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Hello Kitty (¥Ï¥í©`¥¥Æ¥£ Har¨kiti) is one of the many fictional characters produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. Hello Kitty merchandise is usually bright pink and features the Hello Kitty logo of a small white cartoon cat with a bow on the top of her head. Copyrighted in 1976, Hello Kitty is now a globally known trademark.
Hello Kitty was originally created by Sanrio designer Yuko Shimizu in 1974. Shimizu left the company about a year later. The second designer, Ms. Yonekubo, took over for five years until 1980 when the task was given to Yuko Yamaguchi.
Hello Kitty was given an English pedigree because British culture was popular with Japanese girls at the time of her creation. Kitty's name came from one of the cats that Alice kept in the book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. When Hello Kitty's boyfriend Dear Daniel was created in 1999, designers took his name from the 1971 film, Melody, which starred Mark Lester as a character called Daniel, and features songs by the Bee Gees.
Hello Kitty's fictional world includes a whole array of friends and family members. Since 2004 she has even had a pet cat of her own called Charmmy Kitty, and a pet hamster called Sugar. Charmmy resembles Hello Kitty but has more cat-like features.
Hello Kitty has been marketed in the United States from the beginning and has held the position of U.S. children's ambassador for UNICEF since 1983. She really came to her own during the late 1990s when several celebrities such as Mariah Carey adopted her as a fashion statement. Now products featuring the character can be found in virtually any American department store. Hello Kitty was once featured in an advertising campaign of the retail chain Target. Many American celebrities have contributed to the characters popularity; Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum, Steven Tyler, Carmen Electra, Mandy Moore, and Nicky Hilton have all been spotted with Hello Kitty goods. Singer Lisa Loeb has admitted to being a fan, and has even dedicated a whole album in homage to Hello Kitty, called Hello Lisa.
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|Last Airing||Jan 01, 2002|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
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Melissa Charles.... Kitty (voice) (as Melissa Fahn)
Laura Summer.... Mimi (voice)
Jennifer Darling.... Momma
Tony Pope.... Papa (voice)
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