A penguin watching Pingu on an iPad to stop him feeling lonely should be the ultimate evidence we really can expect anything in The penguin, who's been called Pierre - because at this point why not - was found washed up on a beach in the south west of the country. He's an endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin, and the only one in care anywhere in the whole of Australasia. Pierre's keepers - who we assume are the ones taking care of the Netflix subscription - were worried he'd not get enough socialising while he gets healthy enough to return to the wild. So they're showing him the cartoon, along with live streams of other rockhoppers around the world - including the ones at Edinburgh Zoo. Pierre's feathers are meant to moult once a year, which means they fall out as a brand new lot grow in.
'He's not waterproof - he can't swim'
Pingu was born in , by the plasticine brainchild of animators Otmar Gutmann and Harald Muecke. Ever since Pingu made his first appearance in several short episodes, it has starred in a pilot movie that was developed in for Swiss TV and followed its success. Adored for 30 years, Pingu has achieved worldwide recognition and universal appeal with his unique "Penguinese" language that needs no translation. His fondness for turning his beak into a trumpet lets us know whether he is happy or sad. This is one penguin who wears his heart on his flipper! And now, the globally adored, Swiss-born character Pingu is returning to television with new stories and new characters. This fresh, fun series brings the cheeky penguin and his world back to life using 3D computer graphics, totally recreating the texture of the original Claymation, which began in the s. Pingu is a 5-year-old boy penguin. Although he is quite cheeky and mischievous, Pingu has a good heart.
David Sant, voiceover artist
Father and mother would like to go and see a concert for a change. PINGU's mother has just hung the clean washing on the line when a strong wind blows up. PINGU then hits on the idea of ice-surfing and combines the clean sheet and his sledge to fit the purpose.
A famous Italian clown called Carlo Bonomi voiced the first four series of Pingu. He did all the characters, using an invented language of noises that became known as Penguinese. When a British company bought the rights in , they needed someone who could speak Penguinese as well as Bonomi did, so I sent them my CV. I needed the money. Recording was exhausting. The animators would script each episode in English, then film it with the puppets. Afterwards we had to translate the scripts into Penguinese, recording each part while watching the characters talking on screen.