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?
    • Interestingly, there's also an episode in series two, Pingu and the Seagull, where Pingu has to deal with the unfortunate implications of a seagull crapping all over him and his new scooter. Multiple times.
      • 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 penultimate series, there is an episode entitled Stinky Pingu, which seems harmless enough. However, Pingu doesn't want to take a bath, and runs off comedically. He hides under an open window, but the inhabitant of the house tips a chamber pot out of the window, showering Pingu in a brown substance...
  • 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.
    • What should be noted is that when Pingu pulls on the tablecloth and takes it with him as he falls, Pingu's father can be heard yelling something which can sound like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT!", but it is somewhat muffled by the sounds of the plates breaking on the floor.
  • In Pingu Goes Fishing, a mishap involving Pingu dropping a slab of ice over a fishing hole results in Robby sustaining a vicious injury to his right flipper, and it's heavily implied that the limb was broken, as it hangs limply to Robby's side. Of course, the injury becomes miraculously healed when Pingu chooses to help, but there is evidence that Pingu was considering just walking away from the situation.
  • Pingu and Robby appear to have examples of Ho Yay. In "Pingu Plays Ice Hockey", Pingu and Robby nuzzle on each other. However, this is highly subjective, given that in the wild penguins and seals (those that don't eat penguins) tend to help each other when hunting.
  • 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 and his shiny new scooter.