El Chavo del Ocho TV show logo and titles
El Chavo (English: The Kid or The Boy, but chavo also meaning “cent”); – also known as El Chavo del Ocho (English: The Kid from number Eight or The Boy from apartment #8) during its earliest episodes – is a Mexican television sitcom created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, produced by Televisa. It premiered on April 27, 1972 and ended on June 12, 1992 after 7 seasons and 311 episodes. The series gained enormous popularity in Hispanic America, Brazil, Spain and other countries.
Since the start of the show, the logo uses Baby Teeth. The title card design evolved over the years, with Milton Glaser’s geometric typeface being a constant. Around 1978, Baby Teeth was also used for the credits in the opening sequence.
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Thank you, Raine!
It’s nice to see such a high-profile use of Baby Teeth from Mexico. After all, that’s where the design has its roots. In his 1973 monograph, Milton Glaser comments:
The inspiration for my Baby Teeth type face came from this sign I photographed in Mexico City. It’s an advertisement for a tailor.
Detail from Milton Glaser Graphic Design, p. 158. Photo via SVA Archives.
It looks like at least some of the titles don’t make direct use of Baby Teeth, but rather are hand-drawn based on the typeface. See the yellow titles from 1978, and especially the “lazy” S in the director’s name, “SEGOVIANO” – to my knowledge, Baby Teeth didn’t include such an alternate.