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Pixel Pinkie is an Australian/Canadian and British animated television series produced and created by Blue Rocket Productions in association with the Nine Network and principally funded by The Film Finance Corporation Australia. It started airing on 29 August 2009.

Pixel Pinkie is about two girls, Nina and Anni. On her birthday Nina gets a mobile cellphone with a digital genie named Pixel Pinkie in it which can make her wishes come true. But Nina and Anni have to keep Pixel Pinkie away from others. They have to keep it as a secret. Each episode sees the girls wishing for something from Pixel Pinkie then offending her when their wish goes wrong, leaving the girls to solve their problem alone.

Not to be confused with Pinkie Pie of My Little Pony fame, despite her also having a perky personality and getting into magic-involved hi-jinks.


Pixel Pinkie contains examples of:

  • All-Cheering All the Time: Happens to Nina in "The 'B' Word" when a carelessly worded statement (that she wished she could be as enthusiastic about cheering for basketball as Pinkie) to Literal Genie Pinkie causes her start speaking in cheers every time someone mentions the word "basketball".
  • Alliterative Name: Pixel Pinkie.
  • Alpha Bitch: Suzi, who immediately marks Nina as a target for her strange clothes and Amazingly Embarrassing Parents.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Nina dearly loves her Hippie Parents, but she does wish they would act a tad more conventionally in public.
  • Babysitting Episode: "Clones R Us". In said episode, Nina tries to convince Pinkie to make a clone of her to babysit while she goes to Suzi's party.
  • Betty and Veronica: Nina has a crush on Suzi's boyfriend Max.
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  • Big Man on Campus: Alpha Bitch Suzi's boyfriend Max is the captain of the basketball team, and gets on well with everyone in school, including Nina and Anni.
  • Characterization Marches On: Nicki, one of Suzi's followers (the one in green), gets more of a personality in season 2 whereas in her season 1 appearances, her role was nigh interchangeable with Emily's, also Suzi's follower (the one in purple). She's portrayed as The Ditz of the Girl Posse, and becomes often the witness to Pixel Pinkie's existence several times only for her friends to think she's crazy.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Happens when Pinkie uses her powers to perform a makeover on Nina and Anni. They actually wanted a house makeover.
  • Dresses the Same: Among the first wishes Nina asks Pixel Pinkie for is to look as cool as Suzi. Of course, Pinkie dresses Nina in Suzi's exact outfit.
  • Embarrassing Relative Teacher: Nina's mum Fern, a New-Age Retro Hippie, becomes this when she substitutes for a teacher that Nina accidentally wished for to be on vacation in one episode.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Pinkie wears a skin-tight suit that leaves nothing to the imagination.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Pinkie is a digital genie imprisoned in a really old cell phone. When Nina frees her, Pixie becomes her servant. This appears to be an unlimited wishes deal, and Pixie is Nina's servant so long as Nina owns the phone. At first, Nina doesn't seem the least bit impressed with any of this.
  • Girl Posse: Suzi has a pair of Beta Bitches whose sole function is to attempt to agree with Suzi more than the other.
  • Hippie Parents: Nina's parents, Zeph and Fern. They wear tie-dyed clothes, are vegetarians, keep chickens in the backyard, and drive a VW Kombi powered by biofuel.
  • Hippie Teacher: Nina's mum, Fern, who is already a hippie, automatically becomes this for one episode when she substituted for a teacher that Nina accidentally wished for to be on vacation.
  • Jackass Genie: Pinkel Pinkie has somewhat of a sassy side to her when being told off by Nina about a wish going wrong.
  • Left Hanging: We are not shown how Nina and Anni felt about Pixel Pinkie being possibly out of their lives forever or how they even dealt with it after suddenly being transported back into Nina's room when their last wish to visit Pixel Pinkie's world wore off (see Sudden Downer Ending for details). Nina's opening lines just retroactively have her say, in sad resignation, that she has lost Pixel Pinkie for good.
  • Limited Animation: WHERE DO WE EVEN BEGIN!? For starters, it's animated in Flash, and it really shows. What's worse is that the Australian government funded the show, so there shouldn't be an excuse for the cheap animation.
  • Literal Genie: Pinkie tends to a fairly literal approach to granting any wishes she is given.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Nina's dad is a spitting image of the late John Lennon, down to his hippie attitude. The look is specifically based on his solo career, which may explain why we don't see any other Beatle-likes.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Pinkie is a digital genie trapped in a really old mobile phone. She has to grant unlimited wishes to whomever owns the phone. She is generally well-meaning, but often falls into Literal Genie territory.
  • Secondary Character Title: Nina is the main protagonist while the titular Pixel Pinkie is the deuteragonist.
  • Secret Keeper: Anni is the only one besides Nina who knows about Pixel Pinkie, and often has to make up cover stories when Pinkie's magic causes thing to go awry.
  • Split Personality: Pixel Pinkie adopts a different personality depending on the faceplate installed on Nina's phone. The normal pink faceplate gives Pinkie her default Genki Girl personality, a grey faceplate makes her an Emotionless Girl, a cammo faceplate gives her The Squadette attitude, while a flower-themed faceplate makes her as much as of a New-Age Retro Hippie as Nina's parents.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: The last episode opens with an unusually sad narration from Nina's journal entry, foreshadowing Pixel Pinkie's departure from her life and states that she will never see her again. Pixel Pinkie divulges to Nina that genies only get a certain number of wishes and that Nina only has 19 more wishes left. After some escapades that led to most of the wishes being wasted, Nina and Anni give Pixel Pinkie a chance what she wishes for, which is for Nina and Anni to visit the digital genie world, and so Nina wishes it for her. Whilst making the most of their visit in Pixel Pinkie's world, the wish (as per usual) wears off and Nina and Anni are transported back to the real world, ending the episode and the series as a whole.
  • Supernatural Phone: Pinkie is a digital Genie in a Bottle imprisoned in a really old mobile phone.
  • Three Wishes: Subverted in that Pixel Pinkie seems to grant unlimited wishes to the owner of the phone until the finale reveals that she's only given a limited number of wishes (exactly how many of them was never stated nor did Pixel Pinkie even tell Nina about the rule in the first place despite Pixel Pinkie having known about it all along) and by the time there were only 19 wishes left, the phone gives a warning, prompting Pixel Pinkie to explain that once the remaining wishes are gone, she must move on to another phone.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pinkie has pink hair. But, then again, she is a digital genie.


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