Why we love ‘Piano’ and other classic cartoons

The BBC is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and the company’s latest animated feature is one of the most enduring, spanning over 60 years.

The BBC’s Piano is a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek story about a boy with autism who finds himself in love with a pianist, a boy who’s adopted by the piano company and a young girl who’s always wanted to be a piano teacher.

The original animated film was first screened in 1964 and has remained the most watched children’s cartoon ever.

The series follows the life of piano teacher Mr S and his daughter, Ms B, as they struggle to make ends meet as a family in the small, rural town of Dorking, New South Wales.

Piano is produced by the BBC’s BBC Studios in association with the BBC Australia, the BBC Worldwide and the BBC World Service.

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