Hello Kitty Coloring Pages: A Worldwide Famous Cat from Japan
If you’re a fan of Hello Kitty, you’re in luck! There are plenty of free Hello Kitty coloring pages to print out and enjoy. This famous cat has a worldwide following, with fans of all ages. Learn more about this charming feline below.
What is Hello Kitty?
Hello Kitty is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. She was created in 1974 and has an extensive brand franchise of more than fifty products and services, including personal accessories, clothing, home decor, food items, toys, and several other merchandises. Hello Kitty and her identical twin sister Mimmy are Hello Kitty, a little girl with a red bow, and Mimmy is a little boy with a blue cap.
Sanrio created her as their company’s icon, capitalizing on the burgeoning market for cute characters among young girls in the mid-1970s. Sanrio has marketed very successfully, which has used dramatic sales tactics such as giving Hello Kitty her own theme park, the Sanrio Puroland.
The popularity of Hello Kitty has resulted in her being used on a wide variety of products, including Hello Kitty coloring pages, school supplies, clothing, dishware, and vacuums. In Western countries, especially the United States, she has also become a famous fashion icon among adults.
Hello Kitty’s background story
According to her backstory, Kitty White is a bright and cheerful girl outside of London, England. She has a mother named Mary, a father named George, and an older twin sister called Mimmy. Yuko Shimizu initially designed a kitty, and the current global branding director for Sanrio is Atsuko Satō.
Hello Kitty is often described as a cheerful, cute, and adorable girl in appearance with idiosyncratic ideas of her own. She was created to appeal to the tastes of upper-middle-class women in Japan.
However, many adults outside Japan do not know that she is aimed at young girls, so one of the main goals of Sanrio is to encourage people to take more notice of her. The designers at Sanrio focus on both cuteness and “coolness” when creating new products for this character by applying a strict set of criteria as they continue expanding the franchise.
In 2009 Hello Kitty was awarded a Guinness World Record. This title is given to the character with the most extensive merchandising program globally.
1. Hello Kitty is not a cat. Sanrio has always insisted that she is a girl.
2. Yuko Shimizu originally designed the character, and the current global branding director for Sanrio is Atsuko Satō.
3. Hello Kitty was introduced in Japan in 1974 and internationally in 1976.
4. Hello Kitty is the best-selling character of all time.
5. It is estimated that she has a total of over 50,000 licensing agreements worldwide.
6. In 2016, 1 billion Hello Kitty items were shipped globally from Sanrio’s factories alone – which does not include similar products made by other companies since the brand’s inception.
7. Hello Kitty was presented with a Guinness World Record on November 13th, 2009. She is known as “the character with the most global merchandising agreements in the world.”
8. The Guinness World Record certificate states that her name is Kitty White and “that she was born in London, England on November 1st”.
9. Kitty has a twin sister called Mimmy.
10. Hello Kitty is not British, nor does she live in London as her passport claims. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sanrio’s US marketing director Christine R. Yano stated: “That’s one correction I have to make. She is not British. She is Japanese.”
11. Contrary to popular belief, Hello Kitty was not designed to appeal to young girls only. “We always wanted her to be a friendly character that appealed to everyone,” Shimizu told the LA Times.
12. In 2014, TIME magazine included Hello Kitty as one of the “25 Most Influential Characters of the Past 25 Years”.
13. Hello Kitty has a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty.
14. The character has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
15. Over 10,000 Hello Kitty-themed items are available for purchase – from toothbrushes to jets.
16. In the Chinese Zodiac, she represents people born in the year of the sheep or goat.
17. In May 2016, a 3,000 square foot Hello Kitty cafe opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. This is not the first Hello Kitty-themed restaurant to open at a Disney park. There are also cafes in Tokyo Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort that offer themed menus inspired by Hello Kitty’s world.
As you can see, Hello Kitty is one fascinating character with many interesting facts behind her. Whether you’re a fan of the anime series or just enjoy coloring, these Hello Kitty coloring pages are sure to keep you entertained for hours on end! So grab your crayons and get started! Have fun!