Caillou

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

(reruns aired until January 5, 2021)

Network(s): Télétoon (Quebec)
Teletoon (Canada)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
PBS (US)
Created by: Hélène Desputeaux
Christine L'Heureux
Distributed by: Cinar (1997–2004)
Cookie Jar Entertainment (2004–2010)
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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Almost all of the characters are really poor:
    • Caillou himself is an unlikable character. For example, he misbehaves constantly without being told off; 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 had an effect on kids' behavior.
    • His parents, Boris and Doris, are no better. For example, 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 the generic teacher.
  2. The voice acting ranges from bland to just plain annoying.
  3. The art style is off-putting and questionable. For example, the backgrounds are never fully painted. The color palette is also too bright and unrealistic. Granted, this is likely done to resemble a children's storybook; the first season even features a more realistic art-style in the framing device, but that was dropped from Season 2 on.
  4. The animation in later seasons is horrendous, as it is very stilted and lazy. This was likely done to cut corners and save money.
  5. The show introduced interesting characters like Andy and Alan only for them to disappear later on.
  6. Some questionable-at-best morals; in the banned episode "Caillou Goes Around the Block", for example, Doris allows Caillou to go out on his own, which is a very bad decision.
  7. In later seasons, the morals are shoved down the viewers' throat.
  8. The plots are extremely clichéd and stale as well in the later seasons.
  9. Slow pacing.
  10. Cringworthy theme song despite being catchy.

Good Qualities

  1. Most voice acting is passable at the very least.
    • Some one-liners are unintentionally funny like "Your mommy's gone!".
  2. Some episodes are good, such as "Caillou Makes Cookies". The puppet skits for American airings were also pretty good as well.
  3. The animation is actually really good in the first three seasons.
  4. Season 4 and 5 are slight improvements over the first three, but are still mediocre at best, with morals being abused and the animation becoming horrendous.
  5. 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.
    • Caillou's design is pretty cute as well, but his personality is poorly-executed. Starting in season four, Caillou, despite his Gary-Stuish behaviour, is better behaved.
  6. The theme song is catchy, even if it's cringworthy too.

Reception

Although the show performed well with its target preschool demographic, Caillou was heavily panned by older viewers and critics alike. 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.

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

  • 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".
  • Jaclyn Linetsky, Caillou's second voice actor died on September 8, 2003 due to traffic collision.
  • Bryn McAuley, first voice actress of Caillou, is also 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.
  • After its cancellation in 2010, the 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.

Comments


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DuchessTheSponge

one month ago
Score 5
Saitama = Caillou
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206kid

one month ago
Score 0
Why are we adding preschool shows on here if they were banned except Tomorrow's Pioneers?
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Mickey Mouse

one month ago
Score 8
Trevor recently decided to abolish the rule as it had a lot of flaws
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 6
A lot of people agreed.
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 5
What if people start spamming toxic hate comments here like "I WANNA KILL CAYLOO HES WORSE THAN HITLER"? Just an idea.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 6
They would simply be deleted.
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Funny

one month ago
Score 5
it doesn't even make sense because Caillou is better than Hitler. Caillou just throws tantrums, Hitler started a war.
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Arctic01

one month ago
Score 1
Anything is better than Hitler. End of story.
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 2
Btw it's mainly Reddit and TheTopTens users who use that Godwin's Law comparison on him
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YoungArtist79

one month ago
Score 5
So glad the preschool show ban was lifted, as i feel it restricted freedom to add pages and enforces a “made for kids” excuse.
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Blader07

one month ago
Score 5

Every generation of country has a overhated media and people

United States:

1990s: SuperMan 64

2000s: 4Kids and George W. Bush

2010s: Teen Titans Go!, The Emoji Movie and Donald Trump

Canada:

1990s: Caillou

2000s: Justin Bieber

2010s: Johnny Test
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

one month ago
Score 0
Actually: The 2000's should be Ren And Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, but even then it might not count since it was made by a Canadian person.
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 4

It's sequel One Punch Man is indeed an improvement over this.


(Is a joke pls don't take it seriously).
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Snesboy12

one month ago
Score 2
The Caillou fanboys are gonna freak when they see this, BTW I agree, this show is horrendous.
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I have no idea 2.0

one month ago
Score 0
Who the hell down voted your comment?
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 4
Caillou fanboys are nowhere to be found in the comment sections of most hate videos of the show on YouTube nor can they be found on hate lists of it on TheTopTens and they're nearly extinct like a dodo at this point.
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Blader07

one month ago
Score 3

Miraheze users lashing opinion on others in nutshell:

OpinionDisrespector.jpg

The meme templates belongs to Epic-Wrecker
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Yardman2001

one month ago
Score 21
Um you might wanna put vandalized protection on the caillou page I fear that toxic haters and immature vyond users might try to vandalize it
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 1
It's already protected so only confirmed users can edit.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

one month ago
Score 7
thank god the preschool show rule is no longer in effect. I found it rather hypocritical because the rule didn't apply to CGW and AMW.
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RTheNoob74

one month ago
Score 4
I thought niche shows weren't allowed on this wiki
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 0
They are now.
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 1
It looks like this is the 2nd most hated media on here after Cuties.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 4
At least this isn't made by or for pedos.
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Snesboy12

one month ago
Score 0
Yeah, Cuties should've never existed in the first place, nobody with common sense needed nor wanted it.
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Funny

one month ago
Score 5
I just got back from a hiatus and now there are niche audience shows... a lot changed, I see.
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JigglypuffGuy04

one month ago
Score 4
I think it's fair to say that I am glad that I NEVER watched Caillou as a kid.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

one month ago
Score 3
same
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Arctic01

one month ago
Score 3
Same here.
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Portrock1566

one month ago
Score 3
My parents forbade it back then. That was nice.
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CompactFlash

29 days ago
Score 2
I watched Caillou a few times as a kid... i didn't like it even then.
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 3

I have a feeling those Vyonders will be happy when they see this.

Yeah, at least I didn't find the show fun at all.
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Eric Cartman 2001

one month ago
Score 0
I think the title should be "Caillou (Seasons 1-3)"
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Snesboy12

one month ago
Score -1
Except that seasons 4-5 are also horrendous, while it was a slight improvement, it brought up some new problems like awful flash animation, forced morals and Caillou now being a Gary Stu
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Eric Cartman 2001

one month ago
Score 0
SO will Dora The Explorer be added on this wiki?
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Jclem05

one month ago
Score 4
Dora isn't a bad show. It teaches kids spanish and math, while this show seems to teach kids how to be a spoiled brat.
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Jclem05

one month ago
Score 4
  • Spoiled brats.
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Portrock1566

one month ago
Score -1
What's with you neckbeards with your aversions to unpopular opinions??? Snesboy is innocent.
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Blader07

one month ago
Score -1
@Portrock1566 Opinion disrespectors.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 3
I don't even know why downvoting comments is a thing.
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Snesboy12

one month ago
Score 0
Well Dora just got added. But Dora is more Average than anything.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 4
I just added a rule on AMW, BTVSW, and this wiki (I can't do the other wikis as well because they're blocked on my Chromebook). No longer can unpopular opinions be downvoted. I get it, some people are offended by an opinion differing from the majority. But these people are basically shoving the popular opinion down others' throats.
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DearMaster6

one month ago
Score 1
This was the first Cinar animated show to use digital ink and paint used for first three seasons.
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DearMaster6

one month ago
Score -3
Also, the show overused too many cartoon sound effects on the first season and less cartoon sound effects on the second season. The stock baby crying sound effect was used on Caillou's All Alone and Caillou Roars. And a stock lady gasping sound effect used on Caillou's All Alone.
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 0
You always say the same things on every fuckin page
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Jego5542Gonzalez

one month ago
Score -5
This show sucks major grizzly bear ass.
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LokiGames

one month ago
Score 1
Caillou: The Original Peppa Pig
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Trashanimal

28 days ago
Score 3

In my honest opinion there are worse kids shows though.

Waits for downvotes
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EijiZeBoi

28 days ago
Score 0
*looks at Peppa Pig*
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YoungArtist79

25 days ago
Score 0
I think this show should be on the front page.
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N125416

23 days ago
Score 3
Now I can never look at Caillou the same again due to it reminding me about the atrocities the Vyond community made and posted to YouTube.
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Rockman138

22 days ago
Score 2

As bad everyone else thinks this show is. I understandably see why, and I agree it has bad morals like "living through life by whining and complaining in order to get what you want". But if any thing, I can't stand Barney more than Caillou.

Do I need to get started why I can't stand that show on how overly sugar coated and sappy it is?
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Trashanimal

19 days ago
Score 7
And it just got removed from PBS Kids.
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Master Chief

18 days ago
Score 0
YEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Trevor807

15 days ago
Score 3
And even GoAnimate haters celebrated.
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Spidey McFly

19 days ago
Score 0
Let me just say I am really shocked.
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Spidey McFly

19 days ago
Score 0
Also, it looks like some of the pointers are based on my sandbox page
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Trevor807

12 days ago
Score 2
“Kayloo, you’re grounded grounded grounded for two trillion quadruploplex eternities! Go to your room right now!” - Typical GoAnimator
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Portrock1566

12 days ago
Score 0
I wonder if his parents are stoners considering they neglect him.
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Pacsonic9000

11 days ago
Score 0
This was one of the shows I watch as a kid and I came out just fine.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

11 days ago
Score 1
I’m glad it’s not airing on TV anymore!
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ZebraTerabyte

8 days ago
Score 1
The ‘Caillou gets grounded” videos actually made me watch the show again.
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JaguarByte Productions

one day 18 hours 30 minutes ago
Score 1
The haters are so much worse than the show itself tbh
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Master Chief

one day 11 hours 40 minutes ago
Score 2
There's actually an episode of Caillou's new adventures where he gets grounded for playing minecraft instead of playing outside, I'm not joking.
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Trevor807

20 hours 54 minutes ago
Score 1
I've heard about that. That's the same series that has Dr. Eggman of all people voice Boris.
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Santino100

19 hours 30 minutes ago
Score 0
Despite this, the reboot was actually worse...
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SkullcrawlerBuddyOfficial

13 hours 35 minutes ago
Score 0

Guys, Caillou is now cancelled on PBS.

Looks like he finally got grounded for 2019538496945658971 years.
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Trevor807

9 hours 14 minutes ago
Score 0
Check that: 2019538496945658971 trillion quadruploplex tranquilities of eternities.

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