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Pingu in the City
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Original Run (S1) Oct 7, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018 (Japan)
Producer
Director Naomi Iwata
Writer Kimiko Ueno, Shigenori Tanabe
Starring Ryota Iwasaki and Fumiya Tanaka
Country of origin Japan
Production company Polygon Pictures, Mattel Creations
Num of episodes 52
Season: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Spinoff: PITC

Pingu in the City (Japanese:ピングー in ザ・シティ) is a Japanese computer-animated television series produced by Mattel Creations and Polygon Pictures, based on Pingu. in Japan, It premiered on October 7th 2017 on NHK, and in Australia, It premiered on June 4th 2018 on ABC Kids.

The show was first screened outside of Japan at the JW Marriot Renior Conference Room in Cannes as part of the MIPJunior 2017 event on October 15th, and is also on sale for North America, China, Middle East and African markets.[1] Airings in other continents such as Europe, South America and South Asia are likely but have yet to be announced.

This series is about Pingu and his family moving from their small village to a big city and trying to help penguins with their jobs.

Plot

"Pingu has moved with his family to the big city from a small village. He meets many other penguins doing interesting jobs, from chefs to florists to carpenters. How exciting for the curious little penguin! He tries to give them a hand, but sometimes his mischievousness gets him in trouble. But thanks to his cheerful spirit and wit, he's saved every time."

Production

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Keisuke Tsuchihasi

The development of the series started in 2014, from which the project was planned several times at Polygon Pictures.[2] The production crew "set the rule as not to change the basic image and tone", but using stop motion would mean a bigger budget. They considered making it in 2D, but it would've made it look too different compared to the original, Keisuke Tsuchihasi later came up with the idea of remaking Pingu in 3D using CGI technology and it was "the way they could maintain the quality, touch, feel and movement of the clay animation".

Naomi Iwata went with his children at Kidzania which resulted the concept of Pingu experimenting various ocupations in the series and moving into a big city.[3]

"We adults normally don't like work, we feel it's dull to work. But Pingu can change any dull work into a funny and interesting thing to do. So let's set Pingu the challenge to try out lots of different jobs."[4]

A 90 second pilot film was produced in 2016 and production of the series officially began in mid-April 2017 at Dandelion. Software such as Maya, Redshift, Houdini etc was used.[5]

Episodes

Season 1

Screenshot Title Release date Episode number
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Pingu Cooks Up A Treat! 7 October, 2017 #1
Helping out at a restaurant, Pingu gets the idea to "help" with the soup while the chef is away.
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Watch Your Step, Pingu! 14 October, 2017 #2
Pingu decides to stand watch over the freshly paved walkway until the ice hardens, so no one will leave footprints.
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Pingu's Rules Of Babysitting 21 October, 2017 #3
Pingu is babysitting at home, but when Pinga and her friend's indoor soccer game gets out of hand, he decides to take it outside.
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Pingu the Baker 28 October, 2017 #4
Pingu takes an interest in baking, and when his penguin-shaped bread is a success, he decides to bake more.
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Pingu the Super Substitute 4 November, 2017 #5
At a local soccer match, Pingu makes an unexpected appearance on the field after the captain is injured.
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Pingu At Your Service 11 November, 2017 #6
Pingu hits on the idea to start a food delivery service with the chef while his restaurant is closed for renovations.
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Power Up Pingu 18 November, 2017 #7
During a blackout, Pingu and Pinga discover that their inventor neighbour is able to generate his own electricity.
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Buzz Off! 25 November, 2017 #8
Pingu is helping out at the flower shop when something lurking in the flowers suddenly attacks.
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Pingu the Hero! 2 December, 2017 #9
Pingu befriends a bench warmer for the local soccer team, and discovers his new friend's hidden talent.
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Flower Power 9 December, 2017 #10
While Pingu is helping out at the flower shop, the chef and the firefighter begin a contest over who orders the biggest bouquet to impress the girl at the shop.
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Let's Build An Igloo! 16 December, 2017 #11
Pingu decides to build himself an igloo, and when he can't find ice blocks that are big enough, Robby offers to help.
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Robby is Santa Claus? 23 December, 2017 #12
On Christmas Eve, Pingu and Robby come across a bag full of presents. Believing it to be from Santa Claus, the two go around the city delivering the gifts.
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Pingu's Magnet Muddle 30 December, 2017 #13
While enjoying the super convenient invention that pulls anything you wish for towards you, Pingu decides to use it to take the television remote from Pinga.
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The Art of Baking 13 January, 2018 #14
While helping Chef Fred in selling bread, Pingu and Pen-Pen make art by using the bread.
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Mama's Birthday Surprise 20 January, 2018 #15
Everybody is busy getting ready for Mama's surprise birthday party, but Pingu bumps into her on his way back from the flower shop carrying a big bouquet.
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Pingu Takes Flight 27 January, 2018 #16
The inventor makes Pingu's dream of flying come true with his flying machine no.2, but the joy is short-lived as things quickly begin to go horribly wrong.
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Pingu Glides to Fame 3 February, 2018 #17
Pingu and Pinga begin figure skating after watching skaters at the rink. As the crowd cheers them on, the two take their ice show into the city, where the residents join in.
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Pingu Plugs a Leak 10 February, 2018 #18
The carpenter and Pingu are fixing leaks in the water pipe, but when they think they are finally finished, water springs out from beneath the road.
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Pingu and Pinga Fashionistas 17 February, 2018 #19
Pingu and the fashion-conscious Pinga use the inventor's new knitting machine without permission and have lots of fun - maybe too much fun.
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Go on Lifting! 24 February, 2018 #20
Pingu practices lifting in soccer, but he becomes so absorbed in it that he wanders away from the city and gets lost.
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Is Fishing Fun?! 3 March, 2018 #21
Chef Fred opens a outdoor restaurant near the park's pond. But when he accidentally knocks his fish supply into the pond, Pingu offers to fish them back with help from Robby.
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Mail Delivery is a Big Fuss! 10 March, 2018 #22
Pingu's Father is ill and can't make his mail deliveries, Pingu tries to find a way to help, so the inventor makes him a strange ride for him to use.
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Sticky Panic 17 March, 2018 #23
Pingu and Pinga work with the carpenter's adhesive glue after the carpenter fixes the table.
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Special Delivery for Pingu 21 March, 2018 #24
Pingu helps Papa deliver the mail, but when Pinga picks a fight with him over who gets to wear Dad's mailman hat, she feels terrible for getting Pingu in trouble.
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Who's the Victory!? 24 March, 2018 #25
Pingu, Pikuru, Pen-Pen, and Robby race against each other to see who is the fastest.
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Let Flowers Bloom! 31 March, 2018 #26
Pingu and Pinga plant flowers, but Pingu is dismayed when Pinga's flower starts growing while his doesn't.

Season 2

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Trivia

  • This marks the second return of the series.
  • Although it's CGI, it still has the same frame-rate as the last 2 seasons of the original show.

Source

References

  1. http://www.nichima.co.jp/news/entry/3139.html
  2. CGWORLD 2018 April issue
  3. CGWORLD 2018 April issue
  4. https://issuu.com/mipmarkets/docs/mipjunior_2017_preview_magazine
  5. CGWORLD 2018 April issue

Gallery

Behind the scenes