Topo Gigio was the lead character of a children’s puppet show on Italian and Spanish television in the early 1960s. The Italian nickname “Gigi” is short for Luigi (“Louis”), so Topo Gigio could be translated as Louis Mouse. He was created by an Italian artist, Maria Perego. During the 1960s, the American Topo Gigio and his friends appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV show in America. The mouse appeared on the show more than 50 times. He would appear on stage and greet Sullivan with, “Hello, Eddie!” Gigio would end his weekly visit by crooning to the host, “Eddie, keesa me goo’night!” Topo Gigio closed Ed Sullivan’s final show in 1971.
In 1970, Roy Des of Florida made several different big ear mouse banks styled after Topo Gigio. They are made of plastic and are 10″- 11″ tall, about the same size as Topo Gigio.
Available at Forever Piggy Banks.