Pinky Dinky Doo
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|Pinky Dinky Doo|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||Jim Jinkins|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||Noggin (2005-2008)
|Original run||April 5, 2005 – May 2011|
Pinky Dinky Doo is a children's animated series that currently airs dubbed in Spanish and English on Univision in the USA, ABC in Australia, CBeebies in Great Britain, and Treehouse in Canada, in the Kids' CBC programming block. It was created by Jim Jinkins, who is perhaps best known as the creator of Doug and PB&J Otter.
Pinky is a seven-year-old girl who lives in Great Big City with her parents, her four-year-old little brother, Tyler, and their pet, Mr. Guinea Pig. When a problem arises, Pinky says,"That gives me an idea" and Tyler says, "Pinky, are you going to make up a story?" and Pinky will say, "Yeserooni positooni!" and dances her way to a cardboard box called her Story Box with Tyler and Mr. Guinea Pig and uses a piece of chalk and her imagination to tell a story. During the made-up story, Pinky must Think Big, at which point her head swells and she comes up with an often wacky solution to the problem while singing "If I have a problem and don't know which way to go, I think and think and think and think and suddenly I know!". In "Tyler Dinky Doo to the Rescue," "Tyler's Big Idea" and "Go to Bed, Tyler!", Tyler does the thinking. In "Shrinky Pinky", it was Mr. Guinea Pig. In the second season, Pinky uses the Story Pad, a notebook in which Pinky draws pictures for her newer made-up stories, whenever the Story Box is not available.
This show helps viewers increase their vocabularies with its Great Big Fancy Word, which is featured several times during the episode. It also addresses problem-solving skills as well as the basics of narrative stories—character, dialogue, plot, details, main idea and sequence of events. After Pinky tells her story and solves the problem of the day, kids are invited to play an interactive game on the Cheese Sandwich toy, where they review details about the story. At the end of each episode, Pinky says, "I love to make up stories. I'll bet you can make up a story too." In each episode, there is also a "Great Big Fancy Word", which varies with each episode, but when somebody is about to say the word, Mr. Guinea Pig will blow a trumpet and then the character says the word.
This series was created by Jim Jinkins, who originally made up Pinky's adventures as bed-time tales for his children. The Executive Producers are Jinkins and David Campbell. It is a production of Sesame Workshop, Noggin, Cbeebies and Cartoon Pizza. According to Nick Jr., Pinky Dinky Doo is the network’s second series (first original series) dedicated to enhancing early literacy.
The original American version was initially shown on CBeebies in the UK, but more recently the show has been redubbed and broadcast with British English accents. There is also a Spanish version on Univision.
It has three main characters: Pinky (India Ennenga), Tyler (Season one: Felix Chrome, Season two: Allison Wachtfogel), and Mr. Guinea Pig (Season one: Juan Van Michaelangelo, Season two: John Rogers). It also has the characters of Pinky's mother (Heather Dilly) and father,(Jim Jinkins) and a quintet of school characters: Nicholas Biscuit (Katherine Rose Riley), Bobby Boom, Daphne Toilette, Miss McGanza and Pinky.
At the end of each 15 minute story, Pinky plays an educational type of game. At the end of each episode, Mr. Guinea Pig would press the power button to turn on the toy. The Toy is a cheese sandwich connected with electrical power buttons. Some of the games include the following:
What Came First? Pinky replays certain portions of the story and then asks viewing children to remember which part came first in the story.
Eat It Or Wear It: Pinky shows objects and asks kids if they would eat it or wear it.
Great Big Fancy Word Game: Pinky helps kids recall the meaning of the fancy word that has been repeated in the story.
Who Is This?: A slice of Swiss cheese appears on the screen and holes pop out of it revealing a character from the story. Kids must try to guess what character is hiding behind the slice of cheese.
Where Is Pinky?: A slice of Swiss cheese appears on the screen and holes pop out of it revealing a location.
What Is That Sound? Pinky asks kids to identify the source of a sound.
What's the Name of My Story? Pinky gives us titles for stories, and the viewers think of the best title of the story.
Which is the Right Pinky/Tyler/Mr. Guinea Pig/monster? There are four Pinkys/Tylers/Mr. Guinea Pigs/monsters shown and the viewers guess which one was the Pinky/Tyler/Mr. Guinea Pig/monster seen in the story.
Who Said This? Pinky gives us three characters from the book and the viewers think of the correct character who said this line from the story.
What Was My Big Idea? Pinky gives us three different big ideas and the viewers guess which was the idea from the story.
Who Were the Main Characters? Pinky gives us two characters each and the viewers guess who was in the story.
Was This a Setting? Pinky gives us three different settings and the viewers guess which settings were in the story.
- Official Sesame Workshop Site
- Official Nick Jr. Site
- Official BBC Site
- IMDB Site
- Pinky Dinky Doo Review