Cocoricó

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Cocoricó
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O Júlio na gaita, e a bicharada no co-có-coral, Cocoricó, Cocoricó!
Genre: Educational
Children's series
Running Time: 15-30 minutes
Country: Brazil
Release Date: April 1, 1996 – December 28, 2013
Network(s): TV Cultura
TV-Rá-Tim-Bum
Created by: TV Cultura
Distributed by: TV Cultura
Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring: Álvaro Petersen Jr.
Eduardo Alves
Enrique Serrano
Falcon Montovanni
Fernando Gomes
Hugo Picchi Neto
Kelly Guidotti
Léo Abel
Magda Crudelli
Neusa de Souza
Seasons: 8
Episodes: 287
Previous show: Banho de Aventura


Cocoricó was a Brazilian children's puppet show aired on TV Cultura and TV Rá-Tim-Bum. The program featured Júlio, a boy who lives on a farm and interacts with his animal friends. The show has first aired on April 1, 1996, and ended on December 28, 2013.

Summary

The world of Cocoricó centres about the exploits of Júlio, an eight-years old boy who lives on a farm. Hailing from a typically urban environment, Julio quickly takes a liking to the country life after spending his school holidays with his grandparents, at which point he decides to stay with them. During the course of every episode, Júlio interacts with the farm animals (and, from later seasons on, he would also strike up conversation with other human characters, who were absent from the earlier episodes) about common subjects of everyday life, such as giving presents to others, behaving well, being patient etc., all with an educational bent. Some mischievous characters, Dito and Feito, would on occasion pull some pranks, providing for the episode's plot.

Why It Rocks

  1. Like Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum, it is one of the most successful children's program of TV Cultura, being rerun even after it's ending.
  2. It had reruns on satellite channels TV Brasil and TV É-Paraná, and cable channels TV-Rá-Tim-Bum, Zoomoo, Nick Jr., and HBO Family.
  3. It's also famous outside of Brazil, being shown on Argentinian channel Pakapaka, and internationally on Nick Jr. and TV Globo International. In 2005, it was almost shown on Japanese network NHK, however negotiations weren't further.
  4. Its DVDs have sold over 200s copies, beating other DVD series like Friends and SpongeBob SquarePants.
  5. It had won many awards, like the APCA in 1996 as the best children's program, the Fiction until 6 years, in the 1st Ibero-american Prix Jeunesse Festival in 2003, and the Troféu Imprensa in 2014 as the best children's program.
  6. The puppetry is great.
  7. Lots of likeable characters, like Júlio, his grandparents, the chickens Lola, Zazá, and Lilica, and the cow Mimosa.
  8. Caco the parrot, Alípio the horse, Dito and Feito, Toquinho the bat, Martelo the frog, Roto the rat, and Esfarrapado the dog (the latter two from the Cocoricó na Cidade phase) provide many funny moments.
  9. The ducks Torquato and Patavina are good antagonists.
  10. The show has several funny running gags, such as:
    • Dito having good ideas for tricks and pranks, and Feito (taking advantage of Dito's lack of intelligence) making Dito believe that good ideas do not belong to him.
    • Alípio accidentally banging his head on the window of Júlio's room every time he visits him to talk to him during the nights.
    • Zazá's grumpy behavior towards the farm's residents when they do something wrong, especially Lilica.
    • The love-hate relationship between Júlio and Oriba.
    • Júlio saying his iconic catchphrase "Puxa, puxa que puxa".
    • Toquinho saying "I knew this was not going to work" and his exaggerated worries which always annoy his friends.
  11. It teaches many things like the environment, cooking, not disobeying adults, how to deal with bullying, social acceptance, the loss of friends, and several other things.
  12. Excellent songs composed by Hélio Ziskind, who also did the iconic opening and closing themes.
  13. It has many lessons that the kids can learn, without talking down to their audience.
  14. Álvaro Petersen Jr., Eduardo Alves, Enrique Serrano, Falcon Montovanni, Fernando Gomes, Hugo Picchi, Magda Crudelli, and Neusa de Souza all were great while giving voices to the characters.
  15. The series got even better when it was reformulated in 2003.

Bad Qualities

  1. Despite being based on the short "Banho de Aventura", Júlio's mother never appears in this series, and considering that his father never appeared at all, it implies that Júlio is an orphan.
    • His plush lion Léo never appeared in the show.
  2. Early in the program's run, it looked similar to Glub Glub, with very simple stories between european cartoons like Pingu, Fireman Sam, and Philbert the Frog. But eventually the program started to shown unique stories with the characters.
  3. Kiko the parrot disappeared from the series after the first season with no explanation, leaving his nephew Caco alone.
    • Galileu the rooster also disappeared (though this could be justified, he goes singing in a world tour, after all!).
  4. Astolfo can be annoying sometimes, since he tends to cry for the smallest motives.
  5. Depending on your view, the show went downhill either when Júlio's cousin João was introduced, when Cocoricó na Cidade was created, or when the show was retooled into TV Cocoricó.
    • For the first, the topics about city culture seemed unnecessary in a series taking place in a rural farm, Oriba barely appearing, and most of the episodes having no songs.
      • In Cocoricó na Cidade's case, the main complaints are the songs by Fernando Salem, which lacked the charm that Hélio Ziskind's songs had, and the replacements for Hugo Picchi Neto and Magda Crudelli in its second season with Léo Abel and Kelly Guidotti, whose voices of Alípio and Lilica sounds off.
        • About TV Cocoricó, the switch from a 15-30 minute series to a 1 hour variety show with puppets, them interacting with real-life humans (which never happened before), and characters from the classic and city versions merged together.
  6. The episode about the death of Midinho (Júlio's dog) was quite unnecessary, seeing that he makes cameos during a song about bats and a comercial against the dengue, both of which were made after that episode aired.

Reception

86% of Google users liked this show.

Comments


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GRAND-DUCHY

27 days ago
Score 1

O que é o que é...

Tem bico mas não bica, tem asa mas não voa?

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