Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Carlo Bonomi, Marcello Magni, David Sant
Directors: Marianne Noser, Otmar Gutmann
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
Welcome to the world of Pingu! Pingu is a charming and cheeky young penguin who lives in the snow and ice of the South Pole. The mischievous penguin often finds himself in tricky and comical situations, but he always learn... more »
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A terrible DVD edition ruins a great series.
RAMON | 07/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First off I just want to say the my son loves Pingu. The problem I have with this Cd is how poorly packaged this is...No Menu
No Chapter selection.
It's impossible to choose between eposodes and if you go past the last one it stops the DVD and you have to put up with the stupid FBI/Interpol warnings.Bottom line: I'd wait until a better edition comes out or start off with "Chillin' with Pingu" (also sold on Amazon) which actually has a menu.Note: We rented a DVD at Blockbuster called "Introducing Pengu" which was a better deal than this one (more episodes and an actual menu) so hint hint Amazon - sell that version instead.Shame on Hit Ebntertainment..."
Clay and Ice.
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 01/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a penguin fanatic, my sister bought this DVD for me for Christmas. I wasn't for sure what to think of it originally, but came to really enjoy the DVD after watching it.Pingu is a young penguin and he and everything in his world are created through claymation (the type of animation responsible for WALLACE AND GROMIT, GUMBY, CHICKEN RUN). The stories on the DVD involve Pingu and his friends and family as they go about the daily tasks of their lives. Unlike most claymation shows, there is no literal dialogue: the creatures all speak a type of mumbling that is called Pengeese. There are six episodes on the DVD."Pingu Goes Fishing"--in this episode Pingu has his first encounter with a young seal named Robbie who becomes his best friend."Pingu Helps to Deliver the Mail"--in this episode Pingu helps his father deliver the mail in their small village."Pingu Plays Fish Tennis"--in this episode Pingu and Robbie are bored and end up playing a game of fish tennis."Pingu Gets a Bike"--in this episode Pingu's father runs over Pinga's (Pingu's little sister) bike. She cries and cries and cries until Pingu gives her his bike. Good lesson in sharing."Pingu at the Nursery"--Pingu takes Pinga to school at the nursery."Pingu and the Organ Grinder"--the poor Organ Grinder who lives on the outskirts of town is having a difficult time making a living. No one pays attention to him or his music. Pingu loves his music and decides to help the Organ Grinder.Overall, I found this DVD to be highly entertaing. The whole DVD is a little over 30 minutes and can be easily watched in one setting. My favorite episode was "Pingu and the Organ Grinder"; I found it to be touching and reminded me of how much I love my grandparents. This is a great DVD to watch with younger children and makes an excellent gift for any penguin or claymation fans."
tvtv3 | 06/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Pingu is great. I can't say anything beyond that. My complaint is about the DVD format. It's like they basically dumped a VHS tape onto DVD. No authoring, no menus, just bare bones. Press "play" and off you go."
Don't Buy This Version...
A. P. | NYC | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...Buy the Blockbuster version instead. We LOVE Pingu, but the packaging for this DVD, with its lack of menus & chapters, stinks. Hit Entertainment makes a special Pingu DVD just for Blockbuster, which is called _Introducing Pingu_ (not to be confused with this one, _Meet Pingu_), that you can rent and opt to buy for about $24. That may seem a bit pricey for one children's DVD, but it has all of the shorts from _Meet Pingu,_ PLUS the ones from _Chillin' With Pingu,_ AND it has a decent menu with an episode selection/chapters option. Totally worth a few extra dollars, as far as I'm concerned (it'd be about $18 to buy the two DVDs separately). And depending on how many copies your local Blockbuster has in stock, they'll probably be able to give you the original case, too. Ours did.
Meanwhile, shame on HIT for releasing such a poorly packaged DVD. And, most importantly, why don't we have more than 2 DVDs' worth of Pingu shorts available to us in this country? There are dozens of Pingu DVDs available in other countries... Why not in the US??"