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10 Puppets that Made it Big on Television

Topo Gigio

Created in 1958 by artist Maria Perego, Topo Gigio, a friendly mouse with huge ears, was the star of a children's television show in Italy in the early 1960s. Immensely popular in his home country, Topo Gigio became a worldwide sensation after his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. A fixture of Italian pop culture, Topo Gigio still performs regularly at festivals in Italy.