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Move Over, Kitty, Here Comes Puppy

Hello Kitty company to focus on puppy character.

Hello Kitty company to focus on puppy character.

Sanrio, the company behind the iconic Hello Kitty products, plans to build a following and a movie around Cinnamon, Sanrios puppy character, the company announced at the Tokyo International Anime Fair.

Sanrios last animated film hit theaters in 1983. Since then Hello Kitty has become a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 50,000 products on sale in 60 countries.

The Hello Kitty dynasty began in 1974 when Sanrio designer Ikuko Shimizu placed the moon-faced cartoon cat on a coin purse.

Posted: May 6, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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