Parents & Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions about Caillou

Q. Why is Caillou bald?

A. Caillou’s character is based on a much younger character featured in illustrated children’s books published before the television series was created. Generally, for children, Caillou is a larger than life image of a preschooler. The fact that he is bald does not seem to bother preschoolers in the least. Not only do they never mention it, but when asked to think about why Caillou has no hair, our focus groups just laughed and replied: "He just doesn’t have any hair!"

Q. What is the educational rationale behind this series?

A. PBS and Cookie Jar have always promoted high-quality, non-violent, educational television programming for children. Based on research by acclaimed child psychologist Nicole Nadeau, the CAILLOU stories help children grow with self-esteem, confidence and independence.

Q. How does CAILLOU differ from other preschool-level children’s series?

A. CAILLOU’s animated world is very realistic, which is unusual for preschool-level children’s programming. The show’s simple animation style and bright colors hold children’s attention as Caillou goes through his everyday life experiences. Children see Caillou as a real little boy to whom they can relate and identify with. Each episode of the series shows how Caillou deals with the problems, conflicts and joys that are typical of a young child his age. Season 4 takes a closer look at the realm of childhood experience, emphasizing children’s ability to use their imagination to cope with real life and the challenges to come.

Q. How did the CAILLOU series get started?

A. Since 1987, Caillou story books (published by Les Éditions Chouette) have sold over 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into English, Spanish and other languages. CINAR obtained a license to produce an animated series and the first short episodes were broadcast in 1997 in Canada. The resounding success of the animated series led to a partnership between CINAR and PBS to produce the half-hour CAILLOU series for public television. Subsequently, additional books based on the television series were published.