YMMV / Pingu

  • Accidental Innuendo: Pinga's name is a Spanish slang for "dick".
  • Creepy Awesome: The leopard seal/walrus thingy has his own legion of fans.
  • Ear Worm: Pi pi-pi-pi pi pi-pi-pi, Pingu! Pingu!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite his overall creepy and unsettling appereance and monstrous behavior, the leopard seal/walrus is quite loved by several fans, mostly because of him being a genuinely frightening antagonist in a dream episode.
  • Fridge Logic: In the infamous 'Pingu Quarrels with his Mother' episode, Pingu is shown cutting up wood, and a tree stump with an axe can clearly be seen. The tree stump is never seen before the episode as a tree, and never seen again after the episode. How did a society of penguins manage to grow trees in a polar climate, anyway?
  • Funny Moments: Has its own page now.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Popular with Brits, so much that it was mentioned in one of the Bridget Jones novels as the cartoon she lets her friend's kids watch.
    • The series is also popular in Japan, seeing as the Licensed Games that were on consoles were only released there and the show itself all of a sudden getting an anime reboot in October 2017 entitled Pingu In The City.
    • Not only that, but it's also popular in North America, especially Canada.
    • Even David Hasselhoff loves Pingu. No, really. He released a single in Switzerland in 1993 based on it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Pingu can be a real brat sometimes, but you want to see him learn a lesson.
  • Memetic Molester: The leopard seal in Pingu Dreams.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Noot noot!"
    • "Pingu's Lavatory Story"note  has become possibly the most memetic episode of this show, for more reasons than one.
    • Pinga's name, due to not just being a sexual slang in Spanish, but there used to be plenty of Youtube Poops associated her name with a certain line well-known amongst Youtube Poopers.
    • Adding to it's status of being Big in Japan, the series is considered in Japan to be a treasure trove of mondegreens due to the use of "Penguinese". Even "Noot noot!" is best known as a mondegreen ("Maaag-nuuum"!).
    • "Pingu is my favorite anime."Explanation 
  • Misaimed Marketing: Whoever thought the (ironic) ''Pingu's English'' program was a good idea probably never even watched the series proper to begin with.
  • Never Live It Down: Pingu's mom to some extent, thanks to her harsh out of character behavior in "Pingu Quarrels With His Mum"; neverless looking past that she's still a good mother overall (see the Heartwarming page for proof?)
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page, now.
  • Periphery Demographic: Unless you count the crap past the radar, the show has a fanbase, and there are teenage and adult fans in there, as well!
  • One-Scene Wonder: The aforementioned Seal nightmare episode.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Any time Pingu's mother is holding him.
  • Tear Jerker: Pingu and the Barrel Organ, where Pingu helps a poor busker. Also, when Robby's flipper is hurt in Pingu Goes Fishing. Pinga is Left Out is the saddest.
    • The scene in "Pingu Delivers the Mail," where Pingu's father delivers a letter with some ambiguous bad news to another penguin who is then in tears. Pingu is affected by this news as well.
      • What is of note is that the letter's envelope is white with a black outline. In most correspondences in Europe from the 19th Century onwards (as seen in some Narrative Paintings), such a letter almost always indicates that a family member has died.
    • "Pingu Runs Away." Despite being a total brat, it's hard not to feel a little sad for Pingu when he yells at his parents as he leaves after being spanked. To say nothing of his parents freaking out when they can't find him. Becomes tears of happiness at the end though when they find him, apologise to him, wrap him up warm and take him home to feed him hot soup and go to bed together.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In 2005, the cartoon was Screwed by the Network in Britain, by using Canada's The Pingu Show, and then dubbing over it. This was disliked by many, and stuck with the episodes on their own.
  • Uncanny Valley: Again, the leopard seal in Pingu Dreams. Seriously, its look is so realistic, that to a 4 year old's mind, it's a real, giant leopard seal with abnormal teeth.
  • What an Idiot: 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's like a double subverted version of South Park... made with CLAY!
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Played long before Teletubbies, even!


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