Mrs. Pepper Pot (TV series)

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Mrs. Pepper Pot
Spoon Obaasan.jpg
Promotional poster for Spoon Obaasan
(Supūn Oba-san)
Anime television series
Directed byKeiji Hayakawa
Produced byMatsue Jinbo
Shouji Hara
Tsuneyuki Morishima
Yasuhiko Tan
Music byTachio Akano
Studio Pierrot
Original networkNHK General TV
English network
Original run April 4, 1983 March 30, 1984
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Mrs. Pepper Pot,[1] known in Japanese as Spoon Oba-san (スプーンおばさん, Supūn Obasan, lit. "Aunt Spoon" or "Old lady Spoon") and in the United States as Madame Peppermint, is a Japanese anime television series, based on the children's books of Mrs. Pepperpot by the Norwegian author Alf Prøysen. The series premiered on NHK General TV from April 4, 1983 to March 30, 1984, spanning a total of 130 10-minute episodes.[2]


Mrs. Pepper Pot lives in a small little village with her husband. She wears a small magical teaspoon around her neck which every now and then shrinks her to the size of her teaspoon which does not shrink as well, and she must drag it along with her on her back when she gets shrunk. She always changes back to her original size after a certain amount of time. This special condition had its advantages — she can communicate with animals and enjoy wonderful adventures in the woods. This way she wins new and interesting friends on a regular basis. She is a good friend of Lily, a mysterious little girl who lives in the forest alone, she is also friends with a mouse family. She can not reveal her secret or show herself in the shrunk condition, which sometimes gets quite difficult. Her husband Mr. Pepperpot eventually finds out his wife's secret later on in the series.


  • Mrs. Pepper Pot: the main character of the series. She possesses a magic spoon which changes her size unexpectedly.
  • Mr. Pepper Pot: Mrs. Pepper Pot's husband. He is a professional painter and decorator. Stubborn, hotheaded and rigid character. He is unaware of Mrs. Pepper Pot's secret which she hides from him.
  • Lily: a mysterious girl who lives in the forest with her pet mink. She is the only one who knows Mrs. Pepperpot's secret, which she helps her keep.
  • Mouse family: a pair of mice whose offspring are named after the letters of the alphabet.

Production and broadcast history[edit]

The series was, as many anime aimed at children of the time were, based on a European children's novel, in this case the eponymous series of Norwegian children's books by Alf Prøysen.



  1. ^ a b "Mrs. Pepper Pot". Studio Pierrot. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "スプーンおばさん" [Mrs. Pepperpot] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved April 5, 2015.

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