Musti is a cartoon character, created by Flemish graphic artist Ray Goossens in 1969, according to the official Musti website. Some sources indicate that Musti was designed in 1945, but there is no documentation to support this claim. Musti is a little cat, more formally a kitten, living with his mother and father in a little house in a rural village, surrounded by a large garden with animals and trees.
In 1969, Musti was developed into an animated series. In every episode, a specific story is told in a couple of minutes. The subjects are always linked to the world of small children, combining anthropomorphic animals and realistic situations. In the 1990s a different series was made, with a white background, with Musti's original pronunciation (Muh-sti) now pronounced as Moo-sti. In total, 156 episodes have been made, airing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Japan, Portugal, and 18 other countries.
In 2007, a new television series has been created. Instead of the flat 2D images with a white background, the new series are entirely rendered in 3D. The new series will be airing in Belgium, The Netherlands, Israel, Norway, Japan, Croatia, Portugal and the United States On BabyFirst TV. Al-Jazeera will be airing the series throughout the Arabic world.
The Flemish publisher Standaard Uitgeverij carries an extensive portfolio of Musti children's books, targeting children 3-6.
Recently, a number of educational software programs were developed with Musti as the lead character. They are currently only available in Dutch.
- Official Musti website
- Musti books and software (Dutch)
- Discussion about the resemblance between Hello Kitty and Musti