(Wanpaku Omukashi Kumu Kumu)
|Written by||Yoshikazu Yasuhiko|
|Anime television series|
|Original run||3 October 1975 – 26 March 1976|
Kum-Kum (わんぱく大昔クムクム Wanpaku Omukashi Kumu Kumu, lit. "Naughty Ancient Kumukumu") is a Japanese animated television series, consisting of 26 episodes. The plot and characters were created by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and it was directed by Rintaro and first broadcast on TBS between 3 October 1975 and 26 March 1976. The name was changed to Kum-Kum after the sixth episode.
It was later adapted as a manga in December 1975, written and illustrated by Takemaru Nagata, and serialized in Kodansha's Terebi Magajin (TV Magazine) under the name "Kum-Kum." A four-panel comic strip adaptation of the series also appeared periodically in Mainichi Shimbun in Osaka.
The series explored the adventures of Kum-Kum, a naughty boy in primeval times, and his friends as they grow up, often playing antics that surprise the occasional visitor to their village, and which almost always end up with Kum-Kum being grounded by his stern dad, Paru Paru.
- Kum-Kum (voiced by Kazue Tagami) is the main character, a naughty and kind boy.
- Chiru-Chiru (voiced by Teruko Akiyama), Kum-Kum's girlfriend, whose father is deceased.
- Aaron (voiced by Yoshiko Ota) one of Kum-Kum's faithful friends.
- Mochi-Mochi (voiced by Kōko Kagawa), Kum-Kum's shy friend.
- Furu-Furu (voiced by Yōko Asagami) is Kum-Kum's teenage sister.
- Paru-Paru (voiced by Kōsei Tomita), Kum-Kum's grumpy dad.
- Maru-Maru (voiced by Mitsuko Tobome) is Kum-Kum's sweet mom.
- Toru-Toru (voiced by Sachiko Chijimatsu) is Kum-Kum's baby brother.
- Klopedia (voiced by Ryūji Saikachi) is the wise elder of the village, who lives surrounded of stone books.
- Roman (voiced by Ryūsei Nakao) the son of Klopedia who eventually marries Furu-Furu.
In popular culture
- Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopedia. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 1933330104.
- Michael Klossner. Prehistoric Humans in Film And Television. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub, 2006. ISBN 0786422157.
- Daniel Valentin Simion. Il Dizionario dei Cartoni Animati. Anton, 2009. ISBN 9788890390227.
- "TV アニメ わんぱく大昔クムクム" [TV Anime: Wanpaku Omukashi Kumu Kumu] (in Japanese). AllCinema Movie & DVD Database. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- Kum Kum Maniac
- Kum-Kum on IMDb
- Wanpaku Omukashi Kumu Kumu (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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