I’m not going to say that Pocoyo should be compared to the ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, or that Pato could be likened to his squire, Sancho Panza. However, the reality is that both Pocoyo and Don Quixote are alike in one thing: that without really trying, they have, in some way, come to represent Spain’s name around the world.
I am certain that today, Pocoyo’s name is now better known around the world than Don Quixote’s, at least among the living! And, if we give our beloved Pocoyo a few more years… with all certainty he will beat Don Quixote by a landslide. I say that, of course, without taking even a little bit of merit away from Miguel de Cervantes because, among other things, Don Quixote has been known by many generations, for more than five centuries—and for now, only one generation knows Pocoyo. Maybe we’re going on two, but no more. But the difference is noticeable!
What’s really important isn’t the fact in and of itself. What this actually demonstrates is the fact that we can reach so many millions of children and help them, in a fun way, to understand what the world is like and how they should face it.
Pocoyo, Pato, Elly, Loula, and all the rest of the friends who are part of the world that revolves around Pocoyo, don’t try to achieve anything other than to help children have a happy experience and, in between laughter and fun, have them grasp a few of the principles and values that will accompany them along their journey to become better people in our world.
Without a doubt, this is something that Don Quixote of La Mancha also did, although of course he did it with a different perspective, a different language and very different means.