Meet Penelope the absent-minded young koala. Rarely seen without Deudeu – her favourite stuffed rabbit – Penelope likes nothing more than finding another adventure in the most unlikely of places. A simple gust of wind blowing her hat away can lead to Penelope running her own stall atop a tree stump where she trades flowers for apples, and paper planes for acorns. From games of hide and seek with her friends, to playing with the bubbles in the bath or counting sheep during nap time, Penelope’s life is never dull – even if she does wear odd socks when she gets herself dressed in the morning.
One day, the chess-playing crocodile Gena receives a delivery at his humble abode. However, he has no idea that inside the box of oranges is a furry stowaway! With no memory of himself or how he got there, the creature – not quite a monkey, dog or other standard animal - is named Cheburashka by his new friend. Alongside Gena, Cheburashka will visit the zoo, play games and have other fun adventures along the way.
Ukkari Penelope and Cheburashka Arere? are squarely aimed at a younger audience and are utterly adorable. Both have distincitve and cute animation styles that are a bit different from the norm. Also, both Cheburashka and Penelope are quite naive and clumsy protagonists, so if you like one, you may enjoy the other.
Dogtato-kun is one of the many half-animal/half-vegetable inhabitants of Veggietown! Along with Croconion, Cucumbird, Hedgetato and the rest of the gang, Dogtato-kun and Veggietown's edible dwellers will have fun, fall in love, and make new friends, all without losing a leaf!
If you enjoyed Penelope, then you may want to try out Dogtato-kun. Both series feature animal protagonists and are aimed at children. If you want to watch some light-hearted innocent fun, then both of these may be for you.
Michi and her parents have just move into the Happiness House, a bizarre neighborhood built atop a giant tree. As Michi ventures into her new room, a strange nut falls from one of the tree branches on the ceiling, revealing a small creature inside called Nanami-chan. The two quickly become good friends and begin to explore the Happiness House, discovering its secrets, meeting the neighbors, and teaching Nanami about the world, from daifuku to astronomy.
Ryoku, Aru, Muha, Ron, Hana, Cafe and Chai are colorful tea-dogs who want nothing more than to enjoy each other's company and be friends. Along with the finicky tea-cats, this group of companions will learn valuable lessons about life and friendships, in this quiet 5-minutes-per-episode series filled with positivity and morals.
If you liked the cute and innocent feel of Penelope Tete en L'air then you may want to check out Ocha-ken. Both are primarily aimed at at younger audience, but they have an interesting animation style. Both are ideal if you fancy reverting back to your childhood for a bit.