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Now that's something you don't see everyday.note 

"Pinky's got a story she wants to share with you!
Pinky Dinky Doo
Never at a loss for words she pulls out of the blue...
Pinky Dinky Doo"

Pinky is a seven-year-old girl who lives in Great Big City with her parents, her four-year-old little brother, Tyler, and their pet, Mr. Guinea Pig. When a problem arises, Pinky dances her way to a cardboard box called her Story Box with Tyler and Mr. Guinea Pig and uses a piece of chalk and her imagination to tell a story. In the second season, Pinky uses the Story Pad, a notebook in which Pinky draws pictures for her newer made-up stories, whenever the Story Box is not available. After Pinky tells her story and solves the problem of the day, kids are invited to play an interactive game on the Cheese Sandwich toy, where they review details about the story.

This series was created by Jim Jinkins, who originally made up Pinky's adventures as bedtime tales for his children. The first season was a co-production of Cartoon Pizza, Sesame Workshop, CBC, and Discovery Kids. In the second season, the Canadian studio Keyframe Digital and Abrams Gentile Entertainment signed on as production companies. The show aimed to enhance preschool-aged viewers' early literacy.


In 2016, it was rerun on HBO Family. On May 27, 2020, the series was made available on HBO Max.

Pinky Dinky Doo provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Bobby Boom.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Mr. Guinea Pig is blue.
  • An Aesop: Some of the episodes have these. For example, the moral of "Stinky Pinky Doo" is "treat others the way you want to be treated".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Tyler comes off as this to Pinky at times.
  • Art Evolution: In the second and final season, the characters' skin-tones are much lighter and despite the switch from Flash animation to CG animation, the show still has a lot of Flash-like qualities to it.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Tyler's Tall-O-Meter", Tyler uses the titular machine to increase Pinky's height. However, she keeps getting taller and taller until her head practically breaks out of the atmosphere. Somehow, she can still breathe.
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  • Birthday Episode: "Tyler's Great Big Solo", "The Horn and Antler Club" and "Happy Burp Day".
  • Catchphrase: Lots!
    • "Yessarooni Positooni!"
    • "Now THAT'S something you don't see every day."
    • "I love to make up stories. I'll bet you can make up a story too."
    • "Wait a minute, Pinky!"
    • There are also Catch Phrases in the form of a song.
      • "If I have a problem and don't know which way to go, I think and think and think and think and suddenly I know!"
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Most of the episode titles.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Pinky's dad is bald with a few strands of hair on his head.
  • Cool Big Sis: Pinky is this to Tyler most of the time.
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The second season is done with hints of very, very, VERY obvious cel-shaded CGI.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Princess Volume from the episode "Tipsy Topsy" looks like a miniature version of Daffinee, but like her name suggests, has a very loud voice that could shake a whole room up. Fortunately, she learned to control the volume of her voice by the end of the story.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Stinky Pinky Doo", Tyler tries to flush an unseen character named Johnny's favorite cap down the toilet after the latter called his socks stinky.
  • Edutainment Show: This show helps viewers increase their vocabularies with its Great Big Fancy Word, which is featured several times during the episode. It also addresses problem-solving skills as well as the basics of narrative stories—character, dialogue, plot, details, main idea and sequence of events.
    • In each episode, there is also a "Great Big Fancy Word", which varies with each episode, but when somebody is about to say the word, Mr. Guinea Pig will blow a trumpet and then the character says the word.
  • Embarrassing First Name: The episode "Pinky and the Grumpy Alligator" had Pinky find a new home for an alligator named Aloysius after he gets made fun of in the sewers for his name, which the others joked about by calling him names like "Suspicious Aloysius" and "Alo-wishy-washy".
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song explains the premise of the show.
  • Fake Interactivity: The Game Time segments have this.
  • Fanfare: Mr. Guinea Pig plays this on his trumpet whenever someone is about to say the Great Big Fancy Word.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Daffinee and Pinky, as shown in "Stinky Pinky Doo". Daffinee made fun of Pinky's stinky breath before, but when Daffinee ripped her skirt, Pinky gave Daffinee her jacket to tie around her waist so people won't see her underwear. They've been great friends since then.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The characters.
    • Sanguine: Pinky Dinky Doo
    • Phlegmatic: Nicholas Biscuit
    • Melancholic: Tyler Dinky Doo
    • Supine: Bobby Boom
    • Choleric: Daffinee Toilette (sometimes)
  • Framing Device: All episodes are framed by Pinkie and Tyler telling the story together.
  • Genki Girl: Pinky is full of enthusiasm a lot, especially in the 1st season.
  • Good Parents: Pinky and Tyler's parents are loving and patient.
  • Grumpy Bear: According to Tyler in the episode "Pinky and the Grumpy Alligator", Johnny Gelatinhead acts like this a lot.
  • Happily Married: Pinky and Tyler's parents.
  • Informed Attribute: According to this, Pinky's dad is a cartoonist, but we never see him acting as such in the show itself. However, there is a dad cartoonist on another Cartoon Pizza show, called Stanley.
  • Informed Species: Mr. Guinea Pig looks nothing like a guinea pig.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Averted with Bobby, who is in a wheelchair but is treated as an equal.
  • Ironic Name: Even though the main protagonist's name is "Pinky" and her hair is pink, she doesn't even like the color pink. Although, she is aware that her hair is pink and her name is Pinky, despite her dislikes, she still gets used to it and she doesn't even mind those that like the color pink.
  • Lead Drummer: In the episode, "Think Pink", Pinky can be seen playing the drums in the made-up story.
  • Leitmotif: Daffinee had one in the first season.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Daffinee can be spoiled and rude at times, but she's mostly kind to her friends (especially in the second season).
  • Medium Blending: The show uses a mix of 2D animation and real life images, making it look like a collage, not unlike another show that aired on the same network in the U.K.
  • Ms. Imagination: Pinky, who loves making up wacky stories. Her stories always have the solution to the episode's main problem.
  • My Nayme Is: That's "Daffinee", not "Daphne".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The episode "Pinky's Perfect Present" features a rapping horse called P. Diddy Pony, supposedly based on P. Diddy, the nickname for rapper Puff Daddy.
  • Once an Episode: During the made-up story, Pinky must Think Big, at which point her head swells up like a balloon and she comes up with an often wacky solution to the problem. While Pinky usually does the thinking, there are occasional times where Tyler does it, and even Mr. Guinea Pig does it in "Shrinky Pinky".
  • Phonymon: Tyler is a big fan of Moo Moo Miggy Monsters toys.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pinky and Tyler, Daffinee and Nicholas.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Daffinee wears a pink dress and is girly, but while Pinky has pink hair she openly states to disliking the color
  • Polka-Dot Disease: In one of Pinky's stories, she and her friends get the "polka dot pox", a disease where they break out in multicoloured polka dots.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Daffinee is the girly girl, rich, snobby, and arrogant Blue Oni, while Pinky is the Genki Girl, optimistic, agreeable, and sweet Red Oni.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Mr Guinea Pig.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Pinky, Nicholas, Daffinee, and Bobby in "The Pinkys Rock!". In fact, the episode's main vocabulary word is "procrastinating".
  • Rich Bitch: Daffinee can act like this at times.
  • Running Gag: Mr. Guinea Pig playing the trumpet whenever the Great Big Fancy Word of the day is mentioned.
  • Shaking the Rump: Pinky, Tyler, and Mr. Guinea Pig shake their rears before they go into the Story Box.
  • Stage Magician: Nicholas performs magic tricks as "The Great Biscotti".
  • Strictly Formula: Every episode follows the same structure. Pinky goes about her business, then Tyler shows up with a problem. The two dance and sing their way to the Story Box where Pinky uses chalk to tell the story related to Tyler's problem. Pinky will "Think Big" at some point to come up with the answer, and the story ends with Tyler having learned the moral.
  • Title Theme Tune: Pinky's got a story she wants to share with you... Pinky Dinky Doo. Never at loss for words she pulls out of the blue... Pinky Dinky Doo.
  • Toilet Humor: In spades, with one good example being one of the books the show is based on called "Pinky Stinky Doo". In it, Pinky eats a burrito and farts at school.
    • Similarly, the episode "Stinky Pinky Doo" has Pinky's classmates smelling her bad breath.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Pinky and Daffinee.
  • Unconventional Food Usage: In one of the books, Pinky makes up a story where her and her classmates make shoes out of food, then later eat the food. This grosses out Tyler, but Pinky handwaves it by saying, "It's a made-up story, so you don't need to worry about dirty food."
  • Youthful Freckles: Pinky and Tyler both have them.