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Radar: Pingu
Do penguins really pee like this?

"EW! Is this really for kids?"
- YouTube commenter on a certain scene in "Pingu's Lavatory Story"

Despite being advertised as specifically a children's series, Pingu is known for being beyond the demographic and being appealed by children, adolescents, and adults - for more reasons than one.


  • As noted with the picture on the right, "Pingu's Lavatory Story", also known as "Little Accidents", was the Very Special Episode teaching about hygiene issues. Throughout the episode, Pingu goes to a local bar to get a drink, and ends up getting addicted to the drinks that he orders two more for himself. After the third one, he realizes that he needs to go to the bathroom, but when he makes it, the toilet is too high, and he has to piss all over the floor instead. His father furiously tells him off for it.
    • At the beginning of Father's reprimand, he shouts out a phrase that many have eerily assumed to be "Wha-What the shit?!" Scary isn't it?
      • Speaking of which, in the 2002 version when Pingu is ringing the bell when playing doorbell ditch to make his father leave the bathroom and answer the door, it eerily sounds like he's saying "Goddamn it!"
    • Earlier in the episode, Pinga ended up pissing on the ground near the bar after Pingu ordered two drinks for her. He tells her off and sends her home to her potty, where she finishes it up. Then the tables are turned when Pingu takes the third drink and realizes that he has to piss.
    • Unfortunately, SF DRS noticed the Unfortunate Implications, and swiftly banned it from rotation and from foreign broadcast. It became so popular, the crew slipped references to this in later episodes as well; one episode from season three lampshades the urination scenes when Pingu goes to the bathroom while in bed.
    • Even though the episode was banned from rotation, The BBC (and later, HiT Entertainment) still managed to put this episode on a couple of VHS and DVD releases!
  • In the Christmas Episode, Father arrives home to greet his wife. When he sees the cookies she has baked, he becomes curious and attempts to pick one up, only to receive a slap in the hand by Mother.
  • In "Pingu Quarrels With His Mum", Pingu throws a tantrum when he is repeatedly denied to play at his friend's house. In response, Mother gives him a slap in the face. This was deemed so offensive that the scene was cut from the BBC.
  • "Pingu Runs Away" has something similar to this. After Pingu refused to eat his dinner, he rocks his chair and ends up pulling all the food off the table. His parents are so furious that Mother approaches him and ends up spanking him on the ass. This was the only episode with this sort of instance.
  • Pingu and Robby appear to have examples of Ho Yay. In "Pingu Plays Ice Hockey", Pingu and Robby nuzzle on each other.
  • The name of Pingu's sister "Pinga" appears to be, nowadays, a sexual slang, given the fact that it is Spanish for "dick", even though in Swiss German and Swiss French, it is a random term.
  • In one episode, Mother is cleaning Pinga's butt after she goes to the potty, and during that moment, she wipes her mouth with the sheet she used to clean her.
  • Pingu's father appears to believe Smoking Is Cool; he had a pipe in his mouth in many of the older episodes (and in the episode where Pinga was introduced he even had his pipe taken away by his wife!).
  • The mutant walrus/leopard seal in "Pingu's Dream" looks very, very disturbing for a children's show. If you don't believe me, see for yourself.
  • In addition, the incomprehensible language is comically translated to words children in no way should be saying. The characters are known to shout out phrases such as "Fuck", "Shit", and "Dumbass".
    • Well, Carlo Bonomi speaks Italian, so....
  • In "Pingu at the Doctors", Pingu ends up banging his beak on table when he is chasing Pinga during a game of dentist, what makes matters worse is that it bleeds, which is something you wouldn't expect on shows aimed at preschoolers. Oh yes, The BBC let that one through!
  • Not to mention the Indian stereotyping in "Pingu and the Doll".
  • "Pingu Delivers the Mail" has one which is likely to be missed on first viewing: Pingu and his father deliver what is quite obviously a death notification to one of their neighbours.
  • Like the "Pingu's Lavatory Story" example, there is "Pingu and the Seagull", which revolves around a seagull repeatedly crapping on Pingu.

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