Western Animation: Calimero

Calimero (Karimero) 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, revealing he was just dirty and not black. Calimero's authors were 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:

  • Adapted Out: The second series introduced new characters, but ditched out old ones like Piero's two friends (a rabbit and a piggy, if you are curious) and Calimero's fathers. Similarly, the third series has Calimero, Priscilla, Pierrot and Valeriano as the main characters, with no sign of Susy or Rosita thus far.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The third series.
  • 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
  • Catch Phrase: "It is an unjustice, it is!" or some variant.
  • 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.
  • Dead Unicorn Trope: Due to the character's popularity, "Calimero" became an old European slang for a person who feels unhappy and misunderstood to a childish extent. However, this was really a deep case of cultural Flanderization instead of an accurate portrait of the character. While it is true that Calimero often felt misunderstood in the series, he actually had a strong and upbeat personality and always managed to get over his problems.
  • Dub Name Change: To the extent that it's very difficult to tell apart the original names from the dub names.
    • Piero has been known as Pedro, Peter, Pierrot 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, including a memorable one in the opening when he uses it 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.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Valeriano has shades of this in the third 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 particularly naive, at least in the second series.
  • Intrepid Reporters
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Piero
  • Keet: Valeriano, which could be even a literal example.
  • Kodomomuke
  • 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: Every romance in the series qualifies, as although their age is never told, they seem to be in elementary school or something like it 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 with 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
  • ¡Three 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: Averted with Calimero and Priscilla. Although they (especially Calimero) become shy in romantic moments, they apparently know and accept each other's feelings, and have no problem about it.