This small, endearing mouse started out on Italian TV in a children’s puppet show (hence the cute Italian accent), but was picked up on by Ed Sullivan’s weekly US TV show and made hugely popular in the 70s. Topo Gigio was voiced by actor Giuseppe Mazzullo. The mouse not only made it on to TV, but also into magazines and cartoons, plus a pile of mouse-inspired merchandising. He was even mentioned in the hit film Being John Malkovich. He is still a massive cult star in Italy, which goes to show that having big ears doesn’t always hold you back!
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