I grew up watching the Ed Sullivan Show every Sunday night. My favourite bits were when Topo Gigio, a little Italian mouse appeared. (Topo means mouse.)
|Ed and Topo.|
|"Keesa me goodnight, Eddie."|
Topo Gigio was so popular he appeared on the show 92 times, and was the closing act on Ed's last show in 1971.
|Topo with his human 'Mama', Maria Perego.|
He was actually a star in the early 60's, before he ever appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. He had been a popular performer on Spanish, Italian, and Austrian tv since 1959.He was the star of his own movie, "The Magic World of Topo Gigio" in 1965, but from what I have been able to find out, it's a lost movie.No one can find a copy of it.
|The Magic World of Topo Gigio: Look out Topo! I think he wants to eat you! Oh the humanity!|
|Ahhh! How cute is he?!|
I always wanted a real live Topo Gigio. Who am I kidding? I STILL want one! When I was a kid I bought a pink wind up rubber mouse with a bowtie, that 'danced', (The mouse, that is. Not the bow tie.), because he reminded me of Topo. I still have him and he still dances.(I'm stunned to see that someone is selling a blue one on Ebay right now and they're asking $135! Whaat?!) When Ivy was little, and just before she became infatuated with Topo, I found a boatload of vinyl Topo toys at a junk store. (Thinking about it, maybe that's what made me go looking for The Ed Sullivan Shows so I could show Ivy 'live' Topo.) They were like baby or dog chew toys or something, just solid soft vinyl with painted details.They were brand new, so I was really confused, because I didn't know yet that Topo was still an ongoing thing. There were about 4 different types. Luckily I bought a bunch of them because, of course, later Ivy had to have one, (Uhh, a couple.), too. Here's mine.
|Cute, but not alive.|
And here's Ivy's.
|He looks so sad, but there's a reason...|
|We had mice once, and in the irony of ironies, one chewed Topo's eyelids and the tip of his top knot. Ivy still complains about the 'cannibal mice'.|
|Those are Ivy's dolls Rose (left) and Blue with 'Topo's Mama'. Rose has been partaking of Mama Gigio's red sauce.|
Tomorrow we'll see another 'living doll'.