Despite its negative image, you may be familiar with Caillou, one of the most popular children's cartoon shows in Canada. The show, based on a children's book series by Hélène Desputeaux and Christine L'Heureux, ran on the Canadian channel Teletoon from 1997 to 2010. Since it aired on PBS in the United States under the PBS Kids label, it was seen by a large audience of young viewers.
Who is Caillou?
Caillou, whose name literally translates to “pebble” in French, stars as the show's main character. A new baby sister is only one of the many life changes he must adjust to as a little kid of four.
Despite the show's seeming innocuousness, many parents and others have spoken out against it due to concerns that it teaches youngsters poor manners and encourages tantrums and other disruptive behaviors from Caillou.
A Reddit group where individuals discuss how much they loathe the protagonist is evidence that the criticism is still being voiced today. The announcement that PBS would no longer run the show was met with widespread celebration among fans.
Whether you're a fan of Caillou or not, you have to admit that he's one of the most iconic TV personalities of all time.
How Tall is Caillou?
Caillou's height became a topic of conversation after a Twitter user inquired about it. According to reports, the 4-year-old is actually 5 feet 11 inches tall, which is a staggering discovery. In metric terms, that converts to roughly 180 centimeters.
As Caillou sings in the theme tune, “Each day I grow some more,” his mother Doris exclaims, “You're getting to be a big boy!” Perhaps Doris is right and Caillou has reached his full adult size.
His height is a secret, kept from viewers by the show's writers and producers. The claimed height of 5 feet 11 inches is no longer mentioned in Google searches. However, the outcomes highlight media coverage and online discussion over his equally contested height.
Why is Caillou So Tall?
Caillou's height was the subject of great attention and celebration, but the rest of his family's stature didn't appear to garner as much interest. Indeed, aside from a couple of Reddit postings claiming that Boris and Doris are around twice as tall as Caillou, Boris, and Doris don't appear to get much attention.
Let's go ahead and make the assumption that Caillou is exactly 5 feet 11 inches tall. Caillou and his family, even his tiny sister Rosie, would be a bunch of giants if that were the case.
Why is Caillou Bald?
While we're at it, let's talk about another one of Caillou's defining features: the fact that he's bald. Caillou is now four years old, yet he still has a bald spot on his head. Fans and detractors alike have speculated on the inspiration behind this design decision for decades.
One Reddit user hypothesized that Caillou's family put up with his behavior because he was dying of cancer. Unfortunately, there's nothing really exciting about the actual solution. The official Caillou website states that the character was designed as a newborn and that infants often have very little hair.
It was decided that Caillou, the main character of the novel made into a cartoon, should be slightly older. It was thought that giving him hair would make him unrecognizable, so he kept his signature bald look.