Mio Mao

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Mio Mao
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Genre Claymation, family, preschool, children's series
Written by Francesco Misseri
Directed by Francesco Misseri
Voices of Derek Griffiths
Theme music composer Piero Barbetti
Opening theme Mio Mao
Ending theme Mio Mao
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
English
Japanese
more
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 98
Production
Running time 5 minutes 6 seconds
Production company(s) L+H Films (1971)
Misseri Studios, Mad Mouse Movies & Channel 5 (2003)
Broadcast
Original channel Milkshake!
Picture format 480i
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 1974 – 2006
External links
Official Channel 5 Website

Mio Mao (pronounced mew meow, according to the narrator in the UK Version), also known as Mio and Mao, is an Italian-British children's TV show produced by Misseri Studios, HiT Entertainment & Mad Mouse Productions, L+H Films (for the original 1974 series), Cartoonito (just for the 2009 series) and Channel 5 (for the 2005 and 2009 series). The series was produced using Claymation animation.

The first series of Mio Mao was aired from 1974 to 1976. New episodes were produced in late 2005 (with the original theme song intact) in association with Channel 5, followed by yet another series of episodes in 2009. The music was composed by Piero Barbetti.

In the UK, the episodes are narrated by Derek Griffiths and shown on Channel 5, and its sister channel, 5*. Although occasional episodes are listed separately in TV guides, many are also shown as part of Channel 5's Milkshake programme and Tiny Pop and Cartoonito. The show is now available through the Demand 5 online viewing service. In 1993, the programme was shown in the UK on Channel 4's early morning Take 5 line-up.

Currently the episodes are shown in the US on the BabyFirstTV channel.

Plot[edit]

Each episode is approximately five minutes long and focuses on two playful kittens named Mao (male/red) and Mio (female/white), as they discover a variety of animals and objects hidden within their garden. The name Mao may derive from the Mandarin Chinese for cat, Māo.

The kittens go to investigate alone, and return scared, before watching from a distance and finding that the scary item was either a friendly animal or fun object.

List of episodes[edit]

1971-1976 series episodes[edit]

Episode Airdate Notes
The Ants 7 May 1971
The Armadillo lost
The Bat New version broadcast on BabyFirst TV on 21 February 2012
The Beaver Rebroadcast on BabyFirst TV on 12 February 2012
The Bee Hive
The Bull lost
The Camel lost
The Caterpillar Rebroadcast on BabyFirst TV on 28 February 2012.* Also note that, for some reason, Mio and Mao's voices are replaced by the sounds of an electric "wah-wah" style guitar
The Chameleon Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 5 February 2012
The Chicken lost
The Cicada Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV and BabyTV on 5 February 2012
The Cow Newer updated version rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 23 February 2012
The Crab Newer updated version broadcast on BabyFirstTV on 12 March 2012
The Crocodile Newer updated version rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 11 March 2012
The Crow lost
The Deer lost
The Dinosaur lost
The Dog 22 November 1974
The Dolphin llost
The Dormouse Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV and BabyTV on 25 March 2012
The Duck llost
The Egg 20 December 1974 This was the first Mio Mao episode ever produced. Also, Mio and Mao's voices were both done by a male voice actor
The Elephant 29 November 1976
The Hare Rebroadcast on BabyFirst TV on 13 February 2012
The Hedgehog 27 December 1976 (Originally aired on 27 December 1976
The Hippopotamus Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 26 March 2012
The Kangaroo An updated version was rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 1 February 2012
The Koala Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 1 February 2012
The Little Lamb Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 2 February 2012
The Lizard lost
The Ladybird/Ladybug Newer updated broadcast on BabyFirstTV on 31 January 2012
The Lion lost
The Mole 15 November 1974
The Monkey 4 January 1975
The Frog lost
The Ostrich lost
The Owl Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 11 February 2012
The Peacock 8 November 1974
The Piglet Newer updated version broadcast on BabyFirstTV on 7 March 2012
The Polyp/Octopus Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 7 February 2012
The Snake Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 26 March 2012
The Spider 13 December 1973
The Shell Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 28 March 2012
The Tortoise Updated version broadcast on BabyfirstTV on 22 March 2012
2003-2006 series episodes
The Anteater
The Bee Hive (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Bat (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Chestnut
The Cow (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Clew
The Crab (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Cricket (Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 15 February 2012.)
The Crocodile (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Donkey (Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV)
The Dragonfly (Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 8 April 2012.)
The Fox
The Flamingo
The Ladybird/Ladybug (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Little Bear (Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV and BabyTV on 13 March 2012.)
The Mushroom
The Genie
The Goat
The Ghost
The Glew
The Hornet (Rebroadcast on BabyFirstTV on 22 February 2012.)
The Kangaroo (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Kingfisher
The Koala (Remake of the original 1970's version.)
The Mushroom
The Parrot (A cockatoo appears in this episode as well.)
The Peacock
The Pelican
The Penguin
The Piglet (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Polar Bear
The Rabbit
The Reindeer
The Raccoon [Misspelled as "Racoon"] (Originally titled "The 'Coon", but the title was changed when the episode aired in the United States.)
The Rhinoceros
The Rooster
The Seal
The Seed
The Shell
The Skye Terrier
The Sloth
The Snail
The Snake
The Snowman
The Squirrel
The Swan
The Tadpole
The Tap
The Television
The Tortoise (Remake of the original 1970s version.)
The Train
The Turkey
The UFO
The Unicorn
The Vacuum
The Vulture
The Whale
The Wolf
The Worm
The Woodpecker
The Xmas Tree

♙Broadcast history

Broadcast history[edit]

Australia

Italy

UK

France

Finland

USA

Asia

Poland

Turkey

Japan

Czech republic

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