimero and Priscilla are shown rollerblading in the opening, along Valeriano in a skateboard and Piero in a bike.
- Slice of Life
- Smooch of Victory: Rosita gives one to Valeriano in the ninth episode.
- Spoiled Brat: Piero
- íThree Amigos!: Calimero, Valeriano and Priscilla compose one when the rest of the band is absent.
- Title Theme Tune
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Priscilla and Rosita, respectively.
- True Companions: Calimero and his friends are the typical example.
- Tsundere: Priscilla
- Twice Shy: Surprisingly averted with Calimero and Priscilla. Although they (mainly Calimero) become shy in romantic moments, they know and accept each other's feelings.
- Un Built Trope: Calimero passed into history as the paradigmatic example of eternally unhappy character, but the reality of the series isn't so tragic. While he often feels sad and misunderstood, he has a notably strong personality, and doesn't let his troubles torment him.