Cipollino, or Little Onion, is a fictional character from Gianni Rodari's eponymous Tale of Cipollino (Italian: Il romanzo di Cipollino), also known under its 1957 renamed title Adventures of Cipollino (Italian: Le avventure di Cipollino), a children's tale about political oppression. The story of Cipollino was popular enough to have a ballet staged in Ukrainian Academic ballet and opera theatre named after T.Shevchenko in 1974, composed by Karen Khachaturian and choreographed by Genrik Alexandrovich Maiorov.
Cipollino fights the unjust treatment of his fellow vegetable townfolk by the fruit royalty (Prince Lemon and the overly proud Lord Tomato) in the garden kingdom. The main theme is the struggle of the underclass against the powerful, good versus evil, and the importance of friendship in the face of difficulties.
- Chipollinos tavgadasavali, a TV film
- Cipollino, a 1961 animated feature by Soviet animation studio Soyuzmultfilm
- Cipollino, directed by Tamara Lisitsian
- The National Academic Theatre of Republic of Belarus
- Ballet Theatre of Lancaster
- Chipollinos tavgadasavali on IMDb. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
- Jack Zipes (27 January 2011). The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films. Routledge. pp. 325–327. ISBN 978-1-135-85395-2.
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