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Gabriela Rivero and the cast's children from left to right
Also known asCarrusel de Niños
Written byLei Quintana
Gabriela Ortigoza
Screenplay byValeria Phillips
Story byAbel Santa Cruz
Directed by
Music byJosé Antonio "Potro" Farías
Opening theme"Carrusel de niños" by Astrid Morales, Jessica Morales and the cast's children
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes358
Executive producers
ProducerAngelli Nesma Medina
Production locationsMexico City, Mexico
CinematographyAlbino Corrales
Production companyTelevisa
Original release
NetworkCanal de las Estrellas
ReleaseJanuary 19, 1989 (1989-01-19) –
May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11)

Carrusel (Spanish pronunciation: [karuˈsel]) is a Mexican children's telenovela produced by Valentín Pimstein for Televisa in 1989.[1] It's based on the Argentinean character Jacinta Pichimahuida (first televised in 1966), and produced by and broadcast on Televisa in 1989. It covers daily life in a Mexican elementary school and the children's relationships with a charismatic teacher named Ximena. Among other plot devices, it deals with the differences between the upper and lower classes of Mexican society – specifically as seen in a romantic relationship between Cirilo, a poor black boy, and a spoiled white rich girl, Maria Joaquina Villaseñor.

Gabriela Rivero starred as main protagonist, while Janet Ruiz and Beatriz Moreno starred as main antagonists. Ludwika Paleta, Pedro Javier Viveros, Hilda Chávez, Flor Eduarda Gurrola, Joseph Birch, Abraham Pons, Mauricio Armando, Gabriel Castañon, Yoshiki Takiguchi, Manuel Fernández, Karin Nisembaum, and Silvia Guzmán starred as stellar performances.


The story begins with the daily lives of a group of schoolchildren from a Mexican primary school ("Escuela Mundial") and the relations of the latter with their teacher, Ximena. In the series, several issues about life, while stressing values such as love, trust and friendship touched.

The characters

  • Teacher Ximena Fernández is something like the embodiment of all that is good. She is a teacher, friend and mother to her students. She shows friendliness and enormous patience, she is loved by all.
  • Cirilo Rivera is a good boy, and the only child of black ancestry in school. He is the son of a humble carpenter and a housewife who adore him to the utmost.
  • María Joaquina Villaseñor is a rich girl, daughter of a renowned and prestigious physician (Dr. Miguel Villaseñor). Beautiful, selfish, overlooked by her classmates, but eventually learns to value the important things in life.
  • Laura Quiñones is a chubby yet romantic girl. She spends most of the day with a big sandwich in hand, and never misses an opportunity to let go a sigh and say, That's so romantic, or, You are very anti-romantic.
  • Kokimoto Mishima is a boy of Japanese origin and the only Asian child at school. Always with his hachimaki tied around his head, he was one of the henchmen and bodyguard of Pablo Guerra in the early chapters and later was replaced on paper as right arm by Mario Pablo Ayala. His signature phrase is: "Yyyaaaaa yyyyaaaaaa!!!" (a battle cry used in karate).
  • Bibi Smith is a girl of American origin. She is a polite and gentle girl, and a good friend. Bibi speaks Spanish imperfectly, since her native language is English.
  • David Rovinovich is a Jewish boy, angelic face and curly blond hair. He wastes no time with the girls, coming to fall in love with Valeria, one of his classmates.
  • Valeria Ferrer is the girlfriend of David Rovinovich. She is a cheerful girl and joker character who helps others but cannot help her joking, she is not as bad as Pablo Guerra.
  • Jaime Palillo is a robust, stocky, rough and clumsy child, but also very brave to come forward and defend his friends, especially Cirilo. His biggest complication is the school subjects. He's not outstanding in studies but gets some recognition after.
  • Pablo Guerra is the naughty boy of the class, but often his jokes go too far. He is used to annoy his sister Marcelina and play practical jokes on Cirilo.
  • Marcelina Guerra is the sister of Pablo. Pablo would often make fun of her, annoy her and show the quality of dislike towards her but Marcelina still likes his brother no matter what.
  • Daniel Zapata is one of the top students in the class and the leader of the "Patrulla Salvadora". He is regarded by all as a good friend and a good leader.
  • Carmen Carrillo is a noble, kind, and loving girl who has to endure the difficult situations faced by her parents. However, she tries very well to succeed at school and she is very excellent in her notes at school.
  • Jorge del Salto is a rich boy, smug and pampered by his mother, who thinks he is superior to all children by their economic status, having empathy alone with Maria Joaquina, who is the only one whom he considers in his class.
  • Mario Ayala is a boy living with his father and stepmother, the latter an abusive woman who loves tormenting Mario because she does not consider him his son. When he arrives at school for the first time, he responds badly to teacher Ximena who leaves the classroom crying. This causes him to be severely punished by his classmates. He later becomes the right arm of Pablo Guerra.
  • Alicia Guzmán is another of the girls attending the second year of teacher Ximena, being very fond of all the girls in the classroom, sharing many adventures with them. On one occasion, she suffers from appendicitis which causes her to be urgently operated on by María Joaquina's father.
  • Margarita Garza is a native girl from Monterrey that came to live in Mexico City with her mother. A distinctive characteristic, wearing a different uniform from the school children in Mexico City (She wears the uniform of the headquarters of the Escuela Mundial of Monterrey) with jacket and cowboy boots.
  • Clementina Suárez was a child who initially was in the second year of teacher Ximena, but had to drop out of school because her parents suffered a traffic accident and were hospitalized in Guadalajara.
  • Adrián García is a chubby kid who is a member of the "Patrulla Salvadora". There are no stories about him and no information about his family. He is mostly remembered for yawning during the intro.


The main characters of Carrusel

The children

  • Ludwika Paleta as María Joaquina Villaseñor
  • Pedro Javier Vivero as Cirilo Rivera
  • Johan Sierra as Pedro Simishikis
  • Joseph Birch as David Ravinovich
  • Gabriel Castañón as Mario Ayala
  • Hilda Chávez as Laura Quiñones
  • Manuel Fernández as Adrián García
  • Gina Garcia as Marcelina Guerra
  • Flor Edwarda Gurrola [es] as Carmen Carrillo
  • Silvia Guzmán as Alicia Guzmán
  • Jorge Granillo [pt] as Jaime Palillo
  • Kristel Klitbo as Valeria Ferrer
  • Ramón Valdez Urtiz [es] as Abelardo Cruz
  • Mauricio Armando as Pablo Guerra
  • Karin Nisembaum as Bibi Smith
  • Abraham Pons as Daniel Zapata
  • Yoshiki Takiguchi as Kokimoto Mishima
  • Rafael Omar as Jorge del Salto
  • Erika Garza as Clementina Suárez

The adults

  • Gabriela Rivero as Teacher Ximena Fernández
  • Augusto Benedico as Don Fermín #1
  • Armando Calvo as Don Fermín #2
  • Odiseo Bichir as Federico Carrillo
  • Rebeca Manríquez [es] as Inés de Carrillo
  • Johnny Laboriel as José Rivera
  • Verónika con K as Belen de Rivera
  • Arturo García Tenorio [es] as Ramón Palillo
  • Adriana Laffan [es] as Luisa de Palillo
  • Álvaro Cerviño as Dr. Miguel Villaseñor
  • Karen Sentíes as Clara de Villaseñor #1
  • Kenia Gascón [es] as Clara de Villaseñor #2
  • David Ostrosky as Isaac Ravinovich #1
  • Gerardo Paz as Isaac Ravinovich #2
  • Rossana Cesarman as Rebeca de Ravinovich
  • Beatriz Moreno [es] as Directora Felicia Orraca
  • Raquel Pankowsky as Teacher Matilde Mateuche
  • Alejandro Tommasi as Alberto del Salto
  • Cecilia Gabriela as Roxana de del Salto
  • Marcial Salinas as Germán Ayala
  • Beatriz Ornella as Natalia de Ayala
  • Oscar Narváez as Ricardo Ferrer
  • Bárbara Córcega as Elena de Ferrer
  • Ismael Larumbe as Roberto Guerra
  • Erika Magnus as Isabel de Guerra
  • Manuel Guízar as Sr. Marcos Morales
  • Yula Pozo [es] as Juanita
  • Janet Ruiz [es] as Teacher Susana
  • Pituka de Foronda as Sara Ravinovich
  • Blanca Torres [es] as Toña
  • Ada Carrasco as Aunt Matilde
  • Queta Carrasco as Aunt Rosa
  • Ignacio Retes [es] as Sr. Ortiz
  • Tony Carbajal [es] as Licenciado Tomás Bobadilla
  • Lupita Sandoval [es] as Dorotea
  • Ana María Aguirre [es] as Mercedes de Fernández


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1990 8th TVyNovelas Awards Best Actress Child Ludwika Paleta Won
Best Actor Child Jorge Granillo


  1. ^ "Carrusel" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2016.

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