->''"NOOT NOOT!!!"''

'''''Pingu''''' was a Swiss stop-motion {{Claymation}} children's television series created by Otmar Gutmann, produced by The Pygos Group, and distributed by Creator/HITEntertainment and Creator/CosgroveHall. 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 Pingo; a seal named Robby, whom was his best friend; Pingi, his girlfriend; Pingu's mother and father; and his little sister Pinga.

One important part of the show that added to its international appeal was the lack of coherent speech; rather than German, English or some other real European language, [[SpeakingSimlish characters spoke a nonsensical babbling Penguin Language 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 2006. The original series lasted from 1986 to 2000, was then on hiatus for three years, and then had a reboot in 2003 lasting til 2006. The series has ''another'' reboot titled ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pXKDR_VMhg Pingu in the City]]'', premiering in Japan on October 7th, 2017.

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.
* 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=YETwCV_TnHc "Pingu Rap"]] for the opening theme and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYN2WPYLxAk "Seeds of Happiness"]] as the ending theme.
* ArtisticLicenseOrnithology: Downplayed - [[ToothyBird The penguins in the show have teeth]]. In actual fact, penguins do not have teeth, but they do have toothy plates under their beaks to help them swallow fish. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19871_the-7-most-terrifying-mouths-in-nature_p2.html At first glance, those do somewhat resemble teeth]].
* BerserkButton: Do. Not. Ignore. Pingu's. Dad. It won't be pretty.
* BeTheBall: Pingu and Pinga can roll into balls for many purposes, for instance; cheating on a bowling game.
* 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.
* BirthdayEpisode: "Pingu's Birthday," obviously.
* BrattyHalfPint: Pingu, obviously, and to a lesser degree all of the children characters in the show.
* BreakTheCutie: Pinga in "Pingu Gets a Bicycle".
* BrownNote: In "Pingu Has Music Lessons from his Grandfather", the titular protagonist plays his dad's accordion very noisily and unintelligibly outside while a group of penguins are talking to each other. HilarityEnsues!
* CatchPhrase:
** Pingu!
** "Noot noot!" (Official sources state that the phrase is actually "Nug Nug!", but "Noot Noot" is the form that is used by the meme.)
* ChristmasEpisode: Happened twice. Once in the first season with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pingu And His Family Celebrate Christmas]] and in Pingu In The City/Season 7 with Lost Santa Claus.
* DingDongDitchDistraction: Pingu rings the doorbell, waits for his father to come outside, and then sneaks right into his house so that he can use the bathroom in "Pingu's Lavatory Story"
* ExtremeOmnivore: The giant seal eats a mattress. [[FridgeHorror He seems to like it]].
* EvilLaugh: The giant seal.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The original 1980 prototype short featured a polar bear, of which its species is never seen in the real show. (And Pingu was called "Hugo")
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: The series exists because of this reason.
* 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"
* GroinAttack: Episode 9 of Pingu in the City "The Instinct Of Penguins" has this happen to a bad footballer Pingu is trying to teach. Unfortunately, at one moment the footballer has a football straight to his groin. [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction Ouch.]] However, this causes him to revert to the natural instincts of a penguin (the football between his legs is analogous to a penguin egg), which also greatly increases his dribbling skills.
* InterspeciesRomance: Episode 10 of ''Pingu in the City'' has the chef (based on an emperor penguin) and the fire chief (based on a macaroni penguin) competing for the affections of the flower shop lady (based on an adelie penguin)
* 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/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 in 1993, Circus in My Best Friends, also in 1993, and Goes Cross Country in Calling all Toddlers in 1999.
* MeaningfulName: Robby's name is derived from ''Robbe'', the German word for ''Seal''.
* MenAreUncultured: In the episode ''Pingu and Pinga at Home'', mum and dad go to the opera. Dad falls asleep.
* 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''.
** Pingu's father is clearly going through this in "Pingu Gets a Bicycle" when he accidentally drives over Pinga's toys and destroys them, leaving her in tears.
* NoCartoonFish: They are a big part of Pingu's diet.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The giant 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...]] LaserGuidedKarma usually causes this, such as when a penguin refusing to help an old cobbler falls into water from looking up at the sky.[[note]] This expression often means "nope"[[/note]]
* ParentalBonus: ''Lots'' of them in the first three seasons. To a lesser degree, this was the closest thing to ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' before ''The Mr. Men Show'' itself!
* PutOnABus: So far everyone except Pingu, Pinga, their parents, and Robby in ''Pingu in the City''. Justified as Pingu and his family moved to a new settlement, while Robby's presence may be explained in that he followed them there.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: While all the penguins (and one seal) are candidates, Pinga and the other toddler penguins take the cake due to being designed after emperor penguin chicks.
* RubberMan: Pingu (and oddly, seemingly no one else, albeit with Pinga being able to turn into a ball) seems to be able to bend and stretch and squash himself into any shape he desires.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: Pinga says "Noot! Noot!" like her brother in episode 7 of ''Pingu in the City''.
* SiblingRivalry: ''Pingu is Jealous''.
* 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''.
* SweetSeal: Robby The Seal, who is Pingu's best friend. Robby first meets Pingu when he decides to go ice fishing and Robby decides to play tricks on him and steal some of his fish. After Pingu gets annoyed with Robby's tricks he decides to chase him back onto thin ice. Robby attempts to escape by trying to slip through the crack. When Pingu yells at him it causes him to lose his grip and sprain his flipper, causing him to cry after he injures his hand. Pingu comforts him and gives him some food before returning home.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Female characters such as Pingi are identified by exaggerated eyelashes.
* ToiletHumour:
** 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.
** Farting was featured in two revived series episodes "Stinky Pingu" (where Pinga farts in the bath) and "Pingu's Bedtime Shadows" where Pingu farts on the toilet.
* TotallyRadical: The 2000's reboot has Pingu go snowboarding.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Fish, [[StockAnimalDiet since the cast consists of penguins and a seal]]. ''Pingu in the City'' adds in donuts.
* 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.
* ToothyBird: The penguins are sometimes shown with teeth.
* 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 WebAnimation/YouTubePoop. However, it appears that ''Pinga'' has always been a Spanish slang word for ''dick''...
* VegetarianCarnivore:
** Downplayed with Robby. In his debut episode he is shown eating the seaweed Pingu uses for fishing bait, but for most of the series he eats fish like a seal would.
** Also downplayed with the penguins, who eat fruit and vegetables as well as fish throughout the series.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The 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.
* WidgetSeries: It's a weird Swiss thing.
* WilyWalrus: A NightmareSequence has Pingu being hunted by a [[MisplacedWildlife giant walrus]]/[[PredatorsAreMean leopard seal/sea lion]] [[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.
* WouldHurtAChild:
** Pingu's mom is okay with slapping or spanking Pingu if he's acting up.
** The seal from "Pingu's Dream" almost eats Pingu.