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Hello Kitty is the bestest-known of many Fictional characters produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. Hello Kitty is a very simply drawn character who was created in 1974 by the Sanrio Company in Tokyo, Japan. Registered in 1976, Hello Kitty is now a globally known Trademark.

When Hello Kitty's boyfriend "Dear Daniel" was created in 1999, designers took his name from the 1971 film Melody, which starred Mark Lester as a character called Daniel and features songs by the Bee Gees.

  • Hello Kitty's fictional world includes a whole array of friends and family members. Hello Kitty is also friends with other famous Sanrio characters such as Bobby Jack Monkey, who has recently made its way back onto Sanrio shelves in late 2007. Since 2004 she has even had a pet cat of her own called Charmmy Kitty and a pet hamster called Sugar. Charmmy resembles Hello Kitty but has more cat-like features. Charmmy Kitty was given to Hello Kitty by her father, George White, and Sugar by Dear Daniel.
  • Hello Kitty has been marketed in the United States from the beginning and has held the position of U.S. children's ambassador for UNICEF since 1983. The brand rose to greater prominence during the late 1990s when several celebrities such as Mariah Carey adopted Hello Kitty as a fashion statement. New products featuring the character can be found in virtually any American Department store and Hello Kitty was once featured in an Advertising campaign of the retail chain Target.

Many American celebrities have contributed to the character's popularity: Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum, Steven Tyler, Christina Aguilera, Carmen Electra, Mandy Moore, Raven-Symoné, Miley Cyrus, Varla Jean Merman, as well as Paris and Nicky Hilton have all been spotted with Hello Kitty and Bobby Jack goods. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was also spotted with a Hello Kitty handbag while doing a video blog with Ross Mathews[1]. Perez Hilton was also seen wearing a Hello Kitty tie on Victoria Beckham's show 'Victoria Beckham'. Victoria commented on his 'fierce' tie. Singer Lisa Loeb, who is marketing the pink Hello Kitty guitar, has admitted to being a fan and has even dedicated a whole album in homage to Hello Kitty named Hello Lisa. 'Scene queens' like Jeffree Star, Audrey Kitching,and Hanna Beth can often be seen donning Hello Kitty apparel.

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Hello Kitty being hugged to death. :(

Several Hello Kitty animated series targeted towards young children have been produced. In the animated films made by Sanrio from 1977 to 1985, Hello Kitty has made cameo appearances in them (similar to Disney's Hidden Mickey techniques).

The earliest Hello Kitty animated series known was the American-animated (co-produced with Japan) Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theatre, which aired throughout 1987. This show, produced by Sanrio in cooperation with DiC Entertainment, parodies various famous fairy tales and blockbuster movies from the period.[2] It was broadcast in the United States on The Family Channel, and a Spanish-dubbed version also aired Saturday mornings on Univision.

On U.S. television, the Japanese anime series Hello Kitty and Friends aired on CBS in 1991, and also ran on Toon Disney. On the show, Kitty is depicted as a little girl who lives with her mother, father, and twin sister Mimmy, who is identical to Kitty but has different colored clothes and wears her bow under the opposite ear. 13 episodes were produced, using animation produced as early as 1991.

On Japanese television, Hello Kitty (and pals) have starred in at least one Anime series of their own. Hello Kitty's Paradise ran for 16 episodes between 1993 and 1994. This version was released in English in 2000. This version, like "Hello Kitty and Friends", also aired on Toon Disney.

Hello Kitty and friends also appeared in Hello Kitty's Animation Theatre, which had Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters appearing in their versions of different fairy tales. Available in the U.S. from ADV Films (who also own the video/DVD rights to Hello Kitty and Friends & Hello Kitty's Paradise)

Since 2004 the little cat has been featured on a MasterCard Debit card from Legend Credit Inc. The card was released to teach young girls how to shop and use a debit card.

In 2006, it was announced Hello Kitty will be appearing in a new Japanese clay-animated series called Hello Kitty's Stump Village from Sanrio. At Anime Expo 2006, Geneon Entertainment announced that Hello Kitty's Stump Village was one of the series it licensed for U.S. release. Volume 1 was released in October, and Volume 2 was released in January and in 2008 Hello Kitty appeared for the first time in a full 3D animation entitled the Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends developed by Sanrio's digital entertainment entity Sanrio.

Also in 2008 contemporary artists Martin Sastre provoked the encounter of a Hello Kitty Nun and Madonna in London for The Martin Sastre Foundation campaign Adopt a Latin Artist". [3]

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Some claim that Hello Kitty was inspired by Miffy, or Nijntje in Dutch, created by the Dutch artist Dick Bruna in 1955. And some others claim that Hello Kitty was inspired by Musti (character), created by graphic artist Ray Goossens in 1945. Musti is a little Cat, living with his mother and father in a little house in a rural village, surrounded by a large garden with animals and trees.

Many people love Hello Kitty.

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  • On the episode "A Benihana Christmas" of the American TV series "The Office (U.S. TV series)", the character of Angela tells an Asian waitress from Benihana "I don't come into your house and steal your Hello Kitty backpack, do I?", when the waitress told her she thought she could have something of hers.
  • On the episode "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" of the TV series The Simpsons, the family travels to Japan and passes by the Hello Kitty merchandise factory. The yowling noises from within suggest that they were made from real Cat.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, there is a Hello Kitty parody named Sassy Cat.
  • In the Futurama episode, "Crimes of the Hot", a "Curious Pussycat" factory is seen in the background of a scene set in Kyoto. The logo is reminiscent of the Hello Kitty logo.
  • The band Goons of Doom created a song entitled "Hello Kitty", presumably relating to the character. Similarly, the band Awaken mentions Hello Kitty in their song "Beppu Nights" (別府NIGHTS) with the line "the country where white cats have no mouth".
  • The Online Webcomic The Order of the Stick parodies Hello Kitty by creating a, presumably parallel, character in the world in which the comic takes place. This character is known as "Hello Goblin", and is seen on an umbrella that is carried by the Monster in the Dark.
  • Webcomic Achewood occasionally mentions a Japanese brand of merchandise created by the "Sanryobuki" corporation, which features a cartoon cat on its products. The company makes everything from artificial cat livers to a remote-controlled colonoscopy machine.
  • On the episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" of South Park, Butters states that he does not play World of Warcraft but rather the game Hello Kitty Island Adventure.
  • The After Dark (software) screensaver "Hall of Fame", which features several famous After Dark characters portrayed as anime characters, shows an image of Bad Dog (screensaver) that looks like Hello Kitty.
  • On the episode "No Man's Land" of Grey's Anatomy Izzie is wearing Hello Kitty panties. Meredith greets her with the words "Hello Kitty".
  • In the Too Short song "Burn Rubber," Too Short talks about pimping hoes, "Take your ass straight out, of Sin City. Wearin' all pink like Hello Kitty. Bringin back all C-notes and no fifties."
  • Dave Navarro performed a reunion concert with The Red Hot Chili Peppers as a homage to Hello Kitty, and played a Hello Kitty guitar given to him by Hello Kitty herself.
  • In the TV show Danny Phantom, the episode What You Want (Danny Phantom) includes a film called 'Sayonara Pussycat', featuring a cat similar to Hello Kitty. Sayonara is Japanese for goodbye.
  • On the same note, a series of T-shirts and other merchandise depicts a small cat about to meet certain death called "Goodbye Kitty".
  • Gaia Online features a plushie of a white cat called the KiKi Kitty, as well as a black version called CoCo Kitty. The description reads that it is a plushie version of a fictional cartoon character, a parody of Hello Kitty. However, the item has evolved into a mascot in its own right, and is one of the most famous items in the game, and even appears on real life merchandise.
  • In the game Destroy All Humans! 2, if you scan a mind of a teenage Japanese female, they will sometimes mention a parody of Hello Kitty, 'Hiya Pussy'.
  • In Jon Stewart's book America: The Book, a page about Japan labels the Prime Minister and national flower with a Hello Kitty face.
  • In the Neopets website, the Plushie Angelpuss is based on Hello Kitty.
  • In the episode "Itty Bitty Kitty" of Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Brandy's cat doll named "Itty Bitty Kitty" is a parody of Hello Kitty.
  • In a Robot Chicken episode, Hello Kitty comes in to discuss something pertaining to her show, but is interrupted by her loudly coughing up a hairball.
  • In another episode of Robot Chicken Hello Kitty appears as a martial arts master alongside faux versions of Scorpion (Mortal Kombat), Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat) and Smoke (Mortal Kombat) to train Joey Fatone
  • Singer Lisa Loeb is a big fan of Hello Kitty, and is also an avid collector of her items. She has a Hello Kitty guitar guitar, and is featured on the American Sanrio website.
  • As of August 2007, Thai police officers who have committed minor transgressions such as showing up late or parking in the wrong place will be forced to wear Hello Kitty armbands for several days as penance. [4]
  • In an episode of Will & Grace, Grace purchases a water bra to enhance her breast size to impress an old crush from high school. Will sees it for the first time and exclaims, "Hello, kitties!"
  • In an episode of Zoey 101, Zoey (Jamie Lynn Spears) complains that she finds someone's Hello Bunny (a parody of Hello Kitty) underwear in her laundry.
  • The comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm lampooned Hello Kitty in a line of strips from April 7 to April 12, 2008. In this series, Hello Kitty is portrayed as an overexposed celebrity in the mold of Paris or Lindsay Lohan.
  • Britney Spears is seen wearing a Hello Kitty necklace in her video for Do Somethin'.
  • In the TV show Gilmore Girls, Hello Kitty merchandise is seen a lot.
  • In the TV show NewsRadio, the episode "Stocks" features Matthew giving Bill a Hello Kitty branded backpack. Bill declines the gift contending that he is "neither Japanese, 14 years old nor a girl"
  • In the first episode of Series 9 of King of Queens, Doug Heffernan is seen on the phone to his wife. Regarding his new ice cream truck, he says something like "I've already earned 500 dollars today, and a Hello Kitty notebook...Susie was a little short of cash"
  • There exists a webcomic entitled "The Misadventures of Hello Cthulhu," or simply "Hello Cthulhu," which combines elements and characters of Hello Kitty and H. P. Lovecraft's literature into a parody. "Hello Cthulhu" was created by Devon "FrogPlague" Tackett. No new comics have been published since the Christmas comic published on December 24th, 2006, due to the author's desire "to write out an entire story arc instead of just trying to string what ever comes out of my head every few days or so."

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