Pingu’s South Pole Adventures (DVD Review)12 Oct, 2008 By: Rachel Cericola
Prebook 10/15/08; Street 11/11/08
Pingu is a cute, quirky penguin designed for those with a short attention span. Swiss animator Otmar Gutman created about 104 five-minute Pingu shorts, starting back in 1986.
This DVD release includes eight of those adventures, in which the cuddly, often clumsy little guy tries to fly, plays tag, gets a paper route, goes ice fishing, loses his sister, and even makes friends with the Abominable Snowman. Most of those experiences include Pingu’s mom and dad, his sister Pinga, and a slew of other colorful characters from the Antarctic.
Fans of the 2006 big-screen film Happy Feet might enjoy picking up a few more penguin adventures. However, this release is a far cry from that animation. Instead the old-school claymation style is more reminiscent of Gumby or “Davey and Goliath.”
Unlike all three of those older titles, though, these animated adventures get by on their antics — there is absolutely no dialogue. All of the characters speak in “Penguinese,” which is more like honking. However, Pingu’s actions speak louder (sometimes a lot louder) than words, which should make him a perfect target for smaller children — specifically of the preschool age range.
Keeping with the short theme, there are a few kid-friendly features on this release, including a character gallery featuring “Pingu’s Family Album,” as well as the interactive “Snowball Roll and Bowl Game.”