Here at The Unheard Nerd we welcome all kinds of media and will gladly share our findings from the net with you the reader. As your probably already aware, I love film and in a semi regular feature I will share with you some of the excellent short films hiding away on the internet.
‘Pingu’ is a children’s animated program about a penguin named after the shows title. Created in 1995 by Trickfilmstudio, Switzerland, they used plasticine and the old age technique of stop motion animation to produce over one hundred and fifty episodes that run for a scant five minutes each. ‘Pingu’ has been broadcast on many different channels around the world.
What makes the show travel so well is because of the penguins language of sounds that bear no relation to any real spoken word. Therefore everyone can easily understand the story due to the characters actions alone. If you want to see for yourself, you can watch the many episodes that have been uploaded to YouTube like this one.
Animator Lee Hardcastle creates animations using the same techniques as those used in ‘Pingu’, but his results are definitely more adult orientated. See what happens when the plot of 1982’s ‘The Thing’ from horror director John Carpenter is retold in Pingu’s world.
The film even received praise from John Carpenter himself,
@leehardcastle I loved Pingu’s THE THING. Better than the original…?
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) January 3, 2012
The original video uploaded in 2012, was removed either by Universal, as the soundtrack is straight from the film, or more likely from the creators of Pingu who obviously disagreed with the use of their character in this way.
The video has since been uploaded to YouTube again over the years which makes it very easy to find. Lee Hardcastle however left his version off his YouTube channel and remade the entire short using cats instead. I’ve also included that version below but I must admit that I still prefer the original!
Thanks to my old friend Keith for bringing this to my attention!