Western Animation / Mainzelmännchen

The Mainzelmännchen are Western Animation from Germany. They appear in the ZDF (see German TV Stations) between commercial spots since 1963.

Their name is a punny contraction of the city of Mainz, location of the ZDF's headquarters, with Heinzelmännchen, helpful gnomes or brownies from a popular Cologne folk legend.

Since 2003, they also have their own series with 5-minute episodes, called Die Mainzels.

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