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Pingu in the City
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Original Run (S1) Oct 7, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018 (Japan)
(S2) Oct 6, 2018 - TBD (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. It was also screened in the United States at the Animation Block Party in New York on July 26th[1], and was also screened at the Chicago International Television Festival.[2]

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.[3] On October 18th, 2018, Sony Creative Products Inc. signed a distribution deal for Pingu in the City in territories across Europe and Latin America, handling all LatAm countries (excluding Brazil) as well as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

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.[4] 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.[5]

"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."[6]

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.[7]

Theme song

Opening

  • "PINGU A GO! GO!" (Composed by Ken Arai)[8]

Ending

  • "Ride The Rainbow" (Composed by Ken Arai)[9]

Episodes

Season 1

Screenshot Title Release date Episode number
PinguChefStar
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.
PinguUnderConstruction
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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Pingu Saves Christmas 23 December, 2017 #12
Pingu and Robby discover Santa's bag full of presents, and decide to deliver the presents themselves.
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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
Pingu and friends decide to help the chef sell bread, but their attempt to change the display creates a very tall and very big bread tower that begins to topple.
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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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Keep It Up Pingu! 24 February, 2018 #20
Pingu wants to learn to juggle a soccer ball like the local team players, but he is too concentrated on the ball as he heads towards the city.
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Pingu's Catch Of The Day 3 March, 2018 #21
The chef opens an outdoor restaurant, and Pingu tries to help by catching fish, but things begin to get out of hand when Robby eats all the precious catch.
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Stop That Mail! 10 March, 2018 #22
Pingu is delivering the mail for Papa who has caught a cold, but soon the skateboard the inventor lends him begins to go out of control.
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Sticking Together 17 March, 2018 #23
Pingu and Pinga use the glue the carpenter left behind to fix their toy airplane, but the two soon start to fight over the glue, and end up getting stuck together.
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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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Everyone's A Winner! 24 March, 2018 #25
Pingu on skis, his friend on the snowboard, and Robby on the bobsled compete to decide who is fastest.
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Growing Pains 31 March, 2018 #26
Pingu and Pinga are given seeds from the flower shop, but when only Pinga's seed sprouts, Pingu thinks up a training program to make his seed sprout faster.


Season 2

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Screenshot Title Release date Episode number
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Firefighting Training is Tough! 6 October, 2018 #1
Pingu is learning how to be a fireman, albeit not doing very well.
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A mysterious helper appeared 13 October, 2018 #2
Pingu encounters a strange creature in the ocean
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Grandpa came over! 20 October, 2018 #3
Pingu's Grandpa comes to the city, but Pingu and Pinga thinks he's lonely even though they don't know he is also friends with the other penguins in the city
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Who is to get dirty? 27 October, 2018 #4
Pingu tries to keep some seagulls from getting on top of the tram
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A mysterious creature revealed! 3 November, 2018 #5
Pingu wants to see if a rumor about mysterious creatures living in snowy caves is true
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A nice session 10 November, 2018 #6
Whilst at a restaurant, a jazz band begins playing and Pingu wants to play in it
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Shutter Chance 17 November, 2018 #7
Pingu gets a camera and begins taking photos of city residents, but he ends up taking photos of follies that they end up in, much to their disdain
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What is inside? 24 November, 2018 #8
While going to get a selfish Pinga a donut, Pingu is invited to a fish canning company to help with putting the fish in the cans
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Follow the blue penguin! 1 December, 2018 #9
Pingu has to stop a thief who stole a bag, but he ends up covered in blue paint and the residents think he's the thief because the thief is a blue penguin
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The universe is only fun! 8 December, 2018 #10
Pingu ends up going in space after being trained by astronauts
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Snowy Mountain Rescue Corps 15 December, 2018 #11
Pingu and Pinga try helping penguins in need
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Where is the egg? 22 December, 2018 #11

Characters

Characters introduced

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.
  • When Season 2 was released, the key visual was altered, the only real difference however is the colors are more saturated.

Source

  1. http://www.animationblock.com/summerfest2018
  2. https://www6.nhk.or.jp/awards/english/award/program.html?i=20180322_01
  3. http://www.nichima.co.jp/news/entry/3139.html
  4. CGWORLD 2018 April issue
  5. CGWORLD 2018 April issue
  6. https://issuu.com/mipmarkets/docs/mipjunior_2017_preview_magazine
  7. CGWORLD 2018 April issue
  8. https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%83%94%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%83%BC-in-%E3%82%B6-%E3%82%B7%E3%83%86%E3%82%A3-%E3%82%AA%E3%83%AA%E3%82%B8%E3%83%8A%E3%83%AB-%E3%82%B5%E3%82%A6%E3%83%B3%E3%83%89%E3%83%88%E3%83%A9%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF/1440741025
  9. https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%83%94%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%83%BC-in-%E3%82%B6-%E3%82%B7%E3%83%86%E3%82%A3-%E3%82%AA%E3%83%AA%E3%82%B8%E3%83%8A%E3%83%AB-%E3%82%B5%E3%82%A6%E3%83%B3%E3%83%89%E3%83%88%E3%83%A9%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF/1440741025

Gallery

Behind the scenes

Videos

【予告編 1】ピングー in ザ・シティ (2017) - 田中文哉 原題:PINGU IN THE CITY

【予告編 1】ピングー in ザ・シティ (2017) - 田中文哉 原題:PINGU IN THE CITY

Season 1 Promo

NHK Pingu in the City Season 2 promo

NHK Pingu in the City Season 2 promo

Season 2 Promo