Pinky Dinky Doo
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|Pinky Dinky Doo|
|Created by||Jim Jinkins|
|Opening theme||"Pinky Dinky Doo Theme Song"|
|Ending theme||"We're Going To The Story Box" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||104 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||26 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sesame Workshop
Abrams Gentile Entertainment
|Original release||April 10, 2006– April 8, 2011|
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!", dancing to a cardboard box, her Story Box, with Tyler and Mr. Guinea Pig. Using chalk and her imagination, she tells a story. During the made-up story, Pinky must Think Big, at which point her head swells up like a balloon 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!". Tyler thinks big 4 times. Mr. Guinea Pig thinks big 1 time. In season 2, Pinky uses the Story Pad, a notebook in which Pinky draws pictures for her newer made-up stories, as the Story Box does not appear.
The 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This series was created by Jim Jinkins, who originally made up Pinky's adventures as bedtime tales for his children. The executive producers are Jinkins and David Campbell. It is a production of Sesame Workshop, Cartoon Pizza, Keyframe Digital, and Abrams Gentile Entertainment. According to Nick Jr., Pinky Dinky Doo is the network’s second series (and its 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.
Cast and characters
- Pinky Dinky Doo (India Ennenga)
- Tyler Dinky Doo (Season 1: Felix Chrome; Season 2: Allison Wachtfogel)
- Mr. Guinea Pig (Season 1: Juan Van Michaelangelo; Season 2: John Rogers)
- Mrs. Dinky Doo (Season 1: Heather Dilly; Season 2: Lindsie Van Winkle), Pinky's mother
- Mr. Dinky Doo (Jim Jinkins), Pinky's father
- School characters
- Nicholas Biscuit (Season 1: Justin Riordan; Season 2: Katherine Rose Riley (2008–2011)
- Bobby Boom
- Daffinee Toilette (Season 1: Carolina Hernandez; Season 2: Anabelle Berrido)
- Miss McGanza (Anne Stinkley)
- Eric Jacobson
- Pam Arciero
- Martin P. Robinson
- Joey Mazzarino
- Jim Jinkins
- Stephanie D'Abruzzo
- Matt Vogel
- David Rudman
Background and production
Pinky began in 2000 as bedtime stories spun by Cartoon Pizza's Jim Jinkins for his then four-year old daughter. "It wasn't pre-meditated as a kid's show," admits Jinkins. Like the eponymous star of his first hit series Doug, Pinky simply popped out of her creator's imagination. With the help of Sesame Workshop, the magenta-haired Pinky appeared in a series of children's books before making the move into animation. "The Workshop was a beautiful partner," Jinkins beams. "They didn't overhaul it, but saw it as natural literacy project." Pinky Dinky Doo started as a web series. In 2002, two episodes were available as TV episodes and was in production at that time with a scheduled availability for 2003 from Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza.
The series premiered on Discovery Kids in Latin America on April 5, 2005. On April 10, 2006, it premiered in the US on Noggin (later rebranded as Nick Jr. in 2009), but it stopped broadcasting on the channel on April 8, 2011. Prior to 2016, it was broadcast in Canada in French on TFO.
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