|Season 01, Episode 01|
|Date|| 1988 (production year)
March 7, 1990 (Switzerland)
|Next||Pingu Looks After the Egg|
The episode begins as the family sits to their dinner. Pingu tries to scoop up his potatoes but is having great difficulty, so he violently smashes his fork which makes it easier to swallow them whole. His father scolds him, but then ends up showing how difficult it is for him to keep his potatoes on his fork too. Pingu laughs and blows bubbles into his drink. He then moves on to his fish which he puts into his mouth and pulls up again to reveal the bones. He then excused himself from the table to play with his toys, not wanting to eat his greens; but Dad tells him he must if he wants to play with his toys. Once finally eaten through his straw, Pingu rushes to the bathroom and spits the greens into the toilet.
Pingu exits the bathroom and Dad said That he’s excused, so he slides under the table and sneaks into the toy box, to find his red rubber ball. He asks Dad to inflate it for him, so he fetches the pump and does so. While he waits, Mum lets Pingu have a lick of her popsicle. He ends up consuming most of it.
Pingu finally goes outside with his ball, but then sets it down and goes back in to blow his nose. While Pingu is gone, Pingo and Pingg come along and steal the ball. Pingu soon returns and a big fight ensues to rescue his ball: Pingu chased Pingo and Pingg around his house, trying to interfere with Pingo and Pingg tossing the ball back and forth to each other, causing Pingo to trip Pingu that lead to Pingu deflating his own ball. Pingu eventually gets his deflated ball back not before getting pummeled by snowballs thrown by Pingo and Pingg; he returns inside the house with a hurt head. Dad blows up the ball again while Mum puts a plaster on Pingu's head. Dad also plasters up the damage that the ball suffered too. Pingu then finishes off the day with a rest in his hammock.
- The dinner scenario is used in a lot of later episodes, including Pingu Runs Away and others where he misbehaves.
- The beginning of this episode has the only piece of music in the series besides the Pingu theme that would be used more in later episodes. For the original soundtrack for this episode, this is also a fact.
- This is the only episode with a hammock. The other episodes have beds.
- This is also one of the very few episodes where some of Pingu's lines in the original version are kept in the remastered version.
- It is unknown whether it is just pure coindence, but when Pingu's Dad puts the two plasters on the red ball, he arranges them to make the ball look like the national flag of Switzerland, which is where the show originated.
- In this episode, you cannot tell, in you can only see frame-by-frame, but during the part where Pingu does the mean face at the mirror, the screen flashes green, due to an unknown reason. This frame was edited out on most VHS releases and in the remastered version.
- This is one of the few episodes where Carlo Bonomi did not create the sound effects. This is only for the new version because the old SFX were saved from the old one. In the original, the dinner was a SFX Test.
- Because of Pingg smacking Pingu on the head and Pingu tripping on his ball, it was removed from British television in 2003. Cartoon Network kept the episode earlier and the episode was not shown on any US channels afterwards. However, the DVD release and Digital release of the episode contains the uncut version. It was released on the Chillin with Pingu and Pingu Breaks the Ice Double Feature DVD and the Introducing Pingu DVD.
- In the original, Pingu's mirror face can be heard fading in and out.
- When Pingu sees Pingo and Pingg, he says noot noot three times, but this was a claymation error that they did not bother fixing.
- When Pingu heads for the bathroom to spit out his greens, his cheeks are bulging, but once he is inside the bathroom they are not.
- When Pingu is running back to the house he runs off with a piece of white from the snowball on his back, but once in the house, there is no white on his back.
- When Pingu goes to the bathroom, the table is set up, once he leaves the bathroom, everything on the table is eaten.
- The ball apparently did not pop, the hole used for inflating the ball apparently was not shut, because Pingu's ball is seen outside the house a lot and he is seen playing with it sometimes.
- Pingu's beak changes color from red to orange during the first three seconds of the show. But since it is so small because he is in the back of the table, this is difficult to notice. It is red again for the remainder of the episodes.
- Pingu has never been able to roll into a box in any episode except this one. They did not abandon rolling, but they abandoned the rolling into things.
- Pingg walks unnaturally abnormal than himself in this episode. He also does this in the next episode for a short moment.
- At one moment during the fight, the yellow area around Pingu and Pingo's belly disappears.
- Pingo's head seems to be larger.
Changes between versions
- BBC Video releases had every episode of the original version of Pingu have an episode title at the beginning of the episode on the bottom of the screen, which was removed in other versions.
- In the original version, when Pingu does not want to eat, he is whimpering like a dog. This was changed in the new version.
- In the original version, Pingu's voice was higher-pitched, but they pitched it higher to make Carlo Bonomi sound like a kid. This was not done in later episodes and is hardly noticeable.
- When Pingu gets out of the bathroom, he does not say anything while in the original version he is heard humming a small tune. This would usually be the other way around.
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