Caillou

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Caillou
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Thanks a lot for ruining our ears and little kids' behavior with this whining.
Genre: Slice-of-life
Comedy
Running Time: 7 minutes
Country: Canada
Release Date: September 15, 1997 - October 3, 2010

(reruns aired on PBS until January 5, 2021)

Network(s): Télétoon (Quebec)
Teletoon (Canada)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
PBS (US; 2000-2021)
Created by: Hélène Desputeaux
Christine L'Heureux
Distributed by: Cinar (1997–2004)
Cookie Jar (2004–2010)
WildBrain (2010-present)
Starring: Bryn McAuley (1997-2000)
Jaclyn Linetsky (2000-2003)
Annie Bovaird (2003-2010)
Jennifer Seguin
Pat Fry
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 144
Next show: Caillou's New Adventures


Caillou is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, 1997; the show later moved to Treehouse TV, with its final episode being shown on that channel on October 3, 2010. The series is based on the books by Hélène Desputeaux. It centers on a 4-year-old boy named Caillou who is fascinated by the world around him.

Plot

Aimed at the toddler and pre-school set, Caillou is an educational show that stars the 4-year-old title character (pronounced KY-YOO), who lives with his mother, father and sister in a blue house on Pine Street. Caillou has invisible friends, learns how to play sports and explores nature. Friendly and curious, Caillou discovers as much fun and wonder as any kid can imagine. In addition to the animated segments featuring Caillou's adventures, the show also features puppet skits and videos of children in real-life situations.

Why It Sucks

  1. Almost all of the characters are poorly written:
    • Caillou, the title character, is unlikable. For example, he constantly cries, whines and throws tantrums without being told off, especially in the first season; in the fourth and fifth seasons, Caillou, despite being significantly better-behaved, is very bland and became a huge Gary Stu.
      • As a matter of fact, his whining was reported to have had a negative effect on kids' behavior.
    • His parents, Boris and Doris, aren't much better. They rarely punish or scold Caillou for his actions, even when he deserves it.
    • The rest of the characters are bland and have little to no depth whatsoever. For example, Leo and Clementine are generic friends, and Ms. Martin is a generic teacher.
  2. The voice acting ranges from bland to just plain annoying.
  3. The animation took a nose-dive in the later seasons as it switched to flash animation from traditional animation, most likely to cut corners and save money. The flash animation itself looks very horrendous, stilted and lazy in comparison to the hand-drawn animation in the first three seasons.
  4. The show introduced interesting characters like Andy and Alan only for them to disappear later on.
  5. Some questionable-at-best morals; in the banned episode "Caillou Goes Around the Block," for example, Caillou, well, goes around the block, unattended, despite his very young age, which is a very bad decision for a parent to do that, considering the dangers of their child (especially a four-year-old) walking alone in the street.
    • In later seasons, the morals are often shoved down the viewers' throat.
  6. The plots are extremely clichéd and stale as well in the later seasons.
  7. Slow pacing.
  8. The theme song is both cringy and awful to listen to. Not to mention, it will get on your nerves very quickly.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The concept about a four-year-old boy who is obsessed with the world around him is pretty good for a children’s show despite being executed poorly here.
  2. Most of the voice acting is passable at the very least.
    • Some one-liners are unintentionally funny like "Your mommy's gone!".
  3. Some episodes are decent, such as "Caillou Makes Cookies". The puppet skits for American airings between 2000 and 2003 were also pretty good as well.
  4. Despite some flaws, the animation, at least for the first three seasons, is quite decent.
  5. Seasons 4-5 are a bit of an improvement over the first three, but are still mediocre at best.
  6. Andy and Alan are interesting characters, being a good representation for autistic kids and kids with Down syndrome respectively, but are wasted.
    • Gilbert is also a cute pet cat and a likable character.
    • Caillou's design is pretty cute as well, but his personality is poorly-executed. Starting in season four, Caillou, despite his Gary-Stuish behavior, is better behaved. His yellow shirt from Season 2 onward makes his design less bland compared to the beige shirt version.

Reception and controversy

Although Caillou actually performed well with viewership and its target preschool demographic, the series was heavily panned by older viewers and critics alike, especially the first season of the show. The titular character's misbehavior throughout the show has made him an infamous character among older viewers and parents, since Caillou's troublemaking and whining was considered to be annoying and his parents accepting his actions rather than disciplining him didn't clearly show that his actions were wrong and as such he didn't learn from his mistakes. Many parents have even claimed that their children became naughtier when watching Caillou and copying the titular character's behavior.

Over the years, the show has been popularly satirized and mocked on social media and in some forms of entertainment, with numerous parodies and memes based on the show. Two notable examples being grounded videos on websites like Vyond and Plotagon and the premiere episode of Season 19 of Family Guy titled "Stewie's First Word".

The series currently holds a 4/10 on IMDb and 4.7/10 on TV.com. On Google, it has a 2.7 audience rating.

Trivia

  • Jaclyn Linetsky, Caillou's second voice actor, died on September 8, 2003 due to traffic collision at the age of 17. Nicolas Cantu, Gumball Watterson's third voice actor from seasons 5 and 6 of the Cartoon Network series The Amazing World of Gumball was born on the same day that Jaclyn Linetsky, Caillou's second voice actor died.
  • Bryn McAuley, Caillou's first voice actress, also voiced Mavis Dracula on the Sony Pictures Animation show Hotel Transylvania: The Series (replacing Selena Gomez from the movie), which aired on Disney Channel in 2017.
  • For some unknown reason, Caillou was extremely popular in Turkey and Portugal.
  • After its cancellation in 2010, re-runs of Caillou still aired on PBS Kids until January 5, 2021, due to complaints about the main character's misbehavior/horrible example that the show received.

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Comments


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DuchessTheSponge

24 days ago
Score 8
Caillou then became Saitama and changed from one of the most hated preschool show characters to one of the most liked anime superheroes.
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TheRandomMan12345

24 days ago
Score 1
Wait I thought shows for the under 6 were banned
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Blader07

24 days ago
Score 3
This rule is now retired
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TheRandomMan12345

24 days ago
Score 2
Oh well example 3 of me officially being a dumbass
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TheRandomMan12345

24 days ago
Score 1
also can't wait to see the peppa pig page because I'd say it's almost as bad as Caillou in my opinion which is very impressive as Caillou is one of my least favorite cartoons and I love cartoons a whole ton
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

24 days ago
Score 0
You’re not a dumbass. It only happened recently.
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Blader07

24 days ago
Score 4
In his AOK version, now he's a crazy and psychopact being similar to Ren APC's version
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TheRandomMan12345

24 days ago
Score -3
Yeah I really like Caillou the Grownup series
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TehGamerOne18

24 days ago
Score 2
Yes it’s back!!!!
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Master Chief

24 days ago
Score 3
I can't believe I enjoyed this all the way up until I was 10.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

24 days ago
Score 0
Oh look, this page is back!
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

24 days ago
Score 0

Guess who's back,

back again.

Caillou’s back,

tell a friend.
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

24 days ago
Score 0
I’m going to screenshot this incase the ban comes back
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SwipeMaster Z

23 days ago
Score 0
Yay! He's back! (Cover your ears)
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AnimalLover45

23 days ago
Score 0
Yes Caillou is back on this wiki!
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KaioGabriel20

23 days ago
Score 0
The page is back on the wiki.
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Harrison Dye

23 days ago
Score 0
Yay its back!
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Jeffy-Shirt

22 days ago
Score 3
Wait? How are niche audience shows back?!
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LancedSoul

21 days ago
Score 5
OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CAILLOU! HOW DARE YOU MISBEHAVIOR! THAT'S IT! YOU ARE GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED FOR 596759675967596 BILLION YEARS! GO TO YOUR ROOM NOW!
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HunterZolomon

21 days ago
Score 0
He can race with Butters
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PhantomNati

11 hours 10 minutes ago
Score 0
Lol
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HunterZolomon

21 days ago
Score 0
My favorite bald boi is bacc here.
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JuooIsHere33

21 days ago
Score 0
This page must have eternal protection against non-authors.
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Lelanbkeeton

20 days ago
Score 0
may i add a redeeming quality? The puppet segments in earlier seasons were pretty enjoyable.
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Master Chief

19 days ago
Score 0
Already noted in redeeming quality #3.
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Mr. Namless Thing?

20 days ago
Score 1
I think Morning Sun Animation Group animated the show for first three seasons.
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Blubabluba9990

18 days ago
Score 5

Nobody

Caillou: *mOmMy RoSiE tOoK mY DiNoSaUr
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TheRandomMan12345

7 days ago
Score 0
Rosie! You need to learn to share despite Caillou not sharing and being double your age which makes me a massive hypocrite!
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LightningE99

17 days ago
Score 0
IMO if preschool shows are allowed on the wiki for good shows they should be allowed on this one too. It should stay this way.
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

12 days ago
Score 6
Who’s mass disliking comments cheering on niche shows returning?
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TheRandomMan12345

7 days ago
Score 1
Must be Caillou
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KaioGabriel20

6 days ago
Score 0
It could be also some people that think we´re the Cailou hatedom,as I could expect.
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Mr. Namless Thing?

11 days ago
Score 0

"That's me, ehahahu! And me! And me! And me! Ehahahu!"

"You're getting not to be a big boy"
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PhantomNati

7 days ago
Score 1
Lol
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Kelvin Muñoz NAKKTK NAVGCP WAN

6 days ago
Score 1
I hate Caillou a lot! Now some Caillou fantards are gonna attack me for this.
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I will protect you from these Caillou-freaks, Happy?
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SkullcrawlerBuddyOfficial

3 days ago
Score 1

Caillou's been cancelled on PBS.

Looks like he finally got grounded for 1294579083745608294856729 years.
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Levbastian22

2 days ago
Score 2
Silly old car. Silly, silly, SILLY!!!
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TheRandomMan12345

13 hours 6 minutes ago
Score 1
Wait but does anyone know what the reception was for the AOK YT video miniseries that's called "Caillou the Grownup"
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TheRandomMan12345

6 hours 13 minutes ago
Score 0
What about Caillou's new adventures it actually has an even lower imdb rating than this Caillou which is saying something so shouldn't it be here
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TheRandomMan12345

6 hours 13 minutes ago
Score 0
The raiting is 3.6/10 and this Caillou has 4/10

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