Gopo's Little Man

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Gopo's Little Man on 2008 stamp

Gopo's Little Man (Romanian: Omuleṭul lui Gopo) is a humanoid character that appears in most of Ion Popescu-Gopo's animation films.

History and symbolism[edit]

The Little Man first appears in A Brief History (1956), an animation film telling the story of the Universe and humankind from an evolutionary perspective. The trepidations caused by a dinosaur made a monkey fall off a tree and break its tail. The monkey then got off the ground under the appearance of The Little Man, who is then shown climbing a ladder. As he climbs, he successively turns into an Egyptian, a Greek, a Roman, a medieval knight, a Victorian gentleman, and a modern man.

The Little Man explores the deep seas and then flies to space in a rocket (anticipating Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight by five years).[1]

The worldwide success achieved by A Brief History turned The Little Man into an iconic character, symbolizing the human race in its quest for knowledge and beauty. Ion Popescu-Gopo was going to use it in another seven films. In many situations, The Little Man is shown holding a flower to his heart, which is taken to symbolize the humans' capacity and need for love.


  • A Brief History (1956)
  • Seven Arts (1958)
  • Homo Sapiens (1960)
  • Allo Hallo (1962)
  • Ecce Homo (1977)
  • Three Apples (1979)
  • Quo Vadis, Homo Sapiens? (1982)
  • Homo Faber (1986)


The Little Man statuette[edit]

Romanian artist Adrian Ilfoveanu was commissioned to create the trophy for the Gopo Awards, whose first edition in 2007 was also thought as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of A Brief History''s victory at Cannes. Gopo's Little Man was chosen as a model. Although the Gopo Awards were recently established, the statuette entered popular culture, so that Romanian cinematic artists talk about receiving one or more "Little Men."[2]


  1. ^ Cristea, Irina (February 2004). Jurnalul National (in Romanian) Retrieved 29 March 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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