'''''Pingu''''' was a Swiss stop-motion {{Claymation}} children's television series created by Otmar Gutmann, produced by The Pygos Group, and distributed by Hit Entertainment and Hot Animation. The series depicted the adventures of the titular Pingu, a BrattyHalfPint little boy [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]] somewhat echoing ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' living at the south pole.

Episodes of the series lasted for five minutes and consequently were fairly barebones in terms of plot; the general trend in them was of Pingu encountering a problem or getting into trouble in some way and then the issue being resolved. A typical plot of an episode would be Pingu having his ball stolen by one of his friends, getting upset about it, and then the friend feeling sorry for him, making up with him, and them then sharing the ball. In several market, the shortness of episode is normally compensated by airing three to four different episodes back-to-back (along with a heaping dose of commercials in between).

Characters aside from Pingu in the series included his aforementioned friends, Pingg and Pingos; a seal named Robby, whom was his best friend; Pingi, his girlfriend; Pingu's mother and father; and his little sister Pinga.

By far the most notable aspect of the show was its lack of coherent speech; rather than German, English or some other real European language, [[SpeakingSimlish characters spoke a nonsensical babble that was a composite of bits and pieces of many different languages that on the DVD and video cases is sometimes dubbed "Penguinese"]]. However, owing to the simple plots and some thoroughly entertaining tongue-in-cheek body language, one hardly needed dialogue in order to discern what was happening. However, a English-speaking narrator was slapped onto the show when it was exported to Canada, and subsequently the British imported the Canadian episodes and bowdlerized it even further.

Another notable aspect of the show was many episodes of it being decided as containing objectionable subject matter (predominantly in the form of NightmareFuel) and consequently being [[BannedInChina banned in some countries]]. See below for more details...

The series lasted for six seasons constituting 156 episodes between 1986 and 2005. The original series lasted from 1986 to 1998, was then on hiatus for six years, and then had a reboot in 2004 lasting til 2005.

Pretty much the entire show is on Website/YouTube, if you haven't seen this and wanna check it out. Due to the dialogue consisting of babble, there are many videos of it with [[GagSub Gag Subs]].

!!This show provides examples of:

* AbsenteeActor: Some or all of Pingu's family doesn't appear in many episodes. In addition, one of Pingu's friends, Pingg (the penguin with the long, pointed beak), is missing in Pingu's Birthday, Pingu's Dad is missing in Grandpa is Ill, and Pinga is missing in Runs Away.
* AbusiveParents: In one episode, Pingu's mother slaps Pingu in the face for insubordination.
** In another, she spanks him for causing trouble at the dinner table.
* AdultFear: "Pingu Runs Away."
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Pingu's Birthday in 1992.
* AnAesop: Most episodes have one.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Pinga, in some episodes. In other episodes, however, they appear to be best of friends.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WCWz6LynRY "Pingu Rap"]] for the opening theme and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2LF-jPd28k "Seeds of Happiness"]] as the ending theme.
* BerserkButton: Do. Not. Ignore. Pingu's. Dad. It. Won't. Be. Pretty.
* BiggerOnTheInside The igloos in the series are much bigger inside than out.
* BilingualBonus: in Episode 28, "Pingu's Admirer", Pingu and his new girlfriend say goodbye at a signpost with one sign saying "PERESTROYKA" and the other "GLASNOST" -- in Cyrillic, which looks a little but not quite like the random Pingu script used throughout the series.
* BrattyHalfPint: Pingu, obviously, and to a lesser degree all of the children characters in the show.
* BrownNote: In Has Music Lessons from his Grandfather, the protagnist, plays his dad's accordion very noisily and untelligibly outside while a group of penguins are talking to each other. HilarityEnsues!
* CatchPhrase: Pingu!
** "Noot noot!"
* ExtremeOmnivore: The leopard seal eats a mattress. [[FridgeHorror He seems to like it]].
* EvilLaugh: The Walrus/Leopard Seal.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins
* FrothyMugsOfWater: In the infamous "Pingu's Lavatory Story", Pingu loses control of his bladder after drinking several glasses of coloured lemonade at a bar. ''Riiiight.''
* FurryReminder: The episode portraying Pinga's birth is chock-full of these, such as both parents sitting on the egg and a midwife arriving with a medical-grade spoon to gently crack the shell.
* GainaxEnding: "Pingu Takes Revenge" and "Pingu the King"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Enough to have [[Radar/{{Pingu}} its own page]].
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Pingu's Dad has an evil face in the 1999 videogame.
* [[IAmNotWeasel I Am Not Walrus]]: The evil walrus from ''Pingu's Dream'' is actually a leopard seal. He's probably mistaken as a walrus because of his mustache.
* TheKiddieRide: A Pingu ride was made by British ride maker OMC Electronics in the early 90s. It was a strange looking ride in the shape of a half-barrel/sled-like thing with Pingu and Robby on it. [[http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181602258600]]
* LicensedGame: With respect to the Gameboy game in 1994 and the UsefulNotes/PlayStation game in 1999, there were also 2 edutainment games released worldwide. The first is a Barrel of Fun in 1997, and the second is Pingu and Friends in 1999. Both games run on the MacromediaDirector engine.
* LimitedAnimation: The mutant walrus/leopard seal in ''Pingu's Dream''. There are scenes where he slides in a very flat, two-dimensional manner.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Pingu appeared on 3 compilation tapes not made by Creator/TheBBC. First Delivers the Mail in NSPCC Children's TV Favourites Volume 2 (complete with the wrong year) in 1993, Circus (some sort of OldShame, since the characters don't talk in this episode) in My Best Friends, also in 1993, and Goes Cross Country in Calling all Toddlers in 1999.
* MenAreUncultured: In the episode ''Pingu and Pinga at Home'', mum and dad go to the opera. Dad falls asleep.
* MeaningfulName: Robby's name is derived from ''Robbe'', the German word for ''Seal''.
* MultiPartEpisode: Actually it wasn't advertised ''or'' aired as such. The episodes ''Pingu Helps With Incubating'' and ''Pinga is Born'' revolved around Pinga, in egg form, first wrecking havoc in the igloo, and in the latter episode finally hatching from the egg. Somehow the episodes had different subjects, despite the same story the episodes are telling.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Pingu's mother shows this through expression after [[spoiler:slapping Pingu across the face]] in ''Pingu Quarrels With His Mother''.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The Leopard Seal is [[UncannyValley much more realistic looking than the more simple characters in addition in having human like teeth]].
* {{Narrator}}: In the PC videogames, because the characters, as well as Pingu himself, can't speak English. In Canada, The Pingu Show also had one. Ditto for the version released in the UK and other British colonies. Understandably, the fans who've seen the original hated the narration.
* NeverLearnedToRead: In the 1997 videogame, the narrator tells the player that Pingu loves drawing, [[BlatantLies but is not very good at spelling]].
* OhCrap: Quite a few. One noted example is "Pingu Takes Revenge", when Pingu realizes that a fake bridge is made is about to fall [[spoiler:just as he tries to stop his Grandfather from crossing it]]. [[spoiler:By the time he realizes this, it's too late...]]
* ParentalBonus: ''Lots'' of them in the first three seasons. To a lesser degree, this was the closest thing to TheMrMenShow before the Mr. Men Show itself!
* RubberMan: Pingu (and oddly, seemingly no one else) seems to be able to bend and stretch and squash himself into any shape he desires.
* SiblingRivalry: ''Pingu is Jealous''. Watch it above.
* SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying: [[ToothyBird The penguins in the show have teeth]]. In actual fact, this is a semi-aversion. Penguins do not have teeth, but they do have toothy plates under their beaks to help them swallow fish. At first glance, those do somewhat resemble teeth[[http://www.cracked.com/article_19871_the-7-most-terrifying-mouths-in-nature_p2.html]].
* SpeakingSimlish: Similar to Series/{{Teletubbies}}, this trope concerned parents as it felt that the Penguinese language might be hurting the vocal development of their young-uns, though that can be blamed on us, since Carlo Bonomi speaks Italian.
* SpeciesSurname: Species first name, really. All the penguins are named variations of 'Pinguin', and 'Robbe' is German for 'seal'.
* StockYuck: The very first episode, ''Hello Pingu'', involves Pingu getting annoyed at having to eat his spinach. This would be [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] again in ''Grandfather Comes to Visit''.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Female characters such as Pingi are identified by exaggerated eyelashes.
* ToiletHumour[=/=]PottyEmergency: By far the most controversial and widely banned episode of the show is ''Pingu's Lavatory Story''. The episode depicts Pingu drinking too much lemonade at the local pub and rushing home only to find the toilet occupied by his father. Pingu rings the doorbell so his father has to come out and answer it and he then rushes into the bathroom himself. Unfortunately, the toilet is too high, [[PottyFailure so he urinates on the floor...]]
** Another episode (no controversy about this one though), ''Pingu and the Seagull'', involves a seagull crapping on Pingu repeatedly.
* TreasureMap: ''Pingu and the Message in a Bottle''. Pingu is fishing; Pingo joins him and they fish out a bottle. [[MessageInAbottle Smashing it, they find a map]]. Following it, they find a cave, with a chest with a shell in it inside. Pingu takes the shell, and inside is found a pearl.
* UnfortunateNames: Pinga. And to add salt to the wound, Pinga's a female. The character ''was'' created long before Pinga became a mainstream slang word, though, and long before SonicTheHedgehog was released. (Pingu - 1985, Sonic - 1990). Also, see YoutubePoop.
** However, it appears that ''Pinga'' has always been a Spanish slang word for ''dick''...
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The leopard seal of "Pingu's Dream." In a series where penguin predators are absent, its presence made the episode scary enough to lead to its censorship.
* WhatAnIdiot: In ''Pingu Quarrels With His Mother'', Pingu gets a splinter in his foot (or stubs his toe? flipper?) after continually angering his mother with his repeated pratfalls and misbehaviour. What does Pingu do to try and solve the situation? ''Kick the table as hard as he can'' with the affected foot, breaking the crockery neatly arranged on top, then continue to run around the room hollering like a loon. Pingu only breaks out of the stupidity (and straight into tears) when his mother ''slaps him hard across his face''.
* WidgetSeries: It's a weird Swiss thing.
* WilyWalrus: A NightmareSequence has Pingu being hunted by a [[MisplacedWildlife giant walrus]]/[[PredatorsAreMean leopard seal]] [[MixAndMatchCritters hybrid]]. Aside from his [[UncannyValley creepy appearance]], said character first traps Pingu inside an igloo, and then [[WouldHurtAChild it squashes and stratches the poor penguin like a doll]]. [[RuleOfThree Finally]], it takes the matress of Pingu's [[AnimateInanimateObject animated bed]] and [[ExtremeOmnivore eats it as if it were a chocolate bar]]. This scene was considered so scary that the entire episode got banned from US television since its first airing.
* YoutubePoop: Actually a somewhat popular source, enough that [=HiT=] Entertainment took them off Youtube at one point. Plenty of jokes have been made about [[UnfortunateNames Pingu's sister's name being]] "[[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Pinga]]."