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Polygon Pictures Makes New Anime for Swiss Character Pingu

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series of CG shorts premieres in October

NHK announced on Monday that its E-Tele channel will air a new anime series based on the Swiss penguin character Pingu beginning on October 7. Polygon Pictures (Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Ajin) will animate the series, titled Pingu in the City, in full CG instead of the claymation used in previous Pingu series.

Kimiko Ueno (The Royal Tutor) and Shigenori Tanabe (Kemono Friends) are writing the scripts and Naomi Iwata (Web Ghost PiPoPa, Midnight Horror School creator) is directing the series. Ken Arai is composing the music.

In the story, Pingu and his family move from their small village to a big city, where there are many people with many different occupations. The ever-curious Pingu tries to join them at their jobs, but his mischievous side gets the better of him and he ends up messing things up.

The anime will air both in the mornings at 9:20 a.m. and evenings at 5:25 p.m., and each episode will be seven minutes. The anime will have two 26-episode series for a total of 52 episodes.

Otmar Gutmann created the Swiss claymation series, which first debuted in 1986. A British company bought the rights to the series in 2001 and continued to create new episodes.

[Via: Hachima Kikō]

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