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The crickets that captivated the world
In books, songs and animation, the world’s most famous creators have chosen cricket characters. Each of them has left a distinctive mark on history. Our youngest children are encouraged to get to know the cricket, which is a character with a very cosy presentation that can be found in various games and stories.
Crickets are especially loved in Japan, and they show it in their songs. The sound of traditional Japanese pentatonic music is reflected in the songs, which playfully depict the keeping of crickets as pets in order to enjoy success.
Charles Dickens wrote a fairy tale called “The Cricket on the Hearth”, in which the cricket was the guardian angel of the house. It was the most popular of Dickens’ Christmas books and was written to support his large family and to encourage readers to sympathise and donate to charity. The novella is divided into four chapters, called ‘chirps’, in keeping with the cricket theme of the title.
Can anyone forget the Walt Disney animated film Pinocchio? Jiminy Cricket, the wise cricket, is depicted wearing a cylinder and a tailcoat with an umbrella. The Blue Fairy appointed Jiminy as Pinocchio’s official conscience, hoping that Jiminy would help Pinocchio become a real boy. The author created this character to develop the main thrust of the story – his friendship with Pinocchio.
Another cricket in Disney history is Lucky Cri-Kee, the character in the animated film Mulan. The concept of Cri-Kee was inspired by the filmmakers’ research into the symbol of good luck in China, which led them to discover that crickets are a symbol of good luck. Based on this, the character’s sharer insisted that the filmmakers include the cricket in the story; allegedly, he kept throwing various sketches of Cri-Kee through the director’s office door until he reached his goal.