A penguin watching Pingu on an iPad to stop him feeling lonely should be the ultimate evidence we really can expect anything in The penguin, who's been called Pierre - because at this point why not - was found washed up on a beach in the south west of the country. He's an endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin, and the only one in care anywhere in the whole of Australasia. Pierre's keepers - who we assume are the ones taking care of the Netflix subscription - were worried he'd not get enough socialising while he gets healthy enough to return to the wild. So they're showing him the cartoon, along with live streams of other rockhoppers around the world - including the ones at Edinburgh Zoo.
Steve Cox, animator
'He doesn't realise Pingu's a penguin'
Pingu was born in , by the plasticine brainchild of animators Otmar Gutmann and Harald Muecke. Ever since Pingu made his first appearance in several short episodes, it has starred in a pilot movie that was developed in for Swiss TV and followed its success. Adored for 30 years, Pingu has achieved worldwide recognition and universal appeal with his unique "Penguinese" language that needs no translation. His fondness for turning his beak into a trumpet lets us know whether he is happy or sad. This is one penguin who wears his heart on his flipper! And now, the globally adored, Swiss-born character Pingu is returning to television with new stories and new characters. This fresh, fun series brings the cheeky penguin and his world back to life using 3D computer graphics, totally recreating the texture of the original Claymation, which began in the s. Pingu is a 5-year-old boy penguin.
'He's not waterproof - he can't swim'
It centres on a family of anthropomorphic penguins who live at the South Pole, and the main character is the family's son and title character, Pingu. The Pingu pilot episode first aired on Swiss television in and was later shown at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Pingu was very popular, due to its lack of a real spoken language: nearly all dialogue is in an invented grammelot "penguin language" referred to as 'Penguinese',  consisting of babbling, muttering, and the titular character's characteristic sporadic loud honking noise, which can be popularly recognized as "Noot noot! The programme is set in Antarctica and centres around penguin families living and working in igloos.
A famous Italian clown called Carlo Bonomi voiced the first four series of Pingu. He did all the characters, using an invented language of noises that became known as Penguinese. When a British company bought the rights in , they needed someone who could speak Penguinese as well as Bonomi did, so I sent them my CV. I needed the money. Recording was exhausting. The animators would script each episode in English, then film it with the puppets. Afterwards we had to translate the scripts into Penguinese, recording each part while watching the characters talking on screen. I shared Pingu with Marcello Magni, who also had a background in physical theatre. The show was created in the s by a Swiss-German called Otmar Gutmann and, right from the start, it was unembarrassed about things like bodily fluids, nappies, potties and their contents. It could be quite controversial.