Pingu is Curious
Season 4, Episode 17
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Air Date November 27, 1999
Previous Pingu's Wish
Next Pingu Gets Organised

Pingu is Curious is the seventeenth episode of Season 4.


It is Pingu's birthday and Mum and Pinga start off his special day by waking him up with singing "Happy Birthday to you". Pinga also gives Pingu a flower which he puts in the jug on his bed side table.

When Pingu enters the kitchen, he is excited to see a large gift wrapped box standing by the dinner table. Instantly his natural reaction to open the present kicks in, but Mum tells him he must wait until noon when the family comes round for his birthday lunch. However Pingu's curiousity is too strong for him to wait that long, so later on when Mum and Pinga go shopping, he stays behind prending to be engrossed in his book.

Once Pinga and Mum are out of site, Pingu sneaks up to his present and tries to work out how best to have a quick peep inside without making it look like he has opened it too early. He tries sneaking up to the present from under the table so that no one will see where he opened it. Then suddenly Pingu stands up, bumps his head on the bottom of the table and knocks the vase over. The water in the vase spills all over the present. Pingu places the present on top of the oven to dry off and then he wipes up the rest of the spilt water. When he finishes cleaning the floor, he takes the present off the oven. But because it has been there for so long, the present is boiling hot and Pingu burns his wings. He drops the present and because of the impact and the fact it has been drying for so long, it ends up looking all crinkled and crumpled. Pingu stretches the present back into shape and quickly pops out to the shed for the ratchet.

Back inside, Pingu pokes a hole in his present with the ratchet and takes a look inside, but it is too dark to see anything. Suddenly he hears Mum and Pinga coming back. Quickly he puts a patch over the hole he made in the present and sneaks back out to the shed to put the ratchet away without anyone noticing. However Pinga notices the patch on Pingu's present and follws him to the shed, where she spots his big brother throwing the ratchet through the door. Pinga asks Pingu what he is up to, but he just shuts the shed door and says very little.

At last noon comes round and with Pingu's family gathered round the dinning table, it is time to open the present. It is a birthday cake, but after being soaked, dried and battered by Pingu, it looks quite a mess. It is lucky for them that it still tastes nice though.



  • Pingu's Igloo
  • Pingu's Shed


  • This is the second episode since Pingu's Birthday, where Pingu celebrates his birthday.


  • Pingu's mum should know better than to leave the stove on while she is out.
  • Dad is smoking again.
  • When Mum opens the present, her eye lashes vanish.


Pingu Episodes
Season 1
Hello, Pingu · Pingu Looks After the Egg · The New Arrival · Pingu Goes Fishing · Pingu Delivers the Mail · Jealousy · Hide and Seek · Lost Baby · Pingu Plays Fish Tennis · Barrel of Fun · Ice Hockey · Pingu and Pinga Stay Up · Skiing · Pingu Runs Away · Building Igloos · Music Lessons · Pingu's Ice Cave · Sledging · Little Accidents · School Time · Grandpa is Ill · Pingu's Circus · Pingu and the Barrel Organ · Noise · Pingu and Pinga at Home · Pingu's Dream
Season 2
Pingu at the Doctor's · Pingu's Admirer · Pingu and the Seagull · Pingu Goes Ice Surfing · Pingu's First Kiss · Pingu's Curling Game · Pingu the Icicle Musician · Pingu the Chef · Pingu's Family Celebrate Christmas · Pingu Goes Away · Pingu the Photographer · Pingu's New Kite · Pingu and the Many Packages · Pingu the Conjurer's Apprentice · Pingu's Birthday · Pingu at the Funfair · Pingu the Babysitter · Pingu Cannot Lose · Pingu and the Game of Fish · Pingu Gets a Bicycle · Pingu's Visit to the Hospital · Pingu on the School Excursion · Pingu and Pinga at the Kindergarten · Pingu and the Strangers · Pingu Helps His Mother · Pingu Builds a Snowman
Season 3
Pingu Goes Cross Country Skiing · Pingu's Museum Visit · Pingu's Grandpa Comes to Stay · Pingu's Long Journey · Pingu Pretends to be Ill · Pingu the Painter · Pingu's Trick · Pingu and the Mother Bird · Pingu Quarrels With His Mother · Pingu and the Message in a Bottle · Pingu Has an Idea · Pingu Breaks a Vase · Pingu and the Paper Plane · Pingu Takes Revenge · Pingu Makes a Mistake · Pingu and the Toy · Pingu the Superhero · Pingu and the Fishing Competition · Pingu and the Letter · Pingu Feels Left Out · Pingu Wins First Prize · Pingu and the Ghost · Pingu and the Postcard · Pingu's Discovery · Pingu Steals · Pingu and the Lost Ball
Season 4
Pingu's Disadvantage · Pingu Refuses To Help · Pingu the Mountaineer · Pingu and the Big Fish · Pingu Shows What He Can Do · Pingu Clears the Snow · Pingu Has a Day Off · Pingu the Archer · Pingu Gets a Warning · Pingu and the Magnet · Pingu Gets Help · Pingu in Paradise · Pingu's Dangerous Joke · Pingu the Pilot · Pingu Teases Pinga · Pingu's Wish · Pingu is Curious · Pingu Gets Organised · Pingu Builds a Tower · Pingu the King · Pingu the Baker · Pingu and the Doll · Pingu Helps Grandfather · Pingu Has a Bad Day · Pingu Loses the Bet · Pingu and His Cup
Season 5
Pingu's Bouncy Fun · Pingu Finishes the Job · Pingu Digs a Hole · Pingi's Valentine Card · Pingu Wants to Fly · Pingu's Windy Day · Pinga's Lost Rabbit · Pingu's Moon Adventure · Pinga Sleepwalks · Pingu the Snowboarder · Pinga has Hiccups · Like Father Like Pingu · Pingu's Ice Sculpture · Pinga's Balloon · Pingu and the Knitting Machine · Pingu's Balancing Act · Pingu Gets Lost · Pingu and Pinga Go Camping · Stinky Pingu · Pingu and the Band · Pingu and the Snowball · Pingu Sticks Up · Pingu and the Doorbell · Pingu Plays Tag · Pingu's Pancakes · Pingu's Bedtime Shadows
Season 6
Pingu's Sledge Academy · Pingu and the Hose · Pottery Pingu · Pingu and the Litter · Mother's New Hat · Poor Pinga · Pinga in a Box · Pingu and the Present · Pingu and the Toyshop · Pingu and the Paper Mache · Sore Tummy Pingu · Pingu Gets Carried Away · Pingu and the School Pet · Pampering Pingu · Green-Eyed Pingu · Pingu Wraps Up · Pingu and the Fish Flute · Pingu Boogaloo · Pingu and the Daily Igloo · Pingu and the Rubberband Plane · Pingu and the Braces · Pingu's Big Catch · Pingu and the New Scooter · Pingu and the Paint · Pingu Makes a Big Splash · Pingu and the Abominable Snowman
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