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Die Mainzelmännchen Posted by on Jan 3, 2009 in Culture

Hallo! und “Gud’n Aaamd!”

Kennen Sie die Mainzelmännchen? Those of you who’ve watched the ZDF channel probably know who I’m talking about. Those of you who haven’t, well, let me introduce you to some cute little TV characters. There are six of them. The one in the picture heißt Det; Ist er nicht süß? I just love this little guy! Als Kind, out of all of them, liebte ich ihn am allerbesten.

Das Mainzelmännchen in dem bild on the right is my very own! Back when I lived in Deutschland, eine sehr nette Dame and a good friend of mine gave him to me. Bin ich froh das ich ihn behalten habe! Now I can share him with you.

Here is a little background information on how these cartoon characters came to be. The little goblins, Kobolde, were created for the ZDF channel in 1963, by Wolf Gerlach. He essentially created and designed them as a Werbe-Pausenfüller. Diese kleine Knaben were his claim to fame. Their little antics are fun and entertaining – a favorite with children, and some grown-ups!

Herr Gerlach retired before the Mainzelmännchen went through a major makeover. In 2003, they not only received a more modernized look, the new designers also switched from the drawing board to a computerized program. Although, there was some protest about the Mainzelmännchen’s new look, Mrs. Gerlach had this to say about them “Ich finde die jetzt sehr in Ordnung, meine waren schon sehr nostalgisch.”,1872,7225172,00.html?dr=1

This clip will introduce you to the little goblins in action. It will also show you die Mainzelmännchen before the makeover.

Viel Spaβ und bis bald,


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  1. Jason Degianis:


  2. Ginger Schultz:

    I’ve got the same one you have! Keep him (name is Det) in my home office.

  3. Adele:

    Growing up in Bonn, Germany, I always looked forward to the Mainzelmannchen.
    Das “Guten Abend”, oder “Guten Tag”, so suss.
    I always mentione the Mainzelmannchen to my daughter and say there will be no Mainzelmannchen to do your job.

  4. Krissy:

    When we lived in Germany in 1963 we watched the Mainzel menchen on TV and I loved them, when I returned in the early 70s I bought 5 of the characters which I still have. Are they worth any thing to collectors?

  5. Tom O’Shea:

    I too have three of the little guys sitting atop my computer. I know their names but don’t know how match them up. Can anybody help

  6. Andrea:

    Who knew? They have a facebook page so you can see all six.
    Edi, Berti,Fritzlan,Connie, Anton, Det. Loved them when we lived at Ramstein AFB.