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Pingu in the City
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Original Run (S1) Oct 7, 2017 - Apr 7, 2018 (Japan)
(S2) Apr 14, 2018 - Aug 25, 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: Unknown 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. It premiered on October 7th 2017 on NHK.

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 are likely but not 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

Early in development, 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 decided that Pingu should move to the city.

"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."[2]

Episodes

Season 1

Screenshot Title Release date Episode number
PinguChefStar
Pingu Becomes a Star Chef! 7 October, 2017 #1
Pingu started to help at a restaurant, when the chef left the kitchen.
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It is Under Construction now! 14 October, 2017 #2
Pingu is tasked in keeping the concrete on a new sidewalk untouched, but his friend Pikuru has other plans.
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Lullaby is Too Hard 21 October, 2017 #3
While babysitting Pinga and her friends, Pingu has them form a soccer team with him as the coach.
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Pingu, becomes a bread making master 28 October, 2017 #4
Pingu helps Chef Fred with bread-baking. A mishap occurs when Pingu decides to make the biggest bread, his friend Pen-Pen shows up to join, and the chef mysteriously vanishes.
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Super sub appearance 4 November, 2017 #5
When one of the players in the soccer team gets injured, Pingu offers to take his place. But how will he help the team win when he's their smallest member?
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Cooking delivered! 11 November, 2017 #6
Pingu starts a home delivery service for Chef Fred's restaurant when it is closed down for renovation.
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We are generating electricity now! 18 November, 2017 #7
During a blackout, Pingu and Pinga discover that their next-door neighbor has created a machine that generates electricity.
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Small intruder 25 November, 2017 #8
Pingu works at a flower shop and watches out for a pesky bee on the loose.
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The Instinct of Penguins 2 December, 2017 #9
One of the players of the soccer team is lacking in skill so Pingu offers to be his trainer. They discover the player has a skill, triggering natural penguin instincts, which may be the key to victory in the upcoming game.
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Give flowers bouquet! 9 December, 2017 #10
Chef Fred and the fire chief compete to see who can get the biggest bouquet, in order to impress the flower shop lady.
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Make an Igloo! 16 December, 2017 #11
Pingu attempts to build his own igloo and goes off to find suitable ice for it, with Robby helping him. However, they end up unwittingly hindering the actual construction of an igloo.
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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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The Machine of Cute 30 December, 2017 #13
Pingu helps the inventor with making a device that produces magnetic forces, which he decides to use for his everyday activities.
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Art at Bread!? 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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Mother's Birthday 20 January, 2018 #15
When Pingu's Mother's birthday comes along, Pingu decides to get a bouquet of flowers for her.
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Flying Penguin 27 January, 2018 #16
Pingu wants to fly, so the inventor has him test various devices for flight.
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Figure Skater 3 February, 2018 #17
Pingu and Pinga try out ice skating.
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Water Leak Attention! 10 February, 2018 #18
Pingu tries to help the carpenter with fixing a water leak
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Stylish Pinga 17 February, 2018 #19
Pingu and Pinga mess with the inventor's knitting machine trying out different outfits.
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Go on Lifting! 24 February, 2018 #20
Pingu practices lifting in soccer.
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Is Fishing Fun?! 3 March, 2018 #21

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. https://issuu.com/mipmarkets/docs/mipjunior_2017_preview_magazine

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