Calimero (カリメロ Karimero?) is an Italian/Japanese cartoon about a charming, but hapless anthropomorphized cartoon chicken; the only black one in a family of yellow chickens. He wears half of his egg shell still on his head. Calimero originally appeared on the Italian television show Carosello on July 14, 1962, and soon became a popular icon in Italy.

The character has had multiple animated adaptations in Italy, France, and Japan, but none of these was ever licensed to be aired in the US. However, English dubs do exist of some shorts and episodes, though many are lost. Some of these are known to have aired in the UK (primarily Scotland) and Australia.

English dubbed shorts

Some of the Italian shorts from the early 70s did recieve English dubs, though these are hard to find. However, a Vimeo channel simply called 'Calimero' uploaded 12 shorts in English, French, and Italian (though one of the "English" shorts (Christmas's Letter) is actually a re-upload of the French dub, and the uploader did not respond when contacted about the real English version, so that one is still lost).

In addition, Croatian dubs of some of the missing English shorts have been found on YouTube, as well as some dubbed in Dutch and Macedonian. The Macedonian dub is a voice-over and the English track can be partially heard under it. Two shorts in Turkish have also been found, and film transfers have been uploaded of three other shorts without the original sound (two of these are Christmas-themed and have Christmas music added to make them less boring without the original sound).

So far there are 40 total segments found. 78 shorts are known to exist, according to a French list of them:

Compilation of 13 Calimero shorts, ripped from a laserdisc (English):

My birth (English):

Calimero and the weasel (English):

Calimero and the falcon (English):

Calimero and the wolf (English):

Flying over the city (English):

Robbery in D minor (English):

Calimero's Christmas (English):

Christmas's Letter (French, mistakenly posted as English):

Level crossing (English):

Father's Day (English):

Passion for horses (English):

A good act (English):

Diamonds and mud (Croatian):

Driven out and pitied (Croatian):

Calimero and Summer Employment (Croatian):

Traffic Policeman (Croatian):

Fortune is Blind (Croatian):

Lights, Camera, Action (Croatian):

The Law is the Law (Croatian):

Calimero at the Grand Hotel (Croatian):

Calimero Gains and Loses (Croatian):

Calimero and the Discipline/Between Study and Work (Dutch):

Calimero and the Rascals (Dutch):

Calimero and the Mathematics (Macedonian voice-over dubbed over English track):

Defender of Nature (Macedonian voice-over dubbed over English track):

Calimero and the Smuggling Fisher (Macedonian voice-over dubbed over English track):

Among Sounds and Electrons (Macedonian voice-over dubbed over English track):

Television and Snapshot (Turkish):

Unknown name (Turkish):

Books and Motors (missing sound):

Calimero Below Zero (missing sound, Christmas music added):!AqsjLYEl7OKoiD7JlEH94NbZggRQ

From Snowflakes to Millions (missing sound, Christmas music added):!AqsjLYEl7OKoiFojAD93rQRDJ0Ic

There were at least two rare releases of Calimero shorts in the UK on VHS, Betamax, and laserdisc. One was simply titled "Calimero" and the other was "Calimero and the wonderful summer". They each contain 13 shorts, including some not currently available in English as well as some that are not currently available at all. Their listings can be found here (though they are not available for sale):

Calimero (VHS and Betamax):

Calimero (Laserdisc):

Calimero and the Wonderful Summer (VHS and Betamax):


The laserdisc copy of "Calimero" has a page on the Laserdisc Database:

Some other shorts were also released on film strips which can be bought. These appear to be silent, however:

Calimero Below Zero:

From Snowflakes to Millions:

From the Cradle to the Band:

Calimero and the Banana Peel:

English dub of 1982 series

Apparently, an English dub was made of the 1982 series of Calimero. The dub seems to be fairly recent, judging by the high quality of the English language track compared to the old animation. Only one episode of this dub has surfaced online, courtesy of the Vimeo channel of a video company called DVDlab. Interestingly, the episode uses the opening and ending from the French dub and seems to be based off of that dub rather than off the Italian version. When contacted in November 2016, DVDlab replied by saying that they only had the one episode for an attempt at restoring/remastering it, but that they could provide contact info for the official distributor of the series. No more information of the dub has surfaced yet and it is currently unknown how many episodes were actually dubbed in English (out of at least 40 made).


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UK English dub of 2014 CGI series

The 2014 CGI series of Calimero recieved a dub by a British studio and episodes aired on Disney Junior UK from May 11, 2014 - present. There are 104 episodes confirmed to exist:

The first 36 episodes can be watched on this site:

Disney Junior UK also has a page for the series; however, the episodes on there are region-locked and can only be viewed from the UK:

A few other episodes can be found here (episodes 95 - 101):

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